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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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89
very good

1,622 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,622
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 82
Gots: 212 | 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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nanobrew

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-22-2012 14:50:00 | More by nanobrew
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%

500ml bottle from Valdieu2. Thanks! Into an MBC wine glass. Bottled 8/10/12.

A: Pours a nice brownish black with a good light tan head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Sweet coffee and cocoa, some vanilla as well.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, yet pretty balanced. Mild roast, some pine and citrus with a good amount of bitterness, dark chocolate, light vanilla.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: This is a nice stout with a good mouthfeel. Perhaps less hoppy bitterness would help it along but other than that I really enjoyed it.

10-20-2012 04:10:38 | More by Etan
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-19-2012 03:46:43 | More by ShemRahBoo
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kevanb

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

500 ml bottle, 8/20/2012 on the label, poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, almost black but not quite. A half finger of mocha head appears but is gone instantly leaving behind a thin layer of film and no lacing. The aroma is of roast and almost peated malt, mild vanilla sweetness and a touch of chocolate. The flavors are just as simple, light vanilla, milk chocolate and lots of roasted malt. The body is pretty thin, overly carbonated as well, it doesn't detract from the beer too much, but it's not really helping any.

Verdict: A much simpler beer than I was hoping for, I thought the vanilla might take this to another level, but instead, it came off artificial and lacking complexity. It's not a bad beer by any stretch and was enjoyable to drink, but it's nothing too special.

10-18-2012 02:22:43 | More by kevanb
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-17-2012 19:12:57 | More by ncaudle
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Thanks Jason!

Dark brown, medium head, medium retention. Smells burnt and acrid at times; the roast is powerful in the taste as well. So charrred with only hints of vanilla. Tastes too tart because of the acidity... I think the roast is up there for a beer not so big and could have been dialed down. The beer is lost in it. Mouthfeel is right on though.

10-17-2012 08:32:18 | More by tewaris
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mctizzz

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-15-2012 22:28:21 | More by mctizzz
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BeerForHokie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-15-2012 00:46:02 | More by BeerForHokie
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

16.9oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Black with a small 1/4” head that quickly recedes to thin cap. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweetness appears over a lighter-than-usual aroma of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweeter and more chocolate forward that the usual stout. The lack of astringent bitterness allows for more flavors to emerge, the subtle vanilla and the expected coffee among them. I must say after drinking many stouts recently it was nice to find one a little less bitter and able to stand out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy throughout and clean on the finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this stout as Maine Beer Company really seems to be doing all the right things.

10-14-2012 02:19:04 | More by BobZ
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev 0%

Very dark, almost black color, its like very dark brown and black together. Nice tan creamy head on the top, almost 1" in size. Aroma, the vanilla was a little understated I thought, but still enjoyable, chocolate malt, cocao like dryness.

Kind of the quintessential usual old school stout, drinkable by yourself, not massive. Nice roast, solid chocolate presence, mild vanilla presence. A little hoppier than you might be used to for a straight up normal stout. Not thin, but not imperialized motor oil version of a double stout. Its what most people have come to know as a porter these days. This is a beer better of as part of a 4 or 6 pack, moreso than being in a 1/2 liter bottle. You can drink lots of it, and you'd want to, as its enjoyable for sure. Never had anything bad from Maine beer company. Still hunting for Zoe though. . .

10-11-2012 23:23:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev 0%

500 mL bottle into HF tulip

A - Nice dark brown color with a thin quarter-finger head, tan in color. Head lingers a bit before becoming a thin layer.

S - Definitely smell the vanilla beans, chocolate, roasted malts. Really digging the deeply roasted malt aromas. A bit nutty

T - Taste of subtle vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, deeply roasted malts, and watery black coffee.

M - Feel is a bit thin, but bold enough. Not amazing, but it suits the subtleties of the beer. A bit chalky in the finish.

O - An easy to drink, flavorful, and nuanced beer. Can't ask for too much more.

10-11-2012 22:56:51 | More by greenmonstah
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-11-2012 16:35:47 | More by ROGUE16
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-10-2012 22:23:10 | More by TheRuss9585
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev 0%

Another lovely beer from a brewery that seems to always make a quality, tasty, refined, and highly drinkable product. Pours black with a two finger cap of foamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is a mix of chocolate and vanilla notes; light roasty/charred malt, and caramel. Quite nice!

The vanilla in the flavor isn't quite as prominent as it is in the aroma, although it does emerge somewhat as the beer warms a bit. The chocolate and caramel sweetness recedes a bit into more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor and the malt has a more assertively roasted, slightly charred aspect than detected in the nose. Suggestions of burnt sugar/creme brulee linger as I work my way through the glass. Has some nice flavor combinations but not necessarily a ton of depth.

Medium body and carbonation; not big and thick at all, but this isn't an imperial.

Overall quite a good American stout; should appease vanilla fans and has a natural vanilla flavor rather than an artificial extract taste.

10-08-2012 22:45:54 | More by tobelerone
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marshmeli

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-08-2012 19:59:00 | More by marshmeli
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marcdalke

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-07-2012 20:02:17 | More by marcdalke
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-07-2012 19:14:30 | More by claaark13
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Skelator

Vermont

5/5  rDev +26.6%

10-07-2012 04:13:32 | More by Skelator
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-06-2012 05:41:33 | More by Rhettroactive
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mikemacisso

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-05-2012 16:58:48 | More by mikemacisso
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suspect

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A: Deep deep deep dark brown. Not quite black but close. Aggressive pour leads to a slow creeping head that gets bigger to about 2 fingers, then slowly fades to a thin ring.

S: Big notes of toasted malts, chocolate malts, burnt coffee. Slightly lighter aromas of vanilla, smoke and dried wood.

T: Coffee notes first but it tastes like the coffee has had some milk and sugar added to it. Malts from the nose are present and accounted for but they are much less smokey and a lot smoother.

M: Big creamy mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. No alcohol notes to speak of.

O: An easy drinking stout that's full of flavor and complexity. Lots of things going on and none of them are offensive or overpowering.

10-05-2012 00:40:24 | More by suspect
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Tschnab

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

The pour is a beautiful looking stout, a dark body with a nice two inch milk chocolate head, rocky thick lace on the glass.

The smell is a nice coffee aroma with some chocolate and tons of vanilla. All three of these flavors reach perfect harmony on the taste, where the once subtle chocolate and coffee come through big, and the sweet vanilla smoothes out the bitter on the finish.

Really good stout, really hits on the flavors I look for, with the vanilla being a nice twist.

10-03-2012 18:48:08 | More by Tschnab
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-01-2012 03:03:10 | More by Zaphog
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karatebartender

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-30-2012 19:06:30 | More by karatebartender
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harrymel

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -3%

Bottled: 26AUG12

Pours a dark brown with light tan foam of soapy consistency. Smells of vanilla, licorice, cola, some cocoa, and a bit of coffee. Pleasant nose. Robust beer, nice bitter coffee character, toasted malts, hints of leather and vanilla. Nice and big without being a monster boozer. Full, velvety body with modest carbonation and a bilevel finish for me - slick up front, dry on the pharynx.

09-30-2012 05:13:34 | More by harrymel
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,622 ratings.