Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by mattmaples:
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
This MASSIVE barley wine was aged in French oak wine barrels to give it that added complexity and finesse. It pours dark amber in color with a medium lacey head that falls quickly, which is not uncommon for a beer at 10%. The aroma is big and fruity, orange and cherry dominate with a big sweet sugary, malt underlay. The aromas carry over into the flavor along with some caramel, raisin and oak tones. The big slick mouth-feel is offset by the light fruity hop flavor that pervades the whole profile and cuts the sweetness. Its a big beautiful barley wine that should age well. Admit ably the flavor profile is quite different than any other barley wine Ive had, but in the best possible way. Most rely on a big caramel malt flavor or an 80+ IBU bitterness but this barley wine is all about assertive well integrated flavors of sweet malt (but not big caramel) and the pervasive hop flavor (but not big bitter). Buy some now for the drinkin and some to stash away as I do not expect this beer to be available long and should be a great addition to any beer cellar.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2006 02:09:00 | More by mattmaples
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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.