Norwegian Wood | HaandBryggeriet

Norwegian WoodNorwegian Wood
BA SCORE
3.93/5
342 Ratings
Norwegian WoodNorwegian Wood
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Sigmund on 06-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,248
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
342
pDev:
10.18%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste: robust, smoked woody malt, unique notes of earthy spices and dry finish. Dark amber color with a smoked bacon nose, Medium to full body. Large head. Made Juniper berries. The smoked aroma is King

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 801. Best before: 2016-10-27. ABV: 6.5%

Clear mahogny colored. A two finger high, beige, head.

Nose: Smoke, campfire, ash, soap, charcuteries, dried fruit, oak and meat.
Taste: Roasted malt, burned sugar, ash, dark fruit, smoke, nuts and grapefruit.
Body: A medium body. High carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

If you like smoked beer and especially Aecht Schlenkerla you got to love this!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 364. Pours a clear medium amber with distinct garnet notes which, under bright light, approaches red. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of campfire oak smoke, a hint of bacon and a touch of yeast.

Medium bodied with a texture that approaches creamy. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, but lacks the rich meaty bacon complexity and balance (by being too heavy on the oak smoke) when compared to world class Aecht Schlenkerla. It begins with oak smoke and a bit of juniper bitterness. As these fade in the middle, bacon and caramel take the forefront, but just barely. The finish is a slow fade of smoke and juniper.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy, muddy brown with a 1+ finger head that lingers
S: Malt, smoke, pine, grilled meat and spice
T: Generally matches the nose. Malt/smoke but more juniper comes through here. Unique notes yet in a way unbalanced
M: Medium-bodied, smoky but again lacks ideal balance
O: I like the style and there are some unique flavors here, it just isn't coherent overall

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pete_IV
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avitallo
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
2.52/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I cannot easily evaluate the quality of this beer, because I didn't find it to be drinkable. Most of this $9 bottle went down the drain. I've enjoyed a few smoked beers; clearly I don't care for one where the smoke dominates everything else.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigMack61
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Anatole
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopmodium
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BradC
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scandahoovian
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening, a steam-like, tan haze swirled around inside and just escaping the mouth of the bottle. I expected it to begin foaming, champagne-like, which it did, but not immediately as I had expected, catching me off-guard. The foam was wonderfully effervescent, somewhere between brown and tan, and created a huge head with a frothy top. Happily, the foam died down before I became impatient to drink the beer. A distinct, butterscotch, chocolate and smoke smell wafted up in a fairly full manner, though not quite as much as I would have liked. The butterscotch and mostly chocolate taste was definitely pleasant, too, but also a little bit less than I had hoped for; however, the mixed-in smoky flavor was fantastic. I have had only a few smoky beers, and in all the smoke taste seemed separated from the rest of the taste and kind of industrial or cigarettey. This smoke was clean, like that of a hardwood fire, and subdued but not faint like what would emanate from a hearty fire in the hearth of a well ventilated chimney. A slight flavor of the fire's wood was mixed in with the smoke. Along the way, there were periodic, faint hints of subdued lambic fruitiness, perhaps from the juniper berries, though not discernibly juniper-like. Too bad. The field was a bit or watery than I had expected, based on the richness of the head. Also, though the beer poured a kind of orangey-brown with lots of bubbles, the effervescence wasn't really discernible. I suppose the bubbles were just too small, so it made a neat appearance, but didn't add to the experience in the mouth. Overall, this was a more than pleasant beer, with a superlative smokiness to it.

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Photo of wanderlust389
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmaggot
4.99/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is quite an experience.
Being very fond of smoky smell and taste I can certainly say that this beer successfully embodies everything that can be felt by burning a fire in the woods. With generous dash of juniper.

Deep amber with huge head that decreases slowly.
Majestic smell of cold burning wood and juniper.
Tastes as it smells with addition of sweetness.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had some norwegian wood for this one for quite a while and finally had the opportunity to pick one up today. Pours a beautiful, deep mahogany with a hardy, rocky, creamy head. Nose is not what I expected - the smoked malt is definitely subdued... this beer has the nose more of an imperial brown ale in that it is a slightly sweet caramel chocolate nose rather than a smoky one. Not surprisingly, the taste follows suit. A little less smoke than I was hoping for, but nonetheless an elegantly crafted smoked beer. It's definitely a different spin on the style, with the complex array of spices and malts up front and the smoked malts riding caboose. All in all, it is a highly enjoyable beer, perfect for a cozy winter night indoors.

Skål!

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Photo of Synapstic
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Norwegian Wood from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 342 ratings
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