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

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RATINGS: 752   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Bottled, Batch 70, BB 03/10. Poured lightly hazy medium caramel with a creamy cap of beige head.. stuck around for quite a while. The aroma was quite odd, but enjoyable.. lots of sour oak, smoked peat, some vanilla, and juniper branches in the background. The flavor didn’t mesh as well.. very sour from the berries and oak, chalky caramel, more dark fruits, and toffee in there.. smoky sour finish. Sharp and sour on the palate with too much barrel influence.. felt good otherwise.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2007
500 mL bottle. Pours a very natural-looking hazy brown/red color with a very large cream-colored head. Aroma is yeast, oak, bourbon, smoke and alcohol with a wee bit of fruit sweetness. Flavor is whoa, incredibly smoky... I feel like I am drinking a campfire. It’s well-balanced though, nice sweetness to it, a really unique beer. I have to say that smoky beers are not the norm for me, but this one seems abnormally complex and drinkable. It’s good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2007
500ml bottle. Batch #70, brewed March 07. Upon popping the cap a generous amount of brown foam gushed out of the top. Poured ridiculously carbonated - a dark red/brown body underneath a plethora of rocky, off-white foam. Plenty of yeast makes its way into the glass. Aroma tingles the nostrils. Prickly wood, pine, cedar, and a lot of smokiness. Very oaky. Char. Taste is very strong. Flavor of smoke is intense and in your face, surely the most smoke I’ve tasted in a beer before. Charcoal and oak in the flavor as well. Salt and peat. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonated, though it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. I am a fan of smoke but this one is almost too much. An admirable beer but a bit over the top on the flavor for me. Still glad I tried it though.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2007
Bottle. Fluffy and very high off-white long lasting head. A lot of the beer came streaming when I opened the bottle. Hazy dark red brown body. Roasted barley malt aroma with notes of wood. Pleasant smooth and round barley malt flavor with a light touch of smoke. Some bitterness at the end and in the aftertaste. Low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2007
This may probably be the best label I have seen this year (if not ever). I love the fingerprints and the whole word play as well as design. If I were to rate label this would get a perfect score. Pours with a big, strong head, bubbly and loud. Beautiful murky brown body, no clarity but some light radiating at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is strong smoke with an undercurrent of faintly tart tropical fruits (must be the juniper). Taste is very tart-y smoke. Mouthfeeel is very fizzy form the strong carbonation, but works here because this is the first thoroughly refreshing smoked beer I have ever had. It comes out as a tart/smoke beer, which is awesome. Great idea and great execution. 500ml bottle, Hobgoblin tulip glass.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Cloudy amber with a huge tan head. Vanilla, smoke, earthy, oakey, the juniper blends great with the smoke and oak tanins. Some chocolate and tobacco also. The juniper and oak balance out the smoke, there’s also a good amount of hop bitterness. This beer is intense but not overkill. Great beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 From a 500 ML bottle--Poured a glowing amber-mahogany colored body with a telling grappling foggy white head. Complex nose revealing notes of oak, smoke, and fruits. Juniper berries even nicer in palate. Natural sugar/gum ball chewiness that really hits the spot.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Rich ruby brown, huge very light tan head. Nose is piney smoke, slightly sour/tart juniper, slight pepper. Reminiscent of something from rogue. Flavor is smoke, rich malt, quite bitter (juniper, not hops) A bit of caramel comes in towards the end - amber malt? Nice but not my fave.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Acariya (13) - Rhode Island, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Dark brown pour. Scent jumps out at you after you pour it. Alcohol, berries, fruit, and smokiness comes to mind. Theres more to it then just that though.. Big foamy head that held fairly well. Taste is pretty pungent. This isn’t a beer I could casually drink. 1st time, only time. The aroma is this beers best attribute.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle from SL. Poured a murky brown with some ruby hues, very generous off-white to tan colored head (multiple fingers), very solid retention all the way down, lacing that was decent, but normally slid down to the head between sips. Aroma was heavily smoked malts, yet not with strong meaty elements typical of a fine rauch. The flavor was less than one dimensional (like the aroma was), yet not much more than that. Besides significant smoking, scottish ale peaty-like, tobacco, some caramel, some brown ale faint chocolate type nuances, finishes with a hop bite, although this thing left me wanting more when all was said and done, just a tad harsh on the smoke, seemingly somewhat astringent even. After reading the bottle, the junipers seemed to appear in the finish. The mouthfeel is grainy, hearty, lots of fullness to the liquid.


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