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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle: Cloudy amber color with a thin layer of ecru foam that forms on top & dissipates quickly. Aroma of caramel, pineapple, mildly vinous tannins, red grape... Very heavy on the dark fruity; prune, raisins, dates. Undertones of sweet caramel & toffee with a strong, almost wine-like presence. Flavor is the same, with more notes of caramel, anise, prune, red grape, tannic oak, & a heavy red wine character. Like a Merlot, though more sweet with the strong malty underbody of caramel, vanilla, & toffee. Light notes of pineapple, too, bordering on Brett-y in a strange way. Though, not a bad way. Mouth feel is slightly over carbonated given the style, in my opinion. All in all, a good barley wine. Not great, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (16434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle courtesy of luttonm at 5:45 this morning, holy cow! Clear bright amber color, big bubble head. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is boozy butterscotch. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (5823) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle @ Travlr’s. amber pour with a small head. Doesnt look like magma. Nose of cocoa and donuts. Pretty sweet caramel. Taste is pret damn nutty. Roasted nuts. Toffee.quite hot. Sweet grain. Full body, soft carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4593) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Pours dark , rather unclear amber . Smell is sweet grains . Bit booze . Taste is boozy , bit bitter , sweet grains build up towards the aftertaste . Ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (571) - SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle from a trade, thanks Felix! Pours murky amber with a minimal head, no retention. Aroma has loads of sweetness, caramel/fudge and sugary goodness, dried figs/raisins and some piney hops. Taste is sweet with a very well with very well integrated hop bitterness. A small note of the barrel ageing, slightly woody and tart but it’s quite faint. Full body, low soft carbonation, smooth mouth feel. After taste is bitter with a slight warming feeling.
This is a great, no fuss, barley wine in the English style. Hands down one of the better I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (672) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
Remarkably complex and powerful caramel liquor with earthy and resinous hopping and hints of Sauternes wine. Un puissant caramel se développe en ouverture d’olfactif avec effluves de toffee, de sucre d’orge et de mélasse. Malgré son unidimensionnalité toute maltée, sa puissance et son maintient sont remarquables. Brun aux reflets rougeâtres, le liquide se coiffe d’une bonne mousse assez dense et qui diminue rapidement en laissant quand même une mince pellicule flotter en surface pendant de longues minutes. Quelques traces se présentent alors sur les parois du verre. L’attaque se veut également toute de caramel avec des accents de crème brulée et une finale explosive, chaleureuse et réconfortante. Un léger houblonnage de terre et de résine subtile vient contre balancer tous ces sucres et s’amalgamer au fort taux d’alcool, pour donner une finale chaude et puissante. Le vieillissement en fût de vin n’est cependant pas détectable; hormis peut-être les sucres rappelant le Sauternes. La texture est trapue, sirupeuse et liquoreuse. Une liqueur de caramel tout simplement exquise. WOW

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (438) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2015
10oz glass on tap. Orange/amber in color. No head. Aroma is dark fruit, alcohol, malt. Taste is semi sweet, a little bitter. Palate is full, slick texture, long finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (716) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Mirror Mirror manages to somehow offer the quality I expect from Deschutes while defying my expectations for a barleywine. So I guess I’m saying that it meets my expectations while simultaneously crushing them. Huh? I don’t know, just go with it. Mirror Mirror pours a gorgeous dark brown with a respectable head. Aroma is phenomenal. You get a huge hit of dark fruit and alcohol sugars. It smells like a Quad, only better. Taste is excellent with toffee, nuts, molasses, brown sugar, and fruitiness. The biggest pleasant surprise are the hops. This barleywine manages to be resinous without spoiling its own richness. The hops add a piney, woodsy taste and a hint of citrus, as well. It’s a brilliant match for the candy-like malt. Warm, complex, and full-bodied, Mirror Mirror is unlike any barleywine I’ve ever tried. It really is a lovely example of how diverse and refined an English-style barleywine can be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HuskerTan (983) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. A- Dark fruits, caramel, slightly hoppy, bread. A- Brown mahogany color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- Caramel, dark fruits, bread, pine, slightly bitter. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- Seems like every barleywine I have has a unique taste of it’s own and no two are remotely similar. This one was beautiful from the state. The aroma was strong with caramel and dark fruits and so was the taste. Caramel seemed to be at the forefront but as it warmed, notes of pine, floral, and bitterness just came through from the Pale Ale of it. Overall, a very nice beer and I drank it about a month before the best after date on the bottle. Another few months of aging may have made it even better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (3291) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Sucre d’orge, tire d’érable, évanescence herbacée et une rondeur narcotique. Très collant et sucré mais sans jamais dépasser la limite.

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