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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

745 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
30 IBU

Bottled/kegged vintages:
2005 - Released February 2006
2009 - Released April 2009
2014 - Released April 2014

(Beer added by: waltonc on 04-29-2009)
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kdahnke123

Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler a cellar temperature.
A - Pours a dark amber color with a tan head. The head is long lasting.
S - And strong malt smell, paired with and equal hop smell.
T - Malty with some oaky tones. The red wine barrels are not very evident. The hops are a little harsh given it's listed as an English barley wine.
M - medium viscosity with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A little harsh for an English barely wine. Drinkable, but not up to the level of hype that it has received. For something aged in wine barrels the wine character is lost amongst the hops. Might as well use bourbon barrels.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 20:25:15 | More by kdahnke123
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kgncfl

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax topped bottle. 2014 version.

A- Dark brown with a cocoa colored head. Poured into a tulip glass with a nice 3 finger head

S-Please bring us some figgy pudding and bring it right here. Huge fig smell, and a hint of caramel

T-Huge caramel upfront, followed by a crush of figs, and then closes with a merlot taste. You can taste the wine barrel in the close.

M-Sticky like a caramel party in my mouth, nice and thick.

O- Not my thing, but this is how this beer should taste. I feel like I just ate a fig newton followed by a Snickers bar. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:51:43 | More by kgncfl
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jwerner23

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a very good Barley wine. I purchased two bottles of this, one to try now and one to age after the best after date of 2/25/15. It will be hard to keep this bottle to find out how well it ages. It is a very smooth sipping beer with just a touch of the wine barrel notes in the after taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 04:06:25 | More by jwerner23
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Didn't pick this up the last time it was available, so very excited to see this one again. Waxed bomber, 2014 vintage, split into Deschutes tulips...

A: Deep amber gold, significant off-white cap provides decent lacing. Clarity is good...attractive beer.

S: Sweet, malty overload. Lots of dark fruits, toffee, raisins, sweet bread, molasses, caramel, oak, grains, figs, cocoa.

T: More of the same, this is a sipper (for me, at least)...very sweet, with loads of sweet bread, caramel malt, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs.

MF: Full bodied, sticky and sweet. Lower carbonation is spot on.

O: Well-executed, right up there with some of the best English-style Barleywines I've tasted. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 15:21:05 | More by Scotchboy
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BingCrosby7

California

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A this is a beautiful deep ruby color mixed with a bit of brown--it's not outright red. Variation around the edges, minimal to no head retention or lacing. 4.5
S big barrel and candy malt up front. Boozy notes are very apparent as well. Not sure if there's any bourbon involved here, but I smell that sweet richness of a candied hard liquor. Caramel notes. A touch of anise. Rich and complex 4.25
T first of all, this is very well balanced. I love the fact that the alcohol does not get in the way and wash away any of the flavor--it's just enough to ready the palate for the next sip. The barrel and sugary sweetness is right up in the front. There must be something like bourbon in here because there's a strong caramelly, cherry, oaky undercurrent of flavor. Wonderful barleywine. 4.5
M this beer is a little slim--I'd prefer this to be a bit more sticky and oily. 3.75
O this is an incredible barleywine. The only thing I'd change is the mouthfeel. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:09:00 | More by BingCrosby7
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Best after date 24-Feb-15.
- 22 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku on 4-Apr-14.

Overall sweet. On the front there’s bready caramel with some yeast, grape must, dark fruits, and red wine acidity. Hints of banana, oak barrel, and booze on the tail end.

Cloying sweetness… it’s a tad bit much that I’m hoping wouldn’t overtake the sexy barrel notes, but its there. Malty caramel, roasty raisins with red wine influence, vanilla, and tannins. A bit of pine and floral hop character in the tail end of the bitter finish. Not much of a boozy presence that I would’ve guessed would be there due to the hints of it in the aroma.

Low to medium body with a low carbo, yet with a bit of small bubble spriteness.

Been waiting about 4 years now to try this bad boy. Overall, a nice barleywine but rather looking forward to an well-aged version to round out the hop bitter edges. Guessing this will shine like fine port at around its peak.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 05:02:19 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Beersnake1

California

4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage. Best after date is 2/24/15 and today's date is 4/4/14.

Served into a snifter from fridge temperature. Allowed to warm up over an hour or so. Pours a nice dark reddish brown with 1cm head (light). Carbonation is definitely there, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Plums, dark fruit, grapes, malts, caramel, and some molasses. I was sold at this point. What an amazing smell! I literally wanted to sit there for 20 min just smelling it.

Taste: Incredible. I can't imagine how much better this can get over the next year. The upfront notes are sweet, with a slight bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. The latter likely disappears over time. I get lots of caramel, dark fruits, malts, and wine (subtle). The barrel aging is not overly evident, but it's there. Mouthfeel is phenomenal.

Overall, this is such an amazing beer. I'm so glad Deschutes brought it back. As far as English barley wines go, this is near (if not at) the top of my list. It is up there with FW Sucaba.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:38:57 | More by Beersnake1
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz, black wax-capped bottle, 2014 Reserve Edition, once again due to doktorzee's proclivity at seeking out the good stuff on his trips south of 49. But what's with this 'best after' tripe - they actually expect we consumers to wait over a year to drink this? Pfft.

This beer pours a murky, dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and tantalizingly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some random hovering island mass lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, yeasty caramel malt, one more than dusted with toffee and dry treacle notes, further raisin, date, and fig black fruit sweeteners, an edgy, grainy barrel vanillan woodiness, some associated red wine acridity, molasses-tinged reduced brown sugar, cocoa powder, and a sedate citrus and leafy hop bitterness.

The taste is more musty caramel and toffee malt, the Scottish treacle association apparently a figment of my early afternoon association today, nondescript vanilla and alcohol barrel notes - the particular wine character well and lost by this point - toasted dark sugar, and earthy, leafy, and lightly perfumed hops - that booze has to seep in someplace, and it might as well be here.

Mirror Mirror's bubbles are rather light, and mostly just a comely frothiness for the most part, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight for the style, and unabashedly smooth, with a tingling creaminess tacked right up in there. It finishes on the sweet side, sure, but in a perfectly moderated sense - bready caramel malt, subtly musty fruit, proper old-world hops, and a gentlemanly booziness - strong, but gentle in its wielding thereof.

My oh my - this has been one of my white whales for this brewery (the Abyss having slipped thorough my fingers too many times as well) - and now I have it. Memories of sitting in front of the Mirror Pond in Bend on a Sunday evening, on another brewery's patio are now eclipsed by the headiness of this offering. For a west-coast bred brew of the given style, I am surprised at the accuracy, if not the veracity of the aplomb employed here. I bristle at calling this 'young' seeming, since I was admonished at first from every going down that road - oh well, this is still freaking awesome.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 06:10:57 | More by biboergosum
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vic21234

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Reserve poured into a snifter. Bottle says best after 02/24/15 but oh well.

A- Pours a cloudy ruby/ dark red with a half fingers worth of an off-white head which slowly fades to the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet, fruity, caramel/ toffee notes along with some acidity maybe from the wine barrels.

T- Great oak notes up front with some sweet maltiness. Some nice hop presence is also there before the caramel malts take over also.

M- Medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, malty but hoppy, noted heat from the alcohol.

Very nice barley wine here, The oak notes are plentiful on the taste which is great. I bought 2 bottles and am excited to see how it does with age.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 23:29:38 | More by vic21234
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bball208

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's levels to this shit young boy!

Those of you who keep comparing this and Abacus, I had the Firestone Abacus right before this one, and the difference was night and day.

This poured a beautiful red/brown with a tiny bit of khaki head that dissipated quickly (snifter).

The aromas were marvelous. I get a soft and sweet aroma with backgrounds of a very slight leather quality, a tiny bit of cherry, but mostly sweet sugar on the nose. Some of you are saying you get bourbon on the nose/taste. You don't know what you're talking about and are just throwing out words to try and sound like you know something about beer. There was absolutely zero bourbon on this beer. I had a backwoods, then abacus, then this. This was completely different from a bourbon barrel aged beer so don't be an idiot and say things that are not true.

The taste was FANTASTIC. The first word that comes to mind is BALANCED. So completely balanced. Nothing overwhelms you about this beer. It is a true sipper not because it is overwhelmingly sweet, but because it's so damn good that you don't want it to end. First you'll notice the sweetness of toffee/caramel/brown sugar coming through, then aided with some fruit, like a cherry or a fig, and then you get this ever-so-slight tannin note on the back-end. I'm guessing that came from the wine barrels they used to age this beer (NOT BOURBON BARRELS FOR YOU IDIOTS). You get a beautiful maltiness all throughout the sip, it's just the cadillac of beers.

Overall, this exemplifies the art of brewing. Wanna be a master at something? Drink beer, then drink this, and you'll see what level I'm talking about. Needless to say, this is a must-try before you die.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 16:12:54 | More by bball208
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1424IpA

California

3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looked great poured Into a teku. Smelled similar to other BA barley wines.Tasted ok, a bad representation of something like firestone walkers sucaba. Very thin for something barrel aged. Might be a lot better with a couple years on it. I have a few more and will review again each year. Highly disappointed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 05:04:34 | More by 1424IpA
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ryannosaurus

Arizona

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage poured to snifter

Appearance is deep red brown with slight haze, initial one finger head drops to a persistent lace

Aroma is light, mostly oak and toffee

Flavor initially hits with big barley wine malt and biscuit notes. A lovely array of supporting flavors sneak in in support: grapes, oak, vanilla, fig, anise and hot alcohol

Mouth feel is heavy but enough carbonation to liven it up, well played for a huge beer.

Overall a fantastic example of the style, intense with delicate flavor notes. If it lacks anything, it would be an aroma as distinctive as the flavor. I'd love to see what proper aging brings out in this one... I suspect it only gets better with a few years in a cool cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:25:07 | More by ryannosaurus
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage.

Pours a muddy garnet, fluffy two finger head that settles to a dark cream froth. Looks very much like an English Barleywine and a pretty one at that.

Aroma is major caramelized sugars and dark fruits. Brown sugar, molasses, brûlée of cinnamon and sugar mix much like that present in a Cinnabon, prune, raisin, old black fig, and faint dark ripe fruits of plum and Bordeaux grapes.

The palate gets dark fruit happy with more of that plum, plump raisin, and grape character. Brown sugar, cinnamon stick, a touch of vanilla, merlot, and oak all support majorly. Overall that's about it. Complexity falls short of some other BA Barleywines but damn is this smooth. Reminds me of Sucaba in drinkability terms. The wine barrels shine through but are most certainly not the main part of the show or overdone for that matter. Dark fruits, dark sugars, vanilla, oak, faint spicy hop bitterness and a touch of red wine sum this up. Smooth ass drinker for 11.2 % abv.

Body is medium with ample carbonation for the style. But as in the Old Stock Brandy the carbonation is actually very nice in that it makes the flavors float through your palate easily avoiding that heavy upfront flavor fatigue.

Overall another stellar offering by Deschutes. My gripe with their Reserve line of beers lately has been that they pretty much limit the barrel aging to about 50% of the beer yet the price reflects a 100% barrel aged beer. I don't necessarily think they are doing it to produce a lesser quality product but it certainly helps profits. Yet the 50/50 ratio is pretty clever in that it avoids heavy barrel presence which can be "cloying" if overdone but maintains a great level of complexity otherwise maybe not achieved through standard non-barrel aging practices.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 01:35:35 | More by MarcWP
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n2185

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Portland.

A: pours a dark ruby with half a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: caramel and crystal malts up front with vanilla, caramel, and tangerines. Light oak and bourbon notes follow.

T: caramel malts, burnt sugar, and vanilla up front with slight notes of dark fruit. Light oak and bourbon flavors follow before a slightly boozy finish.

M: medium-thick body with moderate carbonation, this beer is fairly drinkable for the style and avoids being too sticky sweet.

O: a good beer, overall. I'd like a little more presence from the barrels, but it's enjoyable and quite srinkable for a barrel-aged barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 21:25:08 | More by n2185
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NWer

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2009 vintage
Sat in my cellar couple of years in ideal conditions.
Served in a Deschutes tulip - what else?
Appearance is beautiful. Ruby red. Clear. Minimal head dissipates to small ring of bubbles around the edge.
Aroma a bit thin. Light aromas.
Taste as expected from a four year old barleywine. Typically smooth no hop feel or taste. This allows other tastes to shine. Cherries, caramel, oak dominate.
Great sipper but so smoothed out from its age that it's also easy to drink it too fast if not careful.
Love this beer and can't wait for the anticipated next release later this year.
I felt the need to pull the trigger based on rumors that it had gone South.
Not true in this case.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 21:22:24 | More by NWer
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Smurf2055

Washington

2.46/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Brouwer’s Bigwood. 09 vintage.

Slightly hazy with a small white head and little retention. Amberish color.

Smell is faint, dry and fruity, a bit sweet.

Taste just wasn’t there. Watery and a bit of alcohol burn.

Almost no carbonation, very light bodied.

It was ok at best. This is my first Deschutes that has been a disappointment.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 01:26:30 | More by Smurf2055
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle

A: Dull cloudy shade of orange brown with a full creamy head. Good retention.
S: Brown sugar along with some grassy hops. Surprisingly, wine barrel is still evident. For whatever reason I get a sugary strawberry preserves-like aroma.
T: Very mild fruityness - again, strawberry jam, vanilla, and plenty of caramel. Plenty of residual sugar apparent on the finish along with a nice alcohol bite. Very mild herbal bitterness. Overall, a smooth procession.
M: Medium to light for the style, with soft carbonation. Pretty resinous.

After seeing Deschutes had a new barleywine out, I went digging for this and was not disappointed. This bottle was slightly oxidized, but not enough to detract much. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:38:23 | More by GeezLynn
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riored4v

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2009 release enjoyed on 4/9/13

Poured in to a tulip with a crystal clear, ruby colored body. 1/4 finger, khaki colored head.

Aroma was of dark fruits, cherries, caramel, molasses and subtle amounts of chocolate. Some light raisin and mild earthyness. Light vanilla/barrel notes.

Taste was excellent. Still some light alcohol warmth and heat with a mellow bitterness. Good amounts of dark fruits, prunes and raisin. Malty and biscuity with good amounts of caramel. Some light vanilla and oak notes. Slightly floral in the finish. Mildly sweet.

Medium/heavy mouthfeel, medium carb and a sticky finish that turned dry.

Overall this was great. Bottle says to enjoy after 4/20/10, so I'm almost 2 years past that point and the flavors really melded together.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 00:37:20 | More by riored4v
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Poured from 22 oz bottle into a glass.

A- pours dark copper with a half finger off-white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- caramel, light dark fruits

T- sweet caramel, toffee, oak, faint bourbon

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth and slightly syrupy.

O- milder BA Barleywine. Has nice sweet malts and dark fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:42:56 | More by kawilliams81
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BierJager89

California

4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, the 2009 release (in January 2013), into a large Duvel tulip glass.

A: Redish with a tan head. Looks like it's been sitting in there for a while.

S: Citrus and oak in the nose, lacking the vanilla I was looking for, but still good.

T: There's the vanilla. Though not a ton of it. This isn't Bourbon Angel's Share or Sucaba. Also has some oak, grape and dark fruit. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and smooth (how carbonated can a beer that old be?).

O: If you're lucky enough to find it in the store, buy it. I doubt it's out there any more. Though I've heard they're going to release it again. I don't know if the guy who shared this with me is on BeerAdvocate, but Larry, if you're reading this, thank you sooo much. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 20:12:41 | More by BierJager89
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KalH

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - One finger off-white head / Brownish-amber color

A - Toffee, oak, dark fruit, though somewhat subtle.

T - Creamy, sugar-laced toffee with oak notes and a boozy/warming alcohol presence. Also, sweet raisins and fresh figs are coupled in there. Mild bitterness as well, but mostly sweetness coming through on this.

M - Sticky with a medium-thick body / Low carbonation

O - Pretty sweet on the palate, but a solid, flavorful, and creamy barleywine that I would gladly visit again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 19:48:09 | More by KalH
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks trxxpaxx for bringing this bottle, rolled the dice on it being an infect and it turned out a tasty relief during our infected beer tasting.
2009 bottle, which I'm assuming was properly cellared.

The beer pours a clear light brown with a thin tab head. The nose is sweet with a touch of alcohol. There are no potent aromas of vanilla or oak as I'd hoped. The taste is also quite sweet with, but it's definitely drinkable. I'm glad this beer doesn't drink like the 11% monster it is on paper. The beer is medium bodied with great carbonation for the style and age. Not my favorite barleywine, but a good beer nonetheless. I'd prefer for more unadulterated oak to present itself in the nose and taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 21:23:03 | More by ThePorterSorter
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best after date 4/20/10 - poured from bomber to tulip glass:

Burnt caramel brown body topped with a half finger of dark khaki head - boozy appearance - spotty lacing drenched in alcohol legs.

Thick toffee aromas, fig, hot booze-drenched vanilla, pecan pie, cinnamon, evolving with every snort... exceedingly complex even given the style. Some marshmallow maybe, caramel, rather sweet.

Bitter toffee layered with boozy bourbon, no signs of infection at this point but the complexity of the smell is somewhat lost here. Some dessert flavors, graham cracker and more bourbon, surprisingly hot for a 3.5 year old 11% BA blended barleywine. I would very much love to try this beer fresh as it was obviously well executed. I'm enjoying it more and more though with each sip. I can't think of a beer to equate this with.

Drinkability is low given the aggressive booze presence. The consistency and texture is still spot on though.

Many thanks to cosmicevan for sending this bottle my way - enjoyable and interesting stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:35:16 | More by yamar68
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 reserve. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark burnt orange with a cap of fizzly tan head, fizzling to a hefty ring. Good retention and no lacing.

S: Fruity malt (bright cherry and raspberry, approaching cough drop) with a little acetone, toasty oak barrel and some coconut.

T: Malty up front with a little bitterness, reminiscent of a red ale or American barleywine, a little of the cherry cough drop and dry, gripping finish.

M: Medium-full body and light carbonation, sticky.

O: Pretty good, but I remembering this being quite a bit better about a year ago. It's a bit harsher and less barrel-y.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 06:00:29 | More by pmarlowe
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azdback

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Unfiltered dark burnt orange. It looks like melted caramel. A scant one finger of creamy off white head dissipates to a small collar rather quickly.

Smell is sweet caramel malts, backed by some wood. A nice bit of alcohol and some bourbon barrel sweetness round it all out.

The reason I am drinking this beer, is because of all the rumors of it being infected. The general consensus seems to be that it is a hit or miss situation. So here goes, drum roll please...tastes fantastic. There is definitely some tartness, maybe of a green apple, but it is balanced by perfect sweetness, and the alcohol is not overpowering but it is definitely a key player here. As it warms the alcohol is coming out even more.

Mouth is velvety smooth and the carbonation is delicate. Body is balaced and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I am both happy and sad that we drank this beer. We drank one of these around 2 years ago, and to be honest I don't remember exactly what it tasted like then, so if this bottle does have an infection issue that lead to the tartness I described above, then so be it. As a whole I really don't taste or smell or see any signs of infection and I am really enjoying this fantastic beer. I believe this bottle is around 3 years old and it is drinking great. I am sad because this was the last bottle I had, and since I don't think it is infected, I could have saved it a little longer, but when would be a better time to crack it than this cool monsoon evening in Payson, AZ.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 06:27:56 | More by azdback
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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.