Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.11/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
We pour a brew of the deepest cola brown. It supports a hearty head of three fingers, composed of fluffy, mousse-like foam. Striped geographic lacing was left around the glass as it dissipated at a slower pace. The beer is really at no point ever completely devoid of bubbles. No haze is noted, but thick chunks of sediment made it in despite our best efforts. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives chalky and roasty dark malts of black and coffee varietals, with angel food cake filler. Blending are tinny metallics, cooling vanilla bean, light grassy hops, medicinal phenols, frank banana breadiness, mustiness, gravel, smoke, and sea salt. With warmth comes richer toffee sweetness, pastel mints, and soft peppery booze. Our first impression is that this is just a plain old good stout, with the vanilla offering more subtle sourness until it washes through freshly and brightly in the aftertaste. As we sip, the flavoring opens with sea saltiness, richly roasty coffee malts, charcoal, grassy and lightly herbal hops, irony mineral, vanilla cake breadiness, creamy butters, soured chocolate malt, and lime rind. The peak comes with straw, grassy hops, mustiness, burnt ham meatiness, soured coffee char, and lavender florals. The finishing wash comes with cleaner brown, coffee, and chocolate malts, roasty barley, light caramels sweetness, vinyl plastics, herbal hop essence, yeasty dryness, soured vanilla bean, and milky lactics. The aftertaste breathes of chalks, coppery metallics, iced coffee, vegetal pepper skins, fresh vanilla bean, fusel booze, red apple sugars, salt water taffy, tannic teas, plastic foaminess, sweet cream, and continued lactics. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip affords nice froth, slurp, cream, smack, and pop. The mouth is initially cooled and coated, but drips into chalky and metallic astringency concentrating towards the front of the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. Here things were kept fresh, well balanced, inclusive, and cooling. The vanilla came out decently, with a great, simple, and heartily roasty stout base. This translated well through the flavoring, but some of the vanilla brightness did get a bit lost until the very end of the sip and aftertaste, where it gave sourness and eventual cleanliness respectively. The feel was silky smooth and creamy, aiding drinkability. The current trend is that people are loving all over Maine Beer Company’s more hoppy stock, but we think it is these sleepers that you need to watch out for.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2013 01:32:53 | More by TheBrewo
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4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
First off, it's really nice to see a vanilla aged stout that hasn't been needlessly aged in whiskey barrels. Seriously.
Poured perhaps a bit too cold into a Lawson's tulip glass. Deep, dark ruby with a chocolate-colored head.
Smells strongly of roasted barley with just a light wisp of dry hops--a regular old American stout, no need for bourbon burn!
Gentle carbonation lends a smoothnes to the front end that is quickly, nicely washed away by burnt barley roughness. This segues into a semi-sweet finish of bakers chocolate, coffee, and fresh vanilla bean.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 19:17:55 | More by mynie
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,313 ratings.