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Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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3.96
pDev:
21.21%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our American-style stout aged on organic vanilla beans. Intense notes of coffee and dark chocolate lead way to subtle notes of natural vanilla. Flaked oats generate a silky mouthfeel.

Added by dciBA on 03-03-2010

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Reviews: 438 | Ratings: 2,266
Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like the name and I like the description. I had thought that it would be an imperial stout but I'm actually glad it isn't because I've never seen a non-imperial stout aged on vanilla beans.

Pours a pitch black with a small, brownish head. Looks menacing enough to drink.

Cocoa, cream, vanilla bean and coffee aromas unfold as it warms up to room temperature. Very inviting.

Wow. Vanilla bean, cream and roasted coffee mingle together, finishing in an orgasm of all three flavors. Very palatable.

Vanilla lingers the longest on my palate, followed by cream. A light, but memorable finish to an excellent beer.

I don't know about the others, but I really like this beer. It's an interesting thing to do with a regular stout and in this case, the aging compliments this stout. Check it out!!!

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown, black appearance. Thick, foamy khaki colored head with fantastic lacing. Aroma consists of vanilla beans, rich milk chocolate, oak, cherries, roasted coffee, chocolate malts and heavy cream. Taste is milky, mildly bitter with lots of rich and smooth chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. Great notes of cherries, vanilla bean, molasses, malt and some hints of yeast and light hops. Sort of a sugar-cookie flavor towards the end. Medium to light body with mild carbonation. Aftertaste is mostly rich coffee flavors and smooth chocolates. Wonderful, fantastic American Stout.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

highly underrated stout from one of America's great brewery. In the world of barrel aged and sometimes over the top flavor combos, this is a pleasent respite. great nose of roasted coffee and dark choclate. silky mouthfeel thanks to the oats and lingering flavor. not so much as to overwhelm one but enough to love it and go for the next sip, and next , and next, till....

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First Maine Beer Co. that I have tried. Very nice dark stout with a decent foam head. Smells of strong roast with slight hints of vanilla. The taste was more of roasted coffee than chocolate for me and the vanilla is there too. Hop bitterness to boot at the finish. The mouthfeel was where this beer worked for me. Medium bodied, smooth, soft like maybe velvet, clean, and so well-balanced. To conclude: I've rated this low abv stout quite high even though I prefer my stouts super strong in taste, thickness, and alcohol. Overall there was nothing I did not like about this brew and it actually took me by surprise. Very well done Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, no light through this one, about three fingers of thick beige head, heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts with coffee, vanilla, and maybe some chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, but smooth. Alcohol is up front with raosted malts, vanilla, and coffee. Leaving a roasted coffee bean after taste.

Overall: Once again Maine Brewing has done it!!! Another excellent brew that I will continue to enjoy!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar. There’s some subtle aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and heavy cream.

Taste: Wow! Massive flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of toasted bread, dark chocolate, some subtle coffee, brown sugar-like sweetness and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and extremely smooth and creamy as hell as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol present on the palate at all.

Overall: Wow, what a great stout!! Tons of roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness and vanilla, wrapped up in an extremely smooth beer. Delicious!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 12/10/13. Sampled on December 21, 20-13 so this bottle is pretty fresh.

The pour is a deep dark black color with no brown or glistening reddish hues in sight. It really is black with a long lasting and soft feeling tan head.

The aroma is delightful with its full dark malt, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and vague fruit character. The hops are downplayed.

A highly creamy and smooth body that falls into the medium to bold range.

The taste is much like the aroma with less emphasis on the vanilla beans and more so on the baked dark chocolate. The slightest touch of dry bitterness on the backside. Very nice beer.

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Photo of roan22
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer, tasted notes of coffee/dark chocolate/vanilla and maybe oats to smooth it all out? Drinkable no matter what you are eating. There is a bitterness like a Black IPA but it might be a Porter or a Stout, I'm not sure.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark stout brown/black, with a very small medium tan head that rings quickly

S - the vanilla is quite prevalent in the aroma, distinguishable and palatable, chocolate and roasted mocha malts are all very welcoming

T - a bit on the the acidic side of chocolate, but thats not a downside, a complex flavor made up of chocolate, vanilla, mocha, earthy peat malts. Maybe even a hint of anise.

M&D - Smooth and easy down with plenty of life on the palate. The flavor is complex without being overbearing, easily pairable with food and even sessionable. A great intro to this brewery for me.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New seasonal from the guys at MBC. Have eagerly awaiting this one... Pours a robust brown with ruby edges, a nice and hearty beige head, nice life, nice lacing. Really worth a few whiffs - the nose is subtle at first, with coco and subtle vanilla, followed by some mellow coffee and chocolate. Flavors meld so well - light roastyness allows the vanilla to poke through amidst the toasty coco and chocolate, with nice coffee undertones, nutty, and a dry and dusty hop finish. Low bitterness. Super smooth texture, nice and mellow, with the perfect dry finish to balance. For the style (stout) this is supremely drinkable. This beer has the nice balance of plenty of interesting flavors and complexity, while pulled off with subtlety, yet still remains a refreshing and drinkable stout. Can't wait to see what comes next.

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Photo of Aws1187
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an underrated beer. Smell is subtle but wonderfully hoppy for a stout. Caramel, chocolate and coffee scents come through and are enhanced once you take a few sips.

I'm not a stout lover but I tried it on draft at the MBC brewery and was very surprised. Important to drink it fresh- 30 days or less, the hoppiness is the most important aspect of the beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Very rich aromas of vanilla, coffee and chocolate with hints of sherry or port.
S: Pours bright black under a frothy 1” foam cap that recedes to a thick clingy film.
T: Malty rich, complex layered flavors of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, toast, cream soda with malted herbs, some cola to root beer, suggestions of sherry to fruit and nuts.
F: Very smooth, silky and creamy, light sweetness but not cloying, medium full body and very soft carbonation.
O: A big, full flavored beer with an incredible texture that makes it a delight to drink.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted and reviewed on 11/10/11

Pretty much black in color. Lively, but thick, well-retained mocha tan color cap with a "whipped" appearance.

Chocolate aroma and yes, vanilla, earthy-musty hops, creamy, rollo's with a dry hop tingle.

Full, smooth, clean and exciting mouth feel.

A crisp, jazzy, up-beat side to an aged stout! roastie nuts, mild chocolate, vanilla and cream, maybe a hint of peanut butter and rum in the finish. Dry, earthy hops provide a nice balance. Complexity is good, but the flavor's could meld more, lay this one down for 3 mounths and we might just have a true epic.

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Photo of beastmammoth
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Especially as it warms, this is a great beer. Intense overwhelming roast bitterness couples with harsh unsweetened chocolate. Waves and waves of bitter tempered by some delicate vanilla. A little light on mouthfeel but smooth and not lacking. Light sweet vanilla on the nose.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into tulip. 11/10/11 bottle date.

Pours with a healthy 2F of tan head over a deep, opaque black body. Really nice lacing.

Aromas carry cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, light coffee grinds, and light charcoal.

Very creamy on the palate, wielding flavors of soft bittersweet chocolate, Dunkin Donuts iced coffee with half-and-half, and other assorted roasted deliciousness.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, with just a touch of carbonation...would be insane on nitro.

Usually it takes me 2-3 tries of something new before I really fall in love with it, but this one was love at first sip. Tremendously elegant and smooth... Must, find, sixtel, immediately ...

edit: WTF is with the reviews below? This is an American Stout, not a RIS or ADIS. C'mon people, review to Style!

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black coffee appearance with minimal head and no retention. With the dark color, it's hard to tell if there's any sediment, but this brew appears to be thoroughly translucent.

S - Pure coffee bean aroma with some sweetness from the vanilla beans. Slight milk chocolate esters compliment the coffee character delivering for an aroma that provides as advertised.

T - Pretty much spot on with the aroma here...the coffee facet carries a little more load though. The vanilla beans are less noticeable, but they clearly provide that "something's missing" present in many stouts out there.

M - Very full bodied beer that I would have assumed to be classified as a coffee stout, but good either way. The coffee bean taste holds firm into the aftertaste.

O - Very good beer that delivers as promised and I'd definitely purchase it again. Even though this beer isn't classified as a coffee beer, it still might take the cake for my favorite coffee beer (even over the BBC Coffeehouse Porter).

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Photo of JRed
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours black in body with khaki head that melts down the side of the glass. Aroma of cocoa, mild ash, tobacco, dirt, and burnt ends. Tastes of cocoa, burnt bread, tobacco comes through toward the finish and then cocoa And vanilla come back again. Surprising how smooth this beer is. Glad to see it isn't a booze bomb either. Very refreshing despite the dry tone of the flavors. Very good stuff.

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Photo of BigGeorge860
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

IMHO this beer is underrated here. Maine's offerings are always solid, and Tom is exceptional. If you're gonna fault this beer, I suppose you could base it on the fact that they make vanilla the selling point, but the overwhelming flavor is coffee, coffee, coffee. A little thin on the mouthfeel for this style, but the aroma, flavor and aftertaste pay you back. Excellent.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark and chocolate with some sweet vanilla and cocoa. Through the middle, some coffee comes through alongside some more roasted and lightly burnt flavors. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with some vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced American Stout. The vanilla adds a nice complexity to the beer.

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Photo of Lumens66
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark color not dissimilar to coffee, with a nice dark brown head that dissipates quickly unlike an Irish stout. A light hint of vanilla on the nose but mostly toasted malt notes, cocoa, coffee and toffee. The mouth feel in concert with the flavors are almost immediately reminiscent of a classic egg cream soda. It's the carbonation of this beer that really do that. It's uncanny actually. It was the first thing I thought of upon my first sip. Nice long finish and lingering aftertaste. Really a fine stout.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark color sits below a decent lacing that once was a layer of froth, this beer fills your nose and then your palette with rich tastes leaving a drying raw dark chocolate taste behind. The after taste in itself is worth the drive but then again I have had the pleasure of drinking this beer at the Maine Beer Company, worthy.

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Photo of Soxfan45
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I loved this beer. I was looking for something different to go with my steak. I grab it off the shelf warm brought it home and poured it into the glass. It poured dark and creamy. The foam stayed thick and creamy for as long as it took me to drink. I smelled just a hint of vanilla with chocolate. Tasted malt, and chocolate at first the more I drank the more vanilla I tasted. I do not know if they barrel age this beer but if they did I would LOVE to try it!! This is the first Maine Brewing Company beer I have tried but it will not be the last.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a one finger mocha colored head that dissipates to a fine lacing around the outside edge of the glass.

S: Smells of vanilla beans and some sweetness accompanied by a light amount of cocoa (somewhat contrasting with the vanilla) and a hint of coffee.

T: Just like the nose, typical roasted malt flavors common to stouts with a hint of vanilla and coffee.

M: Mild amount of carbonation with a fairly medium body that slides off the tongue with a nice creaminess.

O: Overall, quite delicious. I'd definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everyone seems obsessed with high ABV, BA Stouts these days. Mean Old Tom is neither - it's a very easy drinking 6.5% ABV and even without time in a barrel, it's an extremely complex and delicious stout. Maine Beer Co has their house in order - it sure seems everything these guys churn out is spot on. Well done.

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Photo of kagent777
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle brought back from a recent trip to Boston. Poured into my beer goblet. No bottling date that I can see.

Appearance: More of a dark brown than black. I got very little head on this one. The ring around the edge did leave a little lacing as I went, though.

Smell: I smell vanilla, chocolate, and roasty malts. The smell is some what subdued. When I swirl the beer in the glass I also get a stronger sense of dark pumpernickel bread.

Taste: The taste follows the nose mirroring everything, especially vanilla. The taste is stronger than the smell will have you believe. A nice chunk of char up front followed by a bit of (semi) chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The finish is strong for a non imperial stout. The body and carbonation are perfect, body in the middle to strong range while the carbonation is lower.

Overall: This is a really good beer. I wish we could get it here in Utah, but I am glad to try it. I am a sucker for vanilla in my stouts and this one has the perfect dose of vanilla. Highly recommended!

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.