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Mirror Mirror - Deschutes Brewery

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93
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1,255 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 438
Gots: 520 | FT: 86
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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Photo of kzoobrew
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 Reserve. Thanks for the bottle Chris

Poured into Old Guardian glass. The body glows when held to the light, appropriate for a beer whose color mimics a sun set. Bright orange and red colors meld together in this slightly hazed body. Two finger white sand head is very soft. The head recedes at a moderate pace leaving little lacing behind. A slight ring is left behind though is accompanied by very little lacing.

The beauty of the aroma lies in its simplicity. The malt is rather sweet but stops well short of cloying. The oak, prominent through out, becomes more intense with warmth. Dried pineapple provides a rather interesting layer, blends well with the caramelly malts without pushing the level of sweetness too far. The hops are lightly floral with a soft grassy aroma. They stand out just enough to provide balance while being appropriately placed towards the rear.

The flavors mimics the experience of the nose. Sweet caramel flavor on the tip of the tongue transitions to a ever so slightly astringent oak flavor. Midpalate the sweet flavor reemerges from beneath the oak, this is where the dried pineapple flavor shines. The aftertaste combine these three elements and linger a bit on the tongue.

Medium bodied with low but appropriate carbonation. The texture has a slightly syrupy quality without becoming too thick. The flavors to remain on the tongue though the finish is a bit drier than you may expect.

Fantastic beer. I may have received this bottle in its prime. Though Mirror Mirror is higher in alcohol, the bite has largely faded. The strength is in the simplicity. Each individual flavor is allowed to shine rather than compete for dominance. A pleasure to drink, a remarkable beer.

kzoobrew, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a light brown (almost orange) with lots of Ruby tints. Low clarity through the glass but you can see lots of bubbles from the carbonation. There is a frothy inch of head that sits on top of the beer after my pour. The head disappears quickly but leaves a sticky, soapy head.

S: Sweet smelling beer, lots of sweet carmel malt with a hint of bitter hop. The bitterness is from the fading hops.

T: A touch of oak, very sweet malt, and carmel syrup. The beer is sweet at first but then finished with an alcohol heat and a little bitterness from the hops fading away.

M: Plenty of tingling sensations from the carbonation and the alcohol heat. The finish is nice and slick.

D: How much could I drink this beer in one night? Well one bottle was enough to sip over a couple of hours. Would I drink this beer again? Certainly. I enjoyed the flavors but wished I had let is sit longer and mature/mellow some more.

SiepJones, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage, cracked open 7 months or so past the best after date of 4/20/10. Poured into an oversized snifter, the frothy finger of cream-colored head sticks around for quite a while (fairly impressive at this ABV) and leaves scattered sticky lace. Deep amber body with ruby highlights.

Hops have mostly faded at this point, and it seems to be developing quite nicely. The nose is full of toffee and carmelized sugar, with a host of fruity aromas beginning to emerge. Muddled cider and apple pie come to mind. Oak lingers in the background, but isn't overpowering.

A very sweet tasting brew (which actually seems to mask the considerable ABV), but beginning to develop some nice complexities. The body has a certain butterscotch smoothness. Baked cherries, whipped cream, baked apples and pear tart come to mind at times, peeking through a wave of caramel. No harshness at all to the oak; it's very much a complementary player here.

Overall impression: Quite good now, with potential to be great. Excellent subtle use of barrel aging. Could be quite surprising in another year or so.

PDXHops, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of adrock7309
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle I have been cellaring for about a year into a snifter in two parts.

Tons of white foamy head which took forever to fade. Left some nice lacing that never went away.

Smell was huge vanilla, aged hops, some oak, some caramel, and some tin.

Flavors were big on the toffee/caramel malts with some slight hops presence. Carb was great but light.

Mouthfeel was nice and medium to full. As it warmed the intensity of the flavors really increased.

Too bad it was my only bottle.

adrock7309, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great day - started a new job, listened to old school Pitch Shifter at full blast with the windows open in a small town - love the looks you get blasting Death Metal in small towns!!! Then THIS brew...holy cow Batman!!!

Pours a beautiful hazy, cloudy, rusty amber. Lots of carbonation, and it's perfect. Three fingers of creamy smooth, meringue-like head form and persist as a princely crown. Sheets of delectable lacing. Beautiful beer. Aromas are like a butterscotch forest, if that kind of thing existed. Floral, sweet and sticky. I get a pineapple upside-down cake thing too, maybe glazed doughnut also. Krispy Kreme to be exact. This looks and smells perfect. Now to taste....OMFG, delicious!!! It's like falling into a marshmallow pool (smooth and creamy) and being enveloped by Manuela Arcuri (full bodied and ineffable), and then drinking a cup of butterscotch with her while you're both naked. This beer is incredibly complex and tasty. It's painfully alcoholic at 11% ABV and equally painfully as pricey at $10.49/bomber. Other than that, I'd call this a perfect Winter beer. It's neither cloying nor thin. The flavors mix perfectly and it all is rounded out in the end by a wonderful hop bitterness. This is one of the best domesticly brewed beers I've ever had.

What I like most: The awesome, complex flavor profile.

What I like least: the price and that's all.

Verdict: Awesome and worth every penny of your paycheck. Must find.

SolomonGrundy, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage pours a hazed reddish hue with a bubbly tan foam. Ok retention and very good lacing.

Malted milk balls on the nose shows a surprising amount of oxidation. Mild hoppiness, but the caramel and sweetness are most notable.

Syrupy, honey malts provide lots of sweetness and the hops are holding on pretty well in the taste. Still a big beer as it finishes with a light alcohol burn. Hop flavors remind me a bit of Mirror Pond. About as sweet as you can get without being cloying. Very drinkable for a barleywine with a full mouthfeel...quite tasty.

twiggamortis420, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. 2009 Reserve.

Very slight haze in a ruddy, bronze body. Small finger of dirty light khaki head that doesn't last too long. Minor lacing. Lots of pine and herbal bitterness on the nose. Plenty of toffee and rummy fruits as well. I can also pick up some oaky tannins, and perhaps a whiff of vanilla.

Mild herbal hops and toasted malts up front. Big pudding, toffee, and sugary malt notes follow and swell. Notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar weave in and out. Herbal, slightly piny, tannic hop bitterness fills in and balances some of the malty, warming goodness. Finish is a nice mix of this moderate bitterness and lingering toffee, fruit, and oak. Full-bodied, with a mostly creamy feel. A very nice tasting barleywine, with a nice blend of flavors. The oak adds a nice, but not overpowering dimension too.

alexgash, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

Bottle. Pours a clear reddish with a pretty large head. Aroma is sweet raisins and a really pronounced burned cashew thing that is really off-putting. Bad. Sweet and pretty creamy in the mouth, some nice dark fruit presence shines. But a heavy bittering element really clashes here. Not sure whether this is supposed to be a hoppy expression or not. Too sweet, not balanced, and the burned nut thing going on is just bad in my opinion. On a positive note it's not all that hot for an 11% beer.

JAXSON, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip glass. Half finger of head over a slightly hazy dark orange beer. Light lacing but visible carbonation in the glass.

Caramel toffee and citrus dominate the nose. Light hoppiness but the other aromas make it smell delicious.

Follows the nose in initial sweetness but the hops make for a nice bitterness at the back of the tongue. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

Smooth light bubble carbonation combined with medium body for a good mouthfeel.

Decently drinkable and delicious.

nataku00, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. I should point out that this may very well be my wife's favorite beer and I am always ISO.

Pours a nice red-brown color with a light tan head and a bit of lacing. Moderate retention in my snifter. The nose is quite complex, bringing in a good dose of citrus and pine hops along with some really nice malt--good notes of caramel, sweet bread, cherries, dark fruits, and a bit of brown sugar. The taste isn't quite as out there and this relatively fresh (about four months old when consumed) bottle had a bit of booze. Good body with some booze and a nice sweetness, this was really nice fresh and I'm looking forward to seeing what some age does to it.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/25/10

2009 vintage - best after 4/20/10. Really though, what isn't best after 420? Too-easy-drug-refernce self-five!

Much appreciation to Nickd717 for the bottle

Copper & crimson in color with light brown highlights. Dense but far from murky. One finger head dissipates to a skim & some bubbles. Swirling revives a collar of foam. One strand of lace on half the glass & sporadic splotches elsewhere.

Subtle complexity describes the nose; surprising, I suppose, for an 11% abv barleywine. Nips of hops meander about. Undertones of toasted caramel, brown sugar & figs. Occasionally I get a hint of spiciness - almost like cinnamon. Some wood aromatics, too. Wisps on cherries. Actually, my first impression was a resemblance to a cherry-vanilla fountain coke. A spot of booze, as well.

At this age, I hear the hops have started to taper off. It certainly tastes like that may be the case, though there is still a modest hop kick upfront. The early middle expresses not-too-sweet caramel & other toasted sugars. The later middle offers a spicy note that seems bourbon-like & alcohol heat. The finish continues the heat & adds an oak note & a hint of vanilla. Kind of starts tasting like a whiskey & coke as it gets warm.

For the style Mirror Mirror is medium in body. Carbonation is lower than moderate, so it's a slow-moving beer. Alcohol adds an overall slickness, while there is a granular undercurrent. Residual sugars & spiciness creep back after the finish.

This seems like an almost bizarre take on the style. It isn't superb but I don't dislike it. Rather, I imagine it would be an ideal barleywine to age for various intervals. Presently, it seems to be in an awkward phase. I would like to revisit this at some point.

Ryan011235, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the 2009 vintage, it says best after 4/20/10 on the label. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. it poured a deep caramel brown color with a very thin and bubbly head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a malty, caramel flavor typical of the style. It also has a nice smooth barrel character to it with some milder vanilla and oak coming through. Just a touch of roasted malts and some fruity, apple like flavors come through as well.

The taste also shows some very moderate barrel flavors with oak being the primary flavor coming from that. It also has the caramel and malty flavors with a bit of roasted malt coming through towards the finish as well. It finishes with some crisp apple like flavors and a hint of chocolate. A moderate bitterness helps it from becoming too sweet in the finish. A bit of alcohol heat is present, but not too bad. Very nice and complex flavor to it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, it had some great flavors and was very complex. The barrel aging added a great complexity to it without overpowering it. Excellent beer overall and very drinkable for the abv% and style.

billab914, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of oregone
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have a hard time not giving a glowing review to a beer from Deschutes reserve lineup. They all beg to be tried. This one just didn't do it for me.
Attractive.
Sweet smelling.
Sweet tasting.
Sticky.
Not much else.
Could I drink a couple of these? Sure. I have. But the point is that I'd rather order something else next time as it becomes a bit monotonous and overbearing. With this potency of flavor I'd expect more than just punchy caramel and malt, but it lacks complexity and distinctive character. Some time would surely help. For now: Not great. Not my favorite. Not better in bottle.

oregone, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this highly sought after gem thanks to Solomon420, BrewsB4Shrews, and 916tmcmanus916 in a few different trades. I'll keep aging the others.

Creamy light head fades quickly over hazy rosey dark reddish orange color.

Nose of sweet malts, dark reddish malts, little roast and smoke, light oak and some bourbon. Touch of booze and some nice biscuit malt.

Taste of lots of malts red malts and a little roast touch of chocolate. Pretty sweet, with hints of warming booze but very smooth light creamy malts. A slight roasty bitter taste as well as light earthy spicy hops. Slightly tangy. Rich and slightly syrupy little maple and caramel. Some light oak and vanilla and some bourbon. Finishes slightly sweet with lingering creamy malts, bourbon, and nice heavy malts. This is the smoothest Barleywine I think I have ever had.

Body is heavier with decent carbonation for the style, fairly thick and almost creamy.

Drinkability is really nice for what it is. Drinks much lower than 11% and smooth finish with just a touch of lingering sweetness and no sticky feel. Hops are manageable too.

jlindros, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle of the 2009 edition, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Mirror Mirror pours somewhere between a deep marron and a rich amber, depending on how well it's lit. Three fingers of creamy beige head rise up, but it doesn't last long. There's a spot of lacing, but not really all that much. Nose is a blast of caramel, with some resiny hop notes thrown in there as well. The nose was good, but Mirror Mirror tastes even better. Like the nose promised, lots of caramel, but the malty flavors coming through are quite complex. I also find a bit of biscuit and even some fruits (apricots and figs) that I wasn't expecting. A noticeable, but somewhat tame wave of hop bitterness flows through next, and the same resinous hoppy note from the nose comes back to close out each sip. The body is rich, and slick enough that if it weren't for the moderate carbonation it would be a bit too syrupy. Overall though, it works (though not spectacularly). 11% ABV and no alcohol? Well done Deschutes. That, the subdued hop bite thanks to a year of aging, and a great malty flavor make this extremely drinkable. I have a hard time remembering any barleywine, English or American, that was disappearing from my glass so quickly.

axeman9182, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of ZX6Chris
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage.

A-Hazy orangeish brown colored liquid. Small yellow head that fades quickly. Nice little bit of lacing.

S-Iron,sweet fruits, oak.

T-Caramel, brown sugar, just a touch of the bourbon barrels comes out.

M-Very full bodied but well carbonated enough to balance out.

D-For the ABV it's pretty amazing. I kept sipping on til it was gone.

ZX6Chris, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 vintage - best AFTER April 20th, 2010. Poured from a waxed 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Clear alizarin crimson body that glows a brilliant shade of ruby. Light beige soapy collar persists, the surface slick is thin but clings doggedly throughout the session. Mottled sticky yet thin lacing seems glued to the sides by the viscous legs.

Bright fruit aromatics dance over a wave of cookie dough, sweet malt, and a touch of clove. Light citrus-esque spirits and faint armagnac on the back end. Earthy hops make an appearance as well.

Immense dark fruit notes, avacado honey, figs, barley syrup, and black bread on the palate. Zesty hops suggest evergreen, mint, light spice, and faint citrus while providing a moderate bitterness to offset the dark sweet malts. The finish is full of complex chocolatey elements, a hint of pepper, and even some subtle dragon-fruit notes. Absolutely delicious.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a touch chewy, and very slightly oily mouthfeel. The ABV contributes body and flavor, without adding excessive heat.

I can see how aging this in pinot noir barrels would enhance the beer, though it is quite satisfying on its own and will likely to continue to develop with age. Stock up.

augustgarage, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of davod23
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Vintage. Best after 4/20/10. Poured from the bottle into my Stone IRS tulip.

Very nice, brilliant, burnt orange color. Perfect clarity. A yellowish head billows up a bit, but recedes to a thin cap for about half the beer's life before it whittles down to nothing. Pretty beer.

Smell is good. Sweet hand fruits (apricots, apples), dark dried fruit, and a whit of bourbon and oak. Brown sugar.

Taste follows the nose for the most part. The bourbon barrel is very understated - I would like to see this base beer completely aged in the barrels. Sweet brown sugar notes are more pronounced here, backed with the fruit. Caramel. Exceedingly well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is very good. Smooth and full-bodied without being thick, perfect carbonation, fairly dry on the finish.

Drinkability is really amazing. I couldn't believe how quickly this one went down.

Very nice beer from Deschutes. Highly recommended.

davod23, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Reserve. Poured from a 22 oz. wax dipped bomber into a clear pint glass. Best after 04/10/2010. Definitely worth the wait, since the first I had was before the best after date. Shared with my son.

A-Pours a very pleasing burnt-orange amber with a one + finger, creamy tan head that recedes into a modest lace. Looks scrumptious.

S-Malty, with dried fruits, especially figs, apricots, and raisins. Pleasantly sweet with a brandy aroma. Nice.

T-Very pleasantly sweet yet balanced. At 11%, ABV the alcohol is warming, although masked extremely well. Sufficiently hoppy up front but followed by barley malt sweetness that is reminiscent of caramelized brown sugar, dark dried fruits (like the aroma) and whiskey. Like this a lot.

M-Full bodied, but quite smooth like satin sheets with a high thread count. Very well crafted.

D-Extremely drinkable for an 11% ABV that is barely evident, but welcome in the taste. This is the third of Deschutes' Reserve Series beers I have had, after The Abyss and Black Butte XXI. I just wish they were more affordable compared to Stone's comparable offerings, and compared to how their year round beers are so affordable, at least in Salem, Oregon.

velosuds, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy, coppery brown, thick and cloudy, a wisp of yellow head, a little bit of lacing.

S: sour yeast funk, iron, nuts (walnut and pecan maybe), green apples, raspberries, lots to take in.

T: a continuation of the smell and a perfect balance of sweet and sour notes: sour funky yeast, walnuts and pecans, rye bread, burnt sugar, molasses and then black coffee on the finish that lingers in the aftertaste, pairing nicely with the warming alcohol.

M: thicker'n syrup but well carbonated, subtle but assertive alcohol commensurate with the ABV.

D: a fantastic Barleywine in my opinion, far and away the best one I've ever had (though that might be because it doesn't much taste like a traditional Barleywine). I really liked the Belgian sour yeast thing it had going on. A subtle complexity that I really appreciate as well as an outstanding balance--a characteristic of all the Deschutes beers I've tried so far. I would (and will) happily drink this again.

nickhiller, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Reserve with best after date of 4/20/10. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a slightly hazy reddish amber color. Loads of carb streams. It had a barely there fizzy head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No sheeting or lacing. High ABV so not totally unexpected.

The aroma was dark fruits, caramel, oak, vanilla, alcohol and some spice. Good for a high ABV barleywine. Reminiscent of a Strong Dark Ale aroma. The taste follows the aroma with the sweet from the malt and fruit out front with the oaky vanilla in the finish. A little too sweet. Can taste the alcohol but isn't too bad. Much younger though and it might have been a problem. Mouthfeel is medium with a touch of water. Good carbonation. Warming from the alcohol.

Overall, a really good fruity barleywine. I prefer the hoppy ones myself but if I was going for fruity then this would be near the top of the short list. Another great offering from Deschutes. Highly recommend. Not avail here in TX so got from Roberts. Rotation - I prefer the hoppy ones so probably wouldn't seek out another bottle but would try again on tap or if a friend had one to share. [N;O]

TexIndy, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited to pull this one out of a box sent to me by boatshoes. Thanks Fletcher!

2009 reserve. Best after 4/20/2010

A- Beautiful color. Nice rich caramel with ruby hints. Half way between hazy and clear. The shadows are a deep ruby. Nice light khaki head that will fade down.

S- Oaky, some alcohol and caramel. Brandy, cherry, grape, and a tartness that I cant put my finger on.

T- Oak, alcohol, caramel and lots of wine like characteristics. Brandy, oak, grapes and a little bit of acidity on the end. The beer is very nice and smooth with oak, creamy caramel malts and toffee until the finish which is vinous and slightly acidic. It turns so abruptly I wonder if it is supposed to be that way. It congers up thoughts of the Abyss 09 infections... Its still enjoyable though so I cant say my bottle has turned.

M- Soft carbonation, creamy body. Bitterness is low, alcohol is warm but very manageable.

MbpBugeye, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, thanks lou91

2009 reserve - 35% aged in oak barrels

lazy college football Saturday

appearance: black waxed bottle - served in ale asylum chalice, glowing rich amber-orange body, nice offwhite head with light retention

smell: remarkably complex - cherry, brandy, oak, some tartness detected

taste: This is a really nice barleywine, and quite honestly a nice break from the super bitter/sticky barleywines that dominate the style. Mirror mirror gets a great deal of flavor depth from the oak aging - some light tartness, woody notes. The alcohol plays a major role but is pleasant - whiskey and brandy are most noticeable. Pine hops, molasses and caramel are all assertive

mouthfeel: pretty smooth finish, less bitter/sticky than the style but still well within barleywine range

drinkability: relatively nice

dirtylou, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of zimmerbloke
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Blind Bomber BIF (Thanks to Hophead101!):

A: Hardly transluscent ruby-amber pour. Has a fine, slow-fading, golden brown head. Beer is apparently thick and has slower, viscous legs when swirrled in the glass. Looks inviting, though nothing is really out of the ordinary here.

S: First and foremost, oaky. Sweet biscuity malts dominate, slight caramel nose. Muted bitterness.

T: Booze!, at first. Sweet malts with some dark fruit and esters. Oak sweetness melded well with candy/caramel. Very little hop flavor, but the bitterness is present; well balanced overall... the alcohol flavor is really well integrated into the taste of the beer as a whole.

M: Quite smooth. Carbonation is spot on and the beer is thick enough to hold up to the flavor.

D: I feel like the alcohol could be a bit of a kick in the pants here, but it was really easy to split a bomber.

Quite an enjoyable barleywine. I don't know whether it was the year of age or how the beer was brewed, but the hops (both taste and aroma) were very muted for an American Barleywine. I've been hoping to try Mirror Mirror for a while now and even after tasting it blind, it didn't disappoint. Very solid.

zimmerbloke, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Reserve poured into snifter. I've been looking forward to trying this one. Its been a battle not to open it before now, but tonight I figured it was time, and am treating myself to my first Mirror Mirror.

A-Pours a dark copper with a moderate off white head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lace.

S-Lots going on here. Figs, molasses, brown sugar, a hint of oakiness, bready malt, caramel and a bit of vanilla. Smells great.

T-A lot going on here too...Dark fruit-figs and a slight cherry flavor, raisins. Piney hops fight to make their presence known, and they do, but in a subdued fashion yet still providing a bit of balance. The rich bready malts take center stage. The caramel, brown sugar and molasses from the nose are coming through as well. This is very complex and a joy to drink. This is coming in at 11% abv, but is not hot at all. Not a hint of booziness here.

M-Smooth, creamy and velvety. Just on the cusp of being full bodied, but not quite. Perfect carbonation level for this beer, IMO. Coats the palate well, a bit slick.

D-For such a big beer, it is amazingly easy to drink. Goes down very easy.

This is an outstanding Barleywine. I just wish it was easier for me to get my hands on it down here in Florida.

Great job by Deschutes!

Lerxst, Sep 09, 2010
Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.