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

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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Chocolate brown pour with a massive off-white head. Aroma has strong notes of smoky, firewood. I didn’t get any juniper berries or fruit in the aroma at all. I enjoyed this one on my palate - strong malty body and the same smoky flavors as in the aroma. Interesting brew - I feel like rauch-style biers are underappreciated and this is one of the better ones I’ve had. Only negative is mildly astringent flavors on the back of the palate.

3.6
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2007
Dark brown-red colored, cloudy appearance with little yellow head. Rich smoky-ham-bacony aroma, some lemony sweetness there too. Medium bodied. Flavor is more fruity and grainy, not so dominated by smoke, still it comes up. Aftertaste turns to more smoked with some yeast and strongly dry vegetables. Interesting traditional ale.

3.8
jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2007
[email protected] Strong smoked wood aroma with some smoked eal in the background and raisins. Brown color, beige firm head, good lace. Starts easy, raisins and sparkling, even a bit sweet. The strong wood comes in with broken twigs and smoke. But it finishes again different, harsh bitter dry charcoal. A big explosion of flavors that makes it hard to finish the whole bottle on your own. Glad I shared it with Savad who called this beer like walking in the woods after a small forrestfire that was killed after a summer rainstorm.

3.9
ogivlado (8108) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottled(500ml). -in Pingvinen, Bergen. Bottle costs 79 NOK or app. 11€.
Murky amber coloured, big pale beige head, mild smoked and juniper nose. Very aromatic, quite yeasty (also big yeast sediment) and mild hoppy with notes of smoke and juniper. Not so good as Dark Force is but also excellent brew.

3.5
Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 5, 2007
50cl bottle. Clear amber with a big, bubbly tan head. Tons of tiny bubbles (no disrespect to Don Ho). Very light smoke nose, mild juniper, um, yeasty? Nice smoke and malt balance, mildly sweet, meaty. Pretty drinkable. Woody finish, slightly dry. Good.

3.5
jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle: Cloudy, muddy copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is reminiscent of a campfire with hints of spices. Flavor is lightly malty and spicey with the smoke playing a central role, but not overwhelming. Thanks Jordan.

3.4
IndianaRed (5039) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle pours a murky redish brown with a coarse but lasting sandy colored head. Light aroma of sweet smokes

3.7
SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Thick, creamy, 3 dimensional mocha heads forms easily over this dark brown brew. Aromas of dark bread, molasses, cookies, and smoke. Lightly sweet flavor, very smooth palate. The Juniper transforms into a floral aftertaste and there is a lightly tart, smoke induced finish.

4
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4   Light Brown(1)->Dark(5) : 3   Ruby : XX   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   White(1)->Tan(5) : 1   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 4
Aroma:
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Esters : XX   Banana : XX   Phenols : XX   Leather : 3   Perfume : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX
Malt : 3   Biscuity : 2   Toast : 3   Caramel : XX   Toffee : 2   Maple : XX   Molasses : XX   Nuts : 2   Candy : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Fruits : 3   Chocolate : 2   Coffee : XX   Vanilla : 1   Grapes : 1   Blackberries : XX   Dates : XX   Cherries : XX   Plums : 1   Figs : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Floral : 1   Orange : 2   Herbal : XX   Spicy : 1   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : XX   Cloves : XX   Smoke : 4   Pepper : XX   Ginger : XX   Peach/Pear/Apricot : 2   Candi Sugar : XX   Anise : XX   Vinous : 2
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : 1   Bitterness : 2   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : 2   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: A unique and exquisite creation that combines fruity, smoky and toasted malts notes in a jaw-dropping, balanced, drinkable and tasty combination.

3.9
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Very tasty. Big, salty bacon smoke in the nose, with a very clean, crisp smoky flavor. Highlights a bit of wood and herbals, punchy but goes down easy.


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