Maine Beer Co. Mean Old TomMay 1, 2015
Mean Old Tom is a stout brewed with two-row pale, chocolate, roasted barley, Midnight Wheat and Caramel 40L malts and flaked oats. It is hopped with Magnum and Centennial hops and aged on vanilla beans.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1068
Brewed in: Freeport, ME
Where to Find This Beer: CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA
Perfect pour, more like a milkshake than a beer. Moonscape head over a silky chocolate robe leaves a lace curtain as it slowly recedes. Nose is enchanting, like being in an old-fashioned candy store. Big mouthfeel is round, rich and malty, coating the palate with luscious floral, earthy and spicy flavors. Finish is clean and wholesome. It would be great with our Dungeness crab, and, I am sure, Maine lobster! We loved it with hangtown fry, an omelet made with local Kumamoto oysters; fougasse bread; and truffle hash brown potatoes.
- Charles Finkel
his is a beer doing the right thing! Black with streaks of red. Earthy roast malt rolls into your aromatic sensors. Wow. An invitation you won’t resist. Vanilla notes not overstated. Cocoa-accented barley malts stand ground. You begin by sipping and savoring. By the time you’re near the end, you’re quaffing, having been taken back into a time when quaffing was an art form and the beer always quaffable. Time warps and you feel your presence in the galaxy. Mean Old Tom is your friend. You navigate back again and again. Remember that I told you so. Have this in your realm.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.