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

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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

229 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002)
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Brewman7284

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -47.6%

03-01-2012 18:56:36 | More by Brewman7284
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -33.2%

Bottle poured into my De Struise glass... Pours a dark brown in the middle, but the outer is a much lighter brown that detracts. A nice light tan head, looks great, good retention and lacing... The aroma is super sweet, tons of molasses, strangely like rootbeer, vanilla, chocolate, a hint of a wet dog finish. Not offensive, just too sweet, not my thing.... The taste is wet dog and alcohol with a hint of coffee on the finish. Lots of malt on this, work like qualities to the taste... The mouthfeel is really flat.

This is really bad, to the point of not being drinkable. Big time pass for me.

02-18-2011 23:43:51 | More by jrallen34
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woodchipper

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -28%

04-16-2013 16:31:34 | More by woodchipper
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mctizzz

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%

03-05-2012 04:25:13 | More by mctizzz
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.5%

02-03-2012 19:10:08 | More by chrispoint
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Emkehr

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.5%

05-26-2013 16:54:53 | More by Emkehr
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harsley

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%

07-26-2013 15:40:49 | More by harsley
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.5%

03-05-2012 18:03:19 | More by JAHMUR
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DCav


3/5  rDev -21.5%

02-28-2013 01:49:49 | More by DCav
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

Not much of a head, but had a ton of lacing. I tried to pour real hard to stir up the carbonation to produce a big head, but it didn't work to good. The color is a very dark red. It's not quite black because you can still see through it. Aroma is all sweet malt. No real hop aroma or taste. There is a very slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is dry and not carbonated enough. It does have a watery texture. It goes down smooth and is drinkable, but could use more hops and carbonation. I would also like to taste more roasted malt flavors to give it a touch of a coffee taste. I'd rather pour my own black&tan than buy one already done for me.

I agree with Doomcifer when he says "It's like a REALLY heavy brown ale".

12-31-2006 20:30:13 | More by kelticblood
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-13-2013 22:56:11 | More by doremite
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-31-2012 03:14:28 | More by WhitmansNiece
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

02-03-2014 18:21:11 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-22-2013 05:30:32 | More by JTomczak
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KevMo84

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

05-23-2014 05:42:25 | More by KevMo84
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

05-14-2012 16:53:17 | More by smutty33
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pveilleux

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-04-2013 01:33:02 | More by pveilleux
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

02-06-2012 23:49:41 | More by jfcaa193
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%

I'm not a big fan of bottled black & tans, and this one failed to change my views. This one was kind of like a dark brown ale with an overuse of hops and strong aftertaste.

05-03-2002 18:29:41 | More by beernut7
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wyllder

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Had this on-tap at Longhorn Steakhouse. 22oz big glass.

Pours a midrange, musky brown. Translucent but hazey with no head to speak of and some slight lacing.

Smell is small, some slight hop aroma with a light undertone of a malty toffee character.

Taste is average for a black & tan. A slight hit of hops on the top of the palate, the malt comes in quickly, perhaps too quickly and balances out with a fairly pleasant caramel/toffee flavor. Flavor dissipates too quickly, leaving little aftertaste and a somewhat watery mouthfeel.

It's inoffensive enough to be drinkable in large quantities, and is worth a try.

Wyll-

06-24-2004 17:25:31 | More by wyllder
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a clear and very deep amber, almost brown, with reddish highlights. A full finger of thick creamy head sits on top for a long time...good staying power and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - Mild aroma overall. Some roasty malt notes up front, some caramel, some grassy hops...overall balanced to the sweet side. Sorta like an amber with a bit too much roastiness. As it warms a berry like sweetness kicks in too. Kinda like the style itself, seems to me that this beer doesn't know what it wants to be.

M - Rather thin in body, somewhat watery in feel. Carbonation is light to medium and definitely ensuring the thin feel. Just kinda ehhh...nothing special.

D - Hard to believe this is 6.3%. No hint of alcohol and this is just a smooth easy beer. Character of this beer is all over the place and leaves me wanting more "identity?". I don't know it's plenty drinkable, but it doesn't really hit the spot. It's a worthy beer but just wouldn't be at the top of my list of goto beers.

03-19-2010 23:07:52 | More by portia99
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bornridiculous

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

One thing of note on this beer is its beautiful appearence, dark caramel coloring, and nice thick head. Not much of a smell, however notes of roasted barley and crystal malts are present. It tastes great however it seems there is clearly more black than tan, almost tasting similar to a porter. Normal mouthfeel, nothing special with a clean finish. It's good, and I will drink the entire bomber it came in, however I could not make this a session beer.

10-04-2006 01:55:18 | More by bornridiculous
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

A-Pours brown with crimson highlights. Head is tan and doughy. Head retains very well too. Light strings of lacing are left by the dense head. Body is also quite clear.

S-Nose is surprisingly smoky. The Pale Ale and Porter both come out in the nose as well. Lightly chalky with plenty of breadiness and darker tastiness. Virtually no hoppiness. Well fruited. Sweet all the way.

T-Pleasant. Starts off Porter then the Pale kicks in. Also there is a light, airy grassy hoppiness Lightly chalky and sweet with a hint of smoke. Toasted bread with more residual sweetness. Toffee and coffee. I think the Porter shows up a bit more in the aroma.

M-Medium bodied with a softer, buzzing carbonation. A bit syrupy. Drinks easily enough. Very light bitterness.

O/D-Decent. As far as a Black & Tan goes, this one is pretty legit. But its still nothing to fawn over. Just a mostly sweet brew with both Porter and Pale characteristics. Wouldn't buy this again.

10-14-2012 23:45:49 | More by VelvetExtract
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours reddish-brown and hazy with a small tan head. Smells of caramel and sweet malt.

Tastes of caramel malt. Tastes malty sweet. Very sweet and tastes a bit of candy corn. Mouthfeel is sticky and lingering. This is OK but it does not quite do it for me. Too syrupy sweet and malty for me. Not very balanced for my tastes, even for a black and tan.

12-17-2003 17:22:11 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%

Pours with a dark, nutty body and a fine-bubbled head that leaves a dusting and some nice lacing. Smells of lightly dusty, vanilla-inflected malts with an indistinct creaminess, but it's a light, rather lackluster aroma. On the palate, stout sourness starts things off, then some roasted malt astringency creeps in by the mid-palate. The finish is robustly bitter, with a bit of a clay-like, earthy flavor. Mouthfeel is a touch overcarbonated and a bit acidic on the finish. Overall, this is a drinkable beer, but nothing special in any way.

06-14-2007 23:48:56 | More by geexploitation
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"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.