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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 2009 reserve, BA 4-20-10. Pours a nice mostly clear, auburn red color with a moderately full,canvas-colored, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some drippy lace rings. Nose is nice but not overly complex yet; candy-like caramel, rum-soaked raisins, caramelized apricots, dry oak, bourbon-like alcohol, citrus and pine hops somewhere. Flavor is much of the same but there is more of a hops presence than I thought there would be; still very fruity with cherry, raisins, apricots, plenty of sweet notes of candy, caramel, caramelization, light maple coming through, hops are moderately high in bitterness and piney, citrus grapefruit, and almost herbal, and other notes of oaky alcohol, toasty oak, and vanilla oak. Palate is nice with a moderately full body, lightly syrupy, a bold warmth, nearly lively, drying a bit from the alcohol and oak, and chewy. Finishes long with a nice warmth, dry oakiness, some almost herbal bitterness, and some lingering sweetness of maple, vanilla, and caramel sweetness. I know the beer says BA 04-10, and they are probably right, but right now the beer is very nice. It is still a bit brash even with the oak to round things out, but I like all the fruit complexity and the hops balancing the rich sweetness. I have a bottle still in the cellar and I may wait a whole year before I give it a try. One of my favorite BWs in a while. I finally waited long enough to try this one after the BA date... The nose is not necessarily more complex, but it is richer and fruitier but still keeping the hop notes. The flavor is similar but the oak seems to be drier and less sweet and the hops seem to almost get in the way of the of the other notes; by the very long finish, the flavors seem to find a way to work with each other. The palate may be a bit more full and a little less syrupy but nearly the same. To be honest, the nose was richer and more intense but the flavor seemed a bit detached. Still a very nice BW, a bit richer but the oak and hops do not work as well together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4403) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2009
Great hoppy aroma along with some nice caramel maltiness. The flavor is loaded with ripe fruit, hops and more of the great caramel malts. A heavy hoppy sipper of a beer a real treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Very delicious. Not super complex but has all the elements. Very drinkable. Nice and light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9847) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
2009 Bomber at Deschutes Brewery and Public House in Portland. Caramel malt aroma, citrus hops. Very fruity flavordark fruits all the way. Cherry! Raisin! Alcohol! A bit spunkless and flavor, sloppy and bland. Needs time to age, I think. Unimpressive as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Black wax sealed 22 oz bottle. Almost maple syrup thick, with a thin amber head that disolves to a ring of bubbles.Lots of alcohol in the aroma, nearly bourbon-like, with oak, walnut, raisins and horehound. Taste is syrupy-boozey but dry, on the tongue. Lots of heat in the back of the mouth. Quite drinkable, even this early, but Ill save my other bottle for re-rating next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2009
22oz - Aroma has tons of caramel with a big pine resin hops finish. Flavor matches. The palate is incredibly smooth. A super tasty easy drinking 11% barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a reddish-amber with nice beige head. Aroma is very malty with dark fruit, some licorice. Flavor is sweet, some fig, malty, dark fruit, some oak. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer, a relaxing sipper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - SEP 1, 2009
noticed the "best after april 2010" after I cracked this, oh well... oak is quite heavy on the aroma, mixed with luscious sweet malts, fruity esters and a touch of alcohol. Flavors are much the same but more pronounced. appropriate bitterness, carbonation and mouthfeel. good stuff, but should have kept it another year I think.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aisha (2) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 1, 2009 does not count
strong amber appearance. Aroma mainly sweet with a hint of sherry. Flavor initially sweet dark fruits which finishes with a bourbon twang. Very drinkable particularly with blue cheese

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
big thanks goes to bhensonb for this delicous brew. poured a clear reddish amber with a beige head. aroma of caramel, sweet notes, dark fruits, and sherry. flavor was caramel, dark fruits, and sherry. medium body with some good smoothness. very good and would like to have another to age. i am not sure if i can imagine this getting better with age though.

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