Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Mississippi Mud Black & TanMississippi Mud Black & Tan

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 23
Gots: 100 | 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 Lauthaha
4.2/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my 32 ounce growler into a plastic cup, because I was too lazy to find my good glassware. Sue me.

Appearance: Can't see through the cup, and there's a thick layer of very creamy-looking head on top. Over time, lots of little bubbles permeate the surface and help to decrease the head. When it finally recedes sufficiently, I can see the beer is similar to a moderately-steeped black tea in color. High marks for the head, and the black/tan color being in order.

Smell: Purple fruit and molasses. Maybe just a touch of chocolate in the malt? Then the usual grassy hops of a pilsner...like running through a spring meadow covered in syrup. Ahhh...

Taste: Beer is syrupy-sweet at first (though not cloying), with definite chocolate tones. There's a hoppy bite to it which pierces through the malt base. Aftertaste is a touch on the sour side (shrug), but doesn't detract too much from the beer.

Mouthfeel: Oh wow, this is super-good. Very, very creamy on the palate, with moderate (but focused) carbonation. Beer lasts long, and mellows out in the end, finishing wetly.

Overall: A knockout, in my opinion. I absolutely loved it.

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UnionMade
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this for my birthday from my well-intentioned mom. I laughed a little upon opening the box and seeing this Appalachian styled jug with the 40oz screw top. High marks for ironic packaging, even if unintentional. I don't know where this beer originated, but I see it's brewed in Utica NY, the home of F.X. Matt and Genesee beer.
Pours a clear dark brown, with a thin ring of beige head. The foam dies out after half a glass or so.
Smells mainly of molasses. Roasty malts without much in the way of hops. Not a lot of complexity here.
The taste opens with roasty, chocolate malt. Mainly molasses, which permeates throughout and is definitely the dominate flavor. It's fairly clean, with an undertone of diacetyl, but there's not a whole lot going on here. I was hoping for maybe a soapy Saaz aftertaste, but it was not to be. Overall, it's not that hard to drink this, but it's better served as a beer forconversationStrong carbonation and a lighter body makes for a soda-like feel. I guess this would be a good training wheel for someone interested in real beer after a twenty-somethings worth of Genny Ice.
Porter and pilsner? It's neither this or that. Lacking on both fronts, but it wasn't completely awful. It's not as completely terrible as I remember from my college days. Tastes mostly similar to dunkel lager, or maybe a brown ale like Newcastle. I'd rather do this than Bud, or any kind of Genesee beer. This is really so much about the novelty of the packaging. I can't imagine any other reason someone would buy this.

Photo of Murrhey
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz jug (bottle) poured in a Pilsner glass

A: Nut brown, good carbonation, clear. Three finger khaki head with lousy retention. Little lacing.

S: What? This is skunky. It smells like beer pong beer. Not a fan.

T: Some roast malts in the aftertaste. Not bad, but not good either. Average.

M: Best part of the beer, even this finished with grittiness after the initial drink.

O: I bought for the bottle, wouldn't buy again. Some positives in the taste, but the smell is enough to ruin it for me.

Photo of ummswimmin
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up to fulfill the style for black and tan. I actually had this way back in college because it was cheap and different. That's not to say that it was very good.

The quality hasn't really improved since college.
The flavor and nose both have a lot of funk.

Additionally I tasted a slight bit of nuttiness, roast, and coffee. I'm not saying they were balanced, just present.

I recommend this beer as a gag gift, but it is far from a "get."

Photo of UncleAddie
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Burnt Sienna to Dark Amber. Thin, pale, off-white head with little lacing

S – Smokey malt with a twinge of hops.

T – Smokey brown ale taste that finishes with the bite of a porter. Tangy after taste on the way down.

M – Nice level of carbonation, smooth at the front with some bite on the way down.

Despite my skeptical outlook, the beer was surprisingly palatable.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've seen this so many times at bottle stores in California. Even though the full-quart bottle is very cool, and very memorable, something always stopped me from buying it. Today, I finally conceded. Let's see if this was a good move.

Pours a very deep reddish amber colour, the colour of deep port, with a very fine and pretty damn persistent head of yellow white, that leaves some lovely lacing. Body has some pleasant depth to it, at least enough to contain the fine carbonation. You know, all things considered, it's a pretty damn good looking beer.

Nose is pleasantly touched with deep roasted malt, even though it sits above a rather blandly realised dirty hop basis. Earthy, slightly pungent tones underneath, but the grainy depth drags this up nicely.

Taste is, yeah, unsurprisingly, where it all starts to fall apart. Here, there's very little going for it whatsoever. For the most part it tastes like an extremely bland and forgettable adjunct lager, with a slight sweaty, leafy character. On the back, there's the hint of roast, but it's too little, too late to actually give it some meaningful character.

By the end, it's a bit tiring. No. Not a good beer, even though it may look that way until you put it in your mouth.

Photo of Converge
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 quart jug poured into a 20oz tumbler. First ever black & tan.

A - Pours with a finger-and-a-half of fizzy tan head. Really deep, dark amber-red, but still pretty translucent. The head settles to a nice cap, that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Lots of dark malt, pretty roasty, bits of molasses. Fairly bitter.

T - Really strange. Definitely a fair bit of roasted malt, but not a lot of bitterness. Really crisp, sort of earthy. Not a very strong flavor either though, pretty watery.

M - Carbonation is well done, body is light to medium in weight. Meh.

D - Decent, but pretty watery. Probably not worth another try. Cool bottle though.

Photo of socon67
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours cola brown with a thin white foam. No lacing. Translucent like a church gladd window.

S - Strong smell of fresh malt. Some minor notes of chocolate, and a faint bit of smoke.

T - Has a strong malty flavor; sugary sweet. Slightly watered down, ends with a bit of coca sweetness.

M - Reasonable carbonation. Feels kinda light. Does not have any noticeable finish on the taste buds.

O - I prefer to have black and tans that are not pre-made. However, this is a decent try at the style. The best part of this was scoring a 32oz bottle of this for $3.00. Haven't had this one in about 10 years, and although my palate has moved on this is still a novelty to try.

Photo of match1112
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: light brown with amber highlights and a surprising two finger head that left minimal lacing.

s: not much here. light malty sweetness with a slight roasted smell.

t: so plain i dont know what to say other than slightly sweet.

m: still trying to figure out how a beer with such a great head tasted so flat and thin.

o: what i expected for three dolllars a quart. mainly bought it for the bottle.

Photo of vfgccp
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Light cherry wood to deep amber ice-tea. Nice off-white head with nice retention and lace.

S – Touch of tang, with a light smokey malt and a caramel-like sweetness.

T – Opens with a sour twang similar to what opened the nose. The beer has a brown ale mouthfeel with a porter-like profile. Dark roasted malt lends a nice touch of smoke and a dry, bitter dark chocolate. A brown sugar sweetness keeps things in check. The finish has a really interesting black-tea element to it.

M – Nice carbonation. A light, but not watery, body lends a nice degree of drinkability.

Photo of alexhahn82
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A cola and iced tea like dark brown with no head, just a hint of fizz on the top that disappears like a slave into the underground railroad!

S - Nada, not much of anything, maybe a hint of metalic (bottle cap?) and a drop of yeast scent.

T/M - Like a very light porter that's watered down with a very light pilsner finish.

O - Not great, not horrible, Fair? Yeah thats what I would rate it. The style and attempt is awesome for originality of a black and tan fully assembled and bottled. I would def. drink over any BMC beer.

PP (Price Point) - $7 for a Quart at a restaurant is cool with me, nothing to write home about.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Based on the shitty reputation and the cool bottle, I had to give this one a go.

3.5 A: Clear amber color. A bit over two fingers of beige, frothy head. Retention is decent and a small ring of lacing is left.

2.5 S: This smells like an unimpressive porter. Weak, dry roastiness. Somewhat grainy.

2.5 T: Again, this tastes just like a really weak porter. Dry roastiness and grain. Otherwise, this lacks depth, maltiness, and body.

2.5 M: Light body. A bit too watery for my liking. Carbonation is alright, but perhaps a bit high. Smooth and inoffensive.

2.5 D: This reminds me of a typical Saranac brew. Decent appearance and watered down everywhere else. I can say that this is probably a fabulous gateway beer though. The packaging and mild flavors are sure to please.

Photo of Jemonster
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pretty deep dark coffee color with a beige head that sticks around. Leaves a little lacing in the glass.

S: Very sweet dark caramelized sugar smell. Maple syrup, toasted marshmallow, some banana.

T: Then it drops flat! How can a beer that smells and looks so great taste so "blah"? Its nothing to write home about. Small amount of hops, lots of carmelized sugar with pretty well balanced sweetness, but thats about it. A slightly herbal flavor with some dark roasted coffee at the end.

M: Thin with light carbonation. Thinner than I expected.

O: It's actually pretty good for the price. I wanted a little more flavor out of the deal though. There wasn't a whole lot of "umph" to this beer, and I think I was really expecting a little more of that. Tasted more like a pilsner than a porter; like 70/30. I had hoped the ratio would have been opposite to that; 70% porter taste and 30% pilsner taste.

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.