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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

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1,478 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,478
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 446
Gots: 613 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: waltonc on 04-29-2009

30 IBU

Bottled/kegged vintages:
2005 - Released February 2006
2009 - Released April 2009
2014 - Released April 2014
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A milky tarnished bronze color with low carbonation and minimal head.

S strong grape a soak aromas mildy boozy smell with some malt

T wine barrel smoothness, with strong Booz, mild chocolate, bitterness grape. Strong bitterness on the finish.

M smooth thick, with more carbonation than the appearance indicates

Good barleywine, with tempered sweetness and a balance of smooth and bitter

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a bold chestnut colored body and a big fluffy tan colored head on top. Opens right up on the nose with sweet toffee and caramel notes and a pleasantly juicy fruity aroma. As it warms, a delicate and warming spice note comes through.

First few sips reveal a rich malt backbone full of toffee sweetness and slightly tart fruitiness. Notes of fig and plum come forward as I continue to explore. Vanilla and spice finish it of with a touch of heat from the alcohol.

Overall, a truly excellent barrel aged BW and one I'm glad I splurged on. However, with a big and boozy (in a good way) beer like this, I find myself wishing it was 30 degrees colder outside and snowing while I sip it by the fire. Guess I'll have to track down another bottle and set it aside for next winter.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a healthy dollop of black wax enshrouding the upper neck and crown on the bottle. As is typical with Deschutes "big" beers, there is an "Enjoy after" date printed on the side, but for the purposes of this review, I'm detailing my experience with a fresh bottle of the 2014 edition of Mirror Mirror. So I guess it's still not its "best" just yet... Poured into a large 20 oz snifter glass.

Appearance - Moderately aggressive pour yields a three-fourths finger parchment colored head with a look of frothy, consistency. The retention is not for long, with the bubbles receding to a ringlet of foam around the edge and a miniature island of soapy bubbles on the surface of the liquid off to one side of the glass. The head dissipates to reveal a murky cinnamon-stick brown liquid beneath, with no light penetrating due to considerable sediment in suspension.

Smell - A pretty well-rounded blend of aroma profiles. Caramel and light molasses are definitely present, as well as some estery heat from the high ABV. Then a more subtle, dry fruit characteristic, like cranberry or pomegranate without the sweetness or tartness, which I can only imagine comes from the wine barrels. As a matter of fact, the longer I stick my nose in the glass and the warmer it gets, the more notes of cabernet sauvignon come through, which I just love.

Taste - Here, the heat from the alcohol is a little less restrained than it was in the smell. A nice vinous waft of booze comes plowing through on the back of the sweeter, caramel and toffee flavors. Some hints of oak tannin and astringency as well. There are also rustic notes of barley and buckwheat to add some points of interest to the sweeter elements.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, with moderate to low carbonation, providing for a rich, viscous feel that gives a faint impression of syrup, although not nearly as cloying.

Overall, just a wonderful BA barleywine, and the use of wine barrels makes for a completely different take on the style. I have yet to sample the FW barleywine of barrel-aged fame, but if it's better than this fantastic take, I'm going to be in for a treat. I have another couple bottles and will really enjoy seeing how this one evolves with some age.

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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,478 ratings.