Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by ElCommodoro:
4.06/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is a beautiful looking beer. It had an inch of thick, brown, fluffy head. The smell was pretty mesmerizing too. Very roasty and chocolatey. The taste was almost disappointing after that. It's good. Maybe even very good, but not mesmerizing. The chocolatey and coffee notes hit you first, but as your palate adjusts to their bitterness, it's a pretty straightforward stout. It's a very thick one with a lot of bitter notes. The roasted malt, the chocolate bitterness, and the cold coffee ground flavours all come together in a nice way. And maybe the vanilla bean flavour helps to mellow those out a bit, but I sort of wish it did more to that end. Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter may be catering to a different crowd with it's sweetness, but I thought it did a much better job of making the vanilla bean flavour a key part of the beer, at least. This one just screams of cold coffee flavour. It's still a decent stout, though. It, too, is partakable. Be prepared for a bitter, more traditional American stout, though. There is no sweetness here. I was wondering how something aged on vanilla beans could be "mean," but now I know. Tom was indeed a rascal, drinking stuff like this. However, that hint of vanilla flavour that ties it all together and mellows out the flavour just enough shows that he had a soft spot for those willing to look for it. I may not have been expecting a bitter beer, but I got one and it's still worth giving a chance.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2013 07:15:26 | More by ElCommodoro
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a MBC ale glass
A: Black as night. Nice edges that resonate light brown/tan. Lacing is minimal. A swirl bring some carbo back to brew. No legs to speak of.
S: Deep black chocolate notes with that vanilla that is touted. Huge roasted notes. Surprisingly, there's some neo-hop notes coming though on the back of this.
T: very balanced for how sweet and hoppy this is trying to be, I have another, I may age it a year and see if the hoppy notes secede. Yeast is mild and some toffee presents, may be yeast notes trying to push it out.
M: Smooth. Roasty like coffee. Not overly full, but not thin. Middle on feel. Malts definitely dominate ultimate out breath.
O: Me likey. May be my favorite flavored stout due to mouthfeel and not overtly chewy malty notes.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 03:48:04 | More by Scrapss
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Poured into large mug.
A: Pours mildly syrupy and opaque black with no light shining through, other than some garnet highlights towards the bottom of the mug. Dark beige head starts out at two-fingers and frothy, but eventually settles at a creamy cap leaving a small section of the mug painted with lace.
S: A darkly roasted coffee profile dominates completely, delicately complemented by natural vanilla and a decadent dark chocolate. Not much in the way of hops here, but this is aromatic enough without them.
T: Enormous amounts of coffee up front. Darkly roasted and bitter as hell, but it's quickly offset by a velvety wave of smooth semi-sweet chocolate. The finish is an absolutely divine medley of vanilla bean, dark roasted malts, and a smoky wood-like flavor. The lingering aftertaste is reminiscent of a Black n' Mild cigar, strangely enough.
M: We've definitely found a weak point here, however. A satin-smooth texture and reserved carbonation is pleasant on the palate, but the body itself is weighing in on the weak side. It certainly leaves this quaffable, but it would benefit from a bigger mouth presence overall.
O: Honestly, the weak mouthfeel is the only thing keeping Mean Old Tom from being a world class stout. The flavors are bombastic and incredible, and the addition of organic vanilla bean flavoring keeps this dark roasted behemoth balanced and smooth. Truly delicious, but not without flaws.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 19:04:06 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
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