MickieDee (59) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2017 SorenE (168) - , - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Tasted at Pflugtober Fest 2017.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bill Becker (1773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 24, 2017
From Mar 2006
Poured from 22oz bottle labeled 2005 Reserve(room temp) a dark gold with a very small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a ring around the edge.
The smell is very subtle...just barely caught some sweetness in the nose.
The taste is a malty sweet up front..very sweet and woody but some bitterness sneaks its way in midway through and adds some definite kick and then, the finish is on the sweet side again for me. Hmmm...this is pretty good stuff! The bottle says it's aged in oak and it's most apparent when I swish the beer in my mouth from side to side. Wow! Wonderfully complex! Doing that really helps me notice the complexity when I'm sipping it.
Bottom line: My BA hat's off to Deschutes for a great BWSA sampling...the brew has so many good things going on, I didn't even notice the %abv at all. I'm glad I have another bottle!
Edit: 2009 Edition:
A clear copper colour pour with a small head of foam but some good lacing.
It has a fruity, caramel malty nose that is sweet as in....very damn nice. Some alcohol is also there but not objectionable.
Sipping on this puppy is fun..lots of caramel maltiness, lots of fruitiness that both impart major sweet tones but not overly so. Due in part, I think, to a light hop bitterness that does a nice balancing act. Very flavourful but again, there's some alcohol warming here that grows as the session goes on.
The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth as the carbonation is close to medium but still light.
Drinkability? Like with the 2005, this is dangerously drinkable or more appropriately, dangerously sippable. A wonderful brew. thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2017
2014 bottle, courtesy of spacecoyote. This is the opposite of Fox News -- it's sweet and balanced. A great example of a big barleywine that brings a lot of raisin, dried fruit, and grain taste without being cloying or relying on gimmicky adjuncts. Stoned99 (1674) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2017
22 ounces bottle at epic Cantillon tasting. Aroma: lots of caramel, alcohol. App: mahogany, minimal off white head, great lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, moderate bitter finish. Overall: amazing mouthfeel. Aroma and taste is just ok but mouthfeel wow. Perfect mouthfeel. Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2017
2014 bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown color with a good head retention. The foam laces my glass and looks rather inviting. The aroma is of buttery caramel, mild to medium intensity of grape notes, apricot, some barrel character, yeast, faint earthy or vegetable hop aroma. Tasting was very smooth, very descent body, and the mouthfeel is spot on. Tasting, I noticed a creeping but pleasant bitterness, honey, syrupy toffee flavor, vegetable taste, sharp maltiness, and cherry like taste. The finish has a medium bitterness that lingers, high syrup caramel and honey taste, with an acidic cherry grape like flavor. A rather complex blending of flavors. I really enjoyed the malty flavor. Overall 2014 was a good year. It held up rather great.
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 Christos (5889) - 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.
ricke49 (81) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2017 English Barleywines are one of my favorite styles. Tough to get Midnight Sun Arctic Devil, which is my white whale. But this 3 year old (2014) Mirror Mirror is downright delicious. When I’ve consumed this brew at a somewhat younger age, there’s been a hop bite that was a little off-putting. This 2014 rendition (which is its most recent release) still available in March 2017 (at an undisclosed location) is smooth, vanilla, fig/raisin/date goodness all the way. beerplace (2038) - 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. zoucrew102 (2104) - - 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!