Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by gfreed:
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Another line drawing on a well-designed label means another good beer from Maine Brewing. Nice color, dense head, waffley aroma with molasses and tobacco throughout; a good cloud of almost Swisher-Sweets smoke that does not repel (unlike the cigars...). The body is a tad thin and the bubbles are a tad brittle. Although MBC says this beer is aged over vanilla beans, I didn't smell or taste any more or less vanilla than any other porter. That might change with aging, which means buying a few bottles and hiding them for a year. Dang.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2011 22:04:01 | More by gfreed
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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 1,537 ratings.