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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,802
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 94
Gots: 236 | 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%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bitterbeerguy
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.


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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sprucetip
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated 11.10.11, so about 3 months in the bottle.

Black but not thickly so, as it is translucent and reveals good clarity when backlit. It is highly active, has a finger of mocha head that stays for a bit and leaves scraps of lacing.

The aroma includes a modest level of roast, a wee nip of vanilla, and some malty sweetness. It is not especially rich, strong, deep or complex. But it is well balanced and pleasant, and seems to become more robust throughout the sample.

The taste is composed of much the same elements as the nose. The roast is far from bold, the vanilla is so minimal that it is more like the vanilla tones imparted from an oak barrel that does not actually have any vanilla in it, and is joined by some mildly sweet malty character. There is some ever so faint roasty bitterness. It is very smooth and balanced, if not particularly complex or robust.

The strong carbonation occasionally burns a little but not uusally, it has a medium/full body, and is just a really smooth and easy drinking mid sized stout.

This is clearly a very well made beer. It is smooth and balanced, but not very complex or aggressive in the smell or flavor. It is an easy drinker, and does have some limited depth. Perhaps the vanilla comes through stronger when it is more fresh? This bottle came off a warm shelf, and was 3 months in the bottle. But, at $7 for a 500ml bottle, Cadillac Mountain at $5 for a 650 or $11 for a sixer is looking pretty good. Maine Beer Co makes nice beer, but I don’t think it is quite as good as it should be for the elite level pricing it sells for.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pint at Valhalla in NYC for $8, comes filled to the brim with barely a line of mocha-colored head and lotsa bubbles. Pretty good retention for that tiny head, and beautiful lacing.

Smell: As in the bottle, the nose is underwhelming. Slight roastiness, maybe a whiff of vanilla. Opaque.

Taste: Full roasty flavor, followed by dairy and pleasantly sour milk. Sort of like week-old half-and-half. Nice vanilla at the end. A bit of coffee and bitter chocolate. Just beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Well-rounded, with full roasty flavor, medium body and fine carbonation. Not dry, bonus! Creamy and oily to boot.

Overall: A wonderfully balanced, drinkable stout. Way better than the bottle!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stumbled on Mean Old Tom on tap at Ron's Original tonight. Served in a Chimay goblet.

There was a dark black appearance to the body, with a half-finger of frothy tan head that dissipated to a thin layer rather quickly, leaving some soft, foamy lacing behind. It smelled very strongly of coffee, but it wasn't as much a dark roast smell as it was a sweet mocha with hints of vanilla. The taste was more bitter than I expected from the smell, and I got baker's chocolate, medium roast coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel was much waterier than I expected; it was rather light in the mouth with almost no carbonation. In fact, I'd say it was flat, which was disappointing.

Overall, I was let down by the taste after the expectations I had from the smell and appearance. It wasn't a bad beer, but I was hoping the vanilla would be a major contributor to the taste, and it just wasn't. The mouthfeel was extremely disappointing - it had no body, which would have added a lot. I doubt I'll be seeking this one out again with the number of other beers in this style that have great character.

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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

split a bottle with my buddy, poured into a duvel glass

A- pours black, slgitly translucent by the head, dark amber brown, nice 1 finger mocha colored head, looks creamy and delicious

S- roasty, creamy, chocolate, almost reminds me of marshmellow, vanilla, kinda like toasty vanilla.

T- not as nice as the nose, good chocolate notes, vanilla, a bit roasty, but then i swear i taste water on the finish.

M- nice at the beggining until it gets to the finish, then its like water, and not in a good drinkable way, but like water.... the first time i tried this, i thought mabye it was the bottle, this is the second bottle from the second batch ive tried, i keep wanting it to be better, but its not, kinda kills and otherwise good beer for me.

O- do something... fix the watery finish,

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Bottle Dated: 111011

Poured into a Squatters True Pint glass a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy light tan head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some vanilla notes, lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee going on. Medium body, very nice smooth texture. Another very tasty brew from MBC. Thanks Bill!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown appearing black with some ruby red highlights around the edges. About 1 finger of tan head dissipates quickly. Thin layer of creamy lacing.

N: Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa nibs and Cola along with notes of dark roast coffee and vanilla. Very aromatic.

T: The taste is not as intense as the nose unfortunately. Roasted barley, cola and notes of cocoa upfront. Some milk chocolate and caramel comes into play mid-palate. Finishes with bitter bakers chocolate and lactose with maybe just a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied, almost chewy, sticky and semi-dry with low carbonation.

O: This is a Sweet Stout at heart. Nicely roasted and sweet with a lot of milk chocolate. The vanilla is not as prevalent as I've hoped but perhaps this only helps to boast the chocolate flavors in this beer. The flavors are too subtle for my tastes but may be an excellent introductory Stout to people afraid to try dark beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a small head that dissipates almost immediately.

S: Aromas of chocolate and malts that hide the alcohol very well.

T: Nice and chocolate malty flavors with subtle hints of vanilla in the finish. There is a pleasant amount of bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation and a nice creaminess. This beer feels bigger than it is.

O: Very sessionable and very enjoyable - easy to drink and it tastes much bigger than the ABV.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin light mocha head that quickly disappeared, leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose along with subtle hints of vanilla beans.
T: The beer is quite malty and has flavors of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts plus some hints of vanilla beans towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It feels a little fuller-bodied than you would expect for its alcohol content.
O: This beer really packs in a lot of body and flavors for a beer that has a relatively low alcohol content compared to other beers in the style. It is also very sessionable.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love Maine Beer Co.'s simple labels. Served this chilled, in a snifter, from a 500ml bottle. Let this warm a bit before sampling.

Appearance: Mean Old Tom poured out a dark as night black. Not a bit of light can show through it. A somewhat hard pour brings on almost a two full finger tan cap. Head was creamy and a bit thick. Pretty good retention here. Some pretty thick bands were left behind. A better than average looking beer.

Smell: Just the kind of nose I was expecting from a stout. Loads of roasted malt throughout. Definitely some light coffee overtones. Smells a little sweet, probably from the natural vanilla beans on which this is aged. Bits of caramel around the edges. As the vanilla fades, a faint chocolate note kicks in. Hope this tastes as good as it smells.

Taste: Better than it smells! Wonderful full flavor. Thick roasted malt flavors rule this brew. A bit of freshly brewed coffee mixes in. Vanilla is there, but a bit more subdued than in the nose. Oats? Seems like oats would be in there to smooth this out. I like this!

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side for me. Medium bodied, low carbonation.

Overall: Mouthfeel aside, a pretty solid beer in my opinion. Can't wait to try more from this brewery.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle. 111011 is marked on the label. I assume it means bottled on Nov 10, 2011.

appears opaque black, with 1" tan head that fades to a thin covering that stays. some lacing. mild roasted malt aroma, a little sweet.

taste is slightly roasty, a bit acidic. not really picking up the vanilla. it's on the thinner side, I'd like it to be a bit thicker. mild carbonation.

overall - a decent stout, but I don't see the vanilla bean aging.

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,802 ratings.