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


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RATINGS: 790   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2100) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12788) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Woah. This is a weird one. Pours a murky reddish brown color with a rather large slightly off white head. Aroma has some earthy smokey hints. The flavor is tangy with lots ashy muddiness. This is weird but I sorta like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2007
500ml bottle. Cloudy reddish copper with a huge head. Good retention. Aroma is smoky wood covering everything else. Taste is smoke with dark fruit and brown sugar. Medium bodied. Somewhat chalky. Creative beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Umm, belgian smoked beer, mix two of my favorites and i’ll have seconds. Pours cloudy amber with a thin white head. Sweet delicious smokiness, not like cheap ash tray, but more like fine cigar aroma, earthy throughout. Great balance between the fruity malts and the smoked finish, nothing uneven, just a good display of sharing the responsibilities of making me happy. I hope I can get my hands on bottles of this in the Portland market soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10457) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2007
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Sweetness, fruits, light spice and smoke in the aroma. Flavour is smoked as well. Has notes of bacon, light fruits and spice. Quite complex. Good balance. Medium bodied. Grassy and smoky end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Tried at SIB. I was really looking forward to this one, and it was indeed a unique and worthy beer for the SIB lineup. Lots of smoke in the aroma and tatse mixed with a bit of sour fruit. A little oakey and earthy. I really enjoyed this; but smoke might be my favorite taste in a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
Dark copper with a big and firm slightly off-white head. Wood and smoke dominates the aroma, which also has a bit of dark fruit and caramel. I get some juniper after swirling a few times. Dry and bitter flavour with the juniper delivering a gin-like tinge. All in all it’s a very good beer and a traditional ale of the kind that makes you believe in the good stories of old tradition. The smoke and juniper makes it a bit heavy to drink though, so don’t buy a sixpack for Saturday night...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (5015) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2007
[Taster – Seattle International Beerfest]
Dark brown in color with a thin head. Woody and malty aroma. The flavor was that of a traditional ale. Medium body with a slight oxidized flavor. I am sure this bottle has had to travel. Not bad for a nice small brewery.

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