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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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89
very good

1,908 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 103
Gots: 285 | FT: 12
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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:
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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Photo of BobMessina
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kadonny
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured Mean Old Tom into my snifter glass. This is a very dark black beer. I don't get any light through this one. The thick stout has minimal foam on top, as you would expect from a stout like this one.

Off the top I get a good dose of coffee and vanilla. The aroma on this beer has really good balance. I like the chocolate I pick up from this beer.

This is a very rich stout. You get a lot of coffee in this one. I get the vanilla on the back end.

The mouthfeel is a little challenging with the after-taste. The bitterness really stands out.

This is a good beer from the Maine Beer Company. I would recommend picking up a bottle.

Photo of jegross2
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company.
Score: 89

Bottled 11/10/11, served in a Three Floyd's teku glass and enjoyed on 01/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass and a thin floating island of head in the middle. Amazing lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate, chocolate malt, a touch of sweet caramel, a little leather, and a light amount of vanilla. Some unsweetened fudge too. Very very light amount of grain. 4/5

Taste: Fudgey chocolate and a subtle smooth, unsweetened vanilla flavor upfront transitions to chocolate malt and a light amount of grain in the finish. Nice chocolatey aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied, light carbonation. I realize this is a non-imperial stout, but it still feels a bit thin on the palate. Watery, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Dry and chocolatey finish that is ever so slightly sweet. 3/5

Overall: A really nice chocolate flavored beer -- surprisingly so given the anti-hype behind this one -- that is not going to get you blitzed, but falls flat on the thin mouthfeel.

Recommendation: I would certainly drink this one again, but I am not going to go too far out of my way to hunt it down again.

Pairings: Gouda cheese or brie.

Cost: $6.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

Photo of LeRose
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of jlussier
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Mertzy81
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jdhowe
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JoshuaSawyer
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of pburland23
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Devoidb
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Mo_fro
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black as coal with a dense three finger milk chocolate colored head. The head dissolves slowly leaving behind little bits of lacing stuck to the glass.
S- Very deep and rich chocolate notes, slight caramel smell.
T- Taste is roasted malt with a bitter kick in the end. I’m not getting any flavor in particular. No vanilla as the label says. The balance is good but maybe I’m missing something
M- Mouth feel is light and crisp like a lager, very thin and heavily carbonated.
O- Overall it’s a smooth beer that’s very drinkable. I’m slightly disappointed with the flavor, I expected more. I will try this one again in the future to see if there is any change. It will be interesting to see other reviews on BA. (I don’t read them before I review)

Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of cradke
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of miggy_smalls
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasupmx
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Nightwish1094
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.