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Deschutes Mirror Mirror Barleywine

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RATINGS: 672   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Reserve Series romance all began with our first release of this limited-edition brew. Mirror Mirror, born of a double batch of Mirror Pond Pale Ale, is an inspired, barrel-aged barley wine layered with intriguing nuances. Explore this latest incarnation and enjoy its delicious complexity in every sip.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRenter76 (291) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally sampled on 7/19/2014. 2014 Reserve-Pours a hazy reddish brown color. The thick head leaves a decent lacing. The aroma is of wood, caramel and toffee, brown sugar soaked hops, and hints of wine. Flavor has lots off toffee maltiness and hops mixed with some dark/tart fruits in the taste. Wood and vanilla on the finish. Moderately warming, and full bodied. Excellent beer overall, although a kinda hoppy for an english barleywine, but for me thats o.k.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (729) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2015
2014 bottle. Ruby brown pour. Aroma is tangy caramel, mild oak. Taste is burnt caramel, mild vinous quality, mild bitterness. Ouch thin and watery. Didn’t totally come together for me much like The Abyss.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4767) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Sampler at the Portland brewpub. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee malts, some bitterness, light candy sweetness, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average to smoother texture. A solid barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
944play (372) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
2014; 22oz in balloon. Muddy appearance with little fine foam. Dried apricots and banana chips in the prodigious nose. Plummy sweetness succumbs to waves of taut bitterness, achieving a satisfying harmony. Scant dustiness in the finish contributes to the impression of dryness despite the fruit flavors.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1374) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Aroma of malts, sweetness, oak and molasses. Dark caramel color that appears thick. Minimal head. Great fluid and smooth palate with a slight bite at the end. Malty sweet flavors with an oaky sweetness and a slight fruit tartness. Some hop bitterness is present. Very well blended.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Nice to have rated this as the 667 rating....get it off the devil, big toffe malts in aroma some maple wood character with some northwest style hops. Flavor equally as malty with slight maple syrup and maple wood notes. Finishes without any sweetness just malty and slight earthy hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1522) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2015
2014 Reserve - wax sealed 650mL bottle Pours a murky bronze body, holding a thick beige ring of foam. Nose is intense, lots of aged character - cooked citrus, dried fruits, nutmeg spiciness, Madeira, subtle nutty almost Rancio-like character. Thick bodied, smooth, low carbonation, long warming finish. Rich, quite complex - sultana & dried fig, treacle & Madeira, lots of earthy spice & stewed fruits. Long finish, reasonably high bitterness. Serious beer indeed, does seem a touch oxidised.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (563) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2015 2014 vintage...I like this...tons of plums and toffee...crazy variety of flavors..even better as it warms....very enjoyable...(#491)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackflag321 (565) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Shared bomber, poured to tulip snifter. Murky, light brown/copper with a thick creamy head that faded quickly. Complex taste: oak, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, port, and more. . . and they work nicely together on the palate. Smooth with no hint of an 11 ABV. A great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tapthis (168) - Baytown, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Nice carbonation and lacing. Tastes of dark, heavy fruits. Color like a roasted amber.


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