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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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865 Ratings
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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 70 | 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 biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A full quart's worth of 'English Porter and Continental Pilsner', on the patio at the Sugar Bowl. This fat-capped jug sure brought the stares from adjacent tables, I'll tell ya.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and latently soapy tan (whoomp, there it is!) head, which leaves some fairly consistent, yet splattered lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuit and caramel malts, dark powdery chocolate, soft milky coffee, musty black fruit, oily nuts, a touch of earthy yeast, and leafy, herbal hops. The taste is lightly roasted, bready caramel and pale malt, mildly bitter coffee, gritty bar-top nuts, a fading mocha, um 'sweetness', stale, and slightly sour dark orchard fruit, and somewhat bitter, leafy, dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tad frizzy up front, the body a decent medium weight (speaking to a hefty porter input, likely) and basic in its smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the waning caramel sweetness paired with a strong nutty, crackery, and edgy floral drying character.

As was to be expected, this is a veritable mish-mash of two distinct styles - the heavier, more complex porter, and the lighter, crisper Pils. While nothing really offends, there seems to be a bit of a confusing experience to drinking this hybrid - but maybe if I didn't know that going in, it would just be perceived as a nice, drinkable, mildly complex, sour, and plainly hoppy dark ale. Or not.

biboergosum, May 21, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan was neither black nor tan, but predictably, something in between. The one inch beige head displayed good retention.

The aroma was pretty light; I was able to get some sweet malt and some grain.

The taste was caramel, some cocoa, a dash of salt donated by the pilsener maybe, and a cola flavor for the low point. A drinking tip for Missi Mud: this was one beer better colder than warmed, that's where the unfortunate cola flavor came in. Fortunately, the growler-like bottle is perfect for putting it back in the fridge.

The mouth feel was fairly light, more pilsener than porter. Carbonation was pretty good and it was oily.

Drinkability was good and the 32 ounces were no problem.

Given the large number of negative reviews (regardless of scores), the relatively low overall score and the schlocky but amusing packaging; I wasn't expecting much. But how can you turn down a chance at this "Famous Black & Tan Beer"? However, I was very pleasantly surprised. Mississippi Mud managed to take a style that I'm not particularly fond of (English porter), and a style that pales in comparison to other richer styles (pilsener), and created a fine beverage. At ten cents an ounce, plus another dime for the tacky/cool bottle (Michigan deposit), you get an excellent value. I'll go back for more tomorrow.

kegger22, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of yuenglings
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: First off it comes in a cool jug like quart bottle but ounce its poured it a nice foamy head which leaves a good laceing. The color is a nice dark amber brown.
S: Sweet roasted caramel malts right up front with some coffeness to it very little hops not much going on here.
T:About the same as it smells with a slight bitter after taste but not a bad after taste over all rather good
M:Smooth good heaveyness to it not to light good carbonation.
D:I Find this beer very drinkable and would buy agian 3 quarts went down rather fast with out feeeing full I may not go out and buy another case this weeek or even this mounth but still will revisit this one agian in the future.

yuenglings, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BeerMasterD
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down the coolest looking bottle ive so far had the pleasure of pouring a beer from.

Poured a dark amber/brown color with almost 3 fingers of offwhite head with a somewhat aggressive pour, good blobs/spots of lacing down the glass. Smell.. malt, maybe a hint of caramel/coffee/chocolate. Tastes like a very light porter and pilsner i suppose, not alot of flavor going on at first but as you get half down the bottle the flavors become more apparent, and it leaves a nice light chocolate/coffee taste in the mouth. Its light-medium and creamy with mild carbonation. Overall its very drinkable and ill get this again as its a good price and not a bad beer at all, but certainly not the best example of a black and tan, though a pre-mixed black and tan never is.
Its a quart of some decent creamy brew in an awesome jug for about 3.99, give it a try.

BeerMasterD, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the glass jug container.

The beer pours a light brown with an active tan foam that dies down quickly. The smell is of roasted malt and mild hops.

Tastes like a lite stout - the roasted malt flavor is buried in there, but it is very sedate, and mild. Mild carbonation in the mouthfeel - very drinkable.

Overall I thought this was decent enough for what seemed like a gimmick beer. Like a light stout or light porter.

KTCamm, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of ugaterrapin
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. It has a very clear deep brown color. There was about a finger of fairly white head. There is a very strong malty sweet smell. It is a little too sweet smelling. There are some underlying caramel notes as well. Luckily the taste is a little less sweet than the aroma. It still has a very sweet malty taste, but toned down a little bit. Overall it is dominated by the malts and there is a some noticeable hop notes toward the end of the sip. This is an okay beer. Nothing special or surprising.

ugaterrapin, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of tjd112
2.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is not the best of the Black and Tans. Its a bit too light for the style, the taste is somewhat watery, as if somebody mixed a porter with a macro lager, I detect a slight roastiness in it. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and its just mediocre in terms of drinkability.

tjd112, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of colefsuwr
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice for a pre-made black and tan. it is not going to overwhelm you and might be a good one to start out with if you are not accustomed to this style. I believe it is made as a porter/pilsner mix so they taste or mouthfeel is too much. try this and a guinness/bass will won't be a big leap for you.

colefsuwr, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
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.)

Mora2000, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very interesting jug of a bottle. Poured dark amber color with a medium white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Medium malt and sweet aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium flavor of roasted malt and sweet with a short finish. Below average combo.

tmoneyba, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of sabinelr
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the 946 ml stylized jug bottle (remember Georgia Moon, guaranteed less than 60 days old?) into a cheap plastic drinking glass. Thin head that went away quickly. The smell promises some sort of standard beer. The taste is of a standard lager with attempts to enhance with more hoppy and malty flavor, maybe like the good old days of dark beer on tap, say dark Brew 66 or dark Oly. Pleasant buzz after the first 10 ounces, but this being 5%, I'm sure it's the same pleasant buzz found after a Bud or Miller. Aftertaste is almost nonexistent, which is a better result than some of the other reviews I read here. I'd have to say it probably is worth the less than $4 paid, and certainly not disappointing. This is good stuff for watching your football or action movies. Get two jug bottles, one for the first half and one for the second half.

sabinelr, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like to get this from time to time as its a decent beer, 946ml for $4 or so. Pretty sweet deal.

A: Pours a large 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. Leaves lots of pot marks as it fades. A very clear amber brown color.

N: A cheaper ale like aroma, with some crisp ale smells, a slight sweet malt, and slight crystal malt. Not much for "black".

T: A little better than the nose. Some roasted malt taste hits first. It adds a slight creamy taste and touches of dark fruit. Then a light malt taste follows suit. It's very creamy, and together adds some dark malt flavors and light body taste and feel. Some fruit flavors as well comes through, not sure which fruit, but it's there. A little sweet as well.

M: Semi light body, lower carbonation.

F: A slight sweet flavor mixes with a lingering roasted malt flavor to stick around for a while. Finishes pretty clean though, similar to a light ale. The roasted malt adds a nice flavor, and the light malts add a nice finish. It lacks a little in the aroma and body, which is probably what the light malts take away from the darks.

jlindros, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of randawakes
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Initially taste the crystal malts and resemblance of a nut brown. The decent taste fades into a lagerish backlash bitter bad aftertaste that doesn't go away. Pretty carbonated and spicy, not so much black and tan.

This beer should be market below average, but I guess I'm happy I got it...no not really. half of it sat in the fridge for a month before I threw it out. Couldn't even drink it all in one sitting, what a shame.

randawakes, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

tone77, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
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'.

Tone, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 32oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a rusty brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light roasted malts, caramel, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of caramel, coffee and grain. There's a little bit of smokiness in the background. Then a mild hops presence comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer overall, but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
2.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've always seen this cool looking bottle at multiple stores around the University, but I've never gotten it before. My girlfriend bought it for me because she thought it would be a cool beer to try...so here goes.

The bottle looks like a miniature growler in a stone beer koozie, with a growler like twist off top.

Pours a clear amber color, more brown than red, with a slightly off white head that shrinks to a thin layer before disappearing all together. Leaves no lacing.

The nose is very sweet, with a faint toasty character in the background. I imagine this one has been sitting on the shelves for quite sometime, so the hop presence is all but gone. However, I can see this had a pilsner-like hop character at some point.

The taste isn't much of an improvement on the nose. Sweet and lightly toasted, with the faintest of hops. Pretty bland if you ask me, not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel is light with a medium carbonation, nothing too overpowering. I almost think more carbonation would do this some good. Drinkability is fine, just not something I would want to drink a lot of.

Overall, the novelty of this beer wore off as soon as I started drinking it, realizing that the beer inside would never be as cool as the bottle it comes in. I'll keep the bottle, but won't purchase this again.

Mistofminn, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A solid walnut brown.. Crystal Clear with a small amount of head on top. This has dissipated to a small fuzzy ring and a few bubbles...

S: Sweet, perhaps a bit of corn in there. Also just a hint of roasty at the finish. Overall it smells more like the Pilsner than the Porter.

T: Sweet, and a little tart like a pils, then the roasted flavors break through.. What can I say the beginning is a little weak but the end is nice and toasty.

M: Clean, highly carbonated, though slightly watery. It tends to cling to your mouth in a very odd way, perhaps it's the carbonation.

D: Overall fairly drinkable, the bottle is classic. But a great beer this is not. Good for a backyard BBQ, or as a cheap alternate to More Macro type beers. But I am not going to be buying cases of this.

Beejay, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +28%
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

DrDemento456, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of mjurney
1.7/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

[Appearance]: Bronze color, clear, lots of bubbles, soapy head that disappear really quick, lacing is alright.
[Smell]: Aroma is weak, faint caramel malts and maybe some little spice from the hops.
[Taste]: The flavor is pretty bland, it's almost like drinking a watered down ESB/Bitter, I could detect some hint of roasted/caramel malts and metalic.
[Mouthfeel/Finish]: Light bodied, carbonation is fair, has a weird sharp aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Couldn't drink anymore, it's watery and has a weird aftertaste.

mjurney, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of chickencoop
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must say, I personally think Trader Joes is good but mostly bad for the beer biz. The good is that you find some pretty odd stuff, and when your wife is trying to impress you, she can pick up something that you pretty much would not find or grab at your local bottle shop, but the bad is the cheapening of some better local brews and some bad private label stuff, and questionable code dates. On that note, this beer is a pretty entry level. It pours dark but taste light. There is no head, the aroma is malty but generic. Mouthfeel is all malt with a long sweet finish. Drinkability is ok, the beer is tasty but not much there. This is the beer that your buddy that drinks alcopops brings to a beer dinner, no offense, but the bottle sold him on this and now I have to drink it, thanks chukko.

chickencoop, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of hobojon
2.08/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from 1 quart screw cap bottle from Trader Joes.

App- filtered, brown amber, off white head dissipates to a fine layer.

Smell- sweet, pils malt, roast malt, lots of caramel, one dimensional.

Taste- much worse than aroma, light caramel and astringent roasty malt. sweet, very mellow noble hop bitterness. poorly brewed, rough finish. thin taste.

Mouthfeel- thin, fine low/med carb.

Drinkability/overall- not very tasty. drinkable, but not for the taste. watery.

hobojon, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Darugo
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at at a big beer store and found the cute little brown jug.I picked it up for $2.99 and left in in the fridge for a month or so. Curious I cracked the twist cap and poured a very attractive dark amber beer with very little head. The smell is a little coffee alcohol note. Taste was nice and the after taste as slightly bitter. Over all its a nice little brew and worth the money. Is not a black and tan but is drinkable. I may pick up another jug and keep it for conversation with friends.

Darugo, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of macktbone
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this in the stores for a while but really had no desire to pay for the bottle. Pretty much what would make someone grab this over something else. However, my folks were picking me up some beer from there local area...stuff that I can't get and this came with them.

A- Neither black nor tan. More of a cherry wood color with a bone white thin bubbled head. Carbonation is visible but not overpowering.

S- Smells like a traditional English ale. A little woodier than I expected, and a hint of cherry.

T- Not too bad. Reminds me of a daily drinker in a pub somewhere in central England. Nothing outstanding but I'm sure this is highly replicatable on a large scale. Taste dissapears immediately and has no lasting impression.

M- Medium bodied, but I wish it was closer to Mississippi mud and not so much river water.

D- For a non hoppy, non distinguished drinker this could be a daily, go-to beer. It is OK tasting, but I would rather have a beer that is extreme in one way or another that "is just not for me", than a boring beer that anyone "can" drink but most choose not to.

Maybe if someone had a whole bunch of money to waste they could try to put it on Nitro to see if the mouthfeel can make the beer.

As for me this is probably my last trip to Mississippi to play in the Mud.

macktbone, Sep 18, 2009
Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.