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

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RATINGS: 871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3670) - Nepean, Ontario, - JAN 30, 2013
500 mil bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Clear deep ruby-copper with a nice light tan head. Meat smoke that is kept in check by rich, caramel/toffee maltiness, some nice fruitiness, not getting any juniper, campfire, I like it. Medium+ body with soft, somewhat sparse effervescence. Less smoke than the nose, more frity and less caramel/toffee, a bit of old apple juice, not quite as interesting as the aroma; dry with limited bitterness and a fairly long, kinda fruity and slightly weak finish with only a touch of smoke. Strong start, less strong finish.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3884) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 23, 2016
wedzonka, czyc dymy, drewno oraz stopiony karmel. Slodowe jest to piwo bardziej niz chmielne. Smak wyczuwalny takze jalowiec i pieprz czarny. Wyglad to herbaciano czerwona barwa srednio metne. Ze srednia i malo trwala piana. Dobre ale liczylem na ciut wiecej.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
daigoon (86) - - JUL 21, 2016
0.5l bottle. Dark orange or nearly brown and cloudy. Tan head with some lacing. Roasted taste with what seems like spices.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (401) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2016
Dark orange color. Aromas of smoke, charcoal and wood. Smoked taste with some sour hints of fir needle. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
josanguapo (982) - SPAIN - JUN 11, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2016 From XXXII. In Bavaria glass. Watching Game of Thrones 6x04. Another smoky beer, not of the worst ones but the smokiness still hides all and dont feel the juniper berries nor anything else much

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1221) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours a coppery body with a frothy offwhite head. Aroma of caramel, smoke, malts, wood and some light roast. Flavor is light sweet and malt-driven. Some smoke, cured meats and malts. Fairly balanced and drinks quite well. Probably very nice with some bbq but does quite well on its own too. Light bitter finish. Medium body, avg+ co2

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonev (164) - POLAND - JUN 1, 2016
Piana bardzo szybko redukuje sie jedynie do pierscienia wokol szkla. Piwo przezroczyste w kolorze herbaty. W aromacie wedzonosc i drewno. Czuc tez jakby palony karmel. W smaku czuc dym i slody. Lekko wytrawne ze srednim wysyceniem. Goryczka bardzo slaba, raczej taka jakby palona. Czuc tez suszone owoce. Ciekawa kombinacja.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diabobale (440) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - MAY 27, 2016
Di color ramato molto opalescente con schiuma color beige chiaro a grana grossa, non abbondante e nemmeno persistente. Al naso note affumicate leggere,ginepro e lieve legno. Corpo snello e carbonazione bassa. Al palato ancora ginepro,biscotto e lieve affumicato. Amaro leggero finale. Buona la secchezza ela scorrevolezza.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AnG_BrgNor (426) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle. Brownred with short lasting white head. Aroma is wood, dried dark fruits and some smoked. Taste is juniperberries, smoked. and some wood, or burnt wood.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icedwarf (1181) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2016
Bruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is gerookt en kruidig, licht zoet, drop en zoethout. Erg goed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4327) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 18, 2016
Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood 6.5% Had this ages ago at the old Tadg’s and was blown away. Lost that rating but am enjoying a bottle of it now. It pours a soft attractive mahogany with a thick light beige head of foam. The aroma is attractively smokey, honey glazed ham and a berry sweetness. It’s medium-full bodied with a sandpapery carbonation. The taste is a balanced smoke & sweetness, honey, berry sweetness, some, ham and just a terrific smoked ale. It amazes me you can get a 500ml bottle of this in Japan for a bit over 1000¥, buy this when you see it & you won’t be disappointed.


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