Deschutes Mirror Mirror 2009

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Here we have a highly anticipated beer from Deschutes (of Bend, Oregon) in the same series as The Abyss, an extremely well respected barrel aged Imperial Stout. This, on the other hand, is a barrel aged barley wine – a suped up version of the Mirror Pond ale.

There is almost a Belgian element to the nose with solid fruit esters, candy and cherry. Upon first tasting this I realized that Deschutes’ recommendation to age the beer for at least one year was warranted – while carbonated it was clear the yeast had yet to fully activate. But, unlike the Angel’s Share, I have no doubt that this will have perfect carbonation in a year.

The palate here is really fantastic with raisins, caramel, wood, white chocolate and some grain flavours. This is very smooth and balanced and has a wonderful creamy texture. Even with all its flavour, this does not go over the top nor is it boozy. This puts it well ahead of the Angel’s Share, and I think it will end up being a better beer.

Excellent to Excellent+ (esp. with age)
$12/22oz

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