Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
2,304
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
21.21%
 
 
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457
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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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Photo of Soxfan45
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a one finger mocha colored head that dissipates to a fine lacing around the outside edge of the glass.

S: Smells of vanilla beans and some sweetness accompanied by a light amount of cocoa (somewhat contrasting with the vanilla) and a hint of coffee.

T: Just like the nose, typical roasted malt flavors common to stouts with a hint of vanilla and coffee.

M: Mild amount of carbonation with a fairly medium body that slides off the tongue with a nice creaminess.

O: Overall, quite delicious. I'd definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everyone seems obsessed with high ABV, BA Stouts these days. Mean Old Tom is neither - it's a very easy drinking 6.5% ABV and even without time in a barrel, it's an extremely complex and delicious stout. Maine Beer Co has their house in order - it sure seems everything these guys churn out is spot on. Well done.

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Photo of kagent777
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle brought back from a recent trip to Boston. Poured into my beer goblet. No bottling date that I can see.

Appearance: More of a dark brown than black. I got very little head on this one. The ring around the edge did leave a little lacing as I went, though.

Smell: I smell vanilla, chocolate, and roasty malts. The smell is some what subdued. When I swirl the beer in the glass I also get a stronger sense of dark pumpernickel bread.

Taste: The taste follows the nose mirroring everything, especially vanilla. The taste is stronger than the smell will have you believe. A nice chunk of char up front followed by a bit of (semi) chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The finish is strong for a non imperial stout. The body and carbonation are perfect, body in the middle to strong range while the carbonation is lower.

Overall: This is a really good beer. I wish we could get it here in Utah, but I am glad to try it. I am a sucker for vanilla in my stouts and this one has the perfect dose of vanilla. Highly recommended!

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Photo of thirstyturtle
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't understand why this beer doesn't receive higher marks, very well-balanced with a solid vanilla flavor. One of the best Maine has to offer imo.

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

bottled december 15, 2015. poured into a Lawson's finest tulip. appearance is black with a finger or two of khaki head. nice retention and leaves some lacing. appearance is pretty damn appealing!

smell is rich with malts, nice roasty espresso like scents - vanilla bean and chocolate as well. taste is the same, creamy chocolate and vanilla. a really really subtle but pleasant hop bitterness on both nose and tongue. feel is really quality, substantial body but still very drinkable and smooth. overall this is a really rich and flavorful beer... not usually my style but I definitely enjoyed it!

subsequently enjoyed a growler fill of this stuff and it was substantially better. not sure if it was on nitro or something but the feel and flavor were much more full and rich. this is surprisingly complex and flavorful for a stout coming in at 6.5% excellent stuff mbc!!

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Photo of pvo
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this - it's a medium-bodied stout with a lasting roast flavor. Very well balanced, not too high in alcohol, just a very solid beer. Some might say it's expensive for what it is - I believe I paid around $7 for the 16.9 oz bottle, but I justify that by comparing its price to what I might pay at a bar, though anything is more reasonable that way. In any case, this is one of the more well-balanced stouts that I've had recently.

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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 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 sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a dark brown hue with large fluffy tan head of 4 cm even with an extremely gentle pour.
Leaves tightly packed dense latticework after each sip.
Aroma is deep roasted malt with an almost burnt quality to the nose. Cocoa powder comes through as well, with just a small sweet note of vanilla, but that is a little buried behind the roast and cocoa powder.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth body with gentle rolling texture, that gives just the faintest tingle as I swallow.
Flavor is roasted malt and some sweet cocoa with hints of vanilla on the finish, very similar flavor profile as the nose. A long lingering dark chocolate note at the end of each sip. The beer is very rich but isnt cloying. No hint of any booze from start to finish and not really any hops that I can detect anywhere.
A well crafted, rich not boozy interesting, yet not complex beer. I should have bought a second bottle.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance is very dark brown with a light brown head. The smell has a lot of malt to it giving off some very sweet aromas. The taste is full of dark chocolate and a little bit of espresso. Also the vanilla bean makes for a semi-sweet, very delicious finish. The mouthfeel was also nice consistency for a stout, not overly thick but with a very defined body. Overall I really liked it. I'll definitely pick up another one soon.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split a bottle during a homebrew session.

Pours a opaque ink black. Had a nice sandy head that left a tad of webbing.

Smell was wonderful, huge vanilla and molasses notes plenty of coco and espresso as well.

A very roasty flavor. More coffee than chocolate. Pretty big flavors considering ABV. Vanilla and honey notes are more subdued than in the smell.

Somewhat silky but not like a real oatmeal stout, very rich and slick.

Great stout, probably a bit overpriced but its top shelf stuff. Great nose.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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 ThickNStout
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

300mL bottle from Steve000 (thanks man!). Bottled 4/14/15. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a dark cola-like near-black brown with a fluffy three fingers of khaki head. The foam is slow to fade down to a thin halo, depositing a few trails of lace.

Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, vague coffee and just a slight hint of vanilla. Quite inviting.

The taste is a nice blend of roasty and sweet. Smooth, bittersweet chocolate, soft vanilla bean, creamed coffee, faint burnt caramel, cola, brown sugar and just a hint of smoke. The vanilla beans serve to really round out those roasty malts in a wonderful way. This is a delicious and incredibly drinkable stout.

Silky, medium light body with a light, tingly carbonation. Notes of chocolate shake, coffee and brown sugar dance on

Mean Old Tom is my third experience with Maine Brewing Company and so far they have nailed every one I've tried. This delivers flavor and complexity far beyond its 6.5% weight class.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent stout, heavy vanilla smell though the vanilla takes a backseat in a way taste wise. I got more coffee than vanilla. Still, a great beer and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Boston71
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich dark into the glass, head smells definitely chocolate. Initial sip dark chocolate, smooths out to a subtle vanilla.

Would prefer a stronger vanilla taste as opposed to chocolate. Smooth stout with sweet notes

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Photo of NWer
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on recent trip to PHL. 056312 G stamped on side of label I think- the "6" is smudged. Could be a 0 or 8.
Poured murkey yeasty brown into my Deschutes tulip. Minimal head very thin layer of small bubbles cling to edge. Nothing much else.
Aroma very pleasant. Smooth softness of vanilla foretells the taste which is again smooth, velvety, full of vanilla notes.
Warm nice feeling lingers.
A very enjoyable stout. Too bad I brought back only one.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is very full forms more then 2 finger very thick and tan. The beer is dark and only on the pour could you see the dark amber color. The head hugs the glass very nice one of the best heads I've seen in a bottle

Big nose on this beer it whafted to my nose while I was pouring it. There is a lot of aromas coffee with roasted malts and a mellow vanilla that works perfect together

To start this is a dry stout not an imperial or big stout wit that said this is a great beer. The beer starts slightly sweet. A roasted nutty flavor enters. The nutty coffee taste is very pleasent. A slight hop enters with a very hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Its a big dry finish.

For a stout this great I'm astonished how they were able to have the taste and aroma differ but have it go together

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Photo of dciBA
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from the trash can beer series at Novare Res. Described as being a stout with vanilla beans. Poured off the keg into the MBC goblet. Really dark brown to black in color with a thin tan head. Lots of lacing as it goes down.

Vanilla, coffee, and chocolate malt in the nose. Similar taste with dark roast coffee dominating along with a nice layer of vanilla. Not the most complex beer ever but very flavorful. Drinks very well. Nice and smooth with great mouthfeel. A nice solid stout from Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of uustal
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours not the darkest black with a one-finger, greyish head. Roasted coco, malts and vanilla bean aroma. Flavor begins with sweet, creamy chocolate notes, before a dryer, roasted, bakers coco middle. Just slight hints of molasses and pine hops. Excellent fresh vanilla bean finish. Sweet, but in no way artificial. One of the best uses of vanilla flavor in a beer out of the many I have tried. Extremely drinkable and another awesome offering from Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black, not thick, but still a good pour with a nice semi-white cream. The aroma was very attractive. No question about the vanilla in this one... I could not detect any of the coffee or chocolate... However, at the first taste, there was no question that there was coffee.

This was a semi-big stout, very smooth with a lingering aftertaste.

This seems to be the trend with the Maine beers I have tasted.. All are very clean, soft
with excellent aftertaste.... Lingering

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a nice white creamy head.
Smells like vanilla on top of vanilla with a mild note of coffee.
Tastes very creamy with a strong vanilla kick and some roasted malty flavors.
Medium carbonation with a thick mouth feel and mild bitterness. Has a nice dry finish.
A very good stout.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-nitro tap at GBD in DuPont Circle, NW D.C., poured into a snifter glass, drank 9/20/13 over about a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - rich dark brown-to-black (it was dark in the bar), unclarity (cannot read or see through), a rich tan-brown head that dissipated into a finger-width head; mild-to-moderate carbonation , undetectable alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - really rich bitter coffee and cocoa powder aroma with elements of tobacco and vanilla (unfortunately not enough for me based on the marketing), reminds me a lot of what I think of a little brother of Founders' Breakfast Stout would smell like

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's an intense coffee and dark chocolate bitterness; in the middle of the mouth, some of the malt characters start to emerge with background vanilla; mild alcohol notes that blend, especially on the swallow

M: 3/5 - light-bodied and watery, which, I think, is the weakest aspect of this beer; some of the creamy aspects of nitro tap redeem it for me

O: 9/10 - an excellent smelling and tasting sweet stout with some intense bitter aroma/flavors; the Achilles heels are the mouthfeel and the lack of vanilla notes, but I found it an enjoyable nonetheless and, for a $3 happy hour price, I'm not going to complain too much

TOTAL = 42/50

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
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