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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 92
Gots: 234 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

RKing44, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

halo3one, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into an alchemist pint glass. bottling date says 111011 which seems weird given i bought it on that date perhaps 110111? either way the store had just got it and mbc had just released it so its fresh.

A - jet black coffee body with no light getting through. thick big bubbled head sits two fingers deep on top. head just stays and stays and when it does recede it just sticks and sticks.

S - roasted coffee, toast, rice and vanilla. the rice note was pleasant but very much unexpected. not nearly as rich of a head as i expected which isn't a bad thing just sort of surprising.

T - roasted coffee and toasted oats are the main focus here on the front and the back. hops hit in the middle with a decent grass hop taste. the vanilla flavor here is sort of lost on me. i get a sweetness around the edge on this and i am assuming thats the vanilla beans.

M - full bodied with some graininess in the body. good dry finish.

O - its a nice stout. i like how they arent trying to do something too crazy here. my only major complaint would be that i wished the vanilla beans were more present. still a fine stout however.

celticfutblclub, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Rimbimhoot, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of nwatson
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

nwatson, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

tom10101, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of CraigMack61
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%

CraigMack61, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 07.15.15, Drank 09.17.14. Poured from bottle into a 12oz tulip glass.

A: Dark opaque body, no light passes through, not even at the edges. Soapy mocha head, one and a half fingers, fades to a extremely thing cap with a minor ring. No visible carbonation. It looks phenomenal sitting in the glass.

S: Another high point for the beer, smells of rich coffee, sweet chocolate, caramel, and smokey roasted malts. Exactly what a proper stout should smell like.

T: And then the tires seem to fall off the wagon. The taste just can't match its own powerful aromas, or the rich, decadent appearance. Very mild, yet balanced. Hints of vanilla behind the main flavors of weak coffee and tame chocolate. Strong coffee aftertaste however.

M: Fairly thin body for a stout. Very carbonated in the mouth, leaving a lasting effect after swallowing. Finishes clean, no trace of alcohol.

O: I was pretty excited to try this beer. Besides the great reputation of MBC, it just looked and smelled the part of a top notch stout. I mean, just smelling this thing was enough to put me in a good mood. Sadly, the taste and mouthfeel were simply not up to par. It is by no means a bad beer, its actually quite good... but the taste letdown is just too much. Well, that and the $7 price tag for a 16oz bottle, but thats another story.

untitledeuphoria, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 28/6/14

A not quite black, very deep cola edge, massive three fingers of mocha foam quickly falls to a thick film then stays, partial rings deep down the glass

S charred wood and coco come at me first, burnt coffees strong, sweet cereal, some vanilla, herbal and earthy hops, just a hint of booze

T more burnt coffee, dark chocolate, sweet grains I can't place, I was expecting more vanilla, roasty as all hell, hops are noticeable but in the background and some raisins

M silky, just on the creamy side of foam, slick on the palate and burnt roast lingering on the finish

O solid stout but a little below what I was expecting after so many hits out of the park from Maine, not the levels of vanilla I was expecting and a little burnt here and there

Well worth a try but unlike the other beers I've had from these guys I don't think I'd drop 10$ on another half litre bottle.

wordemupg, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stout aged on natural vanilla beans, a bottled beer previously from their "trash can" series.

Pours a dark amber almost brown color with a large off-white head, fades at a slow rate and leaves some small bits of lacing on the glass as it empties.

Smell has a great roasted malt aroma with light hints of vanilla complimenting, I'm not a vanilla fan but it offers the right amount of balance that adds to the nose without making it seem overly sweet or cloying, picking up a bit of a cocoa presence as well.

Taste has a very light body for a stout, drinks almost like a light porter, carbonation is also quite high which makes it seems like a porter, the roasted malt is decent in taste and the vanilla is not overwhelming but adds a hint of complexity, finishes very dry and chalky like I nibbled on some cocoa nibs, really wish it had a more substantial body since it definitely feels thin.

I had the opportunity to try bottles before they hit the market at Novare, I wasn't overly impressed that night but it seems a bit better in the comforts of my own home and not "ruining" my palate with huge beers prior to trying it. Still though, I can't help but be a bit disappointed since Peeper and Zoe are a couple of the best beers that Maine has to offer.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of billybob
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very dark to black in color about 1/8 inch head and some light lacing. strong aroma,s of roasted malt and coffee. wow very strong, smokey, burnt roasted malt hits you some dark chocolate some vanilla in the taste. mouthfeel is light carbonation ok not weak didn't taste any smoother for the oats in the brew. a little to strong and bitter for my taste and i am not putting it down in any way.

billybob, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/07/12 - simple, clean label design - minimalist look stands out!

Pours a deep walnut hue with a nice creamy, frothy mocha colored head.

Aroma is faint, mild roasted smell with hints of bourbon (likely from the vanilla beans).

Once you get past the nice creamy head, the mouthfeel is somewhat thin... a little more body would go a long way.

The taste is initially roasty (think coffee beans and toasted walnuts) with a touch of the crisp, slightly burnt caramelized layer atop a creme brulee. Gets somewhat bitter after this, with notes of charcoal, over-roasted coffee beans (a.k.a. Starbucks) and a chalky mineral-like finish. I find the vanilla very subtle, but a good contrast to the burnt notes (helps smooth out the harsher flavors). The vanilla and slightly buttery notes come through more as the beer warms, but still subtle allowing the roasted flavors to come forward.

Let this one warm a little before drinking. I started drinking this a little too chilled, and the harsher flavors dominated. As it warmed, it became more balanced and had more depth. Not a complex beer by any means, but nice and very drinkable overall.

apintofknowledge, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Short head on a dark brown body. Good lacing and alcohol legs for the amount of alcohol.

S- Sweet chocolate notes, hints of vanilla.

T- Nice chocolate flavor with just a touch of vanilla. Drinks its ABV. Perhaps a little coffee and smokiness?

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel for the style. Good carbonation.

D/O- Nice stout offering from Maine Beer Company. A little different than regularly available stouts around these parts. Would like to try more from MBC. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

Duff27, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in an oversized wine glass.

Bottled on 01/05/12.

Deep oak in color, semi opaque. Slightly off white head that fades to an intact sheet while leaving a thin ring of lace around the glass. A bit of thin lacing with decent strength.

Mildly rich coffee aroma complimented by a clean, dry hazelnut. The roasted malt character is in the background with touches of milk chocolate.

Bitter dark chocolate with a rather intense, freshly roasted espresso flavor. Very minor notes of vanilla; however, the expected sweetness is practically absent. The floral hop bitterness at mid sip is moderate and works well with the roasted flavors. Notes of hazelnut and light alcohol in the aftertaste.

Full bodied. A really nice textural balance between a bit of roughness and spots of slickness.

Overall a pretty pleasant stout. My only real criticism is that although the flavors are not quite flawed, they are a bit muted. Based on Mean Old Tom, I'll try more of the Maine Beer Company's other offerings.

NEhophead, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of popery
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy head, light brown, about the color of coffee with a splash of milk. Lots of fine bubbles. The aroma is a tad weak, but the flavors present are very nice. Light cocoa with some coffee and roast. A very well-integrated and strong but not overbearing shot of vanilla. Some of the sweetness is almost lacto in character, or perhaps I just expect that in vanilla stouts. Definitely tends toward the sweet milk chocolate side of things. The taste could be quite good, but it just lacks the necessary depth. Kinda washed out. I'm mostly getting a sorta watery vanilla milk chocolate flavor. It's nice and I appreciate the thought behind it, but this beer could be a lot better if the same flavor profile was just turned up in intensity. Mouthfeel is actually pretty creamy despite the somewhat watery flavor. It's a nice beer and doesn't diminish my excitement for MBC, but I'm a bit disappointed after trying Lunch, Zoe and Peeper.

popery, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest head, but it lasts. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through, even on the sides. Plenty of blanketing lace.

Chalky aroma of a typical mild dry stout. Some alcohol nose.

Dark roasted malts that are borderline burnt. Interestingly, little coffee flavor, but there's a bitter chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel with a decent carbonation level. The finish is mostly burnt malt flavors with a touch of hop. No errors here.

smcolw, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Trifecta1
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Trifecta1, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of mattbk
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black, nice creamy head with good retention, poured a bit thin.
S - Roast, chocolate, seems like it will drink fairly dry and possibly bitter with less sweetness. Not much vanilla. A nice aroma though.
T - Tastes of roasted barley, is slightly acrid roast, a little lactose at the end (not sure if it's in this beer, but I feel like I taste it), very slight vanilla warming. This is a slightly dry stout, and actually drinks sort of like a less sweet milk stout. I wouldn't say this is a very rich stout, but it's not bad either. May be a bit bitter and features a decent earthy hop punch. The hop bitterness and flavor may detract slightly from the malt bill. It is a good beer, not great though. I like stouts a bit richer than this.
M - Medium bodied, would like this a bit fuller. Medium-low carbonation.
O - Not bad, definitely not great, if you really like dry stouts you may like this a bit more. I also am not a huge fan of hoppy stouts, and this is leaning in that direction. Vanilla aroma and flavor is fairly absent from this beer.

mattbk, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle, bottled 031114.

Pours a dark brown with a thick, 4 finger brown head and great retention. Aroma is coca, and chocolate shavings. Taste has a nice semi-sweet chocolate base but not getting much vanilla. Medium body at best, lacks a little but a good pick i think.

papat444, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pint at Valhalla in NYC for $8, comes filled to the brim with barely a line of mocha-colored head and lotsa bubbles. Pretty good retention for that tiny head, and beautiful lacing.

Smell: As in the bottle, the nose is underwhelming. Slight roastiness, maybe a whiff of vanilla. Opaque.

Taste: Full roasty flavor, followed by dairy and pleasantly sour milk. Sort of like week-old half-and-half. Nice vanilla at the end. A bit of coffee and bitter chocolate. Just beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Well-rounded, with full roasty flavor, medium body and fine carbonation. Not dry, bonus! Creamy and oily to boot.

Overall: A wonderfully balanced, drinkable stout. Way better than the bottle!

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Gdirt
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Gdirt, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of DrunkenSwine88
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

DrunkenSwine88, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a nice stout black body. Dense and sticky looking tan head tops it off.

Sweet and creamy on the nose. Good bit of vanilla character but not overpowering. Some roasted barley/malt notes with aromas of coffee and just a hint of fruit.

Vanilla doesn't come through as strong on the palate as it did on the nose. Roasted notes are a bit stronger with a good dose of coffee mixed in as well. Sweetness of vanilla doesn't really come through until it warms a bit. Finishes with just a slight burnt bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a medium body texture which is smooth but a bit bubbly at first but becoming creamier as it progresses. Overall, I really enjoy this stout quite a bit but it's not my favorite from the MBC lineup. Definitely would have again if the price was right.

Kinsman, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle with a bottled on date of 081212 081012. Pours a dark black color with an inch of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of smoke. The taste is of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and smoke. Didn't really get any vanilla in the aroma but it's definitely present in the taste. Smokey, vanilla finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Overall, well not as good as the other Maine Beer Co brews I've had, its a solid offering. Worth having again.

PicoPapa, Sep 03, 2012
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.