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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (5272) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle (22 oz) shared by mathieuc at tasting, thanks! 2014 vintage. Hazy reddish with a small off-white head leaving little lacing. Aroma is super sweet and boozy with caramel/brown sugar and loads of fruitiness. Taste is also sweet, boozy and fruity with caramel and mild spiciness. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet lingering finish with alcohol warmth. Average BA Barley Wine at best. Sweet, boozy and cloying. Not super complex. Really nothing to get excited about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3276) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle 660ml. Pours hazy dark copper with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of malt, sugar, vegetal stuff, alcohol. Taste is of malt, sugar, bitterness, alcohol, some oxydation. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Good, sweet. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3324) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a hazy red with a small offwhite head that leaves limited lacing. Nose is of caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet (but not to the point of being cloying) with more caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Pretty simple. Body is medium and carbonation moderately low. Light bitter alcohol finish. Overall it was OK but not much more, not worth of a repeat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
pours cloudy light brown, burnt orange, with a nice reviving light beige cap, some lacing. oxidized rotten fruits, minty resin, candi barley sugars, orange spiciness, bark, wood, pine, cloying sweetness. moderate carbonation, medium to full body - oily; sweet fruity-spicy finish. cloying piney rotten boozy mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3132) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated brown bomber, 2014, poured into a snifter. Clear Amber with very small off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, low carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is caramel malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hanuta06 (444) - Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Serving: from bottle. Aroma: moderate caramel malt and citrus. Appearance: very small, off-white, initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Cloudy, dark-amber body. Taste: heavily sweet, caramel initial flavor and finish with long duration. Palate: full body, syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Overall: very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (988) - - DEC 31, 2015
Something special for my first anniversary as a member of ratebeer - My brothers gift delivered directly from San Francisco: Pours clear, almost brilliant, light brown amber, with unstable tiny off-white yellowish foamy head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich and intense malt aroma, which takes on caramel, toffee, molasses, supported with fruity notes, which takes on stone and some forest fruits and gentle wood (oak) aroma with note of vanilla. Flavor: Moderate high malt sweetness on the palate, which takes on caramel, toffee, supported with hop flavors, which takes on stone fruits. Hop bitterness is medium to high and perfectly balanced with malt backbone. Fruity esters are present and takes on stone fruits. There are also wood flavors, which takes on vanilla, Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but very gentle, smooth. Finish is sticky and slightly dry. Body is full with luscious texture, very mouthfeel, because of tannins. Carbonation is low. Seriously I did not expected so smooth drinkable barley wine, Very, very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2015
22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage, best after date of 2/24/15 printed on the label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and fruity, the brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, toffee, vanilla and some red wine. For the most part I think the taste is the same as the aroma, but it’s not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Seems to lean more towards the fruity/wine flavor, although the caramel, toffee and vanilla are noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and it’s easy to drink. I thought this was good, but was hoping it would be better. Maybe I let it age for too long, but it’s still an enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2685) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Backlog from the Brony Bottle Share at Travlr’s. Moderate brown with small offwhite head. Caramel malt, toffee, candy apple, dark fruit. Hint of cardboard detracts from a good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (3091) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of malt, booze and toffee. Taste is really sweet and boozy, really malty. Not for me but good for what it is.

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