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Super Brew 15

Formerly brewed at S.C. Martens
Style: Barley Wine
Galati, Romania
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.79/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WildBillBeer (1) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2011 does not count
This is a very good tasting barley wine, given the high alcohol content. The brewer, from Belgium, has their operations in Romania brewing this beer and the results appear to be a fine quality brew at a very good price point. The aroma is strong but not over powering, and the first sip attacks the palette. After your palette settles into the butterscotch flavor, the subsequent sips settle quite well in the mouth. If you donít like barley wine or cognac, then this beer is not for you. I was surprised how smooth this is, and the golden color gives it a good appearance. I drank this beer in a brandy snifter. I would not recommend operating heavy machinery or equipment after drinking this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2559) - 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 Tullyís Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (5173) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ectuohy27 (1034) - ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2011
Itís...interesting. $2.69 for 75 grams alcohol--aka 188 mL/6 US shots. "pack a punch" is a hilarious understatement--ípacks a professional punishment beating" is more like it. I once fell asleep on the floor of Galati train station--near the brewery, no doubt--and this tastes exactly like that, except w/some weird smooth-honey notes and some almost dessert-wine hints of texture and palate, though bombed out by poor-quality hops and, oh, freight trainsí worth of alcohol (Brighton)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6101) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
Sample: Courtesy Shrubber. Pours an odd, brandy/gasoline colour...like a thin lamp oil....no head. Aroma is...almond-tinted latex paint, honey and nuts. Taste is sweet peanut, honey, carmelized sugar.....boozy. Sweet, alcohol burn....though not as pronounced as expected.... Pretty rough, but not near as bad as the ratings portray it....I rather liked it...though Iím not sure why.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Honey malt and alcohol aroma. Golden yellow with no head. Sweet honey, light malt, and cardboard flavor. More like cheap whiskey mixed with mineral water. Not horrible but pretty harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle, aroma is booze and molasses. Warm going down. Little carbonation, no head, amber color. Itís almost like a mixed drink. Really syrupy and alcoholic pretty much describes the whole experience. Mostly good for getting wasted.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2013
500 ml bottle into my appropriate Founders 15th anny barleywine glass. Thanks again to match1112 for delivering on my craziest wants. Iíve heard the reputation of this beer but I had no idea it was hovering around 15% abv.... A - Pours a crystal clear dark brown/orange body. White foam forms quickly but disappears within ten seconds. It looks like a glass of apple juice with rising carbonation. How deceiving it looks! S - Werthers original mash up of toffee and caramel, burnt malts, and an almost vegetal like fruitiness. Apples? Some cheap fusel booze on the end. Despite coming off as a bit candy like and artificial its not terrible I suppose. T - Toffee and caramel, fermented apples, and a rough but manageable alcohol bite. Itís certainly not appealing or what I would describe as "good" but it is drinkable. Therein lies the problem. It does feel boozy but not 14.9% boozy, its just the richness and sweetness which will slow you down. This is a headache in a bottle. O - An odd treat from Romania. It wasnít as bad as I was expecting, however the booze will creep up on you when you least expect it. A rather unassuming beer with a dark side. The dark side being that it will totally fuck you up. I feel like I could survive the cold war now.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2014
This had a rich g0lden/br0nze b0dy with a fizzy head that IMMEDIATELY turned int0 a film, then a stray bubble 0r tw0. It smelled 0f sweet caramel, alc0h0l, and a dr0p 0r tw0 0f perfume. The flav0r dr0pped the perfume and was sweet and full 0f alc0h0l. The malt flav0r wasnít really s0 bad, and if they hadnít pushed the fermentati0n, this w0uld be a l0t m0re drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Not sure how this qualifies as a barleywine. Iím a lot more inclined to call it a strong malt liquor. Oh well, ,,,Romania!!

And guys, get a marketing copywriter who speaks English.

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