Super Brew 15

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


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.9/5   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 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cbuk1013 (247) - 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.

   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. Ive 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. Its 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 wasnt 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
madvike (3224) - 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.

   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. Its 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 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6360) - Coxs 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 Im not sure why.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Sweet boozy aroma which reminded me a bit of a whiskey toddy, and a bit of cardboard. Clear copper with no head. Sweet boozy malt and harsh alcohol flavor. Medium body, light carbonation, hot burn.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (11011) - 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 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
500. Not really capped well. At all. Thanks clint. Asshole. Pours a murky flat medium dingy amber with no head whatsoever. Looks like someone is washing out a mug that still had coffee in it. Huge piercing oxidized nose, cardboard as hell. Oooold laundry, artichokes, and aluminum showing. Kinda smells like a dirty jock. Sticky thick flat body. Aluminum, cardboard, artichokes, and dirty jock strap on the mid palate. As my man Raph says "if that beer were an ice cream flavor, it would be pralines and dick."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle at World of Beer St. Pete. WoB has it listed as a barleywine, so I wasnt sure what to expect. Pours a clear orange with a quickly-gone fizzy head. Smells like booze! Strong alcohol sting, with some cider elements and grain fighting to get noticed. Taste is...something. Not a beer - tastes more like a strong wine or mead. Sweet, fruity, boozy. Not even the slightest attempt to mask the ABV here. Romania makes more sense to me now - Im pretty sure if I had more than one of these Id start imagining vampires everywhere, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lemke10 (977) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2012
I bought a 16.9oz bottle of this at Binnys 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.

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