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Michelob Black & Tan - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Black & Tan
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BA SCORE
63
poor

70 Ratings
THE BROS
62
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2001)
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Reviews by Jables:
Photo of Jables
2.95/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep black with an off white head.

Smells slightly roasted and thats about that, not a whole heckuvalot goin on there. Faint caramel and chocolate come through on the nose as it warms but still very faint.

Taste is roasted with chocolate malts and some caramel. A slightly clean, bitter finish but still not really a whole lot goin on. It brings a whole lot more to the table than any other AB product though.

Mouthfeel is too thin for this style.

Overall, I would say this isn't a great beer but it' s definitely not a horrible beer. Actually it surprised me just how palatable this selection actually is. It's by no means something to write home about but if nothing better than AB/Miller/Coors is available, I'd take this without thinking twice.

Jables, Jan 13, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of twi1609372
2.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just want overtly impressed with this one. It was dark and had a fair taste to it. for a black and tan, a bit light. nothing to get worked up over...good or bad.I would drink this again, but i wouldent bet on it happeing soon. Quite filling for the kick you get, two will fill you up.

twi1609372, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of Jason
2.6/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist bottle, with a “Born On Date” on the label on the neck.

Appearance: Very dark brown colour with a short lived head.

Smell: Slight burnt aroma with hints of sweet molasses and a mildly astringent metallic-like grain.

Taste: Moderate body with an upfront crispness, rounded smoothness and a medium leveled carbonation. Mild roasted flavours with an eternal grainy flavour, hops are processed and for bittering balance. A growing astringency rides up the palate from the get go though some residual sweetness holds it off until the finish.

Notes: Pretty one-dimensional with some astringent flavours that are a bit of a nuisance. A bottled black and tan is a fallacy, a real black and tan should be poured gently so both beers are separate / layered not totally blended.

Jason, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Again with Michelob, very appealing packaging. This was very similar to the other "premium" Michelob varieties. Pours like dark water with a few bubbles. The smell is of grain. Taste is malty, with decent hoppiness. Chemical characteristics pervade the taste. Glad I tried it but won't be back.

Rifrafboy, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the Holiday sampler box that includes a couple of nice glasses. This is a combo of Porter and Lager, according to the label. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown, with a decent beige head with some good retention and lacing. Not much to the nose, but some roasty dark malt is evident. Mouthfeel is ok, adequate carbonation and a bit of malt. Slight hop feel.

Taste is better than I expected. Bittersweet chocolate malty flavor overwhelms here, with a dry finish that has just a tang of hops.

Overall, much better than I expected from an AB product. I could have a couple more of these for good measure.

merlin48, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of mdtnelson
1/5  rDev -59.8%

mdtnelson, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of ADR
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Out of a sampler pack...

Dark brown with light bronze light transmission. Head is 1/4 inch and of decent duration, but rather granular. Simple drip lacing. Aroma emerges as malty, but more as simple corn syrup sweet. The flavor just doesn't meet specifications well -- a little bitter ash, stale cocoa, and a watery sensation that leads to a sourish aftertaste. I expected this to at least have a rolling creaminess to it, but rahter, it is too strident in flavor profile with a thin body.

ADR, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Deep ruby brown tone with a bubbly tan head quickly disipates away, leaving thin lacing how said and this beer was bottle conditioned too. Aroma: Once again a dark beer gone wrong, slight coffee and chocolate from the dark roasts used here just so dumbed down absolutely too light. Taste: Offness of slightly burnt graininess no positive flavor going on mild cream stout tone in the backbground this is sorry. Mouthfeel: So damn thin it's sick c'mon give us something decent we know A-B is capable of better than this. Drinkability: Gave it a shot due to the fact that I've never tried this Christmas sampler from Michelob I decided to go against my better judgement and grab one, please don't make the same mistake.

WVbeergeek, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of skm
1.75/5  rDev -29.7%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of hophugger
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

hophugger, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.23/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A re-review--found in the back of the fridge from the winter sampler pack. This one pours a very thin black with no head. The taste of day old coffee is very thin, still leaves a bad aftertaste. A bad attempt and simply a waste of time and money on this one.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.95/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, this brew had a small creamy tan head that consisted of medium sized bubbles. There was good lacing with this brew and it had a brown body with fizzy carbonation present. It had a mild coffee aroma to it and a medium bitter flavor that wasn't too bad.

hotstuff, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of mikesgroove
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

from notes, this one was brought up to the cabin by my father in law in a mixed 12 pack of michelob brews. served cold and me and my brother in law kicked these back on the deck on night.

pours a decent brown color with a small head of cocoa that seemed to hang just long enough for it to coat the glass just a touch before settling back to just a broken crown that barely coated the sides of the glass. aroma is mixed bag, lots of caramel and cocoa notes with a hint of earth hops, but it just seemed pushed together without any real balance to it. flavor is not as bad, but still kind of rushed together and not at all what i would want. creamy finish is sweet and very short lived.

overall not the best beer in the world, and dont think i would do it again.

mikesgroove, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Brent
2.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

According to the label, a blend of lager and porter, rather than the customary stout. The porter must be quite mild, as it lended very little in the way of nuttyness, coffee, roasted malt or anything else it could/should have. Overall, the beer was a bit thin and had a sour/astringent character. If anything, this would come closest to passing for a dunkel lager. Not undrinkable, simply unmemorable.

Brent, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just goes to show you what a “beer geek” will sample, looking for that “Holy grail” of beers, not that I thought this would be it.

The beer pours a deep black walnut brown, the head modest in size and the accompanying lace sufficient to coat the glass. Nose is light malt, sweet caramel and nicely done actually. Cloyingly sweet at the start, the top skeletal, the finish caustic, and the hops present but light with the aftertaste dry. I will give it a drinkable rating, which is “Average”, but in fairness to real beer, can go no higher.

Gusler, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of ifixufly
1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

ifixufly, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
1.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

If only this beer tasted as good as it looks. Its color is a dark mahogany with a thick caramel-colored head which fades to a thin layer with plenty of lace. I really did not like the taste of this beer, it begins with coffee notes, which would be pleasing, but the flavor is that of stale coffee. It does improve a bit as it warms, the caramel taste seems to assert itself a bit more, and the stale coffee flavors are somewhat less prominent. The aroma is quite odd, smoky but with an underlying metallic note. Not that good and certainly nothing like a black and tan.

Pegasus, Apr 02, 2002
Photo of happygnome
2.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a dark maroon almost brown color with about an inch of head the disappears quickly leaving a little lacing around the edge of glass . There is a lot of carbonation rising to the top fo the beer

s: sweet, sweet aroma. Molassis. In my opinion the aroma is overly sweet

t: sweet flavor roasted malts and sweet molasis

m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, a decent brew but one that I will pass on in the future

happygnome, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Shiloh
2.9/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Everything about this critter is average, and if average is what you are looking for......you are in luck!!! I can find no faults with this brew nor can I find any real character.....Needs a little work.

Shiloh, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of KoG
2.55/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a black and tan... if you made it in a blender and hit liquify. But besides the non layered, already been mixed appearence, it wasn't appaling at all. Reminiscent of a lighter porter. No head though...

Smell is sweet with a light hop following. Meh...

Tastes like it smells. It does however come through a bit in the middle as a black and tan... but that flash goes by pretty quickly.

Drinkable, that is to say it can be drunk.

KoG, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of Ahhdball
3.18/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was introduced to this at my cousin's grad party and to be quite honest it's not that bad for a mega-brew.

Dark amber in color, with virtually NO smell. Taste was surprising and went down vry smooth. No aftertaste or "chewiness", if this was supposed to be a Porter it missed in this catagory.

Overall I enjoyed this beverage and wouldn't mind having another. Cheers "Uncle" Tim! Thank you.

Ahhdball, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.58/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black that hid ruby highlights until held before a bright light. Nice thick head - even better than the Michelob Hefeweizen that I "raved" about before. Takes a while to settle down. Smell has hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Certainly the most impressive aroma from a Michelob I've ever smelled. The taste, however, is disappointing. The first half of the taste is typical Michelob blandness where you can't piece together anything. The back half, however, makes this the best tasting Michelob I've had (admittedly, that isn't saying much). Hints of roasted malt, a bit of hops, and a smidgeon of chocolate malt - this ain't a normal Michelob. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel reverts back to tried and true form - boooring. The only thing different with this one is a bit of astringency that lingers in the mouth compared to the rest of the beers in the sampler pack. I'm giving this one a 4 on drinkability for seemingly breaking the Michelob mold. I don't know how they got this one out of the brewery, but it isn't half bad at all.

jlervine, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of Doyle
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Doyle, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of TastyTaste
2.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not Impressed at all. A thin dark substance that claims to be a black and tan, but is just black. Tastes like burnt chocolate, wishes it could be a decent black and tan, but it is just not very good. Too watery and overpriced for my tastes, spend more and get more.

TastyTaste, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
2.05/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a thick brown head that goes quickly, not much carbonation. Deep ruby brown color. Hoppy after taste. Not what I expected with a black & tan, remind me not to buy this Michelob sampler again. Almost medium bodied. What I would like to know is whose porter are they using??? The ABV is 5%.

jdhilt, Feb 10, 2003
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Michelob Black & Tan from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.