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:
#3,742
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
2,407
pDev:
9.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
147
Gots:
499
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 2,407 |  Reviews: 470
Photo of LADaveBN
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black with a two finger mocha color head. Nose is roasted malt, some coffee. Not a whole lot else. Taste is pretty much the same with the roasted flavor being dominant. I don't get any vanilla despite this being aged over vanilla beans. Feel is nice, silky. Overall, this is a decent stout. This is my first offering from Maine Beer. It may be a bit unfair, but I was a little disappointed since I was expecting a whole lot more based on the raves their other beers have gotten.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tap into a nonic pint glass at World of Beer - Easton, in Columbus Ohio.
Barely a finger head, with little lacing along the way down. Nose was unimpressive with chocolate and charred oak dominating.
Taste was as expected in a Maine stout, with a nice creamy feel.
Hop-heads probably will not be impressed, but it's a very good, enjoyably calm stout.
And yes, as other reviewers have pointed out, the price is hefty, paying $13 for a pint in Ohio.

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Photo of sanha926
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Boccu
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice dark with nice head. Nice stout.

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Photo of kell50
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: [5.00] The beer looks great in the glass. The beer itself is jet black. It pours our with a big dollop of mocha head. The head is 3 fingers and recesses slowly.. There are equal parts head and beer after a pour down the middle. The beer lists the ABV (6.5%) and it lists the born on date (12/15/15).

S: [4.00] Lots of smokey malts. Charred wood. Milk chocolate (an inexpensive chocolate).

T: [4.25] Marshmallow, vanilla, cocoa, charred wood. Is sweet late in the palate to compliment the charred malts.

M: [4.25] Really creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low and allows the beer to coat the tongue. The charred wood gives a bit of a bitterness to the finish.

O: [4.00] I bought this based on my other successes from Maine Beer Co. This is another good beer. I don't think this one stands out like the others I have had. This is quite nice but I am not sure that it commands 2-3 times the prices (per oz.) of other dark beers that I prefer. There is nothing to gripe about on this beer - it smells, tastes and "feels" good but is not a huge stand out. I think "Zoe" set the bar too high. :)

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Photo of JeffKowalek
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2ellas
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KGilmour
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFP04
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gooseman80
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boriqua445
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottiethebody
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
2.51/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fifth in a dinner pairing of five Maine brews, Mean Old Tom pours a thin clean brown with little head.

On the nose, faint hints of brownie, with dry, bitter, roasty malts and maybe a little strawberry. And of course the vanilla is apparent but not prominent.

This is surprisingly light and fizzy on the palate, with light coffee coming on.

I'm not sure what makes this a stout more than a porter, but after the fine showing it had in Paste magazine, my expectations were high, and definitively let down.

I found Mean Old Tom weak, with a watered down feel.

Perhaps I am spoiled living so near to Hoppin' Frog, which delivers enormous, thick, velvetty smooth, super roasty, dark and flavorful stouts, but it seems obvious to me the reviewers contributing to Paste clearly have palates more developed for IPAs and less towards stouts. This is definitely no where near the best stout in the country, it would not even be close to the top ten in the state of Ohio. But, obviously being based out of Maine, that can be forgiven, since we all know what style these East coast breweries specialize in.

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Photo of sd123
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottled december 15, 2015. poured into a Lawson's finest tulip. appearance is black with a finger or two of khaki head. nice retention and leaves some lacing. appearance is pretty damn appealing!

smell is rich with malts, nice roasty espresso like scents - vanilla bean and chocolate as well. taste is the same, creamy chocolate and vanilla. a really really subtle but pleasant hop bitterness on both nose and tongue. feel is really quality, substantial body but still very drinkable and smooth. overall this is a really rich and flavorful beer... not usually my style but I definitely enjoyed it!

subsequently enjoyed a growler fill of this stuff and it was substantially better. not sure if it was on nitro or something but the feel and flavor were much more full and rich. this is surprisingly complex and flavorful for a stout coming in at 6.5% excellent stuff mbc!!

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Photo of Jerk_Store
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shaymus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whamola333
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mike's Place in Berea, OH. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with a 1 inch frothy mocha colored head. Lacing sticks to the sides of th glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with a long lasting vanilla bean finish. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, somewhat creamy. This is another impressive offering from Maine Beer Co. Recommended and would have again.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitebruner
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 11, 2016

16.9 oz bottle, tulip

A – Light black, some tinges of brown, and appears to be mostly clear. A couple inches or more of deep tan foam, large bubbles and thick, with long retention.

S – Sweet milk chocolate and a blast of vanilla bean, along with some roasted but not bitter espresso, like cold-pressed coffee, and lactose. Low fruity esters, like strawberries or blueberries. Light herbal, woodsy, rustic hops.

T – Vanilla cream, sweet baker’s chocolate, and light espresso. Lactose/milk quality here as well. Low fruitiness, strawberry-like again. Hops are woodsy or floral, low and very difficult to decipher. Very little hop bitterness.

M – Creamy mouthfeel, with an impression of lactose, oats, and/or a nitro pour. Fairly sweet, though not unbalanced; just a slight bit of hop bitterness to even things out. Medium-full body, with moderate-low carbonation, again feels more in the vicinity of a nitro pour because of the oats.

O – Pleasant, complex, drinkable. Love the coffee impression and the strong use of vanilla.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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