Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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2,386 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:
2,386
Reviews:
462
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
488
For Trade:
17
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Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

More coffee and chocolate in taste with vanilla in the nose. Was hoping for a bit more creaminess in mouthfeel and more smoothness and vanilla in the taste. Surprisingly tastes more like a coffee stout.

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

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

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 kdivers
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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 EnthusedAboutBeer
4.08/5  rDev +3%

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

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of lunarbrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of snowmageddon
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Very dark, but not quite black. Nice amount of light brown/tan head, decent lacing.

S - The most noticeable thing is the vanilla. There are also hints of coffee and some smokiness.

T - Mouth is rather thin, but the taste is pretty good! Lots of vanilla up front, along with a nice smoked, roasted malt flavor. There is some dark coffee here as well, but it is not very strong.

O - This is a pretty good stout and the vanilla beans certainly add a nice touch. It is a fairly straightforward brew that is easy to gulp down. Cheers!

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Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of zotzot
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dry
Maybe too watery
Not up to Maine beer standards

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,386 ratings.
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