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

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RATINGS: 752   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brugmanneke (277) - - JAN 14, 2013
(50 cl bottle) Hazy, brown beer with a creamy yellow(ish) head and some chunky sediment. Aroma is moderately smoky, along with licorice, woo, moss. The juniper berries are present, but less dominant than expected, and seem to bring a more fruity touch to the whole thing. Still makes associate pinewood forests and heathlands. Nearly burnt sugar. Medium bitterness, slightly sweet and sour. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation. Almost creamy texture. Overall a good mouthfeel. Well balanced, alcohol well-hidden. Complex enough, but not too exhausting/demanding. Recommended!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (265) - SPAIN - APR 11, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color ambar, turbio. Sabor a malta ligeramente tostada, suave.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Russo (1635) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 10, 2014
Hazy amber color with a slightly off-white head. Aroma of smoked malt, notes of wood and dark fruits. Flavor is like aroma with notes of roasted malt and light coffee. Medium body and carbonation with a smoked finish. Good one!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (933) - BELGIUM - APR 9, 2014
Amber colour, white head. Medium carbonation. Complex aroma with notes of smoke and spices. Very well balanced. Sweet and bitter. Very good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dj (469) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle, 500ml, from Vinmonopolet. A cloudy brown colour. A strong, smoky malt aroma. Flavour is complex; slightly smoky, biscuity malt with spice and some hop bitterness. Some citrus in the finish (probably the Juniper berries). A little alcohol evident. This is a very enjoyable and unique brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (537) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAR 31, 2014
BOTTLE 50CL from gunnar. Thanks a lot! Look: cloudy red-brown with a big beige-orange head. Aroma: dusty wet ashes, berries/juniper, interesting and unusual. Taste: ashy, sweet and dry at the same time, juniper, some toast, slightly acid. A unique and interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
djoeye (898) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2014
Brown 50cl bottle 6.5% pours a huge off white resistant head on an amber-copper clear body. Roasted malts, dark caramel, firesite smoke, leather (yeast), hay and spices to the nose. Roasted malts to the tongue, and dark sour caramel, smoked notes, burnt hay. Balancing feel, roasted and fruity at the same time, suitable carbonation, good body. Finishes with more of the malts, sour caramel, warming, dark bread. Overall pleasant, quite good to spicy dishes I assume. Tap2801.2013 BBF2y #567 b@Vinmonopolet, tasted@home.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
k92488 (183) - NORWAY - MAR 23, 2014
Ølsmaking Ambolten, Orange med medium skum. Aromaen består hovedsakelig av røkt malt, smaker også leldig røkt. Sammen med litt ost dempet dempet det litt røk smaken, men for volsom til min smak.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppsan (94) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
50 cl bottle. Nice composition of subtle smoke, cloves and pepper. Well balaced brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (250) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours a creamy looking brown with thick creamy tan head that lasted really well. Sticky lacing and thick legs. Creamy mouthfeel from medium carbonation and rich body. Aroma is light smoke, caramel malt sweetness, and some faint earhty/floral hop. Taste was fantastic! Rich caramel, smoke permeates through everything, but well balanced. Really glad I got to try this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (414) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Aroma is instantly the smokiness from the Norwegian wood. The light sweetness of the juniper berries can be detected. The taste is light to start that finishes mostly with a bitter subtle taste and a nice smokiness in the background. Dark brown and amber body with creamy pearl head.


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