Super Brew 15 | S. C. Martens S. A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
S. C. Martens S. A.
Romania
martens.ro

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Nerudamann on 04-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
45
Avg:
1.93
pDev:
35.75%
 
 
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of t0rin0
1.75/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of metter98
1.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that instantly dissipated, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of alcohol and apples in the nose; however these aren’t very pleasant smelling.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer tastes like high proof grain alcohol mixed in with some apple juice.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth is noticeable.
O: I thought that this beer could be difficult to drink based on its high alcohol content, but the smell and taste seem to be what renders it rather undrinkable. I’ve had malt liquors that were easier to consume (and more palatable) than this beer.

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Photo of emerge077
2.36/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

"Barley Wine Ale" on the label, something was obviously lost in translation here, highly doubt this was intended to be a true barleywine, English or otherwise. It really does taste like a poorly made braggot (mead made of malt & honey), as someone else pointed out. Slim brown 500ml bottle.

Thin loose film of soapy bubbles that clump around the edges of the glass. Second pour from a height produced a finger of super fizzy foam, that sizzled like champagne. It quickly becomes still and glassy, again like a braggot or mead. It's a bright crystalline amber color.

Smell is all honey, fairly sweet and clover-like, no trace of the evil within. Flavor is similarly focused and one dimensional honey, with a slight solventy alcohol note of white grapes. Very astringent and harsh feel that is really the downfall of this "beer". Sharp stinging alcohol, lingering medicinal aftertaste that eventually eclipses the initial sweet honey flavors unfortunately. White wine, champagne, fusel alcohol.

Someone did a bad job of translating (and marketing) this... specifically somewhere between "barley" and "wine" (braggot), but it's no barleywine to be sure. Reviewing it as a braggot, it's still way off kilter and harsh to be a success in that realm either.

Hey at least its better than chugging Earthquake, or Keystones...to da dome.

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Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev +71%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

English barleywine? More like synthetic linseed oil. Tastes like alcohol and apricot nectar, the cheap Romanian kind. Just a hint of transmission fluid. I am not making this up. Smells like an Oriental market. Pours a clear amber in the Highball glass. A little carbonation on the tongue, but no bubbly head to interrupt the proceedings, which is to transfer alcohol from a former sugar beet processing plant to your brain. Start counting backwards from 100 and see how far you get.

Actually not bad tasting if you don't think of it as beer. Kind of a weird mixed drink flavor, a touch of Campari, some sugar syrup, and those bitters. Should be good with blood sausage.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3 years after the BB date. Almost clear golden color with just a bit of foam. Aroma starts with lots of sugar and a hint of dried fruits. Besides these, lots of alcohol. So far, not as bad as expected. Taste starts with sugary dried fruits, lots of booze, some floral perfume, some earthy, woody bitterness on the finish. Light, dry body. Seems that the age has done good things to this beer, it is not as bad as expected.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.42/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Blind Beer #7 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from what looks like a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip.

a - Pours a very transparent orange-yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few seconds and disappears, and leaves no lacing at all on the glass. Looks like apple juice.

s - Wow, this is going to be an interesting one. Smells of coffee, burnt malts, apples, alcohol, sweet marshmallow, toasted malts, sugar, light fruit, and light wine. Very, very interesting. An odd sweetness to it. Thinking maybe an American Blonde Ale? Not bad, but not great.

t - Tastes of burnt malts, white wine, apples, alcohol, fruity malts, light coffee, sugar, roasted malts, and sweet marshmallows again. Again, pretty interesting. No real clue about this one…some sort of American Blonde ale brewed with apples maybe? Smells a bit too alcoholic to be a blonde ale though, so thinking maybe a Belgian Strong Pale Ale? Alcohol is a bit too prominent for me.

m - Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch overcarbonated and some alcohol warmth.

o - Overall the most interesting smelling and tasting beer of the BIF so far. At first I thought it may be an American blonde ale brewed with sugar and/or apples, but I think the alcohol is too high for that. Switching to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and would guess in the 11-12% ABV range, but who knows.

And the reveal is…Super Brew 15 from Romania, a 14.9% ABV English Barleywine. Wow, never seen such a light looking barleywine, and never had any that smell or taste like this. Very strong and a bit weird, and certainly through me for a loop. 3/7 on styles, guessing this was a kill shot.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.96/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A rare Romanian tick courtesy of Bobby.

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.09/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

When I learned of this beer, I had to try it. I mean, a nearly 15% b-wine from Romania, born of some semi-mysterious brewing contest? How could I not wanna try it? It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a tower of short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comes off very sweet, with notes of maple syrup, cinnamon, Belgian candi sugar, light caramel, and a kvass-like breadiness rollicking throughout. The taste seems to bring in more of the same, though the kvass is now somehow roasted; then comes a surge of what I can only describe as bad fruit (and not a particular bad fruit, either, just the vague notion of bad fruit), along with a light-but-still-sharp bite of booze near the finish. It all comes together extremely poorly, lemme tell ya. The body is a surprisingly light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda slick, oily feel. Overall, a bit of a trainwreck of a beer. Would it really have come out any other way?

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Photo of Duff27
1.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.61/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Slight trepidation here….. Pours a medium coppery amber. A rush of carbonation similar to a soda, that hisses and foams very pleasantly for about 15 seconds forming a very brief (about equal to the life of the Higgs boson) head that completely disappears; nice active carbonation in the glass. Aroma of English barleywine elements, bready malt, dark dried fruit, but with an odd light solvent component. Flavor starts out similar to aroma, dark dried fruit and bready malt, alcohol, similar to a cheap brandy. Finishes with malt, alcohol and a similar hint of solvent. Points off for the soda like head formation, but gets some for very nice carbonation; similarly the carbonation gives it an adequate mouth feel. Similar enough to a barleywine flavor to finish the bottle, but this was a one and done for the oddity and to tick Romania (never one of my expected top beer destinations and still holding that title). Try this if you are adventurous, but don't get your hopes up.
This bottle labeled "Old Superior Ale / Beer With Me", but talks about being a classic barleywine and obviously the same beer.

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Photo of tone77
1.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of alcohol, plastic, green apples. Taste is, well, OMG. It's terrible. Pure alcohol. I need to go grab a shot glass out of the cabinet, and a can of Olde English 800 from the fridge, for use as a chaser. Feels light and hot in the mouth and overall is a horrible beer, I can feel a headache coming on as I finish the bottle.

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Photo of beernads
1/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of stevoj
1.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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

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Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +55.4%

Photo of Zorro
1.12/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Damn seems I have all the luck in picking the nasty stuff when I buy something before checking the reviews.

Clear golden colored ale with no head formation.

Smell is quite awful. Malt with strong fusel alcohol, so bad this burns my eyes. Personally if I smelled this in one of my home brews I would give up the hobby.

I am seriously conflicted about drinking this or not, I am concerned I might go blind from Methanol poisoning. Taste is sweet and fruity with a strong burning taste. This tastes like Everclear and apple juice.

Mouthfeel is industrial alcohol.

Overall this should probably be banned from import to the USA. Quite probably the WORST alleged beer I have EVER tasted.

This MIGHT make a good Carburetor cleaner, then again it probably would just kill my Car!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.07/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a fizzy minimal white head that doesn't make it past 2 seconds.

S: Honey and cider, some booze and malt. Pretty nice smell. Reminds me of a thin Sonoran 200 at times.

T: Light malt with some phenols and fruit esters (pear). Fairly boozy but contains it pretty well.

M: Medium-bodied but only from the ethanol, the actual malt flavour is minimal. Pretty smooth for how big it is. Thin on the finish.

O: A weird beer to try. As an English barleywine it is below average in the style. As a big ol' malt liquor it's pretty good. Take it for what it is, certainly not terrible.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Hayley_86
2.5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of harpus
1.75/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of beertunes
1.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

16.9oz bottle of 15%abv Barleywine for less than $3? What could possibly go wrong? Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clear, clean medium-dark golden honey color with zero head, thus no retention or lacing. Not inherently a bad looking beer (quite attractive actually) but nothing like any other BW I've ever encountered.

The aroma was alcohol, tequila, diacetyl, and an odd honey-like sweetness. I got goosebumps and shakes just from sniffing. The taste was the same, just worse. Butterscotch, sugary-sweetness, alcohol, and that tequila like, component added to an underlying medicinal quality.

The body was thin, very thin, not anywhere near a quality BW. Drinkability was rough, I got through the bottle by drinking quickly. Plus, I hate drainpours. Overall, if you want to look for a new job, but don't want to quit the one you have, give a bottle of this to your boss for a Christmas present. You'll be unemployed in no time! Unless you're a serious ticker, avoid.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body that has a slight hue of deep orange and a fizzy head that boils away before I can set the glass down. There is a racing carbonation of big bubbles that pop at the surface.

S- The aroma of white wine and butterscotch take on an artificial diacetyl aroma

T- The caramel flavoring reminds me of butterscotch pudding then on to the big fusel heat in the finish that has a bit of a permanent marker taste that grows in the finish.

M- The light crisp mouthfeel has a huge burn that makes it hard to take another sip.

O- The artificial flavor mixed with the big alcohol burn really makes this beer undrinkable. It is otherwise very clean and I don't get any other flavors it is rather like a clean adjunct lager with a monster alcohol heat and some caramel syrup added.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
2/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.32/5  rDev +72%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
1.39/5  rDev -28%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

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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Photo of leitmotif
2.64/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Super Brew 15 from S. C. Martens S. A.
1.93 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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