Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by bitterbeerguy:
4/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
After a long week, I decided to open this bottle with a fellow beer enthusiast.
Pours a lite midnight color. I realize this is kind of an oxymoron, but it is the perfect description. Very dark, but not terrible dense. Nice small off-white bubbles grace the top at first and subside quickly.
Aroma is balanced between chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Really the vanilla did it for me. With that said, I was surprised how the notes were all very subtle- so often I find American Stouts have more pronounced flavors, but that's OK by me.
Taste- I was initially a little disappointed by this- a little weak body for the complexity of the aroma. With that said, I let it sit 15 minutes and that helped to make those flavors arrive. The vanilla won the race for me, and really why I would recommend this brew to others. Some beers talk about vanilla, but MOT had it spot on. Some light notes of marshmallow fluff, caramel, and butterscotch linger in the background.
Overall, a very nice way to begin a wonderful evening with friends.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2012 23:17:12 | More by bitterbeerguy
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 1,554 ratings.