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Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) - HaandBryggeriet

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88
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnnyP3 on 10-15-2010)
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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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

wordemupg, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

NEhophead, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of sliverX
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

sliverX, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

BeerTruck, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of stcules
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

stcules, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

kaelingirl, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Florya
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Florya, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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

metter98, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of HamJam
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

HamJam, May 08, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Diomede, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of razorsdescent
4/5  rDev +1.3%

razorsdescent, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Jayli, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Jwren5
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Jwren5, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 273, bottled 12/5/10
(from notes, this beer was just over a year old when I tasted it)

A - dark brown with tan creamy head; moderate retention; good lacing

S - big sweet malt attack immediately followed by wodsmoke and smoked meat; very engaging plum and roasted and chocolate malt notes; English-smelling hops peek out on top

T - smoked meat; caramel; roasted malt; tastes in between a smoked porter and a smoked dunkler bock - actually a bit stout-ish

M - medium-full; moderate/low CO2; sweet malt weight

O - quite a good beer; full of flavor without being tiring (though it is not entirely easy drinking!)

nezelrac, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Sammy, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of osusullins
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

osusullins, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 08, 2011
Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.