Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by TK5150:
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From the bottle, which just hit RSVP today...
A- Pours cola brown with a one and a half finger beige head. The bubbles are a mix of small and large. Leaves great lacing as I drink. Looks more like a lighter porter than a stout.
S- Smells like cocoa puffs cereal with some vanilla and cream.
T- Light roasted chocolate notes which are enhanced slightly by the vanilla, some raisin...finishes with some earthiness of the vanilla and some dry chocolate. Doesn't blow me away at all, though is fine for a session stout.
M- Smooth mouthfeel. Not heavy by any stretch of the imagination, this is medium bodied. The lighter carbonation helps keep the mouthfeel enjoyable though.
D- Feels like a sessionable 6.5% american stout to me.
Not a bad beer at all. A nice, standard stout from Maine Beer Company. Best I've had from them.
Not good enough to get again though, especially at the price of well over $6/bottle.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2011 19:59:31 | More by TK5150
More User Reviews:
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
89 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.