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RATINGS: 595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to my OR supplier - he of said pad, 28/05/14. Dark amber with a moderate light beige swirl and edgeing. Nose is toffee, woody notes, dark fruits, vanilla, light booze, figs and dates. Taste comprises caramel, fruit cake mix, light spice, vanilla, bread pudding, dates, light boozey wash through, candied orange peel. Medium + body, fine carbonation, sweet licks in a drying close. Solid barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1204) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
2014. Beautiful for a barleywine; solid retention. Caramelized hops, malty sweetness, interesting complexity from the wine barrels. Bit astringent at the end. Opens up as it warms, though; a nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Great big smell of Carmel, butterscotch, dried prunes, leather. Cloudy caramel colors with a very thin balding but swirly head. Great sweet Carmel flavored big but collected. Perfect body for a barley wine thick with out being to sticky. Don't miss it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1156) - Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Beautiful ruby reddish amber. Small but fairly lasting beige head. Intoxicating aroma of complex malt, barrel, and fruity hops. Rich caramel and toffee. Bready. Overripe red fruits. Sweet red wine. Outstanding. Flavor follows. Lighter full body. Lower bitterness. Sweetness held in check, just right. Quite dry woodiness on he finish and along with some bread crust really comes through. Some pleasant warmth but no booze. Balanced, rounded, and smooth. Very nice sipper that I could gulp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (535) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2014
very strong sweetness, raisin, graham cracker, dark fruit, a little alcohol warmth. Taste is similar, very strong but not really syrupy like some barelywines can be to me. Smooth finish, a little alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
EyeAmBaldman (199) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany with very little head. Aroma is all alcohol. Apparently I’m not a fan of barley wine. This is so strong there’s no taste but alcohol. Not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1828) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 6, 2014
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Slightly hazy amber brown, nice off-white head that drops slowly to a bubbly rim head, streaks and spots of lace. Taste is full-bodied caramel malt with toffee and butter rum. All sweep through the palate, growing to a lightly bittered, lingering finish. Solid barleywine, although heavy on the sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwm1034 (629) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Split bomber with SHERM1016 night before Calvin’s birthday bash. Thanks! Poured a rich reddish brown....mahogany? Is that a guy color? Nose is whiskey, vanilla, caramel.... Taste is also a sweet whiskey, caramel, vanilla.... Palate....softer than most Barleywines....light on the booze burn for this ABV.... All in all...excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1127) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2014
22oz bottle, split with dwm1034. Pours a deep, reddish brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is malty, nutty, whiskey. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, cereal, whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, a little nutty, with sweet, bready finish. Way better than the infected 2009 version I had a while back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (1688) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with moderate head. Aromas of brown sugar, raisins, malts and light alcohol. Flavors are rich and similar with caramel and noticeable ABV heat. Worth cellaring.

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