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


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RATINGS: 766   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at GBBF. Cloudy mid brown with an off white head. Good looking beer. Extremely grassy hop nose with some malty undertones. Lovely oaky earthyness with some tangy malt to the flavour. Reasonably complex. A little over carbed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayg1 (545) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Doing this one from memory. Pours out dark brown color, almost black with a HUGE brown head. Aroma was some oak notes, roasted nuts, and smoke flavor. Taste is very roasted with some light coffee and nuts going on then a nice smokey flavor kicking in at the end. I actually liked the aftertaste better than the full flavor because the smokiness became lighter and the roasted nuts blend together for a nice finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and dark fruit and woody smoke aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Solid dark roasted flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2007
Bottled - GBBF 2007. A hazy brown coloured beer with a nice off-white coloured head. The aroma is smoky and peaty with hints of seaweed. The taste is very dry and smoky. More peat and quite vegetal. Odd but interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 Bottle courtesy of Ross. Pours brown and opaque with a nice fizzy white head. Smells of juniper berries, hints of campfires, lots of gin like qualities, some underlying sweet malt. Tastes of smoked malt, pepper, juniper berries, lots of bitterness. Some chocolatey touches are also present. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is lightly smoky and bitter. Very interesting in a good way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Hints of jerky, wood, smoke. Great smell. I love the smoked ale a lot. Great aroma. An odd hazy, cloudy, and dark caramel color. A very ood color, but a different color tha is nice. A little too carbonated if you ask me. The wood, smoke, and jerky flavor are definitely noticeable. There are not really any sweet notes to the beer. I feel like I am drinking a beer that was smoked. Decent flavor, this beer is very smokey and woody. Nothing more to say other than this beer is very straightforward with the label. On the thin side which is kind of annoying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle... Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. The aroma is of hickory smoke and juniper berries.... I gotta say it... Christmas on fire! I told myself I wouldn’t say it... but there it is... all laid out... it’s even bolded. Fascinating flavor. It’s all smoke and acid and moderate, earthy bitterness. Medium-bodied and watery with fizzy carbonation. Thin, smoky finish! Thanks to mgumby10 or boboski for bringing this crazy beer down from Orlando!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3740) - - AUG 5, 2007
pours an opaque dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. aroma is moderately smoked with notes of pineapple. flavor is sweet up front with a juicy, fruity flavor of grapes and berries and a hint of chocolate. the smoke shows up in the aftertaste and lingers around. just the right amount of smoke. the berries go well with the dry smoky aftertaste. good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2007
500ml Bottle: Complex aroma. Smells of juniper, piny hops, smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, and black pepper. Poured medium to dark brown in color with a foamy, creamy, light brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Flavor is a little sweet and a little bitter. Tastes of malts, smoke, burnt malt, roasting, chocolate, a little juniper, a little piny hops, and a tiny bit of mint. Medium body. Thickish, dryish texture. Fizzy carbonation. Burnt malty finish. Overall, over carbonated and too burnt. Tastes like you pull some burnt wood out of the fire and suck on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Pours a slighly cloudy deep ruby red color with large tan head. Aroma has subtle, oily, slightly pungent smoke, faint note of vanilla, warm cherries, and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is fairly malty, slightly acidic, pretty woody, bit of caramel and vanilla, with a mildly bitter, faintly metallic finish. An interesting brew overall

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