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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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1,695 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,695
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 86
Gots: 227 | 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)
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

NYR_Rob, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

monitorpop, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of the deepest cola brown. It supports a hearty head of three fingers, composed of fluffy, mousse-like foam. Striped geographic lacing was left around the glass as it dissipated at a slower pace. The beer is really at no point ever completely devoid of bubbles. No haze is noted, but thick chunks of sediment made it in despite our best efforts. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives chalky and roasty dark malts of black and coffee varietals, with angel food cake filler. Blending are tinny metallics, cooling vanilla bean, light grassy hops, medicinal phenols, frank banana breadiness, mustiness, gravel, smoke, and sea salt. With warmth comes richer toffee sweetness, pastel mints, and soft peppery booze. Our first impression is that this is just a plain old good stout, with the vanilla offering more subtle sourness until it washes through freshly and brightly in the aftertaste. As we sip, the flavoring opens with sea saltiness, richly roasty coffee malts, charcoal, grassy and lightly herbal hops, irony mineral, vanilla cake breadiness, creamy butters, soured chocolate malt, and lime rind. The peak comes with straw, grassy hops, mustiness, burnt ham meatiness, soured coffee char, and lavender florals. The finishing wash comes with cleaner brown, coffee, and chocolate malts, roasty barley, light caramels sweetness, vinyl plastics, herbal hop essence, yeasty dryness, soured vanilla bean, and milky lactics. The aftertaste breathes of chalks, coppery metallics, iced coffee, vegetal pepper skins, fresh vanilla bean, fusel booze, red apple sugars, salt water taffy, tannic teas, plastic foaminess, sweet cream, and continued lactics. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip affords nice froth, slurp, cream, smack, and pop. The mouth is initially cooled and coated, but drips into chalky and metallic astringency concentrating towards the front of the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. Here things were kept fresh, well balanced, inclusive, and cooling. The vanilla came out decently, with a great, simple, and heartily roasty stout base. This translated well through the flavoring, but some of the vanilla brightness did get a bit lost until the very end of the sip and aftertaste, where it gave sourness and eventual cleanliness respectively. The feel was silky smooth and creamy, aiding drinkability. The current trend is that people are loving all over Maine Beer Company’s more hoppy stock, but we think it is these sleepers that you need to watch out for.

TheBrewo, Jun 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

twizzard, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

WesWes, Jun 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

MStern23, Jun 13, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black & thick looking with a khaki head of tight foam that shrank slowly to a couple of big islands on top. Soapy lace. Nose is cocoa, sweet vanilla beans, roasted coffee, grass & earth. A hint of char, medicinal alcohol that kept coming forward as it warmed and way in back some faint floral. Taste is smooth, on the heavy side but velvety. Vanilla, burnt coffee, burnt toast, roasted grains, bitter chocolate. I didn’t taste a lot of char but some and I am tasting some oats and some alcohol. Finishes semi wet and a little ashy. The hops were in there I can tell by the underlying fruit sweetness and a bit of slick oil that lightly coats the tongue. Bitterness is very light considering all that roasted toasted and burnt. This is a hearty and favorable stout that is not too complex and has a lot to enjoy.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

EricDu, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

TravisR, Jun 12, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a medium bodied deep brown color with a nice one finger khaki colored head. Leaves some light tracks of lace down the glass.

S: Pretty subtle. I really had to work to get much out of this one, but I get some light roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, powdery cocoa, brownie, oats, a hint of char and some light vanilla. As it warms, I get some cocoa puffs and a sweeter, light coffee smell.

T: Opens on a nice coffee and roasted malt note. There's just a hint of acidity to the coffee but it's never so strong that it becomes unpleasant. Vanilla, burnt brownies, milk chocolate and some charred wood intermingle fantastically in the middle. Finish brings some light cola, smoke and dark chocolate. Nothing about this beer feels forced. The vanilla is very subtle, but adds a lot of depth to the flavor profile. Not the craziest stout out there, but this is a keeper.

notchucknorris, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

agreenman19, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

pisano, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

irv2424, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of BobaFret
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on 4/9/13, enjoyed on 6/10/13.

A - Black as motor oil with a two-finger, thick, coffee-colored head. A great looking stout!

S - Sweet, roasted malts with a touch of vanilla.

T - Roasted malts are up front; coffee and dark/bitter sweet chocolate are there as well. The vanilla beans add just a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste is primarily roasted malts and dark chocolate.

M - Thick and creamy, just like a stout should be.

O - This is a solid, well-balanced stout. This beer isn't charting new territory but it succeeds in being a great stout where many others fall short. Appreciate it for what is: a stout, no barrel-aging, no crazy flavors. This is definitely a go-to stout when I want a classic example of the style. Well done, Maine Beer Company.

BobaFret, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

nootch23, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

mketchen, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

SHCC, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

FLBeerGuy, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, dark chocolate, delightful two/three finger foamy chocolate head. Lacing seems to last forever.

Smell: Coffee, cocoa, nutty, a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy carbonation, creamy finish

Taste: Starts with almost a burnt espresso, bitter, finishes with a lighter, creamy coffee taste and a hint of vanilla.

Overall: Thick, robust, slightly bitter dessert-y brew, pairs great with tiramisu. Would definitely recommend.

guitarob, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

themunjoy, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

mtalley999, Jun 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

patrick802, Jun 08, 2013
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,695 ratings.