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

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RATINGS: 790   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (459) - POLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Aroma: malty, smoked notes. Appearance: nice hazy amber color, huge beige head. Taste: medium bitterness, smoked notes, warming alcohol (is not well-covered), roasted malts and clear notes of juniper. Palate: low body and high carbonation, smoked aftertaste. Overall: Interesting beer with nice hints of juniper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiddleBrau (962) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Growler from Iron Abbey as a bday present. Quickly dissipating head. Hazy dark amber smokey malt nose. Certainly smoke flavor here, cloying dryness. Quite a natural rustic flavor here. I do feel this is a throwback.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (305) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, medium amber colour with a medium sized, off-white head. Aroma of smoke, burnt wood and malt. Flavour has notes of roasted malt and caramel leading to a dry, smokey wood finish. Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frode (308) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Pours dark amber with large frothing off-white head. Aroma of malt and smoke from burning heart pine and spruce. Slightly sweet, with long medium bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1558) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 24, 2014
50cl bottle. Dark copper color with large beige head. Body is quite carbonated but medium. Finish is quite long. Texture is quite crispy. Taste is medium sweet and bitter. Light salty. Aroma is wood, malt, caramel, smoke, some bacon and some fruit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvanFriend (314) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Mostly smoke, but some of the juniper flavor is there as well. The juniper is subtle, not strong like gin, and goes very nicely with the dominant smoke flavor. Very good beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kjetilj77 (7) - Kristiansund N, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
Altfor mye røyksmak i midten. Fin start, før røyken kveler meg, og den får en litt for bitter slutt... Ikke min type øl... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (1391) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2014
Rødbrun tåkete med beige skum. Lukter skog, røkt malt, syrlige epler og snus. Røkt i smaken også, noe humlebitter og salt lakris. Kort ettersmak til å være en så kraftig øl.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (971) - SPAIN - APR 11, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color ambar, turbio. Sabor a malta ligeramente tostada, suave.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Russo (1690) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 10, 2014
Hazy amber color with a slightly off-white head. Aroma of smoked malt, notes of wood and dark fruits. Flavor is like aroma with notes of roasted malt and light coffee. Medium body and carbonation with a smoked finish. Good one!


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