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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 398
Hads: 2,071
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 3.55%
Wants: 117
Gots: 355 | 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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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)

Photo of drinkmorebeer07
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells better than it tastes. Very Chocolatey taste with a very malty finish. Could use a bit more booze in it. Could have been a great imperial.

Not Bad, but did not blow me away.

For 8$ a bottle, it was worth a try but i prefer others in that price range. (259 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a creamy tan head that settles to a thin haze and solid ring, leaving behind spotty lacing. Sweet aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla bean. Wishing the vanilla was more prominent. More flavors of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee-with-cream. Bit more vanilla then the nose suggests, but I'd still like more. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a solid Stout, but I'll stick with their IPAs in the future. (503 characters)

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

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer is dark brown with a beige head that leaves ample lacing stuck to the glass. The aroma offers some pleasant roast and chocolate notes. Lots of tasty roast in the flavor as well. Light bodied and really easy to drink. I would have this again. (288 characters)

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

enjoyed on-tap from the pour farm tavern. review taken from notes.

a: black in color, completely opaque with a thick tan head that slowly settles into a nice lacing around the glass.

s: rich malty aroma with notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

t: lots of malt flavor with a heavy chocolate malt sweetness. roasted malt flavor is there with subtle notes of vanilla. well balanced and easy to drink but this stout leans a bit towards the sweet side.

m: wonderfully smooth mouthfeel.

glad i got the opportunity to try this one. a good stout well worth trying. (562 characters)

Photo of Devoidb
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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 (727 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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... (1,146 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.71/5  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. (745 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Number45forever
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was in my local store and saw this...a stout aged on natural vanilla beans. Having never head of this beer, I picked it up with high hopes.

Pours jet black with little head and very visible carbonation.

Smells roasty, with a lot of hops. You would have no idea this is supposed to be a vanilla stout. Coffee smells.

Taste is quite plain. Not bad, completely unoffensive. NO VANILLA whatsoever. Coffee is the dominant flavor, a lot of hops for a stout. Some malty sweetness I guess. It's ok.

Moutfeel is way too carbonated for a stout. I prefer a smoother feel.

Overall, this beer is average. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I'll have no problem finishing this 17oz bottle. I cannot believe this is supposed to be vanilla. This should be labelled as a stout, not a stout aged on vanilla. (795 characters)

Photo of cradke
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A great black stout with a fine finger thick head.

Smell: Malty. Some chocolate. The vanilla isn't as strong as I would have liked.

Taste: A decent stout. Nice sweetness. Very little bitter notes. Like the nose, it's missing the vanilla I was looking for. Solid beer but a little plain jane.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation throughout. A little thin but pretty good.

Overall: A solid beer. I was hoping for more vanilla which wasn't in the nose or taste. The beer had good sweetness and an almost total lack of bitterness. The beer didn't have anything which wowed but it had nothing that offended. A great beer to keep in the fridge. (648 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer provided by Dan, thanks Dan. On my wants list no less. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet almost vanilla, a little roast.

Beer tastes a little plain, the aroma was the best part, medium bodied, nice finish, a little bitter, dry, good mouthfeel and connectivity and a nice finish. I may have this again. (372 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra. Poured into a half pint glass, my favorite glass. Its black, if held to light the edges are tawny brown, light tan head, plenty of lacing a nice looking stout, just rather poor retention. Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, charcoal, english yeast. Smells a little to estery for an american stout. No vanilla detected. Tastes like fresh roasted coffee, bitter cocoa, charceterful english yeast, again not much if any vanilla. Really very roasty malts This stout tastes slightly hollow for some reason and chalky. While there is something left to desire in the aroma and taste the texture is full and velvety. I was hoping for more from a brewery I really love. I mean I really, really love lunch, zoe, and peeper, mean old tom just fell a little short for me....sorry Main Beer Company, but don't worry I still love the rest of your products. (863 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in an oversized wine glass.

Bottled on 01/05/12.

Deep oak in color, semi opaque. Slightly off white head that fades to an intact sheet while leaving a thin ring of lace around the glass. A bit of thin lacing with decent strength.

Mildly rich coffee aroma complimented by a clean, dry hazelnut. The roasted malt character is in the background with touches of milk chocolate.

Bitter dark chocolate with a rather intense, freshly roasted espresso flavor. Very minor notes of vanilla; however, the expected sweetness is practically absent. The floral hop bitterness at mid sip is moderate and works well with the roasted flavors. Notes of hazelnut and light alcohol in the aftertaste.

Full bodied. A really nice textural balance between a bit of roughness and spots of slickness.

Overall a pretty pleasant stout. My only real criticism is that although the flavors are not quite flawed, they are a bit muted. Based on Mean Old Tom, I'll try more of the Maine Beer Company's other offerings. (1,024 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy head to it. Nice lacing as I drank it.

In the aroma I get a good amount of roasted malts mixing with some notes of vanilla and chocolate. The vanilla was nice and seemed to smooth out some of the roasted malt flavors.

The taste also shows a lot of roasted malts to it throughout. I get some coffee flavors with some slight burnt notes to it mixing with a sweeter vanilla flavor. A little bitter-sweet dark chocolate is there as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being below average. It felt a little thin and over carbonated for my tastes in the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer, nicely flavored and easy drinking. Very enjoyable overall. (768 characters)

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

A: Pitch black with a gorgeous medium brown, frothy head. Good legs but no head retention or lacing.

S: Roasted malt and a lot of coffee. Notes of dark chocolate and some vanilla.

T: Tons of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some vanilla in the finish. Very faint, though, and not as present in the beer as expected or as I would have liked.

M: Body becomes much better as it warms. I couldn't help but think of a porter when this beer was cold. But it thickens up and the flavors get better.

O: Another fantastic beer from Maine Beer Co. A great example of the style. (572 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very deep black with a finger of bubbly deep mocha colored head that lingers nicely and becomes more creamy in character over time, leaves a ton of lacing
S: really great coffee malt scent, very deep, vanilla is there just slightly at the end
T: hmm, im kind of disappointed, this is kind of a run of the mill stout, coffee malt notes but not much more, finishes with a slight burnt flavor which lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: a bit aggressive on the carbonation, drinks thick and leaves the palate cleanly
O: it was nice, drank nicely, tasted good, nothing stood out though, i had hoped for more of the vanilla flavor but really none of it came through which was disappointing. the only brew ive had from the folks up in maine that i likely wouldnt buy again, o well (813 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: lots of roasted and smokey malt aromas up front followed by sweet vanilla and cocoa notes.

T: again, lots of roasted, smokey, and bitter malt characteristics. The finish has some slight vanilla notes, but they're subtle compared to the smokey flavors.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is slightly watery.

O: a pretty decent beer, though I'd like more vanilla presence. It's very smokey and roasted and not sweet at all. (547 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very deep purple, almost black. Beige head settles very quickly, lacing is sparse and patchy.

S: Lots of creamy vanilla and vanilla bean. Reminds me of the vanilla bean ice cream I used to make. Roasty and chocolatey scents underneath. Mostly cocoa and chocolate syrup. A bit of french roast and earthy yeast too.

T: Sweet cola-like character up front is quickly punctuated by woody and smokey malt tastes. Vanilla was so prevalent in the nose, but it's hard to place here; just the slightest hint of it within all the roasted malt. The chocolatey presence is also all but silent in the taste, with only a slight flavor of dark cocoa. Semi-dry finish with tastes of woody smoke, black cocoa powder, and a touch of vanilla.

M: Thin and somewhat watery in the mouth. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being totally flat. Very slightly silky. Not much body to it; lacks substance.

O: This beer tastes like a pretty decent home brew, not the product of a production brewery. It smelled great, but the taste just did not follow. The lack of body also contributed to its mediocrity.

Notes: I kept hoping that it would open up a little if I let it warm, but it didn't. This one needs to be revised, I think. (1,264 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Axic10 for this extra!

A- Pours a cola brown with a 1 finger tan head that recedes to a ring around the top of the brew

S- Definite vanilla notes with roasty malt flavors in the background

T- Sweet notes to go with the roasty malts you get from the nose. Not straight vanilla but some sucrose sweetness keeping everything tasty

M- Thin :( If this beer were thicker it would be phenominal.

O- I really enjoy this and would love to be able to try it again (469 characters)

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.