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Mirror Mirror | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#855
Reviews:
550
Ratings:
1,797
pDev:
9.43%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
Wants:
477
Gots:
726
Trade:
95
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Photo of ruzzal
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
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 -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAp
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -6.4%
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 -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tswater
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prost76
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ricke49
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, fig colored. Very little head that quickly dissipated. Black tea, caramel, oak, and some sort of fruit. Maybe raspberry or blackberry. Malty. Some Tannins. Super dry. Some hop bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of KShophead
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knickfan3
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjgator3
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle - 2014 Vintage

Black waxed covered top with best after 2/24/15 printed on the label. Mirror Mirror is a barleywine with 50% aged in wine barrels.

Poured into a snifter. The complex aroma is dark fruits, plums, grapes, and oak. The taste like the aroma features a lot of complexity that starts out with a lot of sweet malts, dark fruits, and a hint of tartness. The finish continues with the lingering sweetness and some warmth from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, Mirror Mirror is a fantastic brew that I enjoyed. I have not had a bottle fresh, but it is extremely solid after two years of aging.

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Mirror Mirror from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 1,797 ratings
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