StefanSD (1988) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of jesterdeal. Thanks. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a big foamy khaki colored head that has great retention. The aroma is somewhat mild for a smoked beer with smoke, roasted grains and some ripe dark fruits. The taste is wonderfully complex with Bamberg smoked malts, wheat, dark chocolates, leather and bitter walnuts. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with a bit of lingering smoke. Overall: Very tasty--Great smoked beer.
patricks110 (1554) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Røyk Uten Ild pours a murky opaque dark brown with a fluffy and slightly creamy beige head that fizzes up and dies to a thin spotty head. A few light splotchy beige lacing marks can be found on the glass with a few swirls. The nose has a mild floral and citrus based hop that is soon overblown by a prominent but not overpowering smoked malt note. Hints of chocolate and a mild lightly roasted coffee also become apparent. In general the smoked malts are rather mild and not entirely overblown in the aroma. The first sip I took has a bit of sweetness and a mild chocolately roasted malt. The hops are entirely missed in the flavour with an encroaching smokey ashtray that covers the entire mid palate. The flavour profile is not overblown with smoke and ash but not much is detectable amidst the smoke. The finish has a rather heavy bitterness and a lingering smoke and drying astringency. The finish is heavy with lingering smoke and a warmth attributable to the 8% ABV. Overall, a rather good modern twist on traditional Rauchbier.
kelly_canuck (6) - Richmond, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Amazing smoky aroma, not overpowering and not subtle, just right. For flavor I’m picking up dark cherry, hickory, a bit of chocolate. All work well together. Would love to air this with BBQ brisket.
ReggieDunlap (2894) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber with a foamy tan head. Aroma has nice smoke...slight metallic and band aid notes. Flavor is nice and campfire smoky...a bit bacony in a great way. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is light and smoky/bacony...dries out and lingers.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A heavy meaty-leathery sweet smoked dark lager
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed a few months after receiving it through private importation.
The look: Dark brown body topped by a medium beige heard with medium retention.
In long: Nose is medium-high smoky, a bit meaty, a certain leathery and earthiness. Taste is meaty earthy malts, wet leather, a strong rye sensation (although I’m almost certain this is not a rye-based beer), cooked caramel, a certain spiciness, toasted wheat, tobacco. A ton of carbonation which would be too much for most beers but here I think this the excessive carbonation helps the beer not tasting like a burnt steak wrapped in leather. I also thought the beer felt like a lager but looks like it is an ale, so I have no clue what I’m talking about and I should just shut up. Far from a highly drinkable beer, this beer feels very heavy although once again the excessive carbonation helps drinkability. Not a very good beer, however I’m giving it bonus points because there was something original about this beer that is hard to describe with words. This is my 100th Smoke rating, another milestone, and with over 5000 ratings I’m starting to be afraid that girls may be interested in me just because I’m a top-rater on ratebeer, but I was told I should not worry about this to happen, really not, absolutely not.
NikkTwist (1339) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Very dark brown pour with a lasting tan foamy ring. Plenty of smokiness. Feeling some earthy wood elements as well. The wittbier flavors have been mostly burned away. No particular sour element (only mentioning this because most Haands seem smoked and soured.) Nice clean smoked beer without any pungent Rauch element.
Nordcore (932) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50cl. Dark brown with a large foamy lightbrown head. A dark fruity aroma with some roasted and chocolate sence. The taste are more roasted, even light smoked taste, med. Bitter. Not Bamberg beer, but ok
BarossaLuke (536) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottle was two years old. There was a moderate smokiness to the aroma but it wasn’t too strong. The flavour has the smokey bacon type flavour with warming alcohol and a rich maltiness. I think due to the age of the beer some of the smoke had decreased and the flavour was starting to appear a little dull and stale.
NBird (282) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown med head that settles thin and lasts. Smells..lots of smoke, roasted malts and caramels, wheat and some choc when swirled. Tastes ..heaps smokey malts hints of dark fruit, choc and coffee, some alcohol too. Rated with flu and cigarette.
Martinus (2617) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish brown colour, beige head. Aroma of smoke, malts, sweet caramel, dried fruits, raisins and berries. Sweet malty flavour, bitter malts, smoke and ash. Smoky finish, caramel, coffee, red fruits and berries.
)From 0.5L bottle @ home)