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


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RATINGS: 879   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (1680) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Dark amber with big long lasting tan orange head. Aroma smoke, hot granite, mineral, wheat seseme, campfire. Tastes big smoke, slight caramel honey ham, toasted wood. slight citrus of juniper

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ArtificialCyst (610) - Szczecin, POLAND - JAN 11, 2016
Aroma: Medium-low intensiveness, very caramelly, some smoke, floral notes, a lot of metal which dominates the aroma afer time. Appearance: Color is dark amber, head is high, not very durable. Taste: Bonfire smokiness, wood, light floral and estery accents, symbolic juniper aftertaste, bitterness medium, lightly lingering but pleasantly, with time gets more sweet, caramel. Palate: Finish is sweet, carbonation is quite high - too high, body is medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
Appearance: clear medium-deep amber with two fingers of fine light tan head, good retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, caramel malt, floral, light sharp juniper. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate smoke, mild bitter, mild spice. (7/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, lingering smokey finish. (3/5) Smoke definitely leads the way here, but it doesn’t overwhelm the sweet caramel and floral aromas - think smokey bacon and you’re not far off. There is a subtle juniper presence coming through as a bright sharpness in the aroma and a mild spiciness on the tongue, but I think I’d prefer a little more emphasis there. The body is surprisingly light, driven by a lively sustained carbonation, which I think prevents the smoke from building and lingering more than it does. Quite pleasant and approachable for a smoked beer, and reminiscent of Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbier, but definitely not everybody’s cup of tea. (14/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (2007) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2015
12 oz. pour at Holy Grale. Aroma: Moderate woody smoke; light caramel glazed bread; very light juniper. Appearance: Hazy dark cola brown pour with a sticky tan head that settles into a skin. Flavor: Smoke leads with bready malts in the backseat; juniper is very much an afterthought flavor-wise, and there’s just a touch of it towards the finish, which is mostly dry. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, flat carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: I would have liked a little more balance between smoke and other flavors in play.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (2783) - Haderslev, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2015
Cloudy dark amber, offwhite fluffy head. Floral hops, malty, caramely aroma with notes of juniper and very light hints of smoke. Flavour has smoke, more malt, a little spice and hoppy bitterness. Nice and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (2510) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber with white foam. Aroma: caramel, light smoke, halva, coffee and chocolate. Taste: caramel, toffee, wood, a little candies.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackBeerPG (365) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WilleLW (236) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2015
Dark brown colour with a creamy head. Aroma of malt, caramel, juniper berry and some smoke. Taste of juniper berry, caramel, malt and pine needle. Creamy flavour with sweetness and caramel in front and a dry aftertaste. Nice texture. Spicy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (2261) - Asturias, SPAIN - OCT 9, 2015
On tap. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 08/10/2015 Color ambar, aroma ahumado, malta, sabor caramelo ahumado sutil.cuerpo medio

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (2500) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 26, 2015
Kindly shared by Jaghana. Couleur brune trouble, mousse qui disparait. Nez boisé, chocolat, légèrement fumé.Gout fumé, chocolat, boisé avec notes légère de levures et épices en fin de bouche. Bon corps. Fin avec bonne amertume grillée et boisée. Superbe!

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