Michelob Black & Tan - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 46
Photo of Pegasus
1.59/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Photo of ZAP
1.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My tour of duty through this miserable Michelob sampler continues...(I think I will give myself a medal of honor when I am done..."Great Lakes Christmas Ale" this weekend)..

Pours a brownish black with a flat Pepsi like appearance...Nose has some hints of dark cocoa and roasted grains....very little flavor...some faint roasted malt and a real bitter aftertaste....moutfeel is very thin and tart on the finish....drinkability would rate low because I don't ever want this in my mouth again unless someone buys me a free one and there is no other beer available..

I'm not a real fan of this style to start with and this one is definitely the worst of this style I have tried...Keep away..

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
1.96/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got 4 of these in the 2006 Michelob Variety 20 pack.

Poured into a pint glass, rich dark brown color, tan head, looks ok.

It smells like roasted malt, nah, make that just malt!

It taste like a Malta, cept it has alcohol in it.

Is that chocolate?... nope it's malta, a little on the thin side.

I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own and it was my least favorite in the mixed pack.

Photo of aaronh
1.96/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Chocolate brown beer pours with a moderate tan head which fades quickly. Strong corn smell, with a bit of hops and maybe a hint of caramel. The taste is odd, somewhat medicinal with a touch of chocolate and burnt flavors. Very harsh mouthfeel due to excessive carbonation. Drinkability is at the level that i wonder what to do with the other one in the sampler. Huge disappointment. I really wanted to like the beers from this sampler. This may be the worst of the bunch. I will not buy this box again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.98/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
2.06/5  rDev -16.9%
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%.

Photo of jtw5877
2.09/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Is this a Budweiser with food coloring in it? I am not just jumping on the anti AB bandwagon, but this is a boring lager. Not much flavor to speak of.
Not a beer I would recommend unless it is free, which this beer was.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

From memory as this is discontinued.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.18/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of winomark
2.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with a wispy tan head.

Aroma: Roasted malt and coffee dominate. Slight bitter tones.

Taste: Nice roasted malt upfront, but the middle is lost in the excessive carbonation. Coffee is present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but quite light. Short, unimpressive finish.

Drinkability: One of the better of the Michelob family of beers. Worth a try, but no need to seek it out.

Photo of mschofield
2.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown, close to black with a three finger tan head, the head disappeared quickly and left no lace.
Doesn't smell or taste as good as it looks, all michelob products have the same base to me, a soapy sort of smell and taste.
Coffee and caramel aroma. Also in the taste with the addition of molasses.
The body is too light, and the taste too sour.

Photo of giblet
2.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

decent color. the head is ok, not quite what i expected. the smell and flava are ok.

i am disappointed with this beer. it had some potential considering the brewer. i am once again left with the empty promise of a great beer from a macro brewer.

not my suggestion regarding a black and tan.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

Photo of TastyTaste
2.42/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of budgood1
2.45/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out a very dark brown color with a slight head and a slight lace does stick to the glass. aroma of lightly roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee overtones....i'm impressed so far. tastes of some dark roasted malts, some chocolate too. a medium body boosts things....but after a few swigs and thinking this is actually a good beer from AB...i'm getting this annoying astringent aftertaste that totally ruins everything. and it lingers on the palate.....oh well ...shame on me for getting my hopes up. i should have known better.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

For this Michelob "specialty" beer, it says that they combine a porter with a lager. I think it's more along the lines of Michelob Amber bock with regular Michelob. AB could have done a better job with this one.

As mentioned in some other reviews, this beer looks pretty nice. It's a dark mahogany-brown color with a light brown head that lasts for a minute. The smell is totally unimpressive. If it weren't for a little bit of grains and roasted malt smell, it wouldn't have much of a scent at all.

It has a smooth mouthfeel and the carbonation isn't overdone. At the front of the pallete, there is some sweet grain taste and roasted malt, with a little bit of nuttiness and coffee present. After it warms up, I even thought there was some butteriness there, but only in tiny amounts. Elsewhere on the palette, the flavor of this beer dies out. The hops contribute some moderate bitterness in the finish, and the aftertaste is quite bland. No alcoholic warmth here, either.

My conclusion: a slightly altered (and inferior) version of Michelob Amber Bock. Amber Bock is much more tasty than this. A very disappointingly average brew.

Photo of Brent
2.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of proc
2.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very light black and tan, flavorwise. Has that unmistakeable AB taste to that combines a light sweetness and a dryness on the finish. Its not bad, but is well, rather unremarkable. I'd much rather do the Guinness/Bass thing if I want a Black and Tan.

Photo of KoG
2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.58/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Jason
2.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of harpus
2.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Michelob Black and Tan pours a very dark maroon, so, dark in fact it looks black, to the casual observer.

A brown head is formed well at two fingers, but is quick to leave only a wisp of a ring.

Nose is a burnt malt and a slight burnt corn with whiffs of alcohol and shoe Polish.

Palate is burnt malt and a slight burnt corn with alcohol and shoe Polish.

For a macro, and what is more astounding an AB macro, this brew actually has some tasty flavor notes.
The only draw back is the shoe Polish.

Just can't make a replication of a black & Tan in a bottle accurately

Photo of BeerBob
2.64/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Michelob Black and Tan pours a very dark maroon, so, dark in fact it looks black, to the casual observer.

A brown head is formed well at two fingers, but is quick to leave only a wisp of a ring.

Nose is a burnt malt and a slight burnt corn with whiffs of alcohol and shoe Polish.

Palate is burnt malt and a slight burnt corn with alcohol and shoe Polish.

For a macro, and what is more astounding an AB macro, this brew actually has some tasty flavor notes.
The only draw back is the shoe Polish.

Photo of changeup45
2.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not the best Porter, or Black and Tan but it's alright. Dark color and had a relatively rich flavor and texture but it was still a bit thin. Malty with perhaps some chocolate or toffee but it's all rather weak. Much better than your standard Michelob however.

Photo of BeerBeing
2.7/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass generic bottle, white/gold on brown label

Appearance: dark brown color, small tan head, minor lacing

Smell: malt and molasses

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, roasted malt, molasses, hoppy bitterness

Notes: below average

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Michelob Black & Tan from Anheuser-Busch
62 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.