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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks to Larry Pitonka for this 2005 bottle. It pours to a deep red/light brown body with a creamy light beige head. The aroma is interesting. Nice pale malts with lots of unique barrel aroma. I get the wine notes from the barrel types used. Also noticeable is a light bourbon. The flavor is oaken Maris Otter malt. Hints of bourbon and wine. The palate is dry and woody.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks to Blake for sharing A nice mahogony color w/ a full off white head w/ some nice lacing. A big heavily hopped aroma, with a great full malty piece of aroma that smells of a big aged beer lots of port notes and some good oak notes. Palate if full and well coated. Flavor is a very nice very well blended, very smooth, very good. Full big malt flavor w/ some sweet oak and port notes that come through over a nice even hop a dry finish rich citrus and light pine. I really like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Has a nice, slightly subdued malty aroma to it. Nice brown amber body, some bubbles present, with a beige head. Flavor is not bad, kind of noticable on the alcohol and bitter, although it feels a bit off (sort of like ice cubes from a tap faucet that have been in the freezer a while). Has a good body and carbonation. Overall, it is pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
dark brown color with no head at all, stringent alcohol aroma, im in for it, super super sweet raisin flavor, strong alcohol mathced with tons of sugar... I’ll bet this cellars into instant double vision

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2006
Draught Hazy dark amber; small yellowish head. Rich cookie or cake bottom malts holding up some nice USA hops that manage not to overpower the aroma. Taste yields again this cake or pie-like maltrichness, giving a slightly chocolatey or dark bread-like flavour. Chewy MF, alcoholburn, rich texture. Good, rich BW up to any standards. Nowhere exclusive greatness, but not a single weak point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 17, 2006
Amber in color with toasted hoppy nose. Big carmel up front with just a touch of hops. Good balance between the two. Finish leaves that nice warm alcohol sence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
Provided by Rob (rooftoprogue) on his night of spectacular barleywines. Thanks for the experience! Oak and honey on the nose meets toffee, hops, grapefruit, citron on the palate. I like the mildness of the oak, enhancing flavor rather than dominating it. This was one of the more enjoyable beers of the night. Not overwhelming, but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 (Bottle 75 cl) Pours a hazy, dark amber with a small, off-white head. Dry, hoppy and very aromatic nose. Medium body with lots of caramel and a somewhat blurred hop profile. Hoppy finish. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306 and 260708

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2006
Sampled at 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer poured a murky, medium amber color with a large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting head. The aroma was malty with light notes of husky roasted grain and a trace of toasted cereal; hoppy with moderate notes of herb and apricot; moderate miscellaenous notes of raisin/date, spicy alcohol and wood, light notes of vanilla and honey and and a tangy trace note that could be vinegar-like. The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter with a long, lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. The body was full, the texture was syrupy, the carbonation was soft and there was a moderate alcoholic feeling in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2006
Nice garnet red and good lace. Sweet but grainy on the nose, with hops on the back. Rich with hops and malts but not too much balance in the flavors. Get some bitterness with pine on the front and back with maltyness that comes through as well, but I would say the flavors aren’t intergrated as well as they could be. They should have left this in the barrels for another 8 months to meld a little better.

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