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:
1,779
Reviews:
544
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
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474
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738
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101
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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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Photo of Corson
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chewy6935
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2010 edition.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAp
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reinforced my love of this brewery. Tremendous consistency in their every-day sixers, and world-class nuance in their big beer one-offs. Impressively balanced and immensely complex. Touches of the full breadth of the style. Figs and dates without being too much of a coffee bomb. A range of fruit (predominantly dark), though much more reserved than many of the big malty barleywines out there. Will absolutely be looking to pick up one of these come the next release.

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

Photo of Buck89
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A hazy, rusty brown color with a two-finger light tan head. Aromas of cherry, raisins, figs, and caramel. A rich taste profile with candied yams, cherries, dates, figs, and apricots. NIce malty and clean but full-bodied bitter finish. A subtle but noticeable red wine finish as well.

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Photo of FBarber
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage.

Pours an opaque reddish brown color. Lots of tan flecks noted in the beer. Thin tan head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell has strong grape aromas, grape juice, raisins, hint of overly ripe cherries, touch of malt in the back. Not much barrel character in the nose. Smells pretty sweet ...

Taste has notes of grapes, raisins, strong malt backbone. Still some hoppy bitterness on the finish. Pretty sweet. Touch of oak noted in the beer, but the wine barrel comes out more in the strong grape flavors. Lingering bitterness on the tongue gives way to a nice mellow raisin flavor.

Feel is pretty carbonated. Provides a tingle initially and down the throat. Feel is nice for the style. Some tannins are noted particularly on the finish which is very dry.

Overall a very good barley wine from Deschutes. Bit sweeter than I'd like and there just isn't much wine barrel character in this, but I guess thats to be expected with the 50% aged notation. Still its a tasty beer and well crafted.

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Photo of novamat
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tswater
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prost76
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ricke49
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always appreciate a quality English Barleywine (which this is). First flavor is raisins. Mmmmn good. A bit more complex (hop presence) than my favorites of this style - see update for comment on diminished hop presence after additional cellaring. 22oz 2014 vintage, still available at some stores in Bend Oregon. Hop influence takes the English BW character in slightly different direction, which results in a surprisingly well balanced creation. I'll alway buy this one when available...it comparable to my all time favorite - Arctic Devil from Midnight Sun. Update: now that it's Fall 2016 I've gotta say this has aged beautifully. So smooth...not even remotely HOT....and less hop presence than when it was consumed 'younger'. I Happened to stop by the Deschutes tasting room 2 days ago (Oct. 2016) and noticed this 2014 vintage was still available there at a very reasonable price. Next trip to Bend = buy some more !!!!!

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Photo of CarolinaBorn80
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,779 ratings.
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