Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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 jakeaustin on 03-03-2010

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Ratings: 2,437 |  Reviews: 474
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a 1 finger tan head that has good retention.

There is a rich chocolate malt character in the nose. Vanilla is next and is very subtle but well balanced.

Taste is very well balanced. Chocolate malt is rich, the woody note pulls through also even though I don't think it's barrel aged. Vanilla is subtle and does

Mouthfeel is great for a stout. Good rich body but not to thick. Carbonation is good.

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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to HeadyHops81 for this one!

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep black color with a 1-finger creamy brown head. Nice retention and some great lacing. Very viscous.

S – Roasted coffee, molasses, some chocolate, and lots of vanilla. Smells like this is going to be a good one.

T – The taste starts off with a blast of roasted coffee up front followed by lots of sweet vanilla and molasses. As the sweetness fades toward the finish, roasted coffee and malt bitterness returns.

F – Full-bodied, decent carbonation, a sticky and velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and dry finish. Bitter roasted coffee and sweet vanilla flavors linger.

O – This is a very tasty stout. The vanilla really shines through but isn’t overdone at all. There’s a great roasted malt character to balance out the sweetness of the vanilla. I’m really glad that I got to try this one. Thanks, Frank!

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at brewery 8/12/13, enjoyed on 8/14/13. Bottle date obscured... Poured into snifter.

Nice looking beer. Dark brown, not all the way to black. Caramel colored head that was pretty aggressive, but fell quickly to a persistent ring that lasted to the dregs.

The smell was a nice balance of roasted aroma, coffee, chocolate and maybe some overcooked caramel or maybe toffee notes. The vanilla was assertive but not overpowering - took a bit to really come out as an individual component.

Taste was initially bitter chocolate and it seemed it had some smoked taste to me. Coffee certainly present. A little bit of alcohol shows up as the taste lingers, then a sweetness that rounds things out as the vanilla joins the party. The vanilla complements rather than overpowers - thought this was nicely balanced. Maybe just a hint acidic bite.

The mouthfeel was a little thin - expected more body. But overall creamy and smooth, maybe a bit over on the carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of the old alcohol warming sensation.

Overall a nice stout, nicely balanced, good overall flavor. The vanilla brought a nice sweetness without being too strong. The smokiness was a little surprise, but maybe that is not the right term. Enjoyable, will drink again. On tap (had at the brewery), I would give it a slightly higher rating. It lost a fraction of something in the bottle in my opinion.

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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very dark to black in color about 1/8 inch head and some light lacing. strong aroma,s of roasted malt and coffee. wow very strong, smokey, burnt roasted malt hits you some dark chocolate some vanilla in the taste. mouthfeel is light carbonation ok not weak didn't taste any smoother for the oats in the brew. a little to strong and bitter for my taste and i am not putting it down in any way.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maine Mean Old Tom is a stout that tastes like a fire pit (but not exactly in a bad way). Or maybe a fire pit that people threw a few cigars and some Hershey bars into.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Malty with some nice chocolate notes. 4

T: Malty with strong burnt flavours. The finish is very ashy and a little bitter. There are also some flavours that could be described as being like dark chocolate and cigars. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mean Old Tom pours a black color, with a small lacing head. There is a roasted aroma, with nice hints of coffee and vanilla notes. The taste is sweeter, roasted flavors are present, with generous hints of vanilla and nice subtle coffee flavors. Nice full flavors, and very nice full body, subtle but noticeable flavors. Overall a nice creamy flavored stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 2,437 ratings