Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by shangwang:
3.2/5 rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Stumbled on Mean Old Tom on tap at Ron's Original tonight. Served in a Chimay goblet.
There was a dark black appearance to the body, with a half-finger of frothy tan head that dissipated to a thin layer rather quickly, leaving some soft, foamy lacing behind. It smelled very strongly of coffee, but it wasn't as much a dark roast smell as it was a sweet mocha with hints of vanilla. The taste was more bitter than I expected from the smell, and I got baker's chocolate, medium roast coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel was much waterier than I expected; it was rather light in the mouth with almost no carbonation. In fact, I'd say it was flat, which was disappointing.
Overall, I was let down by the taste after the expectations I had from the smell and appearance. It wasn't a bad beer, but I was hoping the vanilla would be a major contributor to the taste, and it just wasn't. The mouthfeel was extremely disappointing - it had no body, which would have added a lot. I doubt I'll be seeking this one out again with the number of other beers in this style that have great character.
Serving type: on-tap
02-04-2012 00:58:38 | More by shangwang
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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 1,552 ratings.