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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%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5794) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2007
Bottled, batch nr 66. Slight hazy redbrown color, huge frothy brownish head. Soft aroma of some malt, quite smokey, slight fruity, bit weak though, bit yeasty and cheesy. Taste is quite bitter, only very slightly sweet, still the smoked touch coming through, bit nutty. Bit dry palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Robust, glowing chestnut pour, retaining its beige skin throughout and letting only the slightest silhouette through the muck. Beautiful. Punchy, bold aroma of juniper imparts a crisp gin and zesty lime character; needly, cool, and tepidly synthetic. Shades of orange and toffee in earthy sweetness, becoming increasingly fruity and bright with warmth. An overpowering dry cedar quality dominates the initial flavor, leading toward more tart lime juice and wet spruce tips, being thoroughly layered with rustic smoke and crisp fruit sugars. The fire, the mountain air, and the slowness of the roast are intimately and richly felt. Spiced pumpernickel, a touch of soapish coffee acidity, and yeasts with a wild attitude; somehow at once sprightly and dark. Of medium body with a very dry bite in the mouth, finishing with a heavy hit of floral foliage and puckering lemon plastic, warming on the final smack into hot, caramelized sugar and dough. Detailed, and delicate, but perhaps donning too blatant a simplicity of synthetic tone, which is counterintuitive. Altogether intriguing, though. Thanks Zac!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12454) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Smoky, malty aroma. Super reddish hazy amber color with a beige head that just stood tall. Medium body with creamy carbonation. It has the toasted malt character of a stout (smoked stout?), but there are fruit aspects. This suggests smoked meats - i.e., it would go really well with smoked meats. The finish is dry, but not astringent, and there is wood, not just smoke. Now a bit of what might be juniper comes through. This is really good and complicated.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2007
This was kind of different.Poured brown with an ivory head.The nose smelt of a campfire.Flavor was of smoke and berries with a slight smoky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2007
bottle. thanks gk. woody brown pour with foamy head. mellow smoke and mild hop aroma. quality smoky flavor. nutty. fire roasted malts. well balanced. smoke is up front and steady.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2007
Tasted at GBBF 2007. 50 cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a huge white head. Aroma of smoke wood. Very tasty with flavour of smoke wood, spices and ends up very smooth. Hard to drink a lot of this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Dark amber/brown color with a huge beige head. Aroma of smoked malts. Flavor of smoked malts and spices.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11111) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Woody, smokey aroma with licorice. Flavor has fat bacon, smoke, beechwood. Smoky and hopbitter aftertaste. A huge taste bomb, there is nothing refined and balanced in this beer, but it is certainly a tasty and very interesting one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Appearance: Pours an effervescent, dark reddish body with a small, fizzy off-white head. Smell: Intensely smokey, meat-laden nose with hints of wood and fire-roasted juniper berries. Taste: Dark caramel flavor and sweetness that’s smothered with a ton of smokiness and wood. Mmm, thick-cut bacon. Charred juniper berries and mint. Christmastime potpourri blend. Hint of yeast. Finshes dry, with an herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated, kinda fizzy actually. Drinkability: I hope you like your beers smokey!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown-red with a big-bubbled light khaki head. Moderate meaty smoke aroma with some spice. The juniper is more apparent in the taste, with the smoke and juniper combining to form a nice smoky earthy flavor, like someone tossed a piece of charred fragrant wood into my beer. And I mean that in good way.


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