Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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88
very good

395 Reviews
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Reviews: 395
Hads: 2,051
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 117
Gots: 345 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of Maxwell
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lovely coffee black with nice brown sugar notes on the edges of the glass. The head is puffy and colored like sand dunes, though it dissipates quickly, leaving long spider web curtains of sticky lacing on the sides and a ring of sandy fat bubbles on the edges of the glass. The smell is lightly roasty with some slight chocolate and coffee hints, and there’s also a sweet and slightly sour tinge of vanilla in the back and base of the smell. The beer’s taste begins wonderfully with a sweet vanilla that turns slightly sour as it lingers. Coffee and roasted notes are definitely present as well, bringing some lovely smoky notes to linger like a little campfire in your mouth. Vanilla coffee with a lightly soured milk are the dominant flavors in the beer. Mouthfeel is slightly tingly with carbonation but velvety smooth and chewy on the tongue. The beer leaves the mouth with a light dew drizzle of saliva on everything and a slight smoky dryness on the tongue that begs for more. The sweet is a little cloying from the vanilla, but that just makes this beer more of a sipper than a chugger. The beer also seems like it might do nicely with a little cellaring. Overall this is a very nice vanilla stout with great flavoring and has a lovely mouthfeel. Definitely worth a sip. (1,298 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on recent trip to PHL. 056312 G stamped on side of label I think- the "6" is smudged. Could be a 0 or 8.
Poured murkey yeasty brown into my Deschutes tulip. Minimal head very thin layer of small bubbles cling to edge. Nothing much else.
Aroma very pleasant. Smooth softness of vanilla foretells the taste which is again smooth, velvety, full of vanilla notes.
Warm nice feeling lingers.
A very enjoyable stout. Too bad I brought back only one. (453 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep, intense, opaque black. Amount of head was a little lackluster. What was produced was slightly mocha and colored and rapidly dissolved into a thin layer.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with some hoppiness. Pretty straightforward to a hoppy American stout.

Taste: Nice roasted malt favors...very robust and tasty. A little touch of sweetness from the vanilla in the middle before a moderately hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite drinkable. No noticeable ralcohol presence. At 6.5%, it's a mid-ABV stout with a nice dose of flavor. Could definitely drink a couple of these in the cooler months.

Overall: It's not up to the standard of Lunch or Peeper but how many beers are? In the end, Mean Old Tom has enough flavor to be a very enjoyable pour. Another winner from MBC. (860 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours not the darkest black with a one-finger, greyish head. Roasted coco, malts and vanilla bean aroma. Flavor begins with sweet, creamy chocolate notes, before a dryer, roasted, bakers coco middle. Just slight hints of molasses and pine hops. Excellent fresh vanilla bean finish. Sweet, but in no way artificial. One of the best uses of vanilla flavor in a beer out of the many I have tried. Extremely drinkable and another awesome offering from Maine Beer Company. (467 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed on 7/17, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my maine brewing company wine glass.

a - brew poured a pewter black with a very thin greyish tan head of bubbles. The bubbles fizzled away leaving a very thin skin on the surface and some lacing on th glass.

s - like gourmet coffee. strong vanilla beans and some roasted chocolate notes. the vanilla chills out the roastiness giving it a real decadent chocolate smell.

t - big chocolate and vanilla beans. some charriness and a bit watery.

m - charry and rich. kind of full bodied and chewy.

o - overall, not bad, but i had higher expectations for this one. more portery than stouty.

bottle (671 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a. 8 oz snifter.

A- pours near black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Big waves and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and pine.

T- dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some lactose amd slight pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice creaminess and has bigger body than you would expect from the abv.

O- nice stout with roast, chocolate and creaminess. (447 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Bottled 5/3/12.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and vanilla beans. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice aromas and flavors that make it tasty and easy to drink. (614 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a decent lookig black color. The head was a tan color. The head fades away leave just a film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer has a roasted aroma, with some chocolate notes, not really picking up on the vanilla like I had hoped for. The taste of the beer is roasted, it's got a toasted flavor it in the finish, not much of a hop profile or anything. The mouthfeel is dry and slightly creamy. Overall I was hoping that this had a little more vanilla to it. It's a decent stout in my opinion. (525 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm actually surprised this has a lower score than lunch and mo, etc from Maine, as I think this is better honestly.

Pours a nice dark brown to black hue, nice fluffy tan head and good lacing. Nice look.

A lot of vanilla in the nose with a nice smoke and roast edge as well. Really a nice tight and aromatic American stout, cocoa powder and molasses too.

The taste is great, nice roast and just a slight vanilla, some almost bourbon like tastes. Maybe a bit of slight fruit sort of tart. Pretty nice.

Feel is good and roasty, nice pub draft feel out of the bottle, I think Maine excels in this category.

A nice beer, very solid. (635 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5/31/12 poured into a Tired Hands tulip/wineglass.

Pour: Very dark brown, almost black with a finger and a half tan head.

Smell: Vanilla, roasty oats, little bit of coffee.

Taste: Really great roasty oats and bitter mocha. Some espresso bitterness and vanilla. Really great.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but light and drinkable.

Overall: Pretty solid stout. Has aspects of an oatmeal stout, so almost a hybrid. Nice though. Would maybe get again. (456 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark stout brown/black, with a very small medium tan head that rings quickly

S - the vanilla is quite prevalent in the aroma, distinguishable and palatable, chocolate and roasted mocha malts are all very welcoming

T - a bit on the the acidic side of chocolate, but thats not a downside, a complex flavor made up of chocolate, vanilla, mocha, earthy peat malts. Maybe even a hint of anise.

M&D - Smooth and easy down with plenty of life on the palate. The flavor is complex without being overbearing, easily pairable with food and even sessionable. A great intro to this brewery for me. (593 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Vanilla nose and flavor is sweet vanilla and roasted coffee. Decent stout. $6.49 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. (326 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, in color with a small off-white head. Roast is the dominant aroma here with a fair amount of chocolate and cocoa. Smells a bit...dusty? Some hints of vanilla, but not as much as I would have expected. The flavor is a touch watery and thin. Does have a nice chocolate and vanilla character, though. Good, but could have been better. (363 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with creamy flavors of chocolate, coffee and vanilla up front. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time. (760 characters)

Photo of shafnutz05
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at my local Whole Foods.

A - A pretty smooth pour. No noticeable head, Pours a dark brown/black.

S - The first thing to hit my nose was the chocolate/coffee undertones, with the vanilla coming in after that. Was expecting the vanilla first.

T - A nice combination of multiple flavors. The vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors combine nicely and none of the individual parts are overwhelming. It maintains that consistency throughout.

M - Very heavy, and carbonates quickly (but not in a bad way). Almost takes on a creamy quality, and that's not a bad thing.

I'm a huge fan of stouts, and this is a very good example. Not too overpowering, but you can definitely pick out the different flavors that combine nicely in the final product. Definitely a slow-drinking brew, but recommend. (809 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fresh Batch in Freeport, Maine:

In a pint glass:

A: dark brown/black body with a half finger of white head. The head lasts about fifteen seconds. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen and there was no lacing.

S: good mixture between coffee, cocoa and vanilla, and a slight bit of chocolate comes in as the beer warms.

T: bittersweet through the vanilla and cocoa mixed well and in front with the coffee coming in just to balance it a bit

M: medium with a moderate carbonation, good blend between wet and dry, sessionable for the standard, but I had it on a hot July day ( probably gonna have to come back to this in the colder months)

O: I'm glad I tried this because I did like it (716 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pino, 500ml into a tulip - dating is smudged here.

Black body, beige head of a couple fingers. Moderate retention and a bit of lace. Nose has dark chocolate, cocoa, roast and a mild vanilla bean note. Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee-like roast, and vanilla bean notes are quite subtle. Medium mouthfeel, but on the lighter side of things. Quite nice in terms of carbonation though. A nicely flavoured stout, certainly revistable. (448 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in colour, about a finger of dense tan head, quite a bit of lace going on here as well. Smell is of cocoa and roast, a big dose of vanilla follows closely behind, coffee and milky chocolate with more deep roasted qualities. Taste is of roasted malts and chocolate, vanilla flavours start to come in and bring with them a bit of coffee as well, lightly bitter with some coffee and vanilla in the finish and aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium bodied and a decent feel as well. While this is not outstanding stuff it is a very flavourful and delicious stout that I found to be quite an easy drink. (608 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark and chocolate with some sweet vanilla and cocoa. Through the middle, some coffee comes through alongside some more roasted and lightly burnt flavors. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with some vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced American Stout. The vanilla adds a nice complexity to the beer. (697 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle served in a pint glass.
bottled date: 11/10/11

pours a deep mahogany / cola-like brown while yielding a healthy 2" head (w an aggressive pour); very respectable retention and lacing. nose is likewise very nice, headlined by coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt.

flavor delivers more of the same, with the coffee and chocolate in particular being well-represented. i also get some secondary notes of vanilla and a hint of char. medium bodied mouthfeel, a touch thin, with average carbonation.

overall a very nice, easy-drinking stout. no wow factor necessarily but no worse than a C+/B- range brew.

(originally reviewed: 12-05-2011) (654 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontlalboy!

(Aged for 6 months)

Black throughout with a small dark brown head that leaves spiderwebs of stick down the glass.

Somewhat mild aroma, though what's here is nice enough. There's a pleasant combination of roasted malt, a bit of ground coffee, and just the slightest hint of vanilla.

The flavor too is simple though similarly nice. Roast and ground coffee lead the way, along with a low to moderate level of bitterness, and a little vanilla. Nice, though not complex.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, and a nice night cap, but a somewhat simple stout overall. Maybe I should have consumed this one as fresh as possible? (702 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle brought back from a recent trip to Boston. Poured into my beer goblet. No bottling date that I can see.

Appearance: More of a dark brown than black. I got very little head on this one. The ring around the edge did leave a little lacing as I went, though.

Smell: I smell vanilla, chocolate, and roasty malts. The smell is some what subdued. When I swirl the beer in the glass I also get a stronger sense of dark pumpernickel bread.

Taste: The taste follows the nose mirroring everything, especially vanilla. The taste is stronger than the smell will have you believe. A nice chunk of char up front followed by a bit of (semi) chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The finish is strong for a non imperial stout. The body and carbonation are perfect, body in the middle to strong range while the carbonation is lower.

Overall: This is a really good beer. I wish we could get it here in Utah, but I am glad to try it. I am a sucker for vanilla in my stouts and this one has the perfect dose of vanilla. Highly recommended! (1,035 characters)

Photo of danedelman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to the beerbug for this extra.

A-deep black with small half finger head. Stuck around though the whole drinking session.

S-lots of coffee, roasted malts and vanilla beans.

T-vanilla hits you first with a nice touch of roasted malts and a hint of lactose. very smooth and creamy.

M-smooth creamy and very drinkable. Very good beer in my eyes. Thanks to beerbug for this one, well worth it. (403 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company.
Score: 89

Bottled 11/10/11, served in a Three Floyd's teku glass and enjoyed on 01/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass and a thin floating island of head in the middle. Amazing lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate, chocolate malt, a touch of sweet caramel, a little leather, and a light amount of vanilla. Some unsweetened fudge too. Very very light amount of grain. 4/5

Taste: Fudgey chocolate and a subtle smooth, unsweetened vanilla flavor upfront transitions to chocolate malt and a light amount of grain in the finish. Nice chocolatey aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied, light carbonation. I realize this is a non-imperial stout, but it still feels a bit thin on the palate. Watery, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Dry and chocolatey finish that is ever so slightly sweet. 3/5

Overall: A really nice chocolate flavored beer -- surprisingly so given the anti-hype behind this one -- that is not going to get you blitzed, but falls flat on the thin mouthfeel.

Recommendation: I would certainly drink this one again, but I am not going to go too far out of my way to hunt it down again.

Pairings: Gouda cheese or brie.

Cost: $6.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle. (1,328 characters)

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black coffee appearance with minimal head and no retention. With the dark color, it's hard to tell if there's any sediment, but this brew appears to be thoroughly translucent.

S - Pure coffee bean aroma with some sweetness from the vanilla beans. Slight milk chocolate esters compliment the coffee character delivering for an aroma that provides as advertised.

T - Pretty much spot on with the aroma here...the coffee facet carries a little more load though. The vanilla beans are less noticeable, but they clearly provide that "something's missing" present in many stouts out there.

M - Very full bodied beer that I would have assumed to be classified as a coffee stout, but good either way. The coffee bean taste holds firm into the aftertaste.

O - Very good beer that delivers as promised and I'd definitely purchase it again. Even though this beer isn't classified as a coffee beer, it still might take the cake for my favorite coffee beer (even over the BBC Coffeehouse Porter). (991 characters)

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.