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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
Hazy dark amber with medium beige head. Sweet vinious aroma with caramel, hops and ripe fruits. Sweet flavor with caramel, fruity and hoppy notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (33787) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
Bottled - tasted blind. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with notes of caramel and hops, as well as light notes of spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of hops, caramel, and malt, leading to a dry straw finish. A very special thanks goes out to my mystery friend at the Hood River Hops Fest who gave me this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39608) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
From bottle #16 at sk8vikings American blind tasting. Pours hazy orange with a fully diminished white head. Wineous and fruity aroma, light yeasty. Solid barley wine caramel dense flavour. Sweet caramel and alcohol warming. Sweet lingering caramel flavour. Light alcohol bite. Ends lingering alcohol and dense caramel flavoured.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4203) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
#16 Bottle [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Hazy amber color. Aroma of bread, vinous, wood, vanilla, grain, alcohol, raisins. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation and dry alcoholic texture. Moderated to heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering toffee and mild bitter finish. 7 / 3 / 8 / 3 / 15 = 3.6

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Ratebeer rating # 4,300 (and opened this one to celebrate my birthday). 22oz bottle, 2005 Vintage. Poured a medium copperish color with a medium sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, wood, earthy, light vanilla, red wine, and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, wood, wine, caramel, and light chocolate. Alcohol content well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3367) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2008
2005 Vintage Bomber shared with bikesandbeer. This has been in my fridge waiting for him for way too long and we didn’t get around to drinking it so I thought why not now. Dark orange off white head. Nice BW nose, a little sweet and perhaps a bit oxidized. Taste is sweet and overall pretty decent. Smooth and oaky, not a bad BW, not amazing but decent.

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 (209) - 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 (2539) - 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.


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