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RATINGS: 660   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 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 that’s 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 (3761) - 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 (11913) - 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 don’t 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 i’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Pours dark amber with a thin white head. Smells strongly of barley and caramel. Packs a barley punch that is almost completely hides the subtle caramel and floral notes. Aftertaste is a thick caramel taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Burnt orange color with decent cream head. Tiny bubbles. Aroma is hoppy and somewhat alcohol in nature. Also lots of carmel malt aromas. Taste is a bit green. I’d like to cellar this one for a year or two and see what happens. Plenty of hops and some malts, but it lacks complexity that I’d like to see in a barleywine. Since this is their first shot, I’d say they have some good promise of some super great barleywine in the future. Pick some up, taste it now and cellar the rest. This will be good in time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Red-brown body. Toasty oak, pale malt and tomatoy wine in the aroma. Worty tart (tomatos again) caramel start to the flavor with EKG hops in the finish. A good BW bug I think the barrel did too much to it.

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