Mean Old Tom
Maine Beer Company

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American Stout
Ranked #119
Ranked #6,440
4 | pDev: 9%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Mean Old TomMean Old Tom
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Frank73545
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at the Pine Room, 12oz snifter.

Partial to nitros, this has a nice feel to it with pleasant notes of vanilla. Nice change of pace....I enjoyed for desert.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured into an imperial pint glass. Pitch black, not transparent, and a small frothy head that dissipates quickly.
Smell - sweet vanilla and coffee, with roasted malts. Smell is quite appealing.
Taste - strong roasted malt flavor, accompanied by subtle vanilla flavor in the background. Beer is actually much lighter on mouthfeel than expected. In fact, hop bitterness comes near the end, giving the beer a slight kick and clean finish.
Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and moderate for the style at 6.5% ABV.
Overall - this is solid, refreshing stout that has a lot of complexity without feeling overly heavy. A nice tasty brew

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Photo of Act25
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everything I look for in a Stout, made in Maine craft.
A) Brown-black body sports a tan rocky head that laces only a bit.
s) Roasty, with hop, chocolate and vanilla bean.
t) Roast vs chocolate shake, but never too sweet and the vanilla and hops playing equal background parts.
f) Amply creamy, finishes clean and dry.
o) sum greater than the parts.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Streams of dark brown to form a black color in the glass. Pinky worth of thick, caramel colored crown rests on top.

The nose brings very clean roasted malts. Brings a lot of coffee out even without coffee being added. Dark, unsweetened chocolate.

The taste brings in those roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate again and then meld into softer, light notes of vanilla. Slight resin from the hops, that it seems a lot of New England darker beers have. Oats are present.

Silky, pretty hugely roasty, fair carbonation that leaves you burping at least every other drink. A tad thin, but it’s a 6.5% stout, so I will rate it like it.

Overall, I would like a little more vanilla to come through but not much because I love the classic, roasted malts showcase of this beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Based on a review from 2013. Had this in a bottle.
A: pours dark black color with dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: sweet, roasted smell with some sweet, vanilla notes
T: sweet roasted taste with some sweet, vanilla notes with some sweet, milk stout roasted notes
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: ok M&T combo; pretty good beer

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a very dark hazy brown with a light brown head that diminishes as you watch. In the nose, it is Roasty malt with vanilla, in the mouth, the same.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 1/29/19, so 8 months old.

Black body with a small coffee with cream head leaving a little lacing.

Some dried fruit and apple core comes to the nose

Pretty roasted flavor in this one, but it's not harsh or bitter, which I appreciate. Perhaps it's the vanilla bean softening the roast, but I don't get any vanilla flavor. Just an honest straightforward Stout.

Mouth between medium and full, finish roasty.

Overall, a smooth but roasted malt taste to this one. No additional flavors come through, but it's still a well crafted honest Stout.

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Photo of LarryV
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a smidgen of red around the edges of the glass. 1/2 inch fluffy tan head is quick to dissipate, leaves no lacing. Dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits dominate the flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light, on the creamier side. I didn't pick up a lot of vanilla overtones, but despite that this was still an enjoyable stout. I'm glad I tried it and would have it again, but probably wouldn't go seeking it out.

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Photo of mntlover
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown/black not light showing through, small thumb sized dark tan head from an aggressive pour not much in the way of lace.

Aroma is nice roasted malts, light chocolate and vanilla notes, pretty straight forward smells good, smooth and simple.

Taste is like the nose roasted/toasted malts on the lighter side really some light chocolate and vanilla with light coffee hints. Pretty straight forward stout, simple but good.

Mouthfeel is medium with pretty smooth carbonation.

Overall not a bad stout pretty simple but its good nothing to really knock it for. Not quite as great as some of the other from this brewery, not sure its worth the price but an ok stout.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$ 7.60 (Including tax and deposit)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.450/oz) at Alkies, Massena, NY. Reviewed 8/22/19.
Born on “04/16/19” stamped onside of label. Stored on shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, brown at the rim but otherwise still opaque. Bottle conditioned.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, medium density with a top layer of rocks, short retention, retracting to a three to four mm crown and a complete rocky cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.75 – Moderate chocolate malt.
Flavor – 4 - Begins moderately bitter and chocolatey. Ends the same. No vanilla. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.5 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 – Another decent stout, one I would not be adverse to drinking again but also not one I’ll seek.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium light carbonation with an above average body
Lots of roasted malt,alcohol, coffee,dark and milk chocolate
Just mild sweetness with a little black coffee bitterness.

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Photo of WayneRooneyFan
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat on a hot summer's night! Poured from a 1 pint, .9 fl. oz bottle (dated 6/18/19) into a typical pint glass. The color was dark brown (nearly black), with a caramel-colored head. This is my type of forward (slightly charred/smokey, which I don't mind, at all), with subtle chocolate notes (very little sweetness, if any, though). The mouthfeel was smooth and maintained even as the stout warmed. Flaked oats help to support the body. Mean Old Tom is a stout as it should be!

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with limited sweetness. A solid stout built like it should be. Had at the brewery so the draft was super fresh and extremely tasty in the outdoor space.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - $7.99 at Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Jet black body with half an inch of sustained sandy-tan foam.

Smell: Roasted maltiness with a whiff of ash about it, a sizable hunk of unsweetened bitterish chocolate, citrus blossom and a subtle hint of vanilla bean.

Taste: Restrained roastiness leads to dry chocolate and a light glaze of dark caramel. Hint of burnt toast. Growing albeit subtle sweetness. Minutely floral, very faint hint of citrus. Soft dark fruitiness. A ribbon of vanilla running through the brew adds a nice accent throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty solid.

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Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body topped with a relatively thin and foamy tan head. Rich aroma of chocolate and cocoa, coffee, and a bare hint of sweet vanilla. Rich flavor with the vanilla more pronounced; milk chocolate and cocoa sweetness; grain husk acridness; decent bitterness counterbalancing the rich sweetness. Heavy body; smooth and silky on the palate; heavy residual sugar heft; mostly sweet mouthfeel overall.

This beer brings some very nice deep chocolate and vanilla combinations to the palate. The mouthfeel just glides over your palate and the taste is very agreeable. Sweet and tasty.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 7/2/14 @ Fischman's.

Brown/black color.

Tan nitro head; tree rung lace (count your sips!).

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Smooth milk chocolate,slight chalk & oats.

Mild, pleasant, easy to drink...yet a touch boring.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with a nice beige head and good lacing. Smell and taste of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Nice smooth feel. Good beer!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - dark brown slight head
Smell - roasty malts and vanilla
Taste - roasty toasty very slight vanilla
Feel - medium body light carb
Overall - pretty good

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Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny pitch black color with a thin mocha colored head. Head dissipates straight away leaving a thin layer of velvety foam.

Aroma has strong notes of vanilla, earthy hops, and some roasted malts.

Taste has notes of roasted malts, earthy hops provide some bitterness. Hints of coffee, vanilla, and nuts are noted. Although the vanilla is dominant on the nose, its more integrated in the flavor. Sweetness is mild to medium - not too strong.

Smooth, yes - silky mouthfeel. Mild carbonation. semi-dry finish. Rather thin even for the style - I'd expect a bit more heft from the oats.

Overall a nice American stout.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.58/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce bottle in a snifter glass.

Opaque black brew with a half finger's worth of dark tan head. It maintains a thick film and leaves very light lacing.

The aroma is mostly mineral-like and tin can-ish. I'll give it some smoky roasted chocolate and coffee.

Charred, if there's such a taste. No vanilla.

The feel is light, thin, dry, and metallic. Unpleasantly bitter.

It improves a bit as it warms, but not enough.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/30/18 into pint glass. Pours a nice opaque dark brown with a persistent tan head. Initial impression is mostly coffe, although chocolate is also evident and there is a hint of vanilla. Smooth and silky, just perfect carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish. Having sampled a couple of the more hyped BBA stouts in the last couple of days, Mean Old Tom is, frankly, a welcome return to sanity. Very drinkable, very enjoyable. Probably my favorite from MBC thus far.

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Photo of jpkand
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking black body with a dense brown head. I am extremely here for stout season!

The nose is subtle, but nice chocolate, faint coffee, and a little sweetness comes through. Going back as it warms I am picking up some of the vanillafor sure

The beer is smooth upfront with nothing overpowering, but a nice blend of smooth cold brew coffee, an oaky character, and faint chocolate, especially when you get a good smell as you drink. It closes with a hoppy bitterness that reminds me of being back in the PNW. I do not mind this and it makes me nostalgic, so I might overrate. Never got the vanilla on the palate.

The body is medium full, with light carbonation that doesn't distract (this beer is less than two weeks old)

I think this is a great stout. I would like to keep one of these in my cupboard at all times through the winter. A nice change from all the bourbon-infused stouts I could avoid last year.

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Photo of dzni
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark and opaque , foamy brown head.
Chocolate, coffee, vanilla on the nose.
Roasty flavors - coffee, chocolate, oak. Not as much vanilla as I was expecting, but it's there.
Medium body, moderate carbonation.
Nicely done stout, especially as it warm. Appreciate this dry stout with a fair amount of bitterness to balance the chocolate/coffee flavors

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Photo of TheChairman
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank a bottle last night. I had bought it a few weeks before, so unless the store had it on the shelf for a long time (unusual for Maine Beer), it was reasonably fresh. I thought it was just "OK" for a stout offering. It looked nice and had the smooth stout feel that I like, but the smell and taste just didn't excite me. I got much more of a coffee flavor than I expected (though it didn't compare to a gem like the Founders' Breakfast Stout or Tree House Single Shot) and very little vanilla bean. Most stouts grow on me while going through the bottle, but this one didn't.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
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