Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.48/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2014 21:06:51 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Tanish brown with a 1.2 foamy head. Nice thick sticky lacing.
Smell - Sweet fruits, cherry, raisin, oak, vanilla, caramel , toasty malts, some alcohol at the finish.
Taste - First sip brings a lot of fruits. Cherry and plum mixed with some oak, and a tart wine flavor. Malts are strong and have lots caramel, toasty notes. Plenty of sugars and some added spices. Alcohol along with some wine really comes out at the finish.
Mouthfeel - Sweet fruits really nail the tongue. Plenty of sugars, oak and the wine coat the palate. Tartness, some bitterness along with some alcohol come out for the aftertaste.
Overall - Really tasty and smooth for being 11%. Loads of complex flavor, and the barrel age wine aspect didn't sour or bitter this all to hell. A really nice beer, and one of the best from Deschutes. A must try even if not a fan of the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 02:24:01 | More by wvsabbath
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.