Rye Barrel Manhattan Imperial Three Blind Mice
Mother's Brewing Company

Rye Barrel Manhattan Imperial Three Blind MiceRye Barrel Manhattan Imperial Three Blind Mice
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #92
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,095
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.66%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
14
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Missouri, United States
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Very Good
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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from jdell15. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/29/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, rye whiskey, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, fig, and cherry; with lighter notes of coconut, tobacco, ginger, cinnamon, clove, juniper, spruce, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, rye whiskey/wine barrels, and light fruit/spice flavors; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, rye whiskey, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, raisin, fig, cherry, tobacco, ginger, cinnamon, clove, juniper, spruce, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/spice bitterness and rye/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, rye whiskey, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, light dark fruit/spice, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, rye whiskey/wine barrels, and light fruit/spice flavors; with a nice malt and rye/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from rye/oak spiciness. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol with zero barrel booziness for 10.5%. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial brown ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, rye whiskey/wine barrels, and light fruit/spice flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. I was expecting more spice presence with all the vermouth/bitters supposedly added to this beer. There isn't a ton of it. The rye barrel has great balanced presence and integration though; which really made this one delicious. I thought Brooklyn's Improved Old Fashioned was a better attempt at an imperial cocktail strong ale, but this was still really enjoyable and well made.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is right on the edge of being too much, its so intense and layered, so sweet and boozy, and as interesting and sort of curious as it is, even a little went a long way for me. caught somewhere in the zone between being a huge brown and a barleywine, this is decidedly mlt focused at its center, with everything from raisin and fig to cocoa and tobacco, licorice, and molasses. tons of body, syrupy textured, and hotly alcoholic, all before we even consider the additives and barrel treatment! the rye whiskey is nice, bourbon would push this into the way too sweet category pretty easily i think, so i like the light vanilla, heavy wet oak, and spicy earthy rye to ground this a little bit, it carries just a touch of the rye whiskey harshness that i like in the spirit, and its cool its here in the beer too. i get strong sweet black cherry notes in here too, luxardo cherry type, concentrated and also boozy, but fitting the theme pretty well. there is also a spice complexion here and a weird botanical thing, cigar and anise and even like a juniper note, pretty odd, bitters or something, but it works well enough. this is such a long beer, so much unfolding and opening up to do, its a little different on each sip, and i just taste it for miles. the alcohol stings and the density of this catches up in my belly pretty rapidly, but this is an awfully unique strong ale. i am curious to try some other versions of it!

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent and hazed brown with a sliver cream colored head. Nice viscosity, zero head retention & lacing

S: Booze barrel & a little cherry & cola

T: Cakeyness, dryness, oakyness & a little Whiskey up front. Oaky dryness, more Whisky & rye dryness, hints of ginger & a little cherry as this warms. Finishes with a ton of dryness & cherry juice, plus a touch of woodyness

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation , nice boozey warmth

Interesting take on the style, if you like Manhattans, you probably love this

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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Billiards in Columbia. Poured a dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of rye, booziness, oak and vanilla. It tasted of rye, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and toffee.

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Photo of Mdaniel723
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with little to no head. Nose was mild with some malt and molasses cookie. Taste follows nose with the malt and spice up front, and some subtle wine flavor on the back end. mouthfeel might be a little thin, but good overall.

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Rye Barrel Manhattan Imperial Three Blind Mice from Mother's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 14 ratings