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

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RATINGS: 810   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: September 16, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip
Appearance: dark brown, huge beige head that settles down into a creamy head leaving drippy lace
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma with chocolate and musty oak
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, just a bit of sweetness, touch of bitterness from the oak, underlyng smokey character melds with the wood

Date: September 29, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
a lot stronger smoke flavor to the point of a burnt wood character, long bitter finish from the wood and the smoke

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3162) - Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
This is a little on the overcarbonated side. Itís really not as bad as thebeercellar made it out to be, but Iím not a huge fan of when the smoke is this strong. It kind of covers up the rest of the beer. I really prefer the smoke in my beers to be a little more balanced with the rest of my beers.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Juniper berries are , of course, what gin is made of and this really tastes of gin, particularly in the finish. You do not smell the smoke but you sure taste it. The nose has a clorine/iodine, cream soda chemical like smell. Interesting but not one Iíd want to try again. Big frothy head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Brewed April 07. Nice flavorful head. Smoke aroma on the nose. Dark caramel in color. Smokey in flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (6483) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle (batch 72, brewed Apr 07). Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts/bread, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with a strong note of smoke, lighter notes of rosemary, cassis, earth, wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. An extremely fun beer to sample, the sort of beer that can re-invigorate a beer geek thatís gotten jaded (not to suggest I am anything of the sort). Big hit of smoke in the nose, but what I like is that itís not as dense and overwhelming as, say, Schlenkerla...you can smell other things under it without straining. Exceptionally clean tasting and well-balanced. Very classy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle from Uto, shared with Mes, Chris_O, Harrisoni and HogTownHarry. Amber with a lasting off white head. Quite gassy. Smoke and juniper in the nose with some yeasty notes. Bitter hops and smokey wood, reminded me of rauch weizen with a fruity hint. Not bad overall but still unsure of smoked beer at this point.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
I was a bit hesitant, as I thought I did not like smoke in my beer. This beer may have changed my mind. Smoked malts and juniper dominate, I know boboski said Christmas on fire, but is like my aunt at christmas, the one with the Marlboro and Gibsonís gin on her breath. I am smitten. Flavor is bold and odd. Smoke, juniper and a nice bitterness dominate the flavor, though nothing is over powering or off putting. I am going to have to get a few more bottles of this stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Shared with chris_o, mes_and_sim, harrisoni, reakt and duff - via ... reakt?. Amber-copper pour, bubbly, large lasting frothy off-white head. The aroma was coming at me from many directions - belgian spicy yeast, peaty malt, dry, woodsy - now I see it was made with juniper, I realize what I was trying to pin down. The taste is quite dry, and thereís quite a hit of smoke and iodine, very much like an Islay scotch - finishes bitter and minerally, long and sharp. The mouthfeel is lively, minerally and has a tangy aftertaste. Iron and even vague sour fruit - whatís not to like?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Bottled, Batch 70, BB 03/10. Poured lightly hazy medium caramel with a creamy cap of beige head.. stuck around for quite a while. The aroma was quite odd, but enjoyable.. lots of sour oak, smoked peat, some vanilla, and juniper branches in the background. The flavor didnít mesh as well.. very sour from the berries and oak, chalky caramel, more dark fruits, and toffee in there.. smoky sour finish. Sharp and sour on the palate with too much barrel influence.. felt good otherwise.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2007
500 mL bottle. Pours a very natural-looking hazy brown/red color with a very large cream-colored head. Aroma is yeast, oak, bourbon, smoke and alcohol with a wee bit of fruit sweetness. Flavor is whoa, incredibly smoky... I feel like I am drinking a campfire. Itís well-balanced though, nice sweetness to it, a really unique beer. I have to say that smoky beers are not the norm for me, but this one seems abnormally complex and drinkable. Itís good.


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