Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
The beer pours a lovely coffee black with nice brown sugar notes on the edges of the glass. The head is puffy and colored like sand dunes, though it dissipates quickly, leaving long spider web curtains of sticky lacing on the sides and a ring of sandy fat bubbles on the edges of the glass. The smell is lightly roasty with some slight chocolate and coffee hints, and there’s also a sweet and slightly sour tinge of vanilla in the back and base of the smell. The beer’s taste begins wonderfully with a sweet vanilla that turns slightly sour as it lingers. Coffee and roasted notes are definitely present as well, bringing some lovely smoky notes to linger like a little campfire in your mouth. Vanilla coffee with a lightly soured milk are the dominant flavors in the beer. Mouthfeel is slightly tingly with carbonation but velvety smooth and chewy on the tongue. The beer leaves the mouth with a light dew drizzle of saliva on everything and a slight smoky dryness on the tongue that begs for more. The sweet is a little cloying from the vanilla, but that just makes this beer more of a sipper than a chugger. The beer also seems like it might do nicely with a little cellaring. Overall this is a very nice vanilla stout with great flavoring and has a lovely mouthfeel. Definitely worth a sip.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2012 01:09:54 | More by Maxwell
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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
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