Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 179 | 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 Shaw
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours essentially black with a light brown head that reduces quickly to a fine ring in my glass.

The light aroma mixes tannins, roasted malt and coffee notes.

The flavor is also strong with roasted, almost burnt, flavor. There are also light grassy flavors.

The body is light and almost watery.

I was surprised by this beer. It's better than I expected, which confirms an old friend's belief that you can't mess up a porter (one of the two beers that make up this Black & Tan).

Photo of pwoods
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoled this from the P's after they got back from vacation.

12oz. brown bottle, twist off cap, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours dark brown with maples hues in the light. About a finger worth of light tan, slightly fizzy head. Decent retention and little lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malts with a large 'premium lager' grainy, gritzy backbone.

T/M: Lightly roasted malts with a sweet cola taste. Lightly hopped to balance. Body is medium light the good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and very sessionable. Would be a decent stand by beer.

Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a surprising beer from Yuengling...I tasted one a while back but did not really remember it...For $9 a 12 pack, money cannot buy a better B&T
A: Pours a nice rich color that leaves an off-white head that leaves a decent lace

S: Interesting notes of toasted malts, a slight mix of hops, and a sweeter note

T: This beer tastes similar to Warsteiner Dunkel, which happens to be one of my favorite session beers due to its quality and taste, but Id say now that this takes the cake

MF: Very smooth going down, medium/light in body, crisp and clean aftertaste

D: Session beer

Photo of Onenote81
2.38/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

*No freshness date on the bottle*

Poured a dark cola color with hints of ruby coming through as the light shines in. Poured with a monstrous faomy tan head. This bottle took about 4 minutes to pour completely. The lacing was absent though.

Smelled the toasted malt, some coffee, and a little raisin; almost wine-like characteristics.

First taste I picked up was a smack of metal. This lasted only for the first few sips though. Also tasting some raisin, malt, grape jam. Smooth drink, but very flat and thin. Carbonation absent. I like a good porter, but this was a shallow and weak B&T.


Photo of mixcat
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the best dark beer for the money bar none.
You just cant buy a better beer in the price range. I picked up a 12 pack this weekend for $8.99 and enjoyed it very much.
Super smooth, no bite. perfect blend of sweet and smooth.
Its much better then the standard Yuengling. I wouldnt even have known it was the same company if I didnt see the lablel. Well done.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark roasted amber with an initial 2 finger fizzy dark khaki colored head that quickly settled to a light sudsy covering.

S: rather uneventful, a light roasted malting and not much else here.

T: The flavor started out with a thin roasted malting with slight smoky charred hints. A light watery coffee flavor is evident in the middle of the palate while some light ripe dark fruit (plums) round things out. Overall the flavor was subdued with a lack of heartiness and character per style.

M: very thin, watery with a flat carbonation leading to a major disappointment and drawing comparisons to Guinness.

D: I could drink it, but honestly why bother, light, watery body is a turn off especially for a porter. Goes down easy enough I guess so we will call this a wash.

Photo of grmarcil
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a small, tan head that recedes quickly. No lacing. A dark, almost black color that is quite red when observed with light behind.

Faint smell of grain and cocoa. Did not seem very noticeable, but I'm a bit stuffy at the moment.

Taste begins largely with a sharp, biting sensation; mellow, smooth body; finishes with a pleasant, gentle taste of roasted grains and chocolate. Slightly burnt, slightly puckering, too.

A good beer overall, and a good value, too. Refreshing and easy to drink, but offers a nice change of pace from the typical less-expensive drinking beer.

Photo of JerseySlim
4.38/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark color with a slightly tan head

S - Good roasty aroma, some hints of chocolate

T&M - Very good tasting beer. Nice, full mouthfeel without being overpoweringly heavy

D - I could drink this all day, if it were available in my hometown. I usually only get it when visiting relatives or traveling to the east coast on business. Picked up two cases a couple of weeks ago, and it's almost gone.

Photo of Tilley4
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, this isn't bad...not bad at all...

Almost black appearance with a small wispy head..

Aroma is grainy with a surprisingly nice chocolate maltiness...

This is a good tasting brew with a pronounced chocolate maltiness to it. Its noy a cocoa bomb or anything but hell, its still good..

I'm going to keep this nice little brew around, I think. Its very accessible and tastes better than 90% of thee other macros out there.

Photo of JDV
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of ford9719. Thanks!
Pours black with a short lived head. Slightly less than opaque. Smell is soy sauce and roasty malt. Taste is soy, mostly and not good at all. Just roasty soy sauce and is undrinkable, really. Not enjoyable in the least.

Photo of PeskySaurus
4.55/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling Black & Tan was a new brew to me, and I was pleasantly surprised.. I buy this now when I can splurge a little bit but not over the top.

Although it was keen drinking straight from the bottle, it is even better once I poured it into a clean beer glass. The aroma immediately fills your nose of something akin to coffee and perhaps carmel. It appears to be a dark beer, though it leaves coffee-like stains if you spill.

The taste is magnificent, one of the few beers I've had that actually make you want to lick your lips. It reminds me of a Starbucks Frappachino of sorts. Think Guinness but less bitter and filling. All in all, this is a fine domestic beverage that I will be enjoying in the future.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer straight out of the bottle.

I wasn't impressed with the smell it was a bit roasty but the wheat and grain smell was much stronger.

It had a full flavor, a little heavy, a bit yeasty, and finshed with a slight aluminum flavor. The mouthfeel was not bad.

Could have 1 or 2 at a time, no more...

Photo of hiikeeba
4.38/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up almost black with a long lasting tan head

S - Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Wonderful.

T&M - Smooth and creamy, with a sweet choclate flavor that compliments the roast malts.

D- I really like this beer and could drink several at a sitting. I wish it was available in my home town.

Photo of asabreed
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This was closer to a stout or porter than I'd have thought, not opaque but not as much light coming through as I thought, with mild lacing and head retention around the top of the glass.

Smell: Sweeter malts and mild hop presence but not much else.

Taste: Mild darker malts with little hop presence, a bit of caramel sweetness and chocolate at the finish. Not really complex, and fairly average, but decent.

Mouthfeel: A little slick and lighter to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: I prefer the Yuengling lager, especially since I'm originally from western PA, and I have a soft spot for it from college. I'm not the biggest fan of the style to begin with, but it's not bad if you're craving a brew as such, especially an easy-going darker brew in warmer weather.

Photo of everetends
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Get this on tap at various places around here and recently had a keg of it at a party, served from a kegerator. Poured into a pint.

A: Looks good with a dark brown pour with an nice big off white head. Almost opaque and has a bit of stickiness to it.

S: Smells of malt and caramel. That is about all I am getting.

T: Taste did not impress me at all. Tasted like burnt ass. I can taste some malt that seems to be overly roasted, a touch of carmel, cream and then hops sneak in. Not a good balance at all.

M: This beer was creamy and had a good coat to it for the style, not that it was pleasant considering the taste. Still very well represents the style.

D: I guess you could drink it but the taste turns me off completely. I have revisted this beer many times and all to the same result. I will avoid but I am sure there are folks that love it. I guess I will have to go to Penn and try it there.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown near black until held to a light which reveals a very nice looking cherry stain color along with a small milk chocolate colored head that looks inviting,but is unable to produce any visible lacing.The aromas are powdery and mineral like,with some burnt coffee notes.Mostly a weak watery coffee taste with some hints of bitter chocolate and slight caramel that is terribly understated in this gritty and borderline dirty brew.Seems like a watered down Stout,not a Porter.I had some expectations for this black&tan and I must say it was very dissapointing.Until I get to try a bottled b&t that is better than this,I will stick with the real thing.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark, almost opaque brown. Two finger head recedes to thin film, moderate lacing.

S - Buttery roasted malt aroma backed by generic lager scent. Quite appetizing.

T - Interesting combination of slight caramel malts with average lager flavor. Finishes with an unbalanced buttery/adjunct/earthy flavor. Not nearly enough flavor here, especially if a decent porter or stout is involved. Noticable hop bitterness in the finish, but nothing distinct.

M - Moderate carbonation, but far too thin to be representative of a black and tan.

D - I loved sessioning this stuff last night, but after really evaluating it right now, I wouldn't have another. A decent and cheap session beer, especially with folks coming over.

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

Poured a very dark brown with a nice, creamy looking head. Gos lacing.
Smell had notes of vanilla, roasted malts and coffee. Mild twinge of hops as well noticed.
Taste was very unique in a pretty good way.
As Idrank this beer, cream soda kept coming to mind. Very much noted with vanilla undertones. Pretty strong at that.
Not a bad beer, very drinkable and pleasing.
Mouthfeel pretty good as well

Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle.

Well I am pretty happy with this black and tan in that it provides decent porter muscle with all the malty goodness involved and a real drinkability from the lager part. Seems this is well priced in the States where it is available which to my mind makes this good value and a nice drinking beer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hey this is a nice deep brown beer with a good looking tan head. Nice roasty aroma, full of chocolate and dark malt. I guess this is kinda like a lite porter or something. Tastes a bit of roasted malts and some caramel. I don't get any hop notes and all of the flavors are subtle and in the background.

Really a good drinkable beer, easily sessionable on a hot Memorial Day weekend. I don't see any reason why I won't drink this again and stock up on it given the opportunity.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Dark brown with off white head. Decent retention.

S. Smells faintly of barley.

T. Pretty good, notes of roasted barley come through here and its pretty sweet too. There is a hint of coffee in there as well.

M. A bit watery but not too bad at all.

D. We pounded quite a few of these before a sports game, and though they were pretty heavy, not too bad at all going down.

Photo of jonahjuice
2.15/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Here in WV some people rave about anything Yuengling. You can't buy it in state so I guess that is what makes some people think it is special, but it is not really. This black and tan tastes ok. But any porter taste in it is mild. It has a very light taste, nothing bad and nothing great. It goes in the same class as Amber Bock.

As with all Yuengling beer, I buy and drink it because it is cheaper and tastes better then other cheap beer. But it is lacking in taste.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby-purple and nearly black when out of the light, the color is pretty but the head is small and short lived. The head quickly reduces to a ring of foam, but swirling brings up a finger for a few seconds only. A small amount of lace is present.

S - I can smell the two components distinctly. Roasty coffee and tootsie roll notes from the porter, and slightly hoppy mineral notes from the lager. The overall result is pretty nice! It's like mild milk chocolate coffee-flavored candy.

T - Bitter and roasty with lots of coffee flavor, some chocolate and green grass notes are in there too. Not quite as nice as it smells, but this is good stuff.

M - Relatively light in body, aggressively carbonated, and chalky on the finish.

D - This would be a good "pick your pony and ride it all night" session brew since it's light and refreshing enough to drink for long periods of time, but it's interesting enough to keep me interested sip after sip. In this way, it sort of reminds me of a schwartzbier in it's lightly roasted but highly drinkable nature.

Photo of daythree16
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown to black in color. The one finger head dissipates and leaves a little lace on the glass. Looks like a stout and pale ale mixed together.

Smell is smoky with a hint of citrus. After the beer settles, it's hard to detect much at all. The nose is deceiving, because the taste is very clean with very subtle notes of that stout smokiness and little hop character.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and almost watery, and this could definitely be a session beer.

Photo of lionking
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle from Yuengling's Xmas variety pack (Lager, Ale, black & tan).

Appearance-Poured a nice two finger head. Pitch black color in the glass. Aroma is of roasted grains to start then it smells like beer. Taste is kind of what it really is, porter watered down with a regular macrobeer(Yuengling Premium). The dark appearance of the beer leads you to expect more on the taste side than what it really is. Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkability is not bad. I have never been a big fan of porters and YB&T but if after starting off with some other beers the YB&T is not bad.

Yuengling Black N Tan is a mix of Yuengling Porter and Yuengling Premium. This beer was a big deal back in the late 80s when it was introduced, back before there was any sort of craft beers to speak of other than Sam Adams in my neck of the woods. A better mix you can do at home is the half n half of Porter and Lord Chesterfield Ale. The Ale has more flavor and aroma than the premium and I think it is a better balance with the porter.

Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
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