Mean Old Tom | Maine Beer Company

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Mean Old TomMean Old Tom

Brewed by:
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.

Added by dciBA on 03-03-2010

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Photo of BobaFret
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on 4/9/13, enjoyed on 6/10/13.

A - Black as motor oil with a two-finger, thick, coffee-colored head. A great looking stout!

S - Sweet, roasted malts with a touch of vanilla.

T - Roasted malts are up front; coffee and dark/bitter sweet chocolate are there as well. The vanilla beans add just a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste is primarily roasted malts and dark chocolate.

M - Thick and creamy, just like a stout should be.

O - This is a solid, well-balanced stout. This beer isn't charting new territory but it succeeds in being a great stout where many others fall short. Appreciate it for what is: a stout, no barrel-aging, no crazy flavors. This is definitely a go-to stout when I want a classic example of the style. Well done, Maine Beer Company.

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

Appearance: Opaque, dark chocolate, delightful two/three finger foamy chocolate head. Lacing seems to last forever.

Smell: Coffee, cocoa, nutty, a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy carbonation, creamy finish

Taste: Starts with almost a burnt espresso, bitter, finishes with a lighter, creamy coffee taste and a hint of vanilla.

Overall: Thick, robust, slightly bitter dessert-y brew, pairs great with tiramisu. Would definitely recommend.

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

A-dark brown color with a nice light brown head and good lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, hint of caramel

T-dak roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, slight sweetness, slight vanilla, mild bitter finish, slight char flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a nice stout with good body and a decent flavor profile

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Photo of rdilauro
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black, not thick, but still a good pour with a nice semi-white cream. The aroma was very attractive. No question about the vanilla in this one... I could not detect any of the coffee or chocolate... However, at the first taste, there was no question that there was coffee.

This was a semi-big stout, very smooth with a lingering aftertaste.

This seems to be the trend with the Maine beers I have tasted.. All are very clean, soft
with excellent aftertaste.... Lingering

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle has a born on date of 3/12/13. A healthy pour into a chalice.

An interesting beer. True to style. A very good beer. Make sure you drink this beer at the proper temperature. Too cold makes this brew a lesser drink.

A - Pours an opaque black with reddish hues. A big rich looking dark tan three-finger head. Great lacing.

S - Vanilla, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and low alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, burnt bitterness lasting into the finish, a bit of sweetness in the finish, and a bit medicinal (especially if served too cold) (-)

MF - Some creaminess, sharp on the tip of the tongue if served too cold.

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Photo of fostah
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer tulip glass.

Oil black, with small amount of tan head. Vanilla is evident in the nose, with undertones of roasted malt, and some dark chocolate. Drinks very smooth. Vanilla, dark chocolate, and a light coffee flavor dance around, ignoring the light hop bitterness, that sits on the side, like a 5th grader at his first middle school dance. Full bodied, but still easy to put down. Alcohol makes an appearance in aroma na flavor as the beer warms, but remains subtle (it's only 6.5%). I could easily drink this all night.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Bottled on 3/12/13.

Pours a pitch black color with a 1 inch beige head that slowly dissipates. Good look for a stout. Smell is roasted coffee malts...not overpowering but not too weak, either. not picking up any vanilla on the nose however. Taste is pretty easy going...not too overpowering either. Slight coffee notes with a slight vanilla aftertaste, quite enjoyable. Feel is a bit too light for a stout of my liking, on the lighter side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall a good stout. Not the best but a pretty good example of the style. I'd have another.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle courtesy of sliverX pours black with a thick, rising cap of tan head. Great retention and lace...a really nice looking beer.

Nose is a fairly balanced stout, with a fair amount of hops and the vanilla is much more restrained than I thought it would be.

Taste steps it up a notch with a nice, clean drinkable stout with a moderate compliment of vanilla beans. I wouldnt mind a bit more sweetness to go with the beans, but I think MBC was going for an easy drinking, balanced beer here. Mission accomplished, vanilla additions are nice and would make a really nice cask ale to have a pint or two locally, but it just leaves me wanting a little more richness, sweetness and surprisingly - chocolate to compliment the vanilla.

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Photo of Roger85
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into my Founders snifter. Thanks for the beer wittyname!

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/ black with amber accents on the edges. Has a nice looking dark tan head that doesn't last too long. Leaves decent lace.

Smell: Smells like a stout- nothing special. Nice roasted malts, a touch of caramel and chocolate. Couldn't get any vanilla.

Taste: Taste follows the smell, with a trace amount of vanilla on the tail end. Nothing really stands out, but it is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: It is thin, but this isn't an imperial stout. I think it's right where it should be.

Overall: This is a good stout. I wish it offered a stronger nose and that there was a bit more vanilla in the taste. It is very understated to the point you actively have to look for it. That being said, I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Michigan
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 22oz snifter. Bottle date 03-12-13 (my birthday!). Thanks dgthrasher!

A- Pours a deep brown/black. Huge 4 finger light brown frothy head. Head lingers for some time. As it falls, it leaves pillows of seafoam-like head. Moderate lacing. Nice looking stout!

S- Roasty coffee and chocolate. No sign of alcohol. Smells like Gayles chocolates in Downtown Royal Oak. They have a coffee and chocolate bar there. More vanilla comes through as it warms. Very subtle.

T- Awh man... I really had my hopes built up for this. It's good, but it could be better. Bitter in the back of the mouth and that's all there is in the extended finish. Definately roasty, but less full bodied than I was expecting. It leaves a burnt toast finish and no sign of vanilla.

M- Thin. eh... Just not what I'm looking for in a stout. It seems like that took a stout and added water. It's drinkable, but not in the way I wanted it to be.

O- I've heard great things about Maine Beer Co, and this is my first of their offerings. I may have built it up too much... I'd drink it again, but I won't actively seek it out.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - poured black, opaque with tan head 1.5 finger head. Dissipated to a creamy cap and left ample sticky lacing.

S - intense malt aroma, dark fruits, caramel, tootsie roll.

T - smooth taste, almost creamy. Malt forward with nice mellow roasted flavor, definite vanilla notes. Ample hops in the finish. The taste carries over an almost tootsie roll flavor that I picked up in the nose.

M - amazing mouthfeel, velvety and smooth. Light carbonation, very enjoyable experience.

O - overall a well Crafted stout, the mouth feel is amazing, and the taste is delicous.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured very dark, nearly black w/ just a hint of mahogany at the margins. The head was an uber-thick layer of tenacious foam the color of burnt sugar. Retention was very good, lacing fair.

S: Toasted malt and dark fruit dominate, as is typical of stouts. There's some coffee as well, although in the background. It takes a little imagination to smell the vanilla.

T: Strong, deep-roasted malt up front; acrid at first, but yielding a little sweetness after a moment. Tart fruit appears in the middle, and lingers well into the finish as it melds with mildly bitter hops and subtle coffee flavors. Finally, the vanilla shows up -- not too strong, but definitely there -- and it mixes with all of the flavors listed above as they fade.

M: Very smooth. So much so that the lower carbonation and moderately dry finish are easily forgiven.

O: A solid American stout, and the vanilla, while not strong, does add a nice touch. A little pricy for frequent consumption, but worth trying on occasion.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Binghamton Beer Depot. Born 01.27.13. From notes.

A - Poured black with a one finger mocha/dark brown head. Good spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Biga aroma of roast, coffee, faint vanilla, deep chocolate, and more coffee with a pronounced roast element.

T - Big roast again. Nice mild sweetness, assumingly from the vanilla. Sugariness and big roast that mellows later on. Nice and complex, as well as tasty. Vanilla is subtle. Some cola.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, dry and sweet finish.

O/D - A nice stout. My frist from Maine Brewing and I was slightly underwhelmed based on their hype. Complex and tasty nonetheless. Quite rich, but needed some more vanilla.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 012713. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a half inch of sturdy, light brown head which recedes fairly soon to a ring. Pretty good retention and a few dots and streaks of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and vanilla meld very tightly with a little roastiness, and a touch of coffee.

T: Roasted malt and vanilla are the most prominent flavors, with the vanilla integrated well, and a bit of coffee. Fairly dry and a longish finish featuring the coffee and light roastiness.

M: Medium body and medium, biting carbonation which mellows out and smoothens with time in the glass. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Pretty drinkable. They managed to hit a good level of vanilla without overdoing it, and to integrate it well with the base beer. That being said, the vanilla can be a bit fatiguing in moderate quantities.

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Photo of MCain04
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from BostonRyan, thanks, 12/01/12, poured into a FFF Teku. Stout and vanilla beans... color me intrigued.

A: Dark brown/black, khaki head of 2+ fingers, rich and thick with OK lacing and retention.

S: Roasty malts and some coffee, not getting much vanilla on the nose, nice aroma but we'll have to see if the vanilla comes through more on the taste.

T: Interesting. There's a semi-sweet tartness that dominates the taste here. Some roasted malts and coffee as well, not getting a lot of vanilla though, but maybe that's the sweetness I'm tasting. All in all, definitely a unique-tasting stout.

M: A little too thin and too carbonated for my liking. Wet feel to the finish.

O: Certainly pleased to have tried this brew, but probably wouldn't have it again. Perhaps I just like my stouts bigger and fuller, but the taste wasn't quite right here either. May just be personal taste though.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company - Mean Old Tom - 16.9fl oz bottle

Look - Pours midnight black with a negligible foamy head. OK lacing.

Smell - Deep chocolate and coffee malts. A little zing. Faint vanilla.

Taste - Carbonated with cream stout hit. The vanilla is very subtle.

Mouthfeel - Rests remarkably dry for a stout. Quite drinkable, not boozy at all, of course at 6.5% it shouldn't be but some are.

Overall - Good stout, not remarkable but solid and enjoyable. Worth the cost. My wife thoroughly enjoyed and she is more of a stout drinker than I.

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

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh coffee with some rich dark chocolate and a bit of oak.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate and rich French roasted coffee, with a little earthy oak and vanilla bean. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a great stout. I didn't pick up as much vanilla character as I hoped, but the scent and taste were both still very enjoyable. The body was great, seeming more like a double stout. The finish was incredibly smooth, so it was very easy to drink. Doesn't need age, but who knows what cellaring may accomplish. Great refined brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 18, 2013.

A - inky black with a khaki head, about 1.5 inches or so. Leaves some thin lacing.

S - roasty malt, dark chocolate, some vanilla.

T - follows the nose almost exactly. Dark chocolate, some coffee/roasty flavors. The vanilla is pretty thin, but acts to smooth things out very nicely.

M - low carb, thick and creamy mouthfeel.

O - this is a really tasty beer and, as with other Maine Beer Co beers, the quality craftsmanship shows through. My initial reaction was that I wanted more vanilla, but I think the vanilla (even if a little light) plays a nice role in the beer, smoothing out the flavor profile. Rather than playing a standout role, the vanilla connects everything.

I think the rating suffer from people looking at this to fit a double/imperial stout profile. It's not a double, people.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at a small grocery store in Waterbury, VT.

Pours black, not the darkest black ever, but still pretty nice. Frothy mocha colored head, about 1 inch. Not much lacing.

Smells include roasted malt, vanilla beans, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. The beer never shies from what it claims to be- a vanilla stout. Lots of great earthy sweet vanilla flavors- not too cloying, at all. Some coffee flavors as well, alongside strong chocolate. Not much hop flavor. No incredible head-banging flavors here, just a lot of subtle niceties.

Silky sweet and smooth mouthfeel, likely from the use of oats. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Good to see that MBC can do non-hoppy beers, this is one is understated and elegant.

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

Pours nearly jet black except for a tinge of ruby when held right up to the light,a creamy beige head atop that left a broken ring of lace behind.Vanilla and more vanilla in the nose,some dark roast comes into play as well as some chocolate but the vanilla wins out.It's roasted on the palate but I love the vanilla warming flavors,it's not overly sweet with a nice somewhat drying earthy finish.This beer is underrated in my opinion,it's warming with a nice vanilla flavor that isn't overly done,a great beer.

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Photo of far333
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackish brown with a thick and frothy head that rises up a full inch, and then settles out to a low cap with legs and ringlets rising up the sides of the glass. Rich aroma of darkly roasted malt and subtle vanilla. Rich flavor of roasty malt, somewhat smokey, bitter malt, cocoa, root beer, some hop bitterness, subtle hop flavors, subtle vanilla notes. Rich mouthfeel, but a bit slick, yet tannic. Really good beer.

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Photo of Jakk
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick, dark black. Amber head.

S: Heavy chocolate, a little vanilla

T: Initially quite sweet, but quickly dips south into bitter unsweetened chocolate. Roast and vanilla round it off nicely. Long bitter chocolate finish.

M: Medium carbonation, maybe a little more than I would have expected given the flavor

O: Quite good. The carbonation conflicts with the favor profile a bit, but overall pretty unique and very enjoyable.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to gpugliese for this awesome extra!

A- Obsidian tinge, slight, very slight port shades. Nice firm eggshell head that sticks around for awhile. No lacing, but a solid ring forms and hangs out.

S- Strong vanilla aroma wafts out with a german chocolate hit. Very light coffee note.

T- Lighter than I expected, but still very good: nice and balanced with the malt monster rearing its head immediately and then being tamed a little with hop bitterness. The finish is crisp tasting of light roasted coffee. The vanilla bouquet does not come through in the flavor hardly at all.

M- The feel is medium bodied and crisp. Not chewy, but pleasing.

This is definitely a solid beer, and it is well crafted which is what makes it exceptional.

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Photo of BlindProphet
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one’s for my good buddy Tom, who’s by no means mean, but is a bit of a bastard.

Pours tar black with a thick mocha head. The vanilla’s aroma is well pronounced, and blends nicely with that of strong roasted and chocolate malt.

Tom tastes more bitter than its nose would let on--a strong and roasty back of the mouth bitterness accented with subtle vanilla, chocolate, and mocha flavors. Still, the mouthfeel is a bit thin; it hastens across the tongue and takes a fair amount of the taste with it.

All in all, this is a very pleasant beer. The vanilla beans add character without overpowering, making for an incredibly drinkable product. I wouldn’t call this a remarkable beer, but I would recommend it and I would definitely order it again.


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Photo of Kendo
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Born-on-date on the bottle says 02-19-13. Consumed on 3/16/13, so this is very fresh.

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with a 2-finger tight-bubbled tan head that leaves behind a thick curtain of lace. Lots of lace on the way down.

S: Chocolate does battle with roasted barley and a touch of char. Chocolate wins.

T: Same battle, only here the winner is roastiness. Tastes more like a Porter, with notes of charcoal, roasted barley, roasted coffee beans and some cocoa powder. Vanilla shows up late, on the back of the palate, and is modest, not in-your-face at all.

M: Medium in heft with active carbonation. Vanilla at the back end provides the illusion of a modest slickness.

O: Very good. Drinks more like a Vanilla Porter than an American Stout, but no matter what you call it, it's good.

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,378 ratings.
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