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

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RATINGS: 783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2007
This was kind of different.Poured brown with an ivory head.The nose smelt of a campfire.Flavor was of smoke and berries with a slight smoky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1360) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2007
bottle. thanks gk. woody brown pour with foamy head. mellow smoke and mild hop aroma. quality smoky flavor. nutty. fire roasted malts. well balanced. smoke is up front and steady.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2007
Tasted at GBBF 2007. 50 cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a huge white head. Aroma of smoke wood. Very tasty with flavour of smoke wood, spices and ends up very smooth. Hard to drink a lot of this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Dark amber/brown color with a huge beige head. Aroma of smoked malts. Flavor of smoked malts and spices.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10485) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Woody, smokey aroma with licorice. Flavor has fat bacon, smoke, beechwood. Smoky and hopbitter aftertaste. A huge taste bomb, there is nothing refined and balanced in this beer, but it is certainly a tasty and very interesting one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Appearance: Pours an effervescent, dark reddish body with a small, fizzy off-white head. Smell: Intensely smokey, meat-laden nose with hints of wood and fire-roasted juniper berries. Taste: Dark caramel flavor and sweetness that’s smothered with a ton of smokiness and wood. Mmm, thick-cut bacon. Charred juniper berries and mint. Christmastime potpourri blend. Hint of yeast. Finshes dry, with an herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated, kinda fizzy actually. Drinkability: I hope you like your beers smokey!

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 (4475) - 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 (2987) - 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 (4253) - 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.


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