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RATINGS: 678   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5441) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2007
22 oz bottle, via acertain. Pours a clear dark copper under a one finger fizzy beige head that faded to a clingy ring. A few very lazy beads of carbonation. Aroma is a balance of syrupy toffee malt and resiny piney hops mostly. Lighter notes of oak, caramel, alcohol, and a touch of acetone. Flavor is pretty nice because itís not especially sweet, save for a little on the finish. Up front itís all toffee and caramel that gets whisked away with ample bittering hops and raw tannic oak. The alcohol is a little too apparent in the finish though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little sticky but not cloying. Moderate fizzy carbonation detracts somewhat. Overall, this was decent, I like the raw oakiness as the main barrel component.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Bomber: Malty sweet/carmelly, woody. .. . Ruby brown, some floaties, fizzy. .. Big Malty flavor, decent hop balance. .. Med-heavy body. . . Tasty Barleywine. Donít pick up much oak, though. ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Clear dark amber with a small, off-white ring of bubbles circling the glass. The aroma is citrus, pine, caramel and oak. The flavor is oaky vanilla, caramel and resinous pine. Medium body, fairly dry with a very dry, astringently tannic finish. This one became quite a bit of work to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5837) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of caramel, toffee, faint banana bread, mild citrus hops, light alcohol, and a hint of oak. Pours a bright transparent reddish-orange with a small beige ring for a head. Flavor starts with caramel and toffee. The finish has some very mild citrus hops, light alcohol, and subtle oak. Alcohol intensifies as it warms and making the flavor less pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle 2005 version sent by Wohlfman and served in my GI IPA glass: Displays a nice coppery sunset colour with also no head but some oily film upon the glassware. The nose detects notes of caramelized and bready malts, moderate vanilla and oaky vapours, rich spiced apple, grape, and tangerine zest, light pine and resiny hop, with a dash of phenolic activity.

The taste profile starts malty and fruity with grassy and PNW hop backing character. The finish is equal part wood and pepper and comes off dry yet somewhat sticky upon the finish. The mouth feel is medium to full bodied with a cleansing alcohol component and lushness without becoming cloy or on the other end of the spectrum harsh.

That said this Barley Wine seems a bit discombobulated and never seems to go for the kill. More than drinkable enough but there are better within the genre. Worth a try when looking for beers within the style that are more hopped than the British style but not a hop monster either...I really donít know how else to describe it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1489) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 22 oz bottle, 2005 reserve (bought 6 months ago). Pours a reddish copper with a thin head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee, dark fruits, and some vinous, slightly medicinal, alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, a little fruitiness, and a medicinal alcohol bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft velvety carbonation.

Overall, it has kind of a harsh flavor. I remember this being smoother when I had it fresh which is kind of odd. Itís not bad though and goes down surprisingly easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2480) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts sweet-brown sugar, but hops are balancing, high ABV is hidden, mellow smooth finish. Decent barleywine. $6.95 for a 22oz bottle from Johnís Market Tigard, Or. Label has the ABV at 9.86%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3274) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Pours a dark amber color, with a off white head that had some lacing power. Aromas of citrus, sweet malts, and some alcohol. Flavor isnít as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle obtained in a trade with kramer17801... thanks! Pours a medium amber color with no lead or lacing. Aroma is malty and syrupy with very slight caramel hints. Flavor is malt, caramel and alcohol. Kind of strong notes of the alcohol coming through, definitely oakey barrel hints as well. I think this beer is only going to be better in the next year or two and would like to try it again then (after itís had a chance to mellow a little).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours with an amber body topped by a thick, lasting head with a good amount of lacing. Itís sweet and malty with nice caramel notes and a nice underlying hop note with piney, citrus notes. Full bodied, warming and well carbonated.

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