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Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) - HaandBryggeriet

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Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire)Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire)

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88
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Norway

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 -23.2%
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 homebrewhawk
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of stcules
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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 NEhophead
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of wrw5031
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Docrock
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Beardcore
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of sliverX
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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