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

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RATINGS: 793   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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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3067) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (277) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours dark amber. Slightly sweet and smoky aroma of charcuteries, firewood, ash, junipers and pine. Taste has medium mouthfee6l and flavors of pine, charcuteries, caramel, smoke, wood, flowers and ash. Dry and a bit sour finish with balanced bitterness and lingering Nd long lasting notes of smooky charcuteries and juniper. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (1783) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av humle, karamell, rök, aska med toner av trä och tall och enbär. Sträv, fruktig, tydlig rökkaraktär, beska med smak av enbär och tallskott.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (506) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 20/12-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Smokey, some charcuterie. Taste: Dito + sweetness. Body is medium, the finish is dry and smokey.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ramboraffe (730) - SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2014
500 ml bottle. Orange with white head. Smell is wood, pine and smoky. Taste is pine, hoppy floral, smoky and caramel malty. Dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beertobealive (302) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2014
Beige head with heavy resin and pine smell. Hazy and orange body. Quite strange in taste: tastes like pine with bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4084) - 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.

3.6
   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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (2241) - 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...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cimbasso (253) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (4587) - 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.


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