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

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RATINGS: 882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mickut (276) - Espoo, - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours nrealy clear deep reddish amber with a tan head. Taste is highly bitter, medium sweet and lightly sour/acidic. Palate has a medium body, soft to average carbonation, sticky, slightly oily texture. Aroma has malts, smoke, wood, pine resins, and floral notes.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2814) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers. Wood-smoked ham and toasted chestnuts on the nose. Clean and crisp on the palate with some juniper berry notes. Smoke is not overdone and sits nicely in the background.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7515) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown. Poured a mostly clear red color, small tan head. Aroma was fresh forrest campfire. Not too smokey, some light fresh cut wood? Light sweet malts. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7888) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Smoke and some caramel. Reddish pour with ok head. Some boiled down malt. Copper pour. Tap at Pizza Paradiso.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumore (114) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 19, 2016
From bottle. Color is dark copper, with moderate foam of beige color. Aroma signaling the smoked character in an interesting non-invasive way, but also malt, in the form of caramel. Body is medium-thick. Taste consistent with aroma, again smoked and caramel, maybe licorice. Some sweetness and some bitterness, beer well balanced. Palate is nice too.

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (1416) - Beckley, USA - OCT 18, 2016
dark brown color; slightly smoky aroma; smooth, malty, slightly smoky flavor; just the right amount of smoky flavor

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuperTiti33 (857) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2016
Rousse voilé. Grosse mousse beige. Très fumé. forte effervescence. Fumé de bois. Sirop de bouleau. Léger malt caramel. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Sèche. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bulldogops (2322) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2016
Rating #2210 - 2015.12.02 - @7Degrees Beer School. Pours a dark reddish brown color. thin head. Unreal aroma of ripened juniper berry, wood smoke, earth,chocolate, caramel. Lots of smoked malt character present, tempered with a spiciness (coriander, clove, nutmeg?). Phenomenal old world brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piwnepodroze (477) - POLAND - SEP 15, 2016
est to wędzone ale z dodatkiem owocw jałowca. Ponoć tradycyjnie warzone na terenie Norwegii. Piwo ma barwę mocnej herbaty i jest mętne, a na grze utworzyła się bardzo ładna czapa piany. Zapach jest raczej płaski i dominuje w nim wędzona szynka oraz wyraźny i mi nie pasujący jałowiec. W smaku jest już znacznie lepiej i ciekawiej. Piwo jest pełne i gęste. Wędzonka gra pierwsze skrzypce balansując między szynką a dymem ogniska. Żaden jałowiec jałowo nie zakłca mi odbioru. Jest tak smaczne i pijalne, jak tylko może być.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1506) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle from the back of my fridge. Pours murky brown and has a real smoked wood aroma with a sort of brine quality as well. molasses and figs, peat and a some more exotic fruit. Good length, smoky flavour some light bitterness on the finish and molasses flavour. Very tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFF (166) - - AUG 3, 2016
Robe cuivre fume. Peu de mousse. En bouche, trs "herbeux" (peaty; tourbe). Alcool peu prsent, donc bien balanc, mais gote trs peu la fume. Pas du tout comme une rauchbier.


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