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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Mississippi Mud Black & TanMississippi Mud Black & Tan

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905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 24
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mississippi Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Possibly the best bottle presentation available on the market, hands down. From within, this stuff pours a clear light-ruby-brown topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, very light roasted malts, white bread, light wheat, and a touch of watered-down coffee. The taste re-examines these elements and adds in a touch of vague fruitiness (mostly akin to honeydew and mandarin orange, I think) in a streak, much like the white bit of Rogue's hair (yeah, I just went all comic book nerd on ya...). It's unexpected, but not really all that off-putting somehow. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery feel. Overall, a nice brew, nothing extremely special, but very drinkable. Probably one of the best pre-mixed black and tans on the market (in, as I've said before, the best packaging), however much that really says...

TMoney2591, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.05/5  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.

mdaschaf, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: as in the bottle freaking awesome jug. poured brown with an amber hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: malts, caramel, roast, yeast

taste: malts, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not to much to this beer. glad I got to try it but doesn't have anything special to offer other then a cool jug.

The CpJ

THECPJ, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear cola brown color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet malt, mild fruitiness, and slight smoke. Taste is a subdued and watery version of the smell with a roasty flavor coming through on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but it's super cheap at $2.49 for the mini-jug at Trader Joe's. Nothing horrible but nothing great here.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of andrewm190
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt because it's a cool looking bottle, I think. It pours a dark brown and black (makes sense) and doesn't release any particularly compelling aroma, but nothing unnerving either. Very carbonated. The head rises quickly before settling. A little extra flavor is noted if you tease it out with your buds, sort of stoutish, sort of lageryish. Its not unpleasant but I won't really seek it out either.

andrewm190, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Jeriacor
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recommended to me by a non-beer-drinking friend. Out of respect I'm giving this a whirl.

Poured from a 1 qt. stylized bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date noted on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark tan color with a lot of carbonation visible with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, small amounts of lacing. Head is off-white and a quarter inch thick witg thin consistency, fades quickly.

Smell: Actually smell isn't bad. Smells of smoke from the porter and hops from the pilsner, with floral and fruit essences. Mild tree sap smell as well.

Taste: Tastes of smoke upfront, with some floral hops. Some apple flavors in the middle and finishes with a bit of hops bitterness. The thing is none of these flavors are very strong, and it ends up being rather mild, leaning on bland.

Mouthfeel: Quite syrupy. Though carbonation looks high in appearance, it is hardly present in the feel.

Overall: This beer is not bad, but it's not really good either. The idea of this beer is very interesting, and it seems like the complex flavors of the porter and the delicious and flavorful hoppiness of the pilsner could come together for a wealth of complex enjoyment, but this beer doesn't do it. The flavors don't come out over each other or work together in any way, overall producing a rather mild, uninteresting beer without much character.

Jeriacor, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of techfed87
2.95/5  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.

techfed87, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of SandieBeaches
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately the charm of the southern antique-ish bottle is really the only high point for this brew. I love a good black and tan, but the brewers just couldn't quite get the flavors to complement one another enough to satisfy an intermediate palatte. Even Yuengling's black and tan seems like a mastery creation when compared to Mississippi Mud.

Moral of the story? Try it, don't expect too much, and be happy with your newly aquired piece of southern nostalgia.

SandieBeaches, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of NurseJody
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was so excited to see this given to me from a friend. The cool bottle instantly got me very eager to try this beer..and then I poured it...
This is a dark beer. When pouring into a pint glass, it came to a 1 or so finger white head, with slight lacing.

The nose wasn't anything special...soft malty tones.

The palate was odd. Started with a hint of hops, and quickly turned into the malty taste, with a slight sour taste at the end. Wasn't too pleasing.

Overall, the bottle was better. All hype with nothing to write home about.

NurseJody, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Holland
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: brown pour with a white head - that's odd, but probably generated by the carbonation more than anything.

S: Malt, slight vinegar, flora of some sort, caramel

T: it's a pilsner mixed with a porter, but neither are super high quality. I can't taste any delicious smokey notes of the porter, so it's mostly malt

M: carbonated. Also, thin. These probably go together on this one, but the carbonation takes away from the smoothness of the porter a bit.

O: pretty meh beer. It's available anywhere. Try it once and be done with it, because it's nothing special, but still worth drinking.

Holland, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't upset with this beer, for the price its not bad. I doubt I'll be getting it again, but perhaps if you're a fan of the style this is a good solid cheap option.
Flavors are here and there, hard for me to remember now. Nothing dominates harshly or favorably.

claytong, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of lwillitz
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32-oz moonshine-jug-bottle poured into a quart mug

A - An aggressive pour yielded a huge, frothy 4-finger whitish-tan head with good retention. The beer is a deep brown, completely transparent with red-orange highlights when backlit. Looks amazing!

S - much sweetness on the nose; grassy hops, sweet malt, caramel

T - This is a curious combination. I can distinctly taste a porter and a pilsner masterfully blended into one beer. Some notes of chocolate and coffee are present. Bitter hops are quite dominant, leaving a bitter aftertaste.

M - medium-bodied with average carbonation

O - Nothing amazing, but a decent brew. The novelty of the container and the style itself are more of a draw than the flavor.

lwillitz, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this because the bottle was awesome looking. I thought I'd enjoy this beer much more than I did. The beer is on the light side, not by color but by mouthfeel. I know it's a blend I just think ofnmud as being thick and I was expecting this to be like that too. The color is a dark yet transparent brown. Flavor had too much grass in it and not enough porter/stout.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an interesting looking quart bottle resembling an old whiskey jug into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown, almost cola-like in color,with a moderate light tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Faint chocolate note, toasted malt, faint hop note. Rather thin-bodied. Very easy to drink, but nothin' fancy. A nice entry-level craft beer for the newbie, or just something a little different from a macro-lager.

hosehead83, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of BudWizeMan
2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- deep brown with some ruby red tones,best
attribute of this beer

S- I tasted before smelling so not getting much except faint roasted malts

T- Ehh...rather bland,just mild roasted malts and perhaps some faint hop notes

M- Not great,rather thin with aspirations of a satisfying creamy mouthfeel

O- Rather bland and flavorless

There's nothing about this beer that warrants a return visit,just not much going on in the flavor department.Next.

BudWizeMan, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of biglite351
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

90% of the reason that I bought this was the great looking, and very original, bottle. 10% because of the porter portion.

A - solid honey color with tall creamy white head.

S - sweet pilsner scent. Molasses and cheap beer.

T - molasses and mild malt. Pilsner with a slight heavy follow through.

M - light coating with a slight tingle on sides of tip of tongue.

D - more drinkable than typical yellow beers but not as much as typical porters.

biglite351, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split by Thorpe. Thanks I think.

Beer is dark and clear at the same time, think a dark brown, minimal head. Looks about what I expected.

Smells like a lager with a mild porter mixed in. I guess this is what they were going for.

Taste like nothing mixed with ash. Me no liky. It has a mild sweet character at the lead off like a some lagers might if you were bad at making them and then a super weak bitter ash at the end of the beer, no after taste, this is a tick and nothing more, not a repeat just a random beer I've never had.

drabmuh, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given to me by a friend earlier today.

Beer poured brown with a decent tan head.

Nose is muted malts with a bit of hop flower.

Taste is pretty much as advertised, porter is present with it's dry hop finish. The pils malt base is there. The porter tends to come thru a bit more than the pils.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, average smoothness.

Drinkability is OK. This was decent to try once and would drink again if offered but not one to seek out.

arizcards, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of andrewsporter
2.1/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

andrewsporter, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

cdkrenz, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of dizknee24
1.68/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Piicked this up so cheap for about 3 bucks

the bottle looks very interesting but its plastic wrapped around plastic...not that cool.

A disgusting color of clear brown

S no smell none....what is this water

T not good tasted really unfresh. idk it was a drain pour after a few sips

M thin

D never again!

dizknee24, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a mug of mine a dark red/brown color with 2 fingers of tan froth.

smells like coffee grinds, hints of chocolate. can't detect any hops.

pleasant coffee and chocolate taste, with a bit of metal and bitterness.

rich creamy and medium bodied.

Im workin my way through the quart easy enough, but 1 quart is enough.

overall pretty average, however the bottle is badass with a Alligator layin in some mud. cool

guitarsnbeer, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up a Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a dense black brew with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose begins all the problems. First of all, mixing a porter and a pilsner does not yield a black and tan. Second, even judging this beer on its own, it tastes like a watered-down porter that wasn't any good to begin with. Nose brings forward a bit of roasted malt plus some slight notes of chocolate. Anything resembling hops--Noble or American--is completely lacking. The flavor is similarly plain and one dimensional, containing nothing other than a bit of roasted malt. Feel is thin and a bit watery. This is a bad beer.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Ok lacing.

Aroma isn't much. It has the pils lager aroma and then a bit of maltiness.

Taste is ok. Tastes like a light porter. I think I like black and tans when their separate till served. It's sort of lagerish with some maltiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Maybe needs a bit more carb especially if it has pils in it.

Overall it's ok. Don't know if I would buy it again but my roomate drinks these every once in a while so I won't say no if he offers.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of generallee
3.05/5  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.

generallee, Mar 05, 2011
Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.