Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by csmiley:
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
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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4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
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 620 ratings.