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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

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1,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 430
Gots: 417 | FT: 63
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-21-2012 23:16:05 | More by jag21
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-21-2012 08:22:23 | More by shelby415
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper and light tan head that holds itself.

S: Crazy dark fruit smells take over everything

T: I was so worried that this beer was going to be infected but holy cow did this beer taste good. Deep caramel notes followed by rich fig and fruit flavors. Ahh so good the oak comes through at the end to gently kick in more complexity

M: Fantastically dry and rich that lingers all over the tongue.

O: Deschutes doing it again. Glad this one wasn't infected like some others. Delicious easy drinking barley wine that ages wonderfully.   

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:23:00 | More by PatrickSwayze
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-16-2012 19:47:02 | More by John11486
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District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fist of all, I want to that OakedCanuck for sending me this one almost two years ago in only my second trade. Thanks Colin!

Served in a snifter.

A: Poured an extremely dark, burnt sienna brown, with a slight orange hue once I held it up to the light. I actually got about a one finger head that melted into a mere ring around the brew.

S: I got a VERY intense caramel-Mallow crème component upfront…… more so than just about any other BW I’ve ever smelled. Additionally, this ALMOST had a slight sourness to it, but not quite.

T: This was both muddy, very boozy, and ultimately uninteresting. Seriously, even for an oaked-aged English BW, this had a skimpy hop profile that didn’t pop in any way. The booze actually burned my esophagus as I ingested this.

M: Sugary and with a mild prickle. Once again, this was in dying need of some sort of high pitched hop sizzle to add complexity and wake the palate up. There was some mild, splotchy lacing, but nothing to write home about.

O: I’ve liked most Deschutes products I’ve tried in my life, but this was a big disappointment….. boring even. I guess, if sugar cubes infused with pure grain alcohol is your thing, then knock yourself out.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 13:24:09 | More by Chaney
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (best after 4/20/10) poured into snifter.

A- Aggressive pour produced 2 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Hazy amber color.

S- Dark fruits, orange, oak, leather, caramel, and toffee.

T- Taste follows nose with dark fruits, oak, leather, caramel, and toffee. Little booziness.

M- Very smooth. Nice alcohol warming. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Very easy to drink.

O- I had this shortly after release and was able to find this bottle, now nearly 2 1/2 years later. Age did well on this. Very complex and solid barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:52:20 | More by bstave
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a grand Bordeaux wine glass.
2009 Reserve.

A: Brown with orangey hues. One finger of off white head leaves good lacing.

S: The first smell I get is deet--seriously, medicinal, estery acetoney, almost like an insect repellent... Not bad though, reminds me of my backpacking equipment. Also get some roasty caramel and estery oak.

T: wow, this is unique. Initially I get a sweet roasty malt, then I get the medicinal deet, subsequetly followed by roasty nutty flavor--hazelnut. There is a subtle earthy hop balance behind the sweetness of the roasty malts, also get some oak. Very deep, very complex.

M: sweetly smooth. Well carbonated. Good mouthfeel.

O: this is a very good, very complex barleywine style ale. Nice subtleties amidst some strong characteristics. Not sure what the deet flavor/smell is going on, but overall it's good. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 09:46:34 | More by beerbiatchMD
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-10-2012 06:01:28 | More by claytong
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-05-2012 21:58:35 | More by SoCalStout
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Sampled Jan 2012.

A: This poured an opaque light mahogany with no head.
S: It smelled…not infected! Sweet orange and burnt sugar and caramel, with some honey wheat and butterscotch and copper.
T: It tasted like sweet orange and candied apricot, with copper hops and caramel and honey wheat, and a little butterscotch and vanilla. It had a mostly clean and sweet aftertaste, with some heat.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice fully body.
D: I was really worried this would be infected like my '09 Abyss, so I waited a couple years to open it. Now I wish I had tried it fresh. However, it was pretty delicious after 2.5 years anyway. I'd place it somewhere between Old Ruffian and Gratitude, or call it a caramel mimosa. Great scent and taste with solid body. Alcohol in finish made it more of a sipper, but a very enjoyable one at that. So curious how this was fresh, but lovely now. Could maybe age longer? I'm so happy this wasn't spoiled.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:51:27 | More by Pencible
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

02-01-2012 16:43:52 | More by avaldivia
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3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 24 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Thick light beige head. Minimally carbonated. Slight bit hazy, deep warm ruby amber in color. Aroma is pleasant, hoppy, green and herbal, reminiscent of rosemary, some tannins, touch of cherry pits. Starts a bit syrupy, morphing to sour cherry pits. Lots of dried fruit sweetness, plums, raisins. Medium body, ethanol is v warming. Touch of citronella (says A).

Becomes more sweet as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:05:23 | More by htomsirveaux
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade back in '09, and have had it cellared since. ('Best *After* - 4/26/10' printed on the side). Have been really looking forward to this one for quite awhile, albeit with some hesitancy as there were rumblings of quality control issues. Thankfully, this one was not infected. Split this bottle with fellow BA, ClarkPinnock. Poured my allotment into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy, dark, ruddy amber. Lots of fine particles noted in the bottom of my glass. Thankfully, no large chunks. A small sheet of lace tops it off. The nose is rich with molasses, dark fruits, light booze character, wet wood. Very nice aroma. The body has not been hurt by time in the cellar at all. This one is hefty and filling. Carbonation level is moderate. Tasty beer with fig, plum, faint vanilla, toffee. Excellent beer. The flavors meld so well together. This is one of my favorite aged-Barleywines I have had. To those that are still sitting on some of these, the forecast looks good!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:44:28 | More by Onenote81
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the head is about 1 1/2 fingers, creamy/luscious, and just barely off-white in color. The head fades somewhat, but leaves a bit more than a ring around the glass and dusting of bubbles. Slight lacing as well. The beer's color is a burnt brown-orange/copper mixture. Hazy look as well.

The aroma is full of complex layers. Figs/plums/dark fruits, candied fruit, maybe even grapes, sweetness, caramel, toffee, and muted/sort of old herbal and resiny hops hit initially. After that I get some brown sugar, hints of nuts and some lighter oak and vanilla characters, as well as a bit of light chocolate and maybe some slight oxidation. No real signs of an infection unless I'm mistaking them for other things.

Taste is alot like the aroma, nice and complex. Lots of grape, fig, plum, and candied/dried fruit like eating the trail mix fruit (like cranberries), caramel apple, toffee, muted resiny citrusy hops, brown sugar, hints of oak and vanilla, slight chocolate and oxidation from the nose. Very big and barleywine-esque. Don't quite like the flavor as much as I like the aroma.

Consistency is velvety smooth, carbonation is pretty low, while the body is medium-low, and the finish is medium, maybe on the lighter side.

Overall, an interesting and complex barleywine. I was able to have this on tap about a year and a half ago at a local bar and I don't remember it being this good or this complex. That said, I also don't think this is the gold standard of all the barleywines I've had. And for being a partially barrel aged barleywine, I think I expected a little bit more of a barrel appearance. Take if for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:24:50 | More by matttttYCE
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-29-2012 00:09:37 | More by 12packpoet
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-27-2012 18:47:42 | More by PhineasGage
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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this from the BeerHive Pub in Salt Lake City, UT for $21. Poured from the Scroll label w/ "2009 RESERVE" & Black waxed top into a 16oz Samuel Adams Imperial Pint Glass. Has BEST AFTER: 04/20/10 1134L on the side of the label.

Aroma- Tons of things are well blended in here including booze, fruits, and malt. Perfect character and hits with a bit of sherry cask too. Can tell this is an aged Barleywine.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. has a dark amber colored body and is clear. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Very strong and intense flavors pucker the mouth from the beginning. Then has a ton of malt and strong fruit after wards. Has a medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, a bit chewy and then effervescent? Very nice and as a nice alcohol warming.

Overall Impression- Like the Abyss, I recommend sharing this with a friend (or ANYONE for this matter!). Very strong and put me under the table. Enjoyed thoroughly and while never seeing this before, had to order! I am very lucky I had such good luck finding a 2009 Reserve.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:55:40 | More by DCon
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-25-2012 20:56:30 | More by texasclimber
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Lost Abbey stemmed tulip.

A - Pours a hazy amber/mahogany color with a thin, wispy layer of bubbly tan color head, which recedes quickly leaving behind some virtually no lacing on the edges of the glass.

S – Sweet and rich with lots of dark stone fruits. Toasted caramel brown sugar add to the sweetness of this beer. Hints of oak with bourbon and vanilla. There is a slight rusty metallic smell on the finish, but nothing too worrisome.

T – This is a huge surprise for me. I was expecting some serious booziness at 11% abv, but found this to be nothing like that. It starts off very sweet and fruity. Brown sugar, toasted caramel malts and rum soaked dark fruit are hugely prominent. There is a bit of oak and vanilla in the background as well, but its so well blended and aged that its kissed with oak and vanilla rather than saturated with them. The finish continues to be very sweet with a nice mix of sweet caramel malts and brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits.

M - Full bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Very decadent with a slight warming effect.

D – This is a great example of an amazingly crafted barley wine. Its so drinkable even at this high an ABV. I found myself enjoying the entire bottle by myself throughout the course of the night. I regret not trying it fresh to see what the age did to it. I was hugely turned off of barley wines at that time though.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:18:48 | More by dubinsky
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-23-2012 20:08:17 | More by QuadrantThree
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

01-22-2012 21:59:59 | More by djaeon
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-22-2012 18:03:19 | More by ThirstyHerf
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1/5  rDev -76.4%

01-22-2012 06:42:27 | More by DavidEddie
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-21-2012 21:28:35 | More by poppyjohn
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-21-2012 01:43:41 | More by whartontallboy
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.