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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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89
very good

1,868 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 101
Gots: 268 | 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:
Beer added by: dciBA on 03-03-2010

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.
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Photo of shafnutz05
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at my local Whole Foods.

A - A pretty smooth pour. No noticeable head, Pours a dark brown/black.

S - The first thing to hit my nose was the chocolate/coffee undertones, with the vanilla coming in after that. Was expecting the vanilla first.

T - A nice combination of multiple flavors. The vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors combine nicely and none of the individual parts are overwhelming. It maintains that consistency throughout.

M - Very heavy, and carbonates quickly (but not in a bad way). Almost takes on a creamy quality, and that's not a bad thing.

I'm a huge fan of stouts, and this is a very good example. Not too overpowering, but you can definitely pick out the different flavors that combine nicely in the final product. Definitely a slow-drinking brew, but recommend.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fresh Batch in Freeport, Maine:

In a pint glass:

A: dark brown/black body with a half finger of white head. The head lasts about fifteen seconds. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen and there was no lacing.

S: good mixture between coffee, cocoa and vanilla, and a slight bit of chocolate comes in as the beer warms.

T: bittersweet through the vanilla and cocoa mixed well and in front with the coffee coming in just to balance it a bit

M: medium with a moderate carbonation, good blend between wet and dry, sessionable for the standard, but I had it on a hot July day ( probably gonna have to come back to this in the colder months)

O: I'm glad I tried this because I did like it

Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pino, 500ml into a tulip - dating is smudged here.

Black body, beige head of a couple fingers. Moderate retention and a bit of lace. Nose has dark chocolate, cocoa, roast and a mild vanilla bean note. Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee-like roast, and vanilla bean notes are quite subtle. Medium mouthfeel, but on the lighter side of things. Quite nice in terms of carbonation though. A nicely flavoured stout, certainly revistable.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in colour, about a finger of dense tan head, quite a bit of lace going on here as well. Smell is of cocoa and roast, a big dose of vanilla follows closely behind, coffee and milky chocolate with more deep roasted qualities. Taste is of roasted malts and chocolate, vanilla flavours start to come in and bring with them a bit of coffee as well, lightly bitter with some coffee and vanilla in the finish and aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium bodied and a decent feel as well. While this is not outstanding stuff it is a very flavourful and delicious stout that I found to be quite an easy drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark and chocolate with some sweet vanilla and cocoa. Through the middle, some coffee comes through alongside some more roasted and lightly burnt flavors. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with some vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced American Stout. The vanilla adds a nice complexity to the beer.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BostonHops
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle served in a pint glass.
bottled date: 11/10/11

pours a deep mahogany / cola-like brown while yielding a healthy 2" head (w an aggressive pour); very respectable retention and lacing. nose is likewise very nice, headlined by coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same, with the coffee and chocolate in particular being well-represented. i also get some secondary notes of vanilla and a hint of char. medium bodied mouthfeel, a touch thin, with average carbonation.

overall a very nice, easy-drinking stout. no wow factor necessarily but no worse than a C+/B- range brew.

(originally reviewed: 12-05-2011)

Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontlalboy!

(Aged for 6 months)

Black throughout with a small dark brown head that leaves spiderwebs of stick down the glass.

Somewhat mild aroma, though what's here is nice enough. There's a pleasant combination of roasted malt, a bit of ground coffee, and just the slightest hint of vanilla.

The flavor too is simple though similarly nice. Roast and ground coffee lead the way, along with a low to moderate level of bitterness, and a little vanilla. Nice, though not complex.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, and a nice night cap, but a somewhat simple stout overall. Maybe I should have consumed this one as fresh as possible?

Photo of kagent777
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle brought back from a recent trip to Boston. Poured into my beer goblet. No bottling date that I can see.

Appearance: More of a dark brown than black. I got very little head on this one. The ring around the edge did leave a little lacing as I went, though.

Smell: I smell vanilla, chocolate, and roasty malts. The smell is some what subdued. When I swirl the beer in the glass I also get a stronger sense of dark pumpernickel bread.

Taste: The taste follows the nose mirroring everything, especially vanilla. The taste is stronger than the smell will have you believe. A nice chunk of char up front followed by a bit of (semi) chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The finish is strong for a non imperial stout. The body and carbonation are perfect, body in the middle to strong range while the carbonation is lower.

Overall: This is a really good beer. I wish we could get it here in Utah, but I am glad to try it. I am a sucker for vanilla in my stouts and this one has the perfect dose of vanilla. Highly recommended!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of danedelman
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to the beerbug for this extra.

A-deep black with small half finger head. Stuck around though the whole drinking session.

S-lots of coffee, roasted malts and vanilla beans.

T-vanilla hits you first with a nice touch of roasted malts and a hint of lactose. very smooth and creamy.

M-smooth creamy and very drinkable. Very good beer in my eyes. Thanks to beerbug for this one, well worth it.

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.