Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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2.35/5 rDev -40.5%
500ml bottle -> CCB Snifter
Bottled Dated: 01/05(?)/12
A-> Poured cold with a deep brown/black hue with some faintly khaki colored head about .5 fingers worth that leaves some moderate lacing.
S-> Dark, roasted malt, cheap coffee, some light bitter chocolate, no real vanilla detectable...smells almost thin....
T-> some bitter chocolate with cheap or stale coffee notes. Roasty flavors take over but that's about it. Everything seems muted and watered down...
M-> Disappointed here. Way too thin and didn't improve once this beer warmed up. Wasn't creamy or thick by any means. Thin and watery. Zero carbonation.
O-> Significantly disappointed by this one given the pedigree I have become accustomed to with the other MBC offerings. Also for being "a stout aged on natural vanilla beans" I got very little vanilla, if any at all. May revisit this someday from a different batch but not exactly jonesing to do so after this experience...maybe this beer needs more time?
01-22-2012 04:16:24 | More by Fluke828
2.65/5 rDev -32.9%
Deep brown color with a healthy mocha head that dissipates rather quickly. Very strong nose of coffee and cream, bitter cocoa.
Definitely a bit thinner then expected but then again all maine brews have super thin light bodies. What makes this different is that usually maine brews use this thin to body to carry delicious hops to the back of the tongue. Unfortunately this approach to beer doesn't work great for the stout style as their is almost no body. I know some oats are used to try and increase body but if anything it added a bit of syrupyness. Nice sweet creaminess up front, almost woody on the mid-palate, a little chocolaty with some coffee flavor throughout. A nice bitterness on the back end that overwhelms more than it balances. I like it but it would definitely turn some off expecting a sweeter stout.
Compared to Maine's hoppy offerrings this one falls flat in both body and taste. A thinner stout if you could call it that with some good flavors and a touch of alcohol heat.
11-11-2013 04:59:39 | More by jtierney89
2.85/5 rDev -27.8%
I was in my local store and saw this...a stout aged on natural vanilla beans. Having never head of this beer, I picked it up with high hopes.
Pours jet black with little head and very visible carbonation.
Smells roasty, with a lot of hops. You would have no idea this is supposed to be a vanilla stout. Coffee smells.
Taste is quite plain. Not bad, completely unoffensive. NO VANILLA whatsoever. Coffee is the dominant flavor, a lot of hops for a stout. Some malty sweetness I guess. It's ok.
Moutfeel is way too carbonated for a stout. I prefer a smoother feel.
Overall, this beer is average. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I'll have no problem finishing this 17oz bottle. I cannot believe this is supposed to be vanilla. This should be labelled as a stout, not a stout aged on vanilla.
03-10-2012 02:22:05 | More by Number45forever
2.85/5 rDev -27.8%
A- Dark black with a thick tan head. Some lacing and a little retention. I was very excited based on the color of the head.
S- Some roast malt flavors and an impression that vanilla was present. Key word-was.
T- A mediocre stout. A slight hint of vanilla is present but not enough to take over the beer or really make it shine. A thin roast flavor goes along with a drier style of stout.
M- The beer is basically flat(something that doesnt really bother me if the stout is thick, heavy and high in abv) and it just killed the flavors. I can tell that vanilla is present but it cant play with the roast flavors without some bubbles. Disappointing.
O- This is a very mediocre beer. I want some carbonation before I decide if vanilla is present or not and regardless of vanillas presence I want alot more of it
01-18-2012 02:19:03 | More by nas5755
District of Columbia
3/5 rDev -24.1%
Date Dec. 6, 2012
Type/ Style Porter
Package 22 oz
Aroma: Chocolate, Vanilla, Alcohol
Appearance: Black, Brown Head
Body/Texture: Thin Mouthfeel, Slight Alcohol burn
Aftertaste: Coffee, Chocolate, Oak, Wood
Overall: 3/5 Ok beer, I expected more and was a bit underwhelmed, none of the flavors really stood out and the mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would have liked.
12-21-2012 17:49:46 | More by SColl
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
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