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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

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1,323 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,323
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 432
Gots: 543 | FT: 88
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Shandycan, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Bencooper27, Nov 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ari32, Nov 17, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

dripa8, Nov 17, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz waxed and poured into Chimay chalice

A: brown brackish hazy

S: deep figs fruit smell, it smells super hoppy and a little toffee

T: very hoppy a lot of mellow bourbon tastes it's soft toffee and Carmel but it's a lot of malty hops

M: It's thick I love the syrupy-layers but it lays hoppy

O: this is an English Barleywine!? It's so far from one it's mind boggling it's pure Hops and it's good with the bourbon but not English

SomethingClever, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

kell50, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Daniellobo, Nov 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Sludgeman, Nov 17, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

tkdchampxi, Nov 16, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a cold rainy Sunday afternoon here in TN and a perfect day to pull this beast out of the fridge for an afternoon/evening warmup... I found this one while on a trek to KY a few weeks back and my intentions were to cellar this for a while but I can't resist...

Pours into my CBS snifter dark and murky... thin wispy carbonation... looking the part for an English for sure....

Sweet pineapple aromas come rolling off of this one... hints of the wine barrel here and there as well... lots of dark fruit which I attribute, in part, to the barrel... A touch of booze as well... Quite a bit more hops in the aroma dept than I would expect from this but it isn't unpleasant... Unexpected but not unpleasant... As it warms, the beer begins to open up and really shine... The raisin and fruit aspects that were rather muted at first begin to expound and bring an almost Christmas pudding feel to them...

A bit too cold at first, the beer didn't really have a chance to show what it was made of... The booze was prevalent and the sweetness was rather disconcerting... I left it sitting while I made my daughter a mid afternoon snack and when I came back to it, it had warmed up a touch and the aromas and flavors had really started to shine... The booze is still evident but in a warming to the belly role as opposed to just being too hot... the sweetness of the malts had transformed this into the Christmas pudding that I referred to earlier... hints of the wine barrel came and went, giving the beer a vinous feel in spots. Sweet, fruity, warming, delicious.... a definite sipper as drinking this too fast really brings the booze home... I was reminded in spots of a Belgian Strong Dark due to the prevalence of the raisins and figs and sweetness... a perfect compliment to a cold and blustery day here... Hell yes! This thing got super delicious on the second snifter pour and had me pleasantly warm and toasty next to the Christmas tree...

I liked this beer quite a bit... In error, I did not let this one fully open up before I started in on it but as it sat and warmed, it really got to be excellent... An excellent effort from Deschutes here... Glad that they are in KY so I can make a short jaunt up to sample their products without having to trade for them... I can't remember what I paid for this but, at this point, it was well worth every penny... simply amazing and very enjoyable...

Tilley4, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BCross, Nov 16, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

harryhops, Nov 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mecmd, Nov 16, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

BJasny, Nov 16, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: 2014 RESERVE BEST AFTER: 2/24/15 ALC. BY VOL. 11.2%

Hazy, copper-colored body with a thick, sticky head. Heady mix of caramel and toffee aromas. Toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar, and rum-like booze dominate the flavor; mild hint of bitterness and dark, dried fruit sweetness. Heavy and smooth mouthfeel.

Eye-popping and palate pleasing to the hilt! Chewy and boozy, loaded with strong malt sweetness yet very fitting for the style. Huge depth and complexity in the flavor department and well-balanced throughout. This would have been very interesting to try past its "BEST AFTER" date yet delivers a huge pallet of goodness right now. A barleywine 'must-try'...

beergoot, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

wethorseblanket, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

hayesjw, Nov 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

bendbeerme, Nov 14, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%

chcfan, Nov 14, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

EuphonicHops, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Magbas, Nov 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Cyclone8, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Davit, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Abe_Froman, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Kegger37, Nov 13, 2014
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.