Mirror Mirror | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
30 IBU

Bottled/kegged vintages:
2005 - Released February 2006
2009 - Released April 2009
2014 - Released April 2014

Added by waltonc on 04-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,470
Reviews:
560
Ratings:
1,826
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
722
Trade:
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Photo of dvmin98
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smi69
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sunnovgoat
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my teku, the beer was a burgundy color with a small tan head that was apparent only at the circumference of the glass.
Aroma of caramel/molasses, dark fruit, and wine.
Taste followed the nose. Toffee, dark fruit, red wine, and some oak.
Medium-bodied, somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
Nice beer!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Release. Bought at downtown Portland brewpub. Brown and cloudy, nice and thick, malty with some wine flavor, warms me up on the way down. A bit more carbonation than I was expecting but still fantastic.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dafla67
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Edition

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass to a dark brown with a slight reddish hue topped by a dense finger and a half of light tan head which retains well and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits and sticky caramel with a little red wine and some oak influence
T: Taste is dark fruits with a little spice, red wine, and some peppery notes, nice dry oak notes as well. Hints of vanilla with some caramel and more red wine. Swallow is more red wine and oak with some toffee and lingering dark fruits
M: This beer is big and sticky on the palate while still being a little silky. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really great beer that time has done well. This one tastes fantastic without any sort of off flavors from the age. I'm honestly surprised by how well this one is drinking. Definitely worth a try and really happy to have ten more of these.

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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with a one finger off white head. Nice amount of soapy
lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, toffee, plums and oak.

T - The taste is caramle, toffee, plums, raisins, oak and piney hops.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a top notch barleywine. The flavors are rich and inviting. The alcohol is hardly noticeable making this dangerously drinkable.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 drank in 2018

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a murky copper color with a khaki colored head.

Smell - The beer smelled like a barleywine with the grain bill coming to the front.

Taste - The initial impression was the distinct grain profile of a barleywine. Dry toffee and light brown sugar are noted. There was some sweetness, but not a ton. The barrel aging come through with a slight red grape note at the back. Despite the high abv, there was little warmth in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The cloudy grainy appearance carried through to the thick mouthfeel.

Overall - This is not an elite barleywine, but its very good.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky burgundy-brown with a finger of khaki head even after aging 4 years. Head retention is good. Aroma is malty biscuits, toast, oats, and caramel. Light notes of grapes and wine. Caramel and toffee as well. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, and molasses. It's sweet, but with hearty malt undertones. Malts hit notes of biscuits, caramel, and toast. Wine is apparent in the flavor profile, but not prominent. Mouth feel is a touchy fizzy, but otherwise creamy and refined. It has a medium-thick thickness. Overall, a hearty barleywine with pleasant wine notes, but overall just a good, malty barleywine.

Served in a Teku 3.0 from a 22oz bottle. 2014 vintage reviewed in 2018.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason_nwx
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this about two years past the Drink After date.

Pours an opaque, deep tan color with almost no head, a thin ring, and minimal lacing.

The smell is bright raisin, plums, molasses, and a hint of oak.

The taste is deep, sweet molasses, tons of dark fruit, and a very inquire, dark, deep red wine and aged oak on the finish. It's incredibly complex. There's even a hint of chocolate in it. There's no hint of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thick, smooth, medium carbonation and lingers forever.

Overall a very complex beer with flavors that change over the course of each swallow.

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Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 1,826 ratings