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


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RATINGS: 854   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.

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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (982) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber with white foam. Aroma: caramel, light smoke, halva, coffee and chocolate. Taste: caramel, toffee, wood, a little candies.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackBeerPG (126) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Taste: robust, smoked woody malt, unique notes of earthy spices and dry finish. Dark amber color with a smoked bacon nose, Medium to full body. Large head. Made Juniper berries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WilleLW (230) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2015
Dark brown colour with a creamy head. Aroma of malt, caramel, juniper berry and some smoke. Taste of juniper berry, caramel, malt and pine needle. Creamy flavour with sweetness and caramel in front and a dry aftertaste. Nice texture. Spicy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (1130) - Asturias, SPAIN - OCT 9, 2015
On tap. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 08/10/2015 Color ambar, aroma ahumado, malta, sabor caramelo ahumado sutil.cuerpo medio

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (2027) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 26, 2015
Kindly shared by Jaghana. Couleur brune trouble, mousse qui disparait. Nez boisé, chocolat, légèrement fumé.Gout fumé, chocolat, boisé avec notes légère de levures et épices en fin de bouche. Bon corps. Fin avec bonne amertume grillée et boisée. Superbe!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (4959) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle 50cl traded with Nisse666 thanks. A cloudy amber beer with huge head. Nose is caramel and yeast, light spices. Aroma is on caramel, toasted grain, smoked notes, yeast, cinnamon, sweet, spices, peated too, robust body quite sweet. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puren (381) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - SEP 11, 2015
miedziano-brązowe, bardzo mętne, piana obfita, ale natychmiast spada do obrączki ;
kwaśna wędzonka w stylu parówki, koszona cytryna, lekka wędzonkowa metaliczność, delikatny zapach jałowca przypominający nuty skórzane i stajenne;
ciało wysokie, bardzo mocno nasycone, musuje w ustach, nawet mały łyk wypełnia je, finisz wędzonkowy, lekko wykleja usta;
lekka wędzonka już trochę bardziej szlachetna niż w aromacie, trochę goryczki drewnianej, skórzanej, troszkę karmelu słodkiego;
bardzo fajne, zbalansowane i ciekawe piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kokkenrolv (179) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle @ The Tasting Room. Aroma of roasted malts, some smoked notes, citrus, caramel. Dark amber, clear, off white head. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness, tastes of dark dried fruits, grains, dark caramel, smoked notes, some sour notes. Medium body, good mouthfeel, average carbonation. The smoke is not overwhelming, wich makes this beer drinkable. Pairs well with blue cheese!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (1265) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle. Thanks to Wiosna. Amber body tan head. Aroma is dried fruits with malts and hints of almonds. Taste is some smoke malts with caramel and dried fruits. Aftertaste smoke with malts and nice bitterness. Nice and very balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wiosna (524) - - AUG 29, 2015
0,5 l pullo @ Ottakringer Brauerei. Samea karamellinruskea. Tuoksussa paahteista mallasta, vähän savua. Maussa jännää pyöreyttä. Paahteista mallasta, ruisleipää, makeutta, limppua. Hväähän tämä on, tuoksusta en vaan tykännyt.

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