Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 401
Hads: 2,084
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 117
Gots: 366 | 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 Oakenator
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quality brew. Nice dark pour with a solid head and good retention after pour - cream colored. Aroma is heavy malt with a large presence of chocolate and coffee. Quality mouthfeel - nice and creamy. Taste is chocolate malt heavy with some mild spicing including presence of vanilla on the back end - the vanilla helps bring the chocolate forward.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest head, but it lasts. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through, even on the sides. Plenty of blanketing lace.

Chalky aroma of a typical mild dry stout. Some alcohol nose.

Dark roasted malts that are borderline burnt. Interestingly, little coffee flavor, but there's a bitter chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel with a decent carbonation level. The finish is mostly burnt malt flavors with a touch of hop. No errors here.

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Photo of Holland
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep black color with some brown highlights, minimal head, very thick looking for a 6.5% beer.

S: lots of roasted smells like burnt sugar and coffee, with some vanilla coming through with a bit of brown sugar when it warms.

T: almost all roasted favors with some smoke flavor that is balanced by some sweetness at the end.

M: Thick feel for a smaller stout, and a little fine carbonation that improves at the beer warms.

O: decent beer, but I will stick with Maine's hoppy beers in the future. Can barely taste the vanilla, and the base stout doesn't seem fantastic.

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Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to brooklynbrews for this beer! My first from Maine Beer Co.

Pours as a good stout ought to - nearly black coffee brown with a thick creamy soft brown head that retains endlessly.

Tons of smooth vanilla on the nose, some nutty character, brown sugar, sweet coffee, very fresh smelling stuff.

Mmm... nice mellow coffee/chocolate bitterness, some chocolate milk, vanilla ice cream. Delicious next to a slice of chocolate cake. I wish the feel was a bit thicker but that's my one and only critique. Otherwise a fantastic beer.


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Photo of woosterbill
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque black body under a majestic three-finger head of creamy light-brown foam. Terrific retention and plentiful lace. Great.

S: Interesting. Very roasty, with lots of cocoa and coffee. There's also a strange movie theatre popcorn aroma - not buttery diacetyl, but actual popped kernels - that gives it a weirdly toasty, grainy piquancy. Strange, and enjoyable.

T: Sweet milk chocolate up front, followed by coffee, lactose, and vanilla. Much cleaner than the nose, really smooth, rich, and tasty.

M: Creamy medium body. Good.

O: Really interesting brew. I liked it, but won't be seeking it out again.


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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle with a bottled on date of 081212 081012. Pours a dark black color with an inch of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of smoke. The taste is of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and smoke. Didn't really get any vanilla in the aroma but it's definitely present in the taste. Smokey, vanilla finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Overall, well not as good as the other Maine Beer Co brews I've had, its a solid offering. Worth having again.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of pburland23
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of uustal
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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.


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Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of shafnutz05
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.