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RATINGS: 720   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a reddish-amber with nice beige head. Aroma is very malty with dark fruit, some licorice. Flavor is sweet, some fig, malty, dark fruit, some oak. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer, a relaxing sipper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - SEP 1, 2009
noticed the "best after april 2010" after I cracked this, oh well... oak is quite heavy on the aroma, mixed with luscious sweet malts, fruity esters and a touch of alcohol. Flavors are much the same but more pronounced. appropriate bitterness, carbonation and mouthfeel. good stuff, but should have kept it another year I think.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aisha (2) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 1, 2009 does not count
strong amber appearance. Aroma mainly sweet with a hint of sherry. Flavor initially sweet dark fruits which finishes with a bourbon twang. Very drinkable particularly with blue cheese

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
big thanks goes to bhensonb for this delicous brew. poured a clear reddish amber with a beige head. aroma of caramel, sweet notes, dark fruits, and sherry. flavor was caramel, dark fruits, and sherry. medium body with some good smoothness. very good and would like to have another to age. i am not sure if i can imagine this getting better with age though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Dark brown...no red...no...burgundy....no..I donít know. Itís an interestign mix of dark brown but has obvious red in it. Only dissapointing thing about the appearance is the lack of head, but itís a barelywine so I accept. Dry oaky aroma on top of a nice luscious malt body. Has some sweet almost fruit like nuance along with a bit of vanilla There is some booze in this...I mean, it doesnít hide itself. Ends up being distracting, like the thin body left the flavour with nothing to cling to and the alcohol just took over. In fact, only the dry oak and some big of vanilla are left over from the wonderful aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4316) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Gorgeous ruby color with a soft off-white head. Lots of aged elements like dark cherry and tart berry on the nose. A small bit of wet dog also that I canít seem to get away from. Hmmm, a very accessible taste. Sweet flavors are first felt with woody notes and heavy flavors. Finish is incredibly smooth. No rough feelings after that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Poured a clear dark brown with some reddish hues and not much head at all. Aroma was very rich caramelly, dark fruits, some alcohol notes, a light vanilla oak, and some sort of red wine notes. A whole lot of bitterness coming through this one.Flavor was very bold. Strong complex malt flavors and sweetness. Still some alcohol coming though. Pretty tastey and unique barleywine though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2009
22 oz. Picked up at Johnís Marketplace in Portland, Oregon. Nice dark orange with a dark brown hue to it. Thin head that sticks around for quite some time. Very good looking beer. Big malty aroma. This is a very pungent beer. Sweet caramel malt. The beer doesnít really stray away from a big caramel malt aroma. Not many hops to speak of. The aroma is nice and pungent, just not very nuanced. The flavor is a bit different. The beer is a bit fruity/matly. Fairly sweet for a barley wine. I didnít expect it to become this sweet/fruity. You really have to focus on the wood to taste it, but once you do you are good to go. Nice wood/malt flavor. The beer is somewhat sweet. Smooth beer. Overall, nice fruity/malty/woody beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Sweet fruits and caramel. Oak, hops, sweet sugar in the aroma. Poured a amber color with tiny head. Medium balanced carbonation. Overall really smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6680) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Very relaxed and mellow barley wine. Malts are present but this beer is highly drinkable. Not intense. Some solid fruit flavors - yet mellow ones. One of the best barley wines Iíve had.

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