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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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89
very good

1,999 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,999
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 115
Gots: 323 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dciBA on 03-03-2010

Our American-style stout aged on organic vanilla beans. Intense notes of coffee and dark chocolate lead way to subtle notes of natural vanilla. Flaked oats generate a silky mouthfeel.
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Ratings: 1,999 | Reviews: 395
Reviews by SLeffler27:
Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mean Old Tom pours very dark brown and is almost black in a Cisco fisheye pint glass. Slight red highlights reveal themselves beneath three fingers of a dense, creamy, light chestnut head that lasts an eternity. After the head turns to a pancake batter consistency, it leaves a thick webbing of lace. Maine Beer Company also has nice, simple, label art.

Chocolate latte fills the nose with roasted back notes. Cashew and bittersweet chocolate give way to vanilla and lactose as it warms.

The flavor, while more roasted, generally follows the nose. This beer has a decent balance as baker’s chocolate overtakes coffee and vanilla. A modest finish brings one back while warmth brings out black coffee.

A full, creamy body with alcohol as expected and modest, fine, prickly carbonation.

This bottle was originally purchased to honor a friend who recently joined the ranks of the elderly. While I’m not sure if he enjoyed the homage, the beer was enjoyed with lengthy, nonsensical conversation. A second bottle was aged about ten months, which mellowed out the alcohol and the vanilla. Aged or not, this is an enjoyable beer that works as well on a warm day as a cold, windy, November evening.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly jet black except for a tinge of ruby when held right up to the light,a creamy beige head atop that left a broken ring of lace behind.Vanilla and more vanilla in the nose,some dark roast comes into play as well as some chocolate but the vanilla wins out.It's roasted on the palate but I love the vanilla warming flavors,it's not overly sweet with a nice somewhat drying earthy finish.This beer is underrated in my opinion,it's warming with a nice vanilla flavor that isn't overly done,a great beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1
500ml bottle poured into a mug.
This beer was a very dark brown, nearly black color. A hint of red when held up to a light.
Medium-sized tan head and a little bit of lace.
Strong roasted malt aroma up front, followed by some sweet chocolate. A little bit of vanilla tucked in there.
Tasted like espresso with a shot of chocolate. I think I lost the vanilla.
A bit on the thin side.
Nice enough.

Photo of NWer
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on recent trip to PHL. 056312 G stamped on side of label I think- the "6" is smudged. Could be a 0 or 8.
Poured murkey yeasty brown into my Deschutes tulip. Minimal head very thin layer of small bubbles cling to edge. Nothing much else.
Aroma very pleasant. Smooth softness of vanilla foretells the taste which is again smooth, velvety, full of vanilla notes.
Warm nice feeling lingers.
A very enjoyable stout. Too bad I brought back only one.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is very full forms more then 2 finger very thick and tan. The beer is dark and only on the pour could you see the dark amber color. The head hugs the glass very nice one of the best heads I've seen in a bottle

Big nose on this beer it whafted to my nose while I was pouring it. There is a lot of aromas coffee with roasted malts and a mellow vanilla that works perfect together

To start this is a dry stout not an imperial or big stout wit that said this is a great beer. The beer starts slightly sweet. A roasted nutty flavor enters. The nutty coffee taste is very pleasent. A slight hop enters with a very hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Its a big dry finish.

For a stout this great I'm astonished how they were able to have the taste and aroma differ but have it go together

Photo of mverity
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice opaque black with some tan head and a nice medium collar. Good lacing out of this one. Aroma is really deep roasted malt, some faint coffee, and earthy too. Taste is where the vanilla comes out. Vanilla up front, char and roasted malt in the middle, then fades into a sweet dark caramel. Nice thick body and low carbonation. Very good but the whole time I felt there was just something off-putting.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical MBC mid sized bottle

Pours very dark, looks like a stout should. Dark mocha head, leaves a very fine bubble film, respectable lacing and thicker collar.

Dark malts and the advertized vanilla on the nose.

Super smooth in the mouth and super tasty on the palate. More vanilla, mellow dark malts. Quite tasty, a very nice treat

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown in color, hazy, minimal head, medium carbonation, sediment

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and vanilla

Taste: big roasted malt and coffee start giving way to toasted malt and vanilla

Mouthfeel: medium heavy body, medium carbonation, sweet with roasty bitterness

Overall: A good stout where the vanilla is pronounced but never overly dominating. The flavors combine well here. I would get this again, but would not rush out to do so.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, no light through this one, about three fingers of thick beige head, heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts with coffee, vanilla, and maybe some chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, but smooth. Alcohol is up front with raosted malts, vanilla, and coffee. Leaving a roasted coffee bean after taste.

Overall: Once again Maine Brewing has done it!!! Another excellent brew that I will continue to enjoy!

Photo of deebo
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled aug 10 2012
A-very creamy dark tan head. Black and clear. Laces nicely
S-weak aromas clean toasted dark barley malt
T-strong vanilla taste blends well with the chocolatey malt
M-soft mouthfeel- rich bodied with a pleasant chocolate/vanilla finish
O-a good dessert beer-clean and flavorful

Photo of kingcrowing
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a HF tulip - Batch #1.

Pours a deep dark brown with a small thin/bubbly light brown head. Nose is vanilla, chewy/nutty maltiness, and maybe some molasses.

Taste is light and smooth, a balance between a bite of bitterness/carbonation and mellow vanilla and dark malts. There is that molasses taste here, almost like dark chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery. Finish is crisp and a bit bitter. Overall quite nice - even on a summer afternoon.

Photo of hotpauko
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, well made dark beer. Flavors work well together. Touches of coffee and chocolate but not much. Front of palate is hit with a sweet, almost cherry taste and the vanilla flavor settles after. Tan 2 finger foam laces the glass. Smooth but clean mouth feel lingers for a time after finishing.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 12/01/12 (about 1.5 months old).

Pours out opaque black, no light getting through. A nice big fluffy light mocha colored head off the pour, it eventually settles to a nice retentive tight layer. Some decent spotty lace clings to the glass as it drinks.

Creamy smelling from the oats, a nice roasted malt aspect brings forth some nice coffee aromas that almost makes it seem as though actual coffee was put into this beer. A creamy vanilla aroma, and a bit of what a brewery smells like, mashed grains in a way.

A nice tasting stout. Everything tastes pretty much spot on. Creamy vanilla melds nicely with roasted malts, a bit of roasted coffee and dark chocolates. Hints of sweet toasted malt somewhere within. A nice hop bitterness, just a touch more than you might expect from the style, cuts through what sweetness is there and lingers through the finish. Finishing out with a bitter dark chocolate roast flavor with a bit of bakers cocoa.

Very smooth and very creamy. Carbonation is appropriate. Great drinkability.

Maybe perceived at first as somewhat of a simple stout, but well made and very flavorful. Something about this reminds me of the aroma and taste of a mash from a stout. Nicely done, now throw some in a bourbon barrel!

Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontlalboy!

(Aged for 6 months)

Black throughout with a small dark brown head that leaves spiderwebs of stick down the glass.

Somewhat mild aroma, though what's here is nice enough. There's a pleasant combination of roasted malt, a bit of ground coffee, and just the slightest hint of vanilla.

The flavor too is simple though similarly nice. Roast and ground coffee lead the way, along with a low to moderate level of bitterness, and a little vanilla. Nice, though not complex.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, and a nice night cap, but a somewhat simple stout overall. Maybe I should have consumed this one as fresh as possible?

Photo of Mertzy81
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

a: This was black and it poured with a big, sticky, khaki colored head.

s: Vanilla is certainly noticeable, but not overwhelming. Lots of deeply roasty cocoa as well. Not much complexity, but it is very appealing.

t: Very strong roast cocoaheld in check by a nicely prportioned dose of vanilla. Strong lingering roasted bitternessat the finish. Not a lot of layers here, but a very nice juxtaposition of flavors.

m: Very creamy.

o: Other great beer from MBC, no surprise there.

Photo of far333
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackish brown with a thick and frothy head that rises up a full inch, and then settles out to a low cap with legs and ringlets rising up the sides of the glass. Rich aroma of darkly roasted malt and subtle vanilla. Rich flavor of roasty malt, somewhat smokey, bitter malt, cocoa, root beer, some hop bitterness, subtle hop flavors, subtle vanilla notes. Rich mouthfeel, but a bit slick, yet tannic. Really good beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black color, its like very dark brown and black together. Nice tan creamy head on the top, almost 1" in size. Aroma, the vanilla was a little understated I thought, but still enjoyable, chocolate malt, cocao like dryness.

Kind of the quintessential usual old school stout, drinkable by yourself, not massive. Nice roast, solid chocolate presence, mild vanilla presence. A little hoppier than you might be used to for a straight up normal stout. Not thin, but not imperialized motor oil version of a double stout. Its what most people have come to know as a porter these days. This is a beer better of as part of a 4 or 6 pack, moreso than being in a 1/2 liter bottle. You can drink lots of it, and you'd want to, as its enjoyable for sure. Never had anything bad from Maine beer company. Still hunting for Zoe though. . .

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

They know dark beer at MBC, I love the King Titus porter, this one is pitch black big tan head forms thick and leaves fine even lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate malts, roasted malt brings out hints of coffee and the beer was aged on vanilla beans so therefore there's a define creaminess on the nose to bring it all together. Dark chocolate bitterness on the palate, creamy vanilla beans with a hint of acidic coffee notes from the dark malts because I'm pretty sure there's no coffee in this brew. No signs of oxidation bottled on 12/10/13, I'm okay with that it's a bottle I bought in Pittsburgh, yet MBC is not distributed here yet! The nose is magnificent the flavor is sufficient and it's a damn solid beer creamy smooth natural carbonation the palate goes down way too easily. Overall a very stand up solid beer that I will continue to enjoy when I have the opportunity to try it.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar. There’s some subtle aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and heavy cream.

Taste: Wow! Massive flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of toasted bread, dark chocolate, some subtle coffee, brown sugar-like sweetness and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and extremely smooth and creamy as hell as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol present on the palate at all.

Overall: Wow, what a great stout!! Tons of roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness and vanilla, wrapped up in an extremely smooth beer. Delicious!

Photo of timc100
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fantastic offering from Maine Beer Co. So glad I have access to these now.

This is a really well balanced and crafted stout - nothing over the top at all, just very in tune with itself. Fresh coffee beans, some decent amount of roast, bitter dark chocolate and the addition of the vanilla beans yields a mocha, milk chocolate sweetness. Aroma is not very big but there are some very nice things going on - vanilla sweetness, coffee roast - cold pressed coffee -, and really fine dark chocolate shavings. Creamy mouthfeel - soft but fizzy carbonation.

Right up there with Titus, MO, and Peeper. Great stuff.

Photo of rdilauro
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black, not thick, but still a good pour with a nice semi-white cream. The aroma was very attractive. No question about the vanilla in this one... I could not detect any of the coffee or chocolate... However, at the first taste, there was no question that there was coffee.

This was a semi-big stout, very smooth with a lingering aftertaste.

This seems to be the trend with the Maine beers I have tasted.. All are very clean, soft
with excellent aftertaste.... Lingering

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from the 16.9 ounce bottle.

Pour produces a chewy and creamy cocoa-colored head two and a half fingers thick. Midnight black body. Beautiful contrast of body and head. 5

Robust coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Faint caramel sweetness. Touch of floral hops. 4

Dark roast malt and coffee with a touch of caramel and vanilla. There's a roasted quality that shines in this beer. Vanilla becomes more apparent with some time and warmth. 4

Heavier carbonation than I'd expect, but enough creamy malt body to achieve a drinkable balance. From the hop presence and roasted malt/coffee quality this has a dry finish. 3.75

After having this on nitro, the bottled version is a tad underwhelming, but this is still a great beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. The label blurb isn't overly specific, but still screams out allegiance to some kind of typical and familiar American story trope.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with the merest of basal cola edges, and four ebullient fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly milk chocolate brown head, which leaves some decent spooky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly roasted, and kind of meaty bready pale cereal malt, puffed wheat, sharp espresso, and not much, if anything at all, in the way of vanilla, organic or not. The taste is weirdly dominated by that cereal-heavy dry wheat character (I'm reminded of when my mom made puffed wheat squares, instead of Rice Krispie squares, and that caramelized marshmallow goodness that I craved), mixed dry coffee and cocoa powder notes, hints of the proclaimed vanilla, in more of a boozy baking ingredient guise, and middling leafy, weedy, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key and understated in its basic goings-on, the body an adequate medium weight, and acceptably smooth, the grittiness of the malt seeming culpable at this juncture. It finishes mostly dry, the grain, char, hops, and vanilla, I suppose, colluding as such.

Calling yourself an American Porter may mean, for the most part, employing adjuncts that the English don't allow or particularly care for, and that's the problem here. Maine advertises the vanilla - in the end, a sort of snake-oil salesman move - and fails on the Yankee hopitude front. There is indeed a special vein running through the majority of this brewery's offerings, but methinks this offering took one too many sick days when they were handing out the decoder ring for that.

Photo of joeseppy
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black as you can get it with a nice mocha head.

Aroma is of split vanilla bean, bakers chocolate and hints of sweet coffee.

Initial taste is tangy and bitter. Where is this tang coming from? Smooths out later with bitter cocoa and semi-sweet coffee. Trace of vanilla extract.

On the thinner side, sticky lips, and bitter lingering.

Is this a stout or a black hop IPA? Couldn't finish in one seating so I put in the fridge overnight. Finding the tanginess went away. This kind of stout had me at one time saying "I could take 'em or leave 'em". Bottom line for me is this is not sweet or creamy-should it be?!? Basically bitter coffee and bakers chocolate with vanilla extract. Every stout has it's place.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Brez07 for sending this to me in his LIF.

A: Pours a light black with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates to small foamy layer. Not much lacing.

A: Nice roasted black malt, some chocolate, and hints of vanilla. As it warms the chocolate becomes a bit more pronounced.

T: Very similar to the aroma, heavy roasted malt, some chocolate and a little bit of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied, but seemed to be a little thin. Decent carbonation.

O: Was hoping for a bit more vanilla. This is a solid beer that hopefully in future batches will have that vanilla boost. Another solid beer from MBC.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,999 ratings.