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


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RATINGS: 854   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4913) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
(500ml bottle) Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle for $13.99. Large, lasting almond head with a deep orange-brown body. Nose of smoked weeds. Cranberry flavour mingled with a overly strong smoked flavour which turned me off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Hazy amber/brown. Small, off white head. Nose of smoke, wood, malt, earthy herbs, light twang, and subtle floral/fruity notes. Same flavors- smokey, malty, earthy, herbal. Cool stuff. Medium to medium/full body, just smoother than balanced carbonation. Real easy to drink. How about 5L mini kegs?

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Light smokey woody aroma. Sweet caramel maltiness maybe a little chocolate. pretty smooth flavor and easy to drink.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6301) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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