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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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411 Reviews
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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,122
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 21.27%
Wants: 117
Gots: 380 | FT: 15
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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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 2,122
Photo of kevanb
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, 8/20/2012 on the label, poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, almost black but not quite. A half finger of mocha head appears but is gone instantly leaving behind a thin layer of film and no lacing. The aroma is of roast and almost peated malt, mild vanilla sweetness and a touch of chocolate. The flavors are just as simple, light vanilla, milk chocolate and lots of roasted malt. The body is pretty thin, overly carbonated as well, it doesn't detract from the beer too much, but it's not really helping any.

Verdict: A much simpler beer than I was hoping for, I thought the vanilla might take this to another level, but instead, it came off artificial and lacking complexity. It's not a bad beer by any stretch and was enjoyable to drink, but it's nothing too special.

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Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jason!

Dark brown, medium head, medium retention. Smells burnt and acrid at times; the roast is powerful in the taste as well. So charrred with only hints of vanilla. Tastes too tart because of the acidity... I think the roast is up there for a beer not so big and could have been dialed down. The beer is lost in it. Mouthfeel is right on though.

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Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Black with a small 1/4” head that quickly recedes to thin cap. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweetness appears over a lighter-than-usual aroma of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweeter and more chocolate forward that the usual stout. The lack of astringent bitterness allows for more flavors to emerge, the subtle vanilla and the expected coffee among them. I must say after drinking many stouts recently it was nice to find one a little less bitter and able to stand out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy throughout and clean on the finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this stout as Maine Beer Company really seems to be doing all the right things.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black color, its like very dark brown and black together. Nice tan creamy head on the top, almost 1" in size. Aroma, the vanilla was a little understated I thought, but still enjoyable, chocolate malt, cocao like dryness.

Kind of the quintessential usual old school stout, drinkable by yourself, not massive. Nice roast, solid chocolate presence, mild vanilla presence. A little hoppier than you might be used to for a straight up normal stout. Not thin, but not imperialized motor oil version of a double stout. Its what most people have come to know as a porter these days. This is a beer better of as part of a 4 or 6 pack, moreso than being in a 1/2 liter bottle. You can drink lots of it, and you'd want to, as its enjoyable for sure. Never had anything bad from Maine beer company. Still hunting for Zoe though. . .

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into HF tulip

A - Nice dark brown color with a thin quarter-finger head, tan in color. Head lingers a bit before becoming a thin layer.

S - Definitely smell the vanilla beans, chocolate, roasted malts. Really digging the deeply roasted malt aromas. A bit nutty

T - Taste of subtle vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, deeply roasted malts, and watery black coffee.

M - Feel is a bit thin, but bold enough. Not amazing, but it suits the subtleties of the beer. A bit chalky in the finish.

O - An easy to drink, flavorful, and nuanced beer. Can't ask for too much more.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another lovely beer from a brewery that seems to always make a quality, tasty, refined, and highly drinkable product. Pours black with a two finger cap of foamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is a mix of chocolate and vanilla notes; light roasty/charred malt, and caramel. Quite nice!

The vanilla in the flavor isn't quite as prominent as it is in the aroma, although it does emerge somewhat as the beer warms a bit. The chocolate and caramel sweetness recedes a bit into more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor and the malt has a more assertively roasted, slightly charred aspect than detected in the nose. Suggestions of burnt sugar/creme brulee linger as I work my way through the glass. Has some nice flavor combinations but not necessarily a ton of depth.

Medium body and carbonation; not big and thick at all, but this isn't an imperial.

Overall quite a good American stout; should appease vanilla fans and has a natural vanilla flavor rather than an artificial extract taste.

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Photo of suspect
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A: Deep deep deep dark brown. Not quite black but close. Aggressive pour leads to a slow creeping head that gets bigger to about 2 fingers, then slowly fades to a thin ring.

S: Big notes of toasted malts, chocolate malts, burnt coffee. Slightly lighter aromas of vanilla, smoke and dried wood.

T: Coffee notes first but it tastes like the coffee has had some milk and sugar added to it. Malts from the nose are present and accounted for but they are much less smokey and a lot smoother.

M: Big creamy mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. No alcohol notes to speak of.

O: An easy drinking stout that's full of flavor and complexity. Lots of things going on and none of them are offensive or overpowering.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a beautiful looking stout, a dark body with a nice two inch milk chocolate head, rocky thick lace on the glass.

The smell is a nice coffee aroma with some chocolate and tons of vanilla. All three of these flavors reach perfect harmony on the taste, where the once subtle chocolate and coffee come through big, and the sweet vanilla smoothes out the bitter on the finish.

Really good stout, really hits on the flavors I look for, with the vanilla being a nice twist.

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Photo of harrymel
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 26AUG12

Pours a dark brown with light tan foam of soapy consistency. Smells of vanilla, licorice, cola, some cocoa, and a bit of coffee. Pleasant nose. Robust beer, nice bitter coffee character, toasted malts, hints of leather and vanilla. Nice and big without being a monster boozer. Full, velvety body with modest carbonation and a bilevel finish for me - slick up front, dry on the pharynx.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Spectacular pour. Gorgeous dark chocolate body, with a perfect marshmallowy milk chocolate head that sticks around.

Mellow aroma, but what's there is nice. Nice coffee house aroma, with a bit of sweetness.

Taste is quite pleasant, and I immediately note the similarity to Victory at Sea. Awesome vanilla notes dominate, over a mild milk chocolate base. It's a lighter version of Victory at Sea, however, and packs a slightly weaker coffee and booze punch. I prefer the stronger VAS, but this beer is no slouch, and is "sessionable" on a cool fall night. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thin. And add a bit of a boozy punch, and this brew would be a home run.

I'd buy again. It's not the best that Maine Beer Co has to offer, but this is a very nice brew that in fairness should be rated more highly.

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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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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.