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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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1,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 442
Gots: 638 | FT: 96
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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2009 vintage. Poured from 22 oz bottle into a glass.

A- pours dark copper with a half finger off-white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- caramel, light dark fruits

T- sweet caramel, toffee, oak, faint bourbon

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth and slightly syrupy.

O- milder BA Barleywine. Has nice sweet malts and dark fruit notes.

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Poured from a bottle, the 2009 release (in January 2013), into a large Duvel tulip glass.

A: Redish with a tan head. Looks like it's been sitting in there for a while.

S: Citrus and oak in the nose, lacking the vanilla I was looking for, but still good.

T: There's the vanilla. Though not a ton of it. This isn't Bourbon Angel's Share or Sucaba. Also has some oak, grape and dark fruit. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and smooth (how carbonated can a beer that old be?).

O: If you're lucky enough to find it in the store, buy it. I doubt it's out there any more. Though I've heard they're going to release it again. I don't know if the guy who shared this with me is on BeerAdvocate, but Larry, if you're reading this, thank you sooo much. This is a great beer.

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A - One finger off-white head / Brownish-amber color

A - Toffee, oak, dark fruit, though somewhat subtle.

T - Creamy, sugar-laced toffee with oak notes and a boozy/warming alcohol presence. Also, sweet raisins and fresh figs are coupled in there. Mild bitterness as well, but mostly sweetness coming through on this.

M - Sticky with a medium-thick body / Low carbonation

O - Pretty sweet on the palate, but a solid, flavorful, and creamy barleywine that I would gladly visit again.

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Big thanks trxxpaxx for bringing this bottle, rolled the dice on it being an infect and it turned out a tasty relief during our infected beer tasting.
2009 bottle, which I'm assuming was properly cellared.

The beer pours a clear light brown with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet with a touch of alcohol. There are no potent aromas of vanilla or oak as I'd hoped. The taste is also quite sweet with, but it's definitely drinkable. I'm glad this beer doesn't drink like the 11% monster it is on paper. The beer is medium bodied with great carbonation for the style and age. Not my favorite barleywine, but a good beer nonetheless. I'd prefer for more unadulterated oak to present itself in the nose and taste.

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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
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