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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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89
very good

1,772 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 92
Gots: 233 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

EagleRare, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a big wine glass. Appears black as expected. Head was off white, almost tan.

Aroma gave me powdery oats, bakers chocolate, and some general campfire roastiness.

The taste was very similar to the aroma. Oatmeal-like notes up front. S'mores-like, but with dark chocolate. I don't get too much vanilla, but there's maybe a trace of it the more I drink this and dig deeper. Primarily, though, oats and dry bakers chocolate prevail. However there's still a little watered down feel to it all.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like.

Overall this was enjoyable, but as the vanilla is advertised, it lets you down on that front. No big deal. Still tasty. Just wish it had a little more body.

jbertsch, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of jt0818
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jt0818, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black body with a patchy white-tan head. Pretty good retention.
S: Heavy milk chocolate with a little vanilla noticeable. This is one of those stouts that smells like a chocolate tootsie pop to me.
T: Rich cocoa, some roasted malt, a bit of nutty flavor and what I’m guessing is lactose. Just enough bitterness for balance. Full flavored but doesn’t stray into extremes in any area.
M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Very soft feel with velvety carbonation.

My second beer from Maine Brewing and enjoyed it very much. The vanilla referred to on the label didn’t seem all that strong, but it brought out the chocolate flavors nicely. Also the mouthfeel was full and smooth and reminded me of some of my favorite oatmeal stouts like Doubly Down and Dirty.

GeezLynn, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of VtBeerRun
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality beer by the Maine Beer Company. This is a good beer. As others have stated, I wish I got a bit more vanilla, but it is very good and very drinkable. The taste is the best part of this beer. Nothing spectacular, maybe I'm a bit spoiled by what I expect from the Maine Beer Company since they always seem to have a great beer. I would definitely get this again, however it would be a go to beer if it had just a bit more of the vanilla hint and a unique taste it. Keep up the good work!

Cheers,
Dave

VtBeerRun, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Fluke828
2.35/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle -> CCB Snifter
Bottled Dated: 01/05(?)/12

A-> Poured cold with a deep brown/black hue with some faintly khaki colored head about .5 fingers worth that leaves some moderate lacing.

S-> Dark, roasted malt, cheap coffee, some light bitter chocolate, no real vanilla detectable...smells almost thin....

T-> some bitter chocolate with cheap or stale coffee notes. Roasty flavors take over but that's about it. Everything seems muted and watered down...

M-> Disappointed here. Way too thin and didn't improve once this beer warmed up. Wasn't creamy or thick by any means. Thin and watery. Zero carbonation.

O-> Significantly disappointed by this one given the pedigree I have become accustomed to with the other MBC offerings. Also for being "a stout aged on natural vanilla beans" I got very little vanilla, if any at all. May revisit this someday from a different batch but not exactly jonesing to do so after this experience...maybe this beer needs more time?

Fluke828, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev +1%

mavbrew, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

funkel81, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of druptight
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

druptight, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BobMontagne
5/5  rDev +26.3%

BobMontagne, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black color that has brownish highlights. The head is tight and creamy that settles into a sparse head but left a small sheet of lacing.

The aroma is of a light roasted malt, light coffee and light milk chocolate. Some nice woody aroma as well. Smells like a light FBS. Not much vanilla detected.

The taste is much the same. Light roast, light coffee, hint of chocolate. Nice woody flavors. Some brown bread and brown sugar. Pumpernickle bread with honey. I really don't pick up any vanilla unless it is from the bean husk. Good flavor but disappointed that I don't pick up the vanilla.

The feel is moderate, almost light. Soft carbonation, almost silky feel. Sweet and bitter good balance. Feels a bit thin for a stout.

A very tasty stout, just didn't get the vanilla. I like the woody flavors and light coffee but felt a bit thin. Still a must try though.

Gmann, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a standard pint. 0105012 printed on the label. Pours one shade shy of black with a voluminous, 1.5 inch, mocha-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Some spots and strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses roasted malt, cocoa nibs, a trace of vanilla and a suggestion of either lactose or artificial sweetener towards the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, the flavor profile comes off a bit watered down and there is a slightly ashy char that reveals itself towards the finish and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a crisp, even carbonation that leaves a mild, residual prickle across the tongue. Overall, a solid beer, but not my favorite from this brewer. Also, the $6.99 price tag on this brew is a bit of a deterrent from adding this to my regular line-up. Worth trying if the opportunity presents, but not something I need to seek out again.

Jwale73, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julio's back in November. Figured now would be as good a time as any to crack into it. Finally, a good beer in 2012!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, deep oily black with a creamy, rich one finger mocha head that leaves nice side lacing and a good halo/cloud.

S - Nose is very nice. The first aroma to hit upon pouring is a deep, rich roasted malt aroma coupled with nice malty sweetness. There are very nice vanilla and cocoa powder notes along with some light coffee too.

T - Taste is slightly less as intense as the nose. There is alot of roasted almost burnt malts in this one. Very nice bitter sweetness too along with more faint vanilla than in the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but a little on the thin side due to mediocre carbonation.

O - Overall this is a rather enjoyable stout. Really wish it had a better mouthfeel but the vanilla is quite nice and somewhat more than subtle. Not my favorite Maine Brewing Company beer but a good beer nevertheless.

rudzud, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a pint glass, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring that is almost black in the depths. Pours with a thin, foamy, light brown colored head that remains a subtle eighth of an inch layer that retains throughout consumption. Aromas are rich and woody, with a slight coffee roast, creamy chocolate, and slightly charred blending. Smells complex and tasty. Flavors are also well blended, and come in a little more subtle than the nose prepares you for. Combined with the creamy smoothness of the body, this makes for an extremely easy beer to drink. The beer has an initial mocha coffee flavor, with more of the dark roasted coffee in the background. Some earthy and woody highlights throughout, with a chocolate profile through the backbone. The aftertaste is more of the bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate flavors, with a touch of roastiness once again. The finish is smooth and slick, with a slight linger to the earthy characteristics. Very easy drinker, and solid flavor profile throughout. Very tasty!

GarthDanielson, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

bkny27, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of nas5755
2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark black with a thick tan head. Some lacing and a little retention. I was very excited based on the color of the head.

S- Some roast malt flavors and an impression that vanilla was present. Key word-was.

T- A mediocre stout. A slight hint of vanilla is present but not enough to take over the beer or really make it shine. A thin roast flavor goes along with a drier style of stout.

M- The beer is basically flat(something that doesnt really bother me if the stout is thick, heavy and high in abv) and it just killed the flavors. I can tell that vanilla is present but it cant play with the roast flavors without some bubbles. Disappointing.

O- This is a very mediocre beer. I want some carbonation before I decide if vanilla is present or not and regardless of vanillas presence I want alot more of it

nas5755, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of TheDudeRules
3/5  rDev -24.2%

TheDudeRules, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of RyanLigeia
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Pretty average looking. Its saving grace is how absolutely pitch black it is. Lets no light through.

smell- Some chocolate, vanilla, malty sweetness. Nothing too strong.

taste- Its good at the very start but doesnt last long. Disappears pretty fast.

mouthfeel- Could/should be a little thicker in my opinion

overall- Somewhat dissapointed, it was a little over priced.

RyanLigeia, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mdvatab
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Powdered cocoa, vanilla, and malted milk. A bit more subdued, though, than I'd been hoping for.

A: Espresso brown-black body. A 2-finger, persistent, light tan collar of foam. Interestingly, the appearance was the highlight of this brew.

F: Dark chocolate, some smoke, mild bitterness, and a very light vanilla note on the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A bit thinner than I'd hoped for.

O: Not as much to this one as I would have liked. A stout with vanilla beans brewed by MBC should have been something I'd go crazy about. No real off-flavors--just a bit bland for my liking. See what you think about this one.

mdvatab, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Archemedies, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Pours jet black with a one finger tall off white head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted grain, and some light smoke. Nothing amazing but still solid.

T - Starts off with some vanilla sweetness slowly giving way to hints of day old coffee grounds, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and some light smokiness. The thin body really brings this one down a notch or two. Finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering long after consumption.

M - Thin body with a ton of dark roasted flavor, moderate carbonation. This one has lots of roast throughout but the thin feel kinda ruins it.

O - This one was ok. It has some good flavores going for it but it lacks the more substantial body needed to be great IMO. I won't turn down another but I wouldn't go running out of my house to get more.

orangesol, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of gkatsoris
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black. Thick foamy tan head. Not too much lacing.

S: Roasted nuts. Peanuts. Vanilla. Oaky. Bourbony. Pie crust. Slight anise. Alcohol.

T: NO VANILLA AT ALL...disappointed. Very balanced, and very malty. Bready. Normal everyday stout.

M: Pretty thick. Nice coat left on the tongue.

O: Much better over all after it warmed up some. A little pricey for the 500ml, and being a 'good' brew.

gkatsoris, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to find this one at a local beer store. I love Pepper and Zoe from Maine Beer Co so I'm excited to see a stout from them. PT bottle, 01/05/12...

A: A nice deep darkish brown / black with a nice fluffy 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get some nice sweet chocolate upfront which blends into a creamy lactose scent. Some mild raisin makes an appearance hidden on the back. Some nice vanilla notes blends well throughout. Good.

T: Not really as expected. A very acidic / watery roastiness that is quickly overtaken by a hop bite. The hop bite lingers on the palate throughout. A mild sweet chocolate sits in the background. Ok.

M: Light body with a huge carbonation. A dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, I was hoping for more. It starts well, but needs some more tweeking to get the taste right. First disappointment from Maine Beer Co for me.

steve8robin, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Mjmoon15
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Mjmoon15, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an opaque almost black color with a thin coating of tanned head, cloudy retention, coating sticky lacing all along the glass while drinking.

Nice robust nose with toasty malts, vanilla bean, coffee and dark chocolate. The vanilla is definitely present but not overboard.

Roasted malt up front with plenty of caramel and nuttiness. Vanilla bean is pretty prominent, slightly sweet, but still pretty balanced. Decent backbone, faint syrup note. Finishes with soft hops and vanilla.

Fuller medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, a bit creamy yet prickly on the tongue. If the mouthfeel was better this could be really good...still a nice milder stout.

xnicknj, Jan 14, 2012
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.