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RATINGS: 609   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 (8435) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (86) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chiiidog (42) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours dark tan/brown with a small head. Smell is oaky, nutty. Taste is very oaky and nutty, dark fruits, etc. Coats the mouth. Less intense than something like BCBBW, more drinkable, and the alcohol is well hidden. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5412) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s (a bottle was shared at Natifest). Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large beige head that collapsed into a creamy film. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, candy like sweetness, light toasted malts, some alcohol, very little coming from the wine barrel, light woody with just a mild nutty character. Overall pretty sweet and could use some age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1090) - Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Woody and oaky. Thick maltiness. Bourbon flavor. Some vanilla. Thin lacing. Thanks tony b.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1790) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bomber shared with hakes at bait shop... murky brown pour with thin brown head... stupid crazy strong aroma with plum. Raisen..smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alkolas510 (628) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
kolsvart med litet skum grumlig. Rökig och en riktigt bra barleywine. smakar lite sött och bra beska

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from trade. Poured dark amber with decent light tan head. Aroma sweet dark fruit caramel. Light carb med bod. Light hop bitter resin sweet malt. Bottle said 50%aged in wine barrels which I do not get at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle shared at Natifest ’14. Poured a dark copper color with a moderate frothy tan head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex roasted malt, earthy dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol burn finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (386) - USA - AUG 9, 2014
On draft. Muddy brown with a tiny bit of off white head around the rim. Malty smells, bready, caramel, brown sugar, savory, barrel. Sweet caramel, raisin bread tastes, vanilla, plum, cinnamon, a little alcohol burn. Good rich sweet flavors with some barrel character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (154) - - AUG 5, 2014
Look: pours a dark copper color. Off white head. Thick lacing. Smell: hops. Caramel. Spices. Sweet. Taste: slight alcohol burn. Heavy hops. Very sweet. Caramel. Toffee. Feel: thin film left on the mouth. Medium low carbonation. Overall: good beer great example of an American barley wine. First drank: lake of the ozarks 8/5/14

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