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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Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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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Photo of ADZA
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark murky kola hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a creamy,frothy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing all over the shop,the smell is a combination of smokey bacon,roasted malts,chichory,light liquorice and a tinge of herbal hops,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel which coats the mouth with smokey bacon,toasted marshmallows,chichory,beef jerky and finishes with a herbal hoppy bitterness and overall very nice and would drink again.

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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 akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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 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 pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last one on the shelf at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $8. Batch #273, Total Bottles Produced: 1080. Appears to be a label stuck on top of another label. Interesting. Into a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Dark brown in color with a sand colored head right at a quarter of an inch thick that has receded to a small cap of bubbles with a few spots of lacing. Some decent red highlights when held to the light.

S: Decent amount of smoked malts, not a bacon bomb by any means but still a decent amount of smoke in this one. Behind the smoke is a bit of a bit of burnt malt, some slightly caramel like smells and some yeast esters.

T: Follows the nose nicely, just the right amount of smoke to let you know there is smoke, but doesn't punch your tongue like an Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbier. Some dark fruit sweetness and a slightly phenolic, estery yeast profile as well. Interesting mix of smoke and fruit. Nice bitterness on the finish to tie everything together. Really nice.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, and surprisingly sweet and sticky, I figured this would be a little bit drier. Works well for this beer though.

O: This is a pretty nice smoked beer, nothing ground breaking but a well done, not overly smokey beer. Doesn't have the liquid bacon/ham that others are known for, but has just enough to make you notice. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dirty brown colour with a small, tan head. Fair head retention.

Smoky, dark, roasty and smelling delicious. There is a touch of fruit in the background. Very good.

Smooth, malty, sweet and delicious. Great balance. A little earthy with plenty of smoke. A touch fruity.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer with lots of flavour. Really nice. The smopke is well balanced and there are some fine esters in there.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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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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 DaveHS
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy mahogany with 3/4 inch of milky coffee colored head. Leaves rings of soapy lacing.

S-Rauchbier smokiness, gouda, peanut shells. Seriously, peanut shells.

T/M-Smooth, medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Very well balanced smokiness, burnt pretzels, light coffee roastiness.

D-Not as bold as I like in therms of the smoke, but a well put together beer.

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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 raverjames
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. The smoke is present in the taste and aroma, without being overpowering. There is a nice malty sweetness in the background. I get a load of peat and almost a hint of bacon. I am not big into smoked beers, but I love this one. I could drink a pint of this easily.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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 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 GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: Naturally, the smoked malt dominated the aroma, but also had some traces of hops and barley.

T: Tasted of smoked malt (of course), barley, and and a tinge of hops in the finish. The smokiness wasn't nearly as overpowering as with some other smoked beers (Aecht, for example), but was still pretty tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, solid, drinkable beer.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cardinal in Stavanger, Norway. This beer pours with a minimal head and features a rather murky orange-brown color with slightly red hues. Very cloudy and not much in the way of lacing as I drank.

The smell was a treat--mouth-watering smoke with aromas of smoked sausage and bacon. Also some very earthy smells such as peat/tobacco/wood.

The taste of this beer turned out to be rather surprising in a good sense. Upfront, I was greeted with a smoke tour-de-force from the heavy amount of smoked malts used in crafting this beer. I could taste a variety of smoked flavors--smoked meats, a little bit of ash and wood mixed in for good measure. What surprised me, however, was the transition and the finish. Finished quite dry, but the middle was a mixture of dark and winter type fruits, such as plums and stewed pears. This broad range of flavors results in a nice, complex taste and an easier drinking smoked beer for those who may not be accustomed to the style.

Mouthfeel was overall good. A little more thickness/chewiness would have been appreciated, but the body of this smoked beer was overall very pleasing and smooth in my mouth. Not too much in the way of carbonation. Fairly moderate.

Drinkability was excellent. A very easy drinking smoked beer that is by no means overwhelming. A smoked beer fan myself, I found the transition of flavors refreshing and intriguing. Worth a try if available in your area.

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