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:
2,387
Reviews:
463
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
488
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 2,387 |  Reviews: 463
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color verging on black that is capped by a decent, but not overly impressive head that becomes rather rocky; leaves a modest amount of lace

Smell: Very roasty, with chocolate and vanilla bean elements

Taste: Opens with gobs of chocolate flavor and moves in a very roasty direction by mid-palate; the vanilla element is very subtle and comes through in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I enjoyed the roasty elements and the subtle vanilla treatment and think the chocolate comes through very effectively, call this a Porter and there would be fewer complaints about the mouthfeel, I think

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Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with just a bit of light coming through at the edges. There is just under a finger of light tan head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: The roast dominates right off the bat. The the grain shows up and reminds me of cereal, but burnt cereal with you add the roast. There is a mild sweetness to this beer as well.

Taste: This is a solid stout, but I'm not picking up much vanilla. Roasty and fairly smooth. The grain definitely dominate. No real hop bitterness to speak of. The finish is slightly sweet and roasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin given the style. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad stout, but not overly exciting either. In the future, I would probably pass on this and just have some of the other Maine beers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of vanilla and black chocolate is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by vanilla with black chocolate notes and some dry roasted malt notes. Body is thinner than I was expecting with good carbonation. Enjoyable but a fuller body would have been better.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark color sits below a decent lacing that once was a layer of froth, this beer fills your nose and then your palette with rich tastes leaving a drying raw dark chocolate taste behind. The after taste in itself is worth the drive but then again I have had the pleasure of drinking this beer at the Maine Beer Company, worthy.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toast, oats, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malt and vanilla notes with light hops; and good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, oats, light char, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, oats, vanilla, caramel, light char, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light vanilla and hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good stout. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Vanilla was much more prominent in the aromas than the flavors; but it was very enjoyable offering otherwise.

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Photo of DrBier
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of McGrupp612. Served in a mug.

Pours a deep near-black color with a very nice tan head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward quite a bit of chocolate and vanilla along with a touch of roast. Flavor goes quite a bit down from there with far too much roast. Simply an average stout profile. Medium body with good carbonation and a slight vanilla finish. Decent enough, but not something I'd go back to really.

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

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly jet black except for a tinge of ruby when held right up to the light,a creamy beige head atop that left a broken ring of lace behind.Vanilla and more vanilla in the nose,some dark roast comes into play as well as some chocolate but the vanilla wins out.It's roasted on the palate but I love the vanilla warming flavors,it's not overly sweet with a nice somewhat drying earthy finish.This beer is underrated in my opinion,it's warming with a nice vanilla flavor that isn't overly done,a great beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1.

Pours a creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, over very dark brown color with hints of rosy maroon light coming through.

Nose starts with tons of vanilla, light chocolate malts, light roast, some caramel, creamy dark malts, oats?, some light earthy hops, touch of cocoa.

Taste also loads with vanilla, creamy malts, dark malts, some chocolate malt, hint of roast, caramel, some light earthy hops, a bit of a decent bitter taste, light sweetness and some creamy like oats, no booze. Finishes with some more light bitter earthy hops, a slight bitter roast, plenty more vanilla and chocolate, and some oats.

Mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied, creamy and a bit rich, decent enough carbonation.

Overall pretty good, very drinkable, decent enough hops, lots of vanilla as it promises, nice malts, perhaps a bit more body and chocolate would help, a nice bitter and sweet balance too.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with creamy flavors of chocolate, coffee and vanilla up front. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a small head that dissipates almost immediately.

S: Aromas of chocolate and malts that hide the alcohol very well.

T: Nice and chocolate malty flavors with subtle hints of vanilla in the finish. There is a pleasant amount of bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation and a nice creaminess. This beer feels bigger than it is.

O: Very sessionable and very enjoyable - easy to drink and it tastes much bigger than the ABV.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Poured from a bottle into a Pinocchio's stem glass. Opaque black, dark brown around the edges, with a nice cream-colored head that sank down to a ringlet and left some attractive lacing on the glass. Smell of dark roasted malts, coffee and cocoa; nearly typical average stout profile. Taste was quite disappointing actually, relative to what I expected. Pretty average, roasted malts, extremely extremely dry, with coffee bitterness, baker's chocolate, and notably not even a hint of vanilla, which is what I was looking forward to, since the beer is labeled as aged on vanilla beans. A bit weak in the mouthfeel, medium-bodied, and not very rich for a stout. Finished dry and a bit ashy. Not entirely bad, but definitely quite disappointing.

I do like MBC's bottles/artwork though.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,387 ratings.
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