Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 96
Gots: 238 | FT: 10
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stepping out of the shaddows of hopped up ale and into the darker realms, Mean Old Tom proves that Maine is much more than just "Lunch" anymore and is maybe ok for dessert too.

Built on a foundation of roast and layered with silky vanilla, the ale kicks off with a rather polite but masculine darkness. Just shy of black, the beer builds a rich and short statured lather of froth that caps the beer confidently and long lastingly. Light on lacing, there's the built-in forgiveness that goes into the use of vanilla and its head-repelling oils.

Richness and boldness exudes from the glass as the scents of high cocoa content chocolates, dark roast coffee, vanilla and singed caramel seduces the olfactory senses. As the nose warms up to the beer, supportive walnut, whipping cream and woodish hops come to life but never rival those initial notes.

In similar fashion, the initial taste is full of French-press coffee, roasted walnuts, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel and a certain campfire character that reminds me of roasted marshmallows. Its that silky smooth middle that introduces caramel and milkshake-like cream flavors. Yet, the finish brings about a woodish-type bitterness from hops to crispen the taste and reinforce the stout's roasty underpinnings.

Medium-full, the stout really takes on American character with dry roast character but softened with creamy vanilla for added weight and silkiness. Amply carbonated for creamy smoothness, the ale trails with dry roast, drying hops and just enough alcohol warmth to allow a hint of refreshment.

Though the ales demeanor is bold and masculine, its not overwrought either. Its a sensible Stout with impeccable balance, vanilla intrigue and flawless in recipe design and brewing technique. But because of its perceived modesty, it'll never get the notoriety that it deserves.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

stamped: 052813 19

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.

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

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...

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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.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.