Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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 jakeaustin on 03-03-2010

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

Look: Black with medium khaki head that sticks around for a bit.
Smell: Coffee, dark fruit, chocolate.
Taste: Dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and cola.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, nice and thick for its abv.
Overall: A solid Stout, but I'm missing the vanilla.

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

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

Poured from a bottle and served in a pint glass, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring that is almost black in the depths. Pours with a thin, foamy, light brown colored head that remains a subtle eighth of an inch layer that retains throughout consumption. Aromas are rich and woody, with a slight coffee roast, creamy chocolate, and slightly charred blending. Smells complex and tasty. Flavors are also well blended, and come in a little more subtle than the nose prepares you for. Combined with the creamy smoothness of the body, this makes for an extremely easy beer to drink. The beer has an initial mocha coffee flavor, with more of the dark roasted coffee in the background. Some earthy and woody highlights throughout, with a chocolate profile through the backbone. The aftertaste is more of the bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate flavors, with a touch of roastiness once again. The finish is smooth and slick, with a slight linger to the earthy characteristics. Very easy drinker, and solid flavor profile throughout. Very tasty!

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

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to HeadyHops81 for this one!

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep black color with a 1-finger creamy brown head. Nice retention and some great lacing. Very viscous.

S – Roasted coffee, molasses, some chocolate, and lots of vanilla. Smells like this is going to be a good one.

T – The taste starts off with a blast of roasted coffee up front followed by lots of sweet vanilla and molasses. As the sweetness fades toward the finish, roasted coffee and malt bitterness returns.

F – Full-bodied, decent carbonation, a sticky and velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and dry finish. Bitter roasted coffee and sweet vanilla flavors linger.

O – This is a very tasty stout. The vanilla really shines through but isn’t overdone at all. There’s a great roasted malt character to balance out the sweetness of the vanilla. I’m really glad that I got to try this one. Thanks, Frank!

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

16oz bottled January 27, 2013. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a three finger creamy/foamy brown head that slowly recedes to a small foamy cap and leaves nice rings and webs of lacing behind.

Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, sweet-smelling and dessert-like. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is rich vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, some caramel, moderate sweetness, some bitterness, minimal alcohol. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth and creamy but a bit of a carbonation bite too.

Really tasty vanilla Stout. The vanilla isn’t subtle, it’s definitely here and a big component of this brew, nice chocolate notes too. I’ve got one more bottle that I’ll sit on for a couple of months to let the hops fade out a bit which I think would help.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of CTHomer
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;

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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!

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,429 ratings