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HaandBryggeriet Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire)

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Smoked
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Røyk 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 aren’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5901) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2010
500 ml bottle. Dark brown body with a nice, lasting tan head. Aroma has a pleasant level of smoke and bacon, not subdue nor too much. I smell a tiny hint of caramel in the background as well. Flavor is smoky of course, also fruity, bitter and slightly burnt malt. I find this beer really well made, balanced and smooth, pretty amazing considering this to be quite strong in flavor. God job!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinoise2go (688) - NORWAY - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2011 29.4.2011: Bottle (50cl) from Vinmonopolet (Vika), Oslo. Batch 294. Improvement relative to earlier rating. Head is bigger with good retention, settles as a thick film with some lacing. Aroma has better balance - sweetness is not so dominant, and a nicer finish with smoked wood and licorice. Carbonation also appears softer. 18.9.2010: Bottle (50cl) at Olympen, Oslo. Batch 273. Very dark mahogany colour, small head. Pleasant, subdued smokey, sweet malt aroma. Taste is discreetly smokey, but marred by a somewhat unpleasant sweetness, reminiscent of malt-based soft drinks (surprisingly at this ABV). Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and too fizzy, I think, for this style. Disappointment. (Ar6, Ap3, T5, P3, O12)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
espenra (994) - Kurland, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2010
Cask at Håndverkerstuene. Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma is smokey with notes of coal and roasted coffee. Flavour is bitter and a tad sour. Notes og smoke and roasted malts again. Some oak. Short aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2010
500ml bottle shared with Knut Albert at Olympen. Very dark in body appearance. Naked surface. Spotty lacing. Smell of smoked sausages and earthy, semi-sweet malts. Likable flavour of smoked malts nicely married with chocolate malts. Smooth dry bitterness towards the ending. Hidden alcohol. Easy to drink. Looking forward to my next bottle of this one (Oslo, 06.08.2010).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6710) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2010
Bottle at Håndtverkerstuene. Smoky malt, dry mouth fee. Liquorice, soot. Quite light, very drinkable. I’d like it a bit more rough or complex, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (5976) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2010
Bottle at Bar & Cigar. Usually when you get a smoke-beer you expect it to be overpowering and taste like an old hunting cabin. But this one was actually very balanced and the smoke was a nice compliment that raised the beer. It was also fairly complex with lots of different flavours, unfortunately I didn’t write them all down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2010
Medium tan head doesn’t last. Nearly opaque black body goes deek dark red at edges. Light aroma of lingonberry and smoke with wild berry notes. Very faint. Dry-sweet-acidic chocolatey lingonberry and smoke taste with burnt juniper notes and a roasty background. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Light body. Delicate and balanced. Sweetish-dry wooden juniper chocolatey aftertaste with earthy notes. Extremely unusual. Surprisingly light and delicate, and even dangerously drinkable. A hot feeling settles in the mouth. Nice. Later I discover that the surface simplicity of this beer hides deeper complexities. Failed to analyze them properly. (0.5l bottle, Olympen, Oslo. Batch #273.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5416) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle @ Olympen, Oslo. Pours a near-black body with thin off-white head. Nose is bacon, wood and tar. Taste is smoked meat, port wine, wood, soy sauce, ashes and pure malty wort. Very complex, full bodied and quite delicious. Even the Haanbryggeriet trademark yeast profile, recurring in all of their dark beers, is well integrated in this solid smoked ale. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2010
50 cl bottle at Olympen, Oslo. Dark brown color, nice tan head. Aroma is light smoke and some berries. Flavor is smoke, fine sweetness and a hint of sourness. Light body. A will try this beer again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with some streaks and small splotches of offwhite head. Aroma is pretty damn smoky. A clean smoke aroma, not especially salty or meaty as islay barrel aged beers, more straight bonfire smoke. Roast and chocolate notes underneath. This feels basically like a big smoked brown ale. Starts off sweet on the tongue, but a prominent bitterness cleanses the palate, and a pleasant burnt sourness tickles the back of the tongue. The body was light and carbonation was fairly lively. At first, I wished it was fuller and thicker. As I got deeper in the glass, the smokiness that felt massive at first took a backseat role, and at the end of it I concluded that this is pretty damn drinkable. A successful experiment.

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