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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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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 23
Gots: 96 | 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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2/5  rDev -35.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UnionMade
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this for my birthday from my well-intentioned mom. I laughed a little upon opening the box and seeing this Appalachian styled jug with the 40oz screw top. High marks for ironic packaging, even if unintentional. I don't know where this beer originated, but I see it's brewed in Utica NY, the home of F.X. Matt and Genesee beer.
Pours a clear dark brown, with a thin ring of beige head. The foam dies out after half a glass or so.
Smells mainly of molasses. Roasty malts without much in the way of hops. Not a lot of complexity here.
The taste opens with roasty, chocolate malt. Mainly molasses, which permeates throughout and is definitely the dominate flavor. It's fairly clean, with an undertone of diacetyl, but there's not a whole lot going on here. I was hoping for maybe a soapy Saaz aftertaste, but it was not to be. Overall, it's not that hard to drink this, but it's better served as a beer forconversationStrong carbonation and a lighter body makes for a soda-like feel. I guess this would be a good training wheel for someone interested in real beer after a twenty-somethings worth of Genny Ice.
Porter and pilsner? It's neither this or that. Lacking on both fronts, but it wasn't completely awful. It's not as completely terrible as I remember from my college days. Tastes mostly similar to dunkel lager, or maybe a brown ale like Newcastle. I'd rather do this than Bud, or any kind of Genesee beer. This is really so much about the novelty of the packaging. I can't imagine any other reason someone would buy this.

Photo of Murrhey
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz jug (bottle) poured in a Pilsner glass

A: Nut brown, good carbonation, clear. Three finger khaki head with lousy retention. Little lacing.

S: What? This is skunky. It smells like beer pong beer. Not a fan.

T: Some roast malts in the aftertaste. Not bad, but not good either. Average.

M: Best part of the beer, even this finished with grittiness after the initial drink.

O: I bought for the bottle, wouldn't buy again. Some positives in the taste, but the smell is enough to ruin it for me.

Photo of ummswimmin
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up to fulfill the style for black and tan. I actually had this way back in college because it was cheap and different. That's not to say that it was very good.

The quality hasn't really improved since college.
The flavor and nose both have a lot of funk.

Additionally I tasted a slight bit of nuttiness, roast, and coffee. I'm not saying they were balanced, just present.

I recommend this beer as a gag gift, but it is far from a "get."

Photo of UncleAddie
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Burnt Sienna to Dark Amber. Thin, pale, off-white head with little lacing

S – Smokey malt with a twinge of hops.

T – Smokey brown ale taste that finishes with the bite of a porter. Tangy after taste on the way down.

M – Nice level of carbonation, smooth at the front with some bite on the way down.

Despite my skeptical outlook, the beer was surprisingly palatable.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Converge
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 quart jug poured into a 20oz tumbler. First ever black & tan.

A - Pours with a finger-and-a-half of fizzy tan head. Really deep, dark amber-red, but still pretty translucent. The head settles to a nice cap, that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Lots of dark malt, pretty roasty, bits of molasses. Fairly bitter.

T - Really strange. Definitely a fair bit of roasted malt, but not a lot of bitterness. Really crisp, sort of earthy. Not a very strong flavor either though, pretty watery.

M - Carbonation is well done, body is light to medium in weight. Meh.

D - Decent, but pretty watery. Probably not worth another try. Cool bottle though.

Photo of socon67
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours cola brown with a thin white foam. No lacing. Translucent like a church gladd window.

S - Strong smell of fresh malt. Some minor notes of chocolate, and a faint bit of smoke.

T - Has a strong malty flavor; sugary sweet. Slightly watered down, ends with a bit of coca sweetness.

M - Reasonable carbonation. Feels kinda light. Does not have any noticeable finish on the taste buds.

O - I prefer to have black and tans that are not pre-made. However, this is a decent try at the style. The best part of this was scoring a 32oz bottle of this for $3.00. Haven't had this one in about 10 years, and although my palate has moved on this is still a novelty to try.

Photo of match1112
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: light brown with amber highlights and a surprising two finger head that left minimal lacing.

s: not much here. light malty sweetness with a slight roasted smell.

t: so plain i dont know what to say other than slightly sweet.

m: still trying to figure out how a beer with such a great head tasted so flat and thin.

o: what i expected for three dolllars a quart. mainly bought it for the bottle.

Photo of vfgccp
3.4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of alexhahn82
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A cola and iced tea like dark brown with no head, just a hint of fizz on the top that disappears like a slave into the underground railroad!

S - Nada, not much of anything, maybe a hint of metalic (bottle cap?) and a drop of yeast scent.

T/M - Like a very light porter that's watered down with a very light pilsner finish.

O - Not great, not horrible, Fair? Yeah thats what I would rate it. The style and attempt is awesome for originality of a black and tan fully assembled and bottled. I would def. drink over any BMC beer.

PP (Price Point) - $7 for a Quart at a restaurant is cool with me, nothing to write home about.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Based on the shitty reputation and the cool bottle, I had to give this one a go.

3.5 A: Clear amber color. A bit over two fingers of beige, frothy head. Retention is decent and a small ring of lacing is left.

2.5 S: This smells like an unimpressive porter. Weak, dry roastiness. Somewhat grainy.

2.5 T: Again, this tastes just like a really weak porter. Dry roastiness and grain. Otherwise, this lacks depth, maltiness, and body.

2.5 M: Light body. A bit too watery for my liking. Carbonation is alright, but perhaps a bit high. Smooth and inoffensive.

2.5 D: This reminds me of a typical Saranac brew. Decent appearance and watered down everywhere else. I can say that this is probably a fabulous gateway beer though. The packaging and mild flavors are sure to please.

Photo of Jemonster
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pretty deep dark coffee color with a beige head that sticks around. Leaves a little lacing in the glass.

S: Very sweet dark caramelized sugar smell. Maple syrup, toasted marshmallow, some banana.

T: Then it drops flat! How can a beer that smells and looks so great taste so "blah"? Its nothing to write home about. Small amount of hops, lots of carmelized sugar with pretty well balanced sweetness, but thats about it. A slightly herbal flavor with some dark roasted coffee at the end.

M: Thin with light carbonation. Thinner than I expected.

O: It's actually pretty good for the price. I wanted a little more flavor out of the deal though. There wasn't a whole lot of "umph" to this beer, and I think I was really expecting a little more of that. Tasted more like a pilsner than a porter; like 70/30. I had hoped the ratio would have been opposite to that; 70% porter taste and 30% pilsner taste.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour: Clear reddish-brown color. A finger and a half of tan head that dissolved very quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells like your typical American lager with a bit of roasted malt thrown in.

Taste: Grainy and sweet front end with an underlying hint of sour apple. A little coffee and roasted malt in the back. It's not bad, just rather bland.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with too much carbonation. Pretty much your standard American lager in that respect.

Drinkability/Overall: It's ok. Nothing special but not offensive. Easy to drink but lacks character and depth.

Final Notes: I can pour myself a much better black and tan than this. It's an interesting concept (a premixed black and tan) but it fails to capture the true complexity and beauty of a layered beer.

Photo of AdamBear
2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 32 ounce jug...not sure if it qualifies as a growler or not.

A-slightly transparent hazel with a thick cream colored head. very handsome looking tho much more brown than a typical black and tan.

S-smells like an average American adjunct lager except with more of a burnt honey scent. good strength

T-comes in with sweet but burnt honey and a taste of grains. the after-taste is of dark honey and a slight roasted flavor. its a clean and crisp taste with out any real negative sub tastes. the tastes it does have are just faint.

M-very light bodied. medium carbonation. almost watery. finish is watery as well.

O-any self made black and tan will be better than this, for sure. it isn't bad though...its just boring, very boring. When i consider the fact i paid $3 for 32 ounces of this, there is nothing to dislike at all!

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...

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.