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RATINGS: 618   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
651mL 2009 ed black wax poured into snifter. The color is a clear, later hazy, reddish orange with a small, but dense yellow head. Not too much retention but leaves a small protective layer. Very little lace. Aroma at first cries infection- maybe Brett or something similar but not quite as nice. Spicy wood, phenols, spicy sourness lead me to believe there is something wrong here. As it warms up, the infection notes are replaced by spicy alcohol, toffee, caramel, chocolate covered strawberries. Fresh air, dew, melons blend with spicy alcohol and heavy phenols. Big Nestle Quik cocoa powder and malted milk balls (Whoppers) show through as well. It’s interesting but I’m not sure if I like the odd combo. Taste up front is pretty much confirming my infection hypothesis: very light bodied, dry, spritzy with hot alcohol still very present. Something like Brett but not quite has attenuated this down to near zero and leaves no body. Palate is very chalky and powdery. Hard to drink this without getting a headache from all the phenols and not so nice infection character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (862) - Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with deep red hues and light tan head. Aroma is breast, lots of caramel, sweet, figgy. Taste is intense, sweet finish, touch of hop bitterness upfront, very malt driven, lots of caramel throughout, lots of fig and raisin. Medium to full bodied, velvety. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Dark orange red. 1 finger sticky with legs. Nose is bitter orange, sugar and herbal spice. Taste has a lot of anise and licorice. Very herbal almost too much going on. Finish is sweet red vines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (513) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle from 2009. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head, good retention, very fine lacing. Full malty aroma with toast, oak, toffee, fig, and molasses, along with a distant note of grass. Full body, rich and creamy. Big sweetness but not cloying, a bit tart, mild bitter lingering finish. Alcohol is fairly strong, but smooth. Aged very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fcjack1 (164) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2014
2009 Bottle from MSM. Pours a hazy reddish color. White head. Scent is alcohol, cinnamon. Taste is booze, caramel and toffee. Ages pretty well. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1020) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2014
2005 bottle shared by Carl -- thanks! Mahogany pour, clear with ruby highlights. Rocky head that becomes a ring of bubbles, a few of which cling to the glass. Aroma: old barleywine; dried fruit; toffee; apples; dates; molasses. Taste: aroma + tobacco, caramel, and the tiniest touch of soy; moderately sweet with lasting toffee and fig finish. Pleasant alcohol warmth. Palate: full body, slick oily texture, nice carbonation. Overall: this has held up well. Its age shows, but there’s nothing wrong with that here -- quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (3322) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Malty and hoppy smell with cookies. Sweet malty taste with hops, honey and sugar. Very nice and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kkleu357 (315) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Dark amber body. Good amount of head for 11% booze. Grainy alcohol sweet smell. Just got done with s CW BBBW, and this one isn’t quit ad sweet. Still very sweet with some hoppy fruit flavors. Easily 2nd best BW I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1502) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
SWBF 2014. Pours a murky brown with a low tan head. Aromas of caramel, butterschotch, figs, dates and raisins. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, dates, raisins and figs. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and sticky with low carbonation. Really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1433) - SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2014
Pours cloudy brown with low off brown head Aromas of burned caramel, oak, wood.. Well the typical barley wine Taste has burned caramel, spices, oak, wee bit butter. Nice

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
50/50 balance of wonderful caramel and malts. The flavor has some earthy hops but leans real forward to barrel aging and the malt complexity. This is so rich and good with a slight warmth of alcohol.

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