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Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood by Haandbryggeriet
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
6.50 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 10/04/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2010
Opaquely thick as paint appearance in the hue of a dark rusty, cherrywood, ruddy, reddened, brown. Compacted and tightly foamed crown of dark beach sand sits with might and height. The cap of frothy thick foam settles slowly to a super thick skim that never leaves its place. However, little to no lace decides to stick as most of what shows slides back into the murky skim.

Wonderfully smokey aroma with a calm tone and presense about it that really speaks to its complexity and craft. Unlike most other smoked brews that are perhaps overtly meaty or bacony, this has more of a well placed amount of actual grains and wood than meats. Freshly wholesome and cereal grainy with just the right amount of light smoke puff to it. Light nuances of chocolate and a lighter yet berry sense buried underneath.

Taste has a nice smoothness all around as it has a darkened but fresh, wholesome center of cereal grainyness to it. Bready, just a bit sweet, doughy, and a few notches more of roastyness with dark fruits and berries layered in. Dusted late with a chocolate powder cake and a light smoked wood ascent adding a slice of tang along with it. Actually quite mild and very easy to drink.

Body is a mild medium with an overall tone of bready fluff and favorably grainy texture thats smooth and freshly wholesome. Nearly cask-like in tone with a very well placed airy balance allowing the roasty sweetness to lay groundwork for the smoke to air about and add a super fine tangy element to its character.

Enjoyable! Hell yes to the Norwegians for this wonderful smoked beer. I really liked all its balanced parts. Everything fits very well together with nothing to over the top with a very fresh, wholesome, craft, and subtleness that I found to me very much to my liking for a smoked beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 04/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 2 8 14 2 6 2008
First off, the cap was leaking when the bottle was put sideways or upside down.

A: Super fizzy carbonation produced a huge flax colored head with large, sudsy bubbles. The body is super hazy, chestnut color with amber highlights.

S: Peaty smoke, not over bearing but certainly present. I take that back, there’s a lot of smoke here. Also spiced cake, sarsaparilla and a little honey.

T: First impression is light smokiness around the front center of the tongue. Nothing
else really happens until after the swallow, where a bland oat and grapenut flavor sort of merges. Little grassy and mildy malty with some red fruits. Finishes with that dryness that juniper berries bring, especially to gin. Aftertaste of earthy smokiness and a little bitterness.

M: Medium body with an over abundance of fizzy carbonation across the palate.

D: Not one of my favorite smoked beers I’ve had. Carbonation is a total turn off too.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 14 4 8 0
A - Holy towering head. Pours a head that won't quit. About 3/4 of the glass full of light brown fluffy head. Body is a murky brown that shows night red highlights when brought up to a lightsource.

S - Big smokiness with odors of smoked bacon. Juniper is there too. Hints of lactose.

T - Starts off with some sweetness from caramel malts. Nice ride with that for a bit before working into the smoky flavors. Smoked wood and a touch of smoked meat. Juniper is there with a touch of evergreen. Fairly simple, but tasty. I like that the smoke doesn't overpower it.

M - Medium bodied with very fuzzy carbonation.

D - Good not great beer. Actually a smoked beer that I enjoy though, as it isn't among my favorite styles.

Served In: Pint Glass

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