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Michelob Black & Tan - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Black & Tan
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62
poor

70 Ratings
THE BROS
62
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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 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 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 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 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 changeup45
2.63/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of giblet
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!

giblet

giblet, Jul 08, 2007
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
Photo of BeerBeing
2.7/5  rDev +8.4%
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

BeerBeing, Oct 07, 2005
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 KoG
2.55/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

KoG, Apr 05, 2005
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 mschofield
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.

mschofield, Feb 04, 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 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 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 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 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
Photo of winomark
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.

winomark, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
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
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
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 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 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 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
Michelob Black & Tan from Anheuser-Busch
62 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.