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Three Blind Mice - Mother's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 213
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 35.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MarzenMan on 05-22-2011

Three Blind Mice is inspired by our favorite qualities from English brown ales, German altbiers, and Irish reds. Mother’s trio of beer connoisseurs sipped away many a night, working to find this ideal combination. Mother’s beautiful brown beer is medium-bodied with caramel, toffee, and subtle chocolate malt flavors—all balanced by moderate hop notes and a clean, dry finish.

Three Blind Mice combines components of several malty beers for the unique brown beer experience you've been missing. After lots of research to find the perfect styles for our base, the clear winners were the lighter body and caramel characters of Irish red ales, the soft chocolate and toffee flavors from English brown ales, and the hop component and balance of German altbiers. We used traditional elements from each beer style and added our own touch for one incredible brown beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
2.22/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown with a finger of foamy off white head. It smells pungent / infected. It tastes like skunked beer, maybe this one has just gone bad, I will not take another drink.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from gregwilsonstl, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a dark copper almost brown color with a huge frothy beige head that persists forever. Big caramel and toasted malt with a hint of chocolate and a touch of earthy hop to counter. The flavor adds some dark dried fruits as well. Pretty good brown ale.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is nutty, with hints of chocolate and roast. There's a bit of a metallic note.

Flavor is slightly sweet, nutty, with a hint of chocolate and a roasty bitter finish.

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Photo of hophead723
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a relatively fresh bottle into a goblet. I will start unusually by saying that if you think hops have anything to do with this beer than you are just inexperienced..

Look: Pours a dark brown with a fleeting off-white head. I held it up to the light and the body glowed a glorious ruby red throughout.

Smell: Roasty toasty malt abound with a slight fruity yeast characteristic. The aroma is quite simple.

Taste: It tastes largely of simple malts with an upfront rush of fruity ale yeast. There is a touch of lingering brown sugar and toffee but again it is quite simple.

Feel: Medium body and not a lot of carbonation but it does carry it's weight well.

Overall: I did expect a bit more from this brew but there is a discernible quality and richness that opposes the general lack of expressive attributes.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Malts fail to leave much of an impression. They come and go on the palate like the wind. Looks great though, it has a beautiful reddish brown hue. Mouth feel is pleasingly thick and frothy.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep, deep brown with a touch of red in the body where the light comes through. A relatively big and frothy head forms and sticks around for a long while. The lacing is very good.

S- Medium to dark malts greet the nose first and provide a solid, mildly roasty scent. There is a touch of coffee mixed into the smell underneath the malts. On the back end there is a touch of chocolatey sweetness.

T- This beer starts off with the lightly roasted malts from the scent and moves progressively a little darker and more bitter throughout. None of the coffee in the smell is found in the taste, but more chocolate is present on the tongue. The chocolate is semisweet to a little dark and bitter and is the finishing flavor of the beer.

M- For a brown, this is way on the thin and watery end of the spectrum. There is no detectable alcohol and very little weight on the palate.

Overall, this is just your average to below average flagship brown ale. Nothing to write home about here, but maybe if it was thicker and a little more roasty it would be a little better.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a burgundy, oxblood color. Aroma is a bit weak, malty and non descript. Taste is pretty clean with notes of chocolate, slight toffee and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is thin, but enjoyable for an easy drinking brown. Overall, not the best brown I've had but easy drinking.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

November 2, 2014

Draft/growler, weizen glass

A – Dark brown, fairly clear. An inch of slightly off-white foam on top, moderate retention. Somewhat bubbly.

S – Floral hop aromas with moderate bitterness showing. Light chocolate, mildly roasted grains. Warm, dark brown bread, a touch of pumpernickel.

T – Toasted dark brown bread, not particularly bitter from the malt. Some minor roasted coffee and a light semi-sweet chocolate backbone. Hops are somewhat herbal, moderately high, with well-balanced bitterness holding it all up.

M – Moderate carbonation, enough to scrub the palate. Bitterness as much from the malt as the hops, very pleasant.

O – Somewhere between doppelbock, Northern English brown, and brown IPA, this is an interesting entry for any of those styles. Regardless of genre, really an excellent, very drinkable brew.

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Photo of rwhitmore
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Served in a shaker at Yard House at the Legends in KC KS

Fluffy head, clear dark brown/amber.

Aroma is strong malt,a little bready and a little chocolate. Earthy and slightly spicy from the hops.

Smooth, wonderfully balanced, malt forward but with a solid hop backbeat.

A great example of an American brown ale.

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Photo of William_B
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Wonderfully malty mixture of goodness. The matinees features are complex with what seems to be a layering of flavors. Simultaneously, the brew has a moderate mouthfeel and finishes lightly.
I'm a fan!

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Photo of PPOmaha
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light crystal malt aroma with some spicy hop aromatics. Just a hint of metallic copper. No DMS, no Diacetyl.

Appearance: Brown with amber highlights. Off white head with medium bubbles.

Flavors: faint hints of burnt malt, coffee, with a prominent spicy hop bite on the sides of the tongue. Overall the flavor is malt forward and sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium low carbonation.

Overall: a well brewed example of a brown ale. Probably fits best as a Northern English Brown, well brewed but nothing too memorable.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 3.75 - deep clear brown/mahogany color. Half finger of off white head.
S - 3 - some hoppiness, bread, rice, not much else.
T - 3 - some hop bitterness, bread, rice, wet cardboard, nothing else.
M - 3 - light, way too light for a brown ale. Alc covered, aftertaste nil.
O - 3 - Nope. I'll pass on this one in the future. It's not very good at all.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a SN IPA glass

A - Pours a clear mahogany brown with a tight knit tan head. Nice rings of lacing with good retention.

S - Brown bread crust, yeasty, brown sugar, nutty, hints of oxidation, faint herbal hops.

T - Grassy hops are the first thing I notice which were not very present in the nose. Charred/toasted brown bread, some toasted toffee, roasted grainy barley. The cocoa-like bitterness is peppery and rounds out the toast notes well. Finishes bitter and roasted.

M - Moderate creamy carbonation, smooth feel, medium body.

Nice take on the style. Hop forward with a strong toast character.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale pours from the bottle to a dark brown color and perfect clarity. It offers a nose that is one of sweet, lightly roasted malt and caramel. The foam level is a less than I would prefer, but it isn’t too bad and there is enough present that most will not notice.

Moving to the flavor, this beer is good- tasting overall and like its name suggests, it hits you from different directions because it is supposedly an ale that combines the qualities of three different types of ales into one. The standout flavor is caramel malt, but there are some other flavors present as well, such as chocolate, roasted malt, and toffee. There are some slightly bitter, earthy notes in the finish but the beer leans toward the sweet, malty side overall.

This beer is a little lighter in body than other brown ale, but there is enough good taste and quality to make this beer deserving of a try. I am not so sure I would refer to this as a German Alt, but judged as an American brown ale, it is a good- tasting brew that may not be the most complex on the planet, but still has enough good flavor to recommend.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Picked this up on a recent trip through Kansas City. Tasted 24 February 2013.

Pours quite dark brown, appearing opaque without light behind it. That light reveals red, deep cherry red. One finger of light tan head, good retention, solid fingers of lacing. Nice.

Smell is good. Warm, slightly buttery and toasty. Like a buttery biscuit. All in the malts, and all very smooth.

Taste is where this beer takes a downward turn. It's actually kinda bad. Dull, a touch herbal but almost flavorless, but for an unpleasant medicinal twang. Really not working for me. Not sure if I can finish this.

Mouthfeel is fine. But I want this beer out of my mouth.

Borderline drainpour. Not terrible, but definitely worse than okay. Strange thing is that several elements of the beer are actually pretty good. Not sure what happened with this one.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a pretty reddish amber color. It had almost 1 finiger of a slightly offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S - Very light smelling beer. I had trouble picking up much other than a slight malty smell.

T - Quite tasty. I noted hints of caramel and coffee. Thre was even slight chocolate hints. Sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish

M - I found it to be light bodied beer with low carbonation. It felt creamy in my mouth

O - Very drinkable beer. Npt a super complex beer but still enjoyable and I will definately be picking up more of their beers.

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Photo of superspak
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 9/25/2012. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, apple, bread, grass, light chocolate, light citrus, light nuttiness, and herbal hops. Decent aromas with good strength and decent balance; too fruity. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, bread, grass, light chocolate, roasted grain, light citrus, and herbal hops. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, bread, grass, light chocolate, roasted grain, light citrus, and herbal hops on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance, but the flavor robustness is definitely lacking; zero cloying flavors are present on the finish, and quite dry on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent brown ale. Very drinkable with solid flavor balance; but definitely could use more robustness of flavors, and a finish that is not as dry. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just bought some of this beer from a local grocery store. From the "brown beer" on the label, I was kind of expecting either an english or american brown ale. That is certainly not what this beer is.

The pour is ruby-colored with a white 1 finger head that has moderate lacing. The color is reminiscent of that of an irish ale like Smithwycks. The initial smell had a sweet caramel, nutty tone, with slight hoppy floral/grassy notes. Others on here have stated that this beer has a malty character, but I really wasn't able to pick that up in the taste. While there is a bit of caramel/toffee at the start, the middle and finish are pretty much dominated by a slight peppery bitterness of hops. The taste and body remind me a bit of a toned-down APA. Maltiness does come out a little bit as the beer warms though. All in all, not a bad brew for kicking back and tossing back a couple with friends. However, from the labeling, I was really hoping for a good malty english or american brown ale and this beer is far from that!

Mugs up to ye' laddies!

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Photo of TheCondor
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a pint glass. No stanges here, just pint glasses.

Appearance - Pours a clear reddish brown color, like that of fall leaves in a pile. Decent one finger head with minimal retention and lacing. Cool packaging and back story, I like the idea of the brew.

Smell - Toffee, malts, caramel, almost a wood smell in the brew is interesting. Light hops notes.

Taste - The caramel and toffee certainly make an appearance here, along with the light hops. Very delicate, not too overwhelming in any direction. The caramel and toffee washes over the palate, followed by malts and finishing with the hops.

Mouthfeel - Hop finish, smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall - A decent beer. I do like the packaging, it looks really cool. But it is just an average beer. I would drink it again, probably not going to buy it again. Just nothing really exciting at all about it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a deep ruby/mahogany pour with a finger of creme colored head, great retention. smells of chocolate, pistachios, toffee. the flavor is of slightly bitter toasted grains, dark chocolate, faint hint of dark fruits (plum mainly), a bitterness that is almost unidentifiable hits you towards the end.. almost a burnt caramel flavor. medium in body, moderate carbonation, has the typical brown ale feel.

not a huge fan of this one.. nothing special really, a bunch of off flavors and smell that don't really blend in well together. i'll sick to their ipa's for sure.

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap while in Branson, MO.
Pours nicely dark brown with a nice sized head. Has a nice caramel aroma and some chocolate which carries over into the taste. Carmel malt dominates the flavor. Finishes with a slight bitterness which I found quite pleasant. Not super complex brew, very drinkable (to quote another Missouri brewery). I would buy again.

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Photo of brewmandan
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this brew while vacationing in Missouri. Pours a reddish-brown from the bottle with an off-white/cream colored head that seemed to disappear at about half gone. Smells of sweetness from the malt. Tastes of sweetness also from the malt as well as a nutty/bready notes. I enjoy brown ales and this one I enjoyed more than some others I tried.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Three Blind Mice
Mother's Brewing Company
Style: Altbier
ABV: 5.50 %

LOOK: Clear ruby colored brew with an off white form that leaves a few spots of lace.

SMELL: Toffee, caramels, roasted malts, sherry, and floral herbal hops are all apparent in the smell.

TASTE: Mellow roasted malt and stewed hop flavors are there but fairly acidic with sherry like oxidation notes that are fairly distracting. Some coarse, leafy hop notes are in effect with a mild bitterness. Muted fruit, stale bread, faint nuts and watery caramel round things out.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and clean on the finish.

OVERALL: An attempt at a German altbier. Possibly has lost some character due to oxidation. This is still an alright beer, but can certainly use some cleaning up.

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Photo of CCBrews
2.15/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottles purchased on a business trip through Springfield, MO from Price Cutter. Five of the bottles out of the six purchased contained a high volume of what looked like rubber material floating in them. I called the brewery to notify them but no one answered at 11:00 AM on a Thursday. The following is a review from the clean bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass:

A: Bright, but blackish brown in appearance.

S: One of the first things I noticed is the light hop resins indicating obvious post fermentation hops are utilized. Smells of roasted barley, caramel, and chocolate malts.

T: I picked up a hint of trans-2-nonenal on the nose, but it came through more on the taste. Tasted a tiny amount of Czech hops, possibly Saaz or Sterling. The caramel and chocolate came through, even through the light oxidation.

M: This is when I poured out the pint. Watery and flat. I can tell they were going for something between an Alt and a Brown, so the texture was meant to be medium to light.

F: The beer never had a real head, even after a pretty rough pour. Lacing was also missing.

O: Overall, I wouldn't buy another beer from this company. Not only do they have some serious production concerns with oxidation, but the product doesn't even appear safe with black pieces of rubber floating in nearly every bottle I purchased. I checked the Julian date on the bottle that many brewers have printed on their products and it does appear this bottle has been sitting on the shelf since mid March, which may excuse the trans-2-nonenal.

It appears other's have had better luck with with this company than I.

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A; Pours a reddish brown color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Nice muted aroma of roasted malt, caramel sweetness and roasted malt.

T: Taste is a blend of the caramel sweetness, bit of chocolate and roasted malt. Nice easy bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy. Nicely balanced.

O: Good drinker that goes down easy. This beer hit the spot for some reason. Worth checking out.

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Three Blind Mice from Mother's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.