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

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RATINGS: 893   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle from Archersliquors. Brown with a tan head. Smokey, malty, spicy aroma and taste with a smooth finish. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (3055) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle at Redlight. Pours a reddish brown with a thick tan head. Smoky, campfire, bacon, slight sweetness, malt aroma but not overpowering like german smoked beers. Fragrant smoky malt taste that is very subtle. The aftertaste is where the smoke really hits the tastebuds. Very tasty and a unique beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2008
Pours a cloudy chestnut brown color with a small, foamy, beige head. The nose shows a malty caramel background reminiscent of a rich brown ale, but that is where the similarities end. A mild smokiness and spicy, minty juniper and pine really set this one apart. Likewise, the flavor is a unique blend of malty brown sweetness, fresh, bright juniper, and piney, sprucy hop charachter. Slightly peppery on the back end. Medium bodied and smooth, going down quite easily. Solid brew. Definitely something different.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
Batch #72. The beer was cloudy brown with beige head. In the aroma there was a pleasant mild smokiness along with some malt. Flavor was similar with the addition of some mild sweetness. Tangy bitter smokey finish. As it warmed I think I began to pick up a faint hint of juniper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle purchased and shared at Liars Club in Alpine Ca. Nice roasty aromas and a nice tan head. Lots of smokiness in the flavor and a little tartness from the fruit. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2008
Bottled on 08/07. Hazy deep amber brown beer with a thick beige head. Quite sticky and long lasting. Aroma is fairly spicy with a prominent juniper berry character. Lightly oaky woody aroma with just a hint of smoke. Lots of grainy spiciness up front as well. Flavour is initially quite smoky and piney, with lots of juniper fruitiness and a lingering smokiness. Surprisingly tart and juicy with a lingering woody bitterness across the back. The palate seems a bit thin and the bitterness is pretty assertive because of that. Warming intensifies the piny character as well as the smoke. Its not bad, but it could be better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a nice ruby color around the edges. Very nice half inch head forms on the pour.
Smell has a some well done smokiness in it. Taste is campfire smoke. There is just a hint of spice coming through. I am mostly getting smoke in the taste. Well carbonated and crisp on the mouthfeel. Its not a dominating smoke flavor, its subtle and compliments well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle again via Sloth/Slob the three toed Cretin. Thats my pet name for him....please feel free to use it freely. Berts a great guy and always hooks me up. This time aint no joke either. Pours a murky fuzzy brown in the chimay goblet. Batch 72. The head ahs been going for well over an hour and had phased thru a dense tan to a lilly pad in the center of the glass, waned to a steady thinner tan layer and is seemingly unphased by me drinking it. Lovely. The balance on this smoked beer is astonishing. No real bite that overshadows. The tart berries are at the tip of the tounge and ebb and flow with the smoked malts. A new plateau of eveness has been reached. The Smoked beers from Aecht are much more in your face and meaty than this. Many thanks to the Three Toed Cretin (TTC) from Ceciltucky.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3419) - 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.


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