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Michelob Black & Tan - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Black & Tan
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BA SCORE
62
poor

70 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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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 hotstuff
2.95/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

hotstuff, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of Ahhdball
3.18/5  rDev +27.7%

I was introduced to this at my cousin's grad party and to be quite honest it's not that bad for a mega-brew.

Dark amber in color, with virtually NO smell. Taste was surprising and went down vry smooth. No aftertaste or "chewiness", if this was supposed to be a Porter it missed in this catagory.

Overall I enjoyed this beverage and wouldn't mind having another. Cheers "Uncle" Tim! Thank you.

Ahhdball, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.2/5  rDev +28.5%

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
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Again with Michelob, very appealing packaging. This was very similar to the other "premium" Michelob varieties. Pours like dark water with a few bubbles. The smell is of grain. Taste is malty, with decent hoppiness. Chemical characteristics pervade the taste. Glad I tried it but won't be back.

Rifrafboy, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
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%.

jdhilt, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of aaronh
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.

aaronh, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of ZAP
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..

ZAP, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
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.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev +18.5%

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
Photo of chilidog
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours a dark brown with a smaller quick-fade, tan head. Little to no lace on thisone. The taste was of a dark roasted malt & dark chocolate. Reminded me of a bakers chocolate. The beer itself was alittle light on body. Not one to order more than one.

chilidog, Dec 21, 2002
Photo of jtw5877
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.

jtw5877, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of Shiloh
2.9/5  rDev +16.5%

Everything about this critter is average, and if average is what you are looking for......you are in luck!!! I can find no faults with this brew nor can I find any real character.....Needs a little work.

Shiloh, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of budgood1
2.4/5  rDev -3.6%

pours out a very dark brown color with a slight head and a slight lace does stick to the glass. aroma of lightly roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee overtones....i'm impressed so far. tastes of some dark roasted malts, some chocolate too. a medium body boosts things....but after a few swigs and thinking this is actually a good beer from AB...i'm getting this annoying astringent aftertaste that totally ruins everything. and it lingers on the palate.....oh well ...shame on me for getting my hopes up. i should have known better.

budgood1, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of BeerBuilder
2.88/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours to a dark brown, almost black color, with a light-brown head that diminishes immediately. The nose is sweet roast malt. The flavors are slight roast malt, hint of hop flavor, and a noticeable hint of chocolate. It is a light-medium bodied beer, which has a smooth finish. Overall, it is a clean, smooth beer for someone who has yet come to appreciate the complexity of a Robust Porter.

BeerBuilder, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
3.2/5  rDev +28.5%

Actually looks pretty good pouring a cloudy very dark brown with a small tan head. Actually even smells good. The aroma includes a lightly roasted malt and very faint chocolate (quite unexpected from this company!). It is a very light bodied somewhat watery, but does include some nice flavors...just watered down. Tastes include the roasted malt and chocolate with an earthy taste and very lightly hopped. It finishes with a carb bite and a very light bitter from the chocolate aftertaste. Okay, now I would have never expected a brew like this from AB, but this one is decent. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
2.8/5  rDev +12.4%

when you pour it, it looks alright. it is nice and dark with a decent head that dies quickly. it smells right on with a chocolatey roasty aroma.

going down, it first tastes alright. it has a chocolate flavor witha little bit of coffee. then you realize how little of that flavor the beer actually has. if this beer had more flavor, it would be a pretty good black and tan. however, it just doesn't have it.

ElGuapo, Nov 12, 2002
Photo of proc
2.53/5  rDev +1.6%

A very light black and tan, flavorwise. Has that unmistakeable AB taste to that combines a light sweetness and a dryness on the finish. Its not bad, but is well, rather unremarkable. I'd much rather do the Guinness/Bass thing if I want a Black and Tan.

proc, Oct 03, 2002
Photo of Beastdog75
2.53/5  rDev +1.6%

For this Michelob "specialty" beer, it says that they combine a porter with a lager. I think it's more along the lines of Michelob Amber bock with regular Michelob. AB could have done a better job with this one.

As mentioned in some other reviews, this beer looks pretty nice. It's a dark mahogany-brown color with a light brown head that lasts for a minute. The smell is totally unimpressive. If it weren't for a little bit of grains and roasted malt smell, it wouldn't have much of a scent at all.

It has a smooth mouthfeel and the carbonation isn't overdone. At the front of the pallete, there is some sweet grain taste and roasted malt, with a little bit of nuttiness and coffee present. After it warms up, I even thought there was some butteriness there, but only in tiny amounts. Elsewhere on the palette, the flavor of this beer dies out. The hops contribute some moderate bitterness in the finish, and the aftertaste is quite bland. No alcoholic warmth here, either.

My conclusion: a slightly altered (and inferior) version of Michelob Amber Bock. Amber Bock is much more tasty than this. A very disappointingly average brew.

Beastdog75, Sep 23, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
2.63/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

BeerBob, Aug 22, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
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.

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