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 pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice burgundy amber color. Moderate head with a bit of frothy ret and spotty lace. Nice alcoholic malts, not too heavy. Plenty of controled dark fruits, not too potent. Some spicy yeast in the back. Not much barrel. Nice malt complexity with plenty of the fruits mixed in. Some hop presence but controlled like and English version. Body is medium full with subdued carbo. Pretty drinkable for 11% and will age nicely.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by PWoods.
Ruby brown in color. Little bit of froth on the pour.
Smell is huge malt flavor. A little bit of toffe and just a hint of sweetness.
Some faint hops in the flavor. Huge malt and toffee flavors. Pretty big in the mouthfeel. Not a whole lot of hops, which I appreciate and fairly full on the mouthfeel.
A true sipper that you have to let warmup. Good beer.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 09 vintage

Pours a nice big 2 finger beige head. Body is dark amber with orange highlights. Head retention and lacing are barely above average

Smell is a nice mix of sweet malt, pine hops and vanilla from the oak. Alcohol is also slightly there

First taste is of some pine hops, pretty herbal. Then sweet vanilla comes in followed by some caramel malt. The alcohol is present with a warming effect going down but its not too bad for a 11% beer. Hops are definitely the dominate flavor here

The carbonation level for this beer is pretty aggressive, especially for a barleywine. Body has a nice consistency but the head isnt really in the mix here.

Drink ability is above average. I really like the flavors the barrel aging imparts to this beer. On the other hand the carbonation took away from the beer, and the lack of head retention did too. This beer is good but I have had abunch of other barleywines that were better. That being said, I am looking forward to cellaring one for a year and seeing how it progresses.

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Photo of kaseydad
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snifter pour with a nice burgandy/red and slight cola appearance. Creamy pour with a major foamy head which quickly dissolves and clings to the corners of the glass....like many BW's.

Candy, brown sugar, peaches and a light pineapple aroma. Booziness is also there.

Spicy, tangy taste with some major sugar cane sweetness. A semi-bitter, tangy aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

While this is a kick-ass brew, more than one glass may make the consumer see two mirrors!!

This BW should definitely be drunk at a warmer temperature to allow the ingredients ample time to shock and amaze. Some cellaring may do this some good and luckily I have one left so we'll see what happens over time.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel an apology coming on...I mean really...should you be drinking this as green as it is? F*it..it is what it is.

Pours a lighter ice tea color with a stiff two finger light tan foamy head that fades fairly quickly, leaving partial sheets of Belgian lacing behind. It lacks the visual substance of my favorite BWs. The smell is unique and unexpected...a little on the timid side and...corn (maybe?). I'm confused, but anyway there is a suggestion of a sweet attempt at butterscotch, but it doesn't get there. Some what less typical to style. The mouth feel is tangy with 11% ABV, but the heat isn't the main thing here. While there is a little peppery "burn", it does come off with a smoothness...a couple of notches less than creamy. Full flavored, its all about being sweet with a peppery character. I get a malty 'white birthday cake' thing and slivers of caramel, but not the classic American Barleywine expression. A little disappointing to be honest. go for it bros. Quite 'drinkable for being 11%". This is not a community 'shocker' by any means.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with about a finger of head in my 25 oz. snifter.

The nose is a dead giveaway that this puppy is 100% U.S.A....lots of citrus and earthy hops, caramel malt background, hints of chocolate and wood. Not a whole lot of sweetness.

Taste is floral hops up front with a chocolate/caramel note that is very pleasing. The oak stays in the background, invading all my senses once I finally swallow. This is highly balanced even at its young age, very surprising. A bit of back end bitterness...I would have guessed a bit more than 30 IBU's. Some alcohol burn as well.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with enough carbonation to splash the flavors throughout your mouth

This is unquestionably one fine barleywine. I wanted to save it until the recommended consumption date, but without trying it fresh there would be no point for reference. I will definitely have to grab another bottle now and lay on it for a while!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BEST AFTER: 4/20/10 (I'm about 8 months early, but I've got another one to try then.)
Super thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for sending these my way!

I'm not really sure how to describe the beautiful color of this one. It's like a lightly hazy burnt amber with serious tinting of an almost dark red color. Very nice to look at. Almost two-fingers of off-white, almost tan, foam sit on top. It recedes to a thin, slightly spotty covering which sticks around to the end. The lacing is pretty impressive, also, thick and very sticky.

The nose is thick with sweet maltiness. Very nice scent of dark fruits and maraschino cherries. A light hint of oak. Nice butterey caramel notes. Mild presence of citrus hop notes.
This is a freakin' complex bastard, already!

The flavor does not fail to live up to the expectations brought on by the nose. Complex may not do this one justice. The maltiness is caramel-like, sweet and mellow, with a tiny touch of roastiness. The oak is a bit more prevelant, but still only adds to the flavor, instead of dominating, as oak sometimes can. Nice dark fruit medley. The maraschino cherries are still here, which is totally unexpected, but a nice surprise. A nice butteriness covers everything, as it should in a good barleywine. It's really a wonderful, sweet, candied fruit taste.
I can't wait to try my other bottle in another 8 months, at least. I'm going to try to hide the bottle from myself, so it may age even longer.

Great body for a barleywine. Not quite perfect, but very good, nonetheless. Full-bodied and very smooth. A nice, medium level of creaminess. We'll see if time can make it even better.

While I don't really taste the 11.0%ABV, I'm starting to feel it, on the second half of this bomber. Flavorwise, this is very drinkable. Effect-wise, it should probably be relegated to special occasion consumption only.
Deschutes is a hell of a brewery, that is climbing my 'personal faves' list fairly quickly.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Overlord for this bottle, much appreciated.

The beer pours a copper/amber with a thick, frothy two finger off-white head that fades pretty quickly, leaving behind an oily lacing. If you hold it up to the light there is a nice orange glow that starts in the center of the beer.

The smell is sweet, like candy and fruit at first but it is followed by a nice spicy hop aroma. There is a slight alcohol heat in the nose as well that lets you know what you're getting into.

The taste follows the smell pretty closely. It's hard to tell which you taste first, the candied sweets or the spicy hops, but they are both there and they balance each other pretty well, rolling over each other and vying for my attention at once. The last thing you taste is a mild citrus hop character.

The beer is well carbonated and pretty approachable for such a heavy bodied barley wine. The alcohol heat makes it a sipper, but a very pleasant sipper. I am happy to have another bottle of this in the cellar to see what it's like a in a year or two.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter, courtesy of Scott (calinalu). Thanks, Scott! best after 4/20/10, but oh well, let's dig in early.

Pours a gorgeous dark copper, clear, vivid and almost jewel-like, with a half-finger, fizzy off-white head. Quickly recedes to a soapy layer of bubbles. Fairly poor retention, stickage average at best, but man, that color...

Nose is fruity, almost jammy, with plenty of caramel sweetness, spicy alcohol heat, and dry oaky quality underneath. 4.3 or 4.4.

Taste follows suit - jammy and intensely fruity up front, lots of toasty caramel sweetness supporting that fruitiness, with a prickly hop character providing just enough light bitterness to add a little balance. Bit of alcohol bite in the back of the throat helps on that front as well. Fruitiness hints at raspberries, figs - tart and rich, with a hint of acidic bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit thinner than expected, crisp but small-bubbled carbonation, prickley from both the hops and the alcohol, with just a bit of burn in the back of the throat at swallow.

Drinkability is good, not amazing, but very respectable for the style. A slow sipper that doesn't wear overly on the palate. A bit hot still, but not too bad in the grand scheme of things.

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

Had this awhile back on tap at Stone but I forgot to put my review up.

A: A lovely dark golden brown color with some nice hints of red and a white foam.

S: Nice sweet, brown sugar smell, honey, and some caramel/toffee. A bit of hoppiness, but it's minimal. A bit of vanilla and oak mixed in there somewhere.

T: Great mix of flavors here. Like the nose indicates, tons of sweetness here, but not overwhelmingly malty. Lots of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Some dark fruit flavors are present, mainly plums, along with some orange. The oak is again present, and a nice sweet finish. A bit boozy because it is so "fresh".

M: Huge body, nice and smooth, without much carbonation.

D: You wouldn't normally think of a barleywine as drinkable, but this beer is just so complex and delicious.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deschutes released the 2009 Reserve Mirror Mirror this passed week. This very age worthy barley wine was born of a double batch of Deschutes popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. On the bottle it says "Best after 04/20/2010" and they are right it definitely needs to settle down in order to get the full experience. When I drank this 11% ABV monster my mouth was filled with flavors of caramely hops which leads into a enormous malty base with hints of citrus and oak both on the nose and on the palate. If you can keep your hands off of it defintely wait and age this beer and with the ungodly amount of wax covering it may take you a year to open it.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Liquid Solutions, 2009 Reserve, poured in to a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours an absolutely gorgeous hue, a bright, lively, deep cherrywood, glassy crystal clear, almost like a really high-quality bourbon. Tiny, discrete, individual streams of crisp, fine effervescence creep upwards around the sides of the snifter towards a ring of solid tan lacing, which - after about forty-five seconds - is all that remains of the originally one-finger of pure but fizzy tan head. The lacing is impressive for an 11% abv brew, blob-like in places but present swaths of uniformity in others. A great starting, particularly with the appearance of the body itself.

Aroma: Waves upon waves of bready, roasted malts, earthy and wholesome, coupled with a lot of high, estery oak notes, green and airy, with a slew of raisin and fig notes along with a few lighter, pear-like notes, a slew of citrusy and sprucey hop overtones. Only the slightest tingle of alcohol burn in the distance.

Taste: A great traditional American barleywine. Crystalline glassy malts, sticky and roasted, provide a real vast array of flavors and a great base for the rest of this massive brew. Sweet, saccharine, caramelized sugars, light toffee, bread crusts, and other doughy, malty notes mingle with raisins, sweet cherries, green grapes, and other dark stone fruits. Mild vanilla and pungent woody tannins intermingle with and lighten a hop bitterness that's surprisingly understated (30 IBUs according to some sources?) and presents about even parts spicy, biting pine and sticky, juicy citrus, all well-integrated and well-balanced with one another. There's also a nice kick of spicy, warming alcohol at the very end, but it's not distracting, again being well-integrated and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, thick waves of syrupy malt cut by a huge amount of embedded carbonation, but with just enough lift to provide a mild amount of crisp fluff.

Drinkability: Hot damn. A stellar brew, and one that - even though I wasn't sure I was going to be in the mood for it tonight - near 'bout floored me. Complex - with a solid foundation, an inspired hop profile, and nuanced and well-integrated barrel components - but still accessible. There's not too much wrong with this one, and though it is 11% abv (and I'm growing near tipsy as I finish this one up at 1:45 am), the alcohol is warm, never hot, and well-blended, never distracting or "laying atop" the brew, as it were. Another winner from a brewery that rarely disappoints, a fine and fitting addition to the Reserve series, and one I'd be glad to have again and again (perhaps with a pungent chunk of Roquefort or Stilton). Stellar.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was almost blasphemy to drink it this young, but I'm glad I bought more than one. It pours a rich mahogany, almost garnet in color, with a nice creamy head that clings to the walls of the glass. Aromas are citrusy, resinous hops, followed by massive amounts of brown sugar, fig, a bit of pineapple, and toffee. Flavors are immense. Beginning with fruity, floral hop characters, an onslaught of malt notes come through. Caramel, fig, candi sugar, pineapple, citrus, you name it, and it's there. The beer finishes just slightly oaky, balanced out with a bitter hop note. MM has one of the best mouthfeels I have experienced in a barleywine. Full bodied, resinous, and downright sexy. For it's strength and body, it's very drinkable. It wouldn't be hard for me to enjoy a couple bombers in one night.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel so fortunate that I had a chance to let this beer grace my palate. I live in Northern Los Angeles County, and don't see a whole lot of incredible Deschutes beers. This such a treat!

Pour into my snifter glass provided a dazzling array of ruby and russet brown hues punctuated by a nice full ivory cap and lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Dark sugar fruits is the dominant aroma followed by a nice touch of hop, sweet caramel, molasses, with the slightest dash of oak giving this Barleywine a intense and complex aroma. Very sweet and slightly candy-like.

This beer is EPIC! Tastebuds burst with hops and light citrus being a the forefront, coupled with a nice tartness mid-taste accompanied by flavors of figs, dates, then turns over to a smooth maltiness by the likes of which I have never had. The Oak really comes through, but is not overpowering or cloying. Superb balance and awesomely smooth finish.

Mouthfeel was everything I wanted it to be. Thick, viscous, creamy, lightly carbonated.

This Barleywine is too good to pass up. I would drink this beer any chance I get regardless of the season. Its that damn good. Deschutes, my hats off to you! Cheers!

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Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orangish copper with a puffy off white head that had moderate retention and leaves some spotty lace.

Piney earthy hops with dried fruits at the forefront. Hints of wood and bourbon. Honestly nothing overly exciting in the nose.

Nice flavors, big date, fig, caramel, toffee. Prune on the finish, very bitter earthy hops at the end with some tannic oak. Not overly complex. Does show some wood and whiskey.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage sampled Aug 2009

Deep copper color with a reddish tint and a fuzzy off white head that sticks around forever. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar and a touch of citrus in the nose. Smells like it will be sweet but as I press the glass to my lips it isn't. The citrus hop and alcohol bite definitely keep the sweetness in check. Still some brown sugar, toffee, caramel pierce through. The taste is incredible, I'm glad I bought more than one of these. Light carbonation, medium to thin body, sticky, oily mouthfeel. About the only thing I could fault is a bit of lack of body, but I could live with that. Great Barley Wine.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've reviewed a Deschutes beer, and it's about time. Thanks to Chris for tossing a couple my way, the other bottles will be saved for the end of eternity

A: In my 22oz snifter, Mirror Mirror sits a clear ruby red with a two finger thick beige head. Retention is great and the iridescent bubbles make for an attractive beer. A little lacework is left as the head gently falls off.

S: Big and nuanced, this beer opens up a rich sweetness with brown sugar, honey and toffee. There's a mild hop character as well, with candied oranges and this character combines very well with the mild vanilla character imparted by the barrel. Oak is present with a mild tannic character. In ways, it reminds me of a Grand Marnier infused flan. Very good stuff

T: Opens up fairly big and sweet, with a combination of caramel, toffee and honey. There is also a mild fruity character with a combination of citrus (oranges) and overripe plums. Vanilla is apparent mid palate, and works well with the sweetness. Sweet on the finish with a mild, lightly toasted oak character. The sweetness does mask the alcohol, but you can tell it's there, thanks to the mildly spicy bite.

M: Big in body with a soft carbonation, this beer is pretty good. Sweet on the finish with vanilla and oak, this is enjoyable

D: I am going to enjoy sipping on this beer for the rest of the night. A very good barleywine. It's much better shared, as the last few oz were a bit of a chore. I still give it a 4 'cos all told, this is a beer to be shared.

Notes: With a little oxidation, this one will be absolutely epic. I can see myself sitting on this for a long time.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Reserve. Poured 22 oz bottle into pint glass (it's all I had). Bottle states best after 4/20/10...I couldn't wait that long. (Enjoyed this on CO trip...from my notes when I drank it on 7/26/09.)
A: Pours a dark golden brown (like dark honey) with 1/2 inch light honey colored head.
S: Mild floral hop and mild caramel malt. Malty oak note comes through strongest.
T: Soft floral and herbal hops. Hint of caramel malt. Oak with mild alcohol ester note. There's a bit more here and it may come out with aging. Extremely well balanced.
M: Surprisingly light. A medium body with mild alcohol bite.
D: Surprisingly drinkable especially considering ABV. Honestly, this (drinkability) comes out as one of the strengths of this solid all-around brew. Perhaps this might soften and improve with age, but I like this as is now. I wish I had another one of these to age and compare later.

5/13/11: Got another crack at this one...and honestly not much has changed. In the taste I get, in addition to the above, honey and mild dried fruit resulting in an overall sweeter profile. Still a great drinking brew!

2014 vintage. Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Best after 2/24/15 (oh well).
A: Pours a dark brown amber with just a skim of light tan head that quickly recedes. (3.75)
S: Sweet honey caramel, mild vinous oak, and a hint of spice (e.g. cinnamon, all spice). (4)
T: Sweet honey caramel and the vinous oak dance around each other...taking turns at leading. Cola, soft floral hops, and a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. With warming, oak becomes more prominent and a vanilla note emerges. (4)
M: Medium-heavy body. Sticky sweet and soft oily feel. The ABV is well hidden, but just a hint of alcohol burn comes to the surface near and into the finish. Once again, a high point of the beer. (4.25)
D: Very drinkable, especially for the style. A solid offering and one I return to on a regular basis. (4.25)

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Photo of tjsprague
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a deep copper color with a white thin head

The smell is very subtle. No strong alcohol scent. Slightly fruity

Taste is malty and sweet but not overly so. A nice fruity flavor on top of everything. Alcohol is present but not strong. Not overly bitter or hoppy at all.

Mouthfeel is great. The beer is sweet but not overly so. No problem with alcohol at all even though its 11%

Beer is very drinkable especially for a barlywine with the punch this has. Very enjoyable

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Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a very clear reddish amber with one finger of off-white suds. Some lacing here.
You can't really smell the alcohol, but you can feel it's phenol qualities in the nose.
Smell is a fruity hop with malty sugars.
Tastewise I get orange peel and raisin and mabey a buorbon infused pekoe tea. Mabey some bready notes too.
Mouthfeel is clean with a slight bitterness turning into sugary malt at the end of the sip.
For an 11%er this isn't bad at all. I wouldn't rate it too high as far as wanting another bottle right after finishing this one though.

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Photo of erikm25
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darkened brown with crimson and ruby hues adding a tinting glow through out the body. The head is respectable and crisp white. Minimal retention. Held up to the light and it sits in the glass a burnt amber with bronzed caramel.

S: Citrusy and buttery malts. Toffee candy with vanilla aromas are both sweet and warming. Subtle hints of honey and strong oak aromas are present. Slight pine coupled with a dash of bourbon.

T: This is extremely smooth. A perfect blend of fruits and creamy caramel malts. Subtle grapefruits with a peppery spice towards the end. Has a sugary candy quality with undertones of apples and plums.

M: Close to full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation which is lower medium. Warming and delicate.

D: To date this is my favorite barleywine. Very easy to drink with a nice punch. #180.

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Photo of joebrewer
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

C: clear brown with a little yellow.

S: little smell. too bad.

T: sweet caramel, less hops than I expected. Some yeast esters coming through, but they seem to bring out the heat of the alcohol, which detracts from the beer.

Despite being paired with the best pretzel I ever had and my first visit to Stone's bistro, I can't give this any higher marks. Perhaps it was the more restrained approach to the style. I will have to revisit eventually.

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Photo of Mayhem976
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Brown color with a slight red hue, has a good creamy head with good lacing.

S- I smell apricots, honey, and orange peel. The smell that hits me the most would be the aged oak, all together the smell is very different, never smelled anything so unique before.

T- The smell translates to the flavor, I pick up barley, honey, oranges and once again ...aged oak. Like the smell, I've never tasted anything like this before. The taste is absolutely wonderful but I just can't put this into any kind of category, it's got a wonderful unique flavor. I guess I'm over thinking it, I should just enjoy this amazing beer. Did I mention unique?

M- Rich, creamy, and very subtle for an 11 percent beer.

D- Would drink again, however, at the hefty price tag and richness it's best enjoyed on a special occasion.

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, 2009 vintage, poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber, bordering on copper, with a hefty off-white head that shows excellent retention. The lacing is minimal but it does leaves some legs after each sip.

The aroma is big and sweet, dominated by caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits, figs and raisins especially. I noticed some juicy citrus hops as well but they weren't as aggressive as some other "American" barleywines I've had recently....and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The taste is more of the same with the sweetness dominating. After a cursory bit of grapefruit up front, the caramel malts and toffee take over along with some booze-soaked fruits. The finish actually has a bit of astringency from the hops, coupled with an alcohol presence that is understated for an 11% ABV beer.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a good soft carbonation which all adds up to a sticky palate full of sugary sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness.

I really enjoyed this beer as, even relatively fresh, had a solid but not overpowering hop presence that deferred to the big sweet malt and fruit backbone. Very drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of weazal
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

S: Sweet (but balanced)! Delicious cherries mostly, yet seemingly watery. Watery cherries is what I get. A little spicy black pepper at the end. Brandy wispiness and sweet bread.

T: Thick and chewy caramel with just the right balance of cherry and dark fruit notes. Takes forever to leave the palate - and that's a good thing! Instantly warming. Pleasant sweetness gives way to a woody, oak flavor until a mild hoppy bitterness carries out the long finish.

Sweet (but not too), thick, and just perfectly balanced. Indulgent, yet refined. Like a posh library.

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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,769 ratings.
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