Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.03/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Behavior is a mirror in which everyone displays his own image."
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
2009 Reserve. Gorgeously glowing maraschino cherry red when backlit with the fiery ball of the rising sun. The upper third of the snifter is filled with a creamy chunk of toasted almond colored froth that is impressively long-lived, especially given the ABV and the barrel-aging.
The aroma is classic pale-malted American barleywine. Golden orchard fruit macerated in its corresponding fruit brandy is the olfactory focus. Oak isn't appreciated at this point in the proceedings (35% aged in oak barrels).
Mirror Mirror gets its name from the fact that it's essentially a doubling of the Mirror Pond Pale Ale recipe. My preference is for more mid-range (caramel malty) and slightly darker barleywines, but this one could be interesting. After all, Deschutes is one of the best in the business.
First of all, this big beast has aged exceptionally well. It's interesting that the label has a 'best after' date (4/20/10) rather than a 'best before' date. If the mouthfeel hangs in there, it should be good until well into 2012... and beyond.
Specifics include sticky-sweet apricots with a thin caramel coating, orange and grapefruit zest, a modest amount of oakiness, and a splash of top-shelf brandy. Warming brings out more flavor intensity, a few more flavor nuances, and smooths out whatever (very slight) rough edges were present during the first several ounces.
The mouthfeel was most likely a solid 4.5 when the bottle was newly waxed. Nearly two years since the release has almost certainly have taken some toll in terms of size and viscosity. It's still damn good and makes the beer a pleasure to sip and savor.
Even though Mirror Mirror Reserve 2009 doesn't rise the stratospheric heights of their finest ales, Deschutes has done a great job with this primarily pale-malted American barleywine. Here's hoping Reserve 2012 is in the works at this very moment.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2011 13:32:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.