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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

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1,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 435
Gots: 554 | 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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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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3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip. From yesterday.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. The head is two fingers high, with a light mocha shade. With a nice texture, excellent retention, and a nice amount of lacing left on the glass, it creates an aesthetically pleasing brew. (4.25)

Smell: Very caramel-laden, as expected. Lesser notes of brown sugar and dark fruit also exist. To me, this seems closer to an American barleywine, due to how the caramel doesn't come across as sweet as an English barleywine - plus, it still retains a bit of hoppiness to it. The barrel presence in this is mild, but not non-existent. (3.75)

Taste: It opens up with large amounts of caramel and dark fruit on the palate, before developing some notes of brown sugar and piny hops shortly thereafter. Just like the nose suggested, the oak barrel and wine notes are subtle, and require some effort to discern. Sure, I could use more complexity, but I still keep coming back for more sips... (3.5)

Mouthfeel: At first, it seems rather heavy and sweet (like a barleywine should be), but the combination of hoppiness and light oak gives it a dry finish...and good drinkability. 11%? Not here. It's still rather sweet, but hey, it's a barleywine. Carbonation is expectedly low. (3.5)

Overall: I admit, I was mildly disappointed by this. It wasn't quite as complex as I hoped it would be. However, as I kept drinking it, it kept growing on me - I was quite impressed with how easygoing this was. Not an essential barleywine, but well worth a try. (3.5)

3.59/5: Sneakily good barleywine with a subtle barrel approach

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good deal of caramel in the smell and taste of this one. It could use a little more substance and thickness. Otherwise, it's pretty good.

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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 1,370 ratings.