1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

1,667 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,667
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 83
Gots: 221 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: dciBA on 03-03-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,667 | Reviews: 353 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of csurowiec
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

csurowiec, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Therealfootball
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Therealfootball, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of DStrauss1987
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

DStrauss1987, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of emblem10
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%

emblem10, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jaydoc, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Hohnbaum
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Hohnbaum, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of jwal
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

jwal, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Very dark chocolate brown brew, nearly black, with little in the way of colored highlights and a large amount of creamy light brown head (for a stout). Aroma is assertive dark roast coffee and chocolate, slight floral vanilla and grassy hops (!). On the palate one gets more of the same, dark coffee and chocolate milk, faint butterscotch and red licorice. Starts quite sweet but dries out quickly, an interesting contrast. I am noticing a nice nutty malt character as well, a unique element for this style that is amplified over the course of multiple sips. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, moderately thick with low to medium carbonation. Finishes roasted and very dry, peanut shells coming to mind. Very light citrus hops wink in and out (they use Centennial in this). The vanilla beans add a tinge of floral perfume and do not dominate the proceedings. Debates about price points notwithstanding (I think the ingredients these guys use and their entire approach justifies the cost, not to mention how freaking good the beers are), Maine Beer Company proves here that they aren't just hop wizards, although I imagine I will always prefer the hoppy stuff from these guys.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Bottle dated 7/15/14 poured into coffee cup (all I have in hotel)

A- Dark brown/black with thin tan head
S- Huge coffee notes. The faintest hint of vanilla or something sweet
T- Creamy, roasted maltiness, maybe a bit of bitter coffee notes, but where is the vanilla??? None in my bottle
M- Dryish finish. Creamy up front. Nice full and light mouth feel

O- Mouthfeel is there, but taste is of an average dry irish style stout. I get no vanilla.

PBRmeasap1980, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of douginromeo
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

douginromeo, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ErinnA
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ErinnA, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ZDSmith87
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ZDSmith87, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of LittleTapHouse
5/5  rDev +26.6%

LittleTapHouse, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of blue-dream
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

blue-dream, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of notdriving
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%

notdriving, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

AlpacaAlpaca, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of MaximumYuks
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

MaximumYuks, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance is very dark brown with a light brown head. The smell has a lot of malt to it giving off some very sweet aromas. The taste is full of dark chocolate and a little bit of espresso. Also the vanilla bean makes for a semi-sweet, very delicious finish. The mouthfeel was also nice consistency for a stout, not overly thick but with a very defined body. Overall I really liked it. I'll definitely pick up another one soon.

WhiteHillsStore, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of mikefuski17
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

mikefuski17, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Eludwigson
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Eludwigson, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of rudy611
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

rudy611, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KevinGordon, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of CorgiDad
4/5  rDev +1.3%

CorgiDad, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of jharmon
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%

jharmon, Aug 14, 2014
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,667 ratings.