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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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1,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 430
Gots: 439 | FT: 67
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 16:38:32 | More by millelacsmark
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 16:15:01 | More by randomdanger
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

11-15-2011 06:07:24 | More by ithinkimasofa
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 04:52:01 | More by mjtiernan
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 04:08:02 | More by tat2dhllblly
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 03:22:53 | More by KidRagnarok
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 03:15:49 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 00:35:11 | More by thebouch01
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 00:04:05 | More by djbreezy
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

11-14-2011 19:52:47 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-14-2011 17:20:56 | More by FluffyMcTingle
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 16:46:55 | More by seanwhite
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 07:26:56 | More by Travisnin
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 06:51:37 | More by sacrelicio
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Tulip.

A: The body of the beer yields a hazy amber color with some good looking orange hues. There is a decent one finger off white head that shows minimal retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S: As I stick my nose into the tulip I am greeted with a the pleasant aromas of a healthy barleywine; caramel, figs, raisins, vanilla, and a touch of wood from the barrels. It appears to have aged gracefully with no signs of infection.

T: Wow, this one delivers in a big way. A smashing onslaught of caramel, oak, brown sugar, apples, figs, raisins, and a huge vanilla finish. Absolutely divine. The booze is incredibly well integrated with only a subtle touch of heat on the finish.

M: Thick and super viscous. I found myself trying to take a bite along the way.

O: One of the best barleywines I have had the pleasure of trying. The barrels have smoothed this one out and yet the oak remains subtle and pleasing. Cheers to Deschutes for such a remarkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 00:32:12 | More by Neffbeer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 26/9/11

A glows amber when held to the light, looks thick and syrupy with a short lived two finger tan foam that leaves only a few polka dots of lace

S funky as all hell infected for sure but with some candied fruit and toffee, some booze as it warms

T not far from the smell, almost a cross between Lambic and a strong ale, not an English BW but nearly a style on its own

M feels thick and syrupy with good carbonation and leaves my lips sticking together, some heat but for 11% its understandable

O for an infected beer its not bad, not what I think of when I'm drinking an English BW but I do like the funk intended or not

I want to try a bottle as they intended because I can see this being a great beer, take a shot at it if you can if you like funk you wont be disappointed either way

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:34:28 | More by wordemupg
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/24/11 Thanks again Harry! 2009 Reserve

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip

Pours a pretty murky brown with a one finger foam head that dissipates fairly quickly. Eh, it's 11%, I'll give it that. Just the slightest hues of burnt orange around the edges when held up to the light.

I've had this beer before but it was infected. I can't smell any brett/cherry aromas in this one, just some sweet toffee and caramel.

Oh wow, this is why I love English Barleywines. This is very toffee and caramel forward, with just a hint of some grape/raisin/fig flavors. There's also a hint of coffee, or some kind of roasted malt. I really like it. A slight alcohol bite, but I'm assuming this has mellowed out significantly since bottling day. I think the slight bourbon aging marries well with the already heavy caramel flavors. Just that touch of vanilla for balance.

I'm really enjoying this. My face and throat and now my stomach are warming. It's nice and full in my mouth, and fairly sweet, but finishes juuust dry enough to keep me sipping. Sometimes barleywines are just *too* much for my palate, and it's a chore to drink them. This is not one of them.

Well done Deschutes, really pleased I got to try this beer not infected (or at least kept refrigerated long enough to keep the infection at bay.)

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:26:21 | More by awalk1227
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Secured two bottles in two different trades. Got one as extra and turned out to be infected, opening the other with fingers crosssed....

A - Pours hazy red/brown with nice tan head and very nice lacing as well.

S - Caramel, Toffee, Buttery dominate but getting small whiff of brett. Not sure if this is trauma from my last bottle.

T - Yes. Not infected. Maybe infected, idk, but taste pretty good. Classic barleywine taste. Buttery, Toffee, Caramel, goodness.

M - Creamy, bit of booze, but very smooth. Age has done well on this one.

D - Kinda feeling the effects after I drank this one, but no complaints on the booze coming through.

Very nice treat. Great balance of age for this one and would love to get another non infected bottle of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 16:34:27 | More by beenitty
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3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one aging for two years and finally tried it. Pours a red/brown with a quarter inch of head. Smells fruity and a little bit sour. Tastes fruity like a barleywine should, but as I work my way through it, it loses complexity and turns out to be unremarkable. Carbonation is fine, but this is nothing special, especially for the $13 a bottle I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:03:53 | More by PhxHorn
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, supposedly the infected version.

A - Reddish brown beer with a tan head and some moderate retention. Decent bit of lacing.

S - Pretty nice nose. It's a decently hoppy English Barleywine with decent citrus and pine notes. Good caramel malt with some sweet fruit, crystalized brown sugar, and some dark fruit.

T - Good tasting beer, with just a slight bit of alcohol heat. Hops seem to have faded a little bit from the nose, but there is still some nice brown sugar, dark fruit, oak, caramel, and molasses. No sign of infection in this one.

M - Big bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth.

O - Good beer, pretty easy to drink, even at 11%. Has aged just fine, and I can see this getting even better over the next two years. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 18:37:13 | More by AgentZero
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer from a 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a rich deep red with an off white head about a finger thick that fades into a thin ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Caramel, malty, dark fruits, figs, raisins, piny hops, oak and vanilla. No smell of infection.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, dark fruits, caramel, a touch of burnt sugar, and oak. There is a slight sour twang to the finish, probably a sign of its infection.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I was expecting but still full bodied, with low-medium carbonation, a sipper for sure.

Overall: Very impressed with this offering and I wish the TABC would approve the labels so we could get it in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 16:39:48 | More by jamescain
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 poured into snifter.

Pours medium copper with a small white head. Smells of big malts upfront with some oak and fig and rasin scents, a small amount of piney hops. Taste is amazing sweet caramel and oak flavors with some amazing malt backbone. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect for the style. Overall one of the best barleywines I have ever had, big shoutout to G311 for hooking me up with his last bottle of this...Thanks Vince

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 05:46:13 | More by joefuzz
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Bittercreek Alehouse in downtown Boise. It was the 2009 version, suggesting the keg had been cellared away for about two years. Served to me in an oversized wine glass, this review is from notes taken on 06/30/2011...

Sitting at the bar, I was able to watch the pour. It was a dark brown color that was nearly opaque save for the edges. A champagne-like, overly bubbly, khaki head developed and lingered for quite some time. Smell was of sweet caramel, sugar, dark fruits, and some unexpected sour apple. This apple flavor was quite prevalent in the taste, but not bad by any means. It was complimented well by strong caramel, dark fruit, and faint hazelnut. Mouthfeel was almost over-carbonated, but only almost; very sweet with a dry finish. Overall, a great barleywine that has aged fairly well; I’m glad I made the effort to try it.

It seems, with the sour apple notes, this one may have had an inkling of the infection, but it hadn't taken over and dominated yet. It was still very well received and, had I known no better, I would have assumed the apple was intentional.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 00:41:48 | More by eclipse54
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a 2009 bottle

A: It has a foam that lasts for over 30mins, it is caramel in color.

S: A lot of fussel alcohol, raisin, fig, caramel, sweet malt

T: Sweet Caramel, fig, raisin, sweet barley

M: amazing, nice carbonation

O: It is one of the best Barleywines I have ever had. Over two year and a half years, it has gained a lot of sweet barley and caramel, with a bunch of dark fruit. It is an amazing Barleywine, it is not infected whatsoever!!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 08:33:59 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thank you to Kurtis who sent this to me! I had the 2009 reserve.

Color: Vibrant, energetic golden amber, it virtually sings to you. Gorgeous.

Head: Soft tan, moderately thick, about half an inch high, nothing out of the ordinary.

Aroma: Addictive, I continually smelled it as I drank it! You can detect the oak barrels, maple, caramel, cinnamon, coffee, caramel, brandy liqueur and that exceptional aroma that I have only smelled in Celebrator. Extremely pungent and spectacular!

Texture: Has a powerful bite when it is cold, and leaves a dry coating on your tongue. Gives you a nice full-bodied mouth feel and becomes silky smooth as it warms.

Flavor & Balance: If you are tempted to say you don't like barley-wines, I recommend letting this one sit a good 45 minutes before your first sip. The flavor changes dramatically as it warms. This brew is totally unique, it's like Celebrator meets Rodenbach Grand Cru meets Pliny the Elder. The cacophonous hoppy-sour tones ricochet around your mouth and tongue, but the oak intervenes just in time to develop a deliciously balanced melody. The flavors are ever evolving, mimicking it's aromas and adding cider, oats, nuts, Belgian malt, and slight cocoa powder. Quite outstanding, I want more!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 16:58:13 | More by Moon2Goddess
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
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