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Michelob Black & Tan - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Black & Tan
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62
poor

69 Ratings
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62
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 23.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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happygnome

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 22:09:18 | More by happygnome
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harpus

Alabama

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

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 11:31:06 | More by harpus
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 00:36:17 | More by zeff80
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changeup45

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 16:33:05 | More by changeup45
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giblet

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 12:45:04 | More by giblet
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JoeyBeerBelly

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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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 23:42:11 | More by BeerBeing
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twi1609372

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 08:43:34 | More by twi1609372
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KoG

Nevada

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2005 03:09:16 | More by KoG
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 02:29:55 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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mschofield

Massachusetts

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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palma

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 07:23:40 | More by palma
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Jables

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 05:54:45 | More by Jables
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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 14:53:53 | More by WesWes
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merlin48

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 00:20:47 | More by merlin48
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 01:28:32 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

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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winomark

Missouri

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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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 22:01:38 | More by TastyTaste
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 16:21:45 | More by ADR
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yen157

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 00:56:46 | More by yen157
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jlervine

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 02:33:42 | More by jlervine
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Brent

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 16:24:57 | More by Brent
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TheDM

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 15:10:53 | More by TheDM
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, this brew had a small creamy tan head that consisted of medium sized bubbles. There was good lacing with this brew and it had a brown body with fizzy carbonation present. It had a mild coffee aroma to it and a medium bitter flavor that wasn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 14:30:47 | More by hotstuff
Michelob Black & Tan from Anheuser-Busch
62 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.