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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

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1,327 Ratings
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Ratings: 1327
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: dciBA on 03-03-2010)
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First off, it's really nice to see a vanilla aged stout that hasn't been needlessly aged in whiskey barrels. Seriously.

Poured perhaps a bit too cold into a Lawson's tulip glass. Deep, dark ruby with a chocolate-colored head.

Smells strongly of roasted barley with just a light wisp of dry hops--a regular old American stout, no need for bourbon burn!

Gentle carbonation lends a smoothnes to the front end that is quickly, nicely washed away by burnt barley roughness. This segues into a semi-sweet finish of bakers chocolate, coffee, and fresh vanilla bean.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 19:17:55 | More by mynie
Photo of DrunkenSwine88

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stout style creates an obviously dark appearance with nice head retention. Little to no aroma. The bitterness is rather subdued for a stout. Though the beer was brewed with vanilla beans, I also picked up on an almost salty chocolatey note. The mouth feel was velvety and incredibly smooth. Overall a great choice for the stout category, of which I am not the biggest fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 03:50:30 | More by DrunkenSwine88
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours very dark with extremely dark head. lots of coffee vanilla on the nose, very roasty. flavor matches with some dark chocolate, and hops. light to medium bodied, creamy fluffy feel. very nice brew indeed. bit of brown sugar and milky sweetness. very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:38:07 | More by dank203
Photo of cpetrone84


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown with a tan head and a fair bit of bubbles. Nose is moderate roasted malt, notes of cooked coffee bean with a decent touch of vanilla and notes of dark chocolate. Taste is not sweet but does have a good bit of the vanilla. Light roasted malts, rich chocolate and vanilla, a marshmallow quality, well balanced and not sugary. Pretty well done! Medium body and incredibly smooth feel with gentle carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:33:39 | More by cpetrone84
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New York

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mean Old Tom pours very dark brown and is almost black in a Cisco fisheye pint glass. Slight red highlights reveal themselves beneath three fingers of a dense, creamy, light chestnut head that lasts an eternity. After the head turns to a pancake batter consistency, it leaves a thick webbing of lace. Maine Beer Company also has nice, simple, label art.

Chocolate latte fills the nose with roasted back notes. Cashew and bittersweet chocolate give way to vanilla and lactose as it warms.

The flavor, while more roasted, generally follows the nose. This beer has a decent balance as baker’s chocolate overtakes coffee and vanilla. A modest finish brings one back while warmth brings out black coffee.

A full, creamy body with alcohol as expected and modest, fine, prickly carbonation.

This bottle was originally purchased to honor a friend who recently joined the ranks of the elderly. While I’m not sure if he enjoyed the homage, the beer was enjoyed with lengthy, nonsensical conversation. A second bottle was aged about ten months, which mellowed out the alcohol and the vanilla. Aged or not, this is an enjoyable beer that works as well on a warm day as a cold, windy, November evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 19:55:36 | More by SLeffler27
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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

17 oz bottle.

Pours jet black, thin tan film dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of rich milk chocolate and roasted coffee, some brown sugar and vanilla in there as well. Perhaps a bit of hazelnut.

Flavor is of chocolate, hazelnut, fig, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, and dry biscuit.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good stout with nice flavor and aroma in a lower-abv package. Very enjoyable and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:20:35 | More by Cylinsier
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New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. Medium mocha colored creamy head. Edges are medium brown/reddish when held to the light

S: Roasty malt, chocolate, vanilla and coffee

T: A nice dose of maltiness. The malt and chocolate dominate. Vanilla provides good balance to the malt

M: Medium bodied, maybe a touch to much carbonation, wish I was a tad creamier

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:47:22 | More by BumpyAZ
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Reasonably full dark tan head over an opaque brown-black beer, with lacing.

S - Roasted malt notes over all, with hints of chocolate and coffee. I got very little vanilla.

T - Again, very little vanilla, but a full roasty toasty taste, and more than a little bite as the beer winds down. Maybe this is how Tom is mean?

M - Clean, very smooth. Not much drying.

O - My first MBC. It was a good beer, delicious. Not a revelation, but well executed. I might have been a bit disappointed by the lack of vanilla notes if it weren't for the fact that it is so easy for those to become overpowering, and this was such a decent brew that I didn't miss them.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 05:33:34 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

They know dark beer at MBC, I love the King Titus porter, this one is pitch black big tan head forms thick and leaves fine even lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate malts, roasted malt brings out hints of coffee and the beer was aged on vanilla beans so therefore there's a define creaminess on the nose to bring it all together. Dark chocolate bitterness on the palate, creamy vanilla beans with a hint of acidic coffee notes from the dark malts because I'm pretty sure there's no coffee in this brew. No signs of oxidation bottled on 12/10/13, I'm okay with that it's a bottle I bought in Pittsburgh, yet MBC is not distributed here yet! The nose is magnificent the flavor is sufficient and it's a damn solid beer creamy smooth natural carbonation the palate goes down way too easily. Overall a very stand up solid beer that I will continue to enjoy when I have the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 23:47:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Stone Snifter.

After pour has a nice thick head and good initial smell. Vanilla is certainly present but not overpowering. I get some good roasted malt with coffee as well. Taste has some chocolate, light coffee, toastyness and only a slight amount of vanilla. Went down smooth but just wasn't as impressed as I expected to be from Maine. I'll be sure to drink a Lunch next time instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:03:31 | More by hops202
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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/10/13. Washed a nonic pint for it.

A little too much initial 'glug-glug' yielded a massive four-finger head of dry tan foam with a rocky surface. The color of the beer is a rich malt extract shade of brown-black. Craggy lacing suits me well. Looks awesome.

Vanilla bean in the nose is in the forefront with classic American stout aromas of hearty roast, coffee, stale piney hops, and some grittiness. Smells rich and malt-forward. Not your typical earthiness. Leftover hops have some character.

Rich and roasty with a tangy hop profile and a good dose of vanilla. Faint coffee bitterness and flavor with a touch of sweetness. The dryness behind this stout really makes it that much more palatable. Quality roasted malts and floral hops with a glimpse of pine. Awesome mouthfeel with a velvety body and an elegant carbonation level. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 16:31:20 | More by thecheapies
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3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep dark brown, chocolate milk head.

S - Oats, vanilla, chocolate.

T - Oats, vanilla, chocolate, dryness.

M - Smooth, velvety.

O - Solid offering, reasonably priced, would recommend, but I have to say, leaves you wanting. Could use more vanilla, more coffee notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 04:15:09 | More by Trifecta1
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Houser for getting me this bottle. Bottle dated 11/05/13 enjoyed 17 Feb 14.

Reviewed from notes

A: Pours an opaque dark brown, clear with light through the edges showing plenty of burgundy. Very thin mocha head quickly gives way to a thin ring.

S: Aromas of mild, light roast coffee, graham cracker, a hint of roastiness, and a very faint vanilla. On warming, a slight hop dankness emerges.

T/M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carb, slightly coarse carbonation with some astringency. A slightly tart cherry sweetness with hints of raisin up front lead into a big graham cracker malt sweetness with caramel, slight hints of coffee that lingers with a bitterness through the finish. Very subtle vanilla... nearly imperceptible to the point that it's possible I was only convincing myself to find it.

O: A nice beer. A bit thin for a stout, but I actually enjoyed how drinkable it was as a consequence, and the complement of flavors was really nice. I was giving this beer credit for the vanilla that was nearly imperceptible, partly due to the bottle being slightly past its "enjoy by" recommendation. That said, I've typically not had vanilla fall off like that, so maybe there just wasn't much to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 10:09:38 | More by jdhowe
Photo of mverity


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice opaque black with some tan head and a nice medium collar. Good lacing out of this one. Aroma is really deep roasted malt, some faint coffee, and earthy too. Taste is where the vanilla comes out. Vanilla up front, char and roasted malt in the middle, then fades into a sweet dark caramel. Nice thick body and low carbonation. Very good but the whole time I felt there was just something off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 06:37:05 | More by mverity
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. Off white forms and retains well. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt, not so much vanilla. In the taste, vanilla, coffee, smoke and sweet malts. Quite nice and coffee like. A bit of vanilla as it warms. Nice citrus hops with mild acidity. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew with vanilla coffee and hops in the finish. Tasty brew. Through and through.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:44:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Tommy into a snazzy voodoo barrel room snifter...what a mean old bastard.

Not really...looks stoutly with some nice lacing.

Smells of burnt toast with a smatter of light chocolate powder.

Tastes nutty, understated coffee and milk chocolate mixture, and organic....oooohhhh organic vanilla. No chemical vanilla monster here, no sir, no way...uh-uh!

I pounded it, but I didn't particularly enjoy it. Like nights of youthful indiscretion, I kept my eyes shut. Maybe this is mean by Maine standards, but here in Wisconsin we, well, shit most everybody's nice. But still, this ain't all that mean.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:35:19 | More by BarrytheBear
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toast, oats, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malt and vanilla notes with light hops; and good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, oats, light char, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, oats, vanilla, caramel, light char, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light vanilla and hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good stout. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Vanilla was much more prominent in the aromas than the flavors; but it was very enjoyable offering otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:04:14 | More by superspak
Photo of ItsMe


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - off-white/egg shell colored one and a half finger head sitting atop this dark brew. No light really coming through the glass. Slight red glow around the edges when held up to the light. Looks like a stout to me.

Smell - Right off the bat the roasted coffee and malts make their presence known. Bakers chocolate comes next. The vanilla scent is soft. It's certainly there but not as assertive as I expected. Maybe even a little maple in there?

Taste - Roasted coffee and malts right on the front of the pallet. The vanilla is smooth and not overpowering. Quite drinkable with a bitter, roasty bite that lingers at the end.

MF - Smooth and velvety. Feels more like a porter. Nice and light. Medium body.

Overall - This one gets a thumbs up. A nice, light, easy drinking stout. As a fanatic of the style, I could drink this in the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 04:08:59 | More by ItsMe
Photo of RyanOooh


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very vanilla forward drinkable stout / more like porter. Interesting dark pour and thick but small tan head. Aroma is of vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, roasty malt. Delicious vanilla flavor, roasty finish w/ slight cherry. Tasty and smooth, definitely worth a taste despite the price per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:14:59 | More by RyanOooh
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 7/2/13 poured on 12/27/13. Shared with Dad. Says drink within 90 days but whatever. Dark brown to black pour with a light brown creamy half finger head. Aroma of huge roast and light vanilla, some smoke, semisweet chocolate. Flavor follows the smell with big roast and semisweet chocolate, light vanilla, and lingering bitter roast lingers. Medium carbonation and light medium body. This comes off as a porter rather than a stout and with that expectation is very nice. Recommended for lighter stout fare for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 22:12:53 | More by BMMillsy
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Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with a light head. It looks like a stout because it is a stout.

This beer smells like genuine vanilla...not extract. It doesn't smell like a milkshake, just...real.

The vanilla flavor is there, but it's almost like it's hiding in the shadows. Overall the flavor is a little boring. Not bad. Not even not good. Just not quite the expression I would have expected from Maine Beer Company.

Wait, I take that back. I compared their King Titus porter to a perfect family sedan.

On the flipside, it's very well balanced. This is a good beer, but my palate needs something a little more exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 02:57:31 | More by DrinkNewport
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New Hampshire

4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:09:58 | More by puboflyons
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this on tap and it was much, much better. Vegetal flavors coming through the palate and dominating pretty soundly over the light vanilla characteristic I've known before on this brew. What happened here? Minus points for really only the flavor, but I'm probably sensitive and it's still a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:19:55 | More by momobono
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Bottled on November 5, 2013.

A: Pours a deep dark brown to black body with a dark beige head. Plenty of lacing left in the glass. Tons of tiny bubbles constantly stream up along the edges of the glass to the top.

S: Dark roast coffee and malts, bakers chocolate and of course vanilla.

T/M: Roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla on the finish. Body is not heavy and is very easy to drink with a nice amount of carbonation. A little musty hops which pairs nicely with the vanilla, cocoa sweetness. The flaked oats give the body a nice creaminess.

O: Enjoyable stout that isn't heavy at all and is super easy to drink. A nice low abv at 6.5% makes this a nice stout to drink and won't set you on your ass. Each sip makes you want to keep going back for more and more. For sure I will be buying more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 23:49:14 | More by jhartley
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4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 22:59:17 | More by pvo
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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,327 ratings.