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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 Mora2000
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown-amber with white head. Aroma is mainly malt with some slight roasted character. Pretty ordinary. Flavor is more of the same, tastes sort of like a macro lager mixed with a porter. Not terrible, but not something I would drink again. Medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is the only above average part of the beer.

(Sampled several months ago and reviewed from notes. I thought I had already reviewed this but then noticed I had either never entered the review or it was lost somehow.) (517 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.91/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/09/04- Purchased at the local Trader Joes in San Mateo.

Appearance- Pours a semi dark brown with a huge head and pretty nice lacing. Nice moonshine jug! I can join me's a jugband now!! YEEEHAW!!

Smell- Nothing fantastic. A bit of roasted malts and that's about it. Not a real good scent.

Taste- Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate swirling around and some nasty coors light tasting stuff. I guess that's the tan part. YUK!

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth and admittedly easy to swallow. Very low carb level.

Drinkability- That funky "tan" taste ruins it for me. Would have been semi decent if they had used a good lager for the tan part. Now it's just a below average beer. (683 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a tan colored, frothy, initially two-finger thick head. The beer is concentrated, burnt amber color that shows ruby and amber hues when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of light roast notes, butter, toffee, well toasted grain and more diacetyl accented butter notes. While the diacetyl is not overwhelming it certainly plays a big role in the aroma profile of this brew; ultimately it is just too distracting.

Light bodied and quaffable, there is a noticeable sweetness to this brew up front and in the finish. The sweetness in the finish is accentuated by buttery, almost butterscotch diacetyl driven flavors. The diacetyl is not as noticeable in the flavor as it is in the aroma, but it still plays a significant role. Sweet grain, almost corn-like flavors are offset by a light roast character that provides a touch of burnt acidity, and a soft, toasted grain character to the finish. A light hop bitterness becomes more noticeable in the finish where it tends to lightly linger on in the palate after the beer has left my mouth. Can be a little thin at times, a bit more malt richness would certainly be welcome.

About what I expected, not horrible, though not something to write home about either. The soft diacetyl character certainly doesn't help. I'll certainly pass an having this again though. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.06/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. quart bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, though lighter than I expected into a mug, with a full white head, no real lacing though.

S: Light smell of roasted malt and coffee, some hops.

T: Mostly roasted malts and some milk chocolate. The porter seems to be the major flavour imparter in this beer, as the lager doesn't seem to do anything, but lighten the flavour. Tasty, but I would have liked more porter character, maybe change the blending ratios.

M: Very light, almost like a macro lager in feel, watery, fizzy.

D: An interesting beer, one of the first beers I remember ever having, would be a good introduction into crafts, without hitting someone over the head with flavour, great bottle as well. (712 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.41/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly dense but clear nutty brown body with a big lumpy light tan head. There was a strong carbonation of big bubbles that glided to the surface.

S- The soft notes of brown malt with a noble hop hint that comes through when it warms in the finish

T- The taste of light brown malt has a faint note of coffee and caramel malt hints with a note of cardboard and mineral taste. The finish has a dry sulfur note with a noble hop hint at the finish. The taste of nougat and hops lingers after each taste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- There are notes of porter and notes of pilsner but it taste like they have been watered down and that gives the malt a stale quality. The nougat and hop notes linger making an odd finish. (810 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A screw top bottle - the classic look. Haven't had one of these since Mardi Gras a long, long time ago. From The Andersons on Talmadge.

A: Phssst, the screw top opens. Dark caramel brown, the beer is. To the point of minimal translucence - I can barely see anything on the otherside of the glass. A white head over two fingers on first pour, laces nicely. The off-white color stands out against the body.

S: Chocolate is strong, a sweet milky aroma. That's the porter side of the equation. The tan side has caramel and toast. The tan side, I'll say, brings more to the table - the toast fuller than the chocolate sweetness.

T: A premium beer? Yep. Chocolate and caramel sweetness paired with toasted bread. The flavors are lighter, present but fast to disappear, leaving only a light chocolate behind. Exactly what I remember it being - a run of the mill black and tan in a very cool container.

M: The chocolate and breadiness own the beer, hardly a porter/pilsener combination. Easy drinking though. And a great bottle. (1,025 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Mississippi Mud is an interesting combination of beer....porter and pilsner. The porter provides roast, peat and mild dark chocolate. The pilsner provides grassy like hops and bitterness. Put them together and you have a decent balanced beer that is easy drinking and sessionable. This beer is probably better drank in the cooler spring, fall and winter days. Additionally this beer would go well with spicier foods. Overall a good beer and worth a try. (457 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight hop, yeast, and slight adjunct. Much stronger in smell of a pilsner not the porter. Fits the style of a Black & Tan. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight roasted malt, some grain, and slight adjunct. Overall, better body and flavor than aroma, but it would be vastly improved with a better quality pilsner as the 'tan'. (509 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 quart growler-bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with two fingers of light tan foam. Not much head retention, but overall it looks pretty good.

Smell: the bottle claims this is a mix of a porter and a pilsner, and it smells the part. There's a nice roasty character but I think this beer gets the worst of both worlds vis-a-vis porter tartness and a sour graininess from the pilsner. It's not bad, but it's not great either.

Taste: more of the same story as in the aroma. This beer fails to incorporate the best of the styles and really ends up the worse off for it. That said, it's not horrible by any means. Average is about the best I can call it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not too bad, although there's a bit of an acidic, astringent quality that holds it back a little bit.

Drinkability: this beer is alright, but I don't love it. There are better-executed premixed black & tans out there. (972 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown higlights with a thin bubbly head which left good lacing sticking on the glass.

S: I did get chocolate malt right off the bat with a hint a wheat, nuttiness, and aromas of various grains. It also had faint citrus and spice notes.

T: chocolate and caramel greet my palate first with various grains and wheat malt accents that I'm assuming are coming from the pilsner side. There is also some underlying citrus and spice notes like the nose.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but grainy, malty, and creamy finish.

D: actually drank very good like I remember cause I use to drink this beer all the time when I was in high school which was 10 years ago. I honestly start blending alll kinds of beers after drinking this one; gooding looking out MM. (834 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a jug like 32 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and slightly sweet. Taste is mild, some notes of chocolate and malts, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels creamy in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is an enjoyable beer. (283 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.94/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The sweet and malty aroma is extremely faint with a touch of caramel. The taste is pretty bland as well with some malt and a very mildly bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty dull beer that really doesn't posses anything that makes me want to purchase again. (353 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just can't replace the proper black & tan appearance out of a bottle (not without one of those didgerydoos). Dark tan colored, big head that disappears rather quickly. Aroma was like the appearance, ruddy and muddy.

Taste, semi-sweet, kind of thin bodied, no discernable hop presence. Really just kind of dark in color without submitting any real malt flavor component to the palate. Kind of reminiscient of a better looking Newcastle brown ale. This is lots more tan than black. (481 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 ounce screw capped bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red/brown color with not quite an inch light tan head. Head retention is decent enough, and there's an OK amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, tea, and grainy malt. It tastes like grainy/bready malt, caramel, toffee, tea and some herbalness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is easy to drink. It's better than I thought it would be. $2.99 for a quart of this isn't too bad at all. For the price, it's certainly worth a try! (549 characters)

Photo of Gusler
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear incandesant dark ruby color, the head is modest, beige, the lace wraithish. Nose is malt, light hits of caramel. Front is malt, a tad sweet, the top thin, the finish is shilpit, minimal carbonation, nebishly hopped. Drinkable, and the bottle is "Cute", and I always find a "Lady" that wants the empties, a pleasure in its own right. Does not rank on my current 1000 beer master list. (406 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Why such low ratings for this beer? And yet we see higher ratings on 40's...

A - Black and tan. Plan and simple.I poured it into my glass and see at least a finger of foam. Actual lacing in the glass which may mean some people might have had bad batches.

S - Carmel, malt, slight choco or coffee. Hard to tell because it really is light.

T - Really smooth beer. Like a light beer only with more ABV. I could easily finish the bottle.

M - Lighter than light but dark like a B+T should be. Really what I expected in a black and tan. Not bitter like most black and tans which usually puts me off.

D - I could easily finish the whole 36 ounce and have another but I usually pick this up when around my father away beer store.

Overall I really don't know much about Black and Tans. What I do know is they are best served mixed by yourself. If you must buy the premade stuff pick this up the next time you see it. Not really a bad beer but for me having a bottle a sitting for around 4 bucks is a treat as well as a good deal (1,027 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Cheers,
The CpJ (377 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type "bottle" is subjective, since its design is a jug. Like the look - not the beer. A good looking beer, light brown with some ruby tints, see thru a little, with a two-figner head that died quickly. A light malt smell of roasted malts along with some butterscotch/caramel and toffee mixed in for a little sweetness. This beer starts to lose it after this. Light-to-medium bodied with some sweetness to it, but it also comes across as a little slick and syrupy. Has a slightly dry finish from some roasted malts and a twinge of hops, although the malts pretty much nullify any significant malt presence. A somewhat dull beer that really doesn't improve while it warms (that 32 oz. bottle sure starts to look dumpable after a while). I might be able to take a 12 oz. bottle or draft, but I can't buy the quart again. Just not that good. (845 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a nice dark amber-mahogany with a thick, pale beige, fairly persistent head. Aroma is malty and has just a hint of fruit. Flavor is malty and has touches of smoke and molasses, pleasant but not thick or mouth-filling. Texture is smooth and just a little watery. Not too shabby.

Hey, how come it's called Mississippi Mud when it's brewed in New York? ;) (362 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light-bodied brown color. Head is fizzy and lively, but it dies down very quickly. Seems to be mostly transparent.

S-Not much aroma. Light mixture of Pils hops and yeast and darker Porter chocolate notes. A bit pleasant but very simple and subdued.

T-The Pils taste is quite mute. More along the lines of Porter chocolate and very light coffee but it isn't intense enough. Pretty bland. Too light.

M-Feels more like a Pils but because it tastes more Porter-like, the fact that it lacks good Porter body makes it mediocre. Very light.

O/D-Not bad; great bottle. Too boring. Nice price at $3.50 for a rather sizeable bottle. The jug was the best part. (663 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

32 oz cool-looking painted jug with a stamp of 2369, guessing that is late 2009 brewed date? Pours a clear amber color with a pretty nice cap of creamy, light tan foam. Retention is not too shabby either.

Nose consists of lightly roasted malts, a bit of sweet graininess and raisin-esque fruitiness. Pretty light overall, but that is to be expected with a blend of porter and light lager. Not much of the lager shows through and that is probably a good thing.

Taste is not very good, this is a bad idea. It tastes like the porter portion of the beer was not very good to start with, a little astringent and not much roast, chocolate or coffee...all tasty components of good porters. There is the light fruitiness and flashes of some darker malts that keep this thing at least more interesting than your average macro. The light lager just seems to further thin out and water the beer down. A guinness and a bass definitely make a better Black & Tan than this. Cool packaging, uninspiring beer. (995 characters)

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