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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Appearance: russet-brown, fully opaque, with crimson edges, under a slim, but solid creamy head. Aroma: I leave the glass sit, and whiskey wafts out...lean in close for a harder appraisal and...cherries and brandy are biggest in the nose, dark fruit and leather dominate, a bit raisiny, port-like, nearly sour in spots, but mostly a well-balance dark sweetness. Loads the mouth with assertive aplomb...coats the palate with deep flavors...spills over, and then hangs loose. Dark fruits resonate, mingled well with whiskey and oak. Complicated stuff, custom-made for long talks, deep reads, intense contemplation, and sessions filled with great satisfaction that can only come from consumption of a brilliantly crafted ale. Thumbs up, says I. Wish I had a case of the stuff, alas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pour is bright amber with a thin ring of a tan head...sweet sweet aroma...alcoholic smookey flavor, not really very sweet...some burnt bitter wood flavors too...finish is sticky...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(22oz bottle, courtesy of mjames) Pours a cloudy amber body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of light oak, caramel, orange peel, and herbs. Flavor of malt, mild hops, fruitiness, and spices. An enjoyable barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle at the 2006 Chromefest: dark amber pour with little head. Big sweet, hoppy, caramel, brown sugar aroma. Caramel and alcohol flavor thatís not nearly as sweet as the aroma. Light wood and alcohol finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Botle. Nose-cherry, oak, chardonnay. Taste-tannic, light berry, kind of hot, grassy, soft. Chalky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Burnt amber color. Orange blossoms and caramel, smooth, oily, coating palate. Solid all-around barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2006
(22oz bottle, 2005 Vintage) Hazy amber body topped by a quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, typical American bw smell dominated by caramel and grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some peach, alcohol warming. Sticky, full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Mountain Brewers Beer Fest 2006. Lack of appearance judging reflects opaque plastic sampling cup. molasses, caramel, straw, meal. light herb/celery/resin hop aroma. earthy and musty. heavy alcohol, little buttery. Very much like soy sauce. Not balanced. Perhaps it needed to age longer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Really nice looking lable. Makes it look like the bottle is about sixty years old. Initial aroma of honeydew, but then I think brown sugar takes over. The 9.86% ABV is detectable in the nose. Poured the color of brown sugar dissolved in water with almost no head, slightly cloudy. Tastes like it smells, but flavors become more pronounced as the glass warms and the liquid airs a bit, and the brew becomes noticeably more drinkable. Hoppy bitterness and kind of a sticky mouthfeel. I donít know if I have an opinion about this one way or another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAY 13, 2006
brown pour with little head. dry raisin and caramel in the aroma. tastes dry, with strong caramel malt flavor, and quite a bitter resiny hop finish. pretty good but not up to par with most barleywines iíve had.

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