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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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411 Reviews
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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,122
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 21.27%
Wants: 118
Gots: 380 | FT: 15
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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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 2,122
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toast, oats, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malt and vanilla notes with light hops; and good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, oats, light char, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, oats, vanilla, caramel, light char, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light vanilla and hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good stout. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Vanilla was much more prominent in the aromas than the flavors; but it was very enjoyable offering otherwise.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

They know dark beer at MBC, I love the King Titus porter, this one is pitch black big tan head forms thick and leaves fine even lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate malts, roasted malt brings out hints of coffee and the beer was aged on vanilla beans so therefore there's a define creaminess on the nose to bring it all together. Dark chocolate bitterness on the palate, creamy vanilla beans with a hint of acidic coffee notes from the dark malts because I'm pretty sure there's no coffee in this brew. No signs of oxidation bottled on 12/10/13, I'm okay with that it's a bottle I bought in Pittsburgh, yet MBC is not distributed here yet! The nose is magnificent the flavor is sufficient and it's a damn solid beer creamy smooth natural carbonation the palate goes down way too easily. Overall a very stand up solid beer that I will continue to enjoy when I have the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this one in the Secret Santa BIF from joepais; thanks Joe, excited to try this. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Cigar City tulip, bottled on 11/10/11.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident. No real head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light bitter chocolate, and light vanilla. Very roasty and pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, and very light bakers chocolate, and that is about it. As it warms up a little coffee. A little bland, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is a tiny bit on the light side.

o - Overall a decent stout. The nose was nice but the taste was a bit bland and watered down. If the body was a little bit thicker it would near perfect. Worth checking out but falls a little short in the taste department especially.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Pours jet black with a one finger tall off white head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted grain, and some light smoke. Nothing amazing but still solid.

T - Starts off with some vanilla sweetness slowly giving way to hints of day old coffee grounds, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and some light smokiness. The thin body really brings this one down a notch or two. Finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering long after consumption.

M - Thin body with a ton of dark roasted flavor, moderate carbonation. This one has lots of roast throughout but the thin feel kinda ruins it.

O - This one was ok. It has some good flavores going for it but it lacks the more substantial body needed to be great IMO. I won't turn down another but I wouldn't go running out of my house to get more.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one. Dated 11/10/11 - better enjoy those symmetrical dates while you can next December (or every month if you're outside the US). Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles toa thin cap and chunky collar, leaving plenty of splotchy lace. Body is an opaque, very dark, brown.

S - At first I was convinced there was coffee in this, but after inspecting the bottle I realized that it was just really roasty. Nice chocolate, caramel, and molasses, and a very well-integrated dose of vanilla. I dig that this smells like vanilla beans and not vanilla extract.

T - Taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Somewhat ashy and chalky at first, although it improves as it warms up yielding more in the way of cocoa powder and vanilla beans. Finishes smokey and roasty, with light espresso bitterness that lingers quite a while.

M - Lighter body, with moderate carbonation. A tad watery, but not offensive for only 6.5%. Slightly chewy and sticky finish, and no obvious alcohol.

D - I appreciate that they've packed a lot of flavor into a relatively low ABV beer, but the flavor is a touch too burnt and the body is a bit too flaccid for this to be an unqualified success. Still, it's another quality effort from Maine Beer Company. I like that everything they release is polished and reliably good. Finished the 500ml bottle no problem.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a small head that dissipates almost immediately.

S: Aromas of chocolate and malts that hide the alcohol very well.

T: Nice and chocolate malty flavors with subtle hints of vanilla in the finish. There is a pleasant amount of bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation and a nice creaminess. This beer feels bigger than it is.

O: Very sessionable and very enjoyable - easy to drink and it tastes much bigger than the ABV.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer provided by Dan, thanks Dan. On my wants list no less. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet almost vanilla, a little roast.

Beer tastes a little plain, the aroma was the best part, medium bodied, nice finish, a little bitter, dry, good mouthfeel and connectivity and a nice finish. I may have this again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Brez07 for sending this to me in his LIF.

A: Pours a light black with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates to small foamy layer. Not much lacing.

A: Nice roasted black malt, some chocolate, and hints of vanilla. As it warms the chocolate becomes a bit more pronounced.

T: Very similar to the aroma, heavy roasted malt, some chocolate and a little bit of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied, but seemed to be a little thin. Decent carbonation.

O: Was hoping for a bit more vanilla. This is a solid beer that hopefully in future batches will have that vanilla boost. Another solid beer from MBC.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle with a bottling date of 11/10/11. Very fresh, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Deep black body with slightly dark brown hues around the lower edge of the head. Creamy, bubbly light brown head almost a chocolate milk color. Retention cap is nice and thick, along with outstanding lacing down the glass. Beautiful appearance.

S: Roasted chocolate malts, bitter dark chocolate, faint "green" bitterness moving to the back of the aroma. Finishes off with a milky note and some vanilla beans. The focus certainly isn't the vanilla but it adds a nice touch to round things out.

T: A bitter hoppy bite is up front, quickly followed by some dark bitter chocolate and vanilla. Mid-palate has an almost coffee bean flavor with some spicy yeast notes. The finish has just a touch of what seems like an alcohol element.

M: Well carbonated but not overly so. Still creamy on the palate while having a nice amount of bubbles to deliver flavors. A bit dry and sticky in the finish.

Mean Old Tom is a rich, robust and bitter chocolatey American Stout. It's not overboard on any one aspect though I did expect a lot more vanilla beans than I got. Although, it seems unless you go crazy on vanilla bean aging it never imparts a big punch, unlike extract would. Still, this is a really nice take on a lower-ABV stout.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this brew. Pours a dark brown color with a tan cap that holds fairly decent and forms spotty lacework on the glass. When held to the light, it appears to have decent clarity and more brownness about it.

The smell of the brew is nutty and dark with roasted grains. There is a very pleasing sweetness about this brew that smells of vanilla mixed with a touch of coffee. There is a light fruited character caught somewhere inbetween the familiar scent of hops verse alcohol. The fruited aspect smells dark and raisin-like but not as full and to the extent of some brews. (That probably doesn't make much sense but I don't know how else to describe it.)

The taste brings on more of the roasted grain character, possibly more nutty than I like in a stout but still very enjoyable. There is an underlying note of herbal hops and vanilla sweetness that provides a pleasant contrast. This brew is toasty overall, when coupled with the nutty aspect it almost comes across like coconut in flavor mixed with coffee. The hops linger in the mouth with an herbal aspect.

Overall not bad, I appreciated the opportunity to try this brew. It is medium bodied and slightly thin almost watery with it's low level of carbonation.. It lends itself to being easily approachable and very easy drinking without the shock of big alcohol impact. I'd give it a try again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer is dark brown with a beige head that leaves ample lacing stuck to the glass. The aroma offers some pleasant roast and chocolate notes. Lots of tasty roast in the flavor as well. Light bodied and really easy to drink. I would have this again.

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Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy head to it. Nice lacing as I drank it.

In the aroma I get a good amount of roasted malts mixing with some notes of vanilla and chocolate. The vanilla was nice and seemed to smooth out some of the roasted malt flavors.

The taste also shows a lot of roasted malts to it throughout. I get some coffee flavors with some slight burnt notes to it mixing with a sweeter vanilla flavor. A little bitter-sweet dark chocolate is there as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being below average. It felt a little thin and over carbonated for my tastes in the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer, nicely flavored and easy drinking. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ToasterChef for the trade. Poured into a Nonick pint glass from the bottle. Batch #1, no dates to speak of on bottle.

A very solid four finger head off the pour, and a faint cream tan color. Tiny cola like bubbles and also a nice tight foam head. Body is a nice dark brown to red with great looking red hues. Some tiny bubbles of carbonation stick to the side of the glass. Very good looking so far.

Great malt and roast smell on this, and with hints of cream and coffee. Not much else though, but this is real nice.

Taste is good but a let down from what is coming off the nose. Mild malt, some bitterness but mild. A typical wet stout body but has a real nice finish I must say. Says aged on natural vanilla beans, but there is no sense of any vanilla in taste or smell of this beer. Almost a milk stout sweetness on the finish too.

With all being said though, this is still quite a good beer for drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical MBC mid sized bottle

Pours very dark, looks like a stout should. Dark mocha head, leaves a very fine bubble film, respectable lacing and thicker collar.

Dark malts and the advertized vanilla on the nose.

Super smooth in the mouth and super tasty on the palate. More vanilla, mellow dark malts. Quite tasty, a very nice treat

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's

Mean Old Tom sports a very dark look with a black color in the liquid and a dark brown foam up top that left minor splotches. Good retention on the head. Smell is fairly balanced with vanilla beans, light espresso, roast, a light chocolate and malt. No real hops to speak of. Taste is heavily favored on the roasty side giving Tom a porter vibe over stout IMO. Cocco, vanilla, roast, slight coffee/chocolate. All of these tastes are light though and mix very well. This is not a in your face type of beer as well Feel was in between light and medium, Very smooth off of the tap. This is some good stuff, no alcohol to be found and the tap just smoothes things out. Drinkable for two (maybe three)

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a dark tan colored 2" head that hangs around a while.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts are most detectable.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild vanilla flavors, and some prune sweetness. Bitterness is nicely balancing here as some hints of citrus tones show up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting here.

Overall: this was a tasty beer that was nicely refreshing for the style. Easy to drink, and the vanilla is mild enough here. Defintely worthy of a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this while shopping for my secret Santa target, merry Christmas to me.
Pours a solid black color with a huge fluffy tan head that exudes great retention and lace. Smells of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a bit of caramel. Smells nice like a stout with vanilla beans, but not to heavy on the vanilla. Taste is just what I expected from the aroma. A solid roasted grain presence with hints of vanilla and caramel. Medium body and level of carbonation, sweet slick mouthfeel. This is a great simple easy drinking stout. If these weren't 7 dollars for 500ml and available only once a century I might actually drink it more often.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Liberty St Tavern. Overall, a tasty and classic American stout. At least it's what a classic American stout should be. There's a big, but not too thick, roasted mocha flavor up front and a pleasant balance of citrus hops in the finish. I reminds me of Bear Republic's Black Bear Stout, but toned done a bit for greater drinkability. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a pint glass, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring that is almost black in the depths. Pours with a thin, foamy, light brown colored head that remains a subtle eighth of an inch layer that retains throughout consumption. Aromas are rich and woody, with a slight coffee roast, creamy chocolate, and slightly charred blending. Smells complex and tasty. Flavors are also well blended, and come in a little more subtle than the nose prepares you for. Combined with the creamy smoothness of the body, this makes for an extremely easy beer to drink. The beer has an initial mocha coffee flavor, with more of the dark roasted coffee in the background. Some earthy and woody highlights throughout, with a chocolate profile through the backbone. The aftertaste is more of the bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate flavors, with a touch of roastiness once again. The finish is smooth and slick, with a slight linger to the earthy characteristics. Very easy drinker, and solid flavor profile throughout. Very tasty!

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Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pino, 500ml into a tulip - dating is smudged here.

Black body, beige head of a couple fingers. Moderate retention and a bit of lace. Nose has dark chocolate, cocoa, roast and a mild vanilla bean note. Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee-like roast, and vanilla bean notes are quite subtle. Medium mouthfeel, but on the lighter side of things. Quite nice in terms of carbonation though. A nicely flavoured stout, certainly revistable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 082612 08. So, August 26, 2012. Poured in to tulip.

A -Black with half a finger of medium brown head.

S - Big sweet vanilla aroma up front with roast and hints of coffee in the background.

T - Vanilla up front that immediately gives way to a huge roast profile and some bitter coffee flavours. Fairly sweet overall with some balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, Light carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Bottle Dated: 111011

Poured into a Squatters True Pint glass a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy light tan head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some vanilla notes, lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee going on. Medium body, very nice smooth texture. Another very tasty brew from MBC. Thanks Bill!

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.