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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 100
Gots: 263 | FT: 10
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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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a dark brown with a nice tan head.

S- smells of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate with a slight vanilla bean scent.

T- a great stout with a nice caramelized malt flavor that finishes a bit sweet. lightly hopped but very well balanced.

M- good carbonation, body isn't as thick as I was expecting but it was a very refreshingly smooth stout.

O- It's a great stout, I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't super "heavy" and I could easily enjoy this brew on a summer day.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, near black, cap of firm khaki head, decent lacing. Scent brings heavy roast from grain, light char even, bitter cocoa and baking chocolate, heavy roasted coffee beans, light berry like whiffs, moderate lingering creamy sweetness. Taste begins with big roast yet again, clouds positive notes of chocolate, coffee and berry and the vanilla is no where to be seen except a faint twinge of potent alcohol laden extract. Body thinner for style, carbonation moderate and beer has a faint graininess despite being mostly smooth. A decent stout heavy in roast and lacking the vanilla.

Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with just a bit of light coming through at the edges. There is just under a finger of light tan head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: The roast dominates right off the bat. The the grain shows up and reminds me of cereal, but burnt cereal with you add the roast. There is a mild sweetness to this beer as well.

Taste: This is a solid stout, but I'm not picking up much vanilla. Roasty and fairly smooth. The grain definitely dominate. No real hop bitterness to speak of. The finish is slightly sweet and roasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin given the style. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad stout, but not overly exciting either. In the future, I would probably pass on this and just have some of the other Maine beers.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ActonBrewer for this! Poured into globe... Reviewing from notes

A- Pours almost completely black with about a half finger, light tan colored head. Leaves no lacing behind...

S- This almost entirely straight cereal grain. Cheerios in glass is all I get out of this. No vanilla, no coffee, no sweetness, just raw grain. Not a terrible aroma, but some depth would be nice!

T/M- Still too much cereal grain. Not much vanilla presence, perhaps it sweetens up a bit, but I fail to recognize any actual vanilla flavors? I do get a nice bitterness in the middle palate, kinda roasty. But again, dominated by raw barley and wheat and oats. Light body keeps it from being too taxing, and a good feel for this profile.

O- Overall not much to this but I do like it. Incredibly drinkable, but it is underwhelming in the end. Not something to really try and pick apart, next time I'll just drink and enjoy.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle 11/10/11 bottle date

Appearance-Black body with medium brown head that recedes in a minute

Smell-Milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, not picking up any vanilla sadly

Taste-I picked up this stout due to the natural vanilla beans description-i couldn't discern vanilla in the taste, I picked up alot of milk chocolate, roastiness and slight coffee. The beer was very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel-Pretty light, average on the carbonation.

Overall-Don't know if I waited too long from the 11/10/11 bottle date to pick up on the vanilla beans. With the price $6.49/bottle may pick up a fresh bottle again as this is a stout that could be enjoyed any time of year. Wouldn't repeat trying to age it though

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fairly vigorous pour yields nothing more than a fingers worth of light to medium brown slightly creamy froth with an active rocky top... Still with no discernible carbonation... A light flat black color that allows just the slightest bits of light to leak in around the edges of the glass...

S - The roasted malt is predominant... Very faint hints of dark chocolate and mild coffee... Any vanilla notes are quite subtle... Fairly standard and pedestrian for the style...

T - Roasted malts... A bit nutty... Some dark chocolate... A faint kiss of coffee... Dark bread notes... Again, I really struggle to find any vanilla... A unique slightly burnt after taste lingers...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Perhaps a bit on the thin side... Limited carbonation... Sleek... A slightly chalky finish...

D - A very average American Stout... Text book for the style... Though nothing blew me away, this is a very solid beer... My biggest complaint is that for a brew that's aged on vanilla beans, this one had almost no vanilla to speak either in the aroma or on the palette... Solid, but uninspired would be best description...

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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rlmartin for the bottle. What I believe is a bottling date on the label reads 111011.

A: Pours quite dark with a large, dense, tan head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass

S: Roasty, woody aromas with a little undertone of raisin or prune. I'm not picking up on any vanilla notes, though.

T: Lots of roast, coffee, and light cacao. Finish is woody, but with a bit of lightly acidic brightness.

M: Very light body for a stout and not much linger. Fairly bitter, but clean finishing.

O: I'm a bit disappointed that the vanilla seems completely MIA, but if I hadn't been promised that on the bottle I'd be quite happy with the drinkability of this beer. It does seem a bit light compared to some stouts, but it's got good flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first thought on appearance is Coke with a bigger longer lasting head. Dark brown/Blake body, ruby highlights, and a light tan loudly fizzing head that started at five fingers and settled down to a more stable three.

Aroma is coffee au lait, milk chocolate, and just a hint of vanilla, then the vanilla releases more as the head recedes.

Taste is a little different, the coffee more of a black dark roast and much more dominate. Just a shadow of chocolate and a twinge of vanilla.

Mouthfeel could be a bit cheesier.

A good effort from a brewery to watch.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.