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Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by dciBA on 03-03-2010

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Reviews: 435 | Ratings: 2,251
Photo of fscottkey
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: [5.00] The beer looks great in the glass. The beer itself is jet black. It pours our with a big dollop of mocha head. The head is 3 fingers and recesses slowly.. There are equal parts head and beer after a pour down the middle. The beer lists the ABV (6.5%) and it lists the born on date (12/15/15).

S: [4.00] Lots of smokey malts. Charred wood. Milk chocolate (an inexpensive chocolate).

T: [4.25] Marshmallow, vanilla, cocoa, charred wood. Is sweet late in the palate to compliment the charred malts.

M: [4.25] Really creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low and allows the beer to coat the tongue. The charred wood gives a bit of a bitterness to the finish.

O: [4.00] I bought this based on my other successes from Maine Beer Co. This is another good beer. I don't think this one stands out like the others I have had. This is quite nice but I am not sure that it commands 2-3 times the prices (per oz.) of other dark beers that I prefer. There is nothing to gripe about on this beer - it smells, tastes and "feels" good but is not a huge stand out. I think "Zoe" set the bar too high. :)

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Photo of Sabtos
2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fifth in a dinner pairing of five Maine brews, Mean Old Tom pours a thin clean brown with little head.

On the nose, faint hints of brownie, with dry, bitter, roasty malts and maybe a little strawberry. And of course the vanilla is apparent but not prominent.

This is surprisingly light and fizzy on the palate, with light coffee coming on.

I'm not sure what makes this a stout more than a porter, but after the fine showing it had in Paste magazine, my expectations were high, and definitively let down.

I found Mean Old Tom weak, with a watered down feel.

Perhaps I am spoiled living so near to Hoppin' Frog, which delivers enormous, thick, velvetty smooth, super roasty, dark and flavorful stouts, but it seems obvious to me the reviewers contributing to Paste clearly have palates more developed for IPAs and less towards stouts. This is definitely no where near the best stout in the country, it would not even be close to the top ten in the state of Ohio. But, obviously being based out of Maine, that can be forgiven, since we all know what style these East coast breweries specialize in.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottled december 15, 2015. poured into a Lawson's finest tulip. appearance is black with a finger or two of khaki head. nice retention and leaves some lacing. appearance is pretty damn appealing!

smell is rich with malts, nice roasty espresso like scents - vanilla bean and chocolate as well. taste is the same, creamy chocolate and vanilla. a really really subtle but pleasant hop bitterness on both nose and tongue. feel is really quality, substantial body but still very drinkable and smooth. overall this is a really rich and flavorful beer... not usually my style but I definitely enjoyed it!

subsequently enjoyed a growler fill of this stuff and it was substantially better. not sure if it was on nitro or something but the feel and flavor were much more full and rich. this is surprisingly complex and flavorful for a stout coming in at 6.5% excellent stuff mbc!!

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mike's Place in Berea, OH. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with a 1 inch frothy mocha colored head. Lacing sticks to the sides of th glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with a long lasting vanilla bean finish. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, somewhat creamy. This is another impressive offering from Maine Beer Co. Recommended and would have again.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 11, 2016

16.9 oz bottle, tulip

A – Light black, some tinges of brown, and appears to be mostly clear. A couple inches or more of deep tan foam, large bubbles and thick, with long retention.

S – Sweet milk chocolate and a blast of vanilla bean, along with some roasted but not bitter espresso, like cold-pressed coffee, and lactose. Low fruity esters, like strawberries or blueberries. Light herbal, woodsy, rustic hops.

T – Vanilla cream, sweet baker’s chocolate, and light espresso. Lactose/milk quality here as well. Low fruitiness, strawberry-like again. Hops are woodsy or floral, low and very difficult to decipher. Very little hop bitterness.

M – Creamy mouthfeel, with an impression of lactose, oats, and/or a nitro pour. Fairly sweet, though not unbalanced; just a slight bit of hop bitterness to even things out. Medium-full body, with moderate-low carbonation, again feels more in the vicinity of a nitro pour because of the oats.

O – Pleasant, complex, drinkable. Love the coffee impression and the strong use of vanilla.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everyone seems obsessed with high ABV, BA Stouts these days. Mean Old Tom is neither - it's a very easy drinking 6.5% ABV and even without time in a barrel, it's an extremely complex and delicious stout. Maine Beer Co has their house in order - it sure seems everything these guys churn out is spot on. Well done.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

highly underrated stout from one of America's great brewery. In the world of barrel aged and sometimes over the top flavor combos, this is a pleasent respite. great nose of roasted coffee and dark choclate. silky mouthfeel thanks to the oats and lingering flavor. not so much as to overwhelm one but enough to love it and go for the next sip, and next , and next, till....

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark pour, mostly black, gives beige rich head of tiny bubbles. Aroma delivers on the vanilla bean and roast, chocolate to a lesser degree.

Taste is again smooth, accentuating the smooth malt job, chocolate and vanilla bean. Not overly sweet or roasty, decently balanced, straddles the line between American stout and porter. A lil pricey at $5 a bottle or whatnot, but its an enjoyable beer every time.

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Photo of illpass78
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a one finger leathery head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Vanilla, black coffee, espresso beans.

Taste: Follows the nose, with coffee and dark chocolate leading the way. Vanilla and cocoa are there, too. Pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel: Just about spot on in my opinion. Drinkable and smooth, but with a sturdy body.

Overall: A terrific stout from a great brewer. Tons of flavor and pleasure to sip.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/13/15, poured 11/29/15 into a pint glass.

Dark black with a light brown head.

Smells very sweet, sugar, brown sugar, caramel, maltiness.

Tastes roasted, sugary, creamy, bitter chocolate, slick mouthfeel..
Head has retention. No lacing.

The flavors are very balanced, nothing overpowering.
Soooo good. Goes down easy and is not too heavy.
Non stout drinkers would probably love this in a blind taste test.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/10/15, label says to drink within 90 days of stamped born on date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like roasted malt, vanilla, milk and dark chocolate, and coffee. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt and an earthy flavor noticeable. I like the bittersweet roasty finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, glad I got to try a bottle of this. Hope I get to find more of the MBC beers here soon. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from pint bottle into snifter glass. The color is mohogany-black as coffee and totally opaque with a thin, light tan head and lacing that slowly dissipated as the glass warmed to room temperature. Nice fragrance of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. As it warmed, i also caught a whiff of raisin. The first taste sensation was dark chocolate, with some burnt coffee. As it warmed in the glass, the vanilla and raisin began to be noticeable. It finishes with a subtle bitterness. it's medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation. At 6.5% ABV, it's very drinkable. Overall, this stout drinks more like a porter; in fact, I can best describe it as a poor-man's Victory at Sea. For a stout, I would expect more body. It is enjoyable but there are both better stouts and better porters on the market. This is sort of betwixt and between.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - Black in color, nice big 3 finger khaki head
Smell - Roasted notes, coffee, hints of the vanilla bean sweetness
Taste - Dark roasted coffee, espresso type bitterness, dark chocolate, a touch of vanilla on the back end
Feel - Too thin for a stout

Overall - Decent stout. Nothing to go crazy over. A bit thin and not enough vanilla.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed with friends - lots of opinions on aroma, roast chicken and meat drippings (seriously), lots of chicory (Canadian coffee) - vanilla is barely detectable. Pours black with a grey head, medium body with coffee, chocolate and chicory flavors. Neat beer, but ultimately not a fan of chicory so it takes something away from experience

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased November 17, 2015 and enjoyed November 18, 2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.

Look - Dark brown body. Finger of light tan head settles to a very thin ring. Blotchy lacing.

Smell - Coffee. Musty hop. Chocolate. Raisin.

Taste - Coffee. Coffee. Dark chocolate. Raisin/plum. Vanilla.

Feel - Gritty. Carbonation is high. Doesn't sit too well.

Overall - This is a complex enough stout to be sought after but doesn't quite live up to the "new Three Floyds in Ohio" hype.

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Photo of cfalls
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't drink stouts too often, so take this with a grain of salt.

L - black liquid, large tan head slowly fades to a thin layer

S - campfire, chicory, mesquite

T - some bitter and floral hops, smoke, slightest hint of vanilla, dry charred finish

F - moderately carbonated, medium bodied, substantial without being syrupy, probably on the thin side for stout-lovers

O - lots of subtle complex flavors, nothing crazy or out of place, somewhat porter-like

I might drink stouts more often if more of them were like this.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from notes, on draft at the Boynton, Worcester, MA
look; served in a shaker filled to the brim, 1/4" head, good retention, plenty of lacing, as dark a chestnut as can be without being black, or black with a hint of chestnut
smell; vanilla, roasted malt, some bitter coffee and sweet chocolate notes
taste; roasted malt, vanilla, some hops bitterness, coffee grounds, hint of brown sugar
feel; full bodied but on the lighter side of full bodied; some carbonation, not creamy, just a hint of syrupy feel in the middle, finishes with a nice mildly bitter bite
overall; a nice full flavored vanilla porter with enough going on to keep me interested but pretty straightforward for maine beer co. Tom's not so mean

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width brown foamy head. Retention and lacing are both good. Strong dark malty, coffee and vanilla flavors. Dark malty taste. More coffee than anything else, but you can get the hint of some vanilla beans in there. Heavy bodied with low carbonation. Not my favorite stout but definitely good.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep garnet, almost black pour with near zero head. Heavy roasted aroma mingles with vanilla and chocolate. More of both come through in the slightly sweet taste. Very tasty. Fairly low carbonation is my speed, with a slight sweet in the finish complementing the bitter roast. Solid stout.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and light vanilla. The taste is roasted coffee and mild dark chocolate, with a subtle hint of vanilla. The vanilla is not strong and sweet or overpowering. It melds perfectly together with the beer's deep, natural, dark roasted coffee flavors. It feels slightly thin with light carbonation. Overall a very good stout, displaying more dark roast coffee flavors as opposed to just chocolate. Nice roasty flavor with a subtle hint of natural vanilla. Very nice.

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Photo of NickandToni
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mean Old Tom brings a chocolate syrupy to the nose. Though a very pleasant stout, I was hoping for a deeper vanilla. Strong chocolate and coffee tones balanced well with hearty mouthfeel. The ending lingers well enough to take time between each sip.

Overall a fine stout. Worthy of you best glass, good friends, and a crackling fireside.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into sam Adams glass

Black liquid with dark brown foam cap

Aroma of chocolate and vanilla

Taste of chocolate, vanilla and licorice

Medium mouthfeel

Nice stout

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good stout. The nose has a nice intertwined balance between vanilla and chocolate. As you drink it and it warms you notice a nice amount of chocolate in the body, with a touch of sweet vanilla and a roasted coffee finish. Mouth feel is good, definitely one of the fuller single stouts I've had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of vanilla and black chocolate is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by vanilla with black chocolate notes and some dry roasted malt notes. Body is thinner than I was expecting with good carbonation. Enjoyable but a fuller body would have been better.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A stout aged on vanilla beans. This pours with a thin caramel head that dissipates quickly. Nose is toasted malts and chocolate. Very little vanilla for me. Taste follows the nose with a thin mouth feel. I would call this a porter rather than a stout. It's very good, but doesn't rise to the level of MBC's IPA's in my opinion. That being said, I would drink this again!

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.