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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (810) - - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1770) - 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 itís 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, itís a bit syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and itís easy to drink. I thought this was good, but was hoping it would be better. Maybe I let it age for too long, but itís still an enjoyable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2430) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Backlog from the Brony Bottle Share at Travlrís. Moderate brown with small offwhite head. Caramel malt, toffee, candy apple, dark fruit. Hint of cardboard detracts from a good barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (2943) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Orange-brown pour, some head, light lacing. Aroma deep wood, malt, caramel, vanilla, deep red fruits. Flavor sweet, a little bit sharp, caramel, tobacco, a little alcohol shows. Velvety mouthfeel, granular but slightly lively carbonation; full body, slick, medium-heavy sticky. Nice. Probably better than Abyss for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (929) - - DEC 1, 2015
2015 bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with little head or lacing. Aroma of raisins, plums, caramel and toasted grain. Taste has same flavors as aroma with a moderate bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with light/medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1034) - Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a murky caramel brown with little head or lacing. Aroma of raisins, plums, caramel and toasted grain. Taste has same flavors as aroma with a moderate bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with light/medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4351) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Bomber courtesy of someone I donít remember. Pours tiny hazy pale amber with a frothy goldenish offwhite head that leaves some sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and slightly fruity with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, grape must, roasted nuts, hay and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty and slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, round, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, grape must, moist wood and alcohol. Cool complex grape must character. Like it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3210) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
November 5, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2014 . Shared by _angst_, thanks!
Clear red with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, candied orange zest, some red berries, alcohol, vinous. Taste is sweet malty with a very soft bitterness. Finish is sweet malty with toffee, hints of dark fruits, berries, alcohol and hints of grapes, light bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily, soft carbonation.
Good malty barley wine with some grape character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1229) - Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber with off white head. Nose is wine like. Taste is sweet. Alcohol burn.


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