Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by apintofknowledge:
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
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:
4.14/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a MBC ale glass
A: Black as night. Nice edges that resonate light brown/tan. Lacing is minimal. A swirl bring some carbo back to brew. No legs to speak of.
S: Deep black chocolate notes with that vanilla that is touted. Huge roasted notes. Surprisingly, there's some neo-hop notes coming though on the back of this.
T: very balanced for how sweet and hoppy this is trying to be, I have another, I may age it a year and see if the hoppy notes secede. Yeast is mild and some toffee presents, may be yeast notes trying to push it out.
M: Smooth. Roasty like coffee. Not overly full, but not thin. Middle on feel. Malts definitely dominate ultimate out breath.
O: Me likey. May be my favorite flavored stout due to mouthfeel and not overtly chewy malty notes.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 03:48:04 | More by Scrapss
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.