Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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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

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2,386
Reviews:
462
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First impression: 3.54

***
02.10.15: full review.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off silver pressure cap. Classy understated label art. 1 pint .9 fl oz. "012715 49."

6.5% ABV. Purchased at Alphabet City Beer Co. in NYC. Cost was $8.99 USD. Reviewed live as a vanilla bean stout per the label. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

Expectations are high; I had this before and liked it.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Khaki-tan colour head. Creamy, full, thick, and luscious, with a soft appearance and smooth, even consistency. Nice complexion. Retention is quite good - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks quite good for the style, but features no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Authentic genuine vanilla bean. Dark malts. Milk chocolate. Chocolate malts. Cream. Could use a roasted barley presence.

Admittedly, it's quite straightforward for a stout - even plain - but that vanilla bean is incredible. I can't wait to try it.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Rich genuine vanilla bean is the star of the show - just as it should be. Dark malts and chocolate malts provide the aptly sweet backbone, but it's never cloying. I like that it emphasizes the vanilla bean. Cream fills it out nicely.

Schlimenhaumer notes that it's on the earthier side of the style, and I'm inclined to agree.

Sure, it's simple. Sure, it's plain. But there's an elegance to its mastery of fundamental basics, and damn if it isn't balanced. Sure, more complexity and subtlety would be nice, and a roasted barley presence would be nice. Good depth of flavour.

Nice duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and beautifully soft. Thickness is near perfect. The creaminess, silkiness, and softness are great, but it does lean a bit hard into porter territory. Well-carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. It's one hell of an enjoyable stout, and will please the discerning drinker. Some newcomers to craft beer will crave the unnecessary - coffee, bourbon aging, etc. But the fundamentals are here, and it's damn well executed.I'd absolutely get it again, even at its high price point, and this is proof Maine Beer Co. isn't a one trick pony; they can executed styles that aren't hoppy. A great go-to vanilla stout that crushes widely available offerings like Breckenridge Vanilla Stout or Stone Vanilla Bean Smoked Porter.

High B

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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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