Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

Mean Old TomMean Old Tom
BA SCORE
3.99/5
2,407 Ratings
Mean Old TomMean Old Tom
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
Ranking:
#3,741
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
2,407
pDev:
9.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
147
Gots:
499
Trade:
15
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,407 |  Reviews: 470
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maine Beer Co. My favorite east coast brewery.

A-Pours with decent viscosity, but its not overly dark for the style. When held up to the light the beer is fairly transparent. Head forms and dies off to a patchy film but does leave decent lacing.

S-Notes of chocolate and vanilla bean. Some alcohol presence in the nose. Sweet but also has some nice coffee roast as well. Vanilla comes out quite well in the nose.

T- Vanilla bean is oh so noticeable on the palate. Chocolate is milky and sweet and lightly bitter. Coffee roastiness. Alcohol is better hidden on the palate. Subtle but definitely tasty.

M-I enjoy the feel. It feels like a mix between a Stout and a porter. Carbonation is extremely soft. A bit slick.

O/D-Maine Beer Co. is one of my favorite breweries. Lunch, Zoe, and Peeper are among my favorites of their respective styles. Mean Old Tom is pretty damn good, but a slight step below the perfection of their other brews. I still really enjoyed this. Its drinkability is very, very high. Very happy to have a bottle. Nothing to complain about here, and dare I say its a tad bit underrated.

 1,109 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

 774 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thick collar; sheets of lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain; coffee in the background;

T: for a brief moment, chocolate; then follows the nose; a bit of a bite at mid-palate; coffee gets stronger from mid-palate; by the finish; it's all coffee;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice complex flavors;

 368 characters

Photo of pajeff
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

 420 characters

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Any beer than can incorporate hints of onion peel and pepperoni, paired with all the expected coffee-like, vanilla bean flavors, is impressive to me. This beer is probably underrated, but why? Maine Beer Co. does everything large. Recommended.

 243 characters

Photo of Prop28WasBetter
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acp21178
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

 253 characters

Photo of BeenTired
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

 186 characters

Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

 452 characters

Photo of Scrapss
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

 788 characters

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

 928 characters

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

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

Photo of AMCimpi
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.15/5  rDev +4%

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.

 1,204 characters

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

Photo of larryarms847
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

 392 characters

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,407 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.