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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 401
Hads: 2,084
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 118
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 rudzud
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julio's back in November. Figured now would be as good a time as any to crack into it. Finally, a good beer in 2012!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, deep oily black with a creamy, rich one finger mocha head that leaves nice side lacing and a good halo/cloud.

S - Nose is very nice. The first aroma to hit upon pouring is a deep, rich roasted malt aroma coupled with nice malty sweetness. There are very nice vanilla and cocoa powder notes along with some light coffee too.

T - Taste is slightly less as intense as the nose. There is alot of roasted almost burnt malts in this one. Very nice bitter sweetness too along with more faint vanilla than in the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but a little on the thin side due to mediocre carbonation.

O - Overall this is a rather enjoyable stout. Really wish it had a better mouthfeel but the vanilla is quite nice and somewhat more than subtle. Not my favorite Maine Brewing Company beer but a good beer nevertheless.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a pint glass, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring that is almost black in the depths. Pours with a thin, foamy, light brown colored head that remains a subtle eighth of an inch layer that retains throughout consumption. Aromas are rich and woody, with a slight coffee roast, creamy chocolate, and slightly charred blending. Smells complex and tasty. Flavors are also well blended, and come in a little more subtle than the nose prepares you for. Combined with the creamy smoothness of the body, this makes for an extremely easy beer to drink. The beer has an initial mocha coffee flavor, with more of the dark roasted coffee in the background. Some earthy and woody highlights throughout, with a chocolate profile through the backbone. The aftertaste is more of the bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate flavors, with a touch of roastiness once again. The finish is smooth and slick, with a slight linger to the earthy characteristics. Very easy drinker, and solid flavor profile throughout. Very tasty!

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Photo of nas5755
2.86/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark black with a thick tan head. Some lacing and a little retention. I was very excited based on the color of the head.

S- Some roast malt flavors and an impression that vanilla was present. Key word-was.

T- A mediocre stout. A slight hint of vanilla is present but not enough to take over the beer or really make it shine. A thin roast flavor goes along with a drier style of stout.

M- The beer is basically flat(something that doesnt really bother me if the stout is thick, heavy and high in abv) and it just killed the flavors. I can tell that vanilla is present but it cant play with the roast flavors without some bubbles. Disappointing.

O- This is a very mediocre beer. I want some carbonation before I decide if vanilla is present or not and regardless of vanillas presence I want alot more of it

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Pretty average looking. Its saving grace is how absolutely pitch black it is. Lets no light through.

smell- Some chocolate, vanilla, malty sweetness. Nothing too strong.

taste- Its good at the very start but doesnt last long. Disappears pretty fast.

mouthfeel- Could/should be a little thicker in my opinion

overall- Somewhat dissapointed, it was a little over priced.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Powdered cocoa, vanilla, and malted milk. A bit more subdued, though, than I'd been hoping for.

A: Espresso brown-black body. A 2-finger, persistent, light tan collar of foam. Interestingly, the appearance was the highlight of this brew.

F: Dark chocolate, some smoke, mild bitterness, and a very light vanilla note on the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A bit thinner than I'd hoped for.

O: Not as much to this one as I would have liked. A stout with vanilla beans brewed by MBC should have been something I'd go crazy about. No real off-flavors--just a bit bland for my liking. See what you think about this one.

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Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Pours jet black with a one finger tall off white head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted grain, and some light smoke. Nothing amazing but still solid.

T - Starts off with some vanilla sweetness slowly giving way to hints of day old coffee grounds, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and some light smokiness. The thin body really brings this one down a notch or two. Finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering long after consumption.

M - Thin body with a ton of dark roasted flavor, moderate carbonation. This one has lots of roast throughout but the thin feel kinda ruins it.

O - This one was ok. It has some good flavores going for it but it lacks the more substantial body needed to be great IMO. I won't turn down another but I wouldn't go running out of my house to get more.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black. Thick foamy tan head. Not too much lacing.

S: Roasted nuts. Peanuts. Vanilla. Oaky. Bourbony. Pie crust. Slight anise. Alcohol.

T: NO VANILLA AT ALL...disappointed. Very balanced, and very malty. Bready. Normal everyday stout.

M: Pretty thick. Nice coat left on the tongue.

O: Much better over all after it warmed up some. A little pricey for the 500ml, and being a 'good' brew.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to find this one at a local beer store. I love Pepper and Zoe from Maine Beer Co so I'm excited to see a stout from them. PT bottle, 01/05/12...

A: A nice deep darkish brown / black with a nice fluffy 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get some nice sweet chocolate upfront which blends into a creamy lactose scent. Some mild raisin makes an appearance hidden on the back. Some nice vanilla notes blends well throughout. Good.

T: Not really as expected. A very acidic / watery roastiness that is quickly overtaken by a hop bite. The hop bite lingers on the palate throughout. A mild sweet chocolate sits in the background. Ok.

M: Light body with a huge carbonation. A dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, I was hoping for more. It starts well, but needs some more tweeking to get the taste right. First disappointment from Maine Beer Co for me.

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

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an opaque almost black color with a thin coating of tanned head, cloudy retention, coating sticky lacing all along the glass while drinking.

Nice robust nose with toasty malts, vanilla bean, coffee and dark chocolate. The vanilla is definitely present but not overboard.

Roasted malt up front with plenty of caramel and nuttiness. Vanilla bean is pretty prominent, slightly sweet, but still pretty balanced. Decent backbone, faint syrup note. Finishes with soft hops and vanilla.

Fuller medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, a bit creamy yet prickly on the tongue. If the mouthfeel was better this could be really good...still a nice milder stout.

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

Bottle purchased at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in VT

Appearance: Pours an attractive opaque black with a 2 finger khaki crown that shows decent retention and lace.

Smell: Dark roast that comes off like a moderate coffee like note with a faint vanilla bean note rounded off with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Same as the nose with the vanilla and caramel taking center stage and the roast coming in at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and starts off feeling like it is medium bodied but finishes much thinner by comparison.

Overall: A decent brew that I would have again, but nothing special really.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one. Dated 11/10/11 - better enjoy those symmetrical dates while you can next December (or every month if you're outside the US). Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles toa thin cap and chunky collar, leaving plenty of splotchy lace. Body is an opaque, very dark, brown.

S - At first I was convinced there was coffee in this, but after inspecting the bottle I realized that it was just really roasty. Nice chocolate, caramel, and molasses, and a very well-integrated dose of vanilla. I dig that this smells like vanilla beans and not vanilla extract.

T - Taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Somewhat ashy and chalky at first, although it improves as it warms up yielding more in the way of cocoa powder and vanilla beans. Finishes smokey and roasty, with light espresso bitterness that lingers quite a while.

M - Lighter body, with moderate carbonation. A tad watery, but not offensive for only 6.5%. Slightly chewy and sticky finish, and no obvious alcohol.

D - I appreciate that they've packed a lot of flavor into a relatively low ABV beer, but the flavor is a touch too burnt and the body is a bit too flaccid for this to be an unqualified success. Still, it's another quality effort from Maine Beer Company. I like that everything they release is polished and reliably good. Finished the 500ml bottle no problem.

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Photo of ms11781
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 01/05/2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown, near black, color with dark brown hues around the edges and bottom of the glass. The head is perhaps the lightest, color-wise, that I have seen on a stout. It's a light tan color, nearing off-white. The light head sitting atop the dark body is quite striking. The foam sticks to glass nicely.

The nose is just ok. It's quite subdued and it takes a bit to discern some of the aromas. It's a bit roasty with some lighter chocolate notes. As it warms a bit there is a sweetness to it as well. There is an even more subtle hint of vanilla.

The taste is a step up from the nose, but still not a ton of complexity. It's pretty sweet all the way through. Starts off with a substantial sweetness that is balanced out with some light roasty notes. There is a nice dose of some vanilla that comes in smoothly towards the finish and saves the beer from being bland.

The body is on the heavier side of medium with light carbonation. Combined they give the beer a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This beer was just ok for me. It looks fantastic and feels right on for the style but the flavors and aromas are just too muted. I'm all for being subtle and straightforward with simple flavors but this one might seems to need a bit more.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's

Mean Old Tom sports a very dark look with a black color in the liquid and a dark brown foam up top that left minor splotches. Good retention on the head. Smell is fairly balanced with vanilla beans, light espresso, roast, a light chocolate and malt. No real hops to speak of. Taste is heavily favored on the roasty side giving Tom a porter vibe over stout IMO. Cocco, vanilla, roast, slight coffee/chocolate. All of these tastes are light though and mix very well. This is not a in your face type of beer as well Feel was in between light and medium, Very smooth off of the tap. This is some good stuff, no alcohol to be found and the tap just smoothes things out. Drinkable for two (maybe three)

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle dated 11/10/11. Poured into a British pint glass.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Not much transparency. No real lacing and no real retention.

Smell - I don't get why other reviews say either there's no vanilla or just a hint of vanilla. The smell is loaded with vanilla. Some chocolate roast and a fair dose of caramel malt. Not too aromatic, but what's there is nice.

Taste - Vanilla flavor immediately. Not overwhelming, but it's sustained throughout the drink. Chocolate roasted malts and a healthy dose of hops in the finish. Nice, but simple.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium light bodied. I enjoy this style of stout. Not imposing and I can drink it without investing 3 hours and a hangover. I had difficulty not draining my glass, really.

Overall - Nice stout, if perhaps the least exciting beer from MBC. I enjoy the vanilla, but the stout itself could use another dimension.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a tulip

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer after a few minutes and left some nice lacing on the glass. Pitch black with no signs of clarity.

Smell: Vanilla, malty sweetness, and some coffee.

Taste: subtle vanilla, mocha, earthy and smokey notes.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, feels light for a dark beer, low carbonation

Overall: I had this on draft months ago at Jimmy the Greek's in OOB and the beer seemed more vanilla sweet. I liked it more on draft than in a bottle, but still a good easy drinking stout that does not leave you full. Would be interesting to see on nitro.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Liberty St Tavern. Overall, a tasty and classic American stout. At least it's what a classic American stout should be. There's a big, but not too thick, roasted mocha flavor up front and a pleasant balance of citrus hops in the finish. I reminds me of Bear Republic's Black Bear Stout, but toned done a bit for greater drinkability. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Short head on a dark brown body. Good lacing and alcohol legs for the amount of alcohol.

S- Sweet chocolate notes, hints of vanilla.

T- Nice chocolate flavor with just a touch of vanilla. Drinks its ABV. Perhaps a little coffee and smokiness?

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel for the style. Good carbonation.

D/O- Nice stout offering from Maine Beer Company. A little different than regularly available stouts around these parts. Would like to try more from MBC. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 3/4" tan head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Frothy head recedes ever-so slowly, with leaving coating lace in its wake. Aroma is roasted dark grains.

Taste starts sweet, full of grain husks, continues rich in the middle, and closes with a wisp of vanilla and some light bitterness. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is easier than you'd expect. Nice brew, wish there was a bit more vanilla.

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Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you DrewShal9 for this!
500 mL bottle, dated 11/10/11, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Roasted malts, hint of coffee and chocolate.

T- Like the nose with a touch of vanilla and sweetness, nice roasted coffee and chocolate.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice tasty stout that I would seek out again. Was hoping it was thicker and had more vanilla. Overall good.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes 1/2/12

Appearance: Very black, perhaps some brown when held up to the light - nice beige head to start, but fades quickly, leaves a lot of lacing

Smell: Dry, roasted, and burnt - definitely burnt, but in moderation, not charred - basically smells like fresh chocolate malts - some real chocolate in here, too - dark chocolate, coffee, and a little sweetness

Taste: Chocolate malts - burnt, dry, some dark chocolate - nicely roasted - vanilla beans are consistently in the background - not so much about the vanilla, but rather about the roasted beans - nice burnt bitterness - the dryness balances well with some sweetness, leaves a coffee-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Smooth, great carbonation, medium body - surprisingly light considering the flavors

Overall: Very good, but not exceptional

This is a very good American Stout, but it is not entirely up to the extremely high standards of its pedigree. But while it's not as exceptional as Maine Beer Co.'s Lunch or Peeper, it's still a very good beer. I will definitely be drinking this again.

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

On tap at the Beer Table, Brooklyn, NY.
Poured into 8oz nonic.
Pours a deep brown almost black color. Smells of coffee and roasted malts.
Taste is similar...adding a bit of vanilla and spice. Nice carbonation and smooth.
This is a very tastey and pleasant beer, but its more like a porter than a stout.
I just wish it was served in a bigger glass.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into the Duvel Tulip it goes.

A - Pours a dark brown with a large light brown head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Mostly old coffee.

T - Old bitter coffee with a hing of vanilla. Maybe I am just hopin for it.

D - Lower carbonation but still fizzy somehow. Thinner body.

O - Where's the vanilla bean? It would have been perfect here.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to wisconsinality for this one.

poured cold from the bottle cola black with ruby highlights to a surly darkness 10oz snifter with a full finger, big bubbled, foamy and long lasting dark tan head leaving a sheet of lace after each sip.

great big creamy chocolate aroma with espresso roast in the wayback.

semi sweet baker's chocolate and subtle bitter espresso roast up front with a bit of smoke and a tiny bit of vanilla in the rear.

light bodied, creamy smooth, a nice rounded stout.

overall: very good, though was expecting / hoping for a bit more vanilla. i'd give it another go.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sent by SneezyAchew. Thanks, Michael! Bottled 11.10.11.

A: Pours black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a wispy film that left decent lacing after each sip.
S: Smells strongly of coffee and toasted malts. I get a bit of wood smoke as well. What I don’t get any of is vanilla which I find strange given their role in the making of this beer.
T: Good roasted flavor with the same notes of smoke and coffee from the nose. The coffee isn’t as potent, but I’m still not getting any vanilla. Flavors are light and almost porter-like. A very nice roasted aftertaste lingers after the swallow.
M: Medium body, medium-light mouthfeel that is very smooth and easy to drink. It’s not too watery or too heavy. Carbonation is tingly and even.
O: No vanilla. None. Weird. Anyway this is a nice light stout. Flavors are roasted and a bit one dimensional but this is crazy easy to drink. I’ve had porters that taste just like this. Thanks again, Michael.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this one in the Secret Santa BIF from joepais; thanks Joe, excited to try this. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Cigar City tulip, bottled on 11/10/11.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident. No real head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light bitter chocolate, and light vanilla. Very roasty and pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, and very light bakers chocolate, and that is about it. As it warms up a little coffee. A little bland, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is a tiny bit on the light side.

o - Overall a decent stout. The nose was nice but the taste was a bit bland and watered down. If the body was a little bit thicker it would near perfect. Worth checking out but falls a little short in the taste department especially.

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