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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

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Ratings: 1321
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%

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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Photo of thecheapies


4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/10/13. Washed a nonic pint for it.

A little too much initial 'glug-glug' yielded a massive four-finger head of dry tan foam with a rocky surface. The color of the beer is a rich malt extract shade of brown-black. Craggy lacing suits me well. Looks awesome.

Vanilla bean in the nose is in the forefront with classic American stout aromas of hearty roast, coffee, stale piney hops, and some grittiness. Smells rich and malt-forward. Not your typical earthiness. Leftover hops have some character.

Rich and roasty with a tangy hop profile and a good dose of vanilla. Faint coffee bitterness and flavor with a touch of sweetness. The dryness behind this stout really makes it that much more palatable. Quality roasted malts and floral hops with a glimpse of pine. Awesome mouthfeel with a velvety body and an elegant carbonation level. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 16:31:20 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Trifecta1


3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep dark brown, chocolate milk head.

S - Oats, vanilla, chocolate.

T - Oats, vanilla, chocolate, dryness.

M - Smooth, velvety.

O - Solid offering, reasonably priced, would recommend, but I have to say, leaves you wanting. Could use more vanilla, more coffee notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 04:15:09 | More by Trifecta1
Photo of jdhowe


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Houser for getting me this bottle. Bottle dated 11/05/13 enjoyed 17 Feb 14.

Reviewed from notes

A: Pours an opaque dark brown, clear with light through the edges showing plenty of burgundy. Very thin mocha head quickly gives way to a thin ring.

S: Aromas of mild, light roast coffee, graham cracker, a hint of roastiness, and a very faint vanilla. On warming, a slight hop dankness emerges.

T/M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carb, slightly coarse carbonation with some astringency. A slightly tart cherry sweetness with hints of raisin up front lead into a big graham cracker malt sweetness with caramel, slight hints of coffee that lingers with a bitterness through the finish. Very subtle vanilla... nearly imperceptible to the point that it's possible I was only convincing myself to find it.

O: A nice beer. A bit thin for a stout, but I actually enjoyed how drinkable it was as a consequence, and the complement of flavors was really nice. I was giving this beer credit for the vanilla that was nearly imperceptible, partly due to the bottle being slightly past its "enjoy by" recommendation. That said, I've typically not had vanilla fall off like that, so maybe there just wasn't much to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 10:09:38 | More by jdhowe
Photo of mverity


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 06:37:05 | More by mverity
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:44:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Tommy into a snazzy voodoo barrel room snifter...what a mean old bastard.

Not really...looks stoutly with some nice lacing.

Smells of burnt toast with a smatter of light chocolate powder.

Tastes nutty, understated coffee and milk chocolate mixture, and organic....oooohhhh organic vanilla. No chemical vanilla monster here, no sir, no way...uh-uh!

I pounded it, but I didn't particularly enjoy it. Like nights of youthful indiscretion, I kept my eyes shut. Maybe this is mean by Maine standards, but here in Wisconsin we, well, shit most everybody's nice. But still, this ain't all that mean.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:35:19 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:04:14 | More by superspak
Photo of ItsMe


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - off-white/egg shell colored one and a half finger head sitting atop this dark brew. No light really coming through the glass. Slight red glow around the edges when held up to the light. Looks like a stout to me.

Smell - Right off the bat the roasted coffee and malts make their presence known. Bakers chocolate comes next. The vanilla scent is soft. It's certainly there but not as assertive as I expected. Maybe even a little maple in there?

Taste - Roasted coffee and malts right on the front of the pallet. The vanilla is smooth and not overpowering. Quite drinkable with a bitter, roasty bite that lingers at the end.

MF - Smooth and velvety. Feels more like a porter. Nice and light. Medium body.

Overall - This one gets a thumbs up. A nice, light, easy drinking stout. As a fanatic of the style, I could drink this in the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 04:08:59 | More by ItsMe
Photo of RyanOooh


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very vanilla forward drinkable stout / more like porter. Interesting dark pour and thick but small tan head. Aroma is of vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, roasty malt. Delicious vanilla flavor, roasty finish w/ slight cherry. Tasty and smooth, definitely worth a taste despite the price per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:14:59 | More by RyanOooh
Photo of BMMillsy


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 7/2/13 poured on 12/27/13. Shared with Dad. Says drink within 90 days but whatever. Dark brown to black pour with a light brown creamy half finger head. Aroma of huge roast and light vanilla, some smoke, semisweet chocolate. Flavor follows the smell with big roast and semisweet chocolate, light vanilla, and lingering bitter roast lingers. Medium carbonation and light medium body. This comes off as a porter rather than a stout and with that expectation is very nice. Recommended for lighter stout fare for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 22:12:53 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with a light head. It looks like a stout because it is a stout.

This beer smells like genuine vanilla...not extract. It doesn't smell like a milkshake, just...real.

The vanilla flavor is there, but it's almost like it's hiding in the shadows. Overall the flavor is a little boring. Not bad. Not even not good. Just not quite the expression I would have expected from Maine Beer Company.

Wait, I take that back. I compared their King Titus porter to a perfect family sedan.

On the flipside, it's very well balanced. This is a good beer, but my palate needs something a little more exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 02:57:31 | More by DrinkNewport
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 12/10/13. Sampled on December 21, 20-13 so this bottle is pretty fresh.

The pour is a deep dark black color with no brown or glistening reddish hues in sight. It really is black with a long lasting and soft feeling tan head.

The aroma is delightful with its full dark malt, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and vague fruit character. The hops are downplayed.

A highly creamy and smooth body that falls into the medium to bold range.

The taste is much like the aroma with less emphasis on the vanilla beans and more so on the baked dark chocolate. The slightest touch of dry bitterness on the backside. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:09:58 | More by puboflyons
Photo of momobono


3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this on tap and it was much, much better. Vegetal flavors coming through the palate and dominating pretty soundly over the light vanilla characteristic I've known before on this brew. What happened here? Minus points for really only the flavor, but I'm probably sensitive and it's still a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:19:55 | More by momobono
Photo of jhartley


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Bottled on November 5, 2013.

A: Pours a deep dark brown to black body with a dark beige head. Plenty of lacing left in the glass. Tons of tiny bubbles constantly stream up along the edges of the glass to the top.

S: Dark roast coffee and malts, bakers chocolate and of course vanilla.

T/M: Roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla on the finish. Body is not heavy and is very easy to drink with a nice amount of carbonation. A little musty hops which pairs nicely with the vanilla, cocoa sweetness. The flaked oats give the body a nice creaminess.

O: Enjoyable stout that isn't heavy at all and is super easy to drink. A nice low abv at 6.5% makes this a nice stout to drink and won't set you on your ass. Each sip makes you want to keep going back for more and more. For sure I will be buying more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 23:49:14 | More by jhartley
Photo of pvo


4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this - it's a medium-bodied stout with a lasting roast flavor. Very well balanced, not too high in alcohol, just a very solid beer. Some might say it's expensive for what it is - I believe I paid around $7 for the 16.9 oz bottle, but I justify that by comparing its price to what I might pay at a bar, though anything is more reasonable that way. In any case, this is one of the more well-balanced stouts that I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 22:59:17 | More by pvo
Photo of chanokokoro


4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an unbranded stemmed English-style ale glass

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, capped by a light beige one finger head. Average retention, a bit of lacing present. Robust roastiness, espresso and, accents of vanilla cream; slightly reminiscent of a vanilla latte. Bakers chocolate upfront and hints of cream; vanilla beans join in with continued dark chocolate notes. Finishes with big, bold roasted malt, espresso notes, and ample hops smoothed out by returning vanilla notes. Moderately carbonated, heavier side of medium bodied; bordering on full bodied. Smooth, velvety on the palate; exceptional. Overall, this brew was much more bold and robust than expected. A nice enjoyable surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:01:19 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted and reviewed on 11/10/11

Pretty much black in color. Lively, but thick, well-retained mocha tan color cap with a "whipped" appearance.

Chocolate aroma and yes, vanilla, earthy-musty hops, creamy, rollo's with a dry hop tingle.

Full, smooth, clean and exciting mouth feel.

A crisp, jazzy, up-beat side to an aged stout! roastie nuts, mild chocolate, vanilla and cream, maybe a hint of peanut butter and rum in the finish. Dry, earthy hops provide a nice balance. Complexity is good, but the flavor's could meld more, lay this one down for 3 mounths and we might just have a true epic.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 23:32:15 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at High Dive in Park Slope. It poured a heavy black with some red tones around the edges. The tan head was rather large that reminded me of an ice cream float.

The smell is typical of an American stout plus the huge vanilla fragrance. I guess that's from their aging process. Roasted coffee and chocolate also linger.

The taste has loads of bitter chocolate, subtle coffee, cocoa, and of course, the vanilla. There was also something nutty present.

This is an ordinary stout that is gets taken to the next level by the vanilla beans. Very drinkable with medium mouthfeel and a very nice coffee like finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 01:06:20 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Duane_Opfer


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl. oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/13. Consumed on 11/28.

A - Brown approaching black in color. On the first pour, as I typically do, I gave it a less gentle pour to see the head, and it yielded 3+ fingers of head. Second pour, I gave it a very gentle pour and still got a full finger of head. Head is a light tan dense foam. Head dissipated some, but never got less than a 1/2 finger. Maintained its shape as the liquid moved. Reminded me of the "head" on a root beer float. Left heavy lacing on sides of glass.

S - Rather fragrant. Roasted malts and vanilla.

T - Very interesting. Vanilla does not stand out until beer is almost room temperature. Get a tartness than combined with the carbonation feels and tastes much like a cola. Also some cocoa powder with a bitter roasted coffee finish. When warm though, the vanilla really comes out.

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a medium body.

O - A solid option. Very different than most stouts I have tried. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 20:32:56 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger frothy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean roasted malts and a touch of lactose.

The taste was likewise roasty with a bit of milk sugar, some vanilla and a charcoal finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a very tasty American stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 23:51:22 | More by plaid75
Photo of Rheaume17


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a deep black color with a nice thick light brown head.

S - Smells a lot like breakfast/dessert. Picking up on hints of coffee, toffee, chocolate and some vanilla.

T - A burst of flavors. Tons of coffee beans, chocolate. On the background I am picking up on hints of toffee and vanilla beans which adds a nice bitterness.

M - Almost feels like drinking a soda. Good carbonation, while being very easy to drink. The flavors really stick to the inside of the mouth.

O - I am not a stout drinker, but I decided to give this one a shot, having luck with all of the other MBC beers. Overall, this was an excellent brew. Very drinkable and tons of flavors. Definitely was very enjoyable on a cold VT night.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:12:50 | More by Rheaume17
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with bottled on date 10/29/2013 printed on the label. My first beer from Maine Beer Company, I just started seeing these beers in my area recently. Exponentially stoked to finally have this bottle, very nice minimalist label art.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a very dark cola brown; opaque black in the glass. Three big fingers of fluffy creamy mocha head. Beautiful ribbons of lace on the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is very nice: cold coffee bean roast, chocolate, some earth, some metallics, faint leather, hints of cream / lactose, and soft creamy vanilla bean.

T - More forward on the coffee bean aspect than the vanilla, but both are apparent. Bitter coffee bean roast, powdery chocolate, and delicate vanilla bean.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy with a bitter, drying finish, beckoning the palate for another sip. Dark coffee bean roast lingers.

Overall, a very nicely done stout from the Maine Beer Company. I would love to see this beer in six packs, because I would drink this stuff year-round if it was more widely available than it is. A very nice first beer for me from these guys, and I look forward to many more!

Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:24:41 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of timc100


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fantastic offering from Maine Beer Co. So glad I have access to these now.

This is a really well balanced and crafted stout - nothing over the top at all, just very in tune with itself. Fresh coffee beans, some decent amount of roast, bitter dark chocolate and the addition of the vanilla beans yields a mocha, milk chocolate sweetness. Aroma is not very big but there are some very nice things going on - vanilla sweetness, coffee roast - cold pressed coffee -, and really fine dark chocolate shavings. Creamy mouthfeel - soft but fizzy carbonation.

Right up there with Titus, MO, and Peeper. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 14:37:02 | More by timc100
Photo of jvillefan


3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black body with a thin mocha colored lacing.

S: Roasted grains dominate. There are hints of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and coffee. The smell is mild and not very potent. There is an almost lager character to it.

T: A sessonable dark beer (if that's possible). There flavors are very mild and are smoke and roasted grains in the front. Vanilla in the middle and a bready finish. A good beer.

M: Very thin body with excellent carbonation.

O: This is not one of my favorite stouts but is a good change of pace. It is definitely on the lighter side of dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 03:35:49 | More by jvillefan
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown color with a healthy mocha head that dissipates rather quickly. Very strong nose of coffee and cream, bitter cocoa.

Definitely a bit thinner then expected but then again all maine brews have super thin light bodies. What makes this different is that usually maine brews use this thin to body to carry delicious hops to the back of the tongue. Unfortunately this approach to beer doesn't work great for the stout style as their is almost no body. I know some oats are used to try and increase body but if anything it added a bit of syrupyness. Nice sweet creaminess up front, almost woody on the mid-palate, a little chocolaty with some coffee flavor throughout. A nice bitterness on the back end that overwhelms more than it balances. I like it but it would definitely turn some off expecting a sweeter stout.

Compared to Maine's hoppy offerrings this one falls flat in both body and taste. A thinner stout if you could call it that with some good flavors and a touch of alcohol heat.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:59:39 | More by jtierney89
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
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