Mirror Mirror | Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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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

Photo of SHODriver
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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Photo of GarbageMan10
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

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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Photo of Biggiekrock627
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

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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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4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopsputin
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. drank 12/31/17

a: super murky dark ruby red and light brown mixture of color. a little purple in there as well. head poured 1/2 finger tan, but disappeared very quickly, but bubbles continue to stream up from the bottom

s: leather, oak, tobacco, fig, plum, molasses, oak, sweet berries, caramel and toffee. there is a slightly roasted malt quality in the back as well. extremely complex aroma that is all sweet and malt

t: leather, and huge notes of figs and plums up front. behind that is that leather and tobacco that i picked up in the aroma. caramel, vanilla, and big sweet berries are also present in here as well. the finish is caramel, sweet berries, and oak. awesomely complex flavor

m: heavy, syrupy sticky mouthfeel. very low carbonation level. this is a definite sipper due to the body and the sweetness

o: almost 4 years on this, and this is a fantastic beer. it is deep, rich, and complex. excellent to crack open on a special occasion, or share. sip and enjoy

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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this for almost 4 years, and Christmas Day seems like a good time to let it finally emerge from the confines of the cellar.

The waxed cap is middle of the road on the annoyance scale. It eventually relents easier than some, but puts up enough of a fight to earn a lump of coal. Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with amber highlights and two fingers of creamy khaki head that retains a solid collar.

Aroma is sweet caramel, toffee, and ripe dark fruits. So is the flavor--raisin, fig, plum, dark bread, vanilla, toffee and caramel all meld nicely. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste, but not overtly so. Body is medium and creamy. Just a hint of oaky earthy hops and a touch of warming alcohol on the finish.

Great example of what an English barleywine should be. Nothing really stands out, but a solid sweet sipper. Would definitely drink more of this.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.Pours a murky deep russet brown with a thinner but well sustained light beige head atop.Caramel and nuts stand out most upfront in the nose,lingering pine resin comes thru as well.Caramel covered nuts with a big spicy/resiny element on the palate,yeah big malts but big hops as well.I haven't had a beer where both malt and hop come together as much as this beer does so much good stuff goin on here.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chrismattlin
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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