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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 1,048
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 26
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
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Mississippi Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2001

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Photo of Bisbee_Frankie
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink this beer in North Carolina. It's a good combination of porter and pilsner beers, unusual in my opinion for black and tans as in my experience they are stout and lager like Guinness and Harp. Still, it's very tasty and amusing in name being brewed in Utica, New York. (283 characters)

Photo of Jordan
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet molasses on the nose, thick head endures. Dark brown with a reddish hue. Nice rounded mouth full of malt, hops bitterness, finishing dry. Smooth, yet not completely void of bite(highly carbonated). Despite the poorer reviews by my comrades, I feel this brew deserves more merit. Rewarding! (300 characters)

Photo of swedish655
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found the beer at local deli. I tried it with friends and found it almost perfect. Better to drink from goblet. Nice brown color with tan head. Flavor mellow, taste rich and full, smooth and creamy texture. When in tall glass taste will change as beer is consumed. Smoother than a stout and clean mouth with no after taste. I like it and continue to buy. Thanks for a great product. Keith (388 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4/5  rDev +30.3%

I find this beer to be really refreshing. It has a great combination of thick chewy mouthfeel from the porter and cold refreshing finish of a pilsner. If you looking for a hop bomb this one isn't for you. However if your a fan of a solid mix beer with good malt flavor and a smooth finish give this a try. (306 characters)

Photo of Ricko
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the Mississippi Mud last night. All in all, not bad tasting. A great buy for only 1.99 for a quart which poured out as 2 1/2 pint glasses w/head included along with a surprise (lacing following the head) which added a quarter of a point to my rating. I knew it wouldn't be like a real black 'n tan poured. But even as a porter/pilsner blend it was quite tasty and went down easily without giving you that too full feeling. I could have drank another 2 1/2 pints!

In reading the other reviews here, it is evident those who appreciate exactly what it is; and for the money, I certainly can not complain! Especially since the craft beer craze is demanding what I believe is too much money for average to below average tasting brews. I don't know who is pricing things this high; is it the brewer, the distributor, the retailer, or all the above? Of course $1.99 isn't high for a full pint of pretty decent black and tan blend. I would actually rate this higher than the Yuengling's version as Yuengling was my first regular store-bought B&T until I discovered Mississippi Mud and how good it tasted. (1,106 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 32 oz jug of this with my friend Jon. Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a clear, deep medium amber brown color. Head about 2/3 inch when poured, eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with decent lace. Aromas of malty caramel and some hops. Not much else but it is nice. Fairly sweet taste as well with caramel malt and perhaps a bit of chocolate, rounded out with a bit of hops. Seems like it has a good balance. has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink. A good beer here indeed. maybe the best already mixed black and tan I have already have.

Eric (659 characters)

Photo of Norfawkers
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better bottled black and tans out there. There's not much to it, but it's definately worth a try.

Appearance: Clear deep brown with minimal head

Smell: Malty but faint

Taste: Malt with slight smoke

Mouthfeel: Front loaded flavor with a smooth finish; not overpowering at all

Drinkability: Versatile and highly drinkable with a meal or in mass quantities (369 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm rating this one higher than most folks, but I found this to be a really good brew....I picked it up because I loved the bottle..

Pours out a nice deep brown color with a small tan head... Looks very inviting...

This smells exactly like the Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan to me... very reminescent of a good brown ale to me...

Definite notes of cocoa as well as sweet malts are evident in this brew.. again, reminds me of a brown ale but seems more geared toward the cocoa side of the spectrum...

I liked this one quite a bit actually... I would drink this one regularly if it were available in Tennessee... This would make a good session brew... (662 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a creamy crystal malt scent that is really quite nice. The taste is good. It boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a nice sweet malt palate that goes down easy and satisfies. This is a pretty damn good beer for being served up in a glass jug. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer surprised me. I wasn't expecting much, but what I got was a fine black and tan. It drinks well. (512 characters)

Photo of Jyubei
3.97/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the one quart bottle.

A. A very dark brown but not truly "mississippii mud" black. A thin tan head and mild lacing.

S. A very strong malty smell at first,bthen an aroma of caramel, coffee and raosted almonds.

T. The Taste goes from malty and hoppy, to sweet and pleasantly syrupy. If you eat it whith a strong or bitter food it brings out a taste of brown sugar and caramel. I suggest a garlic Italian dish or a strong southern U.S. style of food.

M. A smooth and sticky feel that slides over and around the tongue. The flavor makes it feel pretty good, but it is a little strong.

Af. The aftertaste is malt, grains, caramel and almonds. Very nice.

This is a good brew for a wide variety of strong foods. It also comes in a cool looking bottle. If you don't mind a sweeter beer this one is nice to nurse over a meal. (837 characters)

Photo of Fulky
3.96/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the quart jug into a 16oz shaker glass.

Pours very dark brown with not much transparency. An excellent two finger golden brown head with good retention and lacing throughout. Has the general appearance of a stout.

Not much to speak of in regards to smell. A little piny or something, but really just smelled like the inside of an empty bottle.

Contrary to smell, the flavor is absolutely excellent. Not necessarily the same as other Black & Tans I have tried, which is good for me. Has a nice bitter malt bite, with smooth caramel and chocolate accents. A beer that is good to taste from beginning to end.

A nice full body that is not too thick. Crisp but does not burn or overwhelm the pallet with carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing for a beer of it's stature.

An excellent beer, especially for it's price. Good for those new to the style. (859 characters)

Photo of USAF77
3.96/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little something different. My first and I had no idea what to expect.

Its more Pilsner'ish then Porter'ish but I dont think thats by accident. When i was in England I was never a fan of mixing beers like this. I guess its my love for each type of beer that figures, "why mix"? But I dont regret buying MM and no doubt will again.

A fast Pilsner pour into a clear somewhat tan color makes for a pretty brew to look at. I enjoyed the smell a lot. Im getting grains and a bit of coffee in a smooth pilsner malt. The area around the glass has a light stout'ish aroma if you concentrate hard enough. Mild lacing with a disappointing head. A tad to carbonated me'thinks.

Refreshing taste with a slight dry bite, but missing the sensual after taste of a Porter. I'd be happier if the brew was a tad Portier and a tad less Pilsner'ee. But have no doubt Im enjoying this brew. "Just raised it to a 4.00 overall because its refreshes so well". Thanks no doubt to its Pilsner heritage. Im thinking Brats with a good mustard with this creation. Like at the WI. State fair with the awsome corn on the cob to boot. I remember the draft PBR that accompanied that. Mud would do even better.

So it could be muddier, but as a Pilsner fanatic, I wont be moving it to the "B" rack in the fridge. I recommend the Mud. Enjoy. (1,310 characters)

Photo of beerviews2013
3.96/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour: pours a black brew with a tan head.

Smell: a light roasted smell

Look: comes in a cool looking bottle that would be good to fill up again.

Taste: roasted malts on the pallet and coffee on the after taste. With a mouthfell of a medium body brew.

Overall: this is a start up beer. Just a smooth easy drink that will be pleasing to the new beer drinker. (363 characters)

Photo of dabone
3.95/5  rDev +28.7%
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. (217 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.94/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Marketing wise this is a very fun beer, coming in a glass mini-growler, shrink wrapped in a tan label featuring black old fashioned font and an illustration of an alligator sitting between the copy. Poured into a pilsner glass, the color is a wonderfully reddish brown with some garnet highlights, a quickly dissipating head and perfect clarity. Aroma is predominantly of caramel malts, roasted grain, cereal; some hops detected at the finish, noble and slightly spicy. The taste is light, malty, and follows the nose very faithfully. Grainy, sweet, caramel and bread, some roastiness, very little hop flavor detected. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and highly carbonated. I'm sure this brew gets a bad rap from being ubiquitous and somewhat small in flavor. The aroma is definitely the best part but it is still a very enjoyable and pleasant session beer that I don't turn my nose up to and would definitely drink again. (915 characters)

Photo of kegger22
3.93/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan was neither black nor tan, but predictably, something in between. The one inch beige head displayed good retention.

The aroma was pretty light; I was able to get some sweet malt and some grain.

The taste was caramel, some cocoa, a dash of salt donated by the pilsener maybe, and a cola flavor for the low point. A drinking tip for Missi Mud: this was one beer better colder than warmed, that's where the unfortunate cola flavor came in. Fortunately, the growler-like bottle is perfect for putting it back in the fridge.

The mouth feel was fairly light, more pilsener than porter. Carbonation was pretty good and it was oily.

Drinkability was good and the 32 ounces were no problem.

Given the large number of negative reviews (regardless of scores), the relatively low overall score and the schlocky but amusing packaging; I wasn't expecting much. But how can you turn down a chance at this "Famous Black & Tan Beer"? However, I was very pleasantly surprised. Mississippi Mud managed to take a style that I'm not particularly fond of (English porter), and a style that pales in comparison to other richer styles (pilsener), and created a fine beverage. At ten cents an ounce, plus another dime for the tacky/cool bottle (Michigan deposit), you get an excellent value. I'll go back for more tomorrow. (1,336 characters)

Photo of Trombone69
3.93/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

We had a blind tasting (17 beer drinkers) between this (Mississippi Mud), the Oskar Blues Old Chub, Murphy's Irish Stout, and 21st Amendment's Back-In-Black. (I realize that's 4 different styles, but the category was "Dark beer from a can".) By a small majority, this was the winner.

A little thin feeling, but goes down nicely. I had the cans, but bottle is super cool, giving this a beer a full 5 points for the look category.

But why is a beer from New York State called Mississippi Mud? (497 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.9/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany, with three fingers of off-white creamy head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smells of toasted chocolate malts and floral hops.The taste is a blend of sweet roasted malts upfront, folllowed by a crisp pilsner flavor and dry hops. The pale lager presence is strong, and disturbes the balance, but the taste is still pleasing and complex. Finishes clean and highly drinkable. The light lager gives an even carbonation and medium body and the dark ale provides a malty palate. This smooth combonation leaves the mouthfeel a little dry, a little residual. (576 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have to admit I bought this more for the look of the jug shaped bottle than for anything I knew or heard about the beer.

The beer was caramel brown in color with a 2-finger beige head that lasted awhile and left some good lacing.

Nice aroma of dark bread and sweet malt.

Mildly sweet with a lot of caramel malt but not much else. Tasty, but not complex.

Thin body with low carbonation.

Very drinkable and very sessionable at just 5% abv. It holds up really well ice cold. Can anyone tell me how this New York beer came to be called Mississippi Mud? Especially curious about the "mud" part as this beer is really thin. (626 characters)

Photo of kkmiller76
3.86/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Used to drink this beer in college and thought it was a very tasty black and tan. Of course at that time I was still experimenting with my beer palette; but this was certainly a beer at the time that was more complex then the crap I was drinking.

Saw it in Whole Foods in Paramus, NJ and brought back memories so thought I'd give it a whirl. Certainly has not lost its drinkability. Is very smooth, nice dark black iced coffee color. Toffee smell. Taste is very toffee-like with a hint of cocoa and maybe a little coffee. But is just a smooth; on the sweeter side, black and tan.

I think it deserves a better overall grade than the C +; I don't think it is a beer anyone would turn down if offered at a BBQ and certainly better than the "summer swill" that is often offered!

But brought back some memories; hasn't lost its drinkability and would keep some in my fridge during the summer months as a darker beer with some character that acts like a light beer (963 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan has a thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, copper appearance, with streaming bubbles and nice lacing. The aroma is of toasted barley malt, sweetness, nuts, black coffee, and hop spice. Mouthfeel is medium, and Mississippi Mud Black & Tan finishes fairly dry and easy drinking. Overall, this is a mild, pleasant beer, and I think it’s certainly worth trying.

RJT (395 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised at how good this was. It pours a dark brown with a thick head that fades fast and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and subdued grassy notes.

The taste was actually very nicely balanced with a low profile grassy hops that peeks through a rich chocolate and bready background. Pumperknickle and caramel notes.

Rich, medium bodied, smooth

Overall, goes down very easy. Nothing offensive, nothing complex. Simplicity and very enjoybale to drink. (483 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%

Saw this many times but never picked one up. Picked it up this time, let's give it a whirl. Unscrewing the top I get a nice smell of cocoa and sweet malt. Pours to a dark root beer color with a tan head that hangs on for a while. On the taste the brew hits upfront with a nice heavy mouthfeel. Continuing the taste the brew has a a distinct dryness of the cocoa from the porter and the pilsner. Sweet and slightly bitter when it kicks in then the finish is very dry and clean with only mild lingering bitterness. Very refreshing when one is in the mood for a porter but not the heavy syrupy wallop that it packs. Also I like the cool bottle, as it reminds me of a growler that always contains good brew, the real beer (32 oz) size. (739 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown but allows light to pass which gives it a nice deep red hue in the corners. The light tan head starts out at over an inch an fades at reasonable pace to maintain its precense at the surface. This is a good looking beer.

S - Hint of coffee and a rigid mocha aroma.

T - Nutty flavors abounds making that the dominator. There's a deep roasty finish to it as well.

M - Mildly coarse throughout with an underlying smoothness and thick body. This brew has a comfortable feel when all is said and done.

~ I'm surprised at the huge range in the reviews for the brew. I think may have allot to do with the lack of guidelines to follow with the style. Overall, I like it. My suggestion with this one is to not judge a book by the cover created with all the poor reviews. (780 characters)

Photo of Byeast
3.82/5  rDev +24.4%
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. (482 characters)

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.