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:
2,396
Reviews:
467
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
494
For Trade:
16
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Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes mostly, a hint of vanilla as it warms.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered with the vanilla and oats. Roasted notes lead off with coffee, cocoa, and some molasses. This gives way to a touch of sweetness before vanilla notes. Some oat nuttiness comes towards the end along with earthy bitterness. Finishes with a lingering roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a soft, underwhelming amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good stout profile, but the vanilla could be more prominent.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.08/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Wizzle32
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattyb79
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of leaddog
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with three fingers of creamy mocha head.

Smell - roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, hint of coffee, slight hint of dark fruit.

Taste - Mellow flavours of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, hint of coffee and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Milky (not to be confused with creamy) texture.

Overall - An American stout that is more subdued than I am used to for the style. There are good flavours in here but I wish they were more pronounced.

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Photo of LambicKing
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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

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

MAINE MEAN OLD TOM STOUT 10/28/14

Bottled 7/15/14. Label says to drink within 90 days, this is two weeks past that. Bought a month and a half ago. My bad.

Poured from the 16 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black with a two inch tall tan head which receded rather quickly to thick surface foam and patchy lacing.

s; Vanilla and milk chocolate.

t: Vanilla and chocolate with moderate hop bite. Any lingering bitterness is leavened by the intense malt and vanilla flavors, although some persistent bitterness does build later.
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m: Medium to full, smooth, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Very good stout, the dark chocolate malt dominates the added vanilla.

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Photo of mmulebarn
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of harsley
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of domdomdomdom
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksimons
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown, almost black, with no highlights seen in the light and two fingers worth of tan head

S-backbone of roasted malt with espresso, dark chocolate, and sweet vanilla

T-very nice, a strong roasted flavor comes out the most, roasted coffee, slight burnt flavor, and light vanilla sweetness

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, left with a dry slightly burnt mouthfeel

Overall I like this one a lot, really great smell to it and a nice roasted body. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/black with a small tan head leaving good lacing down the glass.

Predominant smells are cocoa and vanilla. A little bit of roasted coffee and some oak as well.

Starts out with a nice roasted malt profile. A little bit of cocoa, but not as much as the nose and the vanilla is a lot less prevalent in the flavor. Finishes with a little bit of a sweet brown sugar flavor.

Fairly good mouthfeel although close to falling on the thin side. Lowish carbonation.

An ok beer. I'm not a huge fan of the sweetness in the aftertaste and I wish a bit more vanilla came through on the flavor, but still glad I tried it.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Close to black. Dark brown at edges when held to direct light. Head is light tan and slightly creamy. Dwindles to a thing ring at the edges of the beer. Pours on the heavier side and just sits there.

Smell: Chocolate malts and chocolate. I'm talking cocoa fused with some sweeter milk chocolate notes. Vanilla rounds out the back and smells real. Nice roasted malt compliment. Some sweetness. Oak lingers in the back and adds a nice earthiness to everything. Loads of roasted malts. Nice and subtle across the board.

Taste: Roasted malts for days. Big roasty bready compliment. Chocolate malts provide a nice depth. Vanilla across the back hits nice and clean and hints at barrel aging that obviously didn't happen. Who needs bourbon barrels when you can mimic the taste without the burn? Slight spiciness that might come from the hops.

Mouthfeel: A touch dry. Carbonation is on par, rounding out the low side of moderate. Creamy and smooth with a slightly rough edge when warmed. Easy drinking.

Overall: Nice balance and the vanilla adds a nice touch. Great depth of flavor without pushing too hard. Another solid take from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of timmy2b
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Budinetz
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jimmys
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into taster. bottled on 02.19.13.

A: dark brown body. nothing crazy, just a really dark brown. head is on the brownish side as well. retention is good. spotted lacing.

S: lots of coffee starts the nose off. dark chocolate combines with vanilla to have a very DD coffee elixir-like aroma (you know coffee coolata bullshit). a little bit of tobacco is there as well.

T: wisps of vanilla are there, but not nearly as much than on the nose. a lot of bitter roasted grain. slightly astringent towards the finish. chocolate, dark chocolate mostly. adds to the bitterness. unfermented sugars linger into the finish.

M: average/slightly high carb on a rich, medium body.

D: overall i enjoyed this brew. wouldn't have hated for more of the vanilla bean aspect to come across on the nose/palate, however, still a good American stout.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a HF tulip - Batch #1.

Pours a deep dark brown with a small thin/bubbly light brown head. Nose is vanilla, chewy/nutty maltiness, and maybe some molasses.

Taste is light and smooth, a balance between a bite of bitterness/carbonation and mellow vanilla and dark malts. There is that molasses taste here, almost like dark chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery. Finish is crisp and a bit bitter. Overall quite nice - even on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,396 ratings.
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