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 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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Photo of kinmundy77
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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Photo of chillin
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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Photo of glass_house
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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Photo of oberon
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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Photo of amano_h
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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Photo of Noles9585
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
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

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersasap
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MykeJ
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reinmogard
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of DruC4
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevBot89
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -5.2%
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 +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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