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

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RATINGS: 767   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.


3.6
   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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Pours a light, cloudy, caramel brown with a small light tan head. As boboski would say, "Christmas on fire." Alot of smoky malt, funky carmael, and some roast in there all mixed in one. Really unique aroma. The taste was much the same. Big funky smoke flavors, some mild bitterness, and maybe just a touch of some citrus. Ive never had anything quite like this beer, which made it so interesting to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2007
16.9oz bottle, frome Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours hazy deep amber, almost brown, with a moderate sized tan head. Smoky, nutty, bittersweet chocolate aroma. Fairly full bodies. Rich, smoky, ashy flavor, with some spice (is that the juniper?) and mild bitterness. Dry, smoky, woody finish. interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottle - pours a hazy garnet with a massive fluffy tan head that gushes over the top of the glass on a moderate pour. After waiting for the foam to subside a bit, the aroma is roasted grain, slightly smoky and an earthy hoppy scent. The flavor is initially sweet and malty then becomes smoky with coffee and berry flavors with the juniper present in the finish along with light yeasty notes. Medium body with crazy carbonation. Unique brew and not over done in any facet except carbonation in this sample.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 2009-12-03, 6.5% ABV, 6-5-6-3-12=32
Beautiful red-amber color. I remembered a better beer; this one has some ashes in the aroma and even more in the flavor; there is a light smoke aroma; the flavor has a quite good caramel and a light smoke touch; correct bitterness. There’s some light spiceness, maybe the juniper; it just makes it a bit weirder, without making it better. The dryness of the ashes is disturbing.

2007-07-26, 6% ABV, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Cloudy brown color; persistent head, as the bottle keeps erupting foam. The aroma is a nice mix of smoked malt and German hops. Good body structure, malty taste, with strong smoke character, plus strong and aromatic hopping, and light yeast taste at the end. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Brown body, tan head. Aroma is smokey, ham, coffee, roasty. Taste is smokey, roasty, oak. Pretty nice mild smokiness.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid ruddy muddy brown with 3-finger off-white head and floaties. The aroma is huge campfire smoke, charred malt, slight hop, berry, and peppery notes. The palate is medium in heft, providing flavor notes of smoked caramel malt, burning wood, and slight berry and hop notes. Not quite as balanced as the Schlenkerla offerings, this one is nonetheless very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2078) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2007
500ml bottle. Pours out a dark red color with a tan colored head on it. Smell is smoked, not much hops at all, some sweet flavors, but mostly it is pretty smoky smelling. Taste is also smoked, but not enough to be unpleasant. Fruit and plum notes become more abound as the beer warms. It is actually really good, and it went great with a cigar. Very nice stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2007
22 oz. Bottle sampled. Pours hazy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke, caramel, and fruit. The flavor is caramel, smoke, sweet, fruit, and spices. Good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2007
Great score! Jackson wrote about this type of brew ages ago and I don’t think I’ve ever tried one. Slightly hazy dark amber. Smokey, slightly yeasty aroma with lots of woody, earthy nuance. Quite spritzy...seems the carbonation has gotten away from them...so as the smokey flavours unfold the body thins out and the malts dissipate from the palate in a wave of bubbles. After that point, it’s all over. There’s some fruit, a rich yeastiness (too rich, evidently) some burned fruit and heavy wood.


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