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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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89
very good

1,554 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 80
Gots: 203 | FT: 8
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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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -74.7%

08-09-2013 13:58:56 | More by Ecxeeder616
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huddyball

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -49.4%

05-26-2013 01:29:03 | More by huddyball
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nomadnick

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -49.4%

07-14-2012 23:35:11 | More by nomadnick
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JessxSpikes

Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -43%

02-25-2013 00:02:56 | More by JessxSpikes
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Fluke828

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:16:24 | More by Fluke828
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-16-2012 02:17:20 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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Phil_H

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-08-2014 03:39:24 | More by Phil_H
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:59:39 | More by jtierney89
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

11-10-2012 14:21:09 | More by ScaryEd
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

03-14-2012 00:07:15 | More by Hophead717
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Jimbo4430

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

05-21-2013 00:57:30 | More by Jimbo4430
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

10-06-2013 12:37:44 | More by Flabbyjandro
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Zimm

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

05-13-2013 00:22:39 | More by Zimm
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Number45forever

Vermont

2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:22:05 | More by Number45forever
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nas5755

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:19:03 | More by nas5755
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I_heart_beer

California

3/5  rDev -24.1%

09-10-2013 05:58:24 | More by I_heart_beer
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.1%

04-28-2012 19:15:13 | More by richbrew
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fbc24

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

11-22-2012 02:26:43 | More by fbc24
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -24.1%

01-06-2014 17:01:25 | More by ThatsThatDude
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ZCW

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.1%

04-27-2014 18:54:38 | More by ZCW
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MaineMike

Maine

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-17-2011 23:33:25 | More by MaineMike
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-22-2012 01:43:18 | More by SickNukes
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Myst

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-19-2013 04:26:37 | More by Myst
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SFC21

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.1%

02-18-2012 17:16:27 | More by SFC21
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SColl

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date Dec. 6, 2012
Type/ Style Porter
Package 22 oz
Location Home
ABV 6.5%

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 17:49:46 | More by SColl
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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.