Super Brew 15

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


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RATINGS: 58   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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Travlr (24756) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks (I think). Bright golden color, three tiny white bubbles in stead of a head. Aroma of acetone and airplane glue. Taste is very malty, strong, and my eyes burn while tipping the glass tow my lips. Good for cold winter nights, I suppose. Interesting.

brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
A: The pour is clear golden with minimal carbonation and no head at all. S: What a nose...Booze and honey immediately hit you and are reminiscent of a crappy mead. Sugary white grape juice is another comparison that comes to mind. Rubber and cooked vegetables are also present. T: No better on the tongue. Searing alcoholic heat hits you like a ton of bricks. Hot as hell and once again like a poorly made mead. Intensely sugary with a bit of a cardboard flavor for good measure. M: Medium to full in body with very low, almost non-existent, carbonation. O: Bad in almost every way.

kermis (13406) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2017
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Bottle shared at THT June ’17, bottle around 5 years old. Near clear orange with a ring off white head. Aroma of syrup, caramel, malt, light vanilla and light booze. Flavour is heavy sweet. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. [16/06/2017]

crossovert (12927) - Chicago, 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

shrubber85 (11402) - 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.

GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
500mL from Perfect Pour in Elkridge, MD. The pour is a vibrant brandy color in the glass with a short lived, fizzy white head. Looks like brandy. No head formation really and no retention. Does not look like beer. No legs either from the 15%. Nose is gag reflex inducing with so much fusel alcohol and paint thinner. But as it opens up, volatile compounds subside to bring you a nose that is really not so bad: cheap calvados/apple brandy, gold raisins, and musty rice starch similar to Chinese Huangjiu (sort of like yellow sake). Does create a nose similar to some Baladin barleywines. I really don’t mind it too much. Taste is not too offensive: sharp and cereal heavy with sticky sweetness and musty rice starch and ashy smoke. Headache inducing. Comes across pretty bland and starchy but not offensive. I wouldn’t recommend it necessarily, but it is fun to try and not as terrible as some may make it out to be.

Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2011
Twist off cap half liter, that was filled right to the firkin cap yielding a tiny ‘tsss’ upon opening, pours deep gold with 2 second long head. Ok, a quick whiff and quick sip, just to find out what is in store for meal, revealed a sense that this is a bit mead like. Hmmm? Ok 2nd, I think I’m drinking this while it is too warm. It needs to be near freezing. The aroma pummels the senses with various ’super’ sweet honey mead like notes and moving into off smelling ’super’ messy booziness and then even more ’super’ chemical mead like qualities. The taste is big and sweet and a bit prickly with carbonation and shoveling out ’super’ apple cedar like notes, ’super’ mead like notes and ’super’ boozy chemical train wreck like notes. I have no clue how I’m going to finish this half liter. I tell ya what, it would be very cool to include this in a blind mead tasting. It is very mead like.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, 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."

Ughsmash (7508) - 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%.

Patrickctenchi (6587) - 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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