Imperial Ghisa | Birrificio Lambrate

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Imperial GhisaImperial Ghisa

Brewed by:
Birrificio Lambrate

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by glid02 on 07-24-2010

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Birrae Domus in Rome.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and hints of tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Big roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavor profile darkens a bit with the addition of tobacco and mild amounts of char. The tobacco and roasted malt flavors carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have a few more without any problems.

Overall I can't compare this to the regular, non-imperial, Ghisa as I haven't had it before, but this beer is very well done. An old school RIS with tobacco and char, worth a shot.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with creamy brown head. Aroma has nice caramel, roasted malts, smoky grains and chocolate shake. Taste is sweet and malty, chocolatey, smoky but not too intense, really roasty and bitter on the aftertaste. Medium body, smooth on the palate. Really well made, tasty and easy drinking smoked beer.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zapahoppa
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of leitmotif
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atis
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from the brewery

Pours pitch black with dark brown head with good retention, thin and delicate lacing. Taste is smoke and bits of roasted malt.

Flavour is intense roasted malt, smoke, hints of coffee with bitter dark chocolate in the slowly drying finish, long lasting roasted aftertaste with presence of coffee. Mouthfeel is full with quite low carbonation.

An excellent brew. Does not bear much similarity with "normal" Ghisa though.

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Photo of IPA35
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first smoked beer as far as I know.

Thick, oily black with a minimal tan head. Surely imperial.

Some pockets of bubbles on the wall of the glass.

Smells good, dark, darker, darkest with dark fruits, roasted malts, roasted chestnut, coffee and a woody savoury note that reminds of liquorice and some smoke.

Interesting flavour, this is surely different from the other dark stout I've had. Starts out nice and sweet with dark fruits but this has a savouriness to it, as in charred wood, that become more apparant near the finish. Now this must be because of the smoked malts in this one.
A bitter (coffee/hops) and roasty aftertaste.

Nice oily mouthfeel, I really like that in a high ABV stout with rather low carbonation.

Interesting, complex and not overly easy to drink but still very tasty.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer by Sarah, and given to me for Christmas.

Pours a thick but fluid black-brown, with a dense, fine head of beige that takes on a more orange tone while the body tries to escape. Lacing is fine but minimal. Very nice fine carbonation.

Nose is excellent. Holy crap yes. Huge sweet smokiness giving BBQ characters and a fragrant savoury aroma. But this is above a very fine and rich chocolate/roast note basis, giving a firm breadth to work with. It's really, really gorgeous: rich, sweet, smoky, savoury, complex. It's extremely impressive stuff. Absolutely superb.

Taste is also good: it actually gets a slight smoked meat character to it that wasn't really there on the nose. There's also potent roastiness giving a strong char. The main issue is that there's a genuine lack of sweetness here, making it very dry for the most part, and turning the smoke flavours semi-astringent. Finish is very dark and very roasty. It's a bit of a shame, because the nose promised absolute divinity.

Feel is also a bit light, but it has a pleasant crispness to it at least: with a touch more sweetness in the flavour it would be very pleasant.

Overall, I'm impressed, even despite my reservations. This is a very tasty beer, with a smoke character that is absolutely beautifully crafted. I would love it to be better, because there's the foundations for an absolutely world-class brew here—and I want it to happen.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stcules
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pitch color, no reflexes. Cappuccino colored foam, beautiful and sticky.
In the smell an explosion of smokiness, intense and full, with some roast note. Cocoa.
The taste is absolutely full, bitter, smoked. Round and full, with a good hoppiness too.
Well balanced, alcohol well hidden.
Full body, pleasant.
The aftertaste is on the smoky notes, with a finishing hop, bitterness tending to bitter roots.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dgilks
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark black. Great creamy tan head. Nice lacing and head retention.

Intense combination of dark cherry, smoke, chocolate and tobacco. Interesting alcohol. Nutty.

Rounded combination of malt and alcohol. Big nuttiness, chocolate, roast, alcohol and sweetness. Bitterness a little high.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Actually really nice and suits the beer.

A really good beer. Complex flavours and everything else works with it.

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Photo of bkk4life
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Imperial Ghisa from Birrificio Lambrate
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 19 ratings