Review: Maine Beer Co. Mean Old Tom | Craft Beer & Brewing
Maine Beer Co. Mean Old Tom
88 out of 100

Style: Vanilla Stout

ABV: 6.5 IBU: 24

88/100
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Maine Beer Co. Mean Old Tom

What the brewers say

“Coffee, dark chocolate, aged on vanilla beans. Silky mouthfeel.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Faint spice and soft chocolate with a pleasant roasted background. Slight grassy hops and a hint of tartness brighten it up a bit, though there’s a faint hint of sour milk.”

Flavor: “Dark chocolate with a very roasty, almost astringent finish accentuated by the hops. The vanilla adds nice underlying spice but isn’t particularly strong. Finish is smooth and creamy, with lingering dry coffee and hops bitterness.”

Overall: “It’s nice to taste a beer with restrained adjuncts. In this case, the vanilla adds some complexity throughout but isn’t a dominant characteristic. The underlying stout is balanced toward the bitter side, but that comes across well in this case and leaves a dryer impression where the dark roast notes linger on the tongue.”

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