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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
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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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2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -19.7%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
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 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 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 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
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3/5  rDev +20.5%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
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
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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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2/5  rDev -19.7%

Kelp, May 09, 2013
Photo of harpus
2.6/5  rDev +4.4%
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

harpus, Sep 04, 2010
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
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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..

ZAP, Jan 02, 2003
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3/5  rDev +20.5%

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

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 19, 2012
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 JoeyBeerBelly
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 28, 2007
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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
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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
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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
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2/5  rDev -19.7%

buckyp, Dec 31, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Stinger80OH, Jul 22, 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
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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.

Pegasus, Apr 02, 2002
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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
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Michelob Black & Tan from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.