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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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874 Ratings
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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mississippi Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of buschbeer
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One quart jug

Bottle proclaims it is a blend of "robust classic porter" with a "fine continental pilsner".

A - Poured entire contents into one liter mug. Root beer colored body with three three fingers of tan head.

S - The initial aroma is sweet, like an adjunct lager. As it warms some of the roasted characteristics come out, faint chocolate.

T - The taste follow the same path as the smell. Up front I get adjunct lager. On the finish I get the robust porter coming out. It's good that it finishes that way because the lager taste is not great.

M - Moderate to thin.

D - I would like to try just the porter. The finishing characteristics are far more appealing than that initial blast of adjunct lager. The packaging supersedes the product.

buschbeer, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some of the best packaging I have seen to date. The bottle looks like a moonshine jug. A full quart (946ml) of beer. About a finger of head over a dark brown beer. The color of the beer matches a 24 on the SRM beer color chart. Aromas of maple, corn, wheat, chocolate and coffee. Tastes are flavors of coffee, malt, corn, and wheat. Not quite up to standards in the mouthfeel category, but still satisfying. I would drink another just because of the bottle, and the beer is not bad either.

beerprovedwright, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This black and tan comes in a wide-mouth quart bottle made to look like a backwoods moonshine jug. It is the coolest looking bottle that I have ever seen a beer come in. Also, the screw-on top is re-sealable so I will surely be reusing the bottle. If I'm reading production stamp correctly, this was bottled on October 25th. This concoction is comprised of Mississippi Brewing's porter and pilsner, neither of which have I sampled. At $3.79 for a quart my expectations remain low, but this package was too cool to pass up (and worth the price all by itself).

The handle and wide-mouth on this faux-jug tell me that I should be drinking this straight from the container, but I pour half of it to a pint glass anyway just to have a look at the brew. The bottle gives a good hiss when opened. Upon pouring, a huge three-finger off-white head forms and recedes down to about a third of its original height. From that point, head retention is very good and there is a good amount of lacing down the glass where the full head had been. The brew is an amber/brown shade and there is some carbonation visible up close. It's slightly above average looking but I'm giving this beer big appearance points for the packaging alone. I don't feel bad doing so because, as stated before, this beer looks like it was made to be consumed straight from the jug.

Unsurprisingly, the aroma is balanced between lager and porter. There's a mild yeastiness that implies the familiar American lager that we all hate yet buy en mass. Then there's a roasted malt character that is classic porter. There is the faintest hint of chocolate malt as well. Worrisome however is the aroma of alcohol. This beer is supposedly only 5% ABV but the amount of noticeable alcohol on the nose seems disproportionate to the other scents.

The taste of this black & tan is where things quickly unravel. The flavor yields little evidence of pilsner which allows the porter characteristics to shine exclusively. That's fine with me as I prefer porter anyway. Unfortunately it feels like half porter, half water. This is quite a letdown because it tastes like there is a perfectly fine porter in there. Caramelized malts leave a sweet roasted flavor that is pleasant and making me wish that it were in higher concentration. The flavor profile is a nice balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness; I just wish there were more of each. The alcohol noted in the aroma is thankfully completely hidden in the flavor. If anything, that's the saving grace of this beer.

The mouthfeel is light. The beer is slightly sticky. There is a small amount of carbonation which is a wise choice. Any more carbonation would make it downright unpleasant. It doesn't offend and it doesn't astound. It's just perfectly average in the mouth.

As Mississippi Mud is light in the mouth, light in flavor and relatively low in alcohol, it is very drinkable. I might even venture to say that it could be a gateway porter for the American lager fan. Finishing the quart (a full two pints!) will be no problem. Yes it's gimmicky, and I knew that before I opened the thing. Still, this has generated enough interest for me to want to track down Mississippi Brewing's actual porter. That could be something worth drinking.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I don't give a Schlitz about this beer. However, the packaging was worth my $3.79.

weizenbob, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite a true black and tan in the classical sense of the term. However, this beer was surprisingly smooth, with a ctisp bitter end to the sip. The beer has a nice light bown color, just the right amount of head and comes in a really unique moonshine style jug bottle. Well worth giving a try.

ronniebruner, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sometimes we get suckered in by packaging alone, and this is what happened with me and Mississippi Mud. Damn you, Mississippi Mud...

Truly black and tan...not in the way of the split-level version of the style, poured in bars everywhere, but just that the liquid is dark enough to be called black, and the head is tan, although a lighter shade of it. Shrinks to a crown slowly but surely...

Not much smell to speak of...in fact rather unimpressive in this department. Lightly roast, fairly coffee-ish. But like spent grounds from cheap coffee and not freshly roasted primo whole bean.

Just about the same with the taste. Smoke and roast, on the cheap side somehow (I guess that translates in beer world to "cutting corners with ingredient quality"). A smidgen of dark fruit (plum, grape, fig) and a little bit of brown sugar. While that all makes it sound like it could be a Belgian strong dark, it ain't. What really ruins it is a weird rough metallic/chemical bitterness. And because that's what hangs around longest and into the finish, it brings the enjoyability factor down quite a ways.

Can't say much about this texturally other than "it's not bad." Slick, slippery, carbonated. Probably not as much presence as better b&t's, but oh well.

Sucked in by packaging. Shouldn't this be a huge-ass gooey stout or something? Considering the name and everything. I don't mind a good black & tan once in a while, but this isn't one I'd return to again...I won't be finishing the rest of this novelty quart bottle/jug.

Metalmonk, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Misfit138
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Brown in color with tan head that mostly went away but what stayed left lacing.

S- Mostly smells of caramel malt with hints of chocolate

T- Caramel malt, grains, some mild chocolate with mild bitterness

M- Fairly light with heavy carbonation

D- Overall pretty drinkable. Does taste like a beer that combined a porter with a pilsner. Pretty good for the $3.50 I spent on it. Would pick up again.

Misfit138, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Into a big old pilsner glass. Pours a dark, reddish brown. Big and fluffy head that is leaving some spotty lacing.

S: Surprisingly large amount of pilsner aroma, not what I have experienced with other black and tans. It's a bit grainy and grassy, and I'm not really picking up a darker malt quality. Heavy on the pilsner side. Very little caramel malt sweetness.

T: Pilsner character goes away on the palate, and the more porter like flavors are coming out. The malts come through with a nice sweetness, but there is also a metallic taste that lingers. Lacking the crisp and clean flavors a pilsner offers.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. This beer just screams average everything. Nothing stands out on the nose or the palate that makes this beer interesting.

D: Trying to get through this one fairly quickly, this isn't something I particularly am enjoying. Needs higher carbonation and just more everything.

kiddynamite920, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of drizzam
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with a clear brown body with ruby highlights when held up to a light. Topped by a very light tan foamy head. The head was likely the result of an aggressive pour as it didn't last very long and receded to a thin cap after a few minutes. Some spotty lacing left behind.

S - Some dark fruit and caramel malt in the nose. Seems like brown sugar swimming around in there as well. Definitely some buttery diacetyl.

T & M - This seems like a watered down variation of a dark lager. That dark fruit from the aroma is present, maybe a hint of sweet chocolate. There seems to be a metallic twang, which I can't figure out since it's in this glass jug. No hop presence. Very thin mouthfeel. I guess it finishes rather crisp.

D - I think the only reason this beer sells is because of the packaging. I paid too much for it and won't be making that mistake again. I guess I would take it over a Bud Light though.

drizzam, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of keeganfrank
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this at the local shop for a long time now and have always wanted to try it based on how much I like the bottle. I finally picked one up today and I'm wishing I had tried it a long time ago. Pouring into a glass mug creates a light, thick head atop very dark brown beer-quite an attractive brew. Odors of citrus and roasted caramel suggest that the lager and ale used to make this B&T are probably worthy of being enjoyed separately as well as together. The taste is creamy, roasted caramel with undertones of sweet citrus flesh. Mississippi Mud has a thicker, more pleasant body than other Black & Tans I've had.

keeganfrank, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Star80
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, neat bottle...screw top to boot! Beer pours out with a very bubbly tan head, quite dark almost black color. Head then disspated into nothing with NO lacing whatsoever. Dang. Smells a bit sour almost stout-like, kinda reminds me of a Guinness smell, some dark roasted malts, almost peat like maltiness and some faint smoke. The taste, well, kinda reminds me of a Guinness as well, charred malts with some sweet malt in the center, and mild bitter aftertaste. I am not detecting much "Continnental Pilsner" in there, no noble hop, but the mouthfeel and effervescence is the giveaway. Much more active carbonation on the tongue than a regular stout from the pilsner base. Hmm, I am tasting some syrupiness too like a cheap pilsner, weird. Must have some adjuncts in there somewhere based on that corn syrup I just tasted. Overall an interesting brew, good conversation piece because of the jug bottle and obviously aimed at macro and Guinness fans alike. I would say it is actually somewhat drinkable once you can get past the adjuncts creeping through the brew.

Star80, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear dark amber brown with a 1 finger fizzy white head that left some spotted lacing

smell is like a macro dark pils - little roasted caramel malt light grains light grassy hops

taste is watery but i do pick up both pils and porter - watery pils upfront then the chocolate and roasted malts come through on the after taste

mouthfeel is very light well carbonated semi crisp and ulta smooth

drinkability - easy drinking and the novelty jug might get me to buy this again

jsh420, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of nickd717
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at a house party.

Pours a dark amber-brown color with a small light khaki head sitting atop the beer. Head retention is average.

On the aroma, you get both the pilsner and porter smells. Neither is that amazing really. On the pilsner side, it's rather grainy with grassy hops. On the porter side, it's roasty without too much else to it.

The flavor is roasty and on the drier side with a little chocolate to it as well as grain, pale malt, and grassy hop bitterness.

A little thin on the mouthfeel with average carbonation. Not very mud-like really.

This beer is fine overall, but really nothing to write home about.

nickd717, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of confer
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle alone is reason to try this.  It pours a cola brown with patches of froth that hang around for good time.Smells like a mellow porter, malty.Taste is okay not bad not great.It's got a decent feel, got some thickness to it. Goes down easy, but has a bit of an aftertaste.

confer, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan has a decent amber colour and a head that fades quickly but it maintains good lacing. The smell is of malt and some yeast. It has a weak maltiness to it that fades into a sour tang. This beer is pretty watery in the mouth but goes down ok.

vandemonian, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of 9InchNails
4.13/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into quart beer mug from a thirty two ounce bottle. The bottle is different from other beer bottles. This one, actually, has a handle.

Look: With the pour I got a lot of head and it has a white khaki looking head that sticks around quite long, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. For the beer itself, held up to the light it looks almost a cherry red to me. It reminds me more of a Killians Irish Red with the color. Tiny bubbles shoot fast to the head and dissipates over time.

Aroma: The smell is very malty at first like a hint of coffee and caramel. Alcohol smell is noticeable.

Mouth Feel: Doesn't taste too carbonated. Definitely a thicker beer than most that leaves your lips sticky. Very creamy as well.

Taste: this is quite delicious! At first you taste remnants of caramel and then the taste of coffee from roasted malts. It leaves with a tiny bitter taste but not an annoying after taste. It's really delicious going down and it makes me anticipate the next sip.

I have had this beer before and it was good. This time around its delicious!

9InchNails, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Pours a deep brown colored brew with fizzy, tan lace that quicky fades.

Smells of roasted malts and mild molassess with a hint of hoppiness...

Tastes of roasted malts and mild hops with a hint of chocolate. A bit too mild.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and watery, descent carbonation.

This is easy enough to drink, but is really nothing special. It is however, a bit of a different take on a black and tan.

ujsplace, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Awesome gimmick bottle here. I'm sure some people save these as souvenirs. Poured into a huge frozen crystal stein.

A: Dark brown with an amber hue. Not much head that fizzed away quickly, leaving not much behind.

S: Rich roasted malt is the predominant smell here. Notes of red wine, caramel, molasses and dark fruits are detectable.

T: Sharply carbonated front hits up front and surprises me. Huge malt presence all throughout. Hiding in the background are some grains like corn and rice. Finishes great with a cafe au lait aftertaste that I like.

D: I could definitely drink two of these bad boys on a cold winter night.

WeezyBoPeep, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cool jug with rustic artwork. Almost like a growler, yet close to a 40 too.

Pours a very dark amber in color, a large head dies down to nothing. Not much of an aroma, just some malty notes. This beer falls a bit flat in the taste in my opinion. Grain, corn, a hint of porter influences and an off flavor reminiscent of adjuncts gone a bit stale. Theres also something alittle more unnerving, a wretched taste that I've never encountered in a beer before. The beer is interesting enough aesthetically and worth the buy for the cool "bottle" alone. The beer inside is just an odd mixture of pilsener, porter and astringency. Next time I'll pass.

Stinkypuss, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Classic porter and Continental pilsner in 1qt. (32oz) whiskey jug bottle with a twist cap.

A: A deep scarlet red coloring shows a good sense of clarity when backlighted along with a medium sense of effervesce that was spaciously separated with a rapid rate of rise. The head is pancake tan, soapy with macrobubbles, and quick to dissipated within the occurring minute of pour.

S: The nose had light mentions of sweet caramel grains, chocolate as well fresh barley.

T: For flavor we find deep toasted grains, of munich and chocolate that blended beautifully together. Sweet with some worty notes along with cola and a bit of nuttiness. The pilsner malt lend a nice soft compliment to the rich porter (chocolate malts). On the finish we find passing thoughts of light brewed coffee coming to the surface upon the swallow that faded rather quickly.

M: Nice level of bubbly sensation especially at the tip and edges of the tongue. The body is smooth texture wise with a slight creaminess and a medium consistency.

D: Decent drinkability though a jug (32oz) seems a bit excessive especially considering its sweet toasted nature at times.

beerthulhu, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby, with a 2 finger head which dissipates to a thick foam which remains n the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt is the primary aroma with hints of molasses and a little hoppiness.

T: Much like the smell, but seemingly leaves something to be desired. Definitely a roasted malty taste with a little bit of hops. A slight nutty taste as well creating an "earthy" tasting brew.

M: Very light on the tongue with a low amount of carbonation. Feels a little generic tasting, though this is my first Black & Tan so I'm not sure if that's the general taste of the style or just this beer.

D: While quite drinkable and easy to drink, it's not particularly memorable, but it does come in a cool jug and was pretty cheap, $3.50 for 32 oz.

Daktyls, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of jadpsu
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a great looking jug handle quart container this poured a medium brown with a great looking tan head that provided superior retention and solid lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts with some hints of pepper and spicy hops. I also pick up some molasses.
Taste: On the sweet side, as I get either sweet molasses or caramel. Thin but creamy. I pick up a little coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel: Thin and a bit watery. Not what you expect from a brew that has porter attached to it.

Drink: All and all a decent beer and at $2.29/Qt. a good value. Based on the price others are quoting here I need to compliment the store owner where I buy beer.

jadpsu, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice light dark look.

S- a little boozy with dark malts.

T- Light tasty with taste of caramel from malts.

M- semi dry with malts lingering through out sip.

D- Good session B&T. when you have a taste for a black and tan. This the beer to drink.

Cheers..

SamuelJackson45, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mississippi Mud is a super clear deep crimson brown beer with a soft, foamy light khaki head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a slightly sweet, grainy aroma. It smells like malt extract with some roastiness. There are notes of coffee and chocolate. It's medium bodied, smooth and a little metallic. The clean, dry finish leaves the mouth a little dusty. It tastes a touch sweet and a little tangy. It's roasty, with notes of coffee and chocolate. It has just enough flavor to keep it interesting and not much bitterness at all. I haven't had one of these in about ten years, so I was kind of expecting to be disappointed with this beer. I wasn't. This is still a fun session beer.

yesyouam, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Kind of a weird dark amber color with a small foamy, fizzy, off-white head. Disappears right away with just a patch of lace left.

S - Really nutty aroma with some earthiness and a bit of mineral flavor. Kind of a toasted spent grain aroma. Pretty sweet.

T - A lot of nutty flavor with a good amount of sweet toasted spent grain. A bit thin and lacking flavor, and malt forward. Weird mix of light nutty flavors, probably coming from the mix of porter and pilsener.

M - Light body with less than average carbonation. A bit of a sticky feel on the finish but overall light and watery.

D - Light and sweet and somewhat drinkable. A little too sweet and the flavors don't make me want to grab some more.

Notes: Really sweet, malty, nutty flavors. Weird mix of flavors and it doesn't really strike me as a black and tan given the mix of porter and pilsener. Not great and kind of weird, but for the price it might be worth trying.

FreshHawk, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel brown with a light tan bubbly head. Good clarity, ok lacing. I'll call it a "small" growler.

I get the pils nose, not the porter, at first. Grassy lighter aroma. Some mineral elements. Now he head is gone, I've got some nice caramel elements.

WTF, this isn't that bad. Light caramel sweetness up front, some roasted grain, some toasty malt, light cocoa, light bitterness. Not complex, but I do get more porter than pils. Needs some better hop elements. Has something funky/sour that I can't put my finger on.I've had much better of the style out of a bottle, but this isn't too bad.

Astringent finish, which I'm not digging -- getting cotton mouth.. Lighter bodied, prickly carbonation.

Overall, the part that kills drinkability for me isn't taste, it is mouthfeel. Still, no horrible brew by any means.

OtherShoe2, Oct 08, 2010
Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.