Super Brew 15

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


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.99/5   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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rumproasts (6052) - 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 Romania’s finest, and this wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be. Tastes like a bad attempt at a boozy barleywine, but it’s drinkable in small sips. very small sips.

nuplastikk (6475) - 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.

574deadzone (1419) - 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.

ronaldtheriot (2007) - 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

Niko100 (2998) - Chicago, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Nice amber/orange color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, molasses, some honey, & fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, molasses/syrup, fruit, caramel/toffee, and spice; Finish is fairly hot; Not that good - but it was interesting.

Cbuk1013 (255) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Found this bottle at a little out of the way grocery store for $1.99
Figured what the heck for 14% alcohol.
Smells like wet cardboard and sugar
Tastes like a skunk fell in a bucket of paint thinner
It would get you drunk on the cheap though.

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. I’ve 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. It’s 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 wasn’t 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.

madvike (3303) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle shared by nuplastikk...thanks(?) Greg! - Pours dark golden with no head. Nose is paint thinner and honey, with a terrible sorghum smell. Tastes like alcoholic cardboard, rotten grapes, and unicorn farts. Slick and uncarbonated. Horrible.

Cory (382) - , California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle, aroma is booze and molasses. Warm going down. Little carbonation, no head, amber color. It’s almost like a mixed drink. Really syrupy and alcoholic pretty much describes the whole experience. Mostly good for getting wasted.

Patrickctenchi (6750) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
Sample: Courtesy Shrubber.
Pours an odd, brandy/gasoline a thin lamp 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 I’m not sure why.

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