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

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RATINGS: 766   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deflagro (106) - Lund, - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle. Reddish colour with a medium, off-white head. Aroma is of smoke with a hint of juniper. A nice smokiness like that of a camp fire. Flavour is complex and slightly acidic, a bit fruity and a bit bitter with notes of smoke and juniper. Quite a lot of juniper berries in the aftertaste. Nice beer.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (114) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle a brother’s house. Pours brown with no head. Lightly smoked aroma with some fruit. Short bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (1982) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle from Sugaya. Smoky nose, with berries, caramel, and a sort of mock alcohol presence from the juniper. Hazy reddish brown, big head which diminishes to 1-cm quickly. Smoke, dryish roast malt, and the strong juniper spicing throughout, which seems ashy and spicy. Medium body, and rather high in carbonation. Tasty stuff. Could use maybe a little more body and even more smoke to blend better with the heavy juniper notes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Majek (307) - Ząbki, POLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Clear dark amber/ruby colour with big but quickly collapsing head. Intensive aroma of caramel fudge and full of peaty and woody note. Quite similar to charcoal. Taste is medium to heavy sweet,low bitter and semi dry (maybe it’s effect of juniper?) Low to medium body and medium carbonation. It’s very interesting and unparalleled beer. Definitely worth to try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Many years ago I had this in a bottle. My first smoked beer ever. The rauch element took a moment to get used to, but I soon acquired a taste for it and have had probably 60 to 70 smoked beers since. So, having said that, I am having this particular brew now for only the second time - now on draft. Khyber Pass. Hazy caramel copper pour. Off-white head. Not much lace. Smoked ham hocks. Charcoal grill. Peat. Leather. Cigarettes. Silky body. Despite the smoke, surprised to find some bright amber fruit underneath - along with some blonde caramel. Yellow plums. Nectarines. Apricot pits. Shiitake mushrooms. Bamboo shoots. Juniper. Peppery finish. More interesting and unique than I expected.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a caramel-amber color with an enormous foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was smoke and bacon. The flavor was tart bread dough, wood, smoke and charcoal. Long tart wood and smoke finish. Medium body. Too smoky for me.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatDane1632 (312) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Ordered a 2012 bottle at the porter beer bar in Atlanta -- a muddy copper color with thick lasting head. Aroma is just great. Peaty woody smoke and earth. Everything else in the beer filled suit. Malt and mouthfeel is more of a medium smoked beer which makes you want to crush this, but the arina and flavor force you to savor. I really like this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (273) - POLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Aroma: malty, smoked notes. Appearance: nice hazy amber color, huge beige head. Taste: medium bitterness, smoked notes, warming alcohol (is not well-covered), roasted malts and clear notes of juniper. Palate: low body and high carbonation, smoked aftertaste. Overall: Interesting beer with nice hints of juniper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiddleBrau (921) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Growler from Iron Abbey as a bday present. Quickly dissipating head. Hazy dark amber smokey malt nose. Certainly smoke flavor here, cloying dryness. Quite a natural rustic flavor here. I do feel this is a throwback.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (226) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, medium amber colour with a medium sized, off-white head. Aroma of smoke, burnt wood and malt. Flavour has notes of roasted malt and caramel leading to a dry, smokey wood finish. Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frode (176) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Pours dark amber with large frothing off-white head. Aroma of malt and smoke from burning heart pine and spruce. Slightly sweet, with long medium bitter finish.


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