Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom

I think all the snow from yesterday finally melted. I can’t wait until it gets a bit warmer because that can only mean one thing: baseball. And, with baseball comes another of my favorite things: barbecue. For Easter, I’ll be smoking a pork shoulder to make pulled pork, coupled with some homemade barbecue sauce. I usually make a sweet barbecue sauce with molasses and brown sugar and then I do a spicy barbecue sauce with some chipotle peppers. I’m quite excited as I think Kate will be when she reads this post as I haven’t confirmed the menu with her yet. Anyways, let’s review this brew.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: The cat is now obsessed at staring and meowing at the deer in the backyard.

This poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was pronounced vanilla, cocoa nibs and roasted malts. I really enjoyed the nose because it is pretty rare that you can actually place vanilla on the aroma of a beer. The taste was vanilla primarily and then bitter chocolate and black coffee. There was no alcohol warming on the brew, which is to be expected due to the relatively low ABV. The vanilla in the flavor was very authentic. The taste was just amazing. The body was moderately thick with high carbonation. The finish was long with roasted malts. This beer is just awesome. It had great flavors and was complex, yet drinkable. This is one you need to grab off the shelf if you see.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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