Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 653
Hads: 2,149
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 303 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, char, and slight cocoa powder aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, grain, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing very memorable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle. (562 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Thin tan head with a little lacing on a jet black body

S: caramel malt comes through the most and other wise not much else there.

T: caramel malt up front fading to roasted malt. A touch of chocolate and licorice notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. 

Overall: easy to drink but not a fan of the genre (326 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear, very dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that slowly faded away, leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has notes of chocolate, nutty and toasted malts in the flavors. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth yet thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very smoothly and is easy to drink because of its light body and low alcohol content. (664 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.39/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked at Total Wine in Alexandria. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours near black with a fairly thick tan head. Head is quite bubbly and leaves some pretty good lacing. The nose is not terribly good. A slight bit of roast and maybe mild chocolate. The flavor is a bit worse than that. Tastes like someone threw a bit of black malt into a regular Yuengling. Feel is light and prickly. Not a terribly good beer and I will say that I was expecting more. (456 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

for the price there isnt a better black and tan going. the 16oz cans are nice too. the pours a really dark, just like the porter, a little less thick, but equally dark, hersheys brown with a small off white head lastign just seconds. smells chocolatey, i think much more porter in this blend than 50/50, at least thats what the nose tells me, with all that dark roasty malt. the flavor is also favoring porter, but its lighter in feel, and there is a paler malt profile the the look or the smell give away. a little dark cocoa, a little burnt toast, there is a slightly bitter finish on it. smooth feel, maybe a touch heavy on the carbonation, but the body is medium as it should be, and its easy to put a few of these away, especially in the fall. far far superior to the regular yuengling lager. (797 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smoother and lighter in flavor than the appearance indicates. A solid brown with ruby highlights brew that shows low levels of lossely knit carbonation--looks a lot like cola. Aromas improve. There is a light toasted malt flavor with a mild caramel hint. Tastes moderately malty, caramelly, toasty, nutty, and a bit buttery. All flavors are a bit on the bland side, but provides smoothness. The finish holds a good bit of graininess, then waters into the aftertaste. Not bad, just a bit weak and grainy. (503 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hated the Black & Tan the first time I had it. I thought it was horrible on every level. I'm not sure what made me try it again but it was surprisingly much better the second time around. The pour of this beer is a deep brown, nearly black with a tan head. The aromas are a mix of hops and burnt charcoal. The taste is very toasted. Toasted heavily to say the least. The mouthfeel is bitey and carbonated. Pretty good stuff. (426 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a huge foamy head with average retention. Aroma of roasted malt is mildly entertaining. Taste is bitter from the roasted malt with some sweetness. Not much hops were discernable and body was a bit too light for my own taste. (267 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black with a tan head. Nah, that's way too easy. Actually, when backlit with pallid morning sunshine, the beer is dark cherry in color. Okay, so the head is still tan. It's a fairly decent looking lid and does a passable job when it comes to glass coverage.

The nose is modestly dark malty (steely caramel primarily) and earthily, mustily hoppy. In fact, it reminds me of a Euro dark lager; that slightly more appealing variation on the Euro pale lager blueprint. I'm neither repulsed nor impressed, so... average it is.

Black & Tan is an unequal mixture of Porter (60%) and Premium (40%), two beers that didn't exactly rock my world. What are the chances, then, that this one will? Not good, as it turns out. Still, it isn't bad beer; it's just humdrum, generic, 'dark' beer that struggles to find an identity. Think of it as a watered-down porter and you won't be too far off the mark.

The flavor profile consists of powdered chocolate, dark caramel (that has an extract vibe) and, surprisingly, a dab of melted butter. Metallic doesn't fit, but mineral-like does. The only way this beer is ever going to be good is if the base beers are improved. And I'm not holding my breath for that to happen since I'm sure the brewery and all of its faithful followers love the status quo.

At the risk of repeating myself, the mouthfeel is what happens when two beers with less than stellar mouthfeels are combined. It's borderline thin on the front end and full-on thin by the finish. What, you were expecting Storm King?

Yuengling Black & Tan is nothing if not predictable beer. Having had the lager and the ale that create it, I pretty much knew what to expect. The most enjoyable, drinkable versions of this style combine the best attributes of their base beers. This one, unfortunately, had no chance from the word 'Go'. (1,821 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to my Father-in-Law for opening me up to another new, but common brew that I may have overlooked....

Well we ran out so I had to hit the father in laws fridge again. This is
never a bad thing per se, depends on the day I guess. Today I find the
Yuengling black and tan. Now believe it or not I had not had one before.
I am usually not one for anything Yuengling, except if I am dying of
thirst, but what the hell I will give it a try....Ice cold bottle coming out of the fridge, poured a very nice dark brown with a foamy off white head that slowly receded leaving behind a nice lacey fringe around the top. Some visible carbonation was noted, looked decent, sorta like a mixed up black and tan, but I didnt expect them to be seperated in the bottle still.

First indications of smell were sweet, caramel was picked up almost immediatly and sort of a burnt smell, roasted malts, and a touch of an english hop perhaps. Not overly strong in the smell category, but noticeable none the less. First impression of the taste was very smooth, almost effortless delivery. Great carbonation gave it the silky feel as you were drinking it. Not too watered down, but not overly think either. Had the sessionable consistency one looks for in a low ABV beer. Flavor was intresting, albeit somewhat muted. Sweet character was the most noticeable, along with some lighter hoppy flavors and a touch of a grain or yeast. Not overly strong or distinct flavor profile, again not the bad either, I would say pretty standard for a dark macro.

Overall, let me get it out of the way by saying I would not really consider this a black and tan. To me this is more of a light porter in both feel and flavor. It was though fairly decent for a Yuengling lager, which I normally really cannot tolerate at all. This was the very least a pleasant suprise. Quite refreshing later in the evening and really just not that bad at all. I would definalty be very open to giving this another try. Seems to be very enjoyable and a good suprise at the end of the night, but again not a true black and tan, I would call it Yuengling Porter. (2,129 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown color with a small tan head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled faintly on roasted coffee and a little of malt.

T - It had a malty taste with a little bitter flavor. It seemed a little watery, but not too much.

M - Very soft and thin. Little carbonation.

D - It's drinkable, but if I'm going to have a Black & Tan it will be a traditional one. (403 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with a light head,the aroma is a little fruity and roasted.The taste is lightly malty and a little chocolaty not much complexity but straight forward.A little thin for the style but for a cheaper beer its a pretty good buy when you dont have much cash but want something darker. (306 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a dark, yet clear, mahogany color with a fluffy tan head.

S: A bit of toasty and somewhat roasted malts and grains along with a mild sweetness. The lager portion seems to ruin the nose, to be honest.

T: More of the same from the flavor. Just a mild roasted flavor and lots of grainy sweetness. There's sort of a weird "off" flavor that I can't quite identify either, maybe a bit of metal?

M: Light in body with far too much carbonation to be enjoyable.

D: Pretty "bleh" offering here. The adjunct lager is really overdone in this beer and just detracts from any part of it that could be enjoyable. (616 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. single for $0.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a foamy, light beige head. Bits of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Very dialed down scent smelling of roast and unsweetened chocolate with a noticeable grainy note present.

Taste: Roasty, grainy malt character with touches of chocolate, stale caramel squares, and coffee. Light sweetness. Very minor dark fruitiness. Light hop bitterness. A bit of roast and cocoa (but only a bit, mind you) on the fleeting finish. Slight metallic twang perks up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Comes across as a bit watery.

Drinkability: Lacking and thin as a black & tan or porter or even just a beer. In all honesty, I would rather just reach for their Traditional Lager. (812 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - One finger of medium brown head on a nearly opaque, dark brown body with good clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Malty with lots of caramel and some roasted aromas. There is a mild hop aroma in the background that just barely peeks out from behind the malt.

T - Light, clean malt with the watery, roast flavor of weak coffee. A bit of caramel comes by during the otherwise clean finish.

M - Medium-light body, with moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nothing special, but easy to drink and pretty good for a dark macro beer. (565 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh, Black & Tan, the beer that really built Dick's house. They're advertising now that it was the Traditional Lager that started it all (with Norbie's recipe in '87), but the fact of the matter is that the immense popularity of the Black & Tan came first (1986 - a blend of their dark brewed porter and premium lager). It was so popular in fact, that it had to be contract brewed because they couldn't produce enough of it at the little brewery on the hill. And let's be honest about it all, that was driven, at least in part, by the lack of anything else in the market at the time. The revival of their Porter in Philadelphia, greatly due in part to the bartenders at the Khyber Pass, spurred it, and soon the Yungling name was known. How it spread from there, similar to Coors popularity on the east coast, I'm not sure.

It's a clear deep-mahogany brown with almost ruby highlights beneath a short head of frothy tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves some spots and streaks of lace behind.

The aroma is fairly generic. There's a subtle touch of yeasty fruitiness, and it suggests some dark malt, but none really stands out. Nor do any hops, although there is a hint of grassy and floral character in the background.

The flavor is not much different, which may explain why it was so widely accepted. There's a bit of gently toasted malt that has a dark caramel edge to it, but it's not chocolately at all. There's a kind of burnt sugar edge to it as well. Keep in mind that the Porer isn't really that rich either, and this is just half of that. Some minor grassy hops and floral hops round it out, and stiff bitterness balances it, leading to a dry, short-lingering finish that's dusted with floral notes.

Overall, it's fairly drinkable in that there's nothing objectionable to it. It offers a little bit of flavor, and a fairly nice appearance. Not bad. (1,877 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty but weak and contains faint smells coffee and hops.

T: Much like the smell, the taste is a little weak as well. There’s a little coffee, smoke, caramelized malt & hops flavors.

M: Smooth but watery, medium carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

D: Not very filling, easy to drink but mostly because of the lack of flavor. It wasn’t bad, but it would necessarily be my first choice, even if I’m trying to be frugal. (624 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ewwww.... screw cap!!! Minus points instantly.

Pours a light fizzy off white colored almost 1 fingered head that fades semi slowly, touch of lacing, semi clear for how dark it is, cola brown colored.

Nose is not so great, smells like a poor fermented corn stalk sugar, like a corn stalk or cane sugar that was fermented poorly, cola syrup, earthy like corn I think, touch of molasses like too, and a bit of unhappy lagering.

Taste is just as lame, a bit of a biscuity malt before going into that earthy root flavor, fermented corn stalk again with a bit of a corn like taste perhaps but more like the sugar poorly fermented again, and even that syrup tastes burnt somehow. Syrupy molasses flavors, a bit of a bad root beer syrup, etc. There is a touch of an unhappy lager but not really sulfur or skunk, just poorly lagered. it also brings some of the hops I really don't like, earthy herbal Hedgerow like U.K. style bitter hops, chewy leafy with mild to moderate bitterness. All that and it's still a bit watery. Finish is somewhat clean, and more watery, bit of molasses and fermented corn stalk sugar, more semi bitter U.K. earthy herbal hops, bit sticky.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, pretty lame for a black and tan, decent carb though.

Overall unimpressed, pretty lame beer all around, this didn't really have anything going for it. (1,342 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like the flagship from this brewery, now time to try a rare style from them. Beer pours a very dark red color. Not much head to it. Faint aroma. Taste is medium bodied, kind of a subdued flavor to it and nothing really 'stands out'. Very smooth and drinkable none the less, but just a bit bland to me. Definitely a beer that's smooth and easy to finish, but I feel it could use a better hop kick to it or at least some more maltiness flavorwise, kind of stuck in the middle. Meh, (488 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was the recipient of 5 of these that a friend didn't want, I poured from the 12oz brown bottle into a Bass ale glass.

A - dark translucent mahogany w/ a 1/2 inch tawny rocky cap. Lace clings well and there a slowly rising bubbles visible

S - Pistachio and mild cocoa w/ hints of caramel sweetness in the aroma w/ dry toast nose and subtle fruity yeast esters. The aroma has a slightly brown biscuit scent

M - Mild carbonation w/ slight yeast tanginess and mild sweetness in the finish w/ roasted texture and medium body

T - The flavor is caramel upfront followed by a toasted gentle bready taste w/ mild roasted bean notes. The subtle hop spicing accents the mild coffee-like taste. The hops seem to emerge gradually as the beer warms w/ light ale flavor after the mild dark malt taste subsides. The taste is unique since It incorporates two lagers - the porter uses a lager yeast and the premium is a lager w/ pils as the basis. the flavor is full and is a nice blend of the two beers.

A - a standard/basic black and tan w/ too much sweetness for my taste. but is a choice that is good for a beer that is sort of a tweener. I like the fact it has some hop flavor from the Premium, but wish it had mor porter character (1,227 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much of a head with soda like carbonation. A little too harsh on the palate, astringent with both grain and burnt flavours. The crispness helps not bring these faults out too much but they are there. An odd sweetness is in the middle, some dextrins that lost their way? Average at best. (290 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured mahogany with a 3 fingers tan head. No head retention or lacing

S: Some fruittyness

T: Fruitty & some grainyness up front. Finishes fruitty with a slight choclate note

MF: Light to medium body with good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, not bad. Went well with sushi (283 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a decent sized tan head dwindles rather quickly leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma: Mild cocoa and coffee tones peek through with some fruity softness present as well. Taste: Dark roasts are pleasant very mild flavors some fruit and caramel notes with the dark chocolate and coffee accents, it finishes a bit dry. Mouthfeel: Medium to light body decent carbonation. Drinkability: Much rather have their porter, but this isn't bad in the realm of macros or preblended Black and Tans. (518 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent light tan, three-figner head. A touch of lace on glass is apparent as I consume. Deep brown in color, this beer does not have the touch of ruby that is common in this sort of beer.

Chocolate notes with a slight yeast bite are present in the aroma. The hop is soft. There's also a small amount of soapiness.

Predominately chocolate malt in the flavor. The hop is muted. Overall, the flavor is weak. It's a little watery--a very thin beer. The aftertaste is short-lived. In some ways, this is a very "drinkable" beer, but I find it one-dimensional and uncomplicated. (577 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12/25/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color with less than one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe some light vanilla. Slightly better than the taste but not by much.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and light chocolate.

m - Light body and high carbonation evident that stings the tongue.

d - An ok beer but not very good. A below average black and tan; wouldn't seek out again. (518 characters)

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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
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