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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
22 oz bottle from Bev4less. Bottle reads, 11%,"Do not open until 4/20/10. F**k it, I cant wait that long. Pretty typical dark rich amber color. Very sweet, yet smooth and somewhat creamy. Very very faint oak flavor. Surprisingly less boozy than I expected. I understand the benefits of aging this, but in reality, its a perfectly good barleywine to drink now.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3663) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
22oz bottle from the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma is vinous and pretty fruity with just a little bit of caramel sweetness. Lightly ethanolic. Not overly quaffable. Transparent amber body with a smallish, quickly dissipating off-yellowish head. Sweet, malty start that is pretty darn sticky. There is some floral flavor and some berry sweetness in the middle. Becomes a bit roasty before it becomes boozy, harsh, and ethanolic. This has a warming finish. Thankfully, this has a very oily body, which helps make the ethanol more palatable. I do not detect any of the oak that is supposed to be in this. It appears as though this was aged in the same imaginary oak barrels that the 07 Abyss was aged in.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
22oz bottle (2005 vintage). thanks to andrew for the share......pours a dark amber caramel brown with a thin off-white head..... aroma of somewhat papery oxidized malt and dark fruit....flavors of sweet caramel and dark fruit, light toffee. moderate carbonation and average mouthfeel. cant detect too much oak. slightly bitter in the finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5028) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 I got this on draft at a beer festival in Arcata, CA. It was so good I made three trips back to this one. It poured a cloudy red color with an off-white head with pink tinges. Nose is very much of ripe fruit with floral and citrus hops. Very rich, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is of caramel malts, and lot of ripe fruit and the barrel aging is detectable and adds to an ambiance. The finish is lightly bitter and overall this was remarkable easy drinking for a barley wine. I would like to find this in bottles but dont have much hope. I feel lucky to have had a chance at this. This showed up in bottles. Got a couple. Just as good as I remembered it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (24429) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy spicy dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with some spicy hints. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter finish with some spicy hints.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Tasted on tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Festival on 11/15/2008. This Barleywine pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with a touch of oak, there is a touch of funk as well. A medium bodied barleywine. The malts are fruity and sweet, with a touch of wood. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance. Good balance. Very smooth taste. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2008 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Amber brown, smooth, malty, hoppy, little dark fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Draft at Bistro BA fest. Orangey brown pour, no head. Aroma is sweet malt, alcohol, some light bourbon. Flavor is the same, but it also had an above average amount of hopping to distract from the sweetness and barrel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pours attractive dark brown with a touch of red. The nose is a bit grainy and hoppy, as is the flavor. Quite smooth and very little sign of %.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
22oz bottle, 2005 vintage, courtesy of CSchwaz. Thanks, Craig! Pours a very murky, tarnished orange-brown color; thin light-tan head with minimal lacing. Solid amounts of dried fruits, chewy oranges, and a slight show of alcohol. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy dried fruits, caramel, and slightly rough toasty oak; lots of chewy, soft dried fruits but a bit messy at this point. Medium finish: dried fruit, orange peel, some mineral bitterness.


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