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

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RATINGS: 897   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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3.5
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of golubj. Poured a ruddy reddish brown with medium to large off white head. Aroma was smokey, meaty and woody. Flavor was much of the same with a bit of acidity and tartness. Didn’t pick up too much on any fruit or berries. Some pretty good aspects to this beer.

3.6
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle. Brown, muddy, and a little orange, with some off-white head. Aroma of smoked malt, meaty, with some roasted malt also. The flavor is the same, like smoked meat and some roasted malt.

3.6
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2008
1pt .9fl oz bottle. Batch nr 70 brewed Mar 07. Pours a dark but clear brown-red with a tall fluffy beige head. Nose is really smokey campfire like at first but that fades to more of the rauch and peat with oak and pine barley coming through. Rauch malts are the strongest flavor. Pine, fruit, charred wood, cedar. There is a slight sour note that becomes tart as it warms and slightly acidic that must be from the juniper berries. It leaves charred wood, peat, and earthyness in the finish. Strange beer, but pretty decent.

4
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle, batch # 66 @ Underbar, Oslo. Small creamy tan head with excellent lacework. Hazy reddish-brown color. Layers of exciting and unusual aromas. First impression is like the smell of a Norwegian forest; Juniper-berries, pine, burnt wood and peat. Then some mellow scents of acidulous fruits, berries and caramel. Initial taste is nice sourish, dry malty and roasty. After a while, notes of red berries, campfire, tobacco and unripe fruits. Well carbonatied medium body. Still a very smooth mouthfeel. A wonderful and challenging beer with a rustic signature.

4.1
Ratman197 (14822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2008
500 ml bottle poured a lightly cloudy copper brown with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of smoke, dark fruit, carmel, caraway seed and a hint of pine. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, carmel, dark fruit, caraway and some cedar and pine notes with a smoooth lingering smokey finish.
One of the best smoked beers I’ve tried!

4.6
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2008
Cloudy, nearly muddy, amber hue with a moderately sized, light tan, foamy head that quickly diminishes. Smells...amazing. Smoke -- like snuffed candles -- peaches and bananas, perhaps as saltwater taffy candies. In the background lurks some rusty, oxide aromas. From there it gets really strange, flush with smoked salmon, brined olives, pine needles and cedar. What a rush. The flavour begins moderately sweet with elements of tangerine, cedar and taffy. Some notes of pine and peach shine through as acidity along with some tart berries. Around mid-palate the smoke jumps in, tinged with sea salt and oranges. The finish is mostly dry with a little Meyer lemon sweetness. Also present, some more saltiness, light smoke and berry skins...never tannic though. Medium bodied, and the texture is divinely velvety. Carbonation is lively and crisp, like biting into a firm apple. Expertly crafted, intriguing...must have more! 50cl bottle at Gastropub Praha.

2.9
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Didn’t really know what to expect. Great, very smoky aroma, as expected. Huge, light-brown, mostly lasting head. Cloudy, brown color. That’s were the good experience ended. This is like nothing else I’ve every had. It tasted plain awful. i couldn’t drink very much of this. Huge dissapointment.

3.7
faroeviking (10910) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber colour with a huge beige long lasting head leaving a good lacing. Aroma of smoke, bits of bacon, dark fruits and hops. Good mouthfeel. The flavour has a good smokiness with roasted malt, hops, some dark fruits, wood and slight spices. Smoky, roasty dry finish.

3.2
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle from Bier Koning. Oak coloured, with thin head. Smokey nose. Taste smokey and reminds me of bacon. Also element of sweet, caramel and berries easily detectable. Very smooth. Another very good Norwegian product.

4.2
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2007
From a 500mL Bottle. Generously shared by KAME. Somewhat cloudy, ruddy mahogany colored pour with a thick finger of nicotine stained, off-white head. Spicy, smokey, fruity bouquet that filled with notes of smoked apples, cinnamon, caraway seeds, and topped with a charred maple syrup glaze. Subtle hints of rye and pine boughs sharpen up the smokey malt body. Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation with a chalky texture. Flavors of smoke, charred jerky, and loads of juniper berries. Tastes like a Canadian forest fire. Roasty caramels and a blazing pine forest. Really a fantastic brew; the smoke flavor is intense, but still allows the malt flavors to come through boldly. At the same time, the juniper berries cut through the bold flavors with enough gusto to completely forget about the absence of hops. All the while, it maintains a beautiful drinkability. Thanks for sharing, Dillon!


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