"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale

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very good

253 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and pretty dark brown with a creme head. The nose is nutty. Flavor brings much of the same. Nice nutty and mild earthy tones. Overall sweetness is there as well. feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation is appropriate it seems. Black & tan? Sure, okay. Might as well be a brown ale to me. And a tasty one at that.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and gets a bit lighter at the bottom of the glass almost as though it was blended off the tap. Smells like both a porter and a lager, as crisp as a nose gets. the taste is consistent all the way through, some coffee, or perhaps chocolate flavor, and some lagerish "paleness" if you will. The mouth-feel starts off smooth and becomes very crisp as it goes on to the finish. Goes down so smooth and easy, in my humble opinion the best bottled Black & Tan out there.

Photo of Todd
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 1pt 6oz brown bomber bottle.

Tawny brown in colour, ruby edges and topped with a beige head that's creamy, firm, slightly sticky and retains very well. Big malty nose, fruity, touch of over-ripe pineapple -- pleasant aroma.

Quite the malty sweet brew, with an backbone that reminds me of chocolate-coated malted milk balls. Deep fruity flavours; tropical with some distinct honey dew melon popping out in a juicy kind of way. Tight, sharp-ish carbonation cuts the palate and allows the hops the break thru cleanly with its leaf, cheese, wood and earth notes; also a mild splash of citrus thrown into the mix. Slight oxidation in this sample with obvious wet paper flavours (the month is matked on the bottle, but not the year). Finish is a bit dry, with some residual hop flavour and feel.

Personally, I don't know how you can bottle and label something as a "black & tan"? -- it lacks the skillful pour and visible seperation achieved at bars. This aside I found the offering to be very drinkable, smooth, malty and leaning towards the sweet side -- like their other brews.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black & Tan packaged?? Okay...

Pours a hazy dark amber with a beautiful, frothy, beige head that retains itself excellently. The retaining head decorates the glassware beautifully as well.

Smells of caramel malts, roastiness, some hop spiciness, ...and for some reason unknown I pick up blueberries.

Taste is an oddity. It's like a REALLY heavy brown ale. Caramel flavors, roastiness, some biscuitiness, huge malty sweetness, and a noticeable hop finish. I enjoy this.

The mouthfeel is the ultimate strongpoint on this beer. It's rare that I actually, particularly, notice the mouthfeel so much. It is ridiculously creamy and very chewy, complemented with the perfect amount of carbonation. It just rolls around in your mouth.

It doesn't have that special layering effect that it does on draft obviously, but is still an attractive brew. I cannot say enough about the mouthfeel though. Superb on that end. Overall, it is definitely a good beer to enjoy on them cooler autumn Sundays, watching your favorite football team. In my case, go Pats!

Photo of Jason
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber with a purchase before freshness date on the label.

Appearance: Deep hazy brown, tiny bubble creamy lace clings to the glass like a champ. Rings all the way down.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, splash of vanilla … creamed coffee?

Taste & Mouthfeel: So creamy smooth, malty on the palate. The sprinkle of hop bitterness leaves a faded hop flavour. A ghost like steely malt flavour middle to end, the line between roasted and toasted malt is blurred in this brew. Ends up sweet in the end with an underlying toasted maltiness to hold thing together.

Notes: This has to be the best bottled black and tan I have had to date. So drinkable and the 6.3% abv is not noticeable at all. Very versatile, have it around for game time as a session brew or pair it with a chocolate dessert. Either way this one is a winner in my book.

Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical BBC bomber, pours dark amber, dark tan head, typical retention and then just a hint of lace to be found. Light cola nose. Notes of vanilla, amber grains, some more light cola. Sort of unexciting in a middle of the road sort of way. Just kinda bland. So so Brown ale or a watery porter. Would do as a sessioner, or marinade.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this $4 bomber into a Sam Adams glass, with an awesome three finger head. This then disapates to a solid half finger head, with bubbles streaming from the bottom holding a nice small cap the while time. Smells of sweet carmel, slight chocolate and toffee, faint roasted smell. Tastes of carmel and chocolate great transition of flavor sweet and mellow to a slight bitterness with some vanilla somewhere in there. Highly drinkable for a 6.5 abv. I'd buy this again for this price.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.97/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle served in a nonic.Big thanks for the send from Sudsdog,my Berkshire connection.

Deep mahogany color,almost black with ruby red highlights in the light,looks opaque normally.
Very generous thick/dense light tand head with good retention.
Very appealing aroma as it nears my nose.like this one already. Nice firm complex malt nose with a smokey earthyness,roasty with lot a carmell that has a good burnt quality to it,with dark fruity notes also.
Dark fruitiness at the start with a tart berry-like note. Very balanced and complex maltiness,well blended together.Perfect malt taste with nothing really standing out.Wonderfull crisp dry finish woody with some dusty chocolate to it.
Amazingly smooth and creamy. Liquid velvet had to shake the bottle and check for the widget when i was finished.Wasn't in there. Just an extremely drinkable beer to me anytime of the year. Not and extreme beer in anyway,just sooo smooth it has to be admired.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color with an oatmeal colored low frothy head.

Low aroma of caramel and toasted malts.

Flavor of roasty malt, caramel and licorice, faint hints of smoke and leather. Gets more complex as it warms, with cocoa and essence of dried leaves emerging, moving to fig and raisin. Good bitterness balances, but dark rich flavors eclipse any hoppy flavors.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, a bit syrupy. Finish warms the cheeks.

Photo of BadBadger
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 OZ bottle. This is a pretty descent black & tan. Pours a nice dark color. There was a very small head. Smell was nothing special, with a faint hint of hops and malt. Taste is pretty good, a nice mixture of sweet malt and bitterness. Nice smooth mouth feel, This beer should be enjoyed just above room temperature. when it is cold, the flavor does not emerge. Probably the best of the "bottled" black and tans. Enjoy.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mikro in Hamden about a month ago. From notes.

Pours a fairly dark brown color with an inch of tan head that leaves ok lacing.

Mild aromas which hint at the origins of this beer. Pronounced malt notes jump at first, second is the roasted malt with some molasses, then finishes with a touch of hops.

This beer really is a nice mix of stout and pale ale. Neither of the two over powers the other. The stout isn't overly charred, but lends some nice robust roasted notes as well as some molasses. The pale ale keeps things lights and gives a kick of hops at the end.

Medium mouthfeel, not too heavy as expected.

Really nice beer here from Berkshire. Gives black and tans a good name!

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served on tap from Driscalls in Wilbraham MA

A- black as night with a small off white head and tons of lacing on the glass with every sip

S- nice roasted malts with some vanilla undertones

T- excellent, creamy and smooth with a malted flavor and a nice refreashing finish. what a taste

M- perfectly balanced not to thick or thin

D- an easy drinker, great taste with a boldness that still is quaffable and refreshing.

notes- another great achivement from my favorite american brewery

Photo of quirkzoo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says brewed by "Chris and Gary" I am Chris and my dad is Gary so it caught his eye as we wandered the beer aisle.

Pours dark, dark brown with one finger of off white head.

The smell is interesting, lots of roasted malts up front with some citrus hops behind it. I took a couple more whifs and realized that the black and tan is the original black IPA. Very reminiscent of a toned down version of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous.

The taste followed the nose with some roastiness up front and then a strong hop presence in the middle with a decent amount of bitterness.

Very easy drinking, went great with dinner. It had good flavor but wasn't overpowering.

Overall nice beer to pair with food but it won't really blow your mind on its own.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a foamy two finger head. Very chunky foam on top, left some nice thick lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt, some coffee, chocolate, and a little bit of caramel.

T: The most obvious flavors are roasted/toasted malt, some coffee, and vanilla. There are some hints of chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. Nice and smooth though.

O: Quite nice, lots of malt going on here, really no hops. Not a fast drinker, but an interesting departure from most of the normal beers out there.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Co.- Shabadoo Black & Tan

Appearance- Dark murky black with a huge thick meringue like head. Had to stop pouring wait a minute or 2 and continue.
Smell- Not that strong but Roasted coffee bean and a toffee malt.
Taste- Sweet caramel/ toffee malt blended nicely with smooth creamy coffee.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. No dryness or bitterness. Very flavorful.

Overall- My first sip or 2 were slighty disappointing but the beer really impressed me about 6 or 7 sips in. Very flavorful, smooth, and enjoyable.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Cloudy brown with red amber hues, very vibrant color. Displayed a big fat frothy head 2" high, light mocha color with darker streaks. Nice sticky legs, head has excellent retention.

Nose: Sweet, brown-sugar malt with a potent green/leafy hop.

Taste: A rather complex malty flavor, oaky, oaty, sweet, sugareee malts with a hint of vanilla and brown sugar.

MF: Medium to full body look and feel, very smooth and thick. good overall feel for the style.

DA: A very drinkable black and tan.

Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogony with a large tan foamy head. The smell is light with coffee,sweet malt,chocolate,and cola. The taste is like a porter,coffee,chocolate,roasted malt and some hops. Not bad,but still,I would like a black and tan better poured at a bar. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. Not a bad beer from one of New Englands better breweries.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jastack for this trade.

Let the record show that this is my first black and tan in a bottle.

Pours a deep dark black with ruby tints around the glass. fizzy head quickly dissipates. The nose is of dark porter malts and euro lager funk. Smooth taste, tastes like a very subtle porter. Can taste the dark malts of a porter and a little bit of hop twinge. Thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable and an excellent session brew from berkshire.

Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat old 22oz bottle poured into regulation UK-size pint glass, cold. I poured a huge head on it, and it stands up very well. Medium tan, sudsy head on top of a deep, dark red beer, with hints of brown.

I'm not getting much in the way of aroma today. It's definitely malty, but my nose may not be up to the test today.

The first sip is immediately tasty, with no bitter aftertaste or other offensive traits. Moderate and very pleasant level of carbonation which offsets the creamy texture of the beer. There is a little bit of the familiar stout-like bitterness of coffee in the background, along with the less toasty malt of the "tan". The hop bitterness is a secondary flavor only, here.

On the whole it makes for a very well balanced and pleasant beer.

The label indicates the beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, with yeast left in the bottle. Does that mean they intend me to take care to pour it in my beer, or to hold it back? Although I wouldn't normally expect yeast from the bottle in a stout-style ale, I have no fear of yeast, so I'll find out. Swirling and pouring in the yeast, I've definitely what was formerly a very nearly opaque beer slightly more opaque and cloudy. The bready quality of the yeast compliments the toasty bitterness of the stout in a way which is not necessarily good or bad. I guess I'd leave it up to personal preference.

A word about black and tans... I seldom order them at a bar or prepare them manually, but I enjoy them when I do. "Pre-mixed" bottled black and tans are seldom that interesting. The only one that comes to mind at the moment is Saranac's, which while tolerable, is not nearly as special as this beer.

Can you get a pre-mixed black and tan on draught? That would amuse me....

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber Bottle. As advertised, a mix of stout and pale ale characteristics. Pours a nice, stoutlike creamy head. Odor is stoutish, too, but with the fruity characteristic of a pale ale. Taste predominates with stout notes; roasty and smoky. But the pale ale side contributes fruity esters, and some sherry and cherry notes. Its description would suggest a porter, but it's not quite one of those. Perhaps needs to be a style of its own.

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with a big 2 finger width light tan foamy head. This retains very nicely and laces well too. Aroma is sweet chocolate and coffee with some fresh hop character behind it.

The taste is rich roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and molassas but finishes with a light twangy citrus and hop presence. The mouthfeel is light bodied, creamy, and immensely drinkable.

This is a nicely done and tasty Black&Tan from Berkshire that combines the best characteristics from both their Porter and Pale Ale. It's great to see more craft brewers releasing this style lately.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber- poured nicely in to an imperial pint glass. Nice, smoothy chocolate taste with hints of caramel and orange. Seems to have it's own identity, neither the stout nor the ale is overly pronounced. Left rings on far side of glass, that at last sip brought about the caramel characteristic. Definatley worth a try.

Not an overly popular beer, I have had it on tap too. Not sure about the freshness on tap (the one I had)- ask your bar tender how fresh it is.

Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown with a picture-perfect white creamy foam. Where's my camera? This looks perfect enough to take a picture and seems a shame to drink, but I must.

Very sticky foam remains.

Strong roasted smell, hints off chocolately malt - similar to the Drayman porter.

Taste begins dark roasted and concludes surprisingly clean. BBC strikes a perfect balance.

Smooth finish, light bitter at the conclusion.

Encore! Very drinkable.

Photo of edchicma
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance, small head with minor lacing. Light malty aroma. Tasted a bit like a dark lager IMHO. Slight coffe notes...sweet with a light tartness at the finish. Somewhat chewy in the mouthfeel, with a lack of overall smoothness. Not as good as others I've had by them.

Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on April 7, 2012 at the annual Keene, NH Beerfest, a fundraiser for youth hockey. This had a lovely mahogany amber brown pour with ruby red highlights. the nose is entirely sweet with caramel malts and a little cocoa due to the Porter influence. The body was medium. The taste was bountiful with sweet caramel malts but the Porter half of this Black & Tan is not quite as evident in the flavor. Still, a decent, likable beer.

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"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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