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Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) - HaandBryggeriet

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JohnnyP3 on 10-15-2010

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a deep brown with two fingers of tan head. Smokey aroma with a little sausage, dark malt, also a fair amount of citrus hops. Medium bodied. Plenty of smoke in the flavor along with hop bitterness. Smoke lingers in the finish. The smoke flavor became a little like liquid smoke as it warmed, which distracted. One of these is plenty.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Local Option into a tulip. The name means smoke without fire, pretty accurate...Black pour with a light tan head, ok retention and lacing...The aroma is lots of smoke but in a subdued way, as if its something that was "smoked", lacking a salty pork character which I miss, lots of peat and earth. I like it, but not awesome...The taste is heavily smoked, like drinking a bottle of liquid smoke, or lacking a piece of charred wood. No balance of pork or sweetness, just the smoke.

Like the thinking here, just not there yet.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours with a nice frothy head and smells deliciously smoky. if i could make an air freshener that smelled like this beer id be happy as a pig in shit, but unfortunately it may end there. i enjoy it and give props to its high quality, but i dot think i can drink a whole lot of it. i find it hard to give any low marks except for drinkability, and believe i would be wrong it i did. ive had many smoked beers that have way higher drinkability but just find myself hitting a wall with it. its worth trying for sure, but maybe recommend splitting with a friend, as i wish i had done.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle picked up in Chicago a few months ago, something like $9-10. It pours very dark, brown and opaque except at the edges, where it's a translucent auburn. It sports a wet-looking tan foam that forms a lasting layer on top.

Smoky aroma (duh) but sort of one-dimensional. No other malts or hops come through, despite the listing of amarillo on the label. The taste is likewise smoky and simple, no sweetness for balance. A little bitterness on the aftertaste, but mostly clean and dry.

Good carbonation, standard body and mouthfeel. Sort of a let-down for me, not a bad beer but not really worth 2x the price of Schlenkerla bottles.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased from the Adelaide Bier Shop.

Pours with very effervescent carbonation, requiring quick thinking to keep the foam from exploding out of the bottle. The carbonation stays fine and voluminous throughout, feeding a frothy but smooth head of off-white. Body is a cloudy deep mahogany colour, reddish in places, deep chestnut brown in others. Surprisingly fluid in the glass. Not a bad look all up.

Nose is smoky and sweet, with a type of meatiness to it that makes it feel solid and a little savoury. There are big caramel or treacle characters, which with the smoke mingle to give a glazed ham aroma. It's good, but I wonder if it will be slightly too heavy.

Taste is, contrary to all my expectations, too *hoppy*. On the back palate, we get a pronounced bitterness, that tends towards soapy grapefruit and rusty metal. This mingles with the (now dominated) smoke character to give quite an ashy finish. But the smoke flavour itself has almost disappeared, and the sweetness I was worried about ends up being overborne by the hops.

It's another interesting beer from Haand, but this one works a little less than some of their others. Again, they have some interestingly odd characters to it, but it's a little bit skewed towards anarchic here.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color with a khaki colored head. As the name implies, very, very smokey. A bit of salt and cured meat aroma to it, too. Some bread and toast, maybe a little bit of toffee. The flavor has a hint of vanilla which is nice, but the smoke and salt notes are almost overwhelming. A little bit nutty and some sweetness of toffee, bread, and toasted malts.

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Photo of stcules
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, so and so foam.
In the smell the smoke is clear and strong, intense, with almost tobacco notes.
Malty start in the mouth, then again smoke, full and intense, but not too much to be tiring.
Relatively easy to drink.
Medium body, with a long standing smokiness in the aftertaste, with touch of bitterness.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears almost black in the glass. Completely opaque with faint mahogany edges when held to a light and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Large rings and chunks of lacing left behind.

Smoked malt aroma that isn't overbearing with hints of charcoal, wood, roasted coffee and BBQ as well as some sweeter notes like chocolate, toffee and hazelnut. I'm not picking up much of the hops or wheat but there's a nice balance of smoke and sweet in the nose. I usually prefer smoke bombs but this smells pretty good.

Medium bodied with a bit more roasted character than smoke. It's still pretty smokey but there's more of an acrid burnt flavor than I had hoped for. Lots of deep roasted coffee/espresso and burnt toast. The smokey notes are present with hints of charcoal, smoked meat, BBQ and ash but I wish this flavor was more dominant. Underneath there is some bitter dark chocolate as well as some caramel, toffee and nut. I'm also picking up slight wheat which was missing n the aroma but still not much of a hop presence. This beer is bitter but attribute that more to the burnt/roasted character than anything else.

Overall, this was an interesting take on the style. Pretty tasty and well balanced but I wish that it had more of a smoke component and wasn't so burnt tasting. Worth checking out if you're a smokehead but not something I would likely purchase again.

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Photo of Jayli
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/28
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, murky brown with slightly reddish hues. One finger of light brown head sits on top which recedes quickly leaving minor spots of lacing.

S: Nose is smoke, caramel malts, and light floral hop notes.

T: Taste starts with a smokey, floral hop character. A nice continued undertone of smoke is present as lighter malts take over the middle. Finish is caramel sweetness with a continued smoke flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, thin but crisp with a slightly dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, decent representation of style. I'd seek out others of the style first, but a decent offering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9-ounce bottle poured into a Mikasa tulip. Thanks to heyta for sending this bottle my way.

Pours a very, very dark brown with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates into a thick, bubbly collar quick quickly with only a spot or two of lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose comes forward with some nice roasted malt and then there's just a touch of smoke in the background. The flavor has a bit more smoke and less of the roast. In addition, there's some cocoa and a bit of strong, bold coffee. Mouthfeel is medium with moderately-high carbonation. Slight fizz on the back-end. Finish is slightly dry and a bit smokey. Nicely done.

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Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with the most bad-ass homemade label ever.

It pours a deep, dark brown with hints of lighter brown on the edges and a foamy off-white head that leaves a thick wall of lacing as it recedes.

The smell is smoky but not over the top smoky, it has a lot of caramal and hops to go with it.

The flavor is pretty delicious. It has notes of caramel and butterscotch amidst a bitter culmination of smoke and hops. It is smoky, bready, fruity, malty and good. It is a bit sweet, if they would have gone with a tad more smoked malt and a tad less sweet caramel malt it would have been really skull-smashing.

Overall a solid rare import.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Ego
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

been on a rauch kick lately, so what the heck...

keep an eye on this, the head is sneaky fast, it calms down quickly but jams out of the gate, within a few seconds this is settling in to a really craggy/soapy bubbly asteroid crater, lacing is adequate, this is about as dark as ruby can go without being black, light needs to stop and ask for directions before passing through, hard to see any carbonation but with a quick swirl of the glass the head does reappear, pretty good

amarillo mixed with smoke... really strange, almost makes the finish of the nose chemical smelling, the smoke is there but the hops interfere imo, not enough to damage or destroy the lovely campfire aroma but it is distracting, I am getting some distant raisin notes as well, interesting nose but doesn't make me drool like some Bamburg burnt brews

taste etc...
nice medium body, although the carbonation is a bit too prickly, the hops are pretty subtle and actually blend better in the flavor as compared to the nose, smoky hop burps... and I thought thursday night wasn't going to be fun... this is pretty well rounded and all the flavors seem to fit in, I just don't "love" it, nothing pulls this one over the top to great. The smoke rides out the aftertaste longer as you sip this one down.. and the ABV sneaks in the back door.

worth seeking out, a good job mixing 2 elements from 2 vastly different regions. definitely one of the more unique beers I have tasted that isn't a failed experiment.

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Photo of osusullins
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

My last bit o' smoked goodness for a bit (stupid lack of unlimited funds...), but some good stuff recently. This capstone pours a murky garnet-auburn topped by over a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises charred wood, toffee, toasted biscuits, and a small amount of pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, with the toffee and smoke intertwining nicely, behaving themselves the whole time. Some mandarin oranges somehow sneak their way into the proceedings. Oddly enough, the smoke really doesn't dominate as I expected... The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily, slightly dry feel (man, has my tongue been worked-over a bit here...). Overall, a very nice smoke-based brew, but one that could, somehow, stand to have a bit more smoke involved. Still, another nicely-crafted piece from the Haand boys.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.