Super Brew 15

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


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.92/5   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.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Picked a bottle of this up for the Romania tick, so well see how it goes. Pours a hazy brownish color with very little head on there. Nose is yeasty and bready, and smells like something Im about to put in the oven. Taste is sour and just a little bit fruity, which makes it really weird. Cannot handle this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cousin_Larry (893) - - MAY 26, 2014
Aroma is sweet wine or juice. Which makes the bready flavor absolutely shocking. At least it doesnt have the alcohol burn present in most 15% beers. Not horrible, but wouldnt want to drink an entire bottle again.

   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. Im a lot more inclined to call it a strong malt liquor. Oh well, ,,,Romania!!

And guys, get a marketing copywriter who speaks English.

   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 wasnt really s0 bad, and if they hadnt pushed the fermentati0n, this w0uld be a l0t m0re drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
edgallow (4090) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours hazy amber with a off white head. Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is alcohol and malts.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
stevoj (4823) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Alcohol is heavy in this, as would be expected by the 15% ABV, but it totally dominates the aroma and taste, sickly sweet malt and paint thinner hide in the background. Nasty

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
rumproasts (5324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
bottle. Amber with minimal head. I think you could get a buzz just by sniffing this stuff. I expected the worst from Romanias finest, and this wasnt quite as bad as I thought it would be. Tastes like a bad attempt at a boozy barleywine, but its drinkable in small sips. very small sips.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
nuplastikk (6141) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle forced on others by me. Filtered light orange-tan body. No real head..oily residue. Disgusting vinous sweetness. Disturbing, horrendous beer. Putrid horror.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
574deadzone (1413) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Jesus Christ, the morning of punishment continues. This little devil pours a thick dark gold with no head at all, quite still in appearance. Nose involves (in no particular order) burnt sugar, maple syrup, airplane glue, dark honey, plastic, and toffee. Way sweet flavor with some semblance of bitterness. Very thick bodied, chewy but not in an appealing way, disgusting in the mouth really, fairly actively carbed somehow, with a long vomit-inducing finish. Those partaking in this tasting wondered aloud what horrid slop the other 14 entries in this contest must have been for this to be the winner. An unbelievable beer in so many ways. A surefire road to vagrancy.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
ronaldtheriot (1902) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Super Brew 15 has a very thin, almost nonexistent white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, amber appearance, with no lacing left behind. The aroma is very strongly of alcohol, cream sherry, caramel, and other pungent things. Taste is of cream sherry, very cloying sweetness, figs, dates, caramel, and almost no bitterness to cut the overriding candy sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, chewy, candy-like, metholated on the inhalations and exhalations, and there is a chalky under taste. Super Brew 15 finishes harsh, overly sweet, alcohilic, and after some ounces are drank, undrinkable. Overall, this is bad and undrinkable. I scored it .5 stars. RJT

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