Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Mississippi Mud Black & TanMississippi Mud Black & Tan

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Ratings: 1,007
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 25
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mississippi Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 1,007 | Reviews: 428
Reviews by techfed87:
Photo of techfed87
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lively head. Color is a dark, clear brown. Smell is a tad sweet and possibly a little malty.

First sip almost reminds me of a version of Guinness. It's malty, not too much body or flavor, still, it's pretty acceptable overall.

Not something that I would show off to my friends, but still, acceptable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TIPKAI
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great bottle and decently priced $3.39 in CA. It was a lot better than I expected especially for a premix. Smooth and goes down easy. Was feeling good after the first bottle. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of oberon
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My wife picked me up the big jusg of this brew cuzz she liked the jug-like bottle a few weeks agoe and I never reviewed it because it was quite forgettable.Pour is decent a reddish brown color with not much head to it,aroma is very grainy and malty but not much there.I also got a metallic taste but not much just a slight metallic tinge in the finish,some slight caramel malt taste but pretty bland.A beer in a gimmick bottle quite a concept,that how you can sell really bad beer.

Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Clear, medium brown body looks like a mix of dark and light colored ales. The head was very nice. Full, tan, and lots of lacing.

Smell – There’s the standard American grain aroma complimented with roasted malts. The malts though are kind of faint. I also couldn’t find any sweetness in there.

Taste – Well, I think I like the “black” better than the “tan.” The dark flavors aren't bad. The burnt malt, which tastes like a light dark ale, has a chocolaty sweetness to it. The “premium beer” flavor though is typical macro piss.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and kind of creamy and actually quite smooth. Not bad.

Drinkability – This tastes like a good American attempt at a dark lager.

Comments – This came in a moonshine-type of jug that you’d find down South in a backyard still. It’s quite a sight. If you collect bottles you HAVE to go out and buy one of these.

Photo of andrewsporter
2.12/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this in a pre-packaged growler at the state liquor store. Intrigued by the packaging, even more intrigued by the dirty cheap $2.99 price tag. Lets just say you get what you pay for. Might as well pour the beer down the drain and keep the cool bottle.

Appearance - It actually looks like a very good beer, caramel colored, good head, impressive lacing on the pint glass as well.

Smell - Doesn't smell like much, slight hint of chocolatey, roasted porter.

Taste - Going down it is fine, the pilsner is a bit chalky and bitter.

Mouthfeel - on the lighter side, not particularly heavy.

Drinkability - It just tastes too bad to keep drinking more than the quart bottle it comes in.

Overall, pre-mixed black and tans have never been a huge hit in my world but why not? Probably stick to Yeungling B&T if thats what you're into.

Photo of generallee
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a 1quart jug/bottle into a pint glass. The label is made to look like a stone jug and it has a nice description of the beer. There are some possible batch codes or freshness dates but they are unreadable. No abv.

Appearance: It had a deep crimson red color with good clarity when held up to light. On top is a tall and slow fading head. This head is light tan in color and hangs on well making some lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: There is a light toasted malt with some caramel sweetness backed up with some herbal leafy hop notes. I also get a slight papery or a cardboard like oxidized presence in the nose.

Taste: The flavor is a little light or thin but not overly so. I do pick up some toasted malt character with some light caramel like sweetness. Hops come on lightly and offer very little balance. There is only a slight herbal note towards the finish which is still mildly sweet with a slightly dull papery note. This rides in on a smooth and thinly textured body.

Notes: I am not really impressed with this Black and Tan and after drinking half of the quart I cap it back up to save for cooking. Its not a bad beer but its just not one that I wanted to keep on drinking when I have so many better beers on hand.

Photo of jisom123
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Black and Tan: premixed for you"

Head: 2 inch, medium light color.

Color: dark amber, but you can still shine a light through it.

Smell: Imagine Coors Dark.

Tate like: 1 part Fosters Oil Can, 1 part Killian's IR, 1 part Becks Dark.

The bottle states that it is a mix of English Porter and Continental Pilsner mixed together and sold in a Hill-William bottle.

Very Good carbonation during the swallow.
Clean crisp fresh taste.
Not very heavy.
Good head with light tan color.

Bottle material: 100% brown glass bottle with a shrink wrapped label around it to give the appearance of a ceramic XXXX moonshine bottle.

Photo of Mora2000
2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown-amber with white head. Aroma is mainly malt with some slight roasted character. Pretty ordinary. Flavor is more of the same, tastes sort of like a macro lager mixed with a porter. Not terrible, but not something I would drink again. Medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is the only above average part of the beer.

(Sampled several months ago and reviewed from notes. I thought I had already reviewed this but then noticed I had either never entered the review or it was lost somehow.)

Photo of Byeast
3.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a 2 pint big mofo , with a gator in a swampy scene. The beer poured a clear , darker brown / auburn , with a creamy , small off white head. Aroma is of slight caramel and other sweet and slightly roasty malt smells. Taste is lightly malty and roasty , with some bitterness and tinge of astringency in the finish. This brew is simple and smooth. It goes down real nice and easy. Mouthfeel is a little light. Quite drinkable and tasty bottled black and tan. Worth a try imo.

Photo of magictrokini
2.41/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't really understand this beer, seeing that a black & tan is normally 2 beers. Yes, I know the traditional porter is 2 beers that are blended, but still. Pours darm brown with a thin tan head. Cocoa and metal aroma. Thin mouthfeel, not really smoky or nutty or chocolate. Kind of a blend of all three.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

32oz growler shaped bottle. Received as a gift.

Pours a dark reddish brown, decent clarity with a nice full off white head with pretty good retention and decent lace.

Aroma is somewhat bland. Light roast, fruity esters, and hints of strange meat funk. Some lageriness noticeable as well.

TAste is somewhat decent for the style. Both beers can be noticed but the ending result makes it come off as a light porter. Light roasted malt, toasted malt with hints of berry and grape like fruits. As it warms some caramel and brown sugar take over. Finishes with some lager qualities.

Light feel, light finish, but definatly not watery. Easy drinker.

Overall, this is a pretty good example of a black and tan but this style is longing for some expierimentation by the bigger, better breweries. The bottom line is that this is not something memorable enough to come back too.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just can't replace the proper black & tan appearance out of a bottle (not without one of those didgerydoos). Dark tan colored, big head that disappears rather quickly. Aroma was like the appearance, ruddy and muddy.

Taste, semi-sweet, kind of thin bodied, no discernable hop presence. Really just kind of dark in color without submitting any real malt flavor component to the palate. Kind of reminiscient of a better looking Newcastle brown ale. This is lots more tan than black.

Photo of ADR
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A weird jug, gawd knows who makes this beer (must be F.X. Matt). Medium brown appearance, translucent, tan head has little staying power. Laces very simply, some downward-directed strings. Light aroma, slightly nutty with some stuffy almost estery notes. Body is very thin and the carbonation medium high, making for a poor presentation. Flavor is dissappointing, too sweet with cheap cocoa and a husky graininess that's at least partly a result of the carbonation. By the time the bottle is done, there is an annoying cider-like tanginess (before this, there are similarities to Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark Lager), but no improvement in body or a counter-tone. Doesn't show good qualities of any beer that normally makes up a Black and Tan...mediocre stuff here.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You have to love the novelty bottle, hell I bet these things sell themselves just because of the bottle. Well, I know that couldn't have called it New York Mud, but c'mon who wants to drink Mississippi Mud from Utica, New York, hold on who really wants to drink Mississippi Mud. Well, hey I bought into it, now let's see what this beer is made of. It pours a deep dark ruby tint, and the head is filled with very large bubbles and it is cream and color. Head is sticking around for at least awhile, and the lace is clinging to the sides of my glass. The aroma is very faint, I can barely detect some grainines along with somekind of malt thrown in to give off a sweet aroma. No hops to be sniffed here, oh well let's see how it tastes. Very smooth and on the lighter side, but it brings a fruit tone in the finish that I find very pleasant. This is nothing exceptional, but I find it pretty drinkable. A bitterness along with a semi sour aftertaste is left, but I don't think it's a mistake, somebody tried to make it taste like that. Very light body and thin in the mouth, definitely doesn't have the texture of a real porter mixed anywhere in there. I could drink a couple of these and find myself admiring the bottles, but I probably will never buy this beer again. There are too many outstanding beers in the world, to settle for mediocrity.

Photo of chrisms86
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Black & Tan, I bought this one because it was relatively cheap and I'd heard good things. Pours a dark brown with a thing lasting head. Tastes like what it is: a mixture of pilsner and porter. I don't know if I should blame the beer or the style, but Mississippi Mud combines two opposites with unfavorable results. I want my porters thick and my pilsners thin, and by combining them this brew leaves me wanting more. Recommended to try, it isn't going to hurt your wallet too much, but there are better options.

Photo of dabone
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Dark chocolate and very transparent. Light brown, tan head. Light hop aroma. Good flavor of porter with hints of coffee and chocolate. Light Pilsner hop taste. Very thin texture. Overall not bad.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly dense but clear nutty brown body with a big lumpy light tan head. There was a strong carbonation of big bubbles that glided to the surface.

S- The soft notes of brown malt with a noble hop hint that comes through when it warms in the finish

T- The taste of light brown malt has a faint note of coffee and caramel malt hints with a note of cardboard and mineral taste. The finish has a dry sulfur note with a noble hop hint at the finish. The taste of nougat and hops lingers after each taste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- There are notes of porter and notes of pilsner but it taste like they have been watered down and that gives the malt a stale quality. The nougat and hop notes linger making an odd finish.

Photo of Brenden
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a certain clarity, almost sort of a see-through quality, it actually looks a lot like a cola aside from the head. The head isn't fantastically large or strong, but it doesn't disappear like a soda. Though sparsely bubbled, it's active in some fashion for a good while. Lacing is light but present.
Understanding the style is key, but this beer works regardless in its own way. Like the Cascadian Black (aka Black IPA), its the marriage of two near opposites in a way that both sides contribute uniquely. This one, in fact, is sort of a light version of that idea, in which less intense styles are used. The porter contributes a bit of roast and the maltier elements with a bit of barley, while the pilsner offers a brighter, citrusy and leafier element. It's refreshing, and it works together pretty well. It's not for everyone, but I wouldn't turn it down.
The feel takes more of the pilsner character; it's about a medium body, but focuses on a bright sort of crispness and sturdy, consistent carbonation.

Photo of SetarconeX
2.51/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'll come right out and admit it. I bought this for the bottle. What a cool bottle. Sometimes, I feel bad about not being able to give points for the bottle.

As far as the beer itself, there's a pretty massive head on this one. Impressive, and it sticks around. Taste is a little strange though. A tad of astringency to the lager. I really expected something a little bit thicker out of something that describes itself as "mud."

Bit of a letdown, really. Good thing the bottle's really cool though.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok...first this is NOT a black & tan....it's a very good mellow dark beer...more like a stout...but not a black & tan.
It pours a rich dark root beer color with a nice head.
Not much aroma...slightly carmel and coffee smelling.
The taste is very smooth...very little hops or alcohol feel or taste.
Little aftertaste.
Not a bad brew...quite pleasant and refreshing for a dark beer.
Just not what I would expect from a Black & Tan.

Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A full quart's worth of 'English Porter and Continental Pilsner', on the patio at the Sugar Bowl. This fat-capped jug sure brought the stares from adjacent tables, I'll tell ya.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and latently soapy tan (whoomp, there it is!) head, which leaves some fairly consistent, yet splattered lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuit and caramel malts, dark powdery chocolate, soft milky coffee, musty black fruit, oily nuts, a touch of earthy yeast, and leafy, herbal hops. The taste is lightly roasted, bready caramel and pale malt, mildly bitter coffee, gritty bar-top nuts, a fading mocha, um 'sweetness', stale, and slightly sour dark orchard fruit, and somewhat bitter, leafy, dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tad frizzy up front, the body a decent medium weight (speaking to a hefty porter input, likely) and basic in its smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the waning caramel sweetness paired with a strong nutty, crackery, and edgy floral drying character.

As was to be expected, this is a veritable mish-mash of two distinct styles - the heavier, more complex porter, and the lighter, crisper Pils. While nothing really offends, there seems to be a bit of a confusing experience to drinking this hybrid - but maybe if I didn't know that going in, it would just be perceived as a nice, drinkable, mildly complex, sour, and plainly hoppy dark ale. Or not.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Big fan of the jug. Pours a clear brown with a large off-white head that has decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Some lager yeast, roast malt, and a bit of caramel and coffee.

T: Similar to the aroma with lager yeast flavor, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and some grainy malt.

M: Crisp, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not as good as I remember it from having it years ago, but that doesn't really surprise me. Not bad, fun to carry around and drink.

Photo of dacrza1
3.11/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A blast from the past of college days--and on sale at Bottle King! Frothy white head sits on a a copper-to-dark brown body in a nonick glass...the blending is noticeably porter/pilsner...the head holds a bit unevenly...a rather nondescript scent of soft malt and soft hops... smooth, almost buttery mouthfeel; effervescent and lively, swift...hops are softened, malts are likewise... crisp and mellow... quite drinkable... that curious combination still wields a pleasant mouthfeel and mood--and that jug's just as attractive to this 31-year old as it was to that 21-year old... even if the Mud's made in New York...

Photo of dkoehler42
2.91/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mississippi Mud is a drinkable beer, not overly heavy in taste or mouth feel. That being said, the color was a nice brown with 3/4" of head. The smell is mediocre, really missing. The taste is slightly heavier than a pilsner, but nowhere near a porter. It's mouthfeel is a similar profile.

All in all, it was a worthwhile investment, but not likely something I'll pick up again.

Photo of jmz62565
2.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This pours a dark ruby color,it looks like black cherry soda, with a thin off white head. There is almost no smell, except a very faint malt roastyness. The taste has a roasted flavor,some coffee and chocolate, but little else. The m/f is light and alittle weak and watery. I don't understand the point of this beer. If I wanted a good black and tan I'd mix it myself.

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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 1,007 ratings.