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RATINGS: 728   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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. Its interesting but Im 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - APR 22, 2017
1pt 6fl oz bottle poured into a Trappist chalice. Copper with a tall tan head. Aroma is full of sugar and alcohol. Flavor is very strong, lots of bourbon. Alcohol burn lingers. This one's a slow sipper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christos (5435) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2017
(Deschutes Mirror Mirror Barleywine) Bottle 650ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11.2%. Vintage 2014, 50% aged in wine barrels. Bright red to brown colour on the body, half a finger of pretty thick tan head on top, average retention. Taste of caramel, red fruits, marmalade, alcohol, apricot, sugars. Taste is sweet with marmalade, malts, sugars, red fruits, light peach, apricot, tanines, faint wine notes coming from the back, wood, alcohol. Medium body, good carbonation. Good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ricke49 (16) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2017
English Barleywines are one of my favorite styles. Tough to get Midnight Sun Arctic Devil is my "white whale". But this 3 year old (2014) Mirror Mirror is downright delicious. When Ive consumed this brew at a somewhat younger age, theres been a hop bite that was a little off-putting. This 2014 rendition (which is its most recent release) in March 2017is smooth, vanilla, fig goodness all the way. Not sure if its still available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2017
On tap at Beer Junction. Vintage 2014. Pours a hazy amber with a tan head. Aroma and taste are very sweet, dark fruits, candies, candied fruits and hoppy bitterness. Quite oversweet, but good, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1723) - - MAR 1, 2017
Bomber, 2014 vintage. Sweet caramel malt aroma with notes of toffee, pine resiny hops, oak, wine and some vanilla pours dark cloudy caramel colored with a thin tan head that has little retention or lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and toffee malt flavors with a bit of oak and wine. Finishes very smooth and a bit dry with some pine resiny hops and a bit of vanilla to go with a bit of dry red wine finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (4153) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle. It poured an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, toffee malts, candy and a touch of bitterness. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, malts, candy, dough and wood. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1808) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2016 2014 bottle. Pours a burnt amber brown with an off white head. Resin, caramel, toffee, oak, molasses and vanilla aroma and flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation with a resin, caramel and oak finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pilsnertest (237) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2016
2016-10-07 Sample from bottle @ Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. Grape juice, butterscotch and oak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
martythesmarty (246) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle sample at SBWF. Pours brown with white head. Aroma is sweet but taste is too alcoholic for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (8685) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Reddish/brown with a small head. Aroma of malt, toffee, some bourbon and dried fruit. Similar taste. On the sweet side with an almost full body. Some warming alcohol in the finish. A beer to sip.

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