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Grand Ridge Black & Tan - Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge Black & TanGrand Ridge Black & Tan

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BA SCORE
81
good

11 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-03-2002)
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Reviews by dgilks:
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dgilks

Australia

2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper colour with a massive pale tan head. Decent head retention.

Odd aroma with tart fruit pairing with a hint of toast. Slightly musty. Disappointing.

Odd combination of sourness matched with a bit of coffee like roast. Fairly solid malt flavour as well but the tartness is off-putting.

Slightly lighter than medium body with a vibrant carbonation that seems way out of place and let to massive head formation.

Really not a great beer and something which doesn't seem to match up to what a Black & Tan should be. it is possible that this is an infected bottle and will possibly re-review in the future but at the moment this is not a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 04:35:20 | More by dgilks
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

05-21-2013 21:33:45 | More by pin
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights and a large lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, milk chocolate and roasted malt. Quite sweet smelling. Some nutty hints also show.
Flavours are dominated by roasted malt with little of the complexity shown in the aroma. Some sweet caramel comes through towards the finish.
Carbonation is much too high and the body feels watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:54:40 | More by CrazyDavros
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich scarlet colour with enormous, explosive beige head - yep, it's a Grand Ridge beer alright. Head, which as I said is huge, retains irritatingly well and is trying my patience because I'd like to pour the rest of the bottle but the damn thing won't go away. Sinks very slowly with a nice fizzing noise. Carbonation is strong and vibrant, while lacing is webbed out but nice and sticky. I'm not sure what a Black & Tan is meant to look like having never had one, but I'm prepared straight off to make this the benchmark and grade all future Black & Tans against this, because this is simply outstanding.

Nose is an odd blend, quite tart with a cherry cola kind of character, a hint of tobacco, maybe some burnt toffee as well, plus some herbal phenols come through as well. Not very aromatic, but an interesting combo and quite pleasant.

Taste is quite dark, with a burnt, roasted flavour on the mid and a very metallic hop character creeping in behind, but my first sip was mostly head, so it may have just come from radicals. Taste is actually quite smooth, with a distinct burnt, almost ashy character not overpowering a nice grainy palate. Distinct barley notes and a herbal hop character that is quite English (yes, of course it's the Gippsland Gold), not as metallic as I first thought. Some light spicy phenols on the mid give it a kind of bock character, although the particular roasty bitter twang is distinctly top-fermented.

This is a beer that hits a lot of the right notes at the right times and, again, as a virgin to the style, I'm going to have t count myself as a fan. It has the brooding mustiness of a rich stout, but its finish is very clean and bitter-hoppy, with a pleasing - if slightly musty - bitterness. Mouthfeel is very nicely full, with a slick character that carries the flavour well without feeling too heavy. An eminently drinkable drop, refreshing, pleasant and nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:04:19 | More by laituegonflable
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brendan13

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown in colour with a inch of light brown head that slowly falls away. Little amount of sporadic lacing.
S - Dark fruit first comes to mind with some maltiness.
T - Malt is more present in the taste with some bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit flavours dominating.
M - Medium, smooth mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation.
D - Nice beer. I think I'd rather drink the Gippsland Gold or Hat Lifter Stout by themselves though depending what mood I'm in.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 09:43:29 | More by brendan13
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so this is my first black and tan, lets see how it goes. Poured a dark brown/nearly black complexion with a nice half inch thick white head that I wasnt expecting. Smell was just how i would expect an ale and a stout to smell together...cloudy faint aromas. Taste was similar, with coffee, some soy sauce, a bit of chocolate here and there...good on the palate. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but besides that, there was a lot more happening here, im not quite sure what but it went down very easily, therefor i can say that it is a very easy beer to drink. Overall a good intro to black and tans, hopefully the ones i try in the future will be as good as this one was. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 13:13:49 | More by jamie2dope
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby red hue with a good creamy head. Quite still, with no carbonation. Lacing very good, the stickiness of the head holds up well.

Nose is roasted malt, with a little spice. It's quite sweet and rich, but light enough to keep some fragrance.

Taste is really quite good. A little roasted note at the start gives way to an astringent, refreshing backpalate with a hint of smokiness. Quite drinkable. Mouthfeel quite bubbly, it could be creamier.

However, this is a very drinkable blend, perhaps owing a little too much of its pleasantness to the wonderful Gippsland Gold. But who knows...

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2006 01:10:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
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joecast

Australia

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

label states it is a mix of their hatlifter stout, and gippsland gold. was sort of hoping it could split into the two beer layers, but no suck luck.

attractivre dark reddish brown color with a small beige foamy head.
aroma is an interesting (if expected) mix of roasted malts and sweet, floral hops.
pretty nice taste. what mainly comes through is a malt sweetness, but still retaining the hop bite from the gippsland.
the only real low point from this is the mouthfeel. not much carbonation, but it still had a pretty crisp and light feel to it. just seemed really out of character.
well, a fairly so-so beer. nothing to get terribly excited about. i thought the idea of a black and tan in a bottle was odd as it seems more of a specialty, on-tap offering. oh well.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 10:52:36 | More by joecast
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koolk

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head and no retention of what little there was. This was made up though by the wonderful, cola/dark cherry colour.

Initial notes of roast, toast and even a little peaty...but then come the sweet malt and hop notes that balance out with the roast to make a great smelling beer.

Flavours start out with some white fruit on the front palate and darker, tighter bitter coffee flavours on the finish. Nice and creamy and decent length, I am enjoying this beer. Is a little 'flat' on the finish, which is my only real complaint.

Have to say, i think this is my second fav. grand ridge beer, next to the Gippy gold. Very intresting brew indeed.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 12:01:02 | More by koolk
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diablo14

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

never seen a black and tan released in bottles before this, and when i had the chance to try it on tap i jumped at the chance. not as good as i would have expected, it is still pretty handy.

looked a bit light in color for a black and tan, has a brown and kind of smokey look. the smell and flavor are pretty much like a roasted gippsland gold, with a little bit of sweetness in there also. not a bad taste, but the finish lacks the punch of gippy gold.

when it comes down to it, the concept of brewing an actual black and tan is pretty cool. the problem is that you try each of these beers (gippsland gold and hatlifter stout) separately, they are really good beers. try them here together it seems they have subdued each other. making it it yourself with the same beers is much much better as the flavors of both still have full effect. great idea tho.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2003 01:41:20 | More by diablo14
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, gets the roastiness from there stout, and that buttery, toffee characteristic from the Gippsland Gold, pretty good, some oilyness, but has a nice dry finish. Also fairly light, but being a black and tan i don't think its meant to be particularly heavy, a pleasant beer, and easy to get in to, pretty tasty. enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 17:27:45 | More by rastaman
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