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

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RATINGS: 822   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2007
very large light tan head. Rich, complex aroma which contains fruit, wood, spearmint, and slight must. Nice roasted and bitter flavor made more interesting by the slight musty and yeast flavors. Crisp finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with a fluffy and lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel, wood, maple and smoke. Almost bacon-y. Medium body and carbonation. Softly sweet taste with the same notes as the aroma. Smoky dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Light smokey woody aroma. Sweet caramel maltiness maybe a little chocolate. pretty smooth flavor and easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle: Dark murky ebony/ruby, foamy head, no lacing. Nose of rauch and peat malt, light caramel and bright yeast with a touch of hops and alcohol in the tail. Nice full body, tons of smoke, one dimensional though, good mouthfeel. Woody, nice body, nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Reddish amber, moderate head with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is smokey, notes of caramel, wood, juniper... though I wouldn’t have known unless I read the description. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6019) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2007
Bottle, thanks for sharing Todd! Wood, juniper, smoke, light soap aroma. Brown, huge off-white head. Fairly harsh smoked, chocolate, abrupt metallic finish, perfumed juniper. Dry, but relatively thin body. Not harmonic but interresting.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Chocolate brown pour with a massive off-white head. Aroma has strong notes of smoky, firewood. I didn’t get any juniper berries or fruit in the aroma at all. I enjoyed this one on my palate - strong malty body and the same smoky flavors as in the aroma. Interesting brew - I feel like rauch-style biers are underappreciated and this is one of the better ones I’ve had. Only negative is mildly astringent flavors on the back of the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2007
Dark brown-red colored, cloudy appearance with little yellow head. Rich smoky-ham-bacony aroma, some lemony sweetness there too. Medium bodied. Flavor is more fruity and grainy, not so dominated by smoke, still it comes up. Aftertaste turns to more smoked with some yeast and strongly dry vegetables. Interesting traditional ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle@Home. Strong smoked wood aroma with some smoked eal in the background and raisins. Brown color, beige firm head, good lace. Starts easy, raisins and sparkling, even a bit sweet. The strong wood comes in with broken twigs and smoke. But it finishes again different, harsh bitter dry charcoal. A big explosion of flavors that makes it hard to finish the whole bottle on your own. Glad I shared it with Savad who called this beer like walking in the woods after a small forrestfire that was killed after a summer rainstorm.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottled(500ml). -in Pingvinen, Bergen. Bottle costs 79 NOK or app. 11€.
Murky amber coloured, big pale beige head, mild smoked and juniper nose. Very aromatic, quite yeasty (also big yeast sediment) and mild hoppy with notes of smoke and juniper. Not so good as Dark Force is but also excellent brew.


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