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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Smoked
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ryk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) is our smoky beer, here we have tried to make a beer as smoky as we can using our smoked malt from Weiermann. We have made a fairly dark and flavourful beer. Apart from the special malt the rest of the malt bill (86%) is smoked malt. You could also say that this is a smoked wheat beer, because we have used our wheat beer yeast here. The beer is not scary but actually very nice even for those that arent smoke beer fanatics....try it and you will see. Contains malted barley, Amarillo hops, wheat beer yeast, and lots of smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany. 8% alc, 33 ibu, 48 ebc. Serving temp 8 - 12C or 46 - 53F.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6495) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2013
DE 2013: Brown coloured and hazy. Has an off-white head, lasting. Malty aroma, lightly smoked. More smoke in the flavor, sweetness, harmonic, bitter finish. Faint bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bahumat (93) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
Wow! The aroma of this beer cannot be adequately described. It smells from the first moment we opened the bottle like someone had unpacked a delicious smoked sausage; instantly mouth-watering and unique, layered atop the scent of good beer. Aroma: Delicious smoked sausage, and good beer. The use of the wheat ale yeast means that it carries a much lighter aroma for the beer than one would expect; but its absolutely and by far the most delicious smelling beer Ive ever had the pleasure of engaging. Appearance: Pours a dark cola with very thin tan head. Taste: Very, very reminiscent of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, with a gentle astringency and powerful earthy malt tones that fade into strong chocolate/coffee notes at the back. Sweet and delicious. The taste develops across multiple sips, opening up wonderfully. Palate: Pleasantly astringent with light carbonation, a little residual fizz and moderate astringency on the tongue and palate. Overall: This is the best smelling beer Ive ever enjoyed. By far. I want to sit and huff this beer for hours. Taste-wise, its an excellent stout-like taste with a little more hops than Id like, but it is delicious nonetheless. If youre looking for a real pleaser and enjoy aromatic stouts/imperial stouts, this one is absolutely for you. Hats off to Haandbryggeriet!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zita (4546) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2013
DE:light smoked aroma,red/brown, golden, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, soft nice smoked finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Deep red-brown body with a finely bubbled head that shows mediocre retention. Aroma is sweet caramel, meaty smoke, undercurrents of dark fruits. The meaty smokiness plays nicely off the sweet malts here, with enough balance to allow underlying flavours of raisins and chocolate to shine through. Dry, peanut-skin bitterness. Marred slightly by an overabundance of carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2089) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 31, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Ryk 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kelly_canuck (6) - Richmond, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2013 does not count
From bottle. Amazing smoky aroma, not overpowering and not subtle, just right. For flavor Im picking up dark cherry, hickory, a bit of chocolate. All work well together. Would love to air this with BBQ brisket.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3030) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
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 Im 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 Im 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 Im 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 Im starting to be afraid that girls may be interested in me just because Im a top-rater on ratebeer, but I was told I should not worry about this to happen, really not, absolutely not.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1540) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
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.


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