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

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RATINGS: 887   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2008
(500 ml bottle (Batch 70, brewed 3/07) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Pours darkish caramel brown, looks a little cloudy. A big four finger, somewhat foamy biege head arises with each pour. Eventually settles to a thin somewhat globby covering. Aroma is sweet - kind of like dark rum, maybe brown sugar and wood, juniper perhaps - kind of hard to decipher the aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, lightly syrupy and a bit fizzy. Flavor is fairly heavy smokey wood with light malt sweetness and I suppose juniper berries (although Im not real familiar with their taste). Light-medium bitter. Quite smokey - this could easily be called a smoked beer - kind of a combo between a smoked and a spiced. Not sure I really like the juniper however.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Via trade with emacgee. Lightly hazy amber in color,with a small tan head. Aroma is heavily smoky- campfire, wood, caramel, light yeast and earth. Taste is very smoky, with alot of campfire, cedar, light notes of fruit, sweet caramel. Body is medium, finishes off with smoke, wood, and earth. Thanks Ethan!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle from Utobeer. It pours a murky brown with quite a thick head. Smoke dominates the aroma, quite like German rauchbier smoke, but maybe a little more ashy, also quite yeasty. Thick in the mouth and surprisingly sweet, yeasty, of course lots of smoke quite a green, piney finish. Very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (6053) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Lightly hazed bronze color with a hint of red when held to the light. Diminished light tan head. Somewhat fizzy in feel. Smoked herb aromas. This has a real traditional flavor to me. I seem to catch coke (the solid carbonaceous material derived from destructive distillation of low-ash, low-sulfur bituminous coal) dried malt in the flavor. Also a mild grass and herbal hops component. Perhaps a bit of pine. Quite bitter in the finish and a long linger. This is the type of brew I like to spend an afternoon with as Im smoking meat. I catch a light HotD Adam in this one, which is always a plus in my book.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle. Pours a cloudy ruby red, with tons of fluffy white head. Lacing is as thick as syrup and refuses to budge. Smells of loquacious smoke, berries, cider, and a general campfire feel. But muted. Flavors of smoke, grapefruit, and some nutty malts. Smooth with a bitter bite. Roof of the mouth is unaffected. Easy drinking if you enjoy this kinda taste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Batch 70 March 2007. Pours a lovely chesnut brown with an everlasting tan head. Huge smoke aroma, dominates all else. Flavor starts promising, but the band-aid like phenols are really overwhelming in this one. Very still carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2008
whatever size, bottle, pours a nice deep dark mahogany this has the initial taste of some pine, then transitions into roasy smokiness that is refreshing from the over powering bitterness or roast commonly found in beers, nice drinking this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2008
1 pt. .9oz. bottle marked Batch 72 April 07, drunk on 1/28/2008. Hazy mahogany with a big, rocky light tan head. A not so subtle subtle smokiness comes through over a layer of brown sugar and pine. This isnt smoky like a Bamberg rauchbier, but the smoke is certainly a main player. Medium body, slightly astringent, leaving a clean palate. This actually fairly bitter right from the start, and the bitterness slowly builds, with a burnt sugar and molasses flavor tempering the flavor profile. I like smokes beers, and this is well brewed and quite pleasing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle at cgarvieuk coolbeans party. Dark brown chestnut, thin beige head. Pine and smoke, bacon, hop. Mouth smoky, pine malts, some hoppiness. Some leafiness. Bitter end, bit too carbonated. Quite good.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
suzquaffs (12) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2008
Dark red with a good head. Smoky aromas followed by smoky taste. Highly carbonated. Not a lover of smoked beers and this doesnt convert me!


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