Mirror Mirror | Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror
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
Ratings:
1,778
Reviews:
544
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
Wants:
475
Gots:
738
For Trade:
101
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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Botulizard
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of dennisdrinks
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalsnota
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikerieder
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Reserve. Nice brown color; plenty of lacing and slow crawl down the glass after sip. Big caramel nose with a little of the wine barrel as well. Taste follows with the wine barrel aging providing a unique and welcome partner to the rich caramel. Slight hint of berries. Small bitter kick at the end. Warming but not overly boozy. Nice carbonation and a bit of a syrupy feel. Overall, I am a bit of a newcomer to barley wines (if you don't include Old Nick's from the early 90s), but a rich delicious brew like this makes me want to explore some more.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Hoppy_Man
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BierRunner
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful caramel color and a fabulous nose. Malt,raison and an intriguing funkiness. Nice off white head on the pour. Very viscous for a barley wine with a huge complex taste that lingers for a long time. With 11 percent ABV I'm losing feeling in the tips of my fingers, but in a good way ;). Outstanding example of a barley wine with lots of character to explore as it warms.

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Photo of Spikester
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three fingers of tan head that stays about ten minutes. Rings of lace.
Smell is malts and a bit of funky hops.
Taste is big malts with just enough hops to be present.
Mouthfeel if full with good carbonation. Finish is mildly dry and sweet.
Overall a fine beer. Version 2009.

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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Barely any white head, hazy orange red body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Caramel, golden raisen, apricot, cherries, some red wine, some honey.

Feel : Low carbonation, full body. Slight alcohol bite.

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Photo of EdFed
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Mirror Mirror at Boyne Country Provisions. I've been meaning to try this one for awhile, but now that I've finally found it it's time to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and classy look to it, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a murky brown color that took on more of a caramel brown color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy and bubbly light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking barleywine, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a big caramel aroma being the first to show up along with a some lighter butterscotch aromas that are followed by the malts which impart a toasted malt, big caramel malt, light brown bread.sweet malt and grainy aromas that go into the dark fruits which impart a nice mixed darkfruit aromas. Towards the end comes a little bit of an alcohol aroma a little more caramel sweetness towards the end. This is a good tasting beer, it's what I would expect from a nice Barleywine.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the fruits being the first to show up this time and they impart the same dark fruit aspects, but this time they are brighter and a little juicier with more of an apple juice aspect this time. Up next comes the same caramel aspects that I got in the aroma, it's a little lighter and less intense in the aroma, but it imparts those same creamy caramel aspects with a little bit of more a butterscotch aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts and a little bit of that graininess sticking out the most and it goes into the alcohol which is noticeable and not too warming and on the lighter side. On the finish there's a lower amount of medium bitterness with a little more sweetness with a darkfruit, caramel and malty aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the taste was a little more like it was in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, well hidden alcohol, crisp, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer, but it's a little more crisper than I was expecting.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I was looking for with enough aspects to make it a little unique for the style. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one glass is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, those are the highlights of this beer to me. What I like the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, it didn't need to be so crisp. I would buy this beer again and I would like to try it fresh. I can't say it's a must try, but if your a big fan of style than it's worth checking out. All in all i liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think it's just a little rough around the edges for the style. It's not my favorite Deshutes beer and it's a sold example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Barleywine that's a little unique.

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