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.

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Photo of brewtus
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour dark dark brown with a frothy two finger head. The smell is great, fresh ground coffee, roast malt, earthy tones. Taste starters with some ground coffeeness, some bitterness from it. The vanilla isn't as prevalent as I had hoped but you can taste it throughout. This was pretty good, great mouthfeel and smell were what stood out for me. Worth a try. We don't get this in Columbus so I'm glad I got to try it during a trip.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep midnight black. Completely opaque. Two fingers worth of beige head which fades to a thin film.

S - pronounced grainy and roasty notes. Like finely ground coffee beans. Sweet notes of chocolate sauce. Faint hints of vanilla beans. As it warms the aromas become more like dark bread almost chocolate cake.

T - very chocolaty. Surprisingly low amount of roast character. Just hints. More of an herbal hop flavor for balance. Slightest tinge of vanilla, but could be just a hint of alcohol peaking through. Smooth chocolaty finish.

M - velvety texture. Medium bodied. Lower carbonation.

O - a nice stout. I was hoping for a bit more vanilla but was pretty much what i expected. plesant but i was expecting something a bit more aggressive overall.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours impenetrable blackness. Literally, a halogen desk light could not penetrate it. Thick, long lasting, creamy brown head, about three fingers.

S: Very little smell, some roasted nuttiness with faint cocoa.

T: Roasted malts with mild vanilla hints and an acidic finish. Earthy and complex, cigar tobacco, apple skin bitterness.

M: Tart and a bit astringent. Not as smooth as I expected, but fairly light. Little carbonation makes it a bit syrupy.

O: Agree with some of the previous reviewers that something is a bit off with this. It's quite bitter, almost sour at times. Maybe aging would smooth it out a bit, but for something similar, I thought King Titus was better.

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Photo of deebo
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled aug 10 2012
A-very creamy dark tan head. Black and clear. Laces nicely
S-weak aromas clean toasted dark barley malt
T-strong vanilla taste blends well with the chocolatey malt
M-soft mouthfeel- rich bodied with a pleasant chocolate/vanilla finish
O-a good dessert beer-clean and flavorful

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

Pours black with a creamy head, light brown, about the color of coffee with a splash of milk. Lots of fine bubbles. The aroma is a tad weak, but the flavors present are very nice. Light cocoa with some coffee and roast. A very well-integrated and strong but not overbearing shot of vanilla. Some of the sweetness is almost lacto in character, or perhaps I just expect that in vanilla stouts. Definitely tends toward the sweet milk chocolate side of things. The taste could be quite good, but it just lacks the necessary depth. Kinda washed out. I'm mostly getting a sorta watery vanilla milk chocolate flavor. It's nice and I appreciate the thought behind it, but this beer could be a lot better if the same flavor profile was just turned up in intensity. Mouthfeel is actually pretty creamy despite the somewhat watery flavor. It's a nice beer and doesn't diminish my excitement for MBC, but I'm a bit disappointed after trying Lunch, Zoe and Peeper.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: onyx body, finger khaki head, splendid lacing

S: vanilla, roasted oats, mild dark chocolate

T: vanilla bean, dark chocolate, creamy roasted oat finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Maine does it again. Lots of flavor
and nose for an American stout.


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Photo of SColl
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date Dec. 6, 2012
Type/ Style Porter
Package 22 oz
Location Home
ABV 6.5%

Aroma: Chocolate, Vanilla, Alcohol

Appearance: Black, Brown Head

Body/Texture: Thin Mouthfeel, Slight Alcohol burn

Aftertaste: Coffee, Chocolate, Oak, Wood

Overall: 3/5 Ok beer, I expected more and was a bit underwhelmed, none of the flavors really stood out and the mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would have liked.

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Photo of beastmammoth
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Especially as it warms, this is a great beer. Intense overwhelming roast bitterness couples with harsh unsweetened chocolate. Waves and waves of bitter tempered by some delicate vanilla. A little light on mouthfeel but smooth and not lacking. Light sweet vanilla on the nose.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan colored bubbly head on top. Can actually see some pretty decent bubble action in the body. Head seems to be holding rather nicely. Nothing super here, but nice nonetheless.

S: First thing coming through is a nice roastiness. Some definite coffee notes mixed with vanilla bean. For me though -- main thing coming through are the roasted malts. Swirling the brew seems to bring out the vanilla.

T: Vanilla bean and roasted malts mostly coming through in the flavor. There is a strange finish -- something that taste flat. I don't think that's the intent, but... There's a lot of complexity in the taste. All the flavors are there though. Solid.

M: The body is much lighter than your typical stout, which is a bit unfortunate. Carbonation is flat -- light. Not much chewiness. Not really feeling the body. The worst of the features. It is smooth -- not really creamy. Oily feel.

O: The label says you can age this. This particular brew is 7 months old. When you start drinking you can tell that something is off. It comes through in the finish. Then it really comes through when you begin to analyze the feel. This is an above average brew, but just barely. For $7.70, which was what I paid for this you can find much better stouts.

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Photo of brother_kenneth
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Very dark, but not quite black. Nice amount of light brown/tan head, decent lacing.

S - The most noticeable thing is the vanilla. There are also hints of coffee and some smokiness.

T - Mouth is rather thin, but the taste is pretty good! Lots of vanilla up front, along with a nice smoked, roasted malt flavor. There is some dark coffee here as well, but it is not very strong.

O - This is a pretty good stout and the vanilla beans certainly add a nice touch. It is a fairly straightforward brew that is easy to gulp down. Cheers!

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz grey-brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on 111912 on side of label. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Nearly black with ruby/chestnut edges and 1-2 fingers of light beige head with good retention but minimal dots of lacing.

S: Strong aromas of maple-vanilla, like those Brachs candies you stole so many times from the grocery store bin when you were a kid shopping with your Mom. The roast also comes thorugh pretty strong but not much on the dark fruit or malt side of the ledger.

T: The flavor is also mostly vanilla with a hefty roast component that fades with warming. There is a fair amount of sweetness to balance with the roast. Unfortunately there is not a lot of soul to this beer, as it tastes as undermalted as the 6.5% belies. The flavor is very thin and artificial tasting without the sufficient malt backbone.

M: Reasonably creamy and smooth but the body feels thin for the style.

O: Maine Beer should turn this into an imperial stout -- even as a porter this would seem thin and short on character. More base malt to carry the roast and vanilla more as accents would be step in the right direction. Pretty disappointing for the price and especially compared to MO and Zoe (and even Peeper Ale).

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

Bottle dated 082612 08. So, August 26, 2012. Poured in to tulip.

A -Black with half a finger of medium brown head.

S - Big sweet vanilla aroma up front with roast and hints of coffee in the background.

T - Vanilla up front that immediately gives way to a huge roast profile and some bitter coffee flavours. Fairly sweet overall with some balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, Light carbonation.

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Photo of sarajayne
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Black in color, no transparency

Smell- This beer is aged on natural vanilla beans, but I can't really pick up on much vanilla in the scent. I smell a really great smokey scent, roasted malt, and maybe even a little hint of coffee!

Taste- This was so much better than the first time I tried this on tap. Perhaps it is best served from the bottle. I really love the smokey flavor and the way the roasted malt and vanilla comes together. The vanilla is very subtle but in the perfect way-just enough to compliment the other flavors! It is somewhat hard for me to distinguish was else I'm tasting; maybe some maple, coffee, and cocoa? It is just so good and that is not just Mean Old Tom talking!

mouth feel: lighter than a typical stout, but regardless it still has a ton of flavor!

Overall: I'd recommend this for sure. Maine Beer Co. is a solid brewery and always puts out a great beer. I'm really happy I gave this another try.

Collage girls GOOD drink beer:

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee black with a pretty tall head. Due to my particular glass the head was slow to form looking quite similar to a stout on nitro. An excting event as it flowed down my glass. As i drink the foaminess lingers withs lots of lacing.
The aroma boasts a good amount of roasted malts and barley but the vanilla is quite restrained and weak.
Taste is awsome as one might expect from these brewers with lots of roasted goodness some coffee and vanilla. the vanilla is not as strong as i would have expected. It does serve to boost up the other flavors.
Drinks smooth with an ashen or charcoal feel but with the amount of roast I detect in this brew it's perfectly accetable for me.
This is another quaility brew from the boys up there in Maine. As this beer warms the flavors and feel become more pronouned. Definitly worthy.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/07/12 - simple, clean label design - minimalist look stands out!

Pours a deep walnut hue with a nice creamy, frothy mocha colored head.

Aroma is faint, mild roasted smell with hints of bourbon (likely from the vanilla beans).

Once you get past the nice creamy head, the mouthfeel is somewhat thin... a little more body would go a long way.

The taste is initially roasty (think coffee beans and toasted walnuts) with a touch of the crisp, slightly burnt caramelized layer atop a creme brulee. Gets somewhat bitter after this, with notes of charcoal, over-roasted coffee beans (a.k.a. Starbucks) and a chalky mineral-like finish. I find the vanilla very subtle, but a good contrast to the burnt notes (helps smooth out the harsher flavors). The vanilla and slightly buttery notes come through more as the beer warms, but still subtle allowing the roasted flavors to come forward.

Let this one warm a little before drinking. I started drinking this a little too chilled, and the harsher flavors dominated. As it warmed, it became more balanced and had more depth. Not a complex beer by any means, but nice and very drinkable overall.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review here, so I'll do my best.

Bottled in August 2012. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Guinness 250th anniversary imperial Pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful pitch black with a light caramel head of about two fingers. Head took about thirty seconds to dissipate leaving a nice ring around the top of the beer.

Smell- Not over powerful, but I do get aromas of coffee, baking chocolate, licorice, and very faint vanilla bean.

Taste- Coffee. Bitterness, probably from that bakers chocolate. I tinge of alcohol at the back of the tongue. Vanilla at the very end. Coffee at aftertaste lingers around for quite some time.

Mouthfeel- Perfect amount of carbonation. Its is certainly not light in body, but it also does not coat my mouth. The alcohol content is not very strong. I'm drinking this at noon and it's a perfect beer with lunch.

Overall- So far from Maine Beer Company I've only had this and the Peeper ale and both have been very good for such a small batch brewery. I will certainly buy this again and I look forward to other beers they make. Im glad I tried this stout and I'm glad I reviewed it.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like it was bottled August 20, 2012.

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized tan head. Good retention.

Nose contains vanilla and chocolate predominantly. Some roast malt as well.

Taste is quite similar to the nose. Vanilla, cocoa and some roast malt. Vanilla is quite strong.

Medium bodied, a little thinner than expected, moderate carbonation level, quite smooth.

Overall, quite tasty. Nothing spectacular but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Dools9
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/7/12, poured into a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a dark brownish black, nice creamy brown finger of head. Nice spotty lace.

S: Roasty sweetness, cocoa and some vanilla. A little bit of tobacco, some figs and mild coffee. Vanilla is there but not overbearing, very subtle but nice.

T: Very roasty, cocoa powder, good amount of burnt notes. Some tobacco and earthy, woodsy flavors. Not a whole lot of vanilla, but its there and works off the roastiness. Theres a nice lingering bitterness and finishes on the drier side.

M: Medium bodied, very soft, creamy.

O: Another tasty brew from MBC. Not overly complex but very easy to drink and very pleasant.

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Photo of Boto
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle: This one pours an opaque, inky dark brown. There was a small tan head on it that doesn’t leave much lacing. Nice nose. Chocolate, some roastiness, vanilla, coffee. Nice taste. Medium bodied, but still has a lighter feel even though there is a lot of flavor. Milk chocolate, hint of coffee, faint vanilla. Balanced well to have almost no sweetness and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Nice!

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a dark tan colored 2" head that hangs around a while.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts are most detectable.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild vanilla flavors, and some prune sweetness. Bitterness is nicely balancing here as some hints of citrus tones show up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting here.

Overall: this was a tasty beer that was nicely refreshing for the style. Easy to drink, and the vanilla is mild enough here. Defintely worthy of a try.

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

500ml bottle from Valdieu2. Thanks! Into an MBC wine glass. Bottled 8/10/12.

A: Pours a nice brownish black with a good light tan head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Sweet coffee and cocoa, some vanilla as well.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, yet pretty balanced. Mild roast, some pine and citrus with a good amount of bitterness, dark chocolate, light vanilla.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: This is a nice stout with a good mouthfeel. Perhaps less hoppy bitterness would help it along but other than that I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of kevanb
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, 8/20/2012 on the label, poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, almost black but not quite. A half finger of mocha head appears but is gone instantly leaving behind a thin layer of film and no lacing. The aroma is of roast and almost peated malt, mild vanilla sweetness and a touch of chocolate. The flavors are just as simple, light vanilla, milk chocolate and lots of roasted malt. The body is pretty thin, overly carbonated as well, it doesn't detract from the beer too much, but it's not really helping any.

Verdict: A much simpler beer than I was hoping for, I thought the vanilla might take this to another level, but instead, it came off artificial and lacking complexity. It's not a bad beer by any stretch and was enjoyable to drink, but it's nothing too special.

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Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jason!

Dark brown, medium head, medium retention. Smells burnt and acrid at times; the roast is powerful in the taste as well. So charrred with only hints of vanilla. Tastes too tart because of the acidity... I think the roast is up there for a beer not so big and could have been dialed down. The beer is lost in it. Mouthfeel is right on though.

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

16.9oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Black with a small 1/4” head that quickly recedes to thin cap. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweetness appears over a lighter-than-usual aroma of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweeter and more chocolate forward that the usual stout. The lack of astringent bitterness allows for more flavors to emerge, the subtle vanilla and the expected coffee among them. I must say after drinking many stouts recently it was nice to find one a little less bitter and able to stand out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy throughout and clean on the finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this stout as Maine Beer Company really seems to be doing all the right things.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black color, its like very dark brown and black together. Nice tan creamy head on the top, almost 1" in size. Aroma, the vanilla was a little understated I thought, but still enjoyable, chocolate malt, cocao like dryness.

Kind of the quintessential usual old school stout, drinkable by yourself, not massive. Nice roast, solid chocolate presence, mild vanilla presence. A little hoppier than you might be used to for a straight up normal stout. Not thin, but not imperialized motor oil version of a double stout. Its what most people have come to know as a porter these days. This is a beer better of as part of a 4 or 6 pack, moreso than being in a 1/2 liter bottle. You can drink lots of it, and you'd want to, as its enjoyable for sure. Never had anything bad from Maine beer company. Still hunting for Zoe though. . .

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Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,368 ratings.
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