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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,136 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 433
Gots: 470 | FT: 71
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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kevfujii

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-08-2012 09:06:26 | More by kevfujii
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

2009 Vintage, best after 4/20/10

A: clear, tawny red color, poured with a head that quickly dissipated
S: nice roasted malt with slight sweetness and aged quality
T: well-balanced barleywine with noticeable aging well-beyond its years, subdued EtOH, nice barrel quality that is ever-so-slight
M: very drinkable, well-rounded beer slight cloying and aging with 2+ years on it

01-07-2012 15:11:59 | More by wisrarebeer
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josssmith

Arizona

5/5  rDev +17.9%

01-05-2012 22:09:08 | More by josssmith
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -28.1%

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

2009 vintage

The beer is copper/orange hued with a thin, off white head that leaves sparse lacing on the tulip. The aroma offers brettanomyces, alcohol, oak, vanilla, and candied malt. The beer is just ok, and unorthodox for the style. An odd mix of sweet and sour. I don't dislike the beer, per se, but this hardly resembles a barleywine of any sort. Deschutes needs to fix these quality control issues and stop releasing infected beers.

01-01-2012 22:04:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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bespin15

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-30-2011 19:32:17 | More by bespin15
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-30-2011 08:36:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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Kirch

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-28-2011 00:02:34 | More by Kirch
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-27-2011 08:15:05 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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MrHirschybar

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-27-2011 02:11:20 | More by MrHirschybar
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marct

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-24-2011 04:20:37 | More by marct
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brydog22

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-24-2011 02:30:17 | More by brydog22
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-24-2011 00:18:05 | More by jophish17
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ajs4bd

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -46.9%

12-22-2011 19:52:11 | More by ajs4bd
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NvMyBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-21-2011 07:50:01 | More by NvMyBeer
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BigD44

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-18-2011 19:19:28 | More by BigD44
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ibbjamin

California

3.18/5  rDev -25%

Paid $11.99 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. I pour into a large snifter to review. This is the 2009 reserve and I am tasting in December 2011, so it has been cellared for approximately 1.5-2 years.

Pour is moderately thick with a 3/4" dense, light beige head after a relatively aggressive pour. A nice layer of retention remains which thickens up quite a bit on the inner rim of the glass. A murky brownish amber color. Great lacing.

Taste is boozy barleywinesque. Lots of caramel malts and muted grassy/herbal hops. The hops smell as if they have really toned down over the cellaring time. Fruity aromas of white grape, candied fruit and plum add moderate complexity. Oak, rum booze and even hints of butterscotch are detected. The alcohol seems a bit too noticeable for this being 11%.

Taste is quite sweet with lots of caramel and rummy booze. Not quite a hot mess, but certainly hotter than I would like. Not sure the cellaring of this has helped it, the alcohol is not really tamed and the hops have faded. Candied raisin is strong with more hints of butterscotch. The oakiness is detected, but more of a presence would certainly benefit its taste.

Full body and excellent level of carbonation which I am happy with considering the age and style of the beer. Pretty smooth drinking and it has a medium length finish of rum, caramel and candied raisin.

Overall, a seemingly average barleywine which I do not think improved with cellaring.

12-17-2011 03:14:16 | More by ibbjamin
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-16-2011 15:03:02 | More by ChrisPro
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ngeunit1

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Pours a just slightly clear mahogany color with a thin finger of frothy tannish head. Fades fairly quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Sweet rich toasted caramel malts with lots of residual brown sugar sweetness. Bit of oak with some vanilla and bourbon. There is a faint tartness that could be from an infection.

T - Starts off with rich sweet brown sugar and toasted caramel malts. There is a bit of oak and vanilla in the background as well. Touch of sweet dark fruits as well. Through the middle, the bourbon comes through more clearly with some nuttiness and a bit more vanilla. Finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and brown sugar with some bourbon and some and light dark fruits alongside that linger.

M - Full bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Feels very rich and sweet with a warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the richness of the brown sugar and malts alongside the barrel elements. The light dark fruit actually works well.

12-16-2011 05:46:01 | More by ngeunit1
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hopburster

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-15-2011 06:24:21 | More by hopburster
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-13-2011 01:37:01 | More by Beertracker
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-12-2011 23:16:00 | More by drummermattie02
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-12-2011 19:07:26 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Jettanbass9

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

2009 edition, waxed cap, stored on the basement floor in a closed cardboard case.

A - slightly hazy from roused sediment, reddish/brown, tightly knit, last head. beatifully matched to the style.

S - strong malt aroma, very maris otter like, nutty, toasty, bready, dark fruits linger, slightly sharp from the apparent high alcohol, briney, charred, soaked oak, vanilla, coconut, light citrus and resin notes. very complex. briney/charred notes were mistaken several times for brett B-like character.

T - Big malt profile of nutty malts, bread, dark fruit, then vanilla, citrus, resin, brine, charred oak, warm alcohols, coconut and lingering resin and vanilla notes. complex, with waves of flavors... beautifully constructed.

M - chewy malt and sweetness, carbonation is light but provides a medium to open up plenty of flavors on the palate. Slightly astringent from the oak and hop character however, not cloying... just present enough to be known.

O - Highly recommended Barleywine. Description says that it is English, I would float this one more towards American due to the citrus-like character. Do not expect hops like a Great Divide Old Ruffian, think more like Green Flash's Barleywine. Big malt character, vanilla and lingering bourbon provide a myriad of flavors. This is a reflection beer, expect to block some time out for this one.

12-10-2011 03:39:40 | More by Jettanbass9
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-08-2011 22:08:49 | More by tbeq00
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2378GCGTG

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-07-2011 15:08:03 | More by 2378GCGTG
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.