Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by apintofknowledge:
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle dated 10/07/12 - simple, clean label design - minimalist look stands out!
Pours a deep walnut hue with a nice creamy, frothy mocha colored head.
Aroma is faint, mild roasted smell with hints of bourbon (likely from the vanilla beans).
Once you get past the nice creamy head, the mouthfeel is somewhat thin... a little more body would go a long way.
The taste is initially roasty (think coffee beans and toasted walnuts) with a touch of the crisp, slightly burnt caramelized layer atop a creme brulee. Gets somewhat bitter after this, with notes of charcoal, over-roasted coffee beans (a.k.a. Starbucks) and a chalky mineral-like finish. I find the vanilla very subtle, but a good contrast to the burnt notes (helps smooth out the harsher flavors). The vanilla and slightly buttery notes come through more as the beer warms, but still subtle allowing the roasted flavors to come forward.
Let this one warm a little before drinking. I started drinking this a little too chilled, and the harsher flavors dominated. As it warmed, it became more balanced and had more depth. Not a complex beer by any means, but nice and very drinkable overall.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2012 23:46:01 | More by apintofknowledge
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - Reasonably full dark tan head over an opaque brown-black beer, with lacing.
S - Roasted malt notes over all, with hints of chocolate and coffee. I got very little vanilla.
T - Again, very little vanilla, but a full roasty toasty taste, and more than a little bite as the beer winds down. Maybe this is how Tom is mean?
M - Clean, very smooth. Not much drying.
O - My first MBC. It was a good beer, delicious. Not a revelation, but well executed. I might have been a bit disappointed by the lack of vanilla notes if it weren't for the fact that it is so easy for those to become overpowering, and this was such a decent brew that I didn't miss them.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 05:33:34 | More by Tsar_Riga
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,260 ratings.