jimhilt (2372) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Straight up pour only a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Wicked carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose and flavor is fizzy honey, looking for hops maybe a hint at finish. Easy to drink but bad example of a barleywine, for about the same money Dogfish Head Olde School is much better. Very high ABV is hidden. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Alcohol vapors on the nose with vinous notes and hints of vanilla. Super Brew 14 pours clear blonde. Cloyingly sweet with sugar dominating the flavor with hints of vanilla.
maley1 (625) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Orange pour with non existent head. Finest part of this beer is the aroma. Sweet malty, almost like a gran marnier aroma. Nice looking beer in the glass. Excited to try this up to this point, then the tasting. Initial 1 second on the tongue seemed intriguing then the real taste and aftertaste, just nasty. Scored this high because of the aroma and the appearance and the fact I got a good buzz for $2.49. Dont waist your time.
ccex (885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
I found a $3.59 500 ml bottle of this today in my local high-end liquor store before i read any reviews here. I was eager to see what makes Romanians get drunk quickly. I think I agree with those reviews that mention "airplane glue", "acetone", and "nasty vomit inducing astringent fusel chemical paint remover". The corn syrup finsih and alcohol burn is not as bad as the intitial whiff suggests,
This one is clearly about the ABV.price point. I was able to finish it and still type this, headache and all. Still, I would much rather drink this than most of the popular local equivalents (Steel Reserve 211 or Minhas Axehead). If this were made locally (without the costs of importation from Romania) it would be a big hit on the south side of Chicago where my average poop of the street neighbors incessantly buy two 40 oz malt liquors for about the same price. The best I can say is that this wallop-packing barley wine doesn;t make you pee as often as American brews with equivalent buzz.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2011
0.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
500 ml. Clear golden with a head that fizzes away like a soda. Nose is booze, brandied fruit and toasted whole grain. Flavor is sour fruit and whole grain, with an overarching taste of acetone and medicinal booze. Medium body is thinned by all the alcohol, tingly and hot with alcohol and seems like it has about 25% abv. This really does feel like it’ll kill you. I have only poured about three beers down the drain in my life and this one was the most nearly full.
tnkw01 (933) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. Awful. Nice gold color. Soda pop bubbles. Smells like cheap wine. Tastes like PGA and cool aid and beer. Yuck.
crossovert (6129) - Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2011
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
500ml twist off bottle.
IT pours a clear dark orangeish gold with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.
It smells like mead, not like beer. I would bet they put some kind of sugary syrup in here to get to this abv.
The taste is syrupy and meadlike. There is some nuttiness, but this is harsh.
This really tastes like a bad braggot
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Thanks to p3t3or for sharing this bad boy with me. God awful, just god awful....smells and tastes that like nasty vomit inducing astringent fusel chemical paint remover with cheap sugary corn syrup to cover it up. Only gets points for some color (darkish) and some body (still bad). I forced down 2 sips before dumping the rest and the bottle for fear of throwing up on my friends couch/carpet. I love the use of the word connoisseurs in the description
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
500mL from Perfect Pour in Elkridge, MD. The pour is a vibrant brandy color in the glass with a short lived, fizzy white head. Looks like brandy. No head formation really and no retention. Does not look like beer. No legs either from the 15%. Nose is gag reflex inducing with so much fusel alcohol and paint thinner. But as it opens up, volatile compounds subside to bring you a nose that is really not so bad: cheap calvados/apple brandy, gold raisins, and musty rice starch similar to Chinese Huangjiu (sort of like yellow sake). Does create a nose similar to some Baladin barleywines. I really don’t mind it too much. Taste is not too offensive: sharp and cereal heavy with sticky sweetness and musty rice starch and ashy smoke. Headache inducing. Comes across pretty bland and starchy but not offensive. I wouldn’t recommend it necessarily, but it is fun to try and not as terrible as some may make it out to be.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 17, 2011
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks (I think). Bright golden color, three tiny white bubbles in stead of a head. Aroma of acetone and airplane glue. Taste is very malty, strong, and my eyes burn while tipping the glass tow my lips. Good for cold winter nights, I suppose. Interesting.