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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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88
very good

1,506 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 197 | FT: 9
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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.

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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color verging on black that is capped by a decent, but not overly impressive head that becomes rather rocky; leaves a modest amount of lace

Smell: Very roasty, with chocolate and vanilla bean elements

Taste: Opens with gobs of chocolate flavor and moves in a very roasty direction by mid-palate; the vanilla element is very subtle and comes through in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I enjoyed the roasty elements and the subtle vanilla treatment and think the chocolate comes through very effectively, call this a Porter and there would be fewer complaints about the mouthfeel, I think

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:44:55 | More by brentk56
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match1112

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured out a dark brown with a half finger of mocha colored head that fizzled out quickly and didn't bother to leave much lacing behind. nose picks up on roasted malts, a little coffee and some vanilla. taste is likewise, big roasty presence with some vanilla and a bitter coffee finish. mouthfeel could be fuller and the carbonation could be more, but this is still a good stout with a creamy feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:20:09 | More by match1112
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sk8man121

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle ($6.59 at Maine Brewing Supply in Portland, ME) poured into Allagash chalice. Batch #1.

A: Pours a mostly opaque brownish-black with russet highlights. 1-finger head settles quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Heady combination of chocolate and vanilla. Fresh cream.

T: Clean flavors of cream and chocolate up front, as well as a hint of vanilla. Subtle hop presence in the center, followed by a great deal of oak and licorice. Finish is woody, roasty and pleasantly bitter, with a touch of alcohol.

M: Highly carbonated, creamy and silky. Alcohol burns the back of the throat in a nice way.

O: I love vanilla bean stouts and all of the MBC beers, but for some reason passed over this for quiet a while, until I heard that it was a one off and that there are only a few bottles left in the state. Reminiscent in many ways to Dieu du Ciel's benchmark Aphrodite (although dryer and less aromatic), Mean Old Tom is a nice take on the style. I'm not blown away, but then again wasn't really expected to be.

Another win for Maine Beer Co.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 21:00:33 | More by sk8man121
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an opaque almost black color with a thin coating of tanned head, cloudy retention, coating sticky lacing all along the glass while drinking.

Nice robust nose with toasty malts, vanilla bean, coffee and dark chocolate. The vanilla is definitely present but not overboard.

Roasted malt up front with plenty of caramel and nuttiness. Vanilla bean is pretty prominent, slightly sweet, but still pretty balanced. Decent backbone, faint syrup note. Finishes with soft hops and vanilla.

Fuller medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, a bit creamy yet prickly on the tongue. If the mouthfeel was better this could be really good...still a nice milder stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 18:23:40 | More by xnicknj
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle served in a pint glass.
bottled date: 11/10/11

pours a deep mahogany / cola-like brown while yielding a healthy 2" head (w an aggressive pour); very respectable retention and lacing.

nose is likewise very nice, headlined by coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same, with the coffee and chocolate in particular being well-represented. i also get some secondary notes of vanilla and a hint of char. medium bodied mouthfeel, a touch thin, with average carbonation.

overall a very nice, easy-drinking stout. no wow factor necessarily but no worse than a B+ range brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:57:26 | More by perrymarcus
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So Maine Beer Co is now in PA? Nice, I've been wanting to try these beers for some time now and I hope soon to find a bottle of Lunch to try. Anyway, got this one to try so let's get to it. Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A light blackish color that lets some light filter through. A half finger off white lead disappears quickly.

S: Wow, tons of chocolate smells leaning mostly on sweeter mild chocolate. Roasted malts are strong on the smell too. Some slight herbal notes from the hops. Not much vanilla.

T: Getting mostly sweet milk chocolate flavors mixed with a nice roasted malt flavor. Cocoa, some toffee and caramel come from the sweetness, still not getting a ton of vanilla. I guess the lighter chocolate notes give off a slight vanilla tone to them. There is some bitterness that rides through the flavor with some wood and floral notes from the hops. That slight bitterness lingers on the finish but does not take over the roasted lingering flavors. Nice.

M: This is maybe my one knock. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin for this abv. No alcohol at all.

O: A real nice stout that is very easy drinking and very enjoyable. I think I tend to get used to Impy Stouts and regular stouts sometime feel a bit thin, but still this is how I feel about this beer.

Another nice addition to beers available in PA. I can't wait to try the Peeper and Lunch which I have heard great things about.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 15:44:58 | More by Kadonny
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into HF tulip

A - Nice dark brown color with a thin quarter-finger head, tan in color. Head lingers a bit before becoming a thin layer.

S - Definitely smell the vanilla beans, chocolate, roasted malts. Really digging the deeply roasted malt aromas. A bit nutty

T - Taste of subtle vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, deeply roasted malts, and watery black coffee.

M - Feel is a bit thin, but bold enough. Not amazing, but it suits the subtleties of the beer. A bit chalky in the finish.

O - An easy to drink, flavorful, and nuanced beer. Can't ask for too much more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 22:56:51 | More by greenmonstah
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LeRose

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at brewery 8/12/13, enjoyed on 8/14/13. Bottle date obscured... Poured into snifter.

Nice looking beer. Dark brown, not all the way to black. Caramel colored head that was pretty aggressive, but fell quickly to a persistent ring that lasted to the dregs.

The smell was a nice balance of roasted aroma, coffee, chocolate and maybe some overcooked caramel or maybe toffee notes. The vanilla was assertive but not overpowering - took a bit to really come out as an individual component.

Taste was initially bitter chocolate and it seemed it had some smoked taste to me. Coffee certainly present. A little bit of alcohol shows up as the taste lingers, then a sweetness that rounds things out as the vanilla joins the party. The vanilla complements rather than overpowers - thought this was nicely balanced. Maybe just a hint acidic bite.

The mouthfeel was a little thin - expected more body. But overall creamy and smooth, maybe a bit over on the carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of the old alcohol warming sensation.

Overall a nice stout, nicely balanced, good overall flavor. The vanilla brought a nice sweetness without being too strong. The smokiness was a little surprise, but maybe that is not the right term. Enjoyable, will drink again. On tap (had at the brewery), I would give it a slightly higher rating. It lost a fraction of something in the bottle in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 21:05:41 | More by LeRose
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was given to me by a friend for Christmas, with the intent that this would be the first time I gave it a go. I had never had anything from the Maine Beer Company before and after having this, I'm surprised that their beers aren't more readily available. While this wasn't a knockout, this was a great example of the style that quietly grew on me as I worked my way through my pint glass.

Naturally, this beer poured dark - not quite black but very brown with a head that looked like it solidified once I let the liquid settle. It did dissipate but it took and while and what was left ended up clinging to the sides of my pint glass. The aroma wasn't terribly strong but the taste more than made up for it. Coffee grinds, espresso, and milk chocolate all combined for a pleasing taste coupled with just a hint of carbonation that kept this from being too heavy. I could only taste the vanilla in the aftertaste but it didn't have that boozy, overpowering nature that it takes on so often in a beer of this style. The consistency of this beer was that of milk chocolate as it went down smooth from start to finish and felt like a liquified version of a nice chocolate mousse cake.

This may have been one of the lightest Stouts that I've ever had, when it came to the alcoholic content. Downing this 1 pint, 9 ounce bottle was a joy and had I had the time, I could have had another in a sitting. Anyone who's new to this style would be well-versed to start out here, as this is strong enough to easily fit into this category while being easygoing enough to offend no one. A great example of why beers of this style are desserts unto themselves.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 08:17:25 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle dated 11/10/11. Poured into a British pint glass.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Not much transparency. No real lacing and no real retention.

Smell - I don't get why other reviews say either there's no vanilla or just a hint of vanilla. The smell is loaded with vanilla. Some chocolate roast and a fair dose of caramel malt. Not too aromatic, but what's there is nice.

Taste - Vanilla flavor immediately. Not overwhelming, but it's sustained throughout the drink. Chocolate roasted malts and a healthy dose of hops in the finish. Nice, but simple.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium light bodied. I enjoy this style of stout. Not imposing and I can drink it without investing 3 hours and a hangover. I had difficulty not draining my glass, really.

Overall - Nice stout, if perhaps the least exciting beer from MBC. I enjoy the vanilla, but the stout itself could use another dimension.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:29:25 | More by Alieniloquium
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to brooklynbrews for this beer! My first from Maine Beer Co.

Pours as a good stout ought to - nearly black coffee brown with a thick creamy soft brown head that retains endlessly.

Tons of smooth vanilla on the nose, some nutty character, brown sugar, sweet coffee, very fresh smelling stuff.

Mmm... nice mellow coffee/chocolate bitterness, some chocolate milk, vanilla ice cream. Delicious next to a slice of chocolate cake. I wish the feel was a bit thicker but that's my one and only critique. Otherwise a fantastic beer.

Yum.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:25:07 | More by yamar68
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jdhowe

California

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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from svosie so a big THANK YOU goes out to her!
Consumed 11/29
Poured in to my Portsmouth snifter

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of light brown foamy head. Head recedes quickly and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is charred malts, roastiness, and nice dark chocolate.

T: Taste starts with a strong charred flavoring. It eases in to more of a roasted character. Dark bitter chocolate comes in mingled with lighter espresso notes. Vanilla bean holds the whole way through the chocolate and espresso flavoring, with just a touch of oak as well.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, there's a very light, thin, somewhat flat feel.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. My one beef with this offering is the lack of body to it. The lower carbonation is the only real knock. That being said, another fine offering from Maine Beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 20:41:21 | More by Jayli
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep, intense, opaque black. Amount of head was a little lackluster. What was produced was slightly mocha and colored and rapidly dissolved into a thin layer.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with some hoppiness. Pretty straightforward to a hoppy American stout.

Taste: Nice roasted malt favors...very robust and tasty. A little touch of sweetness from the vanilla in the middle before a moderately hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite drinkable. No noticeable ralcohol presence. At 6.5%, it's a mid-ABV stout with a nice dose of flavor. Could definitely drink a couple of these in the cooler months.

Overall: It's not up to the standard of Lunch or Peeper but how many beers are? In the end, Mean Old Tom has enough flavor to be a very enjoyable pour. Another winner from MBC.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:19:01 | More by pburland23
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

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
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larryi86

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you DrewShal9 for this!
500 mL bottle, dated 11/10/11, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Roasted malts, hint of coffee and chocolate.

T- Like the nose with a touch of vanilla and sweetness, nice roasted coffee and chocolate.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice tasty stout that I would seek out again. Was hoping it was thicker and had more vanilla. Overall good.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 01:39:18 | More by larryi86
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cradke

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A great black stout with a fine finger thick head.

Smell: Malty. Some chocolate. The vanilla isn't as strong as I would have liked.

Taste: A decent stout. Nice sweetness. Very little bitter notes. Like the nose, it's missing the vanilla I was looking for. Solid beer but a little plain jane.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation throughout. A little thin but pretty good.

Overall: A solid beer. I was hoping for more vanilla which wasn't in the nose or taste. The beer had good sweetness and an almost total lack of bitterness. The beer didn't have anything which wowed but it had nothing that offended. A great beer to keep in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 04:35:02 | More by cradke
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koopa

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in VT

Appearance: Pours an attractive opaque black with a 2 finger khaki crown that shows decent retention and lace.

Smell: Dark roast that comes off like a moderate coffee like note with a faint vanilla bean note rounded off with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Same as the nose with the vanilla and caramel taking center stage and the roast coming in at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and starts off feeling like it is medium bodied but finishes much thinner by comparison.

Overall: A decent brew that I would have again, but nothing special really.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:54:54 | More by koopa
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Devoidb


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a dark brown with a nice tan head.

S- smells of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate with a slight vanilla bean scent.

T- a great stout with a nice caramelized malt flavor that finishes a bit sweet. lightly hopped but very well balanced.

M- good carbonation, body isn't as thick as I was expecting but it was a very refreshingly smooth stout.

O- It's a great stout, I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't super "heavy" and I could easily enjoy this brew on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 21:06:01 | More by Devoidb
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Mertzy81

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

a: This was black and it poured with a big, sticky, khaki colored head.

s: Vanilla is certainly noticeable, but not overwhelming. Lots of deeply roasty cocoa as well. Not much complexity, but it is very appealing.

t: Very strong roast cocoaheld in check by a nicely prportioned dose of vanilla. Strong lingering roasted bitternessat the finish. Not a lot of layers here, but a very nice juxtaposition of flavors.

m: Very creamy.

o: Other great beer from MBC, no surprise there.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 07:20:38 | More by Mertzy81
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PinkyMixology

New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle on sale from a distributor that was trying to make room for something apparently. I like porters and stouts, but I didn't know what to expect by the label.

After chilling it down a bit I was still able to notice the nose right after opening. Knowing that a little vanilla goes a long way, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of subtlety that it maintained itself even after the tail hits the back of your nose.

So many stout combinations (vanilla, chocolate, coffee, rhubarb, whatever) behave like a black & white cookie they'll hit you in the face with one quality first, and then the other one will take over. So it's stout then chocolate, or chocolate then stout. This was not the case with Tom, which seamlessly blended the qualities that made this beer unique. (not to say there wasn't a progression).

Additionally, I drank this on one of the hottest days of the year, in the middle of the day, outside in my back yard out of my favorite tulip glass. Maybe it was because of its thin body (thin for a stout) or maybe because I left it in my fridge for a day, but it was a great stout to have in warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:15:57 | More by PinkyMixology
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stepping out of the shaddows of hopped up ale and into the darker realms, Mean Old Tom proves that Maine is much more than just "Lunch" anymore and is maybe ok for dessert too.

Built on a foundation of roast and layered with silky vanilla, the ale kicks off with a rather polite but masculine darkness. Just shy of black, the beer builds a rich and short statured lather of froth that caps the beer confidently and long lastingly. Light on lacing, there's the built-in forgiveness that goes into the use of vanilla and its head-repelling oils.

Richness and boldness exudes from the glass as the scents of high cocoa content chocolates, dark roast coffee, vanilla and singed caramel seduces the olfactory senses. As the nose warms up to the beer, supportive walnut, whipping cream and woodish hops come to life but never rival those initial notes.

In similar fashion, the initial taste is full of French-press coffee, roasted walnuts, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel and a certain campfire character that reminds me of roasted marshmallows. Its that silky smooth middle that introduces caramel and milkshake-like cream flavors. Yet, the finish brings about a woodish-type bitterness from hops to crispen the taste and reinforce the stout's roasty underpinnings.

Medium-full, the stout really takes on American character with dry roast character but softened with creamy vanilla for added weight and silkiness. Amply carbonated for creamy smoothness, the ale trails with dry roast, drying hops and just enough alcohol warmth to allow a hint of refreshment.

Though the ales demeanor is bold and masculine, its not overwrought either. Its a sensible Stout with impeccable balance, vanilla intrigue and flawless in recipe design and brewing technique. But because of its perceived modesty, it'll never get the notoriety that it deserves.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 04:25:42 | More by BEERchitect
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farrago

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Froths up past three fingers of loose foam, mostly larger bubbles, lots of dimpling, very dark brown coloration, the lacing is wispy but has stickiness to spare. Pitch black liquid, perhaps a touch flat and not a lot of shine, you can see little pin pricks of carbonation as the bubbles reach the surface, otherwise opaque. While there’s a good deal of roast to the nose it is not overdone and allows the chocolate, vanilla and licorice to sweeten things up, date and fig fruit, dose of candied nuts, lasts well without losing its relaxed feel. Medium-bodied plus, has a pleasingly dry texture without sacrificing flavor. Cocoa, milk chocolate, coffee more than vanilla. Carbonation keeps it refreshing not fluffy and soft. There’s plum, cherry and light fig going on. At times there is some booziness, odd given its relatively light ABV for the type. Comes up with a bit of mineral and earth for depth. Fashioned in a classic style, has length and cleanliness. Leaves you without much to say, preferable to just enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:27:38 | More by farrago
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.