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

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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle, batch # 66 @ Underbar, Oslo. Small creamy tan head with excellent lacework. Hazy reddish-brown color. Layers of exciting and unusual aromas. First impression is like the smell of a Norwegian forest; Juniper-berries, pine, burnt wood and peat. Then some mellow scents of acidulous fruits, berries and caramel. Initial taste is nice sourish, dry malty and roasty. After a while, notes of red berries, campfire, tobacco and unripe fruits. Well carbonatied medium body. Still a very smooth mouthfeel. A wonderful and challenging beer with a rustic signature.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2008
500 ml bottle poured a lightly cloudy copper brown with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of smoke, dark fruit, carmel, caraway seed and a hint of pine. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, carmel, dark fruit, caraway and some cedar and pine notes with a smoooth lingering smokey finish.
One of the best smoked beers Iíve tried!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2008
Cloudy, nearly muddy, amber hue with a moderately sized, light tan, foamy head that quickly diminishes. Smells...amazing. Smoke -- like snuffed candles -- peaches and bananas, perhaps as saltwater taffy candies. In the background lurks some rusty, oxide aromas. From there it gets really strange, flush with smoked salmon, brined olives, pine needles and cedar. What a rush. The flavour begins moderately sweet with elements of tangerine, cedar and taffy. Some notes of pine and peach shine through as acidity along with some tart berries. Around mid-palate the smoke jumps in, tinged with sea salt and oranges. The finish is mostly dry with a little Meyer lemon sweetness. Also present, some more saltiness, light smoke and berry skins...never tannic though. Medium bodied, and the texture is divinely velvety. Carbonation is lively and crisp, like biting into a firm apple. Expertly crafted, intriguing...must have more! 50cl bottle at Gastropub Praha.

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Didnít really know what to expect. Great, very smoky aroma, as expected. Huge, light-brown, mostly lasting head. Cloudy, brown color. Thatís were the good experience ended. This is like nothing else Iíve every had. It tasted plain awful. i couldnít drink very much of this. Huge dissapointment.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber colour with a huge beige long lasting head leaving a good lacing. Aroma of smoke, bits of bacon, dark fruits and hops. Good mouthfeel. The flavour has a good smokiness with roasted malt, hops, some dark fruits, wood and slight spices. Smoky, roasty dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5166) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle from Bier Koning. Oak coloured, with thin head. Smokey nose. Taste smokey and reminds me of bacon. Also element of sweet, caramel and berries easily detectable. Very smooth. Another very good Norwegian product.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2007
From a 500mL Bottle. Generously shared by KAME. Somewhat cloudy, ruddy mahogany colored pour with a thick finger of nicotine stained, off-white head. Spicy, smokey, fruity bouquet that filled with notes of smoked apples, cinnamon, caraway seeds, and topped with a charred maple syrup glaze. Subtle hints of rye and pine boughs sharpen up the smokey malt body. Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation with a chalky texture. Flavors of smoke, charred jerky, and loads of juniper berries. Tastes like a Canadian forest fire. Roasty caramels and a blazing pine forest. Really a fantastic brew; the smoke flavor is intense, but still allows the malt flavors to come through boldly. At the same time, the juniper berries cut through the bold flavors with enough gusto to completely forget about the absence of hops. All the while, it maintains a beautiful drinkability. Thanks for sharing, Dillon!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle (batch 70) from Kan and shared with Tom: Muddled brown with a small fading head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of flowers, smoke, plum, juniper berry, liquorice, caramel and chocolate. The taste has sweet malt and wood with a herbal and spice undertone. A bit fruity before leading towards a smoky and ashy finish. The mouth feel is sprite and aggressive with a chalky and dry finish, With just a bit more body this would rock. Still a unique beer you should try.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Aroma is reminiscent of a gin and tonic. The beer flavor itself is rather light, throwing it a bit out of balance with the smoke and juniper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2007
I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me... She showed me her room, isnít it good, norwegian wood? She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere, So I looked around and I noticed there wasnít a chair. I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine We talked until two and then she said, "Itís time for bed" She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh. I told her I didnít and crawled off to sleep in the bath And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown So I lit a fire, isnít it good, norwegian wood. Bottle from Enjoyit via trade. The pour was a slightly cloudy brown with some lighter golden highlights. A very foamy (as usual from these guys) head appeared, at least three-fingers tall yet only provided a bit of lacing. Belgian yeast comes forth in the aroma initially before giving way to smoky peat, earth, pine and then, albeit briefly, some tart berry that Iíll assume was the junipers. The flavor is smoke initially with some light caramel sweetness and then some pine. Relatively thin mouthfeel kept me from calling this a four point beer. Thanks Svend!


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