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


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RATINGS: 818   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4413) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Fruit, malt, spices.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Smoked malt, juniper, some fruit. Smokey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
filippomassari (11) - Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
Special beer with a strong wooden aroma. Dark smoked ale with a nice hop flavour. Definitely to be tried!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (2321) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2014
Pours hazy light brown with a finger of yellowish white head. Aroma of smoke, burnt wood, dark basement aromas, earth, and maybe that odd flavor I can’t really put my finger on is juniper berries... Taste is woody and sweet, deep and roasty, with heavy smoke in the finish. Body is medium rich and creamy with soft carbonation. I feel like I’m underrating this because objectively I can tell it’s a quality beer, I just can’t get to terms with smoked beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cimbasso (328) - - NOV 24, 2014
Sampled from a 50cl bottle purchased at duty-free at Gardermoen. Dark reddish brown colour with a foaming cream-white head. Malty aroma, and taste of creamy, sweet malts with a strong flavour of wood smoke (Beech wood? Oak?). Hints of vanilla, leather and wood. Quite sweet at the start, but this is necessary to balance the dryness of the smoke flavours. There is a dryish finish. This is a surprisingly harmonious and well-balanced beer. If all rauchbiers were as good as this, I would seek it out more often. Another excellent beer from the brewers at Haandbryggeriet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (5039) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2014
Speziell ist es schon, denn zu Beginn kommt es mit dieser feinen Wärme von Hopfen, viel Hopfen und ein klein wenig Zitrone nebst ein paar getreidigen Momenten. Danach wird es nordisch kalt mit einer durchaus nennenswerten Bitterkeit. Klasse Piwo, dem nur Nuancen zur Champions League fehlen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NORSAND (37) - - NOV 22, 2014
(Brewed April 2013) Wonderful, medium deep copper colour, with a rich faoamy head, lasting 3-5 minutes. Nose: Grassy and fruity hops, yeast and smoke. Taste & palate: Quite rich creaminess, medium to rich body, quite a lot of hops which is balanced by some sweetness (reminding of the way acidity is balanced out by residual sugar in an off-dry white wine). Noticeable smoke also in the mouth. Interesting beer, recommended with food (e.g. rich, salty, nordic winter and Christmas dishes).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (5039) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle from Gunnar - many thanks to you for this gem! The beer has got a deep dark brown, light blackish colour with a steady head and medium to smooth body. Aroma of malt, peat and torf. Taste of very light peat, roasted malt, dark bread, barley, torf and dark berries. Hints of leather and a very light smokey touch but not in a bad way. Very special and very quaffable, a beer to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nicke80 (227) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
50 cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours red brown with no head. Smokey aroma with sweet smokey taste. Nice bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (292) - POLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Aromat: słodowy z owocowymi akcentami i wędzonym tle, bardzo przyjemny. Smak: słodowa, mocno owocowa baza (borówki, winogrona, porzeczki), wędzone akcenty,finisz lekko kwaśny i delikatnie goryczkowy, długi słodowy posmak. Swietne piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2418) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
Reddish brown body with ample off-white foamy head. Meaty smoke aroma. Taste is nicely smokey but with a pleasant sweetness from the berries. Not harsh like some smoked beers. Well balanced. Interesting. This is listed as a "traditional ale" rather than a smoked beer, so it may be a some kind of Norwegian speciality of some sort. Nice beer whatever it is.

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