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

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RATINGS: 766   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Bottle @ Københavnske Øldage 2007 in Copenhagen. Hazy medium to dark amber color with a average frothy good lacing mostly lasting off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, wood, smoke, vanilla. Initial flavor is moderate bitter and light bitter, middel flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, finish flavor is moderate sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, ttexture is oily, carbonation is soft. Nice beer ;o))

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2007
CBF07 sample. Pours unfiltered orange with a white head. Aroma of smoke and coal. Flavour is smoked and slight malty. Finish is bitter and dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29135) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2009
Bottled. A deep red beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of smoke - is that beechwood? but also some notes of caramel and spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of smoked malt, caramel, juniper, roasted malt, and some wood, leading to a dry woody and somewhat smokey finish, where the smoke lingers for a long time.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 (Bottle 50 cl) Clear, warm amber golden - no head at all. Lightly smoked nose. Medium body with a fairly high carbonation and notes of burned caramel and smoke. Dry and very hoppy finish - perhaps the juniper also adds to the bitterness. 130507

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle. Muddy orange coloured with an off white head. Light roasted aroma of smoke and burnt wood. Light roasted flavour of hops with notes of smoke. Hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20239) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2007
Bottled. Dark, hazy, amber colour with mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is fruits, grass and some spices. Also a big note of conifer. Flavour is slightly smoked conifer, malts and some hops. A very wellbalanced and pleasant beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19220) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2007
Bottled at Københavnske Øldage. Mahogany colour, small head. Dryish woody nose. Lightly smokey and roasty with some hazelnuts. Medium bodied with mellow, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.Dryish finish with low bitterness. Nice flavour, but lacking in malt character.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted smokey caramel aroma. Roasted malty smokey woody bitter caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty woody smokey finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (14454) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
21st January 2008
Amber beer. Initial intense fruity burst (presumably juniper) is quickly subdued by dry smokyness. Okay but a bit heavy on the smoke.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14340) - 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.


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