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

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RATINGS: 766   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
k92488 (231) - NORWAY - MAR 23, 2014
Ølsmaking Ambolten, Orange med medium skum. Aromaen består hovedsakelig av røkt malt, smaker også leldig røkt. Sammen med litt ost dempet dempet det litt røk smaken, men for volsom til min smak.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppsan (130) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
50 cl bottle. Nice composition of subtle smoke, cloves and pepper. Well balaced brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (263) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (606) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Aroma is instantly the smokiness from the Norwegian wood. The light sweetness of the juniper berries can be detected. The taste is light to start that finishes mostly with a bitter subtle taste and a nice smokiness in the background. Dark brown and amber body with creamy pearl head.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1187) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours a nice amber with a medium offwhite head that leaves good lacing. Nose is indeed smoky, but also nutty. Taste is lightly sweet with a slightly tart edge and carries some good smokey flavors. Finish is a little vegetal, woody. Body is medium, carbonation a touch too high (you can see the foam growing in the bottle as you drink...). Anyway, a fair introduction to smoked beers, not as intense as Schlenkerla but still really tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (872) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Den Nordiske Ölhandel, Köpenhamn. Rökig med rostade toner, ene, medelbeska, medelfyllig, sötma, torr. Avslutningen är torr, rökig, ganska besk och lång.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7020) - Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Hazed amber pour. Really nice smell. For w/e reason these types of beers smell rustic and nostalgic to me. It smells like a smoked malt house mixed with a bakery. The flavor is smoky but more so an amber ale. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2665) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Murky orangey/brown with a medium fully lasting off-white/beige head and good lacing. Aroma is mostly of smoked wood along hints of berries and light peppery notes. Taste is also dominated by smoked wood along with berries, peppery notes and mineral earthy/presence. Medium body. Medium/good carbonation. Smoky finish. Not very complex and quite straightforward. The beer is dominated by smoke, but it’s a nice/not overwhelming kind of smoke and the beer is stil drinkable for the style. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (481) - Skui, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
Orange med medium skum. Aromaen består hovedsakelig av røkt malt, men også ulike krydder setter sitt preg på aromaen. Smaken er samme. Medium/tykk konsistens.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1168) - Bodø, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a cloudy reddish brown colour with a medium, light beige head. Smokey aroma with smoked meat, wood, leather and forest floor. The flavour is more malty and has a sweet touch. Has a slick and rich mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A fantastic smokey and well-balanced ale.


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