Friday, July 27, 2012


Hey, that's easy for you to say, isn't it? I've decided there's no harm in flying blind in buying any of the HAANDBRYGGERIET beers, which are increasingly semi-widely available here in the US from their Norwegian origins. As I've written before, this brewer is one of the great ones of our modern time, and they're on an especially fantastic roll right about now, as evidenced by beers like this one and the amazing DOBBEL DRAM. This bottle of "ROYK UTEN ILD" translates into "smoke without fire" - meaning, quite obviously for only the beer-obsessed - that much inspiration was taken from the smoked-beer ground zero of Bamberg, Germany. This is where the original rauchbiers came from, and Royk Uten Ild even adds smoked malts from this region to give this wonderful beer its smoked-ale character.

ROYK UTEN ILD pours with a big foam head that is creamy and full of flavor. The ale does indeed have a terrific smoky taste, but it's not as "meaty" and "carniverous" as some of the Schlenkerla beers. The sharp smokiness comes on the aftertaste, and it's a sublime, delicious sort of sensation. Alcohol is at 8%. The creaminess and drinkability of this beer is top shelf, and when they call it a "Norweigian Smoked Ale", you can see that there's more than pride of place going on here. It's their own unique twist on a defined style, much like they've done with their double IPA. Mine was part of Batch 426, out of total bottles of 2,160. I don't know what that means, really, except that maybe we'd all better hurry up and hastily procure more of this nectar. 8.5/10.

1 comment:

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Wow! This looks great! I am so impressed!