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


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RATINGS: 777   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2341) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2897) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Pours a dark, cloudy, berry brown, withquite a head that lasts a bit. Smells of smoky roasted malts, with a touch of sweet woody toffee. With a bit of head still atop, the taste is very peaty, with a remaining barrel-aged taste. Smoked malts hover around a token of bitter hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2007
pours a dark, hazy copper tone. nice wonderful head with some spotty lacing. very rich and complex. malts smoke, juniper and woody flavors. long finish with nice clean smoke flavor and some hops taboot

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Amber to red color. Strong juniper and smoke aroma with maltiness in the background. Heavy juniper and malt flavor with tar. Drying finish. Juniper overload.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Murky dark mahogany body, a very dense and longlasting beige head, and lots of lacing. Pineapple and barley in the aroma. Also some pine smoke (lapsang souchong), tobacco, sweet bubblegum and vanilla. Strong grainyness up front in the flavor, with juniper berry and smoke, and a very dry hoppy and LONG finish. Tart, grainy, and dry. A huge flavor profile - yet well balanced. Low CO2, dense mouthfeel. Unique stuff, and very very nice. This is what I’d drink if I didn’t quite want a rauchbier but not really an IPA either..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Deep, dark reddish color with a towering foamy head. Slightly smoky aroma. Definitely not peat, similar to beechwood, but not quite the same. Same smokiness in the flavor. A bit of juniper coming out. Dry and slightly bitter grain. Finishes with a dry Noble hop taste. Really quite tasty. Impressive!

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