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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

231 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
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 Doomcifer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Doomcifer, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of msolar
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

“Shabadoo” is right - Awesome beer.

Poured dark but could see through it.

Smelled delicious and tasted great. It wasn’t as bitter as I expected. My wife, who generally doesn’t like darker/heavier beers like this one quite a bit, too.

Very drinkable. I’d certainly suggest picking it up next time you find one.

msolar, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep, reddish brown color with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick and even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very malty with elements of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and hints of vanilla & caramel.

T: Tastes of coffee & vanilla with roasted malt seem to be the most prevalent flavors with a background of brown sugar, caramel & chocolate. It has an extremely heavy malt character. Since this beer is all malty sweetness, that’s what stick around in the after-taste.

M: Very, very smooth with a little breadiness in the texture, heavy body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is kind of sticky due to the maltiness.

D: This one is very tasty, especially if you’re into the malty sweetness. It’s kind of filling, so it’s definitely a sipper, despite an ABV that is only in the 6% range.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of bornridiculous
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bornridiculous, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of sraimondi
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

sraimondi, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.7/5  rDev +23%
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

mcarroll10177, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with freshness label on the side but nothing was notched. Pours a hazy chocolate brown with some ruby highlights. A creamy looking 1 finger head with very good longevity and lace. Smells of sweet malt although not a ton of roastiness as I expected. A bit of dried dark fruits and sherry aromas are also present. Lots of sweet malt up front with a fair amount a roasted malt coming through. Brown sugar and candi sugar flavors are also evident. Hops are there in spirit but quickly fade, leaving a nice roasted flavor on the tounge. Very creamy and easy drinking. A decent black and tan for a bottle but I still pefer the real thing in a glass properly poured.

Thanks to Jim for this one.

sabrills70, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of bigone4
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice dark ruby dark brownish color. Strong malty smell with light roasted smell. Had hints of coffee and chocolate mixed in there. Thick creamy tanish head. Looked nice but did not last for too long. Nice lacing of the glass though. Smooth nutty roasted flavor with a nice mouth feel. Had a hoppy touch to it that was quite enjoyable and pleasent in my mouth. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice smooth flavor well blended varieties of flavor. Good offering from start to finish. Good overall beer. I would drink it again.

bigone4, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, uneven brown with maroon highlights
Aroma had sweet chocolate, soem roasted coffee notes and light toffee as well has some bready qualities.
Flavor had lots of roasted notes, coffee and nuts. Middle was a big powerful jolt of toffee and chocolate malt and finished with some light but well defined hoppy bitterings.
Mouthfeel was a little bit higher than moderate, great combo of sweet and bitter with some very solid transitions.
Drinability was high, not generally a big fan of the B&T but this was a very nice hybrid mix and a really solid drinking brew.

CRJMellor, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black, but not very tan... and the head is gorgeou, as is the carbonation.

Smell: Smells pretty much like a porter... roasted malts, but not too sweet and a slight flowery kick.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, and doesn't exactly resemble a black and tan... unfortunately, but expected.

Mouthfeel: Fairly bitter and a little too commanding for my palate; this brew is not what I wanted it to be. I wish it were sweeter and had a varying consistency.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff a bomber, but that's probably because there aren't any outstanding or unusual traits.

dbalsock, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent three-finger, beige head that provides superior lace. Very dark brown (unable to shine light through) liquor.

Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and hops. A small amount of coffee is also present.

Nice powerful flavors. Excellent blend of crystal/chocolate malts and hops. This is a full-bodied beer with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Typically, I'm not a fan of bottled Black & Tans because they do not have the same effect of the light lager and dark stout layering that is present from a tap pour. However, this should not detract from this flavorful brew, as this is simply an excellent beer.

smcolw, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint tumbler with a quater inch tan head and a dark dark brown color. The head takes some time to settle.

Lots of fresh creamy malt in the nose.

The taste has the breakfast tea, the maltiness, the caramel.. just what I'm hoping for in a black and tan. Medium-heavy bodied, strong carbonation, not too strong though. Refreshing, the flavor builds with more ambitious sips and a few rolls across the tongue. This one doesn't have a ton of complexity, "it is what it is". And that is a very respectable fact about it.

MrSeth, May 16, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of cooter
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown with a slowly dissipating head which could stand to be more plentiful. Smell is wonderful; caramel, coffee, rich porter smells. Mint, cloves, pine, pot, an incredibly complex chocolate, and a hoppy base all shine on first taste. Malts are smooth, without bitters probably due to the mixing, and filling. Tastes better this second time around. Only problem is the carbonation, which feels like although it imparts flavor as it passes, is also powerfully bloating and makes the body thinner than need be. On the other hand, it allows for excellent drinkability, which in turn brings out the peppermint and marijuana flavors.

cooter, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent beer, but not one of my favorites from this awesome brewery. Nice fairly dark leathery brown color, very clear though. Not much head to speak of. Smells malty, and a touch sweet, with a nice subtle piney hop kick. Taste is pretty similar. Nice hop bitterness in the end matches the malty body well. For some reason though this beer doesn't quite click with me. It seems to be sort of flat (not meaning no carbonation) and uninteresting. No real challenging flavors jump out at me. And it doesn't really strike me as a black and tan. I don't really trust black and tans out of the bottle anyway. It tastes more like a brown ale or something, but a struggling one. Anyway, a decent try, probably my least favorite beer from BBC as I usually love their stuff. Might be worth a try to someone else.

twelvsies, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer.

Pours a chestnut brown with a creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacework.

Smell of malt with little hop notes.

Taste dry stout with a malty pale ale bite. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel is gentle carbonation and full bodied,

Very drinakable, warming and refreshing, I will seek this one out.

Citadel82, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of littlebibs
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice "fall" tasting beer. The malts are so outspoken and (delicious!!) although its sweet it has such a nice fruity, toffee/coffee/chocolate
edge and its nicely balanced. I understand about the way its
poured at a bar, I've only had a black and tan in another glass
bottle and it was ok as I remember. This reminds me of a great
tasting Fall/October style beer, which is my favorite, well during
this time of the year. I've been drinking the Magic Hat Jinx, Heart
of Darkenss and Ravell and I love the porter/stout coffee/chocolate
side of these beers so the Bershire offering, even with its higher
alcohol its a winner and I would drink these again and again. I
thought the Okotoberfest they put out was ok- alittle to much
alcohol and fizz for me but different. I would buy this again, no
problem. I hope they have some at the EXTREME BEER FEST
in BOSTON in early 2005, can't wait!!

littlebibs, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Kookiekwan
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a very dark amber bordering on brown with no seperation of colors. The aroma was floral and hoppy. The first taste was sharp with hops but quickly balanced out with a very roasty malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth.

Reflection: I've never been a big fan of Black and Tans in a bottle but this beer might be the one that changes my mind. Great on a Fall afternoon!

Kookiekwan, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a lovely dark brown color, and it had a very low head. However, it persisted throughout the drinking of the beer.

The aroma was of malts, with some acidity. I did not notice any significant roasted aroma at all.

The taste was initially of bitter hops, followed by roasted malts and coffee, with some bitter choclate thrown in. A coffee aftertaste lingered.

A very good example of the style, IMHO.

connecticutpoet, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep brown, almost a dark Amber when held to the light, descent head with some retention
smell:sweet, malty, herbal notes
taste:hop sharpness on initial taste,then flavors start to settle into smooth layers, of malt toffee, hints of Rasberry.
mouthfeel:medium carbonation, also a bit chewy
drinkability:I would say very good,It's especially nice this time of year(fall) and I would certainly buy it again.

steinlifter, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

BadBadger, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of wyllder
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Wyll-

wyllder, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a four finger light tan head.
Coffee and roasted malt aroma, coffee note dominates, some chocolate.
Coffee, roasted malt taste, very earthy but a good balance with earthy and herbal hop, even a bit of wood/oak. Robustly flavored.
Maybe a bit too much roasted quality to come across as a stereotypical black and tan, could almost pass as a porter.
Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

mschofield, May 18, 2004
"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.