1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,325 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 432
Gots: 544 | FT: 88
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,325 | Reviews: 472 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Holland:
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Holland, Apr 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of cvm4
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

2014 Reserve

A - Pours really cloudy/hazy muddled brown color with a slight tinge of red mahogany. The khaki head is one finger that dissipates to around the glass.

S - Raisins, ripe plumbs, dark cherries, caramel and malts. There's a hint of alcohol booze and oak overlapping it all.

T - Sweet caramel, brown sugar, malts and dark fruits (raisin/plum) abound with the ever slightest wine character along with oak that comes out at the end.

M - Full bodied and medium to low carbonation. Has a thick mouthfeel that is sticky, velvety and a wet finish.

O - Well done here! A stellar English barleywine by itself, but the addition of wine barrels brings complexity and another dimension.

cvm4, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This ale is florescent brown in color if there is such a thing with little head, as it should be.

Smell – The big, deeply-toasted malts and sharp woody alcohol make a fine bouquet for this ABW. It’s very alcoholic with some nice woody notes – not oak but almost like something lighter – and there’s a very faint but unmistakable presence of corn syrup.

Taste – The alcohol comes over better at the taste. It’s not as harsh as the nose would allow, and the malts are big and juicy with lots of refined corn syrup and a strong, toasted character.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied. It’s not stinging, but there is a strong sense of alcohol throughout. Bitterness is negligible.

Drinkability – I know it doesn’t sound like it, but this ale goes down quite well. It has some extreme flavors that cancel each other out pretty well and that make this a smooth ride.

RoyalT, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

DanGeo, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after 4-20-10 opened early June 10.Burnt orange color. This beer has notes of cherry, candied orange, dark candy sugar, new oak, candied nuts, caramelized pineapple, booze, brown sugar, and molasses. It's sweet is what I'm saying. Medium-full bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. Pretty solid stuff. Almost too sweet for my taste.

brownbeer, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Tiernan, May 30, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. black waxed 2009 bottle poured into several snifters at a tasting with Tony in March.

It pours a copper orange hue with just a little ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A subsequent pour had some haziness to it.

The nose was fairly muted, it had some sweetness and some kind of muddled indiscernible green hop smell to it. Some alcohol was present as well.

The taste had the typical crystal malt sweetness of a barleywine complimented by a good dose of bitterness to tell the drinker this is American styled. The back end flavor was kind of like an alcoholic candy. It was very sweet and too cloying for me to fully enjoy it. The second pour added some spiciness to it I'm attributing to the addition of some yeast.

The beer was very full bodied and had a large amount of carbonation which was too much for my personal preference. I really didn't find this particular example very drinkable mostly due to the huge amount of sweetness. I just felt really full after eight or so ounces.

weatherdog, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of joemetric
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

joemetric, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

sabitu, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

NWer, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev -5.7%

freshflesh, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Kappakoosh, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Afroman
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%

Afroman, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 2005 reserve (bought 6 months ago). Pours a reddish copper with a thin head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee, dark fruits, and some vinous, slightly medicinal, alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, a little fruitiness, and a medicinal alcohol bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft velvety carbonation.

Overall, it has kind of a harsh flavor. I remember this being smoother when I had it fresh which is kind of odd. It's not bad though and goes down surprisingly easily.

Beaver13, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of StoutFox
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark caramel color, cloudy, lots of play on the glass indicating higher avb
Aroma: Very sweet, tons of caramel, toffee, little grainy and just a hint of hops
Taste: Lots of sweet caramel, then an overwhelming malty grainy sweetness , toffee aftertaste
Complexity: high level of complex flavors, well balanced
Overall: a very good beer!

StoutFox, Saturday at 05:26 PM
Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Dbrulet, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -5.7%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with a vintage date of 2005 and a blurb about French oak wine barrels on the label.

A- Thick off white froth not unlike one that would be on a fresh brewed cappuccino. The superb head hangs above a slightly hazed reddish amber colored brew ... great retention the head shows as well.

S- Suggestions of figs, light caramel, granny smith apples, vinous tartness, clean oak and toasted Portuguese sweet bread.

T&M- Impeccably smooth and creamy within the full body. Mild fig like sweetness rolls into a bigger layer of toasted and caramel malt ... this all folds into a warming alcohol and more toasted grain. Sweet all around but the hops and oak character keep this beer in harmony.

D- Oh Baby! Sip this one, I could certainly sip this one all night long. This is one of the "New American" craft beers, not a tread but more of what American taste is about. It paired great with some baked Brie cheese stuffed with raspberries.

Jason, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mctizzz, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of TraceKlein
5/5  rDev +17.9%

TraceKlein, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

aquazr1, May 26, 2014
Photo of Torey
3.9/5  rDev -8%

Torey, Nov 10, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.