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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

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very good

1,910 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 104
Gots: 286 | FT: 11
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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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ActonBrewer for this! Poured into globe... Reviewing from notes

A- Pours almost completely black with about a half finger, light tan colored head. Leaves no lacing behind...

S- This almost entirely straight cereal grain. Cheerios in glass is all I get out of this. No vanilla, no coffee, no sweetness, just raw grain. Not a terrible aroma, but some depth would be nice!

T/M- Still too much cereal grain. Not much vanilla presence, perhaps it sweetens up a bit, but I fail to recognize any actual vanilla flavors? I do get a nice bitterness in the middle palate, kinda roasty. But again, dominated by raw barley and wheat and oats. Light body keeps it from being too taxing, and a good feel for this profile.

O- Overall not much to this but I do like it. Incredibly drinkable, but it is underwhelming in the end. Not something to really try and pick apart, next time I'll just drink and enjoy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 01/05/2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown, near black, color with dark brown hues around the edges and bottom of the glass. The head is perhaps the lightest, color-wise, that I have seen on a stout. It's a light tan color, nearing off-white. The light head sitting atop the dark body is quite striking. The foam sticks to glass nicely.

The nose is just ok. It's quite subdued and it takes a bit to discern some of the aromas. It's a bit roasty with some lighter chocolate notes. As it warms a bit there is a sweetness to it as well. There is an even more subtle hint of vanilla.

The taste is a step up from the nose, but still not a ton of complexity. It's pretty sweet all the way through. Starts off with a substantial sweetness that is balanced out with some light roasty notes. There is a nice dose of some vanilla that comes in smoothly towards the finish and saves the beer from being bland.

The body is on the heavier side of medium with light carbonation. Combined they give the beer a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This beer was just ok for me. It looks fantastic and feels right on for the style but the flavors and aromas are just too muted. I'm all for being subtle and straightforward with simple flavors but this one might seems to need a bit more.

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.