Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Mississippi Mud Black & TanMississippi Mud Black & Tan

Educational use only; do not reuse.

426 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 426
Hads: 1,087
Avg: 3.08
pDev: 32.79%
Wants: 24
Gots: 178 | 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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (2) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 426 | Hads: 1,087
Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First off, this is nowhere near like a Black & Tan you might order at a pub. But overall, it's an OK beer. The mouth feel is very light. I kind of liked this because it isn't heavy like some porters. But it is confusing as I was expecting something heavier given the flavor. You get a hint of nuttiness from the porter but the lightness of a pilsner.

 355 characters

Photo of Ricko
3.98/5  rDev +29.2%
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 bnes09
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Ruby red, amber color. Flavor is mostly chocolate. Otherwise, a somewhat unbalanced mess. I'd like to try to base beers seperately to see if they're any good one their own.

 172 characters

Photo of JLSIV
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass, had to pour really aggressive to get the head to form. It did sport a nice two finger head with some lacing on top of a clear brown liquid.

Very basic malt aroma, almost non-existent, some cocoa, but that is a stretch.

The taste was nothing bad, nothing really noticeable…..not going to waste a lot of time on this review….if you want a black and tan go somewhere that knows how to pour them.

I always suspected these to be "gimmick" beers, I am pretty sure you can do better pouring your own.

Price is ok, just don't expect much….I will try the Yuengling in this style also, but again, these are better freshly poured off tap.

 670 characters

Photo of mooseisloose
3.85/5  rDev +25%

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 brongladest
3/5  rDev -2.6%

A: dark brown, clear, with a white head that quickly dissipates, leaving some lacing
S: slightly nutty, medium malt character
T: similar to the smell, very black lager like in taste
MF: medium body, slightly creamy
overall: nothing to write home about, but if ur too busy to mix ur own black and tan than this might be worth a quaff

 333 characters

Photo of kkleu357
1.65/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a beautiful color brown. Wonderful aroma of malt and beer. Amazing sweet malty taste. Actually, this beer is not very good. Hard to get through the 1st glass.

 165 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%

Unique 1 quart (946ml) glass jug that looks like a ceramic hooch moonshiners bottle.

A: Pours brown with amber highlights under a half-inch thick light tan/off-white head which fades to a thin cap and yields semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Clearly porter-esque with roasted malts, earthy, faint vanilla, caramel. Not getting much of the pilsner component aside from some mild citrus notes.

T: The roasted malts are mild with some crispness from the pilsner, though the two components do not meld well together. Crackery malts.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Slightly thin and watery. Finishes with a mildly roasted malt.

O: I'd much rather make my own black and tan, but this was interesting and a sure bargain when you consider the price per ounce.

 775 characters

Photo of avwrite
2.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Bottle looks like it's moonshine not beer, but when poured out, has a nice dark color to it.

S - Rather standard. Nothing that stands out, but still nothing offensive.

T - Pretty bland. Was expecting something better with the porter mix, but it was really just a dark lager.

M - Odd after taste. Made me want to gulp it quick.

O - For 3 bucks, the price can't be beat, but don't expect anything to high quality.

 419 characters

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local quick marts.

I know that 3.5's across the board seems like a very lame and generic review, but that is exactly what this beer is to me. A 3.5. Solid all around but not great anywhere.

It looks, smells, tastes and feels like a solid 3.5 out of 5.

 279 characters

Photo of WillisTouri
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very tasteful beer for the value. Picked up a growler for 4 bucks and it looks cool! I love Black and Tans and this was perfect for saving the pouring out of two different beers. Great for when you want a Black and Tan at home without putting forth the effort to make it yourself.

 280 characters

Photo of beerviews2013
3.96/5  rDev +28.6%
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 RDB51
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The Porter and Pilsner mix just didn't work. I seemed to get the hops from the Porter first and the finish from the Pilsner and the finish was a problem. There was very little aroma and the carbonation was very light. I would not buy this again. The color was the best part of this brew.

 287 characters

Photo of Gear54
4/5  rDev +29.9%

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 FlyingKneeStrike
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black color with ample carbonation. Smell is mostly hops. Taste is smooth no one taste is over powering. Watery mouth feel, easy to drink this one. Nothing too exciting but there is nothing apalling about this beer either. Very good price at 2.99 for a quart at Trader Joe's.

 288 characters

Photo of fx20736
4.18/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 946ml (1 qt) bottle from Beers of the World on 6/21/14. Poured into a nonic, served at fridge temp.

appearance: color of Root Beer or Cola. manila head, nice lacing.

smell: mild sweet toasted caramel on top of a little noble hoppiness.

taste: sweet toasted caramel is thinned out a little by the pilsener.

mouthfeel: soft and supple.

overall: this is a tasty, easy to drink beer.

 393 characters

Photo of AliceHarley
4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is not an overpowering dark beer which is why I rate it so highly. The beer has the characteristics one expects in a dark brew, but they come across in a subtle way. This Black & Tan is not the typical cross between dark and light ales, it is a blend of porter (rather than stout) and pilsner (rather than light ale). It is the perfect introduction for newbie beer connoiseurs who have yet to develop a tongue for stout beers.

The packaging is outstanding! The quart size glass bottle has the shape and appearance of a porcelane jug. The screw-on cap has a rubberized gasket so the beer can be partially consumed (why one would do that, is beyond me) and the remaining beer saved for later.

 697 characters

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.59/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 4/27/14. Comes in a neat 32 ounce (946ml) 'jug' glass bottle. Bottle costs around $4. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a deep rich dark brown in color with a good 1-2 finger off-white head that settles down to a thin layer on top and sides of the glass. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The taste has even more going of with a hint of toffee along with the above flavors but is more mellow than the aroma. Perfect carbonation that wasn't over done. No harsh or bitter aftertaste is noted for the finish.

 649 characters

Photo of TownDunkel
3.66/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

.I bought this beer because it is inexpensive and had an awesome bottle. It tastes great with a nice malty and chocolately base. The off smell was a bit off putting but the flavor makes up for it. I would buy this one again great value for the price and awesome reuseable bottle .

 280 characters

Photo of Nick-K
3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

An inexpensive take on an under-appreciated tradition. Combining the rich flavors of a dark porter with the light smoothness of pilsner this pre-mixed black and tan is great for parties (in no small part because of the awesome whiskey jug style bottle) or to introduce more serious beers to friends and family who think they do not like "dark beer." However, when the novelty wears off the beer fails to impress.

Color and mouthfeel reflect the unique mixture, dark yet clear with a "thin" feel that seems totally foreign to the reasonably complex flavor.

Slight sweetness in the aroma but taste is dominated by earthy tones with a fairly obvious tobacco note. As my friend Matthew stated, "It tastes like the inside of a cigar box." Very low carbonation. As stated in other reviews finish is "abrupt," but not quite crisp.

Overall a novel, if not altogether thrilling experience.

 883 characters

Photo of hardy008
1.43/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a brown cola color with a small off white head which fades quickly. Had almost no head, even with a fairly aggressive pour. the aroma has some roasted malt, and not much else. Pretty bland.

Tastes very watered down, with some roasted malt and some sugar. No hop flavor at all. This is really bad.

Thin, watery, and bland, with low carbonation. I would not drink this again, or even try it again, not even if it was offered for free.

 440 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Type: 1-Quart bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Jan. 4, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a mahogany brown clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki gray head. Poor foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Poor retention on the top.

Smelled black coffee, roasty nuts, dark chocolate, smoky woodfire and some toffee.

Tasted a lot mellower than the smell. First though was what the hell is this? Got black licorice, smoky woodfire, crayon, nuts and faint coffee. Big drop off from the nose.

Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish.

This beer doesn’t quite fit the title. I think Mississippi dirt might be more appropriate.

 742 characters

Photo of santomark
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep roasted body, almost looks like root beer with that instant off white head and carbonation.

Smell: Roasted malt, some dark light fruit, figs, plums, a touch of molasses, citrus, mildly bready.

Taste: Tastes very much like a pilsner crisp, light fruit, mild malt and hops. Everything is very light to touch

Mouthfeel: This is a light beer, I'm surprised how light this is to be honest. Most B&T I've tried, had a thicker body, but I know there were thicker porters used. This is very light, almost watery at times.

Conclusion: In a world where a gimmicks are needed, otherwise nobody would purchase your product. This is a great introduction to the craft beer world. The bottle is appealing, the taste is light, not too much of everything, but just enough for the starter.

 793 characters

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Simple yet refreshing. Although the smell was lacking, it more than made up for it with taste. I love a good black and tan and I thought for the price I got it (4.99 for a quart) that it was well worth it. Good heavy notes in the beginning leading to a nice crisp finish. I paired it with some pulled pork and homemade mac and cheese and I thought it complemented the meal nicely. And there was enough for an after dinner drink as well.

 436 characters

Photo of USAF77
3.96/5  rDev +28.6%
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

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.