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

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RATINGS: 836   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Bottle pours a deep and hazy amber with a 6 inch head that clings well... Still lots of head. The aroma is malty, yeasty, floral hops, and pipe tobaco. The flavor is a real nice mellow bundle of malt, light smoke, Belgian stale hops, lingering ale sour notes, ripe cave aged blue cheese, with some light bitterness playing with the other notes well. The juniper did not really hit me until much warming. The palate is mostly cleansing and fairly medium bodied. Overall, kind of nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep dark ruby amber with brown tones and a massive foamy cloud-like beige head. Aroma is very earthy, spicy- floral hops, flowers, tons of spices- pepper, some clove- earth and leather, light cold smoke- some smoked fish, juniper berries, pine and mint. Good full flavor- more pine, mint, juniper- gin-like- solid malt backbone- sweet toffee, roast, some chocolate, and some woody earthy hints. Bitter and slightly astringent finish. Very unique and enjoyable. I feel like this is similar to the Jackeldricka from Heavywieght, except this one is highly carbonated and sweeter. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Dark reddy colour. Smoky malts and juniper lurking somewhere behind that. Makes me think of eating a plate of spicy sauerkraut with smoky cured meats. I liked the flavours with the smokiness continuing and the addition of a little hop and malt flavour. Unfortunately quite thin with spritzy carbonation which spoiled it a bit for me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle, dark clear bronze with an off-white head. Smoke and caramel in the nose, pleasant. Flavor has notes of smoked malt, wood, caramel, light chocolate, brown sugar, noble hops and toffee. A bit harsh tasting overal. Thin bodied with very lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours dark brown, nearly impenetrable by light, with a huge, frothy, light brown head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (nutty, bread, cookie, straw), light hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (meat, broth, horse blanket) with notes of juniper, smoke, charcoal, and lightly charred wood. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, light sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity; wonderful ashed oak and toasted straw flavor with hints of smoked meat and juniper.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle. Poured a medium and muddy brownish / amberish color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, bacon / meat, wood, and light roast. Tastes of smoke, woody / earthy, and lighter meatiness. Thin body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2007
The aroma was smoke and oak with a toasty caramel undercurrent and a beechwood presence. The aroma was woodsy and a bit earthy but mostly the aroma was pleasant phenolic smoke. The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy amber with a frothy, tall and huge tannish head which lasted forever to lace the glass. The flavor was strong smoke with a woodsy and herbal characteristic and a molasses and honey undercurrent. The flavor was hugely phenolic and the bittering was not challenged much by the caramel malt presence. The finish was dry with lasting citrus and piney characteristics well into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and despite a huge head, the carbonation level was only moderate. An interesting beer, but in need of a balance to the flavors and a notch less smoky phenolics. 16.9 ounce bottle. Batch 72 brewed Apr. 07.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Murky brown, almost a deep cidery color, topped with fine, beaded lacing. Pleasing bouquet of juniper berry with background of smoke and some muskiness. Medium to full-bodied, well-rounded by juniper berry flavor. Complex, sturdy backbone of malt w. wafts of smoke. Dry smoke woodiness on finish. Quite nice, though the smoke overstays its welcome as the beer warms and 2/3 way through the pint.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Dirty borwn pour with a creamy light tan head. Aroma of smoke, bacon and light caramel malt. Flavors of light sweet malt, smoke, bacon, light caramel and bitterness. Medium body, smoky/malty dry/smoky/bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Chestnut brown in color with big tan head. Aroma is brown sugar and cherries with a smoky edge. Taste is bacony with light body. $6/500ml


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