Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 418
Hads: 1,037
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 25
Gots: 155 | 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 avwrite
2.99/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +14%
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 +1.6%
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 +29%
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 -10.1%
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 +30.3%

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 -10.4%
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 +36.2%
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 +33.6%
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 +16.9%
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 +19.2%
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 +3.9%
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 -53.4%
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 +4.9%
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 +11.7%
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 +14.7%
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 +29%
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)

Photo of Treath
4.1/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 32oz jug into a glass mug. First time tasting this beer.

A- Dark brown ruby color. Brownish 1.5 finger creamy head, but fizzles to a 1/4 finger head. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Leaves a bit of lacing. Looks quite nice.

S- Roasted malts, raisins, a tinge of hops, dark coffee. Inviting.

T- Roasted malts up front, grassy hops, dark chocolate. It's bitter but has a very slight sweet note. Tastes like a brown ale, sort of like Newcastle. Leaves a bittersweet aftertaste.

M- Medium/light. The carbonation is light and not in your face. Very nice.

Drinkability- This is more of a "savor the taste" sort of beer. Not meant to be chugged. But it still has great drinkability.

O- Overall, this beer is pretty good. I kept eyeing it at the store for years and finally bought it today. It's enjoyable to drink it at night. (831 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.94/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Marketing wise this is a very fun beer, coming in a glass mini-growler, shrink wrapped in a tan label featuring black old fashioned font and an illustration of an alligator sitting between the copy. Poured into a pilsner glass, the color is a wonderfully reddish brown with some garnet highlights, a quickly dissipating head and perfect clarity. Aroma is predominantly of caramel malts, roasted grain, cereal; some hops detected at the finish, noble and slightly spicy. The taste is light, malty, and follows the nose very faithfully. Grainy, sweet, caramel and bread, some roastiness, very little hop flavor detected. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and highly carbonated. I'm sure this brew gets a bad rap from being ubiquitous and somewhat small in flavor. The aroma is definitely the best part but it is still a very enjoyable and pleasant session beer that I don't turn my nose up to and would definitely drink again. (915 characters)

Photo of BEERZILLA
3.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I truly love this beer as I love all porters and pilsners,so it would only stand to reason that I would love them together.this beer was one of my first experiences with craft beer,since then my palate has grown much larger but this beer is special to me.i like to drink this in the fall and winter as it goes well with cold nights by a fire.it drinks easy but has enough substance to keep you coming back,this a good beer for someone to step outside the box with for the first time. (483 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mississippi Mud pours an opaque brown color with very little head. There is a light and mellow roasted malt aroma. The taste has a nice roasted malt flavors, that is very crisp as well. Lighter body, but nice carbonation, and nice feel. Overall its very tasty, its like a nice crisp easy drinking porter. (304 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a nice off-white head and brown color. Aroma is a delicious blend of nuts, caramel, toffee and chocolate malt. Flavor is less impressive but good with toasty grains and some pilsner-like hop notes and grainy flavors in there as well. Mouthfeel is light-medium to make it easy drinking. Overall, a decent party brew in a convenient quart package. (358 characters)

Photo of bourbonbock
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 32 oz bootlegger bottle into a clean glass and received the following.

A. Pours a purplish amber with a couple of fingers of tan foamy head that recedes slowly.

S. I can smell caramel, nuts, coffee, and a slight yeastiness.

T. The flavor is very caramel focused with a little bit of nuts and plenty of sweetness. This is a gentle but very deep flavor profile. Perhaps a little bit of hops on the nose but not too much in the flavor.

M. Light and smooth and very refreshing.

O. Overall this is alway one of the beers that I'll pick up if I see it in the cooler and while it's not a "go-to" beer its definitely in it's own league. (647 characters)

Photo of Kevyoung369
4.29/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just had the 1 liter bottle, it has a great taste and for only having 5% ABV it actually feels like a higher content. Good job to those who made a great beer. I would recommend it to all of my friends. I just wish the cost wasn't so high. Other than that keep up the good work and I am looking forward to buying some more of your beer. (335 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,023 characters)

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.