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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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1,770 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 92
Gots: 234 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

paulmcm, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very deep purple, almost black. Beige head settles very quickly, lacing is sparse and patchy.

S: Lots of creamy vanilla and vanilla bean. Reminds me of the vanilla bean ice cream I used to make. Roasty and chocolatey scents underneath. Mostly cocoa and chocolate syrup. A bit of french roast and earthy yeast too.

T: Sweet cola-like character up front is quickly punctuated by woody and smokey malt tastes. Vanilla was so prevalent in the nose, but it's hard to place here; just the slightest hint of it within all the roasted malt. The chocolatey presence is also all but silent in the taste, with only a slight flavor of dark cocoa. Semi-dry finish with tastes of woody smoke, black cocoa powder, and a touch of vanilla.

M: Thin and somewhat watery in the mouth. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being totally flat. Very slightly silky. Not much body to it; lacks substance.

O: This beer tastes like a pretty decent home brew, not the product of a production brewery. It smelled great, but the taste just did not follow. The lack of body also contributed to its mediocrity.

Notes: I kept hoping that it would open up a little if I let it warm, but it didn't. This one needs to be revised, I think.

ryan1788a5, Feb 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

stoppertb18, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

kirkse, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Casterbridge, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

tjeppaint, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

areich6, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Axic10 for this extra!

A- Pours a cola brown with a 1 finger tan head that recedes to a ring around the top of the brew

S- Definite vanilla notes with roasty malt flavors in the background

T- Sweet notes to go with the roasty malts you get from the nose. Not straight vanilla but some sucrose sweetness keeping everything tasty

M- Thin :( If this beer were thicker it would be phenominal.

O- I really enjoy this and would love to be able to try it again

pschul4, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

polishkaz, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

M27, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jk3, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

SFC21, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

cbeer88, Feb 18, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark brown, near black with a one+ finger khaki head. Good retention with some faint sip marks.

The aroma is of mild roast coffee, a touch of milk chocolate and fresh vanilla beans. There is an overarching sweetness that works to balance out the bitterness of the roast.

The flavor profile mimics the nose. Some bitter roast coffee mixed with some sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. The vanilla blends with the roast for a nice lingering finish.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. The vanilla beans seem to help lift the beer off the palate, making it feel thinner than it really is.

This is good beer. The vanilla beans do not overpower in any way. Well-crafted american stout. I could drink this any day.

ColForbinBC, Feb 18, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like I expect a "Stout" should pour-- dark brown almost black color-- topped by a short lived head that laced the glass.

A slight nose of toasted malt.

The flavor isn't particularly up front and center. This beer is a stout, but maybe it's because I've been quaffing too many RIS's that when I see stout I expect WEIGHT! This beer doesn't provide that. It's a mild stout in every respect- ABV, flavor stance, even I might add complexity. there's the hops bitterness, hints of toasted malt, a little chocolate thrown in, maybe some sweetneess even.

Mouthfeel is quite cordial-- remember this is a mild flavored stout. But this beer's finishes quickly leaving me wanting more flavor, and more at the finish.

Overall I would choose this beer as a "lite" stout.

Now what exactly "aged ON natural vanilla beens" is-- stout filled barrels placed on a pile of vanilla beans-- or stout filled barrels fed a few vannilla beans from time to time... good question.

gueuzeonhigh, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

uvm2003, Feb 17, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours an ebony color with a creamy looking light tan head. Good retention with some lacing as well.

S- bakers chocolate, soft roasted malt and cocoa aromas hit the nose at first. Light roast coffee beans and vanilla notes come out as well.

T- semi-sweet chocolate and iced coffee hit the palate at first. Soft roasted malt quality and a oily walnut note are there mid palate. Finishes with assertive vanilla bean flavor and more dark chocolate.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a light weak body and natural bottle conditioned carbonation! A thicker body and silky mouthfeel would do wonders for this brew.

D- really drinkable.

Overall a good stout with awesome vanilla tones. Just a little to thin and delicate.

Viciousknishs, Feb 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Kkottonmouthkngz, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

heff316, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

JAHMUR, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

fjl77, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

tugg407, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long week, I decided to open this bottle with a fellow beer enthusiast.

Pours a lite midnight color. I realize this is kind of an oxymoron, but it is the perfect description. Very dark, but not terrible dense. Nice small off-white bubbles grace the top at first and subside quickly.

Aroma is balanced between chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Really the vanilla did it for me. With that said, I was surprised how the notes were all very subtle- so often I find American Stouts have more pronounced flavors, but that's OK by me.

Taste- I was initially a little disappointed by this- a little weak body for the complexity of the aroma. With that said, I let it sit 15 minutes and that helped to make those flavors arrive. The vanilla won the race for me, and really why I would recommend this brew to others. Some beers talk about vanilla, but MOT had it spot on. Some light notes of marshmallow fluff, caramel, and butterscotch linger in the background.

Overall, a very nice way to begin a wonderful evening with friends.


bitterbeerguy, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.