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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

760 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%


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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csmiley

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muchos gracias prototypic

A - Pours medium amber with a slight red tint. The medium tan head rises to about 2 fingers and sticks around for a couple minutes before diminishing to a decent sized cap. Lacing is average. So far so good.

S - The words tart and sweet come to mind. Sweet is dominant though. Starts with cooked caramel and dark fruit. Some light citrus comes into the picture with hints of blood orange. Midway it shifts to apple and pear aromas. It's funky on the tail end. The apple turns overly tart and earthy notes finish it off - oak and mustiness. Alcohol is present midway to finish.

T - Flavor starts out malty with caramel, sweet bread and fig. Some tea shows as well. Alcohol is much more noticeable in the flavor. Oak is fairly constant and plays a nice supporting role in the overall flavor. Raisin and plum come through in the middle. It's funky on the end just like the aroma. Some sour apple and old wood. It actually works out pretty well.

M - Fuller bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is warm and complex with complimentary notes of both sweet and sour.

D - Drinkability is impressive given the abv and obvious infection. Expectations were on the low side and I must say I'm shocked at how much I enjoyed this brew. At 11%, it's a one and done beer. I'd definitely give this another try though. I think Deschutes is onto something here (even though it wasn't intentional). Barrel aged wild barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:19:14 | More by csmiley
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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.