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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,416 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 439
Gots: 592 | FT: 93
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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Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Alec for swapping beer with me and setting me up with this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly hazy copper color with about an inch of beige head.

Butterscotch in the aroma giving it a nice sweet edge with a big raisin aroma. Dark fruits with a sweet edge, really enjoyable. Brown sugar and toffee on the pallet with some dark fruity characters. A bit hoppy on the finish giving it a bitter pine edge.

The body is smooth with soft carbonation. A little bit on the sticky side. Overall, this one is drinking like a champ. A little hoppier than I had imagined it to be, but this is a real treat.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of josssmith
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ibbjamin
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.