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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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89
very good

1,870 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,870
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 101
Gots: 269 | 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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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Axnjxn
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Bottled on 3/12/13.

Pours a pitch black color with a 1 inch beige head that slowly dissipates. Good look for a stout. Smell is roasted coffee malts...not overpowering but not too weak, either. not picking up any vanilla on the nose however. Taste is pretty easy going...not too overpowering either. Slight coffee notes with a slight vanilla aftertaste, quite enjoyable. Feel is a bit too light for a stout of my liking, on the lighter side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall a good stout. Not the best but a pretty good example of the style. I'd have another.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,870 ratings.