Imperial Three Blind Mice | Mother's Brewing Company

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Imperial Three Blind MiceImperial Three Blind Mice

Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Three Blind Mice, once Mother's little brown beer, is now all grown up and running the show. Rich and full bodied with chocolate, coffee, and caramel malt flavors, it bestows a noble hop nose and balanced finish on its loyal subjects. This is one regal brew fit for a king - out on the town or home in the castle.

38 IBU

Added by zeff80 on 04-21-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 88
Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light tan head. Dark brown. Very sweet caramel nose. Caramel flavor with some booziness and dark fruits. There's a mild coffee bitterness for a nice balance. There is also a definite tang to the flavor. Overall, very similar to a Scotch ale.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy dark brown beer with a tan to off white head that sticks
S - bready malts, Noble hops, caramel, little bit of spiciness
T - bready malts, Noble hop bitterness, caramel, little bit of spice to it
M - medium feel, alcohol covered, aftertaste bready
O - ehhh, tried it, will pass from now on

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
slightly hazy dark brown with reddish highlights at the edges and a frothy tan head that persists. Brown sugary caramel maltiness with hints of chocolate and a touch of ethanol as well as a slight ashy chalky mouthfeel. Decent strong ale.

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Photo of Roguer
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big brown head, fades fast.

Roasty aroma with dark, tart fruit. Coffee and grapes.

Flavor follows. Very roasty, leaning toward coffee. Slightly sweet and just a touch tart. Slightly metallic.

Creamy mouthfeel; a touch of sting. Oily finish.

This brew could be an Old Raspy clone. It's not quite as bitter or roasty.

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Photo of MaillardRx
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was delicious.

It was very smooth and flavorful; the nose was complex and appealing. It smelled of lots of malts. The mouthfeel was a bit bubbly, but it wasn't unsuitable for the style.

I had it on a lunch break and had a great afternoon at work afterward.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark. Its almost black. it has a one finger fluffy tan head with very good retention. Nice lacing as well. Great looking beer

S - The aroma is much lighter than I anticipated. Some roasted coffee, caramel and maybe a slight hint of raisins.

T - Wow. Not light on flavor. Lots gonig on here and I like it. Lots of coffee flavor. Chocoalte and toffee in the back with perhapsa little caramel. Sometimes sweet sometimes its bitter!

M - Big heavy beer. Quite thick in the mouth. Very nice burn.

O - Love this beer. First time I have been able to find it. I will be looking for it again. Have had the non imperial Three Blind Mice many times. Its good but this is much better!

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful deep almost opaque brown, with mahogany highlights. Not much head, but what's there does tend to stick around awhile.

Nose is nice, with a bit of cocoa, a hint of hop, and some alcohol being the first things to garner your attention. There's a mild cigar smell here too, which is also nice. Overall, pretty inviting.

Flavor is hard to pin down on the first sip. Is this hoppy or not? Is that malt or some other fruit? A second sip starts to clarify things a bit. It's sweet up front, with a shot of bitterness that seems to ride above the sweetness rather than try to play off it. Unique in that it almost tastes like I took a sip of two different beers, one hoppy, one malty sweet, and they refused to meld in my mouth. The sweet side is almost maple syrup like, a deep, sticky sweetness that makes the beer seem even bigger than it is. That fades a bit as the hop bitterness jumps in and tries to fend it off. Eventually you realize that is, in fact, malt sweetness, just intense and in your face with its sugary goodness. Oddly not as caramelly as one might expect from a big ol' brown, with the sweet flavors seeming to come mostly from the base malts and roasted malts. The more you drink, the more balanced it becomes, which is hard to believe, as sweet as it starts. By about a third of the way through the bottle, your taste buds have figured it out, and it works, and works well. Do NOT give up on this after a sip or two. What starts out as an orchestra warming up, everyone playing over the top of one another and sounding like they have no idea what they're doing, ends up being very good indeed once the maestro takes the podium.

Mouthfeel is big and rich, with a bit of an oily coating that the hops work hard to strip away. It isn't hard to drink at all, but you won't forget each sip very quickly.

As mentioned, this starts out with a serious "WTF?" going on, but quickly falls together into a very nice beer. The flavors actually become somewhat subtle, or as subtle as a 9.6% ABV brown can be. It's sweet, but never quite crosses over into "Eddie Haskell" sweet territory. Not something you're going to slam down, but then why would you? Nicely put together, and when you taste the beer this way, it really makes much more sense why the raspberry version works so well. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz served in a snifter

A - Pours a dark brown with a small khaki head.

S - Dark bready malts, toasted caramel, smells sweet.

T - Follows the nose with bold grainy malts, caramel/toffee, sweet with alcohol coming through, some stale cocoa on the finish. Finishes with a dry whole grain cracker like character.

M - Medium cola-like carbonation, full bodied,

Nothing to really complain about here. Just seemed a little hoe-hum. The regular blind mice was much better.

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an imperial version of their Brown Ale. I am not sure I have ever had an imperial brown before. Poured a dark brown into a standard wine glass (this is what we had). There was nice lacing from the chestnut colored head. The nose was of caramel, and some chocolate. At first I got a whiff of tobacco, but never again so I could be mistaken. Super smooth mouth feel: one of those that just kind of flows across your entire mouth: lips to throat. At 9.6 ABV they did a great job of masking the booze, which I greatly appreciated. An extremely good beer. I would drink again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper/brown with a thumb of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Brown bread & caramel

T: Rich caramel, some nutty notes, a touch of grainyness up front. More caramel, nuttyness some leafy & herbal hops, a little booze bite, not much & serious dryness. Finshes with woody hops, dryness, a touch of grapefruit & nice caramel sweetness

MF: Rich, beefy, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy for the ABV (9.6%), an enjoyable dopplesticke. Well done again Mother's!

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Imperial version of their altbier.

A - Poured a hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, bubbly head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty, boozy, and grassy. It had some chocolate aromas, too.

T - The flavor was all over the place. Boozy, malty, spicy with caramel and toffee but the balance was off. It was messy.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - It was simply messy and unbalanced. Not awful, but it needed work.

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Imperial Three Blind Mice from Mother's Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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