Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.48/5 rDev +5.7%
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a healthy dollop of black wax enshrouding the upper neck and crown on the bottle. As is typical with Deschutes "big" beers, there is an "Enjoy after" date printed on the side, but for the purposes of this review, I'm detailing my experience with a fresh bottle of the 2014 edition of Mirror Mirror. So I guess it's still not its "best" just yet... Poured into a large 20 oz snifter glass.
Appearance - Moderately aggressive pour yields a three-fourths finger parchment colored head with a look of frothy, consistency. The retention is not for long, with the bubbles receding to a ringlet of foam around the edge and a miniature island of soapy bubbles on the surface of the liquid off to one side of the glass. The head dissipates to reveal a murky cinnamon-stick brown liquid beneath, with no light penetrating due to considerable sediment in suspension.
Smell - A pretty well-rounded blend of aroma profiles. Caramel and light molasses are definitely present, as well as some estery heat from the high ABV. Then a more subtle, dry fruit characteristic, like cranberry or pomegranate without the sweetness or tartness, which I can only imagine comes from the wine barrels. As a matter of fact, the longer I stick my nose in the glass and the warmer it gets, the more notes of cabernet sauvignon come through, which I just love.
Taste - Here, the heat from the alcohol is a little less restrained than it was in the smell. A nice vinous waft of booze comes plowing through on the back of the sweeter, caramel and toffee flavors. Some hints of oak tannin and astringency as well. There are also rustic notes of barley and buckwheat to add some points of interest to the sweeter elements.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, with moderate to low carbonation, providing for a rich, viscous feel that gives a faint impression of syrup, although not nearly as cloying.
Overall, just a wonderful BA barleywine, and the use of wine barrels makes for a completely different take on the style. I have yet to sample the FW barleywine of barrel-aged fame, but if it's better than this fantastic take, I'm going to be in for a treat. I have another couple bottles and will really enjoy seeing how this one evolves with some age.
04-29-2014 21:06:51 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -5.7%
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. Its very alcoholic with some nice woody notes not oak but almost like something lighter and theres a very faint but unmistakable presence of corn syrup.
Taste The alcohol comes over better at the taste. Its 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. Its not stinging, but there is a strong sense of alcohol throughout. Bitterness is negligible.
Drinkability I know it doesnt 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.
02-06-2006 01:16:49 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-07-2010 19:19:53 | More by brownbeer
3.33/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
04-06-2010 19:18:30 | More by weatherdog
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
01-16-2014 21:22:24 | More by NWer
3.38/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
09-12-2006 06:03:33 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
04-12-2006 21:38:17 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
Thanks to slasher007 for this bottle.
2009 vintage. Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, alcohol and some oak character. The flavor is strong caramel malt with some alcohol. A very sweet tasting beer. You get some hop bitterness but not enough to cut the sweetness. Very smooth drinking with a medium mouthfeel.
12-31-2009 05:30:43 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
2009 vintage. Pours with a one cm head which fades quickly. Smells fairly sweet. Dark amber in color. Taste is a nice mix of sweet, malt, and hops. Still a little boozy which should settle with tme. Reminds me of a less sweet Old Guardian. I have another two bottles which I will age & I am curious how this will settle in time.
01-09-2010 01:19:17 | More by SkinnyElvis
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Snifter.
Appearance: Dark cloudy orange that shines a little red in the light. Very thin head.
Smell: Citrus and spicy hops, caramel, dark fruit, some oak and vanilla, and, oh yeah, a huge blast of alcohol.
Taste: Caramel, citrus, and dark fruit co-mingle with oak and vanilla from the barrel aging. Turns slightly more hoppy towards the end, but never becomes very bitter.
Feel: Low carbonation, full almost chewy body, very smooth and warming.
Drinkability: Excellent Barleywine overall, with some nice added complexity from the oak aging.
04-30-2010 22:45:47 | More by bsp77
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
Bomber. Ugh, the annoying waxed cap. Pours a warm mahogany with a frothy tan head. Thick lacing. Caramel and candied fruits in the nose. A bit of port and wood, along with boozy sugar. Heavy, full mouthfeel with nearly no carbonation. Long, sticky finish. Very sweet and boozy taste. Sugary, caramel/molasses flavors dominate. Background of oak and candy. A piney hop flavor comes in the finish. Was rough at first, but smoothed out as it warmed. The 11% is as masked as it can be, but you do feel the full brunt of the alcohol early on.
06-09-2009 03:51:54 | More by magictrokini
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
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