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

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RATINGS: 793   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4304) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2011 2010 Vintage bottle shared@home: dark malt brown with a non-lasting white head, smell & taste of creamy smoked malt, aroma of smoke, small hint of molasses, the smoked malts are wonderfully balanced by some minor sweetness, the smoke character of this one is just perfect, perfect balance, taste of mellow wooden cask, decent amount of wood in the smell as well, some wild berries, caramel in aftertaste & touch of sweet spices, amazing, great malt based body

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Reddish amber appearance with an active head. Smells of wood, smoke, and barbeque. The best smoked beer i have ever had, balanced light spice and sweet layered into a medium body smokey excellence.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2007
16.9oz bottle. Top knotch stuff. Thick chocolately opaque brown color. Full bodied all out smoke flavor. Rich and satisfying. The juniper gives the beer a nice spicy touch, which leaves a pleasant herbal aftertaste. Expensive at 7.99+ a bottle in the store, but well worth trying if you a fan of the rauch.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndrewsCheese (9) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013 does not count
So unusual and so awesome. Hickory smoke on the nose, berries and chocolate on the palate, and a touch of anise (I think that comes from the juniper twigs) on the dry finish. This beer lingers forever and keeps adding complexity.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatDane1632 (609) - USA - JUN 20, 2014
Ordered a 2012 bottle at the porter beer bar in Atlanta -- a muddy copper color with thick lasting head. Aroma is just great. Peaty woody smoke and earth. Everything else in the beer filled suit. Malt and mouthfeel is more of a medium smoked beer which makes you want to crush this, but the arina and flavor force you to savor. I really like this brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2008
Cloudy, nearly muddy, amber hue with a moderately sized, light tan, foamy head that quickly diminishes. Smells...amazing. Smoke -- like snuffed candles -- peaches and bananas, perhaps as saltwater taffy candies. In the background lurks some rusty, oxide aromas. From there it gets really strange, flush with smoked salmon, brined olives, pine needles and cedar. What a rush. The flavour begins moderately sweet with elements of tangerine, cedar and taffy. Some notes of pine and peach shine through as acidity along with some tart berries. Around mid-palate the smoke jumps in, tinged with sea salt and oranges. The finish is mostly dry with a little Meyer lemon sweetness. Also present, some more saltiness, light smoke and berry skins...never tannic though. Medium bodied, and the texture is divinely velvety. Carbonation is lively and crisp, like biting into a firm apple. Expertly crafted, intriguing...must have more! 50cl bottle at Gastropub Praha.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 21, 2009
there are times i am so completely sick of myself that i have a hard time leaving the house for fear of inflicting myself on others. so i sit at home, and rot, generally downloading crap and listening to music that makes normal people want to jump off a cliff. so i did that for the last who knows how many hours, finally was able to turn on a light, put the razor blade away take a shower and clean this hole up. maybe soon ill e able to eat. dare to dream. so im in my place that is now not smelling of my sweat and pity, with the cool breeze blowing in the windowws, just got back from having a few beers in public, and now im ready, lets see what this beer is all about.looks really dark, but im in an unlit room, held to the window it has a bit of copper marron filtered through. nice fluffy head with big ol bubbles. a sweet smoke nose that makes me smile, smells like cedar and applewood. very inviting and makes my mouth water a bit while my jaws clench in anticipation. this is shockingly good. the smoke is there, with that smoke flavor that i taste from good cold smoked salmon, with a great wheaty banana and apple flavor, a great sweet malt body that holds perfesctly against the smoke. i must pick up some salty goat cheese and a bit of salmon to try with this. the bitter smoke finish is bringing so much at me i cant take it all in. meatyt, fruit juice(pear, apple)n light roast, sugared sugar puffs(you white trash brethren know what i mean) maple and with each taste something new, but always good. rich with a nice thick body. this is the opposite of a passage i read in a novel recently-" i was thankful for her giving me access to the solid, bland world she lived in"- emily jenkins from mr. posterior and the genius child. good book, good beer. 5 10 8 4 19

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Caramel color with an off white head. Smells like a smokey campfire. Molasses and brown sugar on nose. Good with spicy chili because of the slight sweet and caramel flavor. Smokey flavor without being heavy on the body. Smooth drinking beer with mild carbonation. Perfect in fall.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluebeered (14) - USA - JUL 26, 2011
Lovely red-brown color with a firm white head that dissipates quickly. Some dark sediment. Aroma of dark soy sauce, molasses... my wife thought Worcestershire sauce. The smokiness and juniper are beautifully melded, and neither is aggressively apparent. Spicy, almost gingery tang; I thought perhaps it was an alcohol burn, but when I checked the ABV it was surprisingly low... so I guess this must be the influence of the juniper. If this were less than $10 a bottle, Id be drinking it regularly. As it stands, though, its going to be yet another great Special Occasion Beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2009
This poured a brown color with a beige head. The aroma contains some herbal notes along with nutmeg, alcohol, raisins, and cherries. The flavor is rather sweet with a smokey presence. Do I taste BACON! Also some dark fruit and caramel showing. Overall this was an excellent beer.


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