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McSorley's Black & Tan - Pabst Brewing Company

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74
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 17.2%
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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2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
1.9/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Photo of maddogruss
2.7/5  rDev -14%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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McSorley's Black & Tan from Pabst Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.