Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company
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3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Houser for getting me this bottle. Bottle dated 11/05/13 enjoyed 17 Feb 14.
Reviewed from notes
A: Pours an opaque dark brown, clear with light through the edges showing plenty of burgundy. Very thin mocha head quickly gives way to a thin ring.
S: Aromas of mild, light roast coffee, graham cracker, a hint of roastiness, and a very faint vanilla. On warming, a slight hop dankness emerges.
T/M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carb, slightly coarse carbonation with some astringency. A slightly tart cherry sweetness with hints of raisin up front lead into a big graham cracker malt sweetness with caramel, slight hints of coffee that lingers with a bitterness through the finish. Very subtle vanilla... nearly imperceptible to the point that it's possible I was only convincing myself to find it.
O: A nice beer. A bit thin for a stout, but I actually enjoyed how drinkable it was as a consequence, and the complement of flavors was really nice. I was giving this beer credit for the vanilla that was nearly imperceptible, partly due to the bottle being slightly past its "enjoy by" recommendation. That said, I've typically not had vanilla fall off like that, so maybe there just wasn't much to begin with.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 10:09:38 | More by jdhowe
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.