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:
2,391
Reviews:
465
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
147
Gots:
491
For Trade:
17
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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

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2.41/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle -> CCB Snifter
Bottled Dated: 01/05(?)/12

A-> Poured cold with a deep brown/black hue with some faintly khaki colored head about .5 fingers worth that leaves some moderate lacing.

S-> Dark, roasted malt, cheap coffee, some light bitter chocolate, no real vanilla detectable...smells almost thin....

T-> some bitter chocolate with cheap or stale coffee notes. Roasty flavors take over but that's about it. Everything seems muted and watered down...

M-> Disappointed here. Way too thin and didn't improve once this beer warmed up. Wasn't creamy or thick by any means. Thin and watery. Zero carbonation.

O-> Significantly disappointed by this one given the pedigree I have become accustomed to with the other MBC offerings. Also for being "a stout aged on natural vanilla beans" I got very little vanilla, if any at all. May revisit this someday from a different batch but not exactly jonesing to do so after this experience...maybe this beer needs more time?

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.51/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fifth in a dinner pairing of five Maine brews, Mean Old Tom pours a thin clean brown with little head.

On the nose, faint hints of brownie, with dry, bitter, roasty malts and maybe a little strawberry. And of course the vanilla is apparent but not prominent.

This is surprisingly light and fizzy on the palate, with light coffee coming on.

I'm not sure what makes this a stout more than a porter, but after the fine showing it had in Paste magazine, my expectations were high, and definitively let down.

I found Mean Old Tom weak, with a watered down feel.

Perhaps I am spoiled living so near to Hoppin' Frog, which delivers enormous, thick, velvetty smooth, super roasty, dark and flavorful stouts, but it seems obvious to me the reviewers contributing to Paste clearly have palates more developed for IPAs and less towards stouts. This is definitely no where near the best stout in the country, it would not even be close to the top ten in the state of Ohio. But, obviously being based out of Maine, that can be forgiven, since we all know what style these East coast breweries specialize in.

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2.65/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown color with a healthy mocha head that dissipates rather quickly. Very strong nose of coffee and cream, bitter cocoa.

Definitely a bit thinner then expected but then again all maine brews have super thin light bodies. What makes this different is that usually maine brews use this thin to body to carry delicious hops to the back of the tongue. Unfortunately this approach to beer doesn't work great for the stout style as their is almost no body. I know some oats are used to try and increase body but if anything it added a bit of syrupyness. Nice sweet creaminess up front, almost woody on the mid-palate, a little chocolaty with some coffee flavor throughout. A nice bitterness on the back end that overwhelms more than it balances. I like it but it would definitely turn some off expecting a sweeter stout.

Compared to Maine's hoppy offerrings this one falls flat in both body and taste. A thinner stout if you could call it that with some good flavors and a touch of alcohol heat.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark black with a thick tan head. Some lacing and a little retention. I was very excited based on the color of the head.

S- Some roast malt flavors and an impression that vanilla was present. Key word-was.

T- A mediocre stout. A slight hint of vanilla is present but not enough to take over the beer or really make it shine. A thin roast flavor goes along with a drier style of stout.

M- The beer is basically flat(something that doesnt really bother me if the stout is thick, heavy and high in abv) and it just killed the flavors. I can tell that vanilla is present but it cant play with the roast flavors without some bubbles. Disappointing.

O- This is a very mediocre beer. I want some carbonation before I decide if vanilla is present or not and regardless of vanillas presence I want alot more of it

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2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was in my local store and saw this...a stout aged on natural vanilla beans. Having never head of this beer, I picked it up with high hopes.

Pours jet black with little head and very visible carbonation.

Smells roasty, with a lot of hops. You would have no idea this is supposed to be a vanilla stout. Coffee smells.

Taste is quite plain. Not bad, completely unoffensive. NO VANILLA whatsoever. Coffee is the dominant flavor, a lot of hops for a stout. Some malty sweetness I guess. It's ok.

Moutfeel is way too carbonated for a stout. I prefer a smoother feel.

Overall, this beer is average. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I'll have no problem finishing this 17oz bottle. I cannot believe this is supposed to be vanilla. This should be labelled as a stout, not a stout aged on vanilla.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,391 ratings.
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