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Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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3.99/5
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2,413 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#3,911
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
2,413
pDev:
9.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,413 |  Reviews: 470
Photo of KDHannan
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yanks017
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

good flavor but to thin of body

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Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy head to it. Nice lacing as I drank it.

In the aroma I get a good amount of roasted malts mixing with some notes of vanilla and chocolate. The vanilla was nice and seemed to smooth out some of the roasted malt flavors.

The taste also shows a lot of roasted malts to it throughout. I get some coffee flavors with some slight burnt notes to it mixing with a sweeter vanilla flavor. A little bitter-sweet dark chocolate is there as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being below average. It felt a little thin and over carbonated for my tastes in the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer, nicely flavored and easy drinking. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours an ebony color with a creamy looking light tan head. Good retention with some lacing as well.

S- bakers chocolate, soft roasted malt and cocoa aromas hit the nose at first. Light roast coffee beans and vanilla notes come out as well.

T- semi-sweet chocolate and iced coffee hit the palate at first. Soft roasted malt quality and a oily walnut note are there mid palate. Finishes with assertive vanilla bean flavor and more dark chocolate.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a light weak body and natural bottle conditioned carbonation! A thicker body and silky mouthfeel would do wonders for this brew.

D- really drinkable.

Overall a good stout with awesome vanilla tones. Just a little to thin and delicate.

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Photo of ar70584
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle

appearance: khaki colored head dissolves quickly in a thin film. Good lacing. Dark brown espresso color.

smell: brewed coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol.

taste: dry irish style stout with robust coffee flavors overshadowing the minimal vanilla flavor. respect for not using any vanilla extract. no lingering bitter taste. hides slightly higher than average ABV very well.

mouthfeel: light dry irish style stout character.

drinkability: very good. nicely balanced flavor, could definitely put a few of these away.

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Photo of d3brewing
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this out of a tulip 6/26. Bottled on 5/12/15 and did what the bottle asked "drink fresh" which I won't do again if I come across one of these.
cutting right to the chase this beer was bitter. Not hop bitter which is ok for an American stout this was bad coffee bitter.
This beer was also a little to thin and short on hop flavors for an American stout. Everything else about this beer was good. I enjoyed the coffee, black malt, and hint of vanilla. It's worth a try but don't pay attention to the drink by date, this one should get better with some aging.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stout aged on natural vanilla beans, a bottled beer previously from their "trash can" series.

Pours a dark amber almost brown color with a large off-white head, fades at a slow rate and leaves some small bits of lacing on the glass as it empties.

Smell has a great roasted malt aroma with light hints of vanilla complimenting, I'm not a vanilla fan but it offers the right amount of balance that adds to the nose without making it seem overly sweet or cloying, picking up a bit of a cocoa presence as well.

Taste has a very light body for a stout, drinks almost like a light porter, carbonation is also quite high which makes it seems like a porter, the roasted malt is decent in taste and the vanilla is not overwhelming but adds a hint of complexity, finishes very dry and chalky like I nibbled on some cocoa nibs, really wish it had a more substantial body since it definitely feels thin.

I had the opportunity to try bottles before they hit the market at Novare, I wasn't overly impressed that night but it seems a bit better in the comforts of my own home and not "ruining" my palate with huge beers prior to trying it. Still though, I can't help but be a bit disappointed since Peeper and Zoe are a couple of the best beers that Maine has to offer.

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Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle, bottled 031114.

Pours a dark brown with a thick, 4 finger brown head and great retention. Aroma is coca, and chocolate shavings. Taste has a nice semi-sweet chocolate base but not getting much vanilla. Medium body at best, lacks a little but a good pick i think.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 07.15.15, Drank 09.17.14. Poured from bottle into a 12oz tulip glass.

A: Dark opaque body, no light passes through, not even at the edges. Soapy mocha head, one and a half fingers, fades to a extremely thing cap with a minor ring. No visible carbonation. It looks phenomenal sitting in the glass.

S: Another high point for the beer, smells of rich coffee, sweet chocolate, caramel, and smokey roasted malts. Exactly what a proper stout should smell like.

T: And then the tires seem to fall off the wagon. The taste just can't match its own powerful aromas, or the rich, decadent appearance. Very mild, yet balanced. Hints of vanilla behind the main flavors of weak coffee and tame chocolate. Strong coffee aftertaste however.

M: Fairly thin body for a stout. Very carbonated in the mouth, leaving a lasting effect after swallowing. Finishes clean, no trace of alcohol.

O: I was pretty excited to try this beer. Besides the great reputation of MBC, it just looked and smelled the part of a top notch stout. I mean, just smelling this thing was enough to put me in a good mood. Sadly, the taste and mouthfeel were simply not up to par. It is by no means a bad beer, its actually quite good... but the taste letdown is just too much. Well, that and the $7 price tag for a 16oz bottle, but thats another story.

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Photo of intobenme
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
12/10/2016
Bottle to snifter.
LOOK: dark black, medium off white head, Fades to lacing.
AROMA: smells like an irish stout, with a vanilla backbone. Barley and vanilla.
TASTE: Bread, vanilla, ash.
FEEL: silty, airy, light.

Very much like a souped up guinness, or oyester stout. Flavors are nice, but do not blow you out of the water. Good beer, not great.
**

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Photo of Brez07
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second bottle I've had. Had my first at Novare but wasn't impressed. Figured I'd give it another shot though. Batch #1

A: Pours a dark brown color. Fairly translucent for stout actually, with lots of amber highlights on the sides and bottom. Kinda looks like cola. Initial 1 finger light mocha head recedes within minutes, leaving a very thin layer

S: Not a big nose, but what I get is some cocoa mix, roasted malt and the tiniest hint of vanilla. These aromas seem to intensify as the beer warms

T: Definitely different then the first bottle I had (which was more like a porter). Fairly big roasted malt presence right off the bat. Once the palate adjusts, some nice chocolate and vanilla flavors come out

M: Thin and a little watery at first. Still, smooth and slightly creamy. Roasted malt flavor lingers on the palate

D: Will the real Mean Old Tom please stand up? I'm really hoping this is it, because it's much better then my previous bottle experience. Nicely done first batch

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Photo of StoutBoi
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kell50
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of suspect
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A: Deep deep deep dark brown. Not quite black but close. Aggressive pour leads to a slow creeping head that gets bigger to about 2 fingers, then slowly fades to a thin ring.

S: Big notes of toasted malts, chocolate malts, burnt coffee. Slightly lighter aromas of vanilla, smoke and dried wood.

T: Coffee notes first but it tastes like the coffee has had some milk and sugar added to it. Malts from the nose are present and accounted for but they are much less smokey and a lot smoother.

M: Big creamy mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. No alcohol notes to speak of.

O: An easy drinking stout that's full of flavor and complexity. Lots of things going on and none of them are offensive or overpowering.

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Photo of OKFine
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YeastInception
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris-1911
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carlso_aw
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arusso13
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pbarg
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, not great.

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Photo of dddddddd
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,413 ratings
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