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Holy Smoke | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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3.84/5
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45 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 01-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
45
pDev:
10.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by OtherShoe2:
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with a huge towering rocky foam head. Holy foam Batman! Tons of sticky globs of foam and lace.

Fighting thru the foam for the nose. Smoky charred sugars. Some molasses. Some rich malt. Best part is that this smoke smells like smoke, not bacon.

Not as deep as a traditional German Rauchbier. The sugars dry out early. Sweetness of the malt is in the background. Some charred malt, dried...dark (?) flavors? Great balance to the bitterness and smoke. This is really becoming very enjoyable as I sip the pint. Friggin gobs of lace as rings down the glass. Beer has a pucker at the end. Dries right out. Not overly bitter, not overdone anywhere. Great balance on the front and back ends.

Well carbonated. A little on the light side (!). Almost...grainy in texture.

Wow. Been staring at this on the shelf for years. What great beer. $12 for the bottle, but absolutely fantastic. Not like the traditional version, or the domestic attempts. Right in the middle in interpretation, and very very well done.

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Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby brown body, thin offwhite head.

Some smoke in the nose but not particularly pungent.

Dry, kinda ashy smoke, dry and a tad bitter.

Decent feel.

Another decent rauch, but not particularly remarkable. It says 'lager' but means 'baltic porter.'

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Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Bung
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml. Really dark brown, thin layer of light tan.

Aroma, mostly nutty malt. Some peat and lighter dark chocolate. Lightest smoke. Where's the rauch??

A little more here. More wood and peat than smoke, but it is a nice flavor. Balanced pretty well with the malt and molasses. There's kind of a black walnut bitterness as well. Also some cardboard/plastic that detracts a bit. Finishes pretty dry with the nut, burned peat.

Body is nice, a just right amount of carbonation. Drinks easily, if it is your sort of thing. Drinks plenty easy, but there are better for thr price. Try it once. Doing something to make the aroma stand out more would really elevate this and removal of the off notes.

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Photo of sneth019
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ezhang
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bubbles
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The very is very dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of smoked malts in the nose along with some hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of smoke along with notes of dark and roasted malts, soy sauce and wood. There is a slight amount of bitterness and some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it’s neither full-bodied nor overly smoky. It’s a good selection for someone who wants to try a Rauchbier, but might not be ready for intense smoky flavors.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark oily color, with a small, creamy, foamy, cafe head. Average retention leaving a patchy lacing.

S - Definitely smokey with BBQ pork, wood (lighter wood, not a strong one), but this isn't the smokiest Rauchbier. Some light, bittersweet chocolate in the background. Nice roasted malty backbone.

T - Like the nose, smokey but not the smokiest one out there. BBQ pork, smoked wood, smoked chocolate malt. Faint sweet nutty and maple flavors.

M - Medium to light body. Average to slightly below average carbonation. Slick and oily.

D - Fairly easy to drink Rauchbier. Not too smokey with a nice roasted malt backbone. Not dominated by the smoke/meat which is nice.

Notes: Overall a very nice Rauchbier. Not too intense but enjoyable. Easy to sip. Not amazing but worth a shot.

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Photo of raythealeman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a very dark brown--I thought maybe this was a porter by the appearance--and a wisp of small off-white bubbles for a head. Aroma of smoked malts, bacon, and charcoal. More of the same in the taste, not overly smokey, but definite hints of smoked meats and malts, charcoal, toasted nuts, and a hard to ignore medicinal/BandAid sensation in the background that might be an off-flavor. (Is there something wrong with NogneO's brewing processes lately?) Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, fairly easily drinkable, but not too impressive overall.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

According to the label, this thing was the winning entrant in a homebrewers' competition; the prize was getting the recipe brewed at Nogne. Right on. Good choice, my man. It pours a slightly murky sunset amber topped by a finger or so of light ash-tan foam. The nose comprises dry smoked wood (sorta like beech, but woodier, almost as though pressed fiberboard was the wood employed here), light toffee, and a drop or two of light maple syrup. Very pleasant, even if not the most in-your-face smoke around. The taste brings in more of the same, though there's more of a hammy quality now (not too much of one, but it's there). Nice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly slick feel. Overall, a nice rauchbier, something a lot mellower than I expected, given Scandinavia's experience with smoke (mostly the Haand's brews and whatnot). Good times.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Jlang2012
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of CaptainSkybeard
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of champ103
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black color. A two finger tightly packed, well formed beige head forms with excellent retention. Ultra fine bubbles keep rising. Nice lace as well. This is a looker.
S: Smoke up front and center as it should be. Though not overwhelming. Milk chocolate and a great toasted malt aroma. Bread, light coffee. Everything works great.
T: Follows the nose. Smoke is always on the tongue, but not over barring at all. Slightly meaty with a bit of charred wood, maybe tobacco. Milk chocolate and toasted malts make for an awesome balance. This is great.
M/D: A medium body and very fine carbonation. Creamy and smooth. So easy and enjoyable to drink. The bottle will be gone in no time, and I need to get some more bottles while I can.

A great Rauchbier. I am not typically a fan of the style, but this is excellent. One of my favorites of the style because of the great balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Disease
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a puffy island on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, smoked meat/cheese, and a caramel aroma. Taste is much the same with campfire flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice smoke flavor but I think it smells slightly better.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, that is one enormous hand-rolled cigar (or is it a spliff?) the viking dude on the label is smoking behind the company logo!

Pours out a very dark brown with a corona of tiny tan bubbles which leave behind some minor lacing patterns. Once the initial heavy blast of smoke aroma upon cap removal gets a chance to settle down in the glassful, I get a very strong olive scent combined with hardwood smoke in about equal amounts...so pronounced in olive that I find myself wondering if they actually used olive wood charcoal to smoke the malt.

Given a bit more time to warm up, the aroma (and flavor) of all the specialty malts underneath the smoke appear in firmly supportive roles. The flavor does not have much of the olive characteristic from the nose, rather it sticks to the malts and woody tannic smoke, finishes up really quite crisp, dry and "ashen" as another BA member has already nailed down. The light and bubbly texture and mouthfeel seem directly descended from the lager textbook.

It is also worth mentioning that the level of smokiness in the flavor and aroma are kept rather restrained and reigned in compared to most other Rauches, especially for a brew named "Holy Smoke" I would have expected more...well...smoke! But they made the right choice by focusing more on balance than 'gimmick' in this regard IMO.

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Holy Smoke from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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