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


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RATINGS: 803   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - 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 (4982) - 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 (4510) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2007
500 mL (i think?) bottle, best before March 2010. fascinating wooden/burgundy color with an almond head that won’t recede. a careful pour still results in a head three fingers thick! moderate carbonation results in a few streams of steady bubbles continuously adding to its almond crown. aroma is heavily smoky, like standing downwind of burning driftwood, with associated preserved and salted fish and meats. imagine perhaps the taste of a freshly-cut but as-yet unlit cubano: mellowed tobacco but slightly green and ever-so-acidic. gin-like juniper and pine behind the smoke, and although the smoke and juniper are strong aromas, it’s not overtly unbalanced.
smoked malt is the primary flavor, accompanied by a tartness and saltiness which is stronger than you would predict from the aroma. dry and roasty and smoky finish, with flavors of honey and pine resin which float around but eventually fade away and evaporate in the dryness of the finish. a pricey treat, but one that would be well-suited to drinking ’round a fire in the winter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Dusty floral smell. It has a nice opaque dark amber-brown look too it with a big head (that ended up resembling a single rock). Smokey as all hell and malty. A light sourness in the finish. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3496) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Amber of color with a beige head. An aroma of turf and notes of smoke. A flavor of spice, smoke and salami.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of candi sugar, yeast, a whiff of smoke. Some pine and crushed apples. Mildly perfumy. Pours an unattractive swamplike brown. Lots of smoked meat (bacon) on the palate. Slightly earthy with notes of smoked malt, dry hops, apples and pears. Very lively carbonation. Medium bodied. Like a cross between a smoked and a belgian ale.

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