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Michelob Black & Tan - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Black & Tan
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69 Ratings

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 23.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
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..

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

1.95/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 15:12:56 | More by jtw5877
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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


Serving type: bottle

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