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McSorley's Black & Tan - Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Black & TanMcSorley's Black & Tan

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BA SCORE
74
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.63% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002)
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Fidalgo73


2/5  rDev -35.7%

07-09-2014 21:56:59 | More by Fidalgo73
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neil2me

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

05-25-2014 02:52:16 | More by neil2me
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duceswild

Maryland

3/5  rDev -3.5%

02-17-2014 05:56:23 | More by duceswild
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

12-28-2013 05:35:41 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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BillRoth

Maryland

3/5  rDev -3.5%

12-07-2013 21:50:56 | More by BillRoth
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

01-29-2013 20:16:17 | More by DmanGTR
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.5%

01-17-2013 06:34:54 | More by spycow
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-21-2012 06:00:38 | More by grahamboudreaux
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mtnwesdew

New York

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

09-06-2012 14:01:46 | More by mtnwesdew
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-31-2012 23:16:45 | More by muskiesman
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Jim_DemonDeacon


3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-10-2012 21:43:09 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

02-15-2012 20:35:25 | More by PeteRiz
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +28.6%

11-29-2011 19:25:19 | More by RoryOMoore
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.5%

11-23-2011 01:10:49 | More by djrn2
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -3.5%

11-15-2011 20:53:36 | More by ROGUE16
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mjtiernan

New York

3/5  rDev -3.5%

11-15-2011 18:30:01 | More by mjtiernan
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured mahogany brown, with less than a finger of beige head, poor retention, and spotty lacing. Like the Ale brewed by this company, very sweet in the nose, with milk chocolate dominating. The taste was similar, but also detected a hint of earthiness and cocoa powder, and a semi-sweet finish. Thinner than expected, but this was again a little hidden mentally by the overall sweetness of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 22:08:07 | More by donniecuffs
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Seanibus

California

3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Better than I had expected based on the previous McSorley's offering I had tried.

Pours deep brown with a fluffy white head that falls quickly, with almost no lacing. The aroma is pleasantly chocolate and roasted, though there is a faint whiff of the mass produced behind it. The flavor is decent, with an appropriate amount of roasted, porter-like character and a backbone of pale-malt-based ale. There is some mild hop character and a hint of bitterness on the back end. This is clearly not a carefully-crafted microbrew, but it is certainly better than one would expect from Pabst, and clearly better than similar offerings from the equivalent Michelob craft brew line. The mouthfeel is slight, though there is a bit of cling that keeps the roasted character in the mouth longer than you'd expect. Unfortunately, the overall product is marked by that indefinable sourness late on the finish that afflicts many mass market American beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 21:03:57 | More by Seanibus
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yelterdow

New Jersey

1.9/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A local staple for years, I fianlly became curious enough to give this a try. For $4.99 a sixer, I risk nothing.

Served in a pint glass at several degrees over fridge temperature.

Appearance- The color of cherry cola, this beer pours quite thin. It creates a two finger head that crackles away to a transparent film in a matter of two minutes, with no lacing whatsoever.

Smell- There is definitely a whiff of chocolate and very faint hops, with an underlying sweetness that I might chalk up to an adjunct. It has a stout character, mixed with a cheap lager nose.

Taste- As with the aroma, the sweet chocolately flavors are quickly overcome by an almost cereal based, corny sweetness that is very difficult to get down. Reminds me of a low-end AB macro trying to be a stout. Unpleasant to say the least.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Active right away, becoming more and more carbonated and finally gassy to the point of being bothersome. A poor attempt at the style, and a rather weak offering from Pabst.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 04:13:59 | More by yelterdow
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maddogruss

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a black body with a small, tan head with ok retention and decent lacing overall.

S: A pretty sour, bitter malt smell with some roasted malt and roasted barley undertones.

T: A musky, roasted malt taste with a slightly bitter and sour roasted barley aftertaste.

M: An overcarbonated and watery mouthfeel that did very little to compliment the beer. Reminded me of seltzer water.

D: Ok drinkability, but unimpressive mouthfeel and taste hurt this one. A little easier to handle, but I was not dying for a second beer after the first.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 20:42:45 | More by maddogruss
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark cola color with a cherry tan head.

S: A slight roasted nuttiness is detected on the nose with some light licorice notes.

T: For flavor there is some smoky maltiness, and deep chocolate flavor. There is some spiciness that compliments the deep chocolate nature of this beer quite nicely.

M: The mouthful is light but big on flavor with roasted chocolate notes upon warming on the tongue.

D: Overall impression, a moderate beer, decent flavor but nothing to exciting here.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 22:47:38 | More by beerthulhu
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish colour with hints of ruby when held to the light. Head is medium to large in size and has a light tan colour to it. Minimal amounts of residue are left on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is sweet from caramel and some chocolate with a bit of an earthy scent hidden amongst the sweetness. Not bad but not great.

The flavour takes the aroma and eases up on it a bit, with faint flavours all around, save for an over-abundance of sweetness, which clearly dominates each sip. It might even be a bit medicinal at times. Very average. Mouthfeel is very much light bodied and watery, and a bit over-carbonated at that.

This is a run of the mill brew at best. No huge flaws save for a slightly sub par mouthfeel, but just nothing beyond average going on here really. This one might work in a pinch if you're on a strict budget, but I'd look elsewhere for something with more flavour.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 02:43:47 | More by guinness33
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Stimack

New York

2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time I have ever given McSorley's a try. It poured to a dark brown color, hedging on black with a nice sized light tan head that breaks down quite quickly but did leave some lacing down the side. The aroma seems nice but light, slight roasted malts, some chocolate smell come out. The taste is where this beer breaks apart in my opinion. Very watery, some malt flavors but a metallic flavor that seems to be very prominent, but not a good flavor. Overall this is a ok beer at best, has some character but based on the Black and Tan offering from Saranac this just does not cut it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 05:03:30 | More by Stimack
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown/near black hue with a slight off-white head that dissipated relatively quickly. Very little lacing was left on the glass. The smell is of strong malts and slight yeast. The taste is bitter and malty with a good amount of carbonation, which might turn off some. Although the bottle says 85% stout/15% lager, there are not too many stout characteristics to this beer. That said, it is pretty robust and fairly smooth, which makes it drinkability high in my opinion. I'd enjoy having this with a plate of wings and watching a game with friends. At $5.99 for a six-pack, this might be the most affordable "strong" beer to get for your money.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 18:35:41 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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plaid75

New York

2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a muted toasted grain, strong adjunct and a lazy hop.

The taste was very subdued and very average. Thin malts, bland hops and no stout characteristics. Clearly a beer that gets its appearance from the addition of coloring.

The mouthfeel was thin and overly carbonated.

Overall not horrible, but not what it is advertised to be either. Had a nice setup, but just nothing in the flavor department. Black macro - blackro - maybe I just coined a term.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 16:28:08 | More by plaid75
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McSorley's Black & Tan from Pabst Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.