Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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1,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,375
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 436
Gots: 555 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Didn't pick this up the last time it was available, so very excited to see this one again. Waxed bomber, 2014 vintage, split into Deschutes tulips...

A: Deep amber gold, significant off-white cap provides decent lacing. Clarity is good...attractive beer.

S: Sweet, malty overload. Lots of dark fruits, toffee, raisins, sweet bread, molasses, caramel, oak, grains, figs, cocoa.

T: More of the same, this is a sipper (for me, at least)...very sweet, with loads of sweet bread, caramel malt, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs.

MF: Full bodied, sticky and sweet. Lower carbonation is spot on.

O: Well-executed, right up there with some of the best English-style Barleywines I've tasted. Great stuff.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A this is a beautiful deep ruby color mixed with a bit of brown--it's not outright red. Variation around the edges, minimal to no head retention or lacing. 4.5
S big barrel and candy malt up front. Boozy notes are very apparent as well. Not sure if there's any bourbon involved here, but I smell that sweet richness of a candied hard liquor. Caramel notes. A touch of anise. Rich and complex 4.25
T first of all, this is very well balanced. I love the fact that the alcohol does not get in the way and wash away any of the flavor--it's just enough to ready the palate for the next sip. The barrel and sugary sweetness is right up in the front. There must be something like bourbon in here because there's a strong caramelly, cherry, oaky undercurrent of flavor. Wonderful barleywine. 4.5
M this beer is a little slim--I'd prefer this to be a bit more sticky and oily. 3.75
O this is an incredible barleywine. The only thing I'd change is the mouthfeel. 4.5

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

- Best after date 24-Feb-15.
- 22 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku on 4-Apr-14.

Overall sweet. On the front there’s bready caramel with some yeast, grape must, dark fruits, and red wine acidity. Hints of banana, oak barrel, and booze on the tail end.

Cloying sweetness… it’s a tad bit much that I’m hoping wouldn’t overtake the sexy barrel notes, but its there. Malty caramel, roasty raisins with red wine influence, vanilla, and tannins. A bit of pine and floral hop character in the tail end of the bitter finish. Not much of a boozy presence that I would’ve guessed would be there due to the hints of it in the aroma.

Low to medium body with a low carbo, yet with a bit of small bubble spriteness.

Been waiting about 4 years now to try this bad boy. Overall, a nice barleywine but rather looking forward to an well-aged version to round out the hop bitter edges. Guessing this will shine like fine port at around its peak.

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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.