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Michelob Black & Tan - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Black & Tan
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70 Ratings

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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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1/5  rDev -59.8%

01-24-2012 13:35:36 | More by mdtnelson
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1/5  rDev -59.8%

12-16-2012 22:36:25 | More by Velobrewer
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1.25/5  rDev -49.8%

07-15-2012 15:14:25 | More by fatbatcat
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1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

02-20-2013 16:54:21 | More by ifixufly
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1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

09-08-2012 20:44:13 | More by Mortarforker
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1.58/5  rDev -36.5%

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.

04-02-2002 22:18:19 | More by Pegasus
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South Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -29.7%

12-14-2012 01:59:13 | More by skm
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1.75/5  rDev -29.7%

03-23-2013 18:55:27 | More by Combat_Engibeer
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1.78/5  rDev -28.5%

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..

01-02-2003 21:56:10 | More by ZAP
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1.9/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

01-12-2003 18:37:19 | More by aaronh
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New York

1.95/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

03-28-2007 21:56:43 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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West Virginia

1.98/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

12-09-2003 15:43:20 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

2/5  rDev -19.7%

12-31-2011 02:49:07 | More by buckyp
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2/5  rDev -19.7%

07-06-2014 15:05:32 | More by ffshore545
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Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -19.7%

11-26-2011 03:19:11 | More by Burt
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -19.7%

05-09-2013 05:32:54 | More by Kelp
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -19.7%

11-20-2011 00:15:22 | More by djrn2
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2/5  rDev -19.7%

02-29-2012 02:35:07 | More by captainbearcat
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New Hampshire

2.05/5  rDev -17.7%

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%.

02-10-2003 16:15:15 | More by jdhilt
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2.08/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

12-14-2002 15:12:56 | More by jtw5877
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2.23/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

01-02-2003 19:27:58 | More by GeoffRizzo
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2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

12-06-2012 00:49:27 | More by ralphw56
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2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

11-21-2003 15:39:47 | More by winomark
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2.33/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

02-04-2004 19:25:52 | More by mschofield
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2.38/5  rDev -4.4%

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!


07-08-2007 12:45:04 | More by giblet
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Michelob Black & Tan from Anheuser-Busch
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