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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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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 Kadonny
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So Maine Beer Co is now in PA? Nice, I've been wanting to try these beers for some time now and I hope soon to find a bottle of Lunch to try. Anyway, got this one to try so let's get to it. Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A light blackish color that lets some light filter through. A half finger off white lead disappears quickly.

S: Wow, tons of chocolate smells leaning mostly on sweeter mild chocolate. Roasted malts are strong on the smell too. Some slight herbal notes from the hops. Not much vanilla.

T: Getting mostly sweet milk chocolate flavors mixed with a nice roasted malt flavor. Cocoa, some toffee and caramel come from the sweetness, still not getting a ton of vanilla. I guess the lighter chocolate notes give off a slight vanilla tone to them. There is some bitterness that rides through the flavor with some wood and floral notes from the hops. That slight bitterness lingers on the finish but does not take over the roasted lingering flavors. Nice.

M: This is maybe my one knock. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin for this abv. No alcohol at all.

O: A real nice stout that is very easy drinking and very enjoyable. I think I tend to get used to Impy Stouts and regular stouts sometime feel a bit thin, but still this is how I feel about this beer.

Another nice addition to beers available in PA. I can't wait to try the Peeper and Lunch which I have heard great things about.

Kadonny, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Close to black. Dark brown at edges when held to direct light. Head is light tan and slightly creamy. Dwindles to a thing ring at the edges of the beer. Pours on the heavier side and just sits there.

Smell: Chocolate malts and chocolate. I'm talking cocoa fused with some sweeter milk chocolate notes. Vanilla rounds out the back and smells real. Nice roasted malt compliment. Some sweetness. Oak lingers in the back and adds a nice earthiness to everything. Loads of roasted malts. Nice and subtle across the board.

Taste: Roasted malts for days. Big roasty bready compliment. Chocolate malts provide a nice depth. Vanilla across the back hits nice and clean and hints at barrel aging that obviously didn't happen. Who needs bourbon barrels when you can mimic the taste without the burn? Slight spiciness that might come from the hops.

Mouthfeel: A touch dry. Carbonation is on par, rounding out the low side of moderate. Creamy and smooth with a slightly rough edge when warmed. Easy drinking.

Overall: Nice balance and the vanilla adds a nice touch. Great depth of flavor without pushing too hard. Another solid take from Maine Beer Co.

Goblinmunkey7, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Satchboogie, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger plus of thick creamy beige head sits atop a dark brown beer with just a touch of light getting through at the bottom of the glass. The head slowly settles to a thin cap. Not a great deal of lace.

Aroma is less vanilla focused than I thought. After re-reading the bottle, I notice it specifically indicates vanilla bean which makes a little more sense. A light sense of dark roasted malt and touch of charcoal.

On the drier side of stouts. Again with the specific use of the bean, this makes some sense. Sometimes when we hear “vanilla” we think sweet and that’s just not necessarily the case with the bean. Vanilla bean hits first and immediately becomes dark roasted malt. This then melds to a moment of ash. Back to vanilla for a moment and then finishes a little dry with a nice mix of vanilla bean and deep roasted malt flavor.

Medium body, a light grit on the tongue. Mild and appropriate carbonation.

A good beer, but one that would benefit from the slightest increase in sweetness. Having said that, I realize this isn’t an Imperial Stout and I am not asking that it try to be one.

Reagan1984, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle with a bottling date of 11/10/11. Very fresh, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Deep black body with slightly dark brown hues around the lower edge of the head. Creamy, bubbly light brown head almost a chocolate milk color. Retention cap is nice and thick, along with outstanding lacing down the glass. Beautiful appearance.

S: Roasted chocolate malts, bitter dark chocolate, faint "green" bitterness moving to the back of the aroma. Finishes off with a milky note and some vanilla beans. The focus certainly isn't the vanilla but it adds a nice touch to round things out.

T: A bitter hoppy bite is up front, quickly followed by some dark bitter chocolate and vanilla. Mid-palate has an almost coffee bean flavor with some spicy yeast notes. The finish has just a touch of what seems like an alcohol element.

M: Well carbonated but not overly so. Still creamy on the palate while having a nice amount of bubbles to deliver flavors. A bit dry and sticky in the finish.

Mean Old Tom is a rich, robust and bitter chocolatey American Stout. It's not overboard on any one aspect though I did expect a lot more vanilla beans than I got. Although, it seems unless you go crazy on vanilla bean aging it never imparts a big punch, unlike extract would. Still, this is a really nice take on a lower-ABV stout.

ShanePB, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Lawnboy33, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Kelp, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Axic10, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz bottle into a Bruery snifter. Bottled 11/10/11

Pours pitch black with a frothy off white head. Left a watery lacing.

Smells of light vanilla and some chocolate.

Taste is kinda bland. Faint vanilla, cocoa and a hint of hops.

Light carbonation and mouthfeel.

Reminds me of a lighter version of Ballast Point's Victory at Sea.

IdrinkGas, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a one finger mocha colored head that dissipates to a fine lacing around the outside edge of the glass.

S: Smells of vanilla beans and some sweetness accompanied by a light amount of cocoa (somewhat contrasting with the vanilla) and a hint of coffee.

T: Just like the nose, typical roasted malt flavors common to stouts with a hint of vanilla and coffee.

M: Mild amount of carbonation with a fairly medium body that slides off the tongue with a nice creaminess.

O: Overall, quite delicious. I'd definitely buy this one again.

Daktyls, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of admiralcrunch
5/5  rDev +26.6%

admiralcrunch, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of s1ckboy
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

s1ckboy, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An opaque black pour. Lasting creamy head. Leaves behind some nice lacing. Not bad but nothing to write home about.

Smell: Roasted malts and coco with vanilla undertones.

Taste: A predominately roasted and coffee taste with vanilla undertones.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky almost.

Overall: A very nice stout worth drinking at least once in a while. The price certainly makes it a worthwhile drink.

Taste: The vanilla beans are much more stronger this time.

HattedClassic, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (bottled 11/10/11) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an almost totally opaque black color with a finger of dense whipped creamy tan foam with good staying power and a near uniform sheet of lacing around the glass.

S - Interesting aroma...bit of booze, lots of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, mild touch of dark fruit, perfumey floral hops, and a bit of molasses.

T - Quite bitter with strong contribution of burnt malt, dark chocolate and coffee. A floral hop flavor, and some dark fruits. The acrid bitterness dominates and probably pushes out some of the potential complexities here. Can't say I'm really getting much of any vanilla in here, which is a disappointment.

M - Body is fairly thin...a bit too thin for my liking. Carbonation is at a lower level too and gives a mostly creamy feel but still manages to give a bit of a tingle as well.

O - A decent example of an American stout. Body is a bit thin however. It is a fairly easy drinker. Smokey, acrid, burnt malt flavors take the lead with other typical stout flavors mixing in behind. Sadly not enough of the vanilla bean came thru for me.

portia99, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

kevgod, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

17oz, packaged on 11/10/11. American Stout aged on natural vanilla bean.

Pours inky black with a nice light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has some good roasted character, no hints of vanilla really. Nice chocolatey thing going on.

The flavor is oddly weak. Some bitterness and lightly tangy roasted malt. Again, no real vanilla character. Dry and watery, kind of like an Irish Stout. It's smooth, I'll give it that, but the mouthfeel is really thin, with low, almost non-existent carbonation. The pint I had on-tap was much better than this bottle, though still not great.

So I guess not everything Maine Beer Co. touches turns to gold (or Peeper, Zoe or Lunch). Womp, womp.

dasenebler, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of zgunder
4/5  rDev +1.3%

zgunder, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Kaydogg, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours jet black and opaque with a decent sized mocha colored head that settles to a finger or two in height and stays there for minutes leaving tremendous lacing.

vanilla is definitely there, as is tons of bittersweet chocolate. roasted malts and a slight woodiness as well, but I am drooling in anticipation from the vanilla/chocolate combo.

somewhat more of a subdued flavor than I expected. chocolate, roasted malts, less vanilla than anticipated, a touch of char on the finish with some bitterness that lingers. pretty tasty, but subtle, which isnt a bad thing.

kind of Irish Dry Stout in the mouth feel, creamy but not full bodied with velvety carbonation.

very easy drinking stout. Not as mind-blowing as Zoe or Lunch, but another very quality brew from Maine Beer.

silentjay, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of cpinto6
4/5  rDev +1.3%

cpinto6, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maine Beer Co. My favorite east coast brewery.

A-Pours with decent viscosity, but its not overly dark for the style. When held up to the light the beer is fairly transparent. Head forms and dies off to a patchy film but does leave decent lacing.

S-Notes of chocolate and vanilla bean. Some alcohol presence in the nose. Sweet but also has some nice coffee roast as well. Vanilla comes out quite well in the nose.

T- Vanilla bean is oh so noticeable on the palate. Chocolate is milky and sweet and lightly bitter. Coffee roastiness. Alcohol is better hidden on the palate. Subtle but definitely tasty.

M-I enjoy the feel. It feels like a mix between a Stout and a porter. Carbonation is extremely soft. A bit slick.

O/D-Maine Beer Co. is one of my favorite breweries. Lunch, Zoe, and Peeper are among my favorites of their respective styles. Mean Old Tom is pretty damn good, but a slight step below the perfection of their other brews. I still really enjoyed this. Its drinkability is very, very high. Very happy to have a bottle. Nothing to complain about here, and dare I say its a tad bit underrated.

VelvetExtract, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Reddish hued brown with visible carbonation marking sides of glass. The half inch head is thick and frothy, light tan in color.

Smell is chocolate with accents of vanilla and a light coffee.

Taste begins with chocolate and finishes by mixing that chocolate into coffee. Both have vanilla undertones which are enjoyable. Roasted flavors toward the back end, also a slight bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation.

Overall a solid stout.

Sensaray, Nov 17, 2011
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.