Brewed by S.C. Martens
Style: Barley Wine
Galati, Romania
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
15 worthy beers competed at the famed Martens Brewery for the honor to be exported to the US. The last, 15th entry came out the winner. Super Brew 15 was selected for its exquisite equilibrium of taste, the result of a harmonious combination of specific beer components and special double fermentation process. This unique beer, known in the Anglo-Saxon world since the eleventh century as Barley Wine, has been prized by true connoisseurs for the past millennium. Comes in a glass bottle 0.5 L (16.9 FL OZ), 20 btl/cs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lemke10 (914) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2012
I bought a 16.9oz bottle of this at Binny’s in Plainfield, Il in late 2011 for $3.69. Pours a clear amber color with almost no head. Scent is floral with hibiscus tones. Taste is rather rough and harsh. It has that bite like a good bourbon barrel stout but is dry and really has a strong alcohol taste to it. Finishes with a slight citrus taste. Interesting style and taste but there is just way to much alcohol in this beer to taste the beer. Great for getting hammered but not very good if you are tasty brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2012
500mL bottle, $2.49. Poured clear, medium golden with no head sticking around. The aroma led with sharp, bright, booze-laden fruit skins, and it was hard to get past that.. some honey and other adjuncty malts beneath to provide cheap fermentables.. yikes! The flavor was basically the same.. honey and light fruity notes at the core, with tart fruit skins and harsh alcohol emanating outward.. quick finish, but belly and throat warmth remained. Slick with low carbonation on the palate.. lots of sugars and alcohol.. a bit salty too.. definitely hot, but I’ll give it credit for not quite feeling like 15%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (4287) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours a pretty, if typical, clear amber with a respectable off-white head that does not stick around too long. Strong, fruity aroma is more like apple brandy than beer, and packs a punch. Flavor is - HOLY GUACAMOLE, is this beer, or brandy? Alcohol bite is quite fierce, overpowering the fruity and yeasty components. A fine beer if you like brandy, but it packs quite a wallop - this will knock you on your ***. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, but the alcohol bite is as fierce as an angry Rottweiler. Fine for barleywine and brandy lovers - this beer is not for the faint of heart!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
maley1 (909) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ccex (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
nearbeer (4389) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2011
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
tnkw01 (1536) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. Awful. Nice gold color. Soda pop bubbles. Smells like cheap wine. Tastes like PGA and cool aid and beer. Yuck.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
crossovert (10015) - Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2011
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

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