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RATINGS: 701   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
From my backlog. Many thanks for Ughsmash for this try. Nice head with decent lacing. Aroma of candied fruit and toffee. Lot’s of caramelization going deep into the finish. Nice body and mouthfeel with a bit of slickness. A good measure of red wine with just a hint of oak. Slight fusel on the backend. Vinous and light smoke character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2008
Absolutely delicious, pours a murky brownish amber, loads of caramel and toffee maltiness, caramelized brown sugar sweetness, light and dark fruits dates and apricots. Slightly woody with some vanilla notes, and pretty well masked alcohol. This is how I like my barleywine, true to style, with out a lrage amount of hops where they ride the line between IIPA and barleywine. This is extremely well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2008
on tap at the toronado in san francisco. pours a cloudy reddish amber. burnt brown sugar smell, lots of caramelly malts, and a lot of earthy, citrus, and floral hops. earthy caramel taste, a solid citrus hop character, and slight notes of cherries. sweet finish, with a smallish hint of bitter, chewy sticky mouthfeel, medium to full body, and a bit of carbonation. i had been to a barleywine festival the previous day, and this would’ve been in the top 4 or 5.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2473) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Draft at Toronado. Darker amber. Aroma is very woody, notes of caramel and fruit, hint of vanilla. Medium to heavy body, quite sweet. Decent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
2006 bottling. Copper color with a frothy tan head. Slight piney hop, then oak wood caramel smell. Full bodied, thick and chewy. Very malty flavor with figs, dates, oak, and caramel. Has a perfect hop bitterness in the finish. Very easy drinking. This beer really was a surprize, one of the best barley wines experiences i can remember. 22106

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 rerate. had an 09 tonight. christwagons. this is a good beer. malt shines, with a nice engulfing fruit note- pear, peach, cherry- all the stone fruit greatness. warming alcohol. smelled so inviting. dusty, but with a bubblegum edge. raisin throughout araoma and flavor. great lingering flavor. tap at falling rock( i think). brownish bit of purple with a sticky gray head. smells like seeds and stems w/orange & dusty malt. taste: really gritty/dirty tasting. grapeskin. chalky malt flavor. tastes like an aged barleywine. loads of fig. that’s it: the fig newton of the beer world. 4 4 6 2 12

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Updated Rating 2/18/09: 22 oz. bottle; thanks a bunch cschwaz!! pours cloudy amber with very faint white head; drinks strong and sweet; tons of sugar and alcohol in the aromas; plenty of influence from the oak too; silky rich texture; wow, i just love this beer; simply amazing

Original Rating 1/14/08 (overall score = 4.1) draft @ bend brewpub - a treat to find on tap; cloudy brown with slight tan head disappearing except around the edges; big aromas of caramel, dates, brown sugar and a some woody hints; alcohol is well covered in both the nose and mouth, though you can feel its strength in its thick texture; one of the few brew highlights on my trip to bend; no complaints on all the powder at bachelor!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Rating #2300! 2005 Bottle, thanks to Styles from way back! Poured clear, medium garnet with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up deep, rich caramel and dark fruits (plum and vinous primarily).. lots of red wine and subtle, and well-integrated oak.. biscuits and mild oxidation notes provide a final wave of goodness with tailing notes of faint smoke.. really nice! The flavor had plenty of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel at the alcohol-laced sweet core.. chocolate, caramel, and plums on the back-end, with very complimentary red wine and oak present.. warm, winey finish. A little grainy on the palate with an oaky feel to it.. sticky, warm fruits on the back.. heavier-bodied. Most excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (996) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 On tap at Carlsbad Pizza Port. Cloudy brown, small lingering head. Sweet brown sugar, malty aroma. Very rich malts, carob, molassas, prunes, raisins, vanilla, and some bitter hops in the finish. Tasty! I haven’t tasted any big barrel flavor, but it was subtle and smooth. Returning two days later to PP Carlsbad I very much looked forward to two more glasses of this necktar...very yummy!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6016) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 PP SAF 2007. Orange with a thin white head. Brown sugar, sweet malty candy aroma. Some light candied citrus too. Sweet with a slightly medicinal syrup quality. Nice sweet fruit with some big piney hops in the finish. Noticeable alcohol/bourbon barrel effect, but I actually did enjoy this one.


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