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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2009
2009 Bottling, about damn time... Appearance - The color is a dark amber coming out of the bottle, but once you are done pouring this beauty it turns into a light red beauty. This reminds me of Consecration a lot, just a tad bit lighter. When this is held up to the light it becomes darker and even redder, magnificent! A 1 finger creamy off white head sticks around for a little while and subsides to a ring around the glass. Smell - Very oaky, with strong hints of red wine. A balanced mix of bitter, sweet, and tart mingle in that glass like a swingers club. Dark fruits and a massive amount of malt round it all off with some caramel in the background. Taste - Wow, that was a lot gentler than I expected. Very fruity and oaky. The red wine is very subtle, but it is definitely there. Has the tiniest alcohol kick to the finish, but it is more of a love tap really. I still canít believe how smooth this is already, even when Deschutes says it will be best to drink after April of 2010. A little bit of caramel appears in the middle as well. Mouthfeel - Awesome, very full beer. It coats my tongue for ages, and slowly drips down the walls of my mouth. This is perfectly thick, just how a barleywine should be. Drinkability - The high alcohol content is going to hurt it here, but damn, this beer drinks amazing. It is extremely well balanced, and the oak aging gives it a massive uplift in smoothness. This is the best barleywine I have ever had. Deschutes, how do you do it?

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
on tap pizza port carlsbad,downtown johnny browns, 2008,2009 vintages. super barley wine what a beer. super hot and sweet sugar is apparent. pours an golden hazy off tan. so rich off the top this beer should be shared with friend both time ive had it they were 8oz pours

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (3933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Clear dark amber under a persistent foamy light tan head. Rich complex nose of overripe banana, earthy cherry, molasses, oak, and a light touch of cinnamon. Deep and lovely flavor of boozy English toffee, earthy cherry, brown banana, boozy nuttiness, oak, and a little finish of molasses.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewGoblin (240) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Fuck yeah! A draught of divine doing, the concentrate of kings! I was fortunate to be around Bend, Oregon, for the 2014 release of this coveted quaff. The best possible dark toffee colour that could be. An off white crown atop. Smells of pancakes, maple, dried cherries, wood, smoke, tropical fruits, oats, fresh dark bread, butterscotch and earth. Taste matches the smell so well it hurts to be away from it. The texture is silky smooth, syrupy but not sticky or cloying, alcohol taste doesnít overpower the richness of this Barley Wine potentate.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (500) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Great big smell of Carmel, butterscotch, dried prunes, leather. Cloudy caramel colors with a very thin balding but swirly head. Great sweet Carmel flavored big but collected. Perfect body for a barley wine thick with out being to sticky. Don't miss it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009

Source:22 oz bottle from Blake.
Glass:Gulden Draak Ballon.
Appearance:Hazy orange/amber pour with a one finger beige head.
Aroma:Nose has caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, alcohol and a hint of citrus.
Flavor:Caramel, toffee a hint of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and warming alcohol. Citrusy bitter finish.
Palate:Full body with mild carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.
Overall:I havenít had many better. Top tier. The sweet malts blend well together, and the mouthfeel sets the beer apart from most. Donít get much barrel aging here, but that is the intent Iím sure by only using 35% aged beer. Excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aquilo (533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Barrel Aged Tuesday at Jupiter. This has to be the highlight of my night. Very fragrant with apricots, orange peel, whiskey and pine. Bitter flavor, with more fruit coming through. Piney hops in the finish. Moderately astringent. This is amazing.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emmasdad (85) - , Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2010
2009 vintage. Poured from the 22 oz bottle into my Duvel snifter, this one poured a deep, burnished copper, with a nice, decent head. The aroma offers and incredible mix of bourbon, oak, raisins, citrus, vanilla, chocolate and pure fusel alcohol. The alcohol really dominates the flavor of this beer, although in a good way. A nice sweet mix of caramel and honey is present up front, although huge citrus notes (orange, tangerine) quickly develope as it warms, leading to a very pleasant finish. Although this beer is somewhat hot right now, it is still quite drinkable. Strong and alcoholic right now, this should mellow quite beautifully with a little age. SO happy to have quite a few more of these on hand.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Got this as an extra from scray24. 2009 Reserve. 4.0 A: Beautiful cherry amber color. Clear as a bell. Whispy semi-tan head has less than average retention, but Iíll let it go since itís at 11% ABV. 5.0 S: Smells like a homebrew shop. Thereís many different malts blending perfectly, though itís hard to pick out each one. Thereís also a fruity aspect where cherry sticks out like a sore thumb. Wonderful. 4.5 T: This is one hell of a brew. Itís not nearly as cloying as most barleywines out there even though this one is still fresh. Tastes include brandy, dark fruits including cherry again (though not as strong as in the nose), and a mild oakiness to it. Sweet with lots of caramel malts, though not too sweet. Some alcohol is apparent. Excellent. 4.5 M: Heavy body. Very creamy and smooth. Warming on finish. 4.5 D: This is by far the most drinkable barleywine. It is jam packed with flavor, but doesnít have that cloying sensation like many other barleywines. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-26-2009 04:10:42

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoePeesie (854) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
This is one of my favorite BWís very well balanced great color, great nose, this one has been getting better with age. I suspect the 09 might start hitting a wall within the next year or so. I think it is drinking at itís peak now, and will enjoy that ride for another 6-8 months or so. Donít get me wrong I think it will still be good, but I think itís at itís best right now.


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