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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
poor

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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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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 Dapperticus
3.5/5  rDev +40.6%

Dapperticus, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a very nice garnet color with a solid mocha head into a Bud pils glass. The narrow glass allows this beer to hold at a thin covering and solid collar.

Aroma - a fairly good sweet, slightly smoky aroma, hint of coffee beans, although on the lighter side. Diminishes after a minute and becomes noticeably more difficult to pick up the scent.

Taste - definitely more flavor than most other A-B products. A malty, smoky start taken over by a distracting metallic element. A burst of soda water taste kind of breaks that up. After the swallow, some smooth, mellow, and pretty delicious coffee notes emerge, I was pretty surprised by this much character for a Mich of any kind. A good attempt for a homogenized black and tan.

Mouthfeel - a good smoothness to it, but the carbonation seems a bit high. Other than that this could be a little heavier even if it is half lager. Not bad, but a little less bubbles and some more body could make this a contender.

Drinkability - I could drink several of these. They're tasty enough and not too high in the abv dept.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of palma
3.28/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with a smooth looking tan head that fades quickly but leaves a good lace the rest of the way.
A sweet smelling beer with notes of caramel malt and maple syrup. Also a slight burnt aroma. Taste is mild and mellow with a decent malt character and a light hint of roasted nuts. An odd sourness as the beer rounds out and then a very slight coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth. This brew went down real easy and real quick. Wouldn't mind another one of these at all.

palma, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. There is a light toasted smell that indicates the use of crystal malts. It also has a creamy chocolate smell that compliments the beer's aroma. The taste is light with sweet caramel flavor. It is not as bold as the aroma, but not bad. It is refreshing with a medium body and good carbonation. It is a decent brew and a good drinker; a fine macro.

WesWes, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.2/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must have been in a pleasant mood when I sampled this, or maybe just thirsty. I think I just really wanted a beer, almost any beer. My scores seem a little elevated.
Mildly roasted dark malt aroma, more like a marzen. Not much else. Big and full and foamy brownis ehad. Black with red/mahogany on the edges and clear. Soft and light roasted flavor. Fairly long malt dry finish on front of tongue, with not much taste in the back. Really quite thin, flat and mildly soft. This is okay. Because of the thinness and flatness it drinks quite quickly like a summer beer. Not much of a sipping beer.

garymuchow, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
3.2/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Actually looks pretty good pouring a cloudy very dark brown with a small tan head. Actually even smells good. The aroma includes a lightly roasted malt and very faint chocolate (quite unexpected from this company!). It is a very light bodied somewhat watery, but does include some nice flavors...just watered down. Tastes include the roasted malt and chocolate with an earthy taste and very lightly hopped. It finishes with a carb bite and a very light bitter from the chocolate aftertaste. Okay, now I would have never expected a brew like this from AB, but this one is decent. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Nov 17, 2002
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 yen157
3.1/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown body topped by a khaki head. Moderate to very roasty notes, by not very refined. It seems that instead of using varying grades of roasted malt, they used a bit of black malt and that’s it. That said, it still has qualities of burnt coffee and milk chocolate in addition to an add sweetness that seems to be the Michelob hallmark.

For a black and tan, it proved to be light, crisp from carbonation, and quaffable. Actually, the bubbles were overwhelming at first so a brief rest period is highly recommended. Nice mouth feel after that. Sure, it was a bit thin, but the balance between that aforementioned odd sweetness and astringency from the burnt malt makes everything OK.

yen157, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.1/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a creamy head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles that left a good lacing and a opaque black brown fizzy carbonated body with a roasted malt caramel aroma. It had a slight coffee and caramel flavor.

TheDM, Jun 25, 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 JohnEricaLawson
3/5  rDev +20.5%

JohnEricaLawson, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
3/5  rDev +20.5%

DmanGTR, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3/5  rDev +20.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev +20.5%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
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 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 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 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
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 BeerBuilder
2.88/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a dark brown, almost black color, with a light-brown head that diminishes immediately. The nose is sweet roast malt. The flavors are slight roast malt, hint of hop flavor, and a noticeable hint of chocolate. It is a light-medium bodied beer, which has a smooth finish. Overall, it is a clean, smooth beer for someone who has yet come to appreciate the complexity of a Robust Porter.

BeerBuilder, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of zeff80
2.85/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark brown color with a small, off-white, bubbly, one-finger head. It left very little lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and some chocolate.

T - It tasted sweet and malty with hints of caramel and chocolate. A slight grassy quality.

M - It was soft and a little thin. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay black and tan. I've certainly had better, but it is easy drinking.

zeff80, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of chilidog
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a smaller quick-fade, tan head. Little to no lace on thisone. The taste was of a dark roasted malt & dark chocolate. Reminded me of a bakers chocolate. The beer itself was alittle light on body. Not one to order more than one.

chilidog, Dec 21, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
2.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when you pour it, it looks alright. it is nice and dark with a decent head that dies quickly. it smells right on with a chocolatey roasty aroma.

going down, it first tastes alright. it has a chocolate flavor witha little bit of coffee. then you realize how little of that flavor the beer actually has. if this beer had more flavor, it would be a pretty good black and tan. however, it just doesn't have it.

ElGuapo, Nov 12, 2002
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Michelob Black & Tan from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.