Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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89
very good
2,403 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
Ratings:
2,403
Reviews:
470
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
497
For Trade:
16
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from svosie so a big THANK YOU goes out to her!
Consumed 11/29
Poured in to my Portsmouth snifter

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of light brown foamy head. Head recedes quickly and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is charred malts, roastiness, and nice dark chocolate.

T: Taste starts with a strong charred flavoring. It eases in to more of a roasted character. Dark bitter chocolate comes in mingled with lighter espresso notes. Vanilla bean holds the whole way through the chocolate and espresso flavoring, with just a touch of oak as well.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, there's a very light, thin, somewhat flat feel.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. My one beef with this offering is the lack of body to it. The lower carbonation is the only real knock. That being said, another fine offering from Maine Beer.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of the deepest cola brown. It supports a hearty head of three fingers, composed of fluffy, mousse-like foam. Striped geographic lacing was left around the glass as it dissipated at a slower pace. The beer is really at no point ever completely devoid of bubbles. No haze is noted, but thick chunks of sediment made it in despite our best efforts. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives chalky and roasty dark malts of black and coffee varietals, with angel food cake filler. Blending are tinny metallics, cooling vanilla bean, light grassy hops, medicinal phenols, frank banana breadiness, mustiness, gravel, smoke, and sea salt. With warmth comes richer toffee sweetness, pastel mints, and soft peppery booze. Our first impression is that this is just a plain old good stout, with the vanilla offering more subtle sourness until it washes through freshly and brightly in the aftertaste. As we sip, the flavoring opens with sea saltiness, richly roasty coffee malts, charcoal, grassy and lightly herbal hops, irony mineral, vanilla cake breadiness, creamy butters, soured chocolate malt, and lime rind. The peak comes with straw, grassy hops, mustiness, burnt ham meatiness, soured coffee char, and lavender florals. The finishing wash comes with cleaner brown, coffee, and chocolate malts, roasty barley, light caramels sweetness, vinyl plastics, herbal hop essence, yeasty dryness, soured vanilla bean, and milky lactics. The aftertaste breathes of chalks, coppery metallics, iced coffee, vegetal pepper skins, fresh vanilla bean, fusel booze, red apple sugars, salt water taffy, tannic teas, plastic foaminess, sweet cream, and continued lactics. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip affords nice froth, slurp, cream, smack, and pop. The mouth is initially cooled and coated, but drips into chalky and metallic astringency concentrating towards the front of the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. Here things were kept fresh, well balanced, inclusive, and cooling. The vanilla came out decently, with a great, simple, and heartily roasty stout base. This translated well through the flavoring, but some of the vanilla brightness did get a bit lost until the very end of the sip and aftertaste, where it gave sourness and eventual cleanliness respectively. The feel was silky smooth and creamy, aiding drinkability. The current trend is that people are loving all over Maine Beer Company’s more hoppy stock, but we think it is these sleepers that you need to watch out for.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and light vanilla. The taste is roasted coffee and mild dark chocolate, with a subtle hint of vanilla. The vanilla is not strong and sweet or overpowering. It melds perfectly together with the beer's deep, natural, dark roasted coffee flavors. It feels slightly thin with light carbonation. Overall a very good stout, displaying more dark roast coffee flavors as opposed to just chocolate. Nice roasty flavor with a subtle hint of natural vanilla. Very nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/10/11 bottling date. Purchased in PA at Pinocchio's in Media. Didn't see Lunch, but Peeper and this there. 16.9oz bottle.

A: Pours a pretty deep brownish - black. Not a lot of head on the pour. Faint tan layer. On a swirl you can conger up a little something. Some lacing and alcohol feet.

S: I will admit I am drinking this far too cold initially. On the nose, it get mostly mild coffee and milk chocolate. Nothing to aggressive. Maybe some mild vanilla, but it's very faint.

T: It's very subtle. Really easy drinking stout (more porter like). I get some mild coffee bitterness. Maybe some faint milk chocolate hints. Again, too cold. I don't get really any vanilla. I was expecting a good amount. Even as it warmed it wasn't there in your face.

M: Medium bodied. It's smooth but mostly because it's watery. Like other BAs mentioned, I guess drinking thicker RIS has scarred me.

O: Love Maine's other products, but this one missed the mark. By no means a BAD beer, it just was a little lacking. I'll go B- for the overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,403 ratings.
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