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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

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1,674 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 84
Gots: 222 | 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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Table, Brooklyn, NY.
Poured into 8oz nonic.
Pours a deep brown almost black color. Smells of coffee and roasted malts.
Taste is similar...adding a bit of vanilla and spice. Nice carbonation and smooth.
This is a very tastey and pleasant beer, but its more like a porter than a stout.
I just wish it was served in a bigger glass.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into the Duvel Tulip it goes.

A - Pours a dark brown with a large light brown head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Mostly old coffee.

T - Old bitter coffee with a hing of vanilla. Maybe I am just hopin for it.

D - Lower carbonation but still fizzy somehow. Thinner body.

O - Where's the vanilla bean? It would have been perfect here.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to wisconsinality for this one.

poured cold from the bottle cola black with ruby highlights to a surly darkness 10oz snifter with a full finger, big bubbled, foamy and long lasting dark tan head leaving a sheet of lace after each sip.

great big creamy chocolate aroma with espresso roast in the wayback.

semi sweet baker's chocolate and subtle bitter espresso roast up front with a bit of smoke and a tiny bit of vanilla in the rear.

light bodied, creamy smooth, a nice rounded stout.

overall: very good, though was expecting / hoping for a bit more vanilla. i'd give it another go.

robwestcott, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sent by SneezyAchew. Thanks, Michael! Bottled 11.10.11.

A: Pours black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a wispy film that left decent lacing after each sip.
S: Smells strongly of coffee and toasted malts. I get a bit of wood smoke as well. What I don’t get any of is vanilla which I find strange given their role in the making of this beer.
T: Good roasted flavor with the same notes of smoke and coffee from the nose. The coffee isn’t as potent, but I’m still not getting any vanilla. Flavors are light and almost porter-like. A very nice roasted aftertaste lingers after the swallow.
M: Medium body, medium-light mouthfeel that is very smooth and easy to drink. It’s not too watery or too heavy. Carbonation is tingly and even.
O: No vanilla. None. Weird. Anyway this is a nice light stout. Flavors are roasted and a bit one dimensional but this is crazy easy to drink. I’ve had porters that taste just like this. Thanks again, Michael.

scottfrie, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this one in the Secret Santa BIF from joepais; thanks Joe, excited to try this. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Cigar City tulip, bottled on 11/10/11.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident. No real head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light bitter chocolate, and light vanilla. Very roasty and pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, and very light bakers chocolate, and that is about it. As it warms up a little coffee. A little bland, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is a tiny bit on the light side.

o - Overall a decent stout. The nose was nice but the taste was a bit bland and watered down. If the body was a little bit thicker it would near perfect. Worth checking out but falls a little short in the taste department especially.

mdfb79, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/black with a small tan head leaving good lacing down the glass.

Predominant smells are cocoa and vanilla. A little bit of roasted coffee and some oak as well.

Starts out with a nice roasted malt profile. A little bit of cocoa, but not as much as the nose and the vanilla is a lot less prevalent in the flavor. Finishes with a little bit of a sweet brown sugar flavor.

Fairly good mouthfeel although close to falling on the thin side. Lowish carbonation.

An ok beer. I'm not a huge fan of the sweetness in the aftertaste and I wish a bit more vanilla came through on the flavor, but still glad I tried it.

jmarsh123, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind courtesy of Retail1LO, thanks again.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a pretty nice tan head.

Aromas are of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, cream, and brown sugar.

Taste is kind of thin up front. Notes of cola, brewed coffee, dark chocolate, and some creamy sweetness. Finish is a bit dry, with some mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too thin for me, but it is smooth though.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, just wish is had a bit more flavor and body.

flexabull, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pamola, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured out a dark brown with a half finger of mocha colored head that fizzled out quickly and didn't bother to leave much lacing behind. nose picks up on roasted malts, a little coffee and some vanilla. taste is likewise, big roasty presence with some vanilla and a bitter coffee finish. mouthfeel could be fuller and the carbonation could be more, but this is still a good stout with a creamy feel to it.

match1112, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

whartontallboy, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of thesarahfuller
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

thesarahfuller, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of newenglandontap
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

newenglandontap, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with some red highlights at the edges. Big, thick frothy chocolate milk head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Mainly a nice roasted malt with a touch of vanilla. There is some roast coffee in there too.

T:A touch of creamy vanilla up front that turns into a nice roasted malt flavor. A bit of coffee bitterness carries through in the aftertaste.

M: A bit watery. Low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O: Not bad, a pretty simple stout with just a tiny touch of vanilla. A little too thin and watery though, detracts from it quite a bit. I've had porters that had better mouthfeel.

Dope, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of skipjack17
4/5  rDev +1.3%

skipjack17, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like the name and I like the description. I had thought that it would be an imperial stout but I'm actually glad it isn't because I've never seen a non-imperial stout aged on vanilla beans.

Pours a pitch black with a small, brownish head. Looks menacing enough to drink.

Cocoa, cream, vanilla bean and coffee aromas unfold as it warms up to room temperature. Very inviting.

Wow. Vanilla bean, cream and roasted coffee mingle together, finishing in an orgasm of all three flavors. Very palatable.

Vanilla lingers the longest on my palate, followed by cream. A light, but memorable finish to an excellent beer.

I don't know about the others, but I really like this beer. It's an interesting thing to do with a regular stout and in this case, the aging compliments this stout. Check it out!!!

Brad007, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mean Old Tom pours black into the glass with a moderate, creamy light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the surface and leaves behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a rich mixture of coffee, vanilla and roast malt. Some milk chocolate is in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. Almost reminds me of a cask ale. The flavor is sweet and loaded with vanilla, coffee and roast malt. Hints of chocolate and nuts are also present. It finishes dry with a lingering taste of vanilla and coffee.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. I wish it was easier to find.

WanderingFool, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of BPudd
4/5  rDev +1.3%

BPudd, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev +1.3%

rondufresne, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
3/5  rDev -24.1%

MaineMike, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DaveHack, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pistolas in a tulip.

A: The stout is nice and black, set off nicely against the ligher tan head resting above it. Mild lacing.

S: The vanilla and cocoa nibs are a nice touch, tingly sweet before the roasted stout comes in. The vanilla, as it is wont to do, tends to overpower the other aspects.

T: Roasted, dark malts paired with sweet additions. The cocoa stands out a bit more than in the nose, giving the vanilla beans a run for their money. The roasted base has chocolate and mild bitterness that is soothed by the vanilla. The lightness, the ale isn't heavy in the least, is a big factor.

M: The ale goes down very easily, very quickly. Ten minutes max, I'm talking. I went in looking for Sucks and was more than happy to see this in its place.

akorsak, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of aflyershckyfan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

aflyershckyfan, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

kaelingirl, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't see this one in these her parts too often. Opaque black with a Georgia clay colored head. Snowy lace left by fair retention.

Roast malt, vanilla and dark chocolate aroma. Some barrel char in there, not sure if it's malt character or when Tom was aged on vanilla beans was it aged in a barrel mayhaps?

Roast malt and vanilla blend very well with each other. Woody. Flavors come through dull and flat though due to a thin body and lack of carbonation. Every other Maine Beer killed it in the mouthfeel department which is curious that Tom is so unappealing. Maybe that's why he's so mean.

donkeyrunner, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of raveskdr
4/5  rDev +1.3%

raveskdr, Dec 13, 2011
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.