Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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
Ratings:
2,386
Reviews:
462
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
488
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 2,386 |  Reviews: 462
Photo of acp21178
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Very tasty stout. This is the best stout with vanilla I can remember having. Soft carbonation. Bottle from Capone’s. Great drinkability. Soft mouthfeel of dark black with bubbly head. Chocolate and roast aroma. Another great mastery by this brewery.

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Photo of BeenTired
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super dark with a rich creamy head. Smell is roasted malt, char, chocolate, and vanilla. The taste is sweet and tangy with char, chocolate and vanilla. Thick silky mouthfeel. Great beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, coffee looking head quickly dissipates and leaves creamy and sticky lace throughout. Big roasted and slightly burnt malts aroma, wood, coffee, raw bitter cocoa and sweet vanilla. Taste is predominantly the roasted burnt malts. A hint of vanilla sweetens it. Mild hops leave a woody and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, low carbonation and medium bodied. A really good stout. The relatively low ABV makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a MBC ale glass

A: Black as night. Nice edges that resonate light brown/tan. Lacing is minimal. A swirl bring some carbo back to brew. No legs to speak of.

S: Deep black chocolate notes with that vanilla that is touted. Huge roasted notes. Surprisingly, there's some neo-hop notes coming though on the back of this.

T: very balanced for how sweet and hoppy this is trying to be, I have another, I may age it a year and see if the hoppy notes secede. Yeast is mild and some toffee presents, may be yeast notes trying to push it out.

M: Smooth. Roasty like coffee. Not overly full, but not thin. Middle on feel. Malts definitely dominate ultimate out breath.

O: Me likey. May be my favorite flavored stout due to mouthfeel and not overtly chewy malty notes.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seen this bottle many, many times at my local spots but finally decided to pick one up. Bottled three weeks prior to pouring it into a pint glass. Nice black body with a tightly packed tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and vanilla extract. The vanilla smells like it belongs in the mix as opposed to be thrown into the beer to add another flavor. Taste warms the palate - roasted malt, ground medium-roast coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, walnuts and slight char. Excellent balance of flavors and super drinkable. Finishes with a nice bitterness and it's so smooth throughout. Great stout with an ABV that hits my sweet spot...but here comes a mea culpa on my personal failing as a reviewer - I just can't help but acknowledge the price/format. I'd like to think it doesn't impact my enjoyment of the beer but let's be honest - I know it does, even if just a sliver. I suck, I know. The price/format sucks too.

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Photo of peepmachine
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bdiiorio
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Very dark chocolate brown brew, nearly black, with little in the way of colored highlights and a large amount of creamy light brown head (for a stout). Aroma is assertive dark roast coffee and chocolate, slight floral vanilla and grassy hops (!). On the palate one gets more of the same, dark coffee and chocolate milk, faint butterscotch and red licorice. Starts quite sweet but dries out quickly, an interesting contrast. I am noticing a nice nutty malt character as well, a unique element for this style that is amplified over the course of multiple sips. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, moderately thick with low to medium carbonation. Finishes roasted and very dry, peanut shells coming to mind. Very light citrus hops wink in and out (they use Centennial in this). The vanilla beans add a tinge of floral perfume and do not dominate the proceedings. Debates about price points notwithstanding (I think the ingredients these guys use and their entire approach justifies the cost, not to mention how freaking good the beers are), Maine Beer Company proves here that they aren't just hop wizards, although I imagine I will always prefer the hoppy stuff from these guys.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich and silky very dark brown and sits black in the glass with a thin light brown crown of foam.

Bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly nutty, and sweet vanilla.

Vanilla definitely stands out more in flavor, bitter roast, coffee, and chocolate.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, silky, creamy smooth.

Overall, a top contender in my opinion. A really damn good stout.

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

Black pour with a light head. It looks like a stout because it is a stout.

This beer smells like genuine vanilla...not extract. It doesn't smell like a milkshake, just...real.

The vanilla flavor is there, but it's almost like it's hiding in the shadows. Overall the flavor is a little boring. Not bad. Not even not good. Just not quite the expression I would have expected from Maine Beer Company.

Wait, I take that back. I compared their King Titus porter to a perfect family sedan.

On the flipside, it's very well balanced. This is a good beer, but my palate needs something a little more exciting.

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Photo of R11415
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 williahd
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Bierliebhaber3
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This stout pours a pitch black color with a medium foamy tan head. The smell is fairly mild, but is of roasted grains and chocolate. The flavor is of roasted grains, chocolate, vanilla, and a little bit of coffee. The flavor is milder than the King Titus, but is more diverse with all of the flavors playing a more equal role. The finish is very creamy and a little bit Guinness-like, but not as dry. The body is heavy as it should be. This beer is a nice contrast to the King Titus. It is polished where the King Titus is a brute force of flavor. I would personally prefer the latter in most cases, but in this case I think it’s a fairly even trade-off. This is definitely a nice stout and I think it’s a little bit underrated.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ratty74
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful in appearance and texture. The chocolate is there without tasting like a piece of candy and the coffee does not overpower the finish. Great on a cold day.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,386 ratings.
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