Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) - HaandBryggeriet
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4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Pours black with a big mocha head.
S: Smoke, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee in the nose.
T: Dark chocolate, a bit of smoke, some coffee. Pretty good. Almost a bit tart. Maybe some lemon.
M: Full bodied and kind of smooth.
O: If you like smoky scotchy stouts, I definitely recommend this beer.
02-07-2014 21:19:09 | More by BierJager89
3.89/5 rDev -1.5%
This is an intense beer and glad to not see it in a 750ml bottle.
I'm going to call its color black, because it's darn dark. Huge off tan head, spotty lacing, thick bed of foam as it settles. Yum!
Aroma has smoke for sure. A bit of peatiness that is a bit astringent but works well in the nose. Dark roasted malt, just shy of chocolate. Leather and hints of old wood
Flavor takes a dip a bit. The peatiness comes on heavy here. Not quite cloying but close. It has a sharpness that makes the smoke lose character a bit. Almost like charred grain...almost. But the smoke is darn good. Dark caramel, baked in leather wraps. Some earthy spice.
The feel is a bit much. It's not smooth. The peat or something gives it tannins that overpower the flavor. I'd like to enjoy the smoke and malt, but not be reminded of the feel...if that makes sense.
Still, a great beer. Probably best with burnt ends brisket. Mmmm...
08-11-2013 05:05:34 | More by Mebuzzard
British Columbia (Canada)
3.76/5 rDev -4.8%
A: Deep amber-chestnut, tan head, great retention, leaves a bit of lace.
S: Nice smoky aroma, roasted nuts, light caramel.
T: Roasted nut, rye bread, dark caramel, peppery spice, honey-like sweetness with a solid bitterness for balance. Nice amount of smoke. There's certainly a lot of flavour here, but it's not all that well integrated, so it seems a bit harsh.
M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness and a hint of acidity.
O: An interesting brew, but not really to my taste.
05-22-2013 01:55:52 | More by Derek
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
My wife picked up a Sculpin and I wanted a sexy beer for the night too.
Large tan head springs forth from a dark brown beer. Ruby highlights. Batch #273. Last sip looks as good as the first.
Intensely smoky aroma. A little meaty like beef soaked in a dark marinade. Worcestershire. Mild wheaty twang and light brown turbinado, tamarind sweetness.
As smoky as it smells. Smoke hits the palette 1st but rolls into a carmelized glaze reduction. Long, lingering smoke mouth aftertaste.
Smoke is good.
02-16-2013 22:37:48 | More by donkeyrunner
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
500ml bottle. What? Where there's smoke, there's fire, or so I've always been taught. Do things work differently in the land of fjords? What sayeth Slartibartfast of Magrathea on the matter?
This beer pours a murky, dark dirty brownish amber colour (this conveys smoke rather well, thank you very much, left brain!), with three fingers of puffy, foamy, shiny ecru head, which leaves some crudely broad caricatures of arched lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.
It smells of moderately smoky, somewhat seaside oriented in its bearing, bready, salted caramel malt, a soft, singed generic orchard fruitiness, some understated nutty milk chocolate, and weirdly funky, herbal hops. The taste is rather cocoa-heavy at the outset, the smoke saving its focus for the late arriving caramelized toffee malt, some persistent, if still underwhelming apple and pear fruit esters, persistently prickly earthy, leafy hops, and a slightly warming, swirling alcohol edge.
The carbonation is average, if just a bit more slavish to the frothing, effervescent manner, the body a steady medium weight, and smooth in a battlefield sense - calm now, sure - but what to expect right around the corner? It finishes off-dry, as the chocolate maltiness, lingering burnt fruit, and still unloved caramel notes combine to hold the persistent smoke at bay.
A decent smoked beer, a league or two more palatable than the last similar offering from this particular nation (I'm looking straight at you Nøgne Ø). The key seems to be the integration, because while it is indeed smoky, we're led to perceive this as a sub-attribute of whatever typical beer meme we're currently sussing out, rather than as an overarching component of the whole. As wanky as that was, it's true, and a straight-up compliment to the brewer.
01-27-2013 06:27:56 | More by biboergosum
Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.