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

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RATINGS: 838   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 2, 2012
Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium tan head. Nice aroma of wood, smoked malt and fruits. The flavor is smoky, woody and fruity, it’s very interesting. The body is medium to full with a creamy, slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation. This is really good, it’s almost as good as the Beatles’ song.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (860) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep amber, nice white head. In aroma toasted malts, campfire smoke and bacon notes. In taste sweet, malty, smokiness on lower level than in aroma. Medium bodied, medium bitter finish. Very good, nicely smoked beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mingos (28) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 2, 2015
Dark amber and initially ever so slightly hazy, but when poured with all the yeast sediments, it becomes opaque and muddy. Head is light honey in colour, 2 fingers tall and leaves a decent lacing despite not being the most durable. Aroma has a sweetish malty base, but the smoked malts dominate everything with a smoked ham aroma. Hints of bread, juniper berries, wood and smoked prunes also make an appearance. The yeast sedimants add a slightly yeasty aroma in the very end. Taste is bonfire smoke that persists in the aftertaste as well. Initially sweetish, but goes to rather dry in the finish. Bready almost like a Bock. Bitterness is low to medium in strength. Medium bodied, very carbonated. A really satisfying beer. If only your regular Rauchbock tasted and smelled like this, I would be in a smoked beer heaven.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (424) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Batch 364. Pours a clear medium amber with distinct garnet notes which, under bright light, approaches red. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of campfire oak smoke, a hint of bacon and a touch of yeast. Medium bodied with a texture that approaches creamy. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a nice prickly finish. The outstanding flavor profile is intense, but lacks the rich meaty bacon complexity and balance (by being too heavy on the oak smoke) when compared to world class Aecht Schlenkerla. It begins with oak smoke and a bit of juniper bitterness. As these fade in the middle, bacon and caramel take the forefront, but just barely. The finish is a slow fade of smoke and juniper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rich71 (80) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
Rood bruine kleur. Mooie dikke schuimkraag. Zoetbittere, rook smaak. Ruikt fris en bitter. Apart en lekker.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (642) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Clear red-brown color with a little foam layer. Light smokey smell. Crisp, but too foamy carbonation. Smokey appleish barrel flavors. The aftertaste is a little malty and smokey.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1089) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2015
Amber color with beige head. Smokey bacon, juniper berries, wood, malts, caramel. Nice mouthfeel, great balance. Wow!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (323) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle at SinH4’s Goodbye Event. Innocent malty nose, but a very sweet and strong juniper taste. Beautiful!

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dnoaksson (758) - , SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2015
Att inte väcka uppmärksamhet, det är en konst som det militärindustriella komplexet plöjer ned miljardtals dollar i för att bemästra. Avancerad smyg- och kamouflageteknik är avgörande för krigslyckan. Om Norwegian Wood vore en underjordisk forskningsenhet i Nevadaöknen hade de varit först med prototypen till en osynlighetsmantel. För det är vad det här ölet är: ett oidentifierat objekt som inte kan uppfattas med blotta sinnena.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1296) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1190) - Saltsjö-Boo, 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.


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