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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 23
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mississippi Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2001

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Photo of vfgccp
3.37/5  rDev +7.7%
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
2.63/5  rDev -16%
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
2.56/5  rDev -18.2%
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
3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.02/5  rDev -3.5%
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
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
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 +12.8%
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
3.06/5  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 -3.2%
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
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
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
3.35/5  rDev +7%
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
2.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of techfed87
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lively head. Color is a dark, clear brown. Smell is a tad sweet and possibly a little malty.

First sip almost reminds me of a version of Guinness. It's malty, not too much body or flavor, still, it's pretty acceptable overall.

Not something that I would show off to my friends, but still, acceptable.

Photo of SandieBeaches
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately the charm of the southern antique-ish bottle is really the only high point for this brew. I love a good black and tan, but the brewers just couldn't quite get the flavors to complement one another enough to satisfy an intermediate palatte. Even Yuengling's black and tan seems like a mastery creation when compared to Mississippi Mud.

Moral of the story? Try it, don't expect too much, and be happy with your newly aquired piece of southern nostalgia.

Photo of NurseJody
2.54/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was so excited to see this given to me from a friend. The cool bottle instantly got me very eager to try this beer..and then I poured it...
This is a dark beer. When pouring into a pint glass, it came to a 1 or so finger white head, with slight lacing.

The nose wasn't anything special...soft malty tones.

The palate was odd. Started with a hint of hops, and quickly turned into the malty taste, with a slight sour taste at the end. Wasn't too pleasing.

Overall, the bottle was better. All hype with nothing to write home about.

Photo of Holland
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: brown pour with a white head - that's odd, but probably generated by the carbonation more than anything.

S: Malt, slight vinegar, flora of some sort, caramel

T: it's a pilsner mixed with a porter, but neither are super high quality. I can't taste any delicious smokey notes of the porter, so it's mostly malt

M: carbonated. Also, thin. These probably go together on this one, but the carbonation takes away from the smoothness of the porter a bit.

O: pretty meh beer. It's available anywhere. Try it once and be done with it, because it's nothing special, but still worth drinking.

Photo of claytong
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't upset with this beer, for the price its not bad. I doubt I'll be getting it again, but perhaps if you're a fan of the style this is a good solid cheap option.
Flavors are here and there, hard for me to remember now. Nothing dominates harshly or favorably.

Photo of lwillitz
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32-oz moonshine-jug-bottle poured into a quart mug

A - An aggressive pour yielded a huge, frothy 4-finger whitish-tan head with good retention. The beer is a deep brown, completely transparent with red-orange highlights when backlit. Looks amazing!

S - much sweetness on the nose; grassy hops, sweet malt, caramel

T - This is a curious combination. I can distinctly taste a porter and a pilsner masterfully blended into one beer. Some notes of chocolate and coffee are present. Bitter hops are quite dominant, leaving a bitter aftertaste.

M - medium-bodied with average carbonation

O - Nothing amazing, but a decent brew. The novelty of the container and the style itself are more of a draw than the flavor.

Photo of Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this because the bottle was awesome looking. I thought I'd enjoy this beer much more than I did. The beer is on the light side, not by color but by mouthfeel. I know it's a blend I just think ofnmud as being thick and I was expecting this to be like that too. The color is a dark yet transparent brown. Flavor had too much grass in it and not enough porter/stout.

Photo of hosehead83
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an interesting looking quart bottle resembling an old whiskey jug into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown, almost cola-like in color,with a moderate light tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Faint chocolate note, toasted malt, faint hop note. Rather thin-bodied. Very easy to drink, but nothin' fancy. A nice entry-level craft beer for the newbie, or just something a little different from a macro-lager.

Photo of BudWizeMan
2.69/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- deep brown with some ruby red tones,best
attribute of this beer

S- I tasted before smelling so not getting much except faint roasted malts

T- Ehh...rather bland,just mild roasted malts and perhaps some faint hop notes

M- Not great,rather thin with aspirations of a satisfying creamy mouthfeel

O- Rather bland and flavorless

There's nothing about this beer that warrants a return visit,just not much going on in the flavor department.Next.

Photo of biglite351
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

90% of the reason that I bought this was the great looking, and very original, bottle. 10% because of the porter portion.

A - solid honey color with tall creamy white head.

S - sweet pilsner scent. Molasses and cheap beer.

T - molasses and mild malt. Pilsner with a slight heavy follow through.

M - light coating with a slight tingle on sides of tip of tongue.

D - more drinkable than typical yellow beers but not as much as typical porters.

Photo of drabmuh
2.34/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split by Thorpe. Thanks I think.

Beer is dark and clear at the same time, think a dark brown, minimal head. Looks about what I expected.

Smells like a lager with a mild porter mixed in. I guess this is what they were going for.

Taste like nothing mixed with ash. Me no liky. It has a mild sweet character at the lead off like a some lagers might if you were bad at making them and then a super weak bitter ash at the end of the beer, no after taste, this is a tick and nothing more, not a repeat just a random beer I've never had.

Photo of arizcards
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given to me by a friend earlier today.

Beer poured brown with a decent tan head.

Nose is muted malts with a bit of hop flower.

Taste is pretty much as advertised, porter is present with it's dry hop finish. The pils malt base is there. The porter tends to come thru a bit more than the pils.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, average smoothness.

Drinkability is OK. This was decent to try once and would drink again if offered but not one to seek out.

Photo of andrewsporter
2.12/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this in a pre-packaged growler at the state liquor store. Intrigued by the packaging, even more intrigued by the dirty cheap $2.99 price tag. Lets just say you get what you pay for. Might as well pour the beer down the drain and keep the cool bottle.

Appearance - It actually looks like a very good beer, caramel colored, good head, impressive lacing on the pint glass as well.

Smell - Doesn't smell like much, slight hint of chocolatey, roasted porter.

Taste - Going down it is fine, the pilsner is a bit chalky and bitter.

Mouthfeel - on the lighter side, not particularly heavy.

Drinkability - It just tastes too bad to keep drinking more than the quart bottle it comes in.

Overall, pre-mixed black and tans have never been a huge hit in my world but why not? Probably stick to Yeungling B&T if thats what you're into.

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.