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Norwegian Wood - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
88
very good

289 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 42
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with smoked malt, munich malt, crystal and chocolate malt, and spiced with juniper twigs and berries.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

moshea, Monday at 03:04 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

zestar, Sunday at 09:41 AM
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Copper. Some smoke on the nose but it is not super potent. Smokiness in the flavor profile as well. Aside from the smoke, the rest of the flavor is pretty unremarkable.

57md, Oct 16, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

Calvarro, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Time for some Norwegian Wood, which would sound a bit X-Rated were it not for the novel by Haruki Murakami with its title based on The Beatles song "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". HaandBryggeriet are actually a Norwegian brewer, so I guess in this beer the reference has come full circle (as this brew is smoked with actual Norwegian wood).

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A pleasing hazy deep auburn body with a massive 3 inch tan head that soon settles to a thin lace on top. HaandBryggeriet are (for me) renowned for their explosive heads - their Kreklingøl ruined my last keyboard (which is why I always open beers in the kitchen now). 7/10.

S: Smoke notes give this brew a burnt sesame oil aroma, followed by toasted pine, hints of pepper, and a thin malt base, expecting little but smoke in the flavour now - a bit too much for my liking. 6/10.

T: The flavour, thankfully, is delightfully sweet, smoky and nutty. There is a dry Juniper berry finish and more nuts than you can poke a squirrel at. The burnt sesame oil flavour lingers on well into the aftertaste and is right on the border of being overbearing. 9/10.

M: Mid to light(ish) bodied with a classic HaandBryggeriet explosive carbonation that strangely does not give me the hiccups like most fizzy drinks. Perhaps a touch watery is the biggest criticism with this beer. 5/10.

D: Well this is quite a departure from any other beer I’ve ever had. Even a Rauchbier like Schlenkerla Urbock tastes different to this Smoked Beer. I give it big points for being so far out there and unique, and despite it being a bit watery/gassy, I fully endorse this brew - if like me - your tongue is seeking new challenges in the beer world. One of the best HaandBryggeriet brews so far, and I would recommend this first before you attempt to topple the tipple (Odin’s Tipple). 9/10.

Food match: The sesame oil smoke in this brew made me long for fried egg noodles in sesame sauce.

doktorhops, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Had this on tap at Amundsen Brewery in Olso. Pours amber, no discernible head or lacing. A nice drinkable smoky beer. A lot of effervescence but with tiny bubbles. Leaves a buzz in your mouth like a well made Gewurtztraminer. Taste is smoky of course but the malts really come through. Fun beer.

skipxtracer, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

nebuchadnezzer, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

emquilxy, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sean32, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

tykechandler, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

ejimhof, Jun 26, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(batch 561 - poured into a balloon)

A: somewhat hazy auburn colored liquid, bit of sediment does cloud it up a good bit toward the end... tall, open, frothy/sudsy foam on the pour; retains exploded texture and volume as it recedes... looks wild and rustic altogether; a frothy cap remains till the end... with the rest of the sediment poured in, it becomes remarkably opaque, nebulous

S: floral, sweet smoke... dark, toasted malt... moderate campfire quality to the smoke later emerges, ahead of the floral notes... the intensity of the aromas very much die down with the addition of the sediment...

T: bold, hard-hitting smoked embers, backed by an equally bold seedy, herbal flavor... moderate toasty malt backbone, however, nearly absent of sweetness... so, in essence, it's mostly woody, earthy, smoked, dried vine/stem-like vegetation with a mildly biting, enlivening bitterness... bit of a phenolic, wild culture funk on the edges?... alcohol fairly well hidden, tiny touch of bubblegum and the skins of the juniper berries real late in the aftertaste

M: frothy and dry; not a terrible degree of roundness to the body, but it's not thin or sharp... no heat or burn in the aftertaste outside of what the smoked grain provides... altogether soft and float-y

O: for smoke beer lovers, this is actually a real treat... out of the bottle, it doesn't look as pretty or drink as clean and muscular as it does on draft... I'd suggest really taking care to not pour out too much lees

Bouleboubier, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

micromaniac129, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

scottbrew4u, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

berkshire413, May 16, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Brown pour with fluffy brown head. Aroma is smoked wood and intense sesame oil. Taste is nutty and smoked malt and wood Lively carbonation. Body is slightly richer than most traditional smoked. Also, it is not a meaty smoked, it leans more toward campfire and nuts. Decent smoked but not on par with the traditional version such as Schlenkerla's. 3.5

Luk13, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared. Pours a creamy looking brown with thick creamy tan head that lasted really well. Sticky lacing and thick legs. Creamy mouthfeel from medium carbonation and rich body. Aroma is light smoke, caramel malt sweetness, and some faint earhty/floral hop. Taste was fantastic! Rich caramel, smoke permeates through everything, but well balanced. Really glad I got to try this one.

mverity, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

tom10101, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

yancot, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TheCuriograph, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

j0hnc2468, Feb 13, 2014
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Norwegian Wood from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.