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Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) - HaandBryggeriet

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89
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnnyP3 on 10-15-2010)
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Reviews by NEhophead:
Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in a chalice.
Batch 426, total bottles 2160.

Deep oak color with a shade of maple. Carbonation-filled, foamy off-white head with quite surprising strength given its activity. Really nice ringed lacing around the chalice's edges.

Big leathery smoke quality with a touch of alcohol soaked peat, a bit like scotch. Rounded, moderately sweet caramel with a mild, clean floral hop presence. There's a bit of an herbal spice that adds a nice complement to the intense bacon-like smoke character.

Despite the intensely smokey aroma, the flavor is driven by a slightly heavy, sweet caramel with ripe, vinous fruit: plum, cherry. That's not to say that the leathery smoke flavor is absent, it is very flavorful yet slick as a result of some imbalances with the other flavor components. The sweetness is a bit much and the fruit is just a bit too young.

Nearly full bodied. For the style, it is one of the more 'heavier'/'maltier' ones that I've had. The texture supports the bolder flavors quite well.

I enjoyed this offering although it isn't my favorite version of the style. The fruit flavors might benefit from some age in order for some of the slightly tart qualities to mellow, which may allow the sweetness to turn a bit richer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer. Always happy to try a new smoked beer.

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very smokey. It reminds me of fresh smoked brisket, with a lot of meaty smoke notes and a little bit of roasted malt. The flavor has some great smoked chocolate notes, as well as some roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent though unexceptional smoked beer. Greyish tinged body with some retained off-white head. Average mouthfeel. Decent drinkability with lunch. Booze not too detectable. A tad of woodiness.Bottle from trade. Some chocolate malt and on the sweetish side.

Photo of adamcthomp
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown colored body with amber tint. Tan head has great retention and lacing. Everything one could ask for...

S - Smoked malts all over this one. Have you had anything from Heller Trum? Then you know the basic smell. Two major differences are the presence of the Amarillo hop, which gives the aroma a slight sweet citrus quality, and what smells like some chocolate malt.

T - Much more assertive chocolate malt flavor than aroma in this beer. As the beer sits in the mouth a bit the smoke become much more present, By the swallow, the smoke really takes over the palate. The finish contains a good balance of lingering chocolate malt, hop spice, Bamburg smoke, and a slight, crisp mineral presence.

M - Like most products from Haandbryggeriet, the body is somewhat light for it's strength. This beer features a very silky mouthfeel that is a fantastic contrast to the assertive smokiness.

D - A very impressive Smoked Porter, with a fantastic body that actually helps its drinkability. Don't expect to be beaten over the head with an overabundance of flavors, this beer does have the same understated beauty of other Haandbryggeriet brews I have enjoyed. Really good use of all the ingredients, fantastic balance, no flaws that I can detect. If you like smoke, pick this up.

Photo of osusullins
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a bottle poured into a tulip glass.
The beer poured a dark brown with a soft, white head that slowly dissolves. The aroma is of dark fruit with subtle smoke and slight chocolate. Strong estery taste with the dark fruit very pronounced up front followed by chocolate with the smoke lingering on the back end of the beer. This beer has less smoke than another of Haandbryggeriet's beers (Norwegian Wood) which did disappoint me. I would like the smoke to be more prevelant, but this was still a very nice, drinkable beer. I enjoyed it, but like Norwegian Wood better.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz into tall Aventinus glass.

A: Pours lightly viscous with root beer coloring, forming an acceptable head of sticky off-white foam.

S: I wasn't getting too much of the smoke from wafting it, but I may still be congested. It's there, like a sweater a few days after a bonfire. Earthen, light spice? Peat moss?

T: Liquid smoke. Not overwhelming, just very THERE. The maltiness merges around the middle of the sip and combines well. I don't claim to know the style yet, but I found it lacking some punch. Smoke needs a balance that the malt overwhelms. No alcohol present, either

M: Light smooth carbonation is mild on the tongue.

D: I would have like to have paired this with something barbecue-based. Very smooth, just very smoky.

Photo of andant
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Nice dark brown pour, light tan head. Retains well enough.

Aroma, malt heavy, bready caramel. Some toasted malt, lesser smoke.

Taste has the malty caramel, some pumpernickel, peat and chocolates. Smoked malt is mostly there mid through finish. The smoked meat lingers nicely. Would prefer the smoke to be more in your face, this is quite well balanced.

About mid bodied with a good level of carbonation. No alcohol to speak of though a little higher in content than some.

Another fine brew from Mr. Haand.

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet in a tulip.

A: The ale is dark a full brown hue; quite opaque. A half a finger of head insulated the ale, leaving no lace behind.

S: The smokiness is pronounced, immediately evident. The smokehouse aroma, full, sets the stage for the ale. The addition of a wheat beer yeast adds some sweetness amongst the darkness.

T: More smoke, not as intense as a Bamberger but pretty darn full. The smoke masks the darker flavors, chocolate and caramel, but also props it up. The wheat strain adds an estery profile, unusual but it does stand out against the smoke. The subtle smoke, again this isn't a Bamberger, is very flavorful. A surprisingly good smoked beer.

M: The smoke is chewy, meaty and a stand-out. It coats the tastebuds with a rich flavor that isn't too heavy. The darker malts, yeast strain and smoke all work nicely together.

Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #273, 1080 bottles.

Huge peat smoke in this, it's nearly medicinal. Beechwood smoke, barley, earth. Very dark, smoky brown/black with a tan head of foam. Spotty lace here and there. A soft gradation of foam maintains itself across the surface.

Campfire, charred wood, not approaching "meaty" at all. Peat smoke rarely takes on that quality, in my experience. Rich smoky malts, sweet tobacco, hefty woody flavors. Long dry aftertaste of wood smoke. No trace of the Amarillo hops on the label though. Malt sweetness is present and it's not overly dry.

Body is light, especially for a smoked beer, and easy to drink. Carbonation is light, and i'd never guess 8% for this ale.

Paired well with some smoked WI goat cheese, both found at Groppi Foods in Milwaukee.

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wrw5031
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with some caramel malt notes. Taste is good mix between some smoked malt with light smoked fish notes and some caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering with great balanced taste of smoked malt and bacon and smoked fish.

Photo of dendroaspis
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour, with a thick light tan head. Lacing was scarce.

Aroma was a little smoky, roasty, and malty. The smoke aroma was nice, but very muted for a smoked beer.

Taste was pretty much the same, though everything was kicked up a notch, which was more enjoyable.

The feel was fairly light, but creamy, with some crisp carbonation.

Overall, a decent smoked beer, but just not very pronounced in any aspect.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at ChurchKey into a snifter.

Has a very nice dark red cherry/brown body that is clear. A small light brown collar with rising carbonation. Head slowly disappears, resembling almost wine in a glass.

Smell is beechwood smoke and very campfire like. No sense of salt or jerky but that's about it. Heats of whispy smoke air feeling too.

Taste has a somewhat malt balance with minor smoke, feel is quite nice as well even slightly hinting at a bitter sense on the finish. Smoke sense is more on the nose than in the taste making this a very enjoyable beer.

Overall pretty solid all around. A good not so jaring smokey beer for people who might want to try one for the first time.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is very hazy and dark brownish amber in color. When holding the glass close to a bright light, a low amount of carbonation is visible. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoke in the nose along with some notes of dark fruits and hints of burnt malts.
T: Similar to the smell, smoky flavors dominate the taste of this beer, although these are not overpowering in any way.
M: The wheat makes this feel a bit more than light-bodied and smooth on the palate; it also has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The light-bodied nature of this beer would make it not as daunting to drink for someone unfamiliar to the style. There’s a high amount of carbonation in the bottle so it requires a careful pour or else you will get lots of head and no beer in your glass. No alcohol is perceptible in the taste.

Note: Batch #426

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Batch # 273
Total Bottles Produced: 1080

A: Pours a dark Coca-Cola brown (almost black) with lighter highlights at the edges when held to the light. A light khaki colored head reaches about two fingers thick before settling down to a 1/4 finger wafer of sticky cream. Carbonation is surprisingly apparent and lace is spotty and specky.

S: Very nice smoky aroma. Smoked ham, campfire, dark chocolate, cherry, and cola. Peaty.

T: Rauch malt takes centerstage. I couldn't really detect much of the advertised Amarillo hops. Delicious mix of smoke and chocolate.

M: Slick and oily without being too heavy. Sticks to the tongue and features a bit of a peppery prickle at the tail end of the finish.

D: Lately I've been craving smoky/smoked beers and this fit the bill quite nicely. Earthy and smoky without being "forced". Rich and satisfying without being too filling. Excellent.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.