Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

Mean Old TomMean Old Tom
BA SCORE
3.99/5
2,407 Ratings
Mean Old TomMean Old Tom
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:
#3,744
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
2,407
pDev:
9.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
147
Gots:
499
Trade:
15
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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbeq00
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of StaveHooks
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of kevanb
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, 8/20/2012 on the label, poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, almost black but not quite. A half finger of mocha head appears but is gone instantly leaving behind a thin layer of film and no lacing. The aroma is of roast and almost peated malt, mild vanilla sweetness and a touch of chocolate. The flavors are just as simple, light vanilla, milk chocolate and lots of roasted malt. The body is pretty thin, overly carbonated as well, it doesn't detract from the beer too much, but it's not really helping any.

Verdict: A much simpler beer than I was hoping for, I thought the vanilla might take this to another level, but instead, it came off artificial and lacking complexity. It's not a bad beer by any stretch and was enjoyable to drink, but it's nothing too special.

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Photo of ms11781
3.07/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 01/05/2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown, near black, color with dark brown hues around the edges and bottom of the glass. The head is perhaps the lightest, color-wise, that I have seen on a stout. It's a light tan color, nearing off-white. The light head sitting atop the dark body is quite striking. The foam sticks to glass nicely.

The nose is just ok. It's quite subdued and it takes a bit to discern some of the aromas. It's a bit roasty with some lighter chocolate notes. As it warms a bit there is a sweetness to it as well. There is an even more subtle hint of vanilla.

The taste is a step up from the nose, but still not a ton of complexity. It's pretty sweet all the way through. Starts off with a substantial sweetness that is balanced out with some light roasty notes. There is a nice dose of some vanilla that comes in smoothly towards the finish and saves the beer from being bland.

The body is on the heavier side of medium with light carbonation. Combined they give the beer a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This beer was just ok for me. It looks fantastic and feels right on for the style but the flavors and aromas are just too muted. I'm all for being subtle and straightforward with simple flavors but this one might seems to need a bit more.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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 teromous
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the left side of the bottle, stamped: "031417 90"

Appearance: Black body with a thick and creamy textured chocolate milk colored head. It quickly fades to a short but well-maintained head. Good retention with moderate lacing.

Aroma: I immediately get that burnt charcoal aroma of heavily kilned grains. There is a bit of a woody quality to the aroma. The burnt aroma is the only aroma present.

Taste: Up front I get a burnt coffee flavor with some burnt wood. The woody flavor of the beer has a bit of a cinnamon quality to it but mostly the beer just monotone with a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a smooth transition from a sharp beginning to a slightly raspy finish.

Overall: I'll address the elephant in the room where the bottle says it is a "stout aged on natural vanilla beans." Unless those vanilla beans were fire roasted before putting into the beer I am not picking them up at all. Even while letting the beer warm up the vanilla simply never surfaces. While the beer is still good I probably wouldn't buy it again. It's not one that I would recommend.

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Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tvghost
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of harsley
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Photo of ksimons
4.19/5  rDev +5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of LambicKing
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of LukeGude
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle. Black with slight head. Right amount of vanilla.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,407 ratings
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