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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2009
2009 Bomber w/ Simon. Shockingly non-existent nose. Where did it go? Flavor plays between candi sugar, plum, caramel, sweet malts, hops, booze. Not much oak. A bit raw. Not really all that great ... time will help, but it’ll never be worth the price tag. Bummer!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wordsworth (129) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a murky caramel brown with a thin white head that fades into a pencil thin collar. No lacing. Smells of figs, caramel, candied fruit, vanilla, and booze. The aroma is lovely. Flavor is exactly as it smells: figs, candy, booze, a touch of vanilla, caramel. Very smooth and well balanced, with a hidden ABV that invites another glass. Tasty beer worth aging.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (1766) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Aromas are brown sugar, burnt caramel, figs, molasses, strawberries, and candied oranges. Tastes awesome. Big brown sugar sweetness that is somehow not cloying at all. Candied citrus and red fruit throughout. Nice light booziness in the back end to help calm the sweetness. Caramel lingers a bit with burnt sugar. Medium body. I liked this more than I though I would. Very good barleywine. Could age very well too.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (234) - USA - JUN 25, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a snifter a dark reddish color with a tan head. Aroma is sugared caramels. Dark fruit not as much. Scent is heavenly. Flavor is as smooth as a pond at sunrise....(couldn’t resist) Sweet brown sugar with caramelized figs. Boozy yet its subtle. Definitely a sipper. Way better than average balanced in its flavor profile with carbonation. Great brew to share with friends or by one’s self when the day needs to be forgotten.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coachd (84) - Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2014
On tap at shamrocks pub and grill. This one wasn't bad, just lacking in a few areas. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan if mirror pond in the first place. I also don't usually do barleywine a on tap. Maybe that's contributing. I was expecting more out of this one. Kinda middle of the road for the style.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours coppery red and brown, decent white foam and BIG aroma of caramel and red wine. Taste is also very appealing, all the wonder of a great, sweet, bitey barleywine with the compliments of the wine barrel complexities. Wonderful. Wish it were cheaper, cuz that would make me drink more.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3450) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle at a barley wine tasting, 2014 vintage. This one pours a mostly clear amber color. Nose has a fair amount of caramel to it. Taste is slightly sweet, and finishes quite smoothly. Nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bomber. Pours a deep coppery amber with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of dates, figs, candied malt and sugary notes. Taste of figs, candied sugar, caramel malts, dates and tiny hints of wood barrels. Light detection of alcohol in the warm finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1364) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, and perhaps hints of oak. A moderately hazy, dark copper pour with a thin off-white ring and no lacing. The taste is caramel, roasted fruit, oak, with suggestions of molasses and tobacco. Some alchocol is present. A long satisfying aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall,somewhat sweet up front giving way to a rich roasty quality. This brew has more character than Deep Ellum’s Numb Confort or Saint Arnold’s 20th Annivsary Ale offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thewade (304) - USA - JUN 16, 2014
Excellent after dinner barley wine served on tap at Taphouse Grill in Seattle. Definitely a sipping beer that was my desert for the night.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rougeau13 (1940) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Clear ruby-amber-brown with a beige head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, sweet cake, toffee, and wine barrel. Taste is full of sweet dark fruits; very desert-like, with nice bitterness and woodiness, and very little booze character. Medium-full bodied, somewhat light carbonation. Very well balanced. Amazing stuff.


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