Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

Mean Old TomMean Old Tom
BA SCORE
84.7%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 2,404 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:
#3,708
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
2,404
Liked:
2,035
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
9.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
147
Gots:
498
Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,404 |  Reviews: 470
Photo of CharlesK
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jzeisler70
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Half Door in Hartford.

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Photo of nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwoolley1
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YeastInception
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BSiegs
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a little deep brown around the edges. Ample tan head, lacing is average though. Nose is chocolate, roast notes, a little spice, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, nothing is overpowering. Medium-full in body, a little higher carb than I'd prefer for a stout. My first non-IPA offering from MBC and overall, it's a really nice beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is a superlative beer. The look is great, the head is s a bit shy, the aroma says coffee but the taste hints at chocolate. The mouth feel speaks of oats. Trying to pin any & all of it down wastes time. This is great stuff.

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Photo of gcasher
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!
Black, with copious brown head.
Deep roasted malt.
Taste of cocoa nibs and milk.
Creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimRyan42
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of deweese
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joeroma5
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mthomp081
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tabhill
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of alwaysplayin
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/12/2015: Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger foamy brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving really good spotty lacing that stuck to the glass and left rings as it went down.

Smells of toasted grains, charred wood, coffee grinds, molasses, syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, ash or smoky notes, dark chocolate and hints of caramel; some more burnt grains come in as well as nutty aromas later, and a sweetness like heavy cream or chocolate heavy cream. This borders on being a smoked beer with a lot of char and roasted notes, but the grains, sweet cream and even the vanilla accents level it out and make it very enjoyable – there’s something hard to describe about this combination that makes it work quite well together.

Flavor picks up where the nose left off: rich and tasty, full of char and smoked grains for a nice complex taste which includes cocoa powder, syrup, coffee grinds, molasses, toasted grains, charred wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, yeast, peat moss, light herbal spices and heavy cream. The sweetness is almost like a chocolate milkshake or Starbucks Frappuccino with a lot of charred/ashy notes, and a little hint of pepper and dry floral hops. Between the coffee and hoppy notes I expected more bitterness, but this is mildly bitter and not overly sweet or smoky either. Well balanced, as I’ve come to expect from Maine,it hides the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is slick and almost velvety smooth, some might even say a bit too thin and watery but I found it acceptable; feel is light bodied and similar to a Guinness or milk stout, with very little carbonation and a slightly bitter, ashy finish that’s on the dry side.

Overall it was very tasty and complex. The vanilla influence was not as pronounces as the label advertised, but it was still a damn tasty beer and one I’ll definitely have again. The “Mean Old Tom” face on the label seems constipated, so he should try some of this smooth, hearty brew to help that process. First stout from these guys and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of MCImes
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

for my taste, prefect on almost every way

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Photo of d5001986
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stooge
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmiah22
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RPM3334
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of markcp
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous thick tan head. Nose is roasty and nutty. Taste is roasty with just a hint of very dry chocolate. Would benefit from a creamier mouthfeel. Some subtle dark fruit on the finish. Not really getting any vanilla.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 84.7% out of 100 with 2,404 ratings
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