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


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RATINGS: 772   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2007
(50cl, bottled 3/07) Enormous tan head fills the glass, eventually revealing a lightly hazed ruby body. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked wood, light juniper. Taste is medium sweet, wood, some caramel, earthy, berry, smoke/burnt, light sourness. Soft, light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8047) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2007
200ml taster from bottle. Pours a russet body colour under a thin tan cap. Firm lacing on the glass. Woody and earthy smell with notes of moderate smokiness. Flavour got a brush of juniper berry and a blend of spicy malts followed by dark fruits. Slightly yeasty bitterness towards the end (Tromsø Ølfestival, 15.08.2007).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13712) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
Bottle at GBBF 2007. Hazy pale chestnut with thick lasting beige head. Good smoke and a little herby, it’s got vegetables. But it settles down and is a good hoppy smoky beer. Almost like a best bitter. Nice intense hop. Bit over carbonated. Quite a fresh aroma. Just a little harsh from carbonation. Still, some smoke over it all. Loads going on . Grassy hop aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Poured hazy brown with a nice head. smokey and earthy aromas. (pork, spice, and yeast). im generally not a huge fan of smoked beers but this was very nicely balanced. smoked flavors blended nicely with the juniper. pretty enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3237) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 Rating #500. 500ml bottle at Uber Tavern in Seattle. Pour is a murky reddish brown with a nice off white head, which lasted almost the entire beer. Aroma is smoke (charcoal) and spiciness - earthy , pine and berries. Taste is a perfect representation of the aroma - the smoke, earthiness, sweet berries and spice blend very nicely together. Had the perfect ratebeer experience for rating #500 - drinking with a new friend (after4ever) who I met through the site, at a bar (Uber) that I learned about through the site and drinking a beer I would have never tried had it not been for this site.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (1826) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Bottle.

Pours a deep murky brown with a robust tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty, ample smoke, almost like honey-baked ham. Loads of smoky oak in the flavor, warm nutty malts, a mild twist of lemon zest, juniper that comes on hard in the finish and lingers with a metallic juniper bitterness that still bites into the tongue an hour later. Nice body, balanced mouthfeel. A complex and interesting beer that I find more intriguing than outright delightful. In the end, this one is like the other juniper-based beers I’ve had: the bitterness is not nearly as pleasant as what one gets from hops.

   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 (552) - 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 (10660) - 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 (8718) - 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.

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