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


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RATINGS: 810   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3157) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ANZUShophunter (15) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2015
From bottle in English pint glass. Poured with decent head that settled quickly. Juniper berries contribute nicely to nose and complement the smokey notes for a broad taste. Stirred my Norwegian genes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lawger (141) - SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
Pours chestnut brown with a finger of thin head. The aroma has an immediately obvious smoky touch to it, but not as dominant as in a typical Bamberg Rauchbier. It does smell old wood, like in a traditional woodburning sauna with wooden furnishings, walls and inner roof which has been subject to intense heat and moisture for decades. There's also a hint of herbs, licorice and roasted whole grains. The palate is almost more smoky than the nose. Medium bodied, fairly well balanced with a touch of sweetness and acidity. Lingering wood smoke and smoked fish on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Roger60 (53) - - FEB 7, 2015
Lund SB saluhallen, flaska. Rökt rökt frisk åt citron banan. Fin grummel . Som en belgare. Fin krona vitgul. Läskande och fyllig smak. Men dyr i Sverige 44:- pust...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (4576) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours hazy coppr amber, taste is almost sickly sweet up front with a smoky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egidis (19) - LITHUANIA - JAN 31, 2015
bottle. copper and fizzy. aroma of caramel and smoked malts. medium body, lightly sweet and medium bitter and lots of smoke. and it stays for while...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sokuzs1 (80) - - JAN 30, 2015
Aroma: spicy, fruity, juniper, malty, roasty, smoky, complex Taste: fruity, spicy, roasty, malty, low bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1175) - 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 (1704) - 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 (1500) - 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 (518) - 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.

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