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


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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1648) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Draft at Farmers Cabinet and later Khyber Pass. Very dark brown pour with a lasting tan foamy ring. Plenty of earthy wood smokiness. Tobacco. Bacon. Truffles (of both the fungal and chocolate varieties.) Black pepper. A hint of tartness. Most of the expected wheat notes have burned away. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1022) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2013
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (380) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2860) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2013
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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (1807) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours a red/brown with medium head of big bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aromas of oily smoke and dark berries. Flavors of smoked ham, heavily roasted malts, and berry jam. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vadie (720) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 Couleur marron-ruby très foncé, presque noir, avec une mousse moyenne marron pale qui rétréci dans quelques minutes et laisse un peu de lacing. Carbonation moyenne avec les bulles douces. Il y a une arôme très complexe et un peu different chaque fois que je l’ai senti. Il est comme du gras fumé, comme du poisson blanc fumé ou même du bacon fumé. Des fois c’est completement different, peut être c’est ça le malt fumé, mais il me fait penser en un vieux fumerie du poisson. Quand il reste encore de la mousse il y a peut-être une arôme des fruits sourdiné par le fumer. Le goût est très terreux. Il est du malt fumé avec un peu de chocolat ou café, mais chaque gorgée est unique. La finale est légèrement amer, et le après-goût est du fumer leger et du malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morri (202) - NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
500ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma of smoke, fat, coffee and roasted malt. Good carbonation. Great with barbecue food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6232) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20100921.
Pours brown color with a small head. Aroma of burnt malts, smoke, some coffee hints and caramel. Flavor of burnt malts, caramel, faint wheat notes and toffee. A bit weird but good.

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