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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

Mississippi Mud Black & TanMississippi Mud Black & Tan

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BA SCORE
72
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760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 21.04%


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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 13:51:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:25:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:37:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 22:39:36 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 13:00:06 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2002 16:37:50 | More by Gusler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with some lighter amber colors when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small patch of thicker bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is rather malty with some lighter notes of brown sugar and molasses sweetness.

T: This beer has flavors of roasted malts, nuttiness, and some sweetness from maple syrup/molasses. Just a touch too sweet for my tastes but there is just a very light hint of smokiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. So much carbonation it is almost prickly.

O: This beer is nothing special but it is certainly not offensive either. The last time I had this beer, I was still an undergrad and thought this was quality craft beer - how much the world has changed in the last 20 years, especially in my appreciation of good craft beers. Easy to drink but not something I really want to have more than one during a session. Not sure I will get this one again but it was a nice walk down memory lane.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 23:02:03 | More by dbrauneis
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Tone

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 06:11:53 | More by Tone
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange root beer brown color on the top side with a more amber hue to its bottom half. Not completely divided in color but a definate difference between the top and bottom of the glass. Head is soft and sandy with a semi-creamy thickness to it but stays thin and gooey-like. Lacing is minimal in spots.

Aroma is light and a tiny bit sweet with a corn and dried corn husk tone to it. Very low on the scale of wiffable, quite clean and quite.

Taste is about the same, very tame and quite with not a whole lot to offer other than a soft corn-like sweetness with a slight undertone of dried husks and plain granola. Drys off slightly as it finishes with a whish of the grainy husks coming through. Overall very light on the buds.

Feel is pretty light ended but clean. Sorta brings along a bit of rounded off dull sweetness as it just kinda sits there with out much body or flare. Clean and easy with a very light airy dryness and tinge of grains nearer the finish.

Nothing I would'nt seek out again really. Very average, if not all together boring and forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 22:06:17 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
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? ;)

Serving type: growler

10-29-2008 23:00:28 | More by Cyberkedi
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 02:31:34 | More by twiggamortis420
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Clear, medium brown body looks like a mix of dark and light colored ales. The head was very nice. Full, tan, and lots of lacing.

Smell – There’s the standard American grain aroma complimented with roasted malts. The malts though are kind of faint. I also couldn’t find any sweetness in there.

Taste – Well, I think I like the “black” better than the “tan.” The dark flavors aren't bad. The burnt malt, which tastes like a light dark ale, has a chocolaty sweetness to it. The “premium beer” flavor though is typical macro piss.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and kind of creamy and actually quite smooth. Not bad.

Drinkability – This tastes like a good American attempt at a dark lager.

Comments – This came in a moonshine-type of jug that you’d find down South in a backyard still. It’s quite a sight. If you collect bottles you HAVE to go out and buy one of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 02:45:53 | More by RoyalT
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 04:17:45 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 23:28:02 | More by tone77
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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 19:55:43 | More by flagmantho
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 32oz mini growler as a gimick gift. The vessel is certainly eye-catching, with is moonshine jug vibe.
Pours an earthier hue of ruby with a thick, eruptive sprout of tan lather.
Nose of muted chocolate, grain, and honey. Pears gathers as it warms.
Begins with a dilute toasted quality suggesting hazelnuts. Wavering chocolate/carob hues later. Turns grainier, but not roughly so. These porter qualities are surprisingly decent. The lager aspect seems cheaper with corn and distant sugar. Fruity cues of pear and red apple. Minor grass-fed, herb hopping.
Once it reaches room temp, it pretty much falls apart, with the apples turning sour, and a growing tinny acridness.
But while chilled, this is plenty downable, and a decent associate to spicy foods (the scores represent this, though it easily loses .75-1.0 overall once it fully warms).
Bottled black and tans have little utility to me, but this has some aspects of an average-to-decent brown ale. It's better than I expected, and as a wash-down quaffer...it's not so bad.
Just drink it quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 04:53:58 | More by cokes
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nickfl

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off-white head on a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Brown malt with dry caramel. A hint of english hops and a clean yeast profile.

T - Toasted malt with dry, brown caramel flavors. Some light roast towards the finish with mild hops and bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad for what it is. The idea of a bottled black and tan is a bit pointless since you just end up with a brown ale, but this is a decent brown ale. Nothing special, but drinkable and better than most beers that come in a 32oz, screw-top bottle. It is interesting to note that the Mississippi Brewing Co is in Utica, NY; kind of like salsa from New York City I guess.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:13:07 | More by nickfl
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Brown colored beer with some amber highlights. Bit of a white head, faded away quickly to some whisps of stick before disappearing altogether.

S - Some slight roasty notes and a lot of sweet pale malts with a bit of corn syrup. Smells a little too much like a sweet macro beer with some roasted stuff added to it.

T - Sorry, taste is worse than it smells. None of this is really offensive, it's just not a good beer. Very sweet, maybe some molasses, but this doesn't taste like a pilsner and some of the minor porter notes that it had on the nose was gone as well. Somewhat watered down.

M - Lighter bodied, soft carbonation, watery.

O - Well, pretty drinkable, but doesn't taste all that good. Best thing about this one was the nice novelty bottle. I picked it up only because I didn't want a six pack of anything at the store and cans of Fosters wasn't doing it for me either. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 23:48:51 | More by AgentZero
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Brent

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I can only describe this as a gimmick beer, because the bottle was interesting, and the beer awful. Funky metallic/brown sugar nose. Malt had an odd dimension, which, coupled with the alcohol in the beer, hinted at cheap sour mash whiskey. One of the few beers I have poured out half-way through and gotten something (anything) better from the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 20:32:59 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 01:15:45 | More by GClarkage
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Brenden

Ohio

3.41/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a certain clarity, almost sort of a see-through quality, it actually looks a lot like a cola aside from the head. The head isn't fantastically large or strong, but it doesn't disappear like a soda. Though sparsely bubbled, it's active in some fashion for a good while. Lacing is light but present.
Understanding the style is key, but this beer works regardless in its own way. Like the Cascadian Black (aka Black IPA), its the marriage of two near opposites in a way that both sides contribute uniquely. This one, in fact, is sort of a light version of that idea, in which less intense styles are used. The porter contributes a bit of roast and the maltier elements with a bit of barley, while the pilsner offers a brighter, citrusy and leafier element. It's refreshing, and it works together pretty well. It's not for everyone, but I wouldn't turn it down.
The feel takes more of the pilsner character; it's about a medium body, but focuses on a bright sort of crispness and sturdy, consistent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 16:06:25 | More by Brenden
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Gmann

New York

2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Must admit that I bought this beer for the bottle. Pours a clear ruby brown color with a decent tan head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of a light toasted malt with a slight metallic twang. The taste is quite buttery, high in diacetyl, a watery toasted malt and a metallic twang to boot. Really quite a hodge podge of off-putting flavors. At least it is not grainy or adjuncty. The feel is light but not watery, appropriate carbonation, finishes ok, slightly astringent. An average brew at best, very English in style. I still don't understand the whole black and tan in a bottle thing, needs to be mixed right before you drink it. #400 (not sure why I chose this one)

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 03:32:48 | More by Gmann
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mynie

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I don't know about you guys, but I like getting in touch with my inner hillbilly now and again, and unscrewing a 32 ounce jug of Mississippi Mud is about the classiest way that I can do that and still manage to get drunk.

The bottle is cool. It pours a dark color with a nice head, decent retention, and good lacing. It doesn't taste much like any actually mixed black and tan I've had (stout and ale), it just tastes like a weak but bittersweet stout with hints of coffee and caramel. It's fizzy like an ale though, with a good body.

This stuff goes down so smooth that it's not even funny. It's like I'm drinking sasprilla.

Overall, a really nice beer. And where I shop a 32 oz bottle of this actually costs less than a 40 of Bud.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 03:12:26 | More by mynie
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 20:12:29 | More by clayrock81
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I bought the one-quart bottle just to give this brew a try. The bottle is in the shape of a ceramic jug with a nicely done shrink-wrap label.
The beer is a light brown color with more clarity than I expected and a thin white head. Aroma is pleasingly of roasted malts. There’s a fruity sweetness up front, and a very light hopiness. Overall, I’d describe this beer as watery and uninspiring….another gimmick beer. It’s got a cool bottle going for it, but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 11:34:31 | More by Suds
Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.