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Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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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.

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Photo of sarajayne
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Black in color, no transparency

Smell- This beer is aged on natural vanilla beans, but I can't really pick up on much vanilla in the scent. I smell a really great smokey scent, roasted malt, and maybe even a little hint of coffee!

Taste- This was so much better than the first time I tried this on tap. Perhaps it is best served from the bottle. I really love the smokey flavor and the way the roasted malt and vanilla comes together. The vanilla is very subtle but in the perfect way-just enough to compliment the other flavors! It is somewhat hard for me to distinguish was else I'm tasting; maybe some maple, coffee, and cocoa? It is just so good and that is not just Mean Old Tom talking!

mouth feel: lighter than a typical stout, but regardless it still has a ton of flavor!

Overall: I'd recommend this for sure. Maine Beer Co. is a solid brewery and always puts out a great beer. I'm really happy I gave this another try.

Collage girls GOOD drink beer:

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee black with a pretty tall head. Due to my particular glass the head was slow to form looking quite similar to a stout on nitro. An excting event as it flowed down my glass. As i drink the foaminess lingers withs lots of lacing.
The aroma boasts a good amount of roasted malts and barley but the vanilla is quite restrained and weak.
Taste is awsome as one might expect from these brewers with lots of roasted goodness some coffee and vanilla. the vanilla is not as strong as i would have expected. It does serve to boost up the other flavors.
Drinks smooth with an ashen or charcoal feel but with the amount of roast I detect in this brew it's perfectly accetable for me.
This is another quaility brew from the boys up there in Maine. As this beer warms the flavors and feel become more pronouned. Definitly worthy.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/07/12 - simple, clean label design - minimalist look stands out!

Pours a deep walnut hue with a nice creamy, frothy mocha colored head.

Aroma is faint, mild roasted smell with hints of bourbon (likely from the vanilla beans).

Once you get past the nice creamy head, the mouthfeel is somewhat thin... a little more body would go a long way.

The taste is initially roasty (think coffee beans and toasted walnuts) with a touch of the crisp, slightly burnt caramelized layer atop a creme brulee. Gets somewhat bitter after this, with notes of charcoal, over-roasted coffee beans (a.k.a. Starbucks) and a chalky mineral-like finish. I find the vanilla very subtle, but a good contrast to the burnt notes (helps smooth out the harsher flavors). The vanilla and slightly buttery notes come through more as the beer warms, but still subtle allowing the roasted flavors to come forward.

Let this one warm a little before drinking. I started drinking this a little too chilled, and the harsher flavors dominated. As it warmed, it became more balanced and had more depth. Not a complex beer by any means, but nice and very drinkable overall.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review here, so I'll do my best.

Bottled in August 2012. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Guinness 250th anniversary imperial Pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful pitch black with a light caramel head of about two fingers. Head took about thirty seconds to dissipate leaving a nice ring around the top of the beer.

Smell- Not over powerful, but I do get aromas of coffee, baking chocolate, licorice, and very faint vanilla bean.

Taste- Coffee. Bitterness, probably from that bakers chocolate. I tinge of alcohol at the back of the tongue. Vanilla at the very end. Coffee at aftertaste lingers around for quite some time.

Mouthfeel- Perfect amount of carbonation. Its is certainly not light in body, but it also does not coat my mouth. The alcohol content is not very strong. I'm drinking this at noon and it's a perfect beer with lunch.

Overall- So far from Maine Beer Company I've only had this and the Peeper ale and both have been very good for such a small batch brewery. I will certainly buy this again and I look forward to other beers they make. Im glad I tried this stout and I'm glad I reviewed it.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like it was bottled August 20, 2012.

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized tan head. Good retention.

Nose contains vanilla and chocolate predominantly. Some roast malt as well.

Taste is quite similar to the nose. Vanilla, cocoa and some roast malt. Vanilla is quite strong.

Medium bodied, a little thinner than expected, moderate carbonation level, quite smooth.

Overall, quite tasty. Nothing spectacular but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Dools9
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/7/12, poured into a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a dark brownish black, nice creamy brown finger of head. Nice spotty lace.

S: Roasty sweetness, cocoa and some vanilla. A little bit of tobacco, some figs and mild coffee. Vanilla is there but not overbearing, very subtle but nice.

T: Very roasty, cocoa powder, good amount of burnt notes. Some tobacco and earthy, woodsy flavors. Not a whole lot of vanilla, but its there and works off the roastiness. Theres a nice lingering bitterness and finishes on the drier side.

M: Medium bodied, very soft, creamy.

O: Another tasty brew from MBC. Not overly complex but very easy to drink and very pleasant.

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Photo of Boto
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle: This one pours an opaque, inky dark brown. There was a small tan head on it that doesn’t leave much lacing. Nice nose. Chocolate, some roastiness, vanilla, coffee. Nice taste. Medium bodied, but still has a lighter feel even though there is a lot of flavor. Milk chocolate, hint of coffee, faint vanilla. Balanced well to have almost no sweetness and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Nice!

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a dark tan colored 2" head that hangs around a while.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts are most detectable.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild vanilla flavors, and some prune sweetness. Bitterness is nicely balancing here as some hints of citrus tones show up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting here.

Overall: this was a tasty beer that was nicely refreshing for the style. Easy to drink, and the vanilla is mild enough here. Defintely worthy of a try.

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

500ml bottle from Valdieu2. Thanks! Into an MBC wine glass. Bottled 8/10/12.

A: Pours a nice brownish black with a good light tan head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Sweet coffee and cocoa, some vanilla as well.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, yet pretty balanced. Mild roast, some pine and citrus with a good amount of bitterness, dark chocolate, light vanilla.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: This is a nice stout with a good mouthfeel. Perhaps less hoppy bitterness would help it along but other than that I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of kevanb
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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 tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jason!

Dark brown, medium head, medium retention. Smells burnt and acrid at times; the roast is powerful in the taste as well. So charrred with only hints of vanilla. Tastes too tart because of the acidity... I think the roast is up there for a beer not so big and could have been dialed down. The beer is lost in it. Mouthfeel is right on though.

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

16.9oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Black with a small 1/4” head that quickly recedes to thin cap. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweetness appears over a lighter-than-usual aroma of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweeter and more chocolate forward that the usual stout. The lack of astringent bitterness allows for more flavors to emerge, the subtle vanilla and the expected coffee among them. I must say after drinking many stouts recently it was nice to find one a little less bitter and able to stand out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy throughout and clean on the finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this stout as Maine Beer Company really seems to be doing all the right things.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black color, its like very dark brown and black together. Nice tan creamy head on the top, almost 1" in size. Aroma, the vanilla was a little understated I thought, but still enjoyable, chocolate malt, cocao like dryness.

Kind of the quintessential usual old school stout, drinkable by yourself, not massive. Nice roast, solid chocolate presence, mild vanilla presence. A little hoppier than you might be used to for a straight up normal stout. Not thin, but not imperialized motor oil version of a double stout. Its what most people have come to know as a porter these days. This is a beer better of as part of a 4 or 6 pack, moreso than being in a 1/2 liter bottle. You can drink lots of it, and you'd want to, as its enjoyable for sure. Never had anything bad from Maine beer company. Still hunting for Zoe though. . .

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into HF tulip

A - Nice dark brown color with a thin quarter-finger head, tan in color. Head lingers a bit before becoming a thin layer.

S - Definitely smell the vanilla beans, chocolate, roasted malts. Really digging the deeply roasted malt aromas. A bit nutty

T - Taste of subtle vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, deeply roasted malts, and watery black coffee.

M - Feel is a bit thin, but bold enough. Not amazing, but it suits the subtleties of the beer. A bit chalky in the finish.

O - An easy to drink, flavorful, and nuanced beer. Can't ask for too much more.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another lovely beer from a brewery that seems to always make a quality, tasty, refined, and highly drinkable product. Pours black with a two finger cap of foamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is a mix of chocolate and vanilla notes; light roasty/charred malt, and caramel. Quite nice!

The vanilla in the flavor isn't quite as prominent as it is in the aroma, although it does emerge somewhat as the beer warms a bit. The chocolate and caramel sweetness recedes a bit into more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor and the malt has a more assertively roasted, slightly charred aspect than detected in the nose. Suggestions of burnt sugar/creme brulee linger as I work my way through the glass. Has some nice flavor combinations but not necessarily a ton of depth.

Medium body and carbonation; not big and thick at all, but this isn't an imperial.

Overall quite a good American stout; should appease vanilla fans and has a natural vanilla flavor rather than an artificial extract taste.

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Photo of suspect
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A: Deep deep deep dark brown. Not quite black but close. Aggressive pour leads to a slow creeping head that gets bigger to about 2 fingers, then slowly fades to a thin ring.

S: Big notes of toasted malts, chocolate malts, burnt coffee. Slightly lighter aromas of vanilla, smoke and dried wood.

T: Coffee notes first but it tastes like the coffee has had some milk and sugar added to it. Malts from the nose are present and accounted for but they are much less smokey and a lot smoother.

M: Big creamy mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. No alcohol notes to speak of.

O: An easy drinking stout that's full of flavor and complexity. Lots of things going on and none of them are offensive or overpowering.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a beautiful looking stout, a dark body with a nice two inch milk chocolate head, rocky thick lace on the glass.

The smell is a nice coffee aroma with some chocolate and tons of vanilla. All three of these flavors reach perfect harmony on the taste, where the once subtle chocolate and coffee come through big, and the sweet vanilla smoothes out the bitter on the finish.

Really good stout, really hits on the flavors I look for, with the vanilla being a nice twist.

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Photo of harrymel
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 26AUG12

Pours a dark brown with light tan foam of soapy consistency. Smells of vanilla, licorice, cola, some cocoa, and a bit of coffee. Pleasant nose. Robust beer, nice bitter coffee character, toasted malts, hints of leather and vanilla. Nice and big without being a monster boozer. Full, velvety body with modest carbonation and a bilevel finish for me - slick up front, dry on the pharynx.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Spectacular pour. Gorgeous dark chocolate body, with a perfect marshmallowy milk chocolate head that sticks around.

Mellow aroma, but what's there is nice. Nice coffee house aroma, with a bit of sweetness.

Taste is quite pleasant, and I immediately note the similarity to Victory at Sea. Awesome vanilla notes dominate, over a mild milk chocolate base. It's a lighter version of Victory at Sea, however, and packs a slightly weaker coffee and booze punch. I prefer the stronger VAS, but this beer is no slouch, and is "sessionable" on a cool fall night. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thin. And add a bit of a boozy punch, and this brew would be a home run.

I'd buy again. It's not the best that Maine Beer Co has to offer, but this is a very nice brew that in fairness should be rated more highly.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quality brew. Nice dark pour with a solid head and good retention after pour - cream colored. Aroma is heavy malt with a large presence of chocolate and coffee. Quality mouthfeel - nice and creamy. Taste is chocolate malt heavy with some mild spicing including presence of vanilla on the back end - the vanilla helps bring the chocolate forward.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest head, but it lasts. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through, even on the sides. Plenty of blanketing lace.

Chalky aroma of a typical mild dry stout. Some alcohol nose.

Dark roasted malts that are borderline burnt. Interestingly, little coffee flavor, but there's a bitter chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel with a decent carbonation level. The finish is mostly burnt malt flavors with a touch of hop. No errors here.

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Photo of Holland
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep black color with some brown highlights, minimal head, very thick looking for a 6.5% beer.

S: lots of roasted smells like burnt sugar and coffee, with some vanilla coming through with a bit of brown sugar when it warms.

T: almost all roasted favors with some smoke flavor that is balanced by some sweetness at the end.

M: Thick feel for a smaller stout, and a little fine carbonation that improves at the beer warms.

O: decent beer, but I will stick with Maine's hoppy beers in the future. Can barely taste the vanilla, and the base stout doesn't seem fantastic.

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Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to brooklynbrews for this beer! My first from Maine Beer Co.

Pours as a good stout ought to - nearly black coffee brown with a thick creamy soft brown head that retains endlessly.

Tons of smooth vanilla on the nose, some nutty character, brown sugar, sweet coffee, very fresh smelling stuff.

Mmm... nice mellow coffee/chocolate bitterness, some chocolate milk, vanilla ice cream. Delicious next to a slice of chocolate cake. I wish the feel was a bit thicker but that's my one and only critique. Otherwise a fantastic beer.


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Photo of woosterbill
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque black body under a majestic three-finger head of creamy light-brown foam. Terrific retention and plentiful lace. Great.

S: Interesting. Very roasty, with lots of cocoa and coffee. There's also a strange movie theatre popcorn aroma - not buttery diacetyl, but actual popped kernels - that gives it a weirdly toasty, grainy piquancy. Strange, and enjoyable.

T: Sweet milk chocolate up front, followed by coffee, lactose, and vanilla. Much cleaner than the nose, really smooth, rich, and tasty.

M: Creamy medium body. Good.

O: Really interesting brew. I liked it, but won't be seeking it out again.


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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle with a bottled on date of 081212 081012. Pours a dark black color with an inch of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of smoke. The taste is of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and smoke. Didn't really get any vanilla in the aroma but it's definitely present in the taste. Smokey, vanilla finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Overall, well not as good as the other Maine Beer Co brews I've had, its a solid offering. Worth having again.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
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