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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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88
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398 Reviews
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Reviews: 398
Hads: 2,071
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 3.55%
Wants: 117
Gots: 355 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dciBA on 03-03-2010

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.
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Reviews: 398 | Hads: 2,071
Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
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!!! (798 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
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! (651 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
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! (469 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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! (877 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of Aws1187
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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! (374 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +15%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of beastmammoth
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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! (784 characters)

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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). (991 characters)

Photo of JRed
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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. (394 characters)

Photo of BigGeorge860
4.49/5  rDev +14%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of Lumens66
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of Soxfan45
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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! (1,035 characters)

Photo of thirstyturtle
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't understand why this beer doesn't receive higher marks, very well-balanced with a solid vanilla flavor. One of the best Maine has to offer imo. (151 characters)

Photo of pvo
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this - it's a medium-bodied stout with a lasting roast flavor. Very well balanced, not too high in alcohol, just a very solid beer. Some might say it's expensive for what it is - I believe I paid around $7 for the 16.9 oz bottle, but I justify that by comparing its price to what I might pay at a bar, though anything is more reasonable that way. In any case, this is one of the more well-balanced stouts that I've had recently. (443 characters)

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L - Nice dark brown/black, small amount of head.

S - smells sublime, big vanilla bean, roasted malts, brown sugar, touch of alcohol.

T - roasted malt, this reminds me a bit of an Irish dry stout, vanilla comes through thoroughly. It tastes exactly as it is, a big vanilla stout.

F - Nice carbonation, not too thin, a little chewy, can't ask for much more.

O - a very nice stout. A little pricey but very nice. Not too complex but it delivers with the vanilla. (502 characters)

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.