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

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RATINGS: 793   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NORSAND (36) - - NOV 22, 2014
(Brewed April 2013) Wonderful, medium deep copper colour, with a rich faoamy head, lasting 3-5 minutes. Nose: Grassy and fruity hops, yeast and smoke. Taste & palate: Quite rich creaminess, medium to rich body, quite a lot of hops which is balanced by some sweetness (reminding of the way acidity is balanced out by residual sugar in an off-dry white wine). Noticeable smoke also in the mouth. Interesting beer, recommended with food (e.g. rich, salty, nordic winter and Christmas dishes).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (4589) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle from Gunnar - many thanks to you for this gem! The beer has got a deep dark brown, light blackish colour with a steady head and medium to smooth body. Aroma of malt, peat and torf. Taste of very light peat, roasted malt, dark bread, barley, torf and dark berries. Hints of leather and a very light smokey touch but not in a bad way. Very special and very quaffable, a beer to enjoy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nicke80 (208) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
50 cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours red brown with no head. Smokey aroma with sweet smokey taste. Nice bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (182) - POLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Aromat: słodowy z owocowymi akcentami i wędzonym tle, bardzo przyjemny. Smak: słodowa, mocno owocowa baza (borówki, winogrona, porzeczki), wędzone akcenty,finisz lekko kwaśny i delikatnie goryczkowy, długi słodowy posmak. Swietne piwo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2314) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
Reddish brown body with ample off-white foamy head. Meaty smoke aroma. Taste is nicely smokey but with a pleasant sweetness from the berries. Not harsh like some smoked beers. Well balanced. Interesting. This is listed as a "traditional ale" rather than a smoked beer, so it may be a some kind of Norwegian speciality of some sort. Nice beer whatever it is.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cnesmark (28) - NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle, 50 cl. This smoked style of beer is growing on me. A hint of berries, but not much.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrus86 (59) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
BOTTLE. Batch488 (drunk after best before date).Heavy carbonation, solid head disappears quickly with a muddy brown colour. BBQ & Worcestershire sauce aroma. Meaty, BBQ sauce flavour up front finishing with a woody smokey flavour... *smoke flavours became stronger over cellaring time* Sourced Cellarbrations Capel

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
probably the second smokiest brew i’ve ever had, after the Nogne O Sunternbrew. the smoke lent a nice smooth body to the beer, but it’s definitely not one i could drink alot of. earthy herbal notes as well, and lots of burnt wood on the nose and palate."

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
metalspice (135) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2014
Fin mørk farge. Kraftig røyklukt. Smaken inneholder ved siden av røyken noen hint av torv og tørkede bær. Ettersmaken blir nie besk.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomashall (159) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Tap at Scheras Zwanze day. Pours amber brown. Big smokey smell. Taste of dry wood flavor.


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