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Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by dciBA on 03-03-2010

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Reviews: 438 | Ratings: 2,268
Photo of GuitarIPA
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed with friends - lots of opinions on aroma, roast chicken and meat drippings (seriously), lots of chicory (Canadian coffee) - vanilla is barely detectable. Pours black with a grey head, medium body with coffee, chocolate and chicory flavors. Neat beer, but ultimately not a fan of chicory so it takes something away from experience

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased November 17, 2015 and enjoyed November 18, 2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.

Look - Dark brown body. Finger of light tan head settles to a very thin ring. Blotchy lacing.

Smell - Coffee. Musty hop. Chocolate. Raisin.

Taste - Coffee. Coffee. Dark chocolate. Raisin/plum. Vanilla.

Feel - Gritty. Carbonation is high. Doesn't sit too well.

Overall - This is a complex enough stout to be sought after but doesn't quite live up to the "new Three Floyds in Ohio" hype.

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Photo of cfalls
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't drink stouts too often, so take this with a grain of salt.

L - black liquid, large tan head slowly fades to a thin layer

S - campfire, chicory, mesquite

T - some bitter and floral hops, smoke, slightest hint of vanilla, dry charred finish

F - moderately carbonated, medium bodied, substantial without being syrupy, probably on the thin side for stout-lovers

O - lots of subtle complex flavors, nothing crazy or out of place, somewhat porter-like

I might drink stouts more often if more of them were like this.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from notes, on draft at the Boynton, Worcester, MA
look; served in a shaker filled to the brim, 1/4" head, good retention, plenty of lacing, as dark a chestnut as can be without being black, or black with a hint of chestnut
smell; vanilla, roasted malt, some bitter coffee and sweet chocolate notes
taste; roasted malt, vanilla, some hops bitterness, coffee grounds, hint of brown sugar
feel; full bodied but on the lighter side of full bodied; some carbonation, not creamy, just a hint of syrupy feel in the middle, finishes with a nice mildly bitter bite
overall; a nice full flavored vanilla porter with enough going on to keep me interested but pretty straightforward for maine beer co. Tom's not so mean

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width brown foamy head. Retention and lacing are both good. Strong dark malty, coffee and vanilla flavors. Dark malty taste. More coffee than anything else, but you can get the hint of some vanilla beans in there. Heavy bodied with low carbonation. Not my favorite stout but definitely good.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep garnet, almost black pour with near zero head. Heavy roasted aroma mingles with vanilla and chocolate. More of both come through in the slightly sweet taste. Very tasty. Fairly low carbonation is my speed, with a slight sweet in the finish complementing the bitter roast. Solid stout.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and light vanilla. The taste is roasted coffee and mild dark chocolate, with a subtle hint of vanilla. The vanilla is not strong and sweet or overpowering. It melds perfectly together with the beer's deep, natural, dark roasted coffee flavors. It feels slightly thin with light carbonation. Overall a very good stout, displaying more dark roast coffee flavors as opposed to just chocolate. Nice roasty flavor with a subtle hint of natural vanilla. Very nice.

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Photo of NickandToni
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mean Old Tom brings a chocolate syrupy to the nose. Though a very pleasant stout, I was hoping for a deeper vanilla. Strong chocolate and coffee tones balanced well with hearty mouthfeel. The ending lingers well enough to take time between each sip.

Overall a fine stout. Worthy of you best glass, good friends, and a crackling fireside.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into sam Adams glass

Black liquid with dark brown foam cap

Aroma of chocolate and vanilla

Taste of chocolate, vanilla and licorice

Medium mouthfeel

Nice stout

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good stout. The nose has a nice intertwined balance between vanilla and chocolate. As you drink it and it warms you notice a nice amount of chocolate in the body, with a touch of sweet vanilla and a roasted coffee finish. Mouth feel is good, definitely one of the fuller single stouts I've had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of vanilla and black chocolate is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by vanilla with black chocolate notes and some dry roasted malt notes. Body is thinner than I was expecting with good carbonation. Enjoyable but a fuller body would have been better.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A stout aged on vanilla beans. This pours with a thin caramel head that dissipates quickly. Nose is toasted malts and chocolate. Very little vanilla for me. Taste follows the nose with a thin mouth feel. I would call this a porter rather than a stout. It's very good, but doesn't rise to the level of MBC's IPA's in my opinion. That being said, I would drink this again!

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Photo of PVMT
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated 9/8/15. First time I've seen this one fresh, so I picked it up. Great color and nose. Flavor was a little underwhelming; I expected a lot more vanilla, but it only made an appearance after the stout warmed up. Decent, but not on par with most MBC beer.

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Photo of Harveyy
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nose is pretty absent for me. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Taste motes of dark chocolate and coffee, vanilla is strong as it warms. For the sweetness and body, I would say overall a well crafted stout that borders on Porter territory

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Photo of BSiegs
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a little deep brown around the edges. Ample tan head, lacing is average though. Nose is chocolate, roast notes, a little spice, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, nothing is overpowering. Medium-full in body, a little higher carb than I'd prefer for a stout. My first non-IPA offering from MBC and overall, it's a really nice beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/12/2015: Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger foamy brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving really good spotty lacing that stuck to the glass and left rings as it went down.

Smells of toasted grains, charred wood, coffee grinds, molasses, syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, ash or smoky notes, dark chocolate and hints of caramel; some more burnt grains come in as well as nutty aromas later, and a sweetness like heavy cream or chocolate heavy cream. This borders on being a smoked beer with a lot of char and roasted notes, but the grains, sweet cream and even the vanilla accents level it out and make it very enjoyable – there’s something hard to describe about this combination that makes it work quite well together.

Flavor picks up where the nose left off: rich and tasty, full of char and smoked grains for a nice complex taste which includes cocoa powder, syrup, coffee grinds, molasses, toasted grains, charred wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, yeast, peat moss, light herbal spices and heavy cream. The sweetness is almost like a chocolate milkshake or Starbucks Frappuccino with a lot of charred/ashy notes, and a little hint of pepper and dry floral hops. Between the coffee and hoppy notes I expected more bitterness, but this is mildly bitter and not overly sweet or smoky either. Well balanced, as I’ve come to expect from Maine,it hides the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is slick and almost velvety smooth, some might even say a bit too thin and watery but I found it acceptable; feel is light bodied and similar to a Guinness or milk stout, with very little carbonation and a slightly bitter, ashy finish that’s on the dry side.

Overall it was very tasty and complex. The vanilla influence was not as pronounces as the label advertised, but it was still a damn tasty beer and one I’ll definitely have again. The “Mean Old Tom” face on the label seems constipated, so he should try some of this smooth, hearty brew to help that process. First stout from these guys and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of markcp
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous thick tan head. Nose is roasty and nutty. Taste is roasty with just a hint of very dry chocolate. Would benefit from a creamier mouthfeel. Some subtle dark fruit on the finish. Not really getting any vanilla.

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Photo of 57md
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with golden edges and a solid finger of beige head. The nose is distinctly roasty. Both the roasted malt profile and teh body are closer to a double stout than a standard version.

There are hints of chocolate on the finish but I am not really getting the vanilla.

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Photo of Domvan
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark thin pour and thick foamy head
Smell - Sweet roasty malts
Taste - Thin, clean, sweet and roasty
Feel - Very thin mouthfeel, but the sweetness goes perfect with the roasty malts
An awesome beer!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Absolutely mondo head, maybe three fingers after a not-particularly vigorous pour. Silken brown head, slowly slowly settling into itself leaving memoirs along the window panes. Body is a deep almost-black with visible streams of carbonation reminiscent of those displays that show off cosmic rays at the science centre.
Nose starts out with burnt malts, almost coffee like, and a softening roasted malt edge all wrapped in a shroud of vanilla bean.
Cleaner than the aroma, and refreshing. Creamy rich cocoa and sweet vanilla give way to acrid coffee with more bitter chocolate. Finish is bitter bakers chocolate and char, but more creamy than ashy, and a touch smokey.
A little more carbonation than I'd look for and the medium body leaves me a little bit wanting. Solid solid solid overall though.

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Photo of d3brewing
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this out of a tulip 6/26. Bottled on 5/12/15 and did what the bottle asked "drink fresh" which I won't do again if I come across one of these.
cutting right to the chase this beer was bitter. Not hop bitter which is ok for an American stout this was bad coffee bitter.
This beer was also a little to thin and short on hop flavors for an American stout. Everything else about this beer was good. I enjoyed the coffee, black malt, and hint of vanilla. It's worth a try but don't pay attention to the drink by date, this one should get better with some aging.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: A viscous black color. similar to motor oil, but a bit silkier looking. 1/2 finger tan head that seems to be fading as i type

s: rich toasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, a slight creamy smell

t: toasty roasty malts, mild alcohol flavor, creamy lactose, big vanilla notes, slight woody presence, granular sugar (almost cola-like)

m: its a silky, medium mouthfeel. quite a large amount of carbonation for a stout - almost reminds me of a soda

o: its a pretty good beer. its a bit light on the flavors, and i'd lower the carbonation level just a tad. other than that its nice. a stout that goes down easy and has nice vanilla notes. i'd recommend trying

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport, CT. Poured a lovely dark brown, but with minimal head. Smells of some roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Now the taste is really where it kicks in. First it starts a bit roasty, but then the malts kick in and it is sweet and medium bodied. It finishes on the tongue with a nice maple syrup flavor and some chocolate. For a regular stout, this one goes straight to the top!

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Photo of LaneMeyer
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L - Nice dark brown/black, small amount of head.

S - smells sublime, big vanilla bean, roasted malts, brown sugar, touch of alcohol.

T - roasted malt, this reminds me a bit of an Irish dry stout, vanilla comes through thoroughly. It tastes exactly as it is, a big vanilla stout.

F - Nice carbonation, not too thin, a little chewy, can't ask for much more.

O - a very nice stout. A little pricey but very nice. Not too complex but it delivers with the vanilla.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark color sits below a decent lacing that once was a layer of froth, this beer fills your nose and then your palette with rich tastes leaving a drying raw dark chocolate taste behind. The after taste in itself is worth the drive but then again I have had the pleasure of drinking this beer at the Maine Beer Company, worthy.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.