Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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2,386 Ratings
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,386
Reviews:
462
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
488
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 2,386 |  Reviews: 462
Photo of PprBurke
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brocktune
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of degueulasse
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had been wanting to try this for months before finding myself at Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar in Cambridge, MA, and seeing it on their beer list. I was not disappointed: it pours a dark black and has hints of vanilla to the smell. The taste is pleasantly mellow, with relatively minor coffee and chocolate tones and again a very soft hint of vanilla. Lighter and less thick than many stouts, it has a delightful fizz and slight sourness on the tongue.

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Photo of Spoild
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fitzy84
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at Ryan & Casey's Liquors in Greenfield, MA. The beer has a dark black appearance with a light brown color, thin head with some lacing. Aromas are mostly a cocoa smell but I can sort of sense that vanilla bean hint near the end. The taste generally followed the nose with a bit of dark fruit or maybe raspberry. Very creamy texture and mouthfeel really makes this delicious. Overall, an awesome mouthfeel and pretty good appearance.

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Photo of A_Drew
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes mostly, a hint of vanilla as it warms.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered with the vanilla and oats. Roasted notes lead off with coffee, cocoa, and some molasses. This gives way to a touch of sweetness before vanilla notes. Some oat nuttiness comes towards the end along with earthy bitterness. Finishes with a lingering roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a soft, underwhelming amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good stout profile, but the vanilla could be more prominent.

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

Photo of JLK7299
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Yanks017
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

good flavor but to thin of body

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Photo of tsgooch79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rugg315
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Liked this beer. Had a good look to it. Great vanilla smell with coffee/cocoa hints. Taste was enjoyable but not the best part. The best part was the feel to me had a bit more carbonation then I am used to in this style. Another great beer from Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Coffee, cocoa, vanilla
T: Tons of bitter chocolate, bitter cocoa, a bit of vanilla towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied, bitter, a touch smooth
O: This is tasty but not what I was expecting. I anticipated it to be a bit sweeter/less bitter with the vanilla addition but it packs in tons of flavor

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's an inch of densely packed brown foam resting on top. I smell a bit of dark roasted malt and a light dose of bakers chocolate. I'm definitely tasting what I smelled with bakers chocolate and a bit of dark roasted malt. As it warms you really start to notice the coffee and vanilla notes. The mouth is creamy and silky smooth. A really nice American stout.

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Photo of jhlosito75
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BFCarr
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coffee and vanilla together. Pours black with just a very thin head. Aroma matches the taste coffee and vanilla. Feel is good for 6.5% stout. Overall, it's a good one. Give it a try.

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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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