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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 432
Gots: 484 | FT: 74
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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mattmaples

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

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. It’s a big beautiful barley wine that should age well. Admit ably the flavor profile is quite different than any other barley wine I’ve 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.

01-27-2006 02:09:00 | More by mattmaples
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RoyalT

Ohio

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. It’s very alcoholic with some nice woody notes – not oak but almost like something lighter – and there’s a very faint but unmistakable presence of corn syrup.

Taste – The alcohol comes over better at the taste. It’s 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. It’s not stinging, but there is a strong sense of alcohol throughout. Bitterness is negligible.

Drinkability – I know it doesn’t 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
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-15-2014 00:25:17 | More by DanGeo
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brownbeer

Missouri

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
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-30-2014 08:01:57 | More by Tiernan
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weatherdog

Illinois

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
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-29-2014 06:39:38 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

07-07-2014 00:38:08 | More by sabitu
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NWer

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

2009 vintage
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
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freshflesh

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-30-2014 19:08:01 | More by freshflesh
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-19-2014 22:16:16 | More by DaftPatrick
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Kappakoosh

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12%

06-14-2014 17:34:42 | More by Kappakoosh
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Afroman

Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%

08-23-2014 01:43:02 | More by Afroman
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Beaver13

Colorado

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
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-18-2014 05:24:53 | More by Dbrulet
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-07-2013 05:09:24 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-26-2014 18:29:44 | More by mctizzz
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TraceKlein

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

06-20-2014 03:06:52 | More by TraceKlein
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aquazr1

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-26-2014 22:26:42 | More by aquazr1
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Mora2000

Texas

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
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

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
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bsp77

Minnesota

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
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magictrokini

California

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
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deebo

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-10-2014 05:59:53 | More by deebo
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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
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