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

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RATINGS: 900   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
travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Reddish in color with a nice light white head. Malted smoke in the aroma. In the taste there is maltiness, slight smoke, wood, and some berries.

3.7
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Batch 100, brewed 10-07, BB 2009. Pours a murky, brownish-crimson color and a full, fluffy, creamy, canvas-colored head; mostly lasting head with minimal lace. Nose is pleasantly not as smokey as I was expecting; notes of light stewed apples, charred beechwood, roasted grain, and subtle smoked wood. Flavor is filled with more woodsy notes and dryer than the nose suggested; filled with smoked and charred woods of maplewood and beechwood, stewed apples, maple, a berryish note which is probably the juniper berries, and a subtle sourish note (maybe from the juniper berries?) Palate is moderately light, lively, dry, and a bit watery. Finishes with smoked woods, maple, and some lingering noble hop bitterness. I normally don’t like smoked beers, but this one had a lot of great complexities to support the smoky notes. One of more interesting beers I’ve tried in a while.

3.7
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle, batch 72. Brownish red pour with a big off white head - I can already smell it. Much less smoky and much more funky and sour than I expected. There’s some really savory and smoky components in their though: bacon, duck, apples. Considerable fruit character also - really interesting. The flavor is really smoky up front and actually quite clean in the finish, with the juniper berries coming through really well. It’s kind of like drinking a really great beer while sitting around a smoky campfire, which I guess works. Interesting and well crafted.

3.7
AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Batch 72. Cloudy copper coloer with a light tan head. Big smoked meat cheesy aroma with some berries. Decent brown ale taste is lightly sweet with a good dose of smoke flavor. Has a light berry and smoke taste to finish. Enjoyed this one, the smoke and berry combo works well here. 12117

4.1
BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
How anyone can rate the appearance less than a 5 is beyond me!!! This is as close to a fiery brew as one can get!!! Placing your nose up to this one will remind you of campfires and summer barbeques; smokey sweetness. Visually stunning!!! This is a roaring red body with intense bubbles flickering toward the surface to create the biggest head you’ve ever seen. Flavor is pulled pork and smoked ham. The taste isn’t quite as aggressive as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen...which is a good thing in my opinion. Unique and amazing!!! Well done!!!

3.6
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours hazy orange brown, off white head. Aroma is smoked pineapple ham, some acidity. Flavor is the same and spicy with various levels of smoky complexity (really no other way for me to describe it).

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bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2008
(Bottle, Batch NR 70) Pours a lightly cloudy deep amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoldering dry wood, light fruitiness, and roasted nuts. Flavor of wood plank smoked meat, caramel, and light yeast and fruit sourness.

3.4
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Second beer from this Norwegian brewery. Previously tasted Dark Force, which was excellent. Though not a prefered style, this was also very good. Hazy deep brown body with a large, frothy ecru head. Spice, berries, sweet malt, new wood, pine tar in the aroma. The flavor is recalls some peaty and smoky Scotch with a hint of fruit. Very pleasant and soothing feel. Nicely crafted. Isn’t it good, Norwegian Wood. Tusen Takk.

4.4
luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Batch 100. Brewed Okt. 07. Best before Okt. 09.<P>Beer is cloudy, moderately dark brown. Head is huge, frothy/rocky, off-white. Lazily diminishes, mostly lasts.<P>I’m blown away. I haven’t been this excited by a beer in a while.<P>Aroma is rich, textured, smoky, savory, balanced. Malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, toasted bread crust; Hoppy with a light, unobtrusive supporting note of noble herbal; Yeasty with a trace of cellar, hint of blue-veined cheese tartness; Trace of juniper flickers in and out with a sparkle, moderately cloak in a gorgeous note of savory, cleansing smoke. <P>The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately acidic (dry), lightly bitter with a long, lightly acidic (juicy), lightly bitter finish.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery, the carbonation is lively/fluffy.<P>Devastating.

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GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2008
What a brew. This one pours a deep cherry amber color with the tallest froth this side of Houblon Chouffe. It lingers like road kill til just the ring and a bit of canopy are left. Aroma is strong with defined smoke with a twitch of bubblegum fruit. Medium nectar with ample residual effers. Texture is a bit fiberous. Moderate smoke (mesquite) flavor integrated into the malt and hop ratio creating a delicate balance. I think back to my childhood. The boyscout days by the campfire. Burning everything I could carry to the fire. Theres a bit of citrus to ponder, roasted malt like strong black coffee, leather. This is a beer Charles Brawnson would love. The finish is bittered nicely leaving a parched palate ready for more.


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