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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 194 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-05-2013 01:26:14 | More by swierczt
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-04-2013 18:15:59 | More by Renegrenade
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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

a: This was black and it poured with a big, sticky, khaki colored head.

s: Vanilla is certainly noticeable, but not overwhelming. Lots of deeply roasty cocoa as well. Not much complexity, but it is very appealing.

t: Very strong roast cocoaheld in check by a nicely prportioned dose of vanilla. Strong lingering roasted bitternessat the finish. Not a lot of layers here, but a very nice juxtaposition of flavors.

m: Very creamy.

o: Other great beer from MBC, no surprise there.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 07:20:38 | More by Mertzy81
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-04-2013 00:42:47 | More by metalgdog
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-03-2013 02:49:09 | More by nkeckhar
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-02-2013 04:30:44 | More by andant
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz bottled January 27, 2013. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a three finger creamy/foamy brown head that slowly recedes to a small foamy cap and leaves nice rings and webs of lacing behind.

Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, sweet-smelling and dessert-like. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is rich vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, some caramel, moderate sweetness, some bitterness, minimal alcohol. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth and creamy but a bit of a carbonation bite too.

Really tasty vanilla Stout. The vanilla isn’t subtle, it’s definitely here and a big component of this brew, nice chocolate notes too. I’ve got one more bottle that I’ll sit on for a couple of months to let the hops fade out a bit which I think would help.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 04:23:34 | More by elgiacomo
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District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/27/13

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: Opaque as hell, with a mean-looking, mocha head that contained bubbles the size of NYC.

S: Kinda understated, yet still quite inviting. Smelled like high-grade coffee, a good bit of char, and some vanilla to boot.

T: Quite enjoyable and delectable, with a smooth disposition all around. Sure, the bitterness was there, but it didn't detract from the flavors whatsoever. The vanilla definitely helped with that in this setting.

M: Thick and then some, with the perfect carbonation bill and roast (char) level. The lacing was ridiculous, and my glass looked as if it went through a car wash without a rinse.

O: Heck, I'd pay $7-8 buck for this again. Maine never disappoints. Welcome to DC!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 23:28:52 | More by Chaney
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-01-2013 14:58:33 | More by oldp0rt
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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into taster. bottled on 02.19.13.

A: dark brown body. nothing crazy, just a really dark brown. head is on the brownish side as well. retention is good. spotted lacing.

S: lots of coffee starts the nose off. dark chocolate combines with vanilla to have a very DD coffee elixir-like aroma (you know coffee coolata bullshit). a little bit of tobacco is there as well.

T: wisps of vanilla are there, but not nearly as much than on the nose. a lot of bitter roasted grain. slightly astringent towards the finish. chocolate, dark chocolate mostly. adds to the bitterness. unfermented sugars linger into the finish.

M: average/slightly high carb on a rich, medium body.

D: overall i enjoyed this brew. wouldn't have hated for more of the vanilla bean aspect to come across on the nose/palate, however, still a good American stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 09:52:32 | More by Jimmys
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4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, no light through this one, about three fingers of thick beige head, heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts with coffee, vanilla, and maybe some chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, but smooth. Alcohol is up front with raosted malts, vanilla, and coffee. Leaving a roasted coffee bean after taste.

Overall: Once again Maine Brewing has done it!!! Another excellent brew that I will continue to enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 19:57:25 | More by Cavanaghty
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-28-2013 05:04:57 | More by TheLevi4000
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-28-2013 01:38:20 | More by oriolesfan4
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-27-2013 23:59:43 | More by Bitzer
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-27-2013 03:32:52 | More by BeerBucks
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

02-27-2013 00:32:59 | More by JoninVT
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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a beautiful looking beer. It had an inch of thick, brown, fluffy head. The smell was pretty mesmerizing too. Very roasty and chocolatey. The taste was almost disappointing after that. It's good. Maybe even very good, but not mesmerizing. The chocolatey and coffee notes hit you first, but as your palate adjusts to their bitterness, it's a pretty straightforward stout. It's a very thick one with a lot of bitter notes. The roasted malt, the chocolate bitterness, and the cold coffee ground flavours all come together in a nice way. And maybe the vanilla bean flavour helps to mellow those out a bit, but I sort of wish it did more to that end. Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter may be catering to a different crowd with it's sweetness, but I thought it did a much better job of making the vanilla bean flavour a key part of the beer, at least. This one just screams of cold coffee flavour. It's still a decent stout, though. It, too, is partakable. Be prepared for a bitter, more traditional American stout, though. There is no sweetness here. I was wondering how something aged on vanilla beans could be "mean," but now I know. Tom was indeed a rascal, drinking stuff like this. However, that hint of vanilla flavour that ties it all together and mellows out the flavour just enough shows that he had a soft spot for those willing to look for it. I may not have been expecting a bitter beer, but I got one and it's still worth giving a chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 07:15:26 | More by ElCommodoro
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-26-2013 01:30:34 | More by Derekg
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Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

02-25-2013 00:02:56 | More by JessxSpikes
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-23-2013 21:58:07 | More by garfscores
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New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours solid black with a light tan head about one and a half fingers tall. Retention is OK while lacing is spotty. Vanilla is prominent on the nose and dominates. Cocoa powder is the other noticeable component of the aroma.

The flavor profile is dry overall with a healthy portion of vanilla-infused roasted malt. Texture is a bit prickly at first but eventually settles to a silky smoothness. Body is a bit thin. The flavors here are very straightforward and nice, if lacking in complexity. While it's quite easy-drinking as-is, I'd like more roast and more sweetness.

The vanilla is a nice complement to a solid base stout. This is a restrained stout that can be enjoyed in a large serving, though the same restraint hasn't been applied to pricing, which makes it hard to recommend wholeheartedly.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:49:28 | More by gr0g
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

02-21-2013 15:03:18 | More by pmoney
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-21-2013 05:43:31 | More by BryanK
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Born on 1/27/13. The newest addition to the CT market.

A- Black, with a nice, persistent tan head.

S- Chocolate malt, with some vanilla. Toasted dark grain.

T/M- Milk chocolate and coffee. More roasty as it warms up, a little burnt even. Vanilla, especially on the finish. A little thin, but smooth. Good flavor but not a great mouthfeel.

O- Good stout overall. The vanilla isn't super powerful but keeps it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:42:40 | More by CharlatanSin
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.