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 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 dont 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2339) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - DEC 18, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2017 BOTTLE 50 CL. Clear brandy color, zero retention head. The aroma is pretty much Oloroso sherry, dry and oxidized, oily and nutty. The flavour is there as well, dry and oxidized, with just a hint of sweetness, just a bit if residual cereals, a bit thin and with a slight hint of paper in the finish. After six year in the bottle, it just not the beer it was supposed to be. It tastes like Oloroso and I like sherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maersk (242) - MOLDOVA - JAN 17, 2017
Amber, a bit hazy, no head. Alcohol, ripe fruit, dried fruit, port wine. Well balanced, sweet, alcoholic. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GhostS (193) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 30, 2017
Strong aroma of caramel with alcohol, juicy fruits with syrup and alcohol, rum, raisins, quince jam. Taste of caramel with quince jam and lot of alcohol (too much), slightly sour white wine, alcoholized fruits, some sweetness in the background. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2584) - 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 Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (5400) - 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 (1092) - ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2011
Its...interesting. $2.69 for 75 grams alcohol--aka 188 mL/6 US shots. "pack a punch" is a hilarious understatement--packs 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 trains worth of alcohol (Brighton)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6372) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
artemb (836) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - DEC 19, 2016
old bottle was produced at 2011 and saved in the archive and tasted at Dec 18, 2016 Look: amber, hazy. Aroma: sherry-like oxidizet notes, some roasted notes. Taste: cloying sweet with harsh spicy boozu bitterness. Flavour: baked apples, sherry, harsh alcohol. Harsh boozy finish. Strange thing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (11024) - 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.

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