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

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RATINGS: 898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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.

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3.7
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
Bottle purchased at Bottleworks Seattle and consumed in Montana. Dirty brown beer with big lasting sand coloured head. Musty light smoke aroma. Flavour starts smoke, then berries and then a big smoke return and finish. The berries fight with the smoke throughout each sip but always succumb to the strong smoke flavour. More drinkable with each sip. A smoke cream ale.

4
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Solid smokey brown ale. Full of tannins, smoke, beef notes - the juniper is very present as well. Pours a very frothy brown with fluffy tan head that recedes quickly. I like this.

3.7
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Bottled, shared at Sean and Ryans tasting. This beer smells like a barbecue smokehouse. Clear dark brown color with minimal head. Ultra-smoky aroma loaded with ashy wood, sweet caramel and an astringent gin character from the juniper berries. Smoke is less prominent in the flavor and the juniper continues to stand out. Flavor finishes with more ash and some bitter tannins. Thin body with an average palate.

3.6
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Body-ultra dark amber with a foamy eighth inch head. Nose-meaty, smoke, peaty, very food like. Smells like a smoked beer because it is a smoked beer (I don’t know what the fuck that means, I am just transcribing. It made a lot of sense at the time). Taste-light smoke, good spice, white grapes, apple, BBQ, bran, seed oil.

3.5
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
It has a slight malty syrupy quality and some fruit tones which are overshadowed by the roasted smoke flavor. The berries seem to add to a nice bitterness which gives this beer a nice flavor but doesn’t really knock me out in any sense. Palate is dry but kind of thin. Bottle from Cooper’s, Scranton, PA.

3.6
mjs (7510) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2008
(Bottle at Konttori, Tampere, on 2008-03-08) Dark brown and cloudy. Medium sized light brown head. Smoky nose. Taste contains smoke and bitter roasted malts.

3.6
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle shared with Ronald and Carita in Finland. I’m not a huge smoked beer fan but I have to say this example caught me pleasantly by surprise. Light mahogany colour with an off-white head. Light smoke nose and flavours of more smoke, bacon, meat, salty cheddar and wood. The smoke is nicely in balance with all the other elements, making this a very interesting beer.

3.8
jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Smokey to start with a bitter finish and lots of complexity in between. Cloudy, dark copper body with a short off-white head. Malty nose of campfire, toasted grain and cherry. Hints of spiciness and earthiness along with a note of floral hops. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter, but the bitterness and smoke crank it up a notch in the finish along with the alcohol. Medium body and smooth texture. Moderate carbonation. Nice that the smoke compliments rather than dominates the flavors. Interesting and enjoyable.

3.9
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle: Dull bronze pour with even, but thin, cream colored head. The spicy nose lends itself to lots of cherry wood smoke, maple, brown sugar and sweet berry. The thick, chewy mouthfeel leads into a tart cherry body that is heavily smoked. While the firewood note leads the charge, a nice layer of earthy malt lies beneath. Finishes esthery with notes of apple and cherry as well as a bitter wash of smoke. Very complex and real interesting.

4.2
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle from Cellars Larpenteur. Fresh, porter aroma, not unlike Stone Smoked Porter. Wouldn’t have known it was a smoked brew from the aroma if I didn’t already know it. Very dark, brownish amber body, cloudy with good sized, lasting tan head. Some lace. That’s a good brew. Smoke is most definitely evident and well done. It blows me away that a beer this good is only 6.5% ABV. Sure to please rauchophiles without offending rauchophobes. Extremely drinkable, but spendy at $8 per bottle. Underrated.


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