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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (599) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap @ Collins Pub. Pours deep dark lightly reddish caramel brown with thin creamy mocha head. Aroma is rich sugary sweet thick caramel malt with dark vinous flavors on the back. Taste is super rich dark caramel malt, with barrel-aged, dark fruit, port-like notes on the finish. Enough bitterness to balance, but hops very much in the background here. I’m not a barleywine fan, and rarely drink them, but this is delicious. Smooth, easy drinking in spite of the heaviness of the beer, the abv, and the fact this was just released. Perhaps I should reconsider...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (579) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
22oz bottle of 2014 Vintage. Pours a yellowy brown color without much head. Full of maltiness with a bit of hops. Very sweet. Slight toffee flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1524) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2014
2009 bottle from trade with kmyers8807. Dark ruby, beige head. Aroma: vanilla, floral, malty, marmalade candies, orange. Taste: bourbon, toffee, candy, dried tropical fruit, vanilla, orange, sweet, but not too much. Full-bodied, sticky. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oRos (1006) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle I tried was aged from 2009. Beer pored ruby. Aroma was Brett, leather. Beers infected. Taste was barely, leather and sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2022) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
N: butter tarts, currants, white cake minus all the vanilla, caramel, white sugar - maybe even icing sugar out of the bag, light spices, no hops. Taste is tasty taste of brown sugar, caramel with a slight medicinal feel, ice cream of my choice of flavours, dull molasses, quiet bitterness, oily, some mouthwatering citrus somehow. Snausages - what happened to those?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (395) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
2009 vintage. Dark red cloudy pour. Aroma - lots of caramel, hops, big American barley wine. Taste - it’s a bit muted hence the age, some hops, cardboard, caramel, no ABV sauce. Good but I think it would have been better fresh, very soft in the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (766) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle to tulip Huge caramel, brown sugar, and blood orange. Dark orange with a thin white head. Orange, honey, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (800) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2014
On tap at Portland brewery. Clear dark ruby with a low lying off-white cap. Aroma is a blast of raisin, grape skin, a bit of rye, candied sugar. Taste is sweet and a bit tangy. Sticky mouthfeel from medium-low carbonation. My moustache is gunna taste good later.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Salmoniform (269) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2014
2014 poured from tap to glass. Hazy orange brown hue with off white head. Aroma is huge malt, honey, slight banana, floral, caramel. Mouthfeel is fantastic with full head and good carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a mellow rounded finish with the ethanol. Overall this is one of the best English styled Barleywines in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (74) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle, 2014, picked up at the co-op earlier today. This is a very good barley wine. It’s pretty dark, a burnt amber color, a little on the carbonated side for the style. Smells like grains and caramel. Sweet, buttery, malty. Maybe tastes a little raw, unrefined - it really smells like barley, as when homebrewing or visiting a brewery. But it’s terrific!

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