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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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2,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 26
Gots: 222 | 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 Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
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
2.66/5  rDev -17.4%
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
4.52/5  rDev +40.4%
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
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +35.1%
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
2.91/5  rDev -9.6%
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
2.84/5  rDev -11.8%
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
2.56/5  rDev -20.5%
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
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
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
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
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
2.76/5  rDev -14.3%
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
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like Coca-Cola but with some nice lace. Looks more porter than lager. Pours with visible cascading.

Slightly bland aroma. Has a musty bitter lager smell. Does have a quick hit of molasses. Sweet sugary smell in the nose. Sweetens as it warms.

Initial sweet taste, maybe a little too sweet. Has more of a brown ale flavor than a porter/stout. Brown sugary. Could use more bittering; a bit saccharine.

Feels a little dry, but has some milky thickness. A little weak. It's too sweet for me to drink all night. Could use more balance. Still, it's a decent brew.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown tones with a trace of burgundy. Good clarity. A finger's width of tan foam that slowly bubbles down, leaving a smattering of shiny lace.

Aroma - a nice bit of roasted grain aroma with some sweetened chocolate.

Taste - a good roasted element to the front side. A light bit of diacetyl and bitterness on the swallow. A low hop profile is there, providing balance with some shallow bitterness but little flavoring. The finish has some dark chocolate to it, mild roastiness; all in all a fine offering from Yuengling.

Mouthfeel - thin to average body, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - a sessionable b&t, the sixer was a good decision.

Photo of bonkers
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 ounce can into pint glass

A-Pours Dark with thin head
S-Very faint sweet malt, somewhat bland
T-Malty at first with a faint chocately finish
M&T-Very drinkable/ enjoyable. not heavy or filling
Overall a very drinkable beer, especially at $14 a case

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

Appearance: Looks like a bubbly cola, with a tan head that recedes in seconds with no lacing.

Smell: A little roasted malt aroma, a hint of fruitiness.

Taste: mild flavor of dark malts fade into a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Not much aftertaste to speak of.

Mouthfeel: light/medium, smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkability is ok, not great. This beer just doesn't seem to have many qualities that would make me want to drink it very often at all.

Photo of bltzburgh
2.36/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Was at a local ub ordered a black and tan from a new bar tender, expecting a truse black and tan draft!...got this instead, figured I 'd try it and see...wasn't impressed, finished it and had anohter before decieding to stop at two. Wouldn't dump it by any means but have had a lot better over the years!!

Photo of blakesell
3.81/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian style pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark brown with a pretty big frothy head about three fingers high. Lacing clings to the sides and doesn't dissipate near as quickly as I would expect. This has to be at least the best looking black & tan.

Smell- Smells like a mix between Yuengling porter and lager. Very good balance between the two. Rich like a lager and malty like a porter with a little more hop than would be expected from either of the two. I guess the combination increases the hop character.

Taste- Light and creamy with first the lager malt, then the porter malt rising forth. Very balanced, very drinkable. The biggest gripe I have is that I would personally like more of the porter character to come through. All in all a good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel- Rich, creamy, well carbonated, and medium bodied. Smooth and drinkable.

Drinkability- This beer really shines with it's drinkability. There is a reason why it is sold in 12 pack cans. This could easily be drank with friends in the backyard playing horseshoes. I'll try to pick a little of this up when and if I go to Pennsylvania any time soon.

Photo of Popkorn615
3.81/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface my review by saying that personally, I love all types of Yuengling for the simple fact that it is a beer you can guzzle plentiful amounts of without getting filled up, which makes it a great "party" beer. Even the very dark Black & Tan and Porter flavors are still light enough to leave your stomach empty for some more. In my opinion, Yuengling is a great social beer, so I'm very disappointed to see below average results from The Bros.

A - Pours a dark amber/black shade with a one-fingered malty head. The head slowly dissipates to about 1/2-inch, and then to a transparent glaze after comsuming half of the drink.

S - Nothing about the smell sticks out that much aside from its maltiness, and a little hoppiness as well. If anything, it could use a boost in aroma.

T - Not an incredibly strong taste, but depending on what kind of situation you're in, that could be a good thing (i.e. a drunken social gathering, also known as a party). Tastes malty, hoppy, and slightly coffee-like.

M - A little on the thin side, but again, this adds to its drinkability (see below) because of its lightness.

D - I could have many of these in one sitting. It's a very easy drink.

Photo of portajon
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

after a business trip to Pennsylvania, the singer of my band, the ill mayhem, brought back a few cases of premium yuengling beers. one such flavor that we sampled as premium yuengling black and tan, a local stalwart ( and vastly under-represented beer, outside the PA Area, as well as being the oldest brewery in America, according to the bottle) but it does not measure up to previous recommendations by notable friends. this beer is oaty, simply put, with a brownish amber hue. its slightly bitter aftertaste is in direct relation to its dark nature. the beer doest not overpower the taste buds, on overwhelm the lounge, as i find happens with some other beers of the yeungling distinction. the mild carbonation of this brewing classic makes this beer an excellent ingredient to any boilermaker. honestly, beyond that it isn't exemplary

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