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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,900 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 132 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001)
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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -6.8%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -6.8%

djrn2, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -6.8%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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'.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, May 29, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
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

kylehay2004, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Jul 05, 2006
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

JAHMUR, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Jun 11, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of nickfl
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.

nickfl, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 14, 2006
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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.