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RATINGS: 680   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Bomber from GM liquors, best after Apr 20 2010; 2009 release. Nose of very flowery hops, golden raisins, oak, and caramel. Clear copper with a small beige glass lacing head. Flavor is very oaky bubblegum, with caramel and light fruit. Best young BW I have had. Wonder what it will be in a year?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
bronze body with not much head.the aroma is oranges,cotton candy,oak,and peaches.the flavor does much of the same.very smooth and easy drinking at 11 percent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
The aroma is rich and deep with fruits and cherres. Slight alcohol and oaking is noticeable. Caramel and sugar sweetness as well. Lightly floral but primarily a wonderful fruit mix. Visually, the body is deep red with a decent covering of a head. Taste is cloying sweetness with a well balanced palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Enjoyed this and see further improvement with 12 months of age. Nice touch of bourbon barrel age’ness to give this some lift and a consistant finish. Woody, alc, touch of sweetness, carmel and vanilla as you’d expect. Touch to say it had a good appearance being a barleywine. Glad to have several of these stashed away. Possibly the best barleywine i’ve had ever, though 04 bigfoot on draft was really good stuff a couple weeks back...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Aroma of sweet malt and caramel with alcohol. flavor very similar to aroma. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle at ACBF09. Pours a clear brown with a small head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, toffee, and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt. Flavor is decent but the palate is too sticky and sweet. Just ok for me. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2009
22oz bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours ruby with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of oak, malt, caramel, alcohol, grass, and spice. Taste is of caramel malt, with lots of spice, honey, and grass. Has a decent hop taste to it, but it is lost among the other flavors, especially the oak. The big oak flavors mesh well with the other flavors. The alcohol presence is masked very well underneath the oak and malt. Each sip finishes with a lingering oaky alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is creamy. This beer is very drinkable given the alcohol content. I liked it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Could have a much better aroma, a little lacking. The flavor comes off as way less than 11%, probably because it doesn’t seem like a hop-heavy barleywine. Pretty nice stuff overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle! Reddish gold with a non-existent head. Aroma of oak and caramel. Tons of flavor - caramel, cherry, vanilla, earthy hops. Hot finish, but not intrusive. Beautiful, and will likely be better in a few months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 Pours a dark golden with white head. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Strong bitter hops fit the west coast style, but a bit syrupy. Needs to mellow a bit. Solid barley wine, but probably better in another 6 months+. Will crack another bottle around the new year.

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