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Mean Old Tom - Maine Beer Company

Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 1321
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%


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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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

 

This pours a beautiful silky black with a half finger of chocolate head.

 

Smells of cacao, roasted grain, vanilla, and a touch of maduro tobacco wrapper.

 

Taste is delightful.  Smooth and sweet, with the roasted malts and slight astringency from the deeply roasted specialty grains playing a great balance. The back end finishes with just a hint of natural vanilla bean.

 

Mouthfeel is solid.  Spot on carbonation for the style.

 

Overall, I’d drink this over and over.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 18:29:53 | More by taylor714914
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blackie

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at the philly local 44, beer store section, bottle into a glass

a: bottle decanted into a provided stubby beer glass, deep french roast brown in color - approaching black, with a thin tan head, some light lacing

s: the aroma mixes a dominant dark roasted barley profile with tones of dusty cocoa and a light vanilla bean essence, smells nice

m: carbonated to a moderate level, with the body somewhere on the thin side of medium

t: a little thinner on the palate than expected, but still carrying good flavor - dark roast sits upfront with a bit of dusty dark cocoa, vanilla bean in mild strength, mild hop presence

o: a very enjoyable stout, the vanilla bean is a nice compliment, not a bruiser or anything just well crafted, highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 03:10:08 | More by blackie
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black as you can get it with a nice mocha head.

Aroma is of split vanilla bean, bakers chocolate and hints of sweet coffee.

Initial taste is tangy and bitter. Where is this tang coming from? Smooths out later with bitter cocoa and semi-sweet coffee. Trace of vanilla extract.

On the thinner side, sticky lips, and bitter lingering.

Is this a stout or a black hop IPA? Couldn't finish in one seating so I put in the fridge overnight. Finding the tanginess went away. This kind of stout had me at one time saying "I could take 'em or leave 'em". Bottom line for me is this is not sweet or creamy-should it be?!? Basically bitter coffee and bakers chocolate with vanilla extract. Every stout has it's place.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 21:22:34 | More by joeseppy
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Born on date 8/26/12. Color was a very dark dark opaque brown, with a nice 1 finger creamy light brown head. Head thinned out fairly fast, but left a thin layer with plenty of lacing. Aroma was very slightly sweet. Subtle chocolate notes, but very faint, with a bit of brunt vanilla. Flavor started off sweet, than developed a bit of tang, with some earthiness that hung around in the mouth. Mellowed out a bit over time which made it more enjoyable. Felt ok in the mouth. Definitely hung around for a while, coated nicely, but left a slightly strange feel at the back of the throat. Definitely showed potential, but perhaps needs a bit more time to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:05:29 | More by mountdew1
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Mises85

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

found at whole foods in 16.9 oz bottle format. I am more of an IPA fan and thought that the smell and taste was just going to reek of sugar or some other overbearing sweetness. Boy was I wrong!

Appearance: had in a tulip poured 2 finger head. nice lacing of the glass afterwards.

Smell: chocolate, alcohol, some malt, slight vanilla undertone. I like how the vanilla doesn't overwhelm the rest of the other tasting notes. Some coffee as well (although it strikes me more straight black coffee)

Taste: touch of alcohol, some malt, hops, coffee. Didn't taste much of the vanilla on the palate.

This is a great stout from a great brewery. It leads me to want to seek out more imperial/aged stouts. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 23:05:22 | More by Mises85
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Soxfan45

Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I loved this beer. I was looking for something different to go with my steak. I grab it off the shelf warm brought it home and poured it into the glass. It poured dark and creamy. The foam stayed thick and creamy for as long as it took me to drink. I smelled just a hint of vanilla with chocolate. Tasted malt, and chocolate at first the more I drank the more vanilla I tasted. I do not know if they barrel age this beer but if they did I would LOVE to try it!! This is the first Maine Brewing Company beer I have tried but it will not be the last.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:22:32 | More by Soxfan45
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PinkyMixology

New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle on sale from a distributor that was trying to make room for something apparently. I like porters and stouts, but I didn't know what to expect by the label.

After chilling it down a bit I was still able to notice the nose right after opening. Knowing that a little vanilla goes a long way, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of subtlety that it maintained itself even after the tail hits the back of your nose.

So many stout combinations (vanilla, chocolate, coffee, rhubarb, whatever) behave like a black & white cookie they'll hit you in the face with one quality first, and then the other one will take over. So it's stout then chocolate, or chocolate then stout. This was not the case with Tom, which seamlessly blended the qualities that made this beer unique. (not to say there wasn't a progression).

Additionally, I drank this on one of the hottest days of the year, in the middle of the day, outside in my back yard out of my favorite tulip glass. Maybe it was because of its thin body (thin for a stout) or maybe because I left it in my fridge for a day, but it was a great stout to have in warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:15:57 | More by PinkyMixology
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parksed24

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark brown with a quick rising caramel head. Pour it carefully, the head takes off! Head goes down to a thin layer quickly but what is left stays with the beer until the end.

S: Nice, roasty, full body on the nose with chocolate and vanilla coming on strong.

T: Lots of bitter chocolate coming through. More alcohol comes through than I expected at this abv. Less vanilla than I was hoping for, it seemed a bit lost. It's not overly sweet like a lot of beer with vanilla can be, which I did enjoy. Aftertaste left me wanting ice cream so I'm going to try this as a float beer (GASP)!

M: Thin for a beer this dark (similar to Atwater Vanilla Java Porter). A little light on the carbonation.

O: This is a solid stout that I would buy again. I don't know if I would classify it as a dessert beer by itself, but the lower sweetness level might make it nice to pair with sweet desserts. The only thing I really wanted was some more of that vanilla to come through on the palette.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 12:16:00 | More by parksed24
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 04:25:42 | More by BEERchitect
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Ego

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +2.8%
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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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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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LeRose

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -4.1%
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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vandemonian

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mean Old Tom pours a black color, with a small lacing head. There is a roasted aroma, with nice hints of coffee and vanilla notes. The taste is sweeter, roasted flavors are present, with generous hints of vanilla and nice subtle coffee flavors. Nice full flavors, and very nice full body, subtle but noticeable flavors. Overall a nice creamy flavored stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 04:01:31 | More by vette2006c5r
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mattbk

New York

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black, nice creamy head with good retention, poured a bit thin.
S - Roast, chocolate, seems like it will drink fairly dry and possibly bitter with less sweetness. Not much vanilla. A nice aroma though.
T - Tastes of roasted barley, is slightly acrid roast, a little lactose at the end (not sure if it's in this beer, but I feel like I taste it), very slight vanilla warming. This is a slightly dry stout, and actually drinks sort of like a less sweet milk stout. I wouldn't say this is a very rich stout, but it's not bad either. May be a bit bitter and features a decent earthy hop punch. The hop bitterness and flavor may detract slightly from the malt bill. It is a good beer, not great though. I like stouts a bit richer than this.
M - Medium bodied, would like this a bit fuller. Medium-low carbonation.
O - Not bad, definitely not great, if you really like dry stouts you may like this a bit more. I also am not a huge fan of hoppy stouts, and this is leaning in that direction. Vanilla aroma and flavor is fairly absent from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 02:18:30 | More by mattbk
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jzeilinger for this bottle awhile back! Cheers, Jeff!

Poured into a snifter. Deep black. Thick mocha-head on top. Sweet aroma - mocha coffee, vanilla cream, roasted malt. Nothing extraordinary, but still smells inviting. Smooth texture, velvety feel. A little light on the carbonation though.

Sweet vanilla kiss right off. Melds into a warm chocolate flavor with a bit of char on the back end. A touch of alcohol noted, but it is incorporated well into the beer, adding a nice touch of heat to it. This was a really good beer. Glad I added it to my wants. Thanks again, Jeff.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:46:37 | More by Onenote81
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a fantastic stout, im sure there will be a barrel version of this some day right? wow. it pours a midnight black color with creamy frothy thick off white head with fantastic retention. the nose is a big stout to me, the vanilla doesn't add much aromatically, somewhat surprisingly. big bitter barley malt and a hint of cocoa is all. the flavor is true to style, rich and creamy, not sweet at all, more bitter than anything, and the vanilla is also subtle, but natural. its less vanilla intensive than some others, which is just fine by me, it lets the malts really shine. big sturdy mouthfeel, soft and dry, full body, enough bubbles. this is one of the better beers in the genre ive encountered for some time. a really nice beer, like they all are, from maine beer company.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 22:13:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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jd18

New York

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Initially I was wowed by the bold heavy taste with a nice light vanilla layer. A few sips in and I wish the carbonation was less. It has a decent mouthfeel outside of the fizzy carbonation I keep getting and it's a bit thin to me. There was a thin tan head ontop of a black as night body. I poured into a snifter slightly below cellar temp. As it warms the carbonation fades to a more pleasant level but still to present for me.What I like most is the bitterness of this stout and how nicely it balances against the sweet vanilla flavors.

A well balanced stout that could be a great one with less carbonation and more body. Definitely worth a buy or a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 01:42:56 | More by jd18
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at House of 1000 Beers

A - Pours a rich black brown, big two finger tan head, mild lacing.
S - Great vanilla scent, some well balanced roasted malts, baking chocolates, a light note of earthy hops.
T - The vanilla flavor in this is good, its not overbearing either, the malt is balanced, not too sweet or smokey/roasted. There is a mild hop profile underneath, sometimes hard to get to though.
M - Creamy and smooth, but the mild ABV doesnt make this sticky or too heavy at all. Love that.
O - A really good Stout that I could enjoy more than one in a setting. The vanilla isnt as potent as they make it out to be in flavor, but its a nice touch. I'd say its similar to Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 11:47:25 | More by Omnium
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours dark black, full 1/4 inch of tan foam. Sticks around the sides. Coffee espresso nose, hints of vanilla. Burnt wood too. Taste is a full malt bitter, coffee notes. Undercurrent of vanilla, especially in the aftertaste. Chewy. Real good.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 14:35:44 | More by KTCamm
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:32:53 | More by TheBrewo
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utopiajane

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:18:21 | More by utopiajane
Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.