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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,721
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 92
Gots: 230 | FT: 13
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TechBrew, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First Maine Beer Co. that I have tried. Very nice dark stout with a decent foam head. Smells of strong roast with slight hints of vanilla. The taste was more of roasted coffee than chocolate for me and the vanilla is there too. Hop bitterness to boot at the finish. The mouthfeel was where this beer worked for me. Medium bodied, smooth, soft like maybe velvet, clean, and so well-balanced. To conclude: I've rated this low abv stout quite high even though I prefer my stouts super strong in taste, thickness, and alcohol. Overall there was nothing I did not like about this brew and it actually took me by surprise. Very well done Maine Beer Company!

dpgoblejr, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Roger85
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into my Founders snifter. Thanks for the beer wittyname!

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/ black with amber accents on the edges. Has a nice looking dark tan head that doesn't last too long. Leaves decent lace.

Smell: Smells like a stout- nothing special. Nice roasted malts, a touch of caramel and chocolate. Couldn't get any vanilla.

Taste: Taste follows the smell, with a trace amount of vanilla on the tail end. Nothing really stands out, but it is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: It is thin, but this isn't an imperial stout. I think it's right where it should be.

Overall: This is a good stout. I wish it offered a stronger nose and that there was a bit more vanilla in the taste. It is very understated to the point you actively have to look for it. That being said, I'd definitely drink it again.

Roger85, May 22, 2013
Photo of mgr78704
4/5  rDev +1%

mgr78704, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of bccocx
4/5  rDev +1%

bccocx, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Focusf111
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Focusf111, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of phingdong
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

phingdong, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of srgj88
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

srgj88, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev +1%

RobinLee, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black body with a patchy white-tan head. Pretty good retention.
S: Heavy milk chocolate with a little vanilla noticeable. This is one of those stouts that smells like a chocolate tootsie pop to me.
T: Rich cocoa, some roasted malt, a bit of nutty flavor and what I’m guessing is lactose. Just enough bitterness for balance. Full flavored but doesn’t stray into extremes in any area.
M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Very soft feel with velvety carbonation.

My second beer from Maine Brewing and enjoyed it very much. The vanilla referred to on the label didn’t seem all that strong, but it brought out the chocolate flavors nicely. Also the mouthfeel was full and smooth and reminded me of some of my favorite oatmeal stouts like Doubly Down and Dirty.

GeezLynn, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

beermanbrian, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of JLapadura
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

JLapadura, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of swierczt
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

swierczt, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of alex_hart
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

alex_hart, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Moses_Malone, May 19, 2014
Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

dailyminefield, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Envelopes, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of blknikon
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BigPlay1824
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very deep black with a finger of bubbly deep mocha colored head that lingers nicely and becomes more creamy in character over time, leaves a ton of lacing
S: really great coffee malt scent, very deep, vanilla is there just slightly at the end
T: hmm, im kind of disappointed, this is kind of a run of the mill stout, coffee malt notes but not much more, finishes with a slight burnt flavor which lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: a bit aggressive on the carbonation, drinks thick and leaves the palate cleanly
O: it was nice, drank nicely, tasted good, nothing stood out though, i had hoped for more of the vanilla flavor but really none of it came through which was disappointing. the only brew ive had from the folks up in maine that i likely wouldnt buy again, o well

BigPlay1824, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rodlavers, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on recent trip to PHL. 056312 G stamped on side of label I think- the "6" is smudged. Could be a 0 or 8.
Poured murkey yeasty brown into my Deschutes tulip. Minimal head very thin layer of small bubbles cling to edge. Nothing much else.
Aroma very pleasant. Smooth softness of vanilla foretells the taste which is again smooth, velvety, full of vanilla notes.
Warm nice feeling lingers.
A very enjoyable stout. Too bad I brought back only one.

NWer, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

falconxman, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of patrick802
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

patrick802, Jun 08, 2013
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.