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RATINGS: 713   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 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 (6432) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle from Davis COOP in Davis, CA. Iím constantly impressed by the reserve products from Deschutes. This one with itís blend of aged barleywine and pale was a winner on the palate. Nice body on this brew with a nice balance of smooth hops and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1588) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle shared by wolfman at SL... From hophead22. Thanks guys.. Nice orange color. Sweet aroma of malts and grain. Taste is sweet as well, which I usually dont like but this was nice... Light oak and vanilla...lots of malt backbone. Easy drinking.. I am glad I have one to age.. Thanks wolf, HH22 and sparky...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009

Source:22 oz bottle from Blake.
Glass:Gulden Draak Ballon.
Appearance:Hazy orange/amber pour with a one finger beige head.
Aroma:Nose has caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, alcohol and a hint of citrus.
Flavor:Caramel, toffee a hint of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and warming alcohol. Citrusy bitter finish.
Palate:Full body with mild carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.
Overall:I havenít had many better. Top tier. The sweet malts blend well together, and the mouthfeel sets the beer apart from most. Donít get much barrel aging here, but that is the intent Iím sure by only using 35% aged beer. Excellent.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

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