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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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very good

232 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of currysage1
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew, ruby brown colored with a cream head thats high initially then sinks and clings very well, to much left for lacing with this one.

Raisins, and sweet malt with the smell, taste adds a touch of toffee and some light bitterness. Light alcoholic twinge.

Mouth feel is nice not too thick not too thin, Carbonation feels good on the tongue.

Drinkability is high on this one, the alcohol is hidden very well. I want another...

currysage1, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty/caramel, the finish is dry with a slight bitter tone. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Black and Tan brew, it's pretty tasty. Thanks Andrew.

Wasatch, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark coffee brown color, fairly opaque with a medium tan head and full lace. Has a coffee soda sort of smell (Moxie?), nutty. Tastes of thin coffee with a touch of tart apple and a bit of charcoal. Very drinkable but may be a bit sour to some tastes. Medium to thin feel. Pretty lively carbonation. Nothing exciting but well worth a try. Berkshire is gaining my respect with each new try.

Durge, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of irishevans
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 so smooth and easy, in my humble opinion the best Black&Tan out there.

irishevans, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown/black color, non-transparent, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered quickly to a thin cover

S- Chocolate, smokey, roasted malts, coffee, molasses, hint of hops

T- Dark roasted malts, chocolate milk, vanilla, coffee, smokey, fairly sweet, light spice finish

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, chewy, full feeling

D- Very good

This beer is the first one to impress me in a while. Smells mostly chocolate but the taste is very heavy on the malts. All around great full bodied beer for relaxing in the winter time.

iceball585, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber bottle into a long hefe glass.

Mocha colored head that dissipates after a few minutes. Dark walnut color.

Strong smell of molasses.

Not a bad taste. Sweet front with a nice hop finish.

Not a bad tasting beer but a little on the heavy side. Good, but I don't know how much of these I could drink in a night. I would wait and get this done by a bartender in front of you. Thats the only reason I don't think this deserves to have too much of a high rating.

jneiswender, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark copper colored beer. Has a large beige head with some lace. The is a nice soft malt aroma with hints of chocolate and vanilla. The mouthfeel is a little light, more like an ale than a porter. There is a very light tea like hop prescence in the background. Has a nice easy finish and is a nice easy drink.

ybnorml, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From johnnnniee in the 2007 Secret Halloween – thanks partner!

Easy on the pour! Still, a massive tan head bubbles up on top of a deep mahogany brown brew in my cut diamond tulip glass.

Malt bomb aroma of chocolate shake and coffee. Quaff matches the aroma, but with a light bodied feel to it. Finishes with a hop pop to round this boy out.

Tasty and very drinkable, just needed a bit more malt push to notch this up another ladder step.

Vancer, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured out with a very thick head with a nice dark brown color. In appearance it does kinda resemble some artificial quasi-black and tan. With a sweet syrup/caramel taste and smell, it furthers its name credibility. A really nice presence: deep and creamy. Overall, another great creation from Western Mass!

fitzy84, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown color with a nice two-finger head. Aroma is rich and roasty, as well as malty. Taste is once again leaning more towards the stout, even though the lager (or is it ale?) shows through just as well here. Smooth, clean finish with all the roastiness of a stout. Easy to mistake this one for a Schwartzbier. Very drinkable and a very good example of its' style.

Brad007, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Deep burgundy with caramel shadows giving a semi-opaque clarity. Very creamy, porous white head that blends to the glass' sides. Condensed lacing with good strength.

Earthen caramel with a touch of sweetness; dry toffee and roasted hazlenut. Bready malt profile with floral hops.

Sweet molasses; light toffee richness. Biscuity-toasted malts with a buttery diacetyl. A pleasant flavor of roasted nuts, especially hazlenut. Moderate floral hops that give a slight bitterness to the creamy finish.

Medium in body; creamy and smooth with a nice balance with the hop profile.

A decent brew with some reserved flavors but a very nice, smooth texture. Pleasant, but nothing exciting about the Shabadoo.

NEhophead, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice head with good retention and the lacing looks very good as well. The color is light black and brown. Smell is a little sweet roastiness, almost like a baltic porter only not overpowering with sweetness. The taste is light and clean. I can pick up the slight roastiness in the aftertaste with some lager-like flavors. The mouthfeel is a little harsh and fizzy. Overall it was good to try, but I don't think I would have this right away...too many other beers out there. This wasn't bad.

Erdinger2003, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

geexploitation, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of hreb
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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....

hreb, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of froggyfrog
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This beer was not a big hit at the table but I found it enjoyable and would like to get more for consumption as an after dinner drink.

Not much to say about the appearance: it is a brownish-black beer with a bit of a tan head. CO2 movement is average.

The nose is malty and dry with some earthy hop notes.

The taste is sweet. The mouthfeel is confusing as it feels too thin for the amount of sweetness on the taste buds. This beer smells and tastes like molasses. It is sweet and the overall experience is very reminiscent of eating a slice of wet bottom shoo-fly pie. (I cringe at the use of this descriptor as I fear it is fairly localized reference. However its use is necessary to evoke a sense of the flavor characteristics of this beer. My apologies to readers unfamiliar with this molasses-based baked good.)

I would very much enjoy sipping on this as a dessert beer. Recommended if a little sweetness doesn't turn you off.

froggyfrog, May 15, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't understand how they actually made this beer pour like a black and tan -- I don't mean to suggest that it looks exactly like something you'll get from a barman who's gifted with the spoon, but I was amazed how the upper half of my glass looked like a porter and the bottom half looked like an ale. Left rings of lace all the way down the glass. If the head stayed all the way down, this would easily have gotten a 5 on appearance.

Smells like creamy coffee. Yummy. Also, a serious Whoppers thing going on in the smell and the flavor -- chocolate and sweet malts. Yummy. There's some other stuff going on in here -- vanilla, citrus, earthy hops. It tastes nice. Extra creamy -- this is a real good beer if you're looking for something on the sweet side. It goes down real easy.

jbsteiny, May 01, 2007
Photo of BobThomas
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Okay lacing.

Smells of bitter chocolate, and cofee. As it warms, more floral notes appear. Actually a quite delicate and light undertone of flowers.

No surprises in the taste. Same the smell really.

The mouthfeel is the only problem I had with the beer. It was heavy and thin, and just didn't match up with the flavors.

All in all very drinkable and recommended.

BobThomas, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

jmz62565, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice looking deep deep brown colour with a big chunky tan head that marks the glass all over.

The aroma is a great blend of chocolate, coffee, earthy malt, some caramel sweetness and hints of fruit. Very nice.

The flavour is more of the same: chocolate, caramel and coffee blend nicely and compliment each other as each sip is extremely well balanced. The earthy malt notes are still here but a bit of roasted malt comes through here as well and adds a nice kick to each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied wit ha good amount of creaminess to it.

I really dig this brew. Something about it just reminds me of the autumns and winters I spent living in New England (go figure since its brewed in MA) and while there's that bit of nostalgia there with this one, the overall flavour and presentation of it makes it just as enjoyable without said nostalgia. This is one of my favourite Berkshire's. A treat for sure and well worth sampling.

SixpointJMH, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz. bottle with a dark brown color and nice two finger head that held well and a nice lace to the finish. smell is coffee and caramel. taste is same but the coffee comes through without any bitterness. mouthfeel all malt smoothness with a clean light body and no after taste. i don't think you will find to many people who would not like this beer.

billybob, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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".

kelticblood, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Clear ruby red amber with a light tan one finger head. The head holds well, then settles to a thin cap. Patchy lacing.

Not much of a aroma to this one. Grainy malts with a little bit of light estery fruit and alcohol.

Cracker like malts start out, and have a little bit of a metallic taste. Some toastiness is also there. Some light fruitiness is present. The hop bitterness is low, but has a good balance to it. Thin bodied with low-medium carbonation. The finish is slightly bitter with a little bit of a metallic aftertaste, along with a little bit of hopiness.

This is a fairly good Black & Tan. It's pretty good except for the metallic taste. I would recommend trying it at least once.

BeerSox, Dec 23, 2006
"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.