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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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74
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1,779 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,779
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 21
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001)
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -6.8%

03-07-2013 15:06:07 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.8%

09-05-2012 23:52:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 01:43:27 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 12:53:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 16:48:20 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -6.8%

11-25-2011 17:48:04 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 21:16:59 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 17:53:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

01-22-2012 00:48:38 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 19:29:44 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 16:55:05 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 03:27:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kylehay2004

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:36:22 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

03-10-2013 00:06:31 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 22:59:48 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 04:02:40 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 21:00:30 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -6.8%

02-18-2013 10:31:13 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 15:34:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 04:36:54 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 01:23:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2002 19:53:27 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 05:41:39 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2004 18:31:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 18:53:30 | More by Slatetank
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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.