Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Reviews:
444
Ratings:
2,306
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
21.21%
 
 
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Photo of Aws1187
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an underrated beer. Smell is subtle but wonderfully hoppy for a stout. Caramel, chocolate and coffee scents come through and are enhanced once you take a few sips.

I'm not a stout lover but I tried it on draft at the MBC brewery and was very surprised. Important to drink it fresh- 30 days or less, the hoppiness is the most important aspect of the beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of rooskey379
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time having a Maine offering and I was excited to try this.

Pours black with a dark khaki head, lacing sticks around for the entirety of the experience.

Smells of coffee, vanilla, a bit of barrel aging too which was nice.

I was expecting a lot of vanilla but was let down in that regard. Tastes more of vanilla bean than vanilla, if that makes sense. Almost artifical.

Overall its a decent beer, probably would not purchase again. Doesn't "stand out" exactly but it isn't a bad offering either.

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

I don't understand why this beer doesn't receive higher marks, very well-balanced with a solid vanilla flavor. One of the best Maine has to offer imo.

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Photo of benloho
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More coffee and chocolate in taste with vanilla in the nose. Was hoping for a bit more creaminess in mouthfeel and more smoothness and vanilla in the taste. Surprisingly tastes more like a coffee stout.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a lovely black color with a beautiful two finger head of caramel colored foam that sticks around for a while. Nose is a little underwhelming, a nice roasted stout with just a hint of vanilla. Taste is simply fantastic. Nothing super strong, but a complex meld of roasted malt, coffee, and just a touch of warming spice, all finishing with a pleasant vanilla aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Feel is rich and creamy with a proper carbonation level. This is a bit pricey, but the quality of the ingredients is evident in the final product. It's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Mo_fro
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black as coal with a dense three finger milk chocolate colored head. The head dissolves slowly leaving behind little bits of lacing stuck to the glass.
S- Very deep and rich chocolate notes, slight caramel smell.
T- Taste is roasted malt with a bitter kick in the end. I’m not getting any flavor in particular. No vanilla as the label says. The balance is good but maybe I’m missing something
M- Mouth feel is light and crisp like a lager, very thin and heavily carbonated.
O- Overall it’s a smooth beer that’s very drinkable. I’m slightly disappointed with the flavor, I expected more. I will try this one again in the future to see if there is any change. It will be interesting to see other reviews on BA. (I don’t read them before I review)

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Photo of dd43
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Started with a bottle dated 11-Nov-2014, poured into a pint glass. Pours as you'd expect a stout to, which is to say inky and with moderate, tan/khaki colored head. Attractive lacing. Aroma of vanilla, in which the beer was aged, doesn't really follow through to the taste. Has all the roasted malt backing you expect, both on the nose and in the taste, as well as great chocolate notes, albeit subdued more than I would have preferred. The oats used in the brewing process definitely contribute to the trademark silky mouthfeel that oatmeal stouts are favored for.

Maine Brewing doesn't make a bad beer by any stretch, but I was expecting something a little more assertive given the aroma presentation when I first poured it. Don't go into this expecting to be bowled over by vanilla. After the initial wave hits you, it turns into a relatively pedestrian (but extremely drinkable) dry stout. I consider it a bridge between a boring irish stout and the more aggressively flavored "big" stouts. Save for the oatmeal characteristic, this could easily be rebranded a porter. Which would be fine except Maine already makes an outstanding porter.

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Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark roasted malts, vanilla, coffee and light chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of roasted malts, some vanilla and light coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

MAINE MEAN OLD TOM STOUT 10/28/14

Bottled 7/15/14. Label says to drink within 90 days, this is two weeks past that. Bought a month and a half ago. My bad.

Poured from the 16 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black with a two inch tall tan head which receded rather quickly to thick surface foam and patchy lacing.

s; Vanilla and milk chocolate.

t: Vanilla and chocolate with moderate hop bite. Any lingering bitterness is leavened by the intense malt and vanilla flavors, although some persistent bitterness does build later.
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m: Medium to full, smooth, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Very good stout, the dark chocolate malt dominates the added vanilla.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thick collar; sheets of lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain; coffee in the background;

T: for a brief moment, chocolate; then follows the nose; a bit of a bite at mid-palate; coffee gets stronger from mid-palate; by the finish; it's all coffee;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice complex flavors;

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Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, coffee looking head quickly dissipates and leaves creamy and sticky lace throughout. Big roasted and slightly burnt malts aroma, wood, coffee, raw bitter cocoa and sweet vanilla. Taste is predominantly the roasted burnt malts. A hint of vanilla sweetens it. Mild hops leave a woody and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, low carbonation and medium bodied. A really good stout. The relatively low ABV makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, vanilla, and malt.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a hint of vanilla in the finish, coffee, and a little bit of chocolate. Slightly more subtle than some stouts, but still a balanced and complex flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Yet another solidly made beer from Maine Beer Company. Well made and drinkable.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 07.15.15, Drank 09.17.14. Poured from bottle into a 12oz tulip glass.

A: Dark opaque body, no light passes through, not even at the edges. Soapy mocha head, one and a half fingers, fades to a extremely thing cap with a minor ring. No visible carbonation. It looks phenomenal sitting in the glass.

S: Another high point for the beer, smells of rich coffee, sweet chocolate, caramel, and smokey roasted malts. Exactly what a proper stout should smell like.

T: And then the tires seem to fall off the wagon. The taste just can't match its own powerful aromas, or the rich, decadent appearance. Very mild, yet balanced. Hints of vanilla behind the main flavors of weak coffee and tame chocolate. Strong coffee aftertaste however.

M: Fairly thin body for a stout. Very carbonated in the mouth, leaving a lasting effect after swallowing. Finishes clean, no trace of alcohol.

O: I was pretty excited to try this beer. Besides the great reputation of MBC, it just looked and smelled the part of a top notch stout. I mean, just smelling this thing was enough to put me in a good mood. Sadly, the taste and mouthfeel were simply not up to par. It is by no means a bad beer, its actually quite good... but the taste letdown is just too much. Well, that and the $7 price tag for a 16oz bottle, but thats another story.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of reebtaerG
4/5  rDev +1%

Had on draft at Lures that was nitro.

A-Pours black with a finger of tan head. Okay lacing.

S-Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and some coffee.

T-Taste is balanced chocolate and vanilla sweet with hints of coffee.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body. Smooth and silky on the tongue.

O-Overall a great stout could use more lacing.

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Photo of JRed
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours black in body with khaki head that melts down the side of the glass. Aroma of cocoa, mild ash, tobacco, dirt, and burnt ends. Tastes of cocoa, burnt bread, tobacco comes through toward the finish and then cocoa And vanilla come back again. Surprising how smooth this beer is. Glad to see it isn't a booze bomb either. Very refreshing despite the dry tone of the flavors. Very good stuff.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Very, very good stout. Vanilla on the very back is light. Coffee dominates. A bit less body than anticipated. Good flavor. Cannot go wrong with Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge of a half mm only when held to the light. Topped with 4 fingers of deep beige head, chunky milkshake like lacing.


S: Dark chocolate, smoke, coffee, dark toasted notes.


T: Dark chocolate, coffee, light smokiness, hint of tar and burnt rubber. Solid sweetness to balance. The vanilla beans are present, but hard detect until you look for them. They come in as a light background floral aroma right near the end.


M: Thick, lightly syrupy body, medium low carbonation.


O: Was glad to find another brew by this Maine brewery in Chicago at Whole Foods. Drinking it Aug 25th, 2014 in New Hamburg, ON. Not really a fan of stouts, but this is a solid offering.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Very dark chocolate brown brew, nearly black, with little in the way of colored highlights and a large amount of creamy light brown head (for a stout). Aroma is assertive dark roast coffee and chocolate, slight floral vanilla and grassy hops (!). On the palate one gets more of the same, dark coffee and chocolate milk, faint butterscotch and red licorice. Starts quite sweet but dries out quickly, an interesting contrast. I am noticing a nice nutty malt character as well, a unique element for this style that is amplified over the course of multiple sips. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, moderately thick with low to medium carbonation. Finishes roasted and very dry, peanut shells coming to mind. Very light citrus hops wink in and out (they use Centennial in this). The vanilla beans add a tinge of floral perfume and do not dominate the proceedings. Debates about price points notwithstanding (I think the ingredients these guys use and their entire approach justifies the cost, not to mention how freaking good the beers are), Maine Beer Company proves here that they aren't just hop wizards, although I imagine I will always prefer the hoppy stuff from these guys.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Bottle dated 7/15/14 poured into coffee cup (all I have in hotel)

A- Dark brown/black with thin tan head
S- Huge coffee notes. The faintest hint of vanilla or something sweet
T- Creamy, roasted maltiness, maybe a bit of bitter coffee notes, but where is the vanilla??? None in my bottle
M- Dryish finish. Creamy up front. Nice full and light mouth feel

O- Mouthfeel is there, but taste is of an average dry irish style stout. I get no vanilla.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance is very dark brown with a light brown head. The smell has a lot of malt to it giving off some very sweet aromas. The taste is full of dark chocolate and a little bit of espresso. Also the vanilla bean makes for a semi-sweet, very delicious finish. The mouthfeel was also nice consistency for a stout, not overly thick but with a very defined body. Overall I really liked it. I'll definitely pick up another one soon.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a MBC ale glass

A: Black as night. Nice edges that resonate light brown/tan. Lacing is minimal. A swirl bring some carbo back to brew. No legs to speak of.

S: Deep black chocolate notes with that vanilla that is touted. Huge roasted notes. Surprisingly, there's some neo-hop notes coming though on the back of this.

T: very balanced for how sweet and hoppy this is trying to be, I have another, I may age it a year and see if the hoppy notes secede. Yeast is mild and some toffee presents, may be yeast notes trying to push it out.

M: Smooth. Roasty like coffee. Not overly full, but not thin. Middle on feel. Malts definitely dominate ultimate out breath.

O: Me likey. May be my favorite flavored stout due to mouthfeel and not overtly chewy malty notes.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into large mug.

A: Pours mildly syrupy and opaque black with no light shining through, other than some garnet highlights towards the bottom of the mug. Dark beige head starts out at two-fingers and frothy, but eventually settles at a creamy cap leaving a small section of the mug painted with lace.

S: A darkly roasted coffee profile dominates completely, delicately complemented by natural vanilla and a decadent dark chocolate. Not much in the way of hops here, but this is aromatic enough without them.

T: Enormous amounts of coffee up front. Darkly roasted and bitter as hell, but it's quickly offset by a velvety wave of smooth semi-sweet chocolate. The finish is an absolutely divine medley of vanilla bean, dark roasted malts, and a smoky wood-like flavor. The lingering aftertaste is reminiscent of a Black n' Mild cigar, strangely enough.

M: We've definitely found a weak point here, however. A satin-smooth texture and reserved carbonation is pleasant on the palate, but the body itself is weighing in on the weak side. It certainly leaves this quaffable, but it would benefit from a bigger mouth presence overall.

O: Honestly, the weak mouthfeel is the only thing keeping Mean Old Tom from being a world class stout. The flavors are bombastic and incredible, and the addition of organic vanilla bean flavoring keeps this dark roasted behemoth balanced and smooth. Truly delicious, but not without flaws.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent taste with dark chocolate flavor blending perfectly with the vanilla. Very drinkable with silky mouth feel. Dark black appearance with strong, lingering tan head. Smell of chocolate and vanilla is dessert like. Paired with ribeye steak and jalapeño mash ended potatoes

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a dark brown hue with large fluffy tan head of 4 cm even with an extremely gentle pour.
Leaves tightly packed dense latticework after each sip.
Aroma is deep roasted malt with an almost burnt quality to the nose. Cocoa powder comes through as well, with just a small sweet note of vanilla, but that is a little buried behind the roast and cocoa powder.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth body with gentle rolling texture, that gives just the faintest tingle as I swallow.
Flavor is roasted malt and some sweet cocoa with hints of vanilla on the finish, very similar flavor profile as the nose. A long lingering dark chocolate note at the end of each sip. The beer is very rich but isnt cloying. No hint of any booze from start to finish and not really any hops that I can detect anywhere.
A well crafted, rich not boozy interesting, yet not complex beer. I should have bought a second bottle.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.
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