Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) - HaandBryggeriet

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88
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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

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(Beer added by: JohnnyP3 on 10-15-2010)
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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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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 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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1%

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 corby112
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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 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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +1%

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 Mebuzzard
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Derek
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 17/12/12

A doesn't look that dark as it pours out of the bottle but once in the glass its not quite black but quite dark, large 3 finger mocha foam sits around for a few sips leaving a single ring of lace

S the smoke is there but not over the top, some smoked spiced apple with some faint hops, a little nutty toffee and milk chocolate, not quite funky but the yeast profile is unfamiliar to me but I like it.

T the fruity, smokey notes are interesting and again mellow smoke works well with the chocolate, tastes solid but the nose had more complexity and intensity

M not as thick as you expect from the color but easy to drink not being as heavy, carbonation's almost foamy but not quite, a little slick after the fact with a lingering smoked chocolate aftertaste

O I rather liked this one, a nice smoked brew. The smoke is mellow allowing other aspects to play a part and no booze at any point, I could drink another

I'm pretty happy with this brewery and my ability to buy it in my home town, well worth trying and looking for if your a smoked malt fan

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 scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice tan head of three fingers and a thick layer of foam that lasts through all 650ml's. The color is a super dark brownie brown to black. I can barely see a few bubbles rising to the top.

Only a little smoke aroma enters the nostrils compared to what I expeceted. The aroma is a very strong malt bill of super toasted and roasted malts. Imparting medium chocolate and coffee aromas with some smokey cream.

The taste starts with a smokey caramel and coffee. Then the middle unloads more of the Bamberg smoked malts, but you also get some chocolate flavors as well. The finish is a slightly gritty and well carbonated palate with smokey rye bread crust, and maybe just a hint of bacon and wood. This is a great smoke beer. Probably on the top tier of smoked beers that I can enjoy and would buy again.

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