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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Once, every farm in Norway was required by law to brew its own ale. All of that ale had a natural smoky taste because the malt was kilned by fire, and most of it was spiced with juniper berries. Norwegian Wood, a recreation of that traditional style, is made by the "Hand Brewery" - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown-red with a big-bubbled light khaki head. Moderate meaty smoke aroma with some spice. The juniper is more apparent in the taste, with the smoke and juniper combining to form a nice smoky earthy flavor, like someone tossed a piece of charred fragrant wood into my beer. And I mean that in good way.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4400) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a dark red/brown and a beautiful beige head. Campfire, smoke, a tad bit of bacon, citrus, light fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Also some bitterness and pine. I really enjoyed this stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (2967) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2007
quite an amazing idea of what a traditional ale/Rauch beer should be. it smokiness brings an great quality to something special. giver a try

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4234) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2007
The aroma is smoky like it should be with some toasted malt. The appearance is deep copper orange with a large tan head. The flavor is like the aroma and not as overpowering as some smoke beers. The palate is thick. This is a well made beer but not my style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Cloudy brown pour with a med-large, persistent beige head. Aroma is a nice smoky mix of campfire-smoked wood, twigs. Flavor is an intense smoky mix that is quite potent - burnt wood, grass, berries? Nice sticky feel. The only problem here is that its not "refreshing" when it comes to taste. The smoke is a bit overwhelming, but its interesting and definitely high quality stuff - just not an everyday brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2007
Aroma is great. It has a lot of smoke, juniper indeed, perhaps pine, some roasted malts even, wood. Nice and complex. Hazy, brown coloured with a medium, beige, lasting head. Taste is quite bitter and has smoke, juniper/pine, some maltiness. Leaving a dry, pleasant and lingering finish. This is truly remarkable stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5009) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Bottle (Batch No. 70, brewed March 2007). Good robust smoked aroma, woody with chocolate malt. No sign of juniper. Deep mahogany pour with a huge, excitable, spoonable, rocky, creamy, - perfect -, beige head. Taste is more urned than smoked, though the latter is there residually, with creaking planks of wood and dusty yeast. Dry but not overly so, with just a slight herbal edge that isn’t juniper but does compliment nicely. Medium body but kinda blase and uninterested in the feel. Solid and darkly satisfying but doesn’t knock my socks off.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Maybe it was all the other exceptional stuff I was drinking but I didn’t get much more than smoke. Like drinking a liquid steak, it was actually meaty. Aroma has much more smoke than the taste. The smoke overpowers any remnance of fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1259) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2007
A dark ruby pour with lots of darkness, a persistant tan head, aroma reminded me of a wood fire, some berries, dry and oily smoke fragrances, hints of candy sweetness and malt, smokey wood and dark bread flavor, taste of faint brown sugar that quickly disappeared, there is a wood taste in the finish, flavors of roasted malt, some dry bitterness on the tongue that has a faint bitter chocolate flavor, smoke and wood sticks to the tongue, burnt flavor here and there, smoke flavor pretty much dominates, lots of carbonation and prickly in the mouth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Murky Peach Brown Color with Sandy Head. Solid Smokey Aroma with Undertones of Sweet Berry. Heavy Bodied. Dry and Creamy Mouthfeel. Smoke Dominated the Flavor Profile with Undertones of Dark Malt, Chocolate and Perhaps a bit of Caramel...with Some Balancing Notes from Juniper Berries. Dry, Thick, Smokey Aftertaste. Ends Quite Balanced, Making it Quite Alluring to Keep Imbibing. Very Nice Traditional.


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