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


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RATINGS: 804   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2008
Translucent butterscotch in color with a lasting layer of permafrost on top. Aroma catapults dynamism. The juniper is there with rosy cotton and mulberry, ignited by a flickering of unbridled burnt oak to boot. Rose hips and spearmint keep the herbaceous floral arrangement in aromatic alignment while smoky applewood goes the extra mile. Flavor produces similar sentiments, seemingly lighter at first until the applewood and juniper combination smoke out the other flavors. Cherry blossoms and discernable fatty acids are kept even keel by the livelihood professed by the juniper, substituting in large part for the herbal and bitter hop bouquet. Medium bodied at first sip, then laying in heavier as the smoke goes full circle. Juniper, sugar capped mulberry, burnt toffee brittle and abundant smoky oak provide a finale much worth remembering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1170) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2015
Rich and spicy aroma, smokey malts, roasty, ABV evident, jammy, earthy hops. Reddish copper colour, medium beige head, lacing. Medium bite, noticably sweet, salty and lots of smokiness. Medium body, soft carbonation, warming and salty finish. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cool_Bond (1644) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2015
Floral fragrance. The flavor is floral, wood and bitter. Okay bitterness that fills the upper part of the mouth for a long while. Mediocre beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VictorStr (1483) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2015
Brunt skimmeraktig med högt fluffigt skum. Mycket sotade och rökiga toner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Florya (442) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
How: bottle Appearance: hazy copper, Medium to large fluffy head. Aroma: smoke, oranges, sweet berries, cured meat Palate: average carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamTheBarrel (509) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2015
500ml brown bottle 2014 years vintage from batch #801, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is hazy dark amber with a large frothy beige head, that reduced quickly leaving a little lacing behind of the glass. Aroma of cured charcuteries, pine and smoke. Flavours of cured and smoked charcuteries, spices, dark bread, orange peels and spices. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Norwegian Wood is a tasty beer that would pair well with meat dishes, pleasantly smoked and just the right amount of sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arsol (671) - NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
Uklar orangebrun farge med hvitt skum. Lukter bær og krydder. Smaker fruktig og litt krydret. Kjenner mer til røk i ettersmak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
alkolas510 (748) - SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
Kopparfärgad klar med stort ljusbrunt skum. Doftar och smakar mycket rök och lite enbär. Bra kolsyrad och fyllig

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Przylus (170) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Pierwszy mój kontakt z tym stylem i nienajlepsza wrażenie. Aromat słodowy, karmelowy, drzewny, lekko alkoholowy. Barwa ciemny bursztyn, klarowne. Piana drobna, ale krótka. W smaku słodowość, drewno, zioła i lekki alkohol. Goryczka niska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1664) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2014
Pours amber with a medium cloudy off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, smoky notes, slight juniper and citrus notes. Taste is caramel, smoke, juniper, toffee, citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TychoJames (253) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2014
Flaska systembolaget. Mellanbrun disig färg mef fluffigt ljusgult skum. Skogsdoft. Barr, bär och brasa. Rökighet med viss fruktighet och fuktigt hö. Smaken är maltig med trevlig syra som tillsammans med den torra beskan blir spännande i truten. En välgjord och intressant öl.

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