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

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

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very good

213 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%

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:
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Photo of BranfordBound


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 22:21:15 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellant beer with strong chocolate aroma that hits you even before you drink it. The color of the beer is a very dense blackness that seems like a black hole where no light will penetrate. Once you take a swallow you definitely know why black holes are dense. This very thick beer tastes like a very thick Belgian chocolate shake. Had this beer at The Scuffer Steak & Ale House, in Burlington, VT.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 23:38:03 | More by angelogarcia3
Photo of DNICE555


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flatbread Pizza in Canton.

A - A think black body with an off white head.

S - Roasted malts.

T - Soo hard to describe. A balanced malty goodness with that deep rich stout flavour mixed in. Love the taste of this beer. I've been having this on tap along with the cabin fever religously at flatbread. I love this style and I wish there were more of them available on tap in my area.

M - A nice middle ground for the style. Couldn't be more balanced.

D - Soo easy to drink. Would have guessed a much lower abv. Love this on tap. Only had it in a bottle once a couple years ago.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 17:12:03 | More by DNICE555
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is very difficult to find a good specimen of this style pre-mixed (and in bottles, which I subsequently sampled as well), so I am always a little skeptical. This one, however, knocked my socks off. It poured dark, but settled out lighter towards the bottom, with a decent head...all pretty surprising. The smell included cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, and vanilla, and the taste was an excellent balance of all of these flavors. I was super impressed. The feel was creamy, yet not overpowering, so as to allow sessioning. A very pleasant surprise overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 04:47:42 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on tap at cambridge house brew pub earlier tonight. I was disappointed they still aren't brewing yet but it gave me a change to try this great beer. I've only had a couple black and tans before (saranac and Mississipi mud) and this one is far better. I can't believe its IPA level ABV wise.. taste was so damn smooth. Lots of flavors for your palette to wander around and just good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 01:12:05 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of sraimondi


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good take on the style. Had it on draft at The Cambridge House in Granby, CT this past friday. I was most impressed by its smoothness, maybe a bit more hops in the finish though. Appearance was more on the "black" side with no real tell-tale aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 12:53:03 | More by sraimondi
Photo of mcarroll10177


4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 03:30:08 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of wyllder


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2004 17:25:31 | More by wyllder
Photo of mlichens

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not what I was expecting. Yes, I'll order a black and tan (half and half) in a bar once in a while and I applaud brewers playing around with recipes.

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler. Has a brown, almost foggy appearance.

I don't detect much of anything in the smell. Perhaps some vanilla a bit of coffee. Not overwhelming.

The taste is smooth, not too creamy and not at all carbonated. It's also not so overwhelming that I couldn't drink two or three of these.

I'll have to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:06:35 | More by mlichens
Photo of Dools9


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours with a thick, creamy off white colored head, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass. Color is a dark ruby brown.

S: Roasty, caramel, toffee brown bread, also some lighter crsip, grassy pale ale qualities of a traditional pale ale.

T: Taste is roasted maltiness, caramel and toffee, roasted coffee, a bit of a macha thing goin on, its on the sweeter side. Hops are earthy, crisp. a bit lemony and a bit grassy.

M: Medium feel, a bit creamy, carbonation is medium.

O: Pretty tasty stuff, BBC is very consistent with their brews, and i like this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 21:58:43 | More by Dools9
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:45:49 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Gatch


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice ruby red-brown with a big, foamy, off-white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Malty, smoky, fruity, with a hint of hops.

T: Everything I expected from reading the description on the bottle. The best of their Pale Ale and Porter. Great hop presence up front with a slightly sweet, malty finish.

M: Highly delicious and drinkable.

O: My first of the style but I imagine it's at the top of the list. Well done beer that's fresh, fun and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 21:49:16 | More by Gatch
Photo of Duff27


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half inch very light tan head on a brown body. Clumpy lacing. Nice head retention.

Some roasty notes.

Get some chocolate in there, roastiness. Nice and drinkable. Perhaps a slight coffee twang from the porter portion.

Very carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

First forray into the black and tan reviewing and i think this is a good one. Very easy drinking with a good relative flavor. Thanks r94uconn!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:36:08 | More by Duff27
Photo of quirkzoo


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 22:55:45 | More by quirkzoo
Photo of BigCheese


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of Shabadoo for dessert after Easter feast.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy deep rootbeer brown, cardboard head leaves nice lacing and forms a decent creamy film.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate.

T: Toffee, coffee with cream, coco too, a touch of bitterness maybe a hint of lemon citrus hops, this ones very sweet and "english" tasting. Pretty straightforward but quite tasty.

M: Light but creamy, very soft, rich but light if that makes sense. Very good. Sessionable.

O: Great dessert beer, probably would go well with breakfast too. Not complex but very enjoyable. I will have to try more of berkshires porters/stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:14:11 | More by BigCheese
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 01:16:29 | More by puboflyons
Photo of tylerprince


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark amber/coffee color with off white head, one finger. Weak lacing.

S: Smells pilsenery. Coppery fruitiness with some banana; cherry.

T: Belgian-like fruitiness gives way to a mild porter-like coffee finish. Some earthy spice at the end is nice, but unforunately mingles with a banana-like skunkiness. Too much emphasis on the lighter ale for me; BBC does a great job with their darker beers and I would have liked to have seen that aspect highlighted.

M: Crispy, foamy finish. No booziness. Extremely filling - for the price on my stomach, I would expect more flavor.

O: Böring. I'm gonna stop trying BBC's lighter offerings and stick to their porters and stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:51:52 | More by tylerprince
Photo of Aiptasia


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminiscent of a mild porter, I enjoyed this one courtesy of a BA beer trade. Malty with mild hops, some roast flavors, little head and no lacing. On the lighter side for a dark beer with a wet middle and no noticeable alcohol presence. Not hoppy. Solidly good, just not great. It is worth drinking. I'd definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 15:49:06 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to somebody for sending this bottle my way in a BIF a long time ago.

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet and roasty malts

T - Like the nose theres some chocolate and coffee from the black and some caramel from the tan

M - This beer has a thin body with light carbonation to it

O - To me this beer was just ok it wasn't bad but nothing that really makes me want more I'm glad I had the chance to try it but not really worth hunting down to me

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:08:01 | More by armock
Photo of MusicaleMike


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber Bottle purchased on my trip up to Mass. Label reads that this is a blend of Berkshire Ale and Drayman's Porter. I also brought home a growler of the Porter...very nice!

This beer has a wonderful appearance, with a voluminous head that indicates some darker malts are present. Deep, deep amber color, verging on brown, with some gorgeous ruby highlights. Nice amount of lacing on the tulip glass I am using.

Fairly fruity nose, with many opportunities to pick out aromas. I am getting vanilla, brandied cherries, melon...as you can see, it is quite sweet in the nose.

The taste echos the smell with some sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate. There is a little bitterness right in the middle, and the acridness of the roasted malts is subdued by the lighter ale cutting through. I think this is a great example of the style and I am really enjoying this beer! It finishes with a touch of wood-tinged maltiness.

The texture of this beer is quite smooth. Oily mouthfeel, with quite fine carbonation. The beer is full-bodied and has definitely retained some sugars.

Overall, we have a winner here! A fine Black and Tan that does a good job of showcasing the better qualities of each contributing beer. On top of being an excellent beer, we can all feel good about picking up this bottle for 10% of all gross sales of this beer will be donated to the Food Bank of Western Mass. Hunger is a true issue in our world, and I am proud to be drinking a beer from a company that recognizes our local issues with hunger.

Cheers Chris and Gary!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:51:48 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of abgba121


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown color, a little lighter than other porters thin head, but a lingering lace

S: smells sweet and chocolatey, almost no hop aroma

T: Sweet, chocolate and a tiny bit of hops, the 6.3 isn't even noticeable, very easy to go down

M: slightly thick, good carbonation

O: Good beer, I like the combo and it drinks very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 04:44:58 | More by abgba121
Photo of BeerMaverick


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a BBC true pint glass.

A - Pours 1.5" head that is khaki colored with wisps of lacing prevalent on the glass. A translucent dark brown brew with a slight amber tone. Love the name.

S - Coffee and licorice are the first wisps that come through followed by bourbon and dark chocolate. Not at all hop-forward, but smells like it will be a malty beer. Some smokey aromas as well.

T - The bourbon is less prevalent in this aspect, but the strong malt character ambushes. The smoky character is more noticeable here as well. Some dark chocolate and licorice in the aftertaste.

M - The slight bourbon and smokey elements remain on the tongue for awhile. Full-bodied, but not viscous...some Drayman's Porter character. Slight caramel notes as well.

O - Yet another great beer from the BBC line-up. Very happy that they are local and I can enjoy these great beers fresh. This is a blend of the Drayman's Porter and the Berkshire Ale...any combination of their solid beers is a winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:14:46 | More by BeerMaverick
Photo of Sam21


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Purchased for $3.75. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance – Clear mahogany body with a tan head. Good retention and lacing. Really nice color.

Smell – All the best from their pale and porter. Fruity esters showing strawberries and orange. Contrasting aromas of caramel, chocolate, and dark roasted malts.

Tastes – Starts fruity with heavy notes of strawberries and orange jam. This sweetness is leveled out by an array of toasted, roasted and chocolate malt that cut through the sweetness just enough to create balance. Finish is sweet with dark roast coffee and chocolate that linger.

Mouthfeel – Shabadoo sports a medium body. Carbonation is moderate and tickles the tongue. Subtle creaminess.

Drinkability – This is a great member of the Berkshire lineup. They have created something unique and tasty out of two very solid beers. The fruity malts of the Traditional Pale Ale are highlighted and complimented nicely by the Draymans Porter’s dark roasty character. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:57:11 | More by Sam21
Photo of mdaschaf


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:50:38 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of mnrider


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Bomber--->Pint Glass

A: Pours a ruby red/deep brown. Large bubbly off white head. OK head retention with nice lacing all the way down.

S: Malty and very sweet. Hints of mocha are mixed in. A pleasant aroma for sure.

T/M: Malty with a creamy mostly smooth feel. The ale in it brings a hop bitterness while the porter in it brings that smooth malty goodness. The finish is sweet and surprisingly clean.

O: I'm very pleased with this brew. I've never had a black and tan that wasn't mixed from two taps. BBC makes only good beer, and I wouldn't mind drinking this one again.


Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 21:57:43 | More by mnrider
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"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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