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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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BarrelRoller (15) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
Here in SoCal there is an opinion that Deschutes is good beer but not adventurous enough....Not with this one. I wish Deschutes could make/distribute more of this one because it is what Barrel-aged barley-wine is all about. Dark amber, explosive malts, right amount of wood, and well balanced hop character. Thanks Deschutes!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Dark orange with off-while head, lace, and ring. Nose is sweet with dark fruit. Warming. Taste is really big and sweet. Hoppy then grapes. Candy and vanilla. Sticky bitterness in the back. Sweet alcohol. Definitely still hot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Reddish orange color with a small off-white head. Sweet apricot and bread aroma. Nice citrus hops, apricot, plum and cherry flavors with a slightly salty dry finish. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22oz bomber, 2009 vintage, poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, clear amber, bordering on copper, with a hefty off-white head that shows excellent retention. The lacing is minimal but it does leaves some legs after each sip. The aroma is big and sweet, dominated by caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits, figs and raisins especially. I noticed some juicy citrus hops as well but they werenít as aggressive as some other "American" barleywines Iíve had recently....and thatís not necessarily a bad thing. The taste is more of the same with the sweetness dominating. After a cursory bit of grapefruit up front, the caramel malts and toffee take over along with some booze-soaked fruits. The finish actually has a bit of astringency from the hops, coupled with an alcohol presence that is understated for an 11% ABV beer. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a good soft carbonation which all adds up to a sticky palate full of sugary sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer as, even relatively fresh, had a solid but not overpowering hop presence that deferred to the big sweet malt and fruit backbone. Very drinkable for the ABV.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22 oz 2009 bottle via HAgen. Chilled for about 1 hour..temp is approx 58f...Pours a dark clear copper with a large beige head. Nose is mostly orange, pineapple, grapefruit and toffee. Tastes like it smells with a bit of oak, some grapefruit and some spiciness, almost corriander but not quite, and some molasses. Body is medium/full. Carbonation is just right. Quite tasty and just a little hot although for 11%, the alc is well hidden....drinks as easy as many 8-9% beers i have had...., am guessing this would be perfect in about 1 year..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2009
22oz bottle: appearance is a dark amber brown with white head, aroma is of pale malt and notes of various fruits and hops, flavor is bland for a barley wine, good amount of malt nice hops to back it up hints of oak but just nothing stand out. Decent beer but not worth the price tag.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Mix of aromas with the oak barrel wood the stongest. Also some sweet yeast and grain. Red amber body with beige head and some mild lace. Sweet candy flavor along with some beats and barley grain. A sticky candy flavor lings on the palate. Good brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2749) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle with black wax. Clear amber body, with a small long lasting offwhite head. Aroma is hops, dark fruit, alcohol, berries and oak. Flavor is hops, prunes, dark fruit and oak. Complex and lovoly brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10835) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle. Reddish brown pour. Aroma is loaded with caramel, honey, vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor, although a bit hot, is very nice and smooth. sweet with lots dried fruit, honey, vanilla and loads of caramel. very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3661) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle pours a clear deep mahogany with a small fleeting tan head and coarse sheets of lacing. Aroma is quite fumey of alcohol and with lots of warm spicy notes of caramel, and dark fruits. Flavor is a slightly sweet woodiness vanilla and brown sugar. Substantial burn on the ABV as it goes down. I let this warm up a bit first with high hopes. It didnít quite meet them. Still, a nice sipper.


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