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

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RATINGS: 885   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3321) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2008
Decent traditional ale. These are hit or miss with me. This was in the middle. Aroma was nice...smokey, woody and a soapy smell Ive never noticed in a beer before. Pour was a beautiful murky medium brown with a huge 2 finger tan head. Taste was a little soapy (is that the juniper berries) with an underlying smokiness and floral notes. Aftertaste was very woody and fruity. This is a very complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2008
Translucent butterscotch in color with a lasting layer of permafrost on top. Aroma catapults dynamism. The juniper is there with rosy cotton and mulberry, ignited by a flickering of unbridled burnt oak to boot. Rose hips and spearmint keep the herbaceous floral arrangement in aromatic alignment while smoky applewood goes the extra mile. Flavor produces similar sentiments, seemingly lighter at first until the applewood and juniper combination smoke out the other flavors. Cherry blossoms and discernable fatty acids are kept even keel by the livelihood professed by the juniper, substituting in large part for the herbal and bitter hop bouquet. Medium bodied at first sip, then laying in heavier as the smoke goes full circle. Juniper, sugar capped mulberry, burnt toffee brittle and abundant smoky oak provide a finale much worth remembering.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2008
Poured dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma of berries and smoke. Really good smell. I wish I could say that about the rest. The flavors didnt really mix well. Alcohol finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Pre Tasting 08 PP Belgian Fest w/ my girlfriend Cyn, Bartzilla and Galtscat. Bottle from Galtscat. Pours caramel with a tan head. Nose is huge and smokey. Taste is smokey and meaty and nice, very good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2008
They call it traditional, I call it very tasty. Nice bittersweet smoke flavor, not too astringent/acrid. Color is not black, distinctly brown. Nice woody/smokey flavor. Obvious aromatic wood smoke, Excellent beer, if ony it were a bit cheaper...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Pour is murky ruddy amber with a dense off white head...smell is strongly woody (like a forest) and mildly sweet...also some grassy hoppy notes come out, but just barely...not much smoke in the nose....in the taste, sweet toasty malt flavors at first, followed by the strong flavor of BBQ and smoke...not sweet like a rauch, but just smoke flavor...a lightly sweet and smokey finish...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5728) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Pours deep brown into a shaker. Fluffy tan head tophats the rim. Smoke and spice aromas. Crisp caramel upfront with a smoked gin finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2008
batch 70 bottle from ucusty... hazy light mahogany brown pour with yeast clumps at the bottom of the glass. its got a large light brown head on it that is wispy and cavernous and leaves behind lots of pillowy lacing. this kinda smells like BBQ sauce... sweet and smokey with some spiciness, wood, light pine, yeast and a light ashiness in the malt. there is a very refined smokiness in the flavor. its not over bearing or out of control. still, its acrid and smokey but at the same time i can still taste the nuances underneath the hood of smoke. .. acidity up front, light pine and a lightly bitter finish. smokey bitterness lingers like really good ribs. theres a certain richness missing that is hard to describe... like a lack of robust maltiness to round things out. medium body with a soft texture. flavor and mouth feel seem to get watery as it warms up.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle, batch NR 72. Pours a cloudy, ruddy brown with beige foam head. Oaky, smoke aroma with some malt and cured meat. Mild flavors of wood, smoke, smoked sausage, and some caramel. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Coffee and cigar finish with a faint hint of juniper.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 23, 2008
Batch 100, Best by 10-2009. 500 ml. brown bottle. Poured out a ruddy brown color, a little darker than rust. Aromas are of caramel, oak barrel, smoke. Flavors are smoke, oak chunks, caramel, deeper sugar flavors. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Finished smokey.


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