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Mirror Mirror | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English 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:
#855
Reviews:
550
Ratings:
1,797
pDev:
9.43%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
Wants:
477
Gots:
726
Trade:
95
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage, aged three years prior to consumption.

I don't think this is correctly classified as an English Barleywine.

BeerAdvocate and the 2015 BJCP guidelines suggest that American Barleywines, like many other "American" styles of beer, are continental recreations of the historically English styles, often times brewed with American (high-alpha acid) hops that elicit a high-bitter, drying sensation. Mirror Mirror, according to the description provided by Deschutes, is a barleywine-ification of their excellent Single Hop Cascade Pale Ale Mirror Pond, with the addition of super alpha hops Millenium in kettle.

Whether a beer is American or English at its taxonomical core, however, seems ultimiately trivial and irrelevant when it ages beautifully beyond all expectations.

A sturdy combination of malt-inspired aromas in the form of toffee, nuts, caramel, apple skins, and jammy dark fruits form the base layer of the olfactory pyramid. Atop the solid foundation of the sweeter, English, spectrum of beer aromas lay a more complex and unexpected melange of barrel and hop nuances: tannins, oak, apricots and faint resins surpringly leap out toward the back reasserting American hop-driven dominance.

The flavors match the aroma in the best possible way. Toasted wood chips, toffee-dipped apples, vanilla, and jammy figs compose the main palatal impression of the brew, but there's a substantial amount of highlighting accents in the form of oak, and a good chunk of dry, bitter, resinous hops.

Medium body with a low simmering carbonation expected from the style. There's a brief syrupy kind of sensation that's incongruous with the general mouthfeel that features intermittently in between sips, but I wouldn't characterize this beer as being sticky. A creamier texture would probably nudge this brew closer to five stars.

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Photo of Noles9585
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersasap
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MykeJ
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reinmogard
4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Scepter
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DruC4
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

**
07/22/27
Bottle to snifter. Bottling date = 04/24/14 so this guy is roughly 3.5 years old. Not sure how a fresher sample would fare as this seems to be an "ager". My other bottle of the same date will wait at least another 2 years.

LOOK: Dark brown; sturdy beige head that lasts throughout. Excellent retention.

AROMA: Raisin. Brown Bread. Brown Sugar.
TASTE: Raisin, Fig. Brandy. Tasty, but some minor earthy bitter notes that don't seem to fit..
FEEL: Very thick, with amazing carbonation for the age.

While not perfect, a very good Barley wine.

**

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Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevBot89
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle, acquired in a trade 2 years ago, been sitting in my fridge since then. 22oz bomber into a Deschutes tulip.

Muddy brown body, two finger white head that reduces moderately to leave spotty lacing and a small layer of retention.

Aromas of vanilla and smoked malt, caramel and toffee, sweet dark fruits, lightly vinous.

On the tongue is sweet malt, caramel, cocoa and leather upfront, followed by char and coffee, finishing sweet and sticky, butterscotch and vanilla. Medium body with low carbonation.

A real treat, this beer has aged nicely. Not a super syrupy thick barleywine, but nice complex flavors.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, wine grapes, malt, caramel, and fruit.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt, a bit of hops (mostly in the finish), a vinous quality (not as much as expected), some caramel, and a bit of apricots as well. An interesting flavor for a barleywine, one that's much fruitier than what you usually get. Not quite as powerful as you might expect, but still a good flavor.

F: A low amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made American version of an English barleywine. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Birdlegs
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a decent looking dark amber to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds. A nice thin lacing sticks finely to the glass. The smell starts off with a nice caramel malt to it and eventually allows a nice blended tobacco (English Barleywine, maybe?) to cocoa to vanilla to light citrus all combining themselves fairly nicely. The taste was sticky sweet through all of the previously mentioned flavors smacking themselves together in a sticky sort of mess, but a mess in a good way. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium with a fairly good sipping quality about it. I almost wanted to straight up just drink this, but honestly for the most part, this one is a sipper. Though the carbonation comes across fairly subdued, there’s a good deal of nice creamy smoothness all over. Overall, this was a really nice Barleywine probably closer to the English style. I would definitely love to have this again and can’t wait to open up my other bottle.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirror Mirror pours a brownish color with a small lacing head. Nice sharp malt notes. Taste is smooth, with a sharp malt note, and subtle hints of earth. Nice body and good feel. Overall, a very decent drinkable barkleywine.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Botulizard
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got a bottle of 2014 reserve as a reward/gift from work. Finally got around to cracking it a couple months later.

Smells of grapes and stone fruit, most notably apricot. Tastes very sweet, and largely of the same fruits on the nose. Has a sort of deep brown/reddish color and a tan head like you'd see in a glass of cola.

It's overall excellent, and I'd drink it again if I were to ever come across it.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalsnota
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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