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


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RATINGS: 860   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1547) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
A nice smoky beer. Pours a beautiful red with a thick tan head. Smells of marshmallow, coffee, smoky wood and a hint of vanilla. Taste is smoky, juniper berries throughout, bitter coffee and marshmallow in the finish. Nice and complex. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1508) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2015
Clear dark amber/ruby colour with big but quickly collapsing head. Intensive aroma of caramel fudge and full of peaty and woody note. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, with smoke, wood and some ham. Quite easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Azazello (107) - POLAND - JUN 1, 2015
Piwo ma barwę mocnej herbaty i jest mętne, a na górze utworzyła się bardzo ładna czapa piany. Zapach jest raczej płaski i dominuje w nim wędzona szynka oraz wyraźny i mi nie pasujący jałowiec. W smaku jest już znacznie lepiej i ciekawiej. Piwo jest pełne i gęste. Wędzonka gra pierwsze skrzypce balansując między szynką a dymem ogniska. Żaden jałowiec jałowo nie zakłóca mi odbioru. Jest tak smaczne i pijalne, jak tylko może być.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (285) - POLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle, bb 5.05.2016, batch 745. Copper-coloured, hazy beer with tall white head. Aromas of smoke, dried fruits, spices/herbs. Taste is quite sweet, with marked bitterness, some herbal notes as well. Lively carbonated, medium bodied. Very good, complex and interesting beer. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (3564) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2015
Old rating rerated 14.04.2015, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry and smoked, co2 stinging in the nose, weeds, shed, leafs, pine needles, caramel malts, horse blanket, grass, yeast, hints of bacon. Taste is slightly dry mineraly, wet grass, minerals, shed, leafs, caramel malts, hay, nuts, yeast, burnt caramel, pine needles, bark. Medium bitterness, slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Nice enough, but it used to be better before...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2766) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
May 23, 2015. Bottle at home, batch #801, best before october 27, 2016.
Clear dark amber with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma is smoked wood, juniper, toffee, herbal and earthy. Taste is light to medium sweet malty with dry herbal and earthy bitterness with smokey notes. Finish is light dry herbal with smoked wood and light malty sweetness. Medium bodied, quite fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (3256) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
500ml bottle, many thanks to Gunnar! Pours a deep amber with thick off-white head. Aroma is smoked malts. No juniper detected, but a lovely smooth smoked beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mariuszek (781) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAY 18, 2015
pours hazy, tea color, medium, hissing head falling down to nil. Aroma of smoke, smoke, and malt. Very nice. Juniper (if it is juniper, because it is not stated in ingredients. Only hops) is sensible in taste giving a sour, dry, fruity note. High carbonation boost sourness even more. Fruity and smoky aftertaste. Interesting brew, but a bit unbalanced IMO. And I would expect better appearance from beer refermented in the bottle, "traditional ale" is no excuse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (2412) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Flaska. Oklar bärnstensfärgad öl med ett smutsvitt skum. Dofter av karamell, citrus, russin, torv och läder. Smakinslag av torv, karamell, läder och malt. Medel mot stor kolsyra. Rökig eftersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2015
Traditional Norwegian ale. 6.5%. A nice copperish, brown color. Slightly hazy. Medium, tan, head. Smells sweet and alluring! Some smoke tones, and some herb like structures. The juniper comes through well in the taste. Having brewed with juniper myself, I think this is well done, the sweetness balances the juniper in your mouth. Not smoke though. Watery finish. Easy to drink, but juniper makes for a special kind of beer.

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