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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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1,680 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 84
Gots: 223 | 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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Ratings: 1,680 | Reviews: 353 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bishopdc0
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is very full forms more then 2 finger very thick and tan. The beer is dark and only on the pour could you see the dark amber color. The head hugs the glass very nice one of the best heads I've seen in a bottle

Big nose on this beer it whafted to my nose while I was pouring it. There is a lot of aromas coffee with roasted malts and a mellow vanilla that works perfect together

To start this is a dry stout not an imperial or big stout wit that said this is a great beer. The beer starts slightly sweet. A roasted nutty flavor enters. The nutty coffee taste is very pleasent. A slight hop enters with a very hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Its a big dry finish.

For a stout this great I'm astonished how they were able to have the taste and aroma differ but have it go together

bishopdc0, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

sgregory, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of tmars13
3/5  rDev -24.1%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of TechBrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

TechBrew, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of themind
4/5  rDev +1.3%

themind, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mverity
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice opaque black with some tan head and a nice medium collar. Good lacing out of this one. Aroma is really deep roasted malt, some faint coffee, and earthy too. Taste is where the vanilla comes out. Vanilla up front, char and roasted malt in the middle, then fades into a sweet dark caramel. Nice thick body and low carbonation. Very good but the whole time I felt there was just something off-putting.

mverity, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Darkish brown with a light tan head, about a finger.

Smell is absolutely wonderful, like a French vanilla coffee.

Taste is kind of a letdown after getting a whiff of that delicious vanilla. It's also a little thin. I prefer a thicker stout.

Overall, it's pretty good. Not great. The first Maine beer I've had that I'm not too interested in having again.

MakeMineADoubleJack, May 20, 2014
Photo of swierczt
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

swierczt, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

falconxman, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Rau71
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Rau71, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev +1.3%

claaark13, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of MNPikey
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

MNPikey, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

PeteRiz, May 24, 2013
Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kirkse, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

JLapadura, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of BigCheese
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split a bottle during a homebrew session.

Pours a opaque ink black. Had a nice sandy head that left a tad of webbing.

Smell was wonderful, huge vanilla and molasses notes plenty of coco and espresso as well.

A very roasty flavor. More coffee than chocolate. Pretty big flavors considering ABV. Vanilla and honey notes are more subdued than in the smell.

Somewhat silky but not like a real oatmeal stout, very rich and slick.

Great stout, probably a bit overpriced but its top shelf stuff. Great nose.

BigCheese, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of srgj88
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

srgj88, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of DCLAguy11
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DCLAguy11, May 22, 2014
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Moses_Malone, May 19, 2014
Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Exeter, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

dailyminefield, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev -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 CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

CreightonSM, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

RKing44, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of clay23
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

clay23, Apr 19, 2014
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,680 ratings.