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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,543 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,543
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 80
Gots: 198 | FT: 8
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)
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Ego

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

stamped: 052813 19

eyes...
oh so chocolate head rises up around 2 fingers on even the gentle pour, settles down in relatively quick fashion melting into barely an o-ring, lacing retains the dark chocolate color and some legs are shown mixed in, nearly pitch but not quite night, some light can venture through but it is a weary traveler indeed, neat columns of bubbles shuffle their way to the top in sheer columns as if guided by some unseen force (beer karma ? ... who knows?). Yes sir, this looks like a stout, nothing more, not a lout.

nose...
woodsy, deep vanilla notes with barbs of bitter chocolate, fresh roasted coffee with a dollop of cream, hints of sugar that lean molasses, delicious, chewable like a candy bar, totally inviting

taste etc...
carbonation illiterate? surprisingly under carbonated, slightly light in the mouth akin in weight to guiness or that ilk, good roasted flavors on the tongue with a slick vanilla aftertaste, it is all so sudden though, the flavors do not stick around long enough and the body is a bit weak, this beer smells so damn terrific I was expecting the same in the flavor... but alas, she is disappointing... to really get the most out of this I have to press my tongue up against the roof of my mouth and squeeze out the tones, and then I get a bit more bitter chocolate and lingering vanilla... so definitely drink this specifically so to get more out of it

verdict?
a near miss, something about the body rubs me the wrong way, it is smooth and has some fantastic characteristics but falls a bit short for me, maybe this needs to be had even sooner than the 90 days stated on the label ? that is a question for you to ponder my fellow beer pioneers...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 04:03:09 | More by Ego
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Black with a gigantic creamy tan head.

S - Sweet roasted malt, whipped cream, vanilla, milk chocolate. Very pleasant.

T - Roasted malt, black coffee, milk chocolate, and vanilla cream. Much more coffee than I expected, and the vanilla beans are rather subtle. Balance is good. Finishes bittersweet with lots of burnt roasted notes.

M - Creamy, velvet smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - This is a tasty stout with lots of roasted malt and coffee flavors. The vanilla bean aspect, while present, was a bit of a let down (I was hoping for a lot more). Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:26:23 | More by mooseo
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KMcG

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-30-2013 01:37:15 | More by KMcG
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-29-2013 01:46:44 | More by briandaube
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-28-2013 14:57:16 | More by JTomczak
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a 1 finger tan head that has good retention.

There is a rich chocolate malt character in the nose. Vanilla is next and is very subtle but well balanced.

Taste is very well balanced. Chocolate malt is rich, the woody note pulls through also even though I don't think it's barrel aged. Vanilla is subtle and does

Mouthfeel is great for a stout. Good rich body but not to thick. Carbonation is good.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 21:54:03 | More by Fcolle2
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to HeadyHops81 for this one!

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep black color with a 1-finger creamy brown head. Nice retention and some great lacing. Very viscous.

S – Roasted coffee, molasses, some chocolate, and lots of vanilla. Smells like this is going to be a good one.

T – The taste starts off with a blast of roasted coffee up front followed by lots of sweet vanilla and molasses. As the sweetness fades toward the finish, roasted coffee and malt bitterness returns.

F – Full-bodied, decent carbonation, a sticky and velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and dry finish. Bitter roasted coffee and sweet vanilla flavors linger.

O – This is a very tasty stout. The vanilla really shines through but isn’t overdone at all. There’s a great roasted malt character to balance out the sweetness of the vanilla. I’m really glad that I got to try this one. Thanks, Frank!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:46:41 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Jacob007

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-27-2013 10:49:04 | More by Jacob007
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tscanlon51

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-27-2013 10:06:14 | More by tscanlon51
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gshackles

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-27-2013 04:26:05 | More by gshackles
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IronCity1822

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-25-2013 23:27:39 | More by IronCity1822
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e30todamax

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-25-2013 07:14:11 | More by e30todamax
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LeRose

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at brewery 8/12/13, enjoyed on 8/14/13. Bottle date obscured... Poured into snifter.

Nice looking beer. Dark brown, not all the way to black. Caramel colored head that was pretty aggressive, but fell quickly to a persistent ring that lasted to the dregs.

The smell was a nice balance of roasted aroma, coffee, chocolate and maybe some overcooked caramel or maybe toffee notes. The vanilla was assertive but not overpowering - took a bit to really come out as an individual component.

Taste was initially bitter chocolate and it seemed it had some smoked taste to me. Coffee certainly present. A little bit of alcohol shows up as the taste lingers, then a sweetness that rounds things out as the vanilla joins the party. The vanilla complements rather than overpowers - thought this was nicely balanced. Maybe just a hint acidic bite.

The mouthfeel was a little thin - expected more body. But overall creamy and smooth, maybe a bit over on the carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of the old alcohol warming sensation.

Overall a nice stout, nicely balanced, good overall flavor. The vanilla brought a nice sweetness without being too strong. The smokiness was a little surprise, but maybe that is not the right term. Enjoyable, will drink again. On tap (had at the brewery), I would give it a slightly higher rating. It lost a fraction of something in the bottle in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 21:05:41 | More by LeRose
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very dark to black in color about 1/8 inch head and some light lacing. strong aroma,s of roasted malt and coffee. wow very strong, smokey, burnt roasted malt hits you some dark chocolate some vanilla in the taste. mouthfeel is light carbonation ok not weak didn't taste any smoother for the oats in the brew. a little to strong and bitter for my taste and i am not putting it down in any way.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 20:44:23 | More by billybob
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-23-2013 06:11:30 | More by domnalbrecc
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MaseFace

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-23-2013 00:28:04 | More by MaseFace
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-22-2013 16:43:50 | More by MattXT
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-20-2013 22:11:55 | More by JakerLou
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-20-2013 03:23:34 | More by Smurf2055
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Sean802

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-18-2013 16:13:18 | More by Sean802
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maine Mean Old Tom is a stout that tastes like a fire pit (but not exactly in a bad way). Or maybe a fire pit that people threw a few cigars and some Hershey bars into.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Malty with some nice chocolate notes. 4

T: Malty with strong burnt flavours. The finish is very ashy and a little bitter. There are also some flavours that could be described as being like dark chocolate and cigars. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 04:01:39 | More by vandemonian
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-15-2013 22:53:42 | More by Kegatron
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camartin27

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-15-2013 03:32:35 | More by camartin27
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-14-2013 23:08:51 | More by BRYeleJR
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WhiteLight68

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.1%

07-14-2013 20:28:25 | More by WhiteLight68
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,543 ratings.