It’s New Years Eve and I took the day off work to stay home with the kids. I picked up this beer a few months ago when we when to St. Louis to visit my dad. I hadn’t heard of the brewery before buying this beer, but they seem pretty active on social media. I still haven’t really seen this beer outside of St. Louis.
The bottle says, “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, coffee, and subtle chocolate malt flavors – all balanced by moderate hop notes and a clean, dry finish.
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 24 IBUs, ~130 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown in color with ruby and brown highlights when held up to the light. It had a finger thick foamy head, which fell to a thin creamy layer at the top, and left some decent lacing on the glass. There’s a malty caramel aroma with some roasty undertones.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is somewhat crisp. It has a dark bread and lightly sweet caramel flavor up front, followed by a roasty cocoa-caramel flavor. The finish is somewhat dry and has a coffee-cocoa roasty, slightly bitter, flavor that lasts for a minute in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: I had this beer with some chocolate, nut, and caramel candy (Turtles) and it went perfectly together – complementing the roasty, cocoa, and caramel flavors. With those types of flavors, BBQ would also be a very good pairing for this beer.
Overall Impression: It had some decent bready, caramel, and cocoa flavors, but I would have liked a little bit less roastiness and some richer flavors. While there was a fair amount of complexity, the flavors were a bit flat to me. Overall, it was a decent beer, and I’ll see if I can pick up more of their beers the next time I’m in St. Louis.