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


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RATINGS: 850   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blogmeabeer (29) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2015
Pours brown with tall head. Very high in CO2 due to (planned!) bottlefermention. Liquid is cloudy woth some visible sediment. Beautiful deep and rich malt with a light smoke aroma. I get hints of juniper. Tasting less smoky than expected but still distinct. Just a hint of juniper and spruce and a dark rich malt as a base with dried fruit and liquorice. I like the style and this is a very nice beer. Nothing for the "beer beginner" though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asimeow (224) - Sandsli, NORWAY - APR 2, 2015
0,5l bottle from Flesland. Light brown, caramel head, tall. A "Belgian" aroma. Aroma also has some lovely yeast, ripe fruit, and a slight hint of licorice. Tastes somewhat like a mild stout. Smoky, licorice, but also ripe fruits and yeast. Like a mix of stout and blonde, or stout and "mild" abbey double. More than decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rarbring (1900) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2015
Overall: Sweet smoked fruits, vigorous bubbles. Dry finish.
Note: Bottle 500 ml at home. Reviewed 2015-03-18.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (2616) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2015
50 cl. bottle. Hazy, amber colour with golden hues and a dense, lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma with smoked malts, caramel, fruits, juniper berries, spices, ashes and an earthy note. Some spruce adding bitterness. Taste is sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and a fine, lively carbonation. Lasting smoked, slightly drying finish with a good juniper berry fruitiness and toasted malts. Odd, but well balanced and this beer is gaining attraction as the bottle empties. A good experience if you’re looking for something special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
axl (224) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2015
From 500ml bottle. Redish brown with one thinger thick beige head fading to leave a small lid and some lacing. Aroma of peat, saussagy smoke and juniper. Similar flavor but also with crisp bread and a fresh berry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1973) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2015
Pours clear brown with low off white head Aromas of german sausage, hints of smoke, caramel Taste has nice caramel malty backbone, charcuteries, smoke, wood

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EtTuCthulhu (1385) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2015
This beer pours a murky brown color with a with a large off-white head that fades somewhat quickly, and the aroma has a lot of smoke and wood fire with some hints of juniper berries floating underneath the predominate flavors. The taste is full of as much smoke as the aroma, and it’s highly umami and a touch sour; basically, it tastes like wood fire smells through the initial flavor and the aftertaste. The palate fuses a slick texture, medium body, and a lively carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rafael52 (395) - Łódź, POLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Barwa: miedziana, lekko zmętniona.
Piana; bardzo obfita, kremowa, drobno i średniopcherzykowa, dość trwała.
Zapach: bardzo intensywny, słodowy, aromaty karmelu, toffi. Wędzonka bardzo przyjemna z lekkimi nutami palonymi, drzewnymi jak i słodowymi. W tle wyczuwalne nuty jałowca i owoców.
Smak: dokładnie wszytko to co w aromacie, solidna baza słodowa z nutami karmelu i toffi skontrowana ciekawą goryczką. Ma ona na początku palony charakter przechodzący w lekko ziołowy.
Wysycenie: wysokie, mogło by być niższe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Turtles (766) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2015
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear dark reddish brown color with nice white head. Armoa of smoke, blood and ham. The taste is fantastic, cured meats, sausages, bacon, nuts, oil, slightly acidic, medium bitterness. Fresh aftertaste of wild berries. Very, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CarlJonas (228) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2015
Cloudy brown liquid with a big off-white head. Smoked ham, herbs, dark sugar and hints of metal in the aroma. The taste is sweet yet somewhat dry and a little sour with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Low but slightly fizzy carbonation, medium body. Kind of messy, but I still kind of love it.

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