Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 1,380
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 434
Gots: 560 | FT: 91
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle (12/27/14 notes/scores):

Far less wine and oxidation feel than the 2009 and more overall spicy fig, raisin and caramelized sugars. Lack of wine (some of it still here) allow the rich malts and sweetness to come out more.

2009 bottle (12/14/14 notes/scores):
A- Murky brown body from the bomber to a few pint glasses. A light tan head rises to about a finger with a frothy texture. Decent head retention and webs of lace.

S- Tannins and wine jump off the top even from only 35% being oak aged. Dry, vinous grapes and fresh toasted oak followed by big red fruits and some caramel malts.

T- Wine really is quite large in this brew. It overshadows a lot of the malts with dark vinous grapes and wet oak coming to mind before toasted, musty aged caramel and hints of figs.

MF- Medium bodied for the style, perhaps thinned out a bit by age and the wine. Carbonation is moderately high and it all ends with a dry vinous bite.

More wine forward than I would have imagined being only 35% barrel aged. Perhaps a bit too much but still a solid overall Barleywine.
3.75 3.75 4 3.75 4 (will update with 2014 notes when consumed)

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22 oz. bomber poured into a brandy snifter

Appearance: light caramel color, pretty clear, head faded quickly, some tiny bubbles are sticking around the glass, looks really good.

Aroma: Getting a big fruity aroma, toffee, caramel, sweetness, really smells like Bigfoot, can't pick up the wine barrel aroma, no alcohol

Taste: Very smooth, easy drinking, a little bitterness on the front end, quickly fades, then I get that big barley wine flavor, sweet, toffee, caramel sweetness, no alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: I have had Bigfoot several times, it reminds of Bigfoot with a year or two on it, for an English barley wine it seems a little too bitter. I've had other English barley wines that were really smoother. I drank it before the best after date, don't know if that matters, but I was expecting more wine barrel aromas, still really smooth, easy drinking beer, worth a try and money.

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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.