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

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RATINGS: 894   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Murky Peach Brown Color with Sandy Head. Solid Smokey Aroma with Undertones of Sweet Berry. Heavy Bodied. Dry and Creamy Mouthfeel. Smoke Dominated the Flavor Profile with Undertones of Dark Malt, Chocolate and Perhaps a bit of Caramel...with Some Balancing Notes from Juniper Berries. Dry, Thick, Smokey Aftertaste. Ends Quite Balanced, Making it Quite Alluring to Keep Imbibing. Very Nice Traditional.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcmchew (52) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - MAY 24, 2017
Murky amber, brown-ish, small light beige bit of foam. Low retention. Sweet and smokey nose, with a mellow seabuckthorn-like acidity, some fragrant wood (hints of white oak?), smoked meats, berries, caramel. The front is nice, with some juicy, mildly tart berries, some sweet malt, smoked dried wood and grain. Some caramel crust, dried grass, mild hay, with a nice juniper fragrance developing, nice and sharp, reminding me of gin. Some bitterness, woody in nature, with a lot more smoke in the finish, but not the bacony one usually found in rauchbiers. A stronger, burnt, ashy kind, dry and rugged. Some bit of caramel and that gin note lingers, too. Medium body and carbonation. A tiny bit of warm alcohol. A solid traditional beer, really interesting, not holding anything back, at the risk of being a bit too rough. But i enjoyed it a lot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (913) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2017
From bottle. Pours cloudy dark amber. Nose of berries, resin, smoke. Taste is light smoke, loads of fruit, light malts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lmojoh (720) - Troms, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2017
Flaske 0,5L smakt januar 2013. Aroma malt, brent tre, ryk. Utseende uklar mrk gylden med offwhite skum. Smak malt, ryk, mrk frukt, krydder. En rykpreget ale

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thejackpacker (380) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2017
Bottle. I guess Im going off the smoked ales but I prefer this to the heavy malty black smoked beers out there. I am a little dissapainted however, Im not getting that much juniper or wood, just smoke (but in a good Belgian fashion).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (2190) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2017
Une mousse timide mais toutefois persistante au-dessus dune bire cuivre. Des armes de plus intressants alliant la fume et le genvrier, lui donnant un air dexpdition en fort, de camping sauvage et de prlvement sur le bord dune rivire isole. Poisson et/ou jambon fum(s). Les saveurs sont de la mme famille o laspect fum prend moins de place. Cest presque antiseptique. On prend une marche dans une tourbire. Plus quagrable pour moi. *Batch 997 MA 22.06.2018) (2139-230317)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1704) - Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2017
Bottle; pours cloudy brown with a tan head; smoky aroma with hints of wood, caramel, and juniper; taste is smoky with some caramel, juniper, wood, and burnt sugar notes; smoky finish is dry and slightly bitter

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bjorn77 (290) - Krakw, POLAND - MAR 31, 2017
Aromat: przyjemny, czuć jak suszone i wędzone owoce, nuty wędzone bardzo przyjemne i łagodne Wygląd: bardzo ładne, czerwono miedziane, przejrzyste, biała drobnopęcherzykowa pianka na niecały centymetr, szybko redukuje się do otoczki na powierzchni. Trochę osadu na dnie butelki Smak: wpierw likierowa słodycz ale tylko przez pierwsze sekundy. Pźniej czujemy pełną ciała, ale nie nazbyt ciężką, leciutko podwędzaną podstawę słodową wypełnioną smakiem jałowca. Super że jałowiec wyraźnie tu czuć, bo często to dodatek jakiegoś składnika znajduje się tylko w postaci napisu na etykiecie. Ten jałowiec, jak ktoś nie zna można by ewentualnie porwnać do czerwonej borwki lub jarzębiny. Jest też troszkę karmelu z podbudowy słodowej, są rodzynki. Wędzoność jak dla mnie idealna, bo delikatna i zbalansowana, podbija tylko bogaty i ciekawy smak. Dla mnie rewelacja. Nie odstraszy ona nikogo od piwa, nawet wrogw wędzonych aromatw i smakw. Na finiszu mamy przyjemną, średnią goryczkę przywodzącą na myśl igły sosny i cierpkie, mięsiste, gorzkawe owoce- znw jałowiec. Wysycenie niskie, pijalność średnia na skutek mnogości i bogactwa smakw i aromatw. Bardzo dobre, świetnie wykonane, bogate i mega ciekawe piwo

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jyrsa (797) - - MAR 4, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2017 Hazy orange with grayish head. Vomit, brown malt, tropical fruit. Dark malt, fruit spice. Sweet with a sticky palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beton (590) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Amber Brown. Strong smokey taste from smoked & roasted malts. Berries (apparently juniper) & dark fruits. Caramel. Woody, earthy & rather salty. Bitter edge (the juniper?) throughout . Smoky, roasty dry finish. Unique Beer! (2008)


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