Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 23
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 WeezyBoPeep
3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Awesome gimmick bottle here. I'm sure some people save these as souvenirs. Poured into a huge frozen crystal stein.

A: Dark brown with an amber hue. Not much head that fizzed away quickly, leaving not much behind.

S: Rich roasted malt is the predominant smell here. Notes of red wine, caramel, molasses and dark fruits are detectable.

T: Sharply carbonated front hits up front and surprises me. Huge malt presence all throughout. Hiding in the background are some grains like corn and rice. Finishes great with a cafe au lait aftertaste that I like.

D: I could definitely drink two of these bad boys on a cold winter night.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Daktyls
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby, with a 2 finger head which dissipates to a thick foam which remains n the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt is the primary aroma with hints of molasses and a little hoppiness.

T: Much like the smell, but seemingly leaves something to be desired. Definitely a roasted malty taste with a little bit of hops. A slight nutty taste as well creating an "earthy" tasting brew.

M: Very light on the tongue with a low amount of carbonation. Feels a little generic tasting, though this is my first Black & Tan so I'm not sure if that's the general taste of the style or just this beer.

D: While quite drinkable and easy to drink, it's not particularly memorable, but it does come in a cool jug and was pretty cheap, $3.50 for 32 oz.

Photo of jadpsu
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a great looking jug handle quart container this poured a medium brown with a great looking tan head that provided superior retention and solid lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts with some hints of pepper and spicy hops. I also pick up some molasses.
Taste: On the sweet side, as I get either sweet molasses or caramel. Thin but creamy. I pick up a little coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel: Thin and a bit watery. Not what you expect from a brew that has porter attached to it.

Drink: All and all a decent beer and at $2.29/Qt. a good value. Based on the price others are quoting here I need to compliment the store owner where I buy beer.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice light dark look.

S- a little boozy with dark malts.

T- Light tasty with taste of caramel from malts.

M- semi dry with malts lingering through out sip.

D- Good session B&T. when you have a taste for a black and tan. This the beer to drink.


Photo of yesyouam
4.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mississippi Mud is a super clear deep crimson brown beer with a soft, foamy light khaki head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a slightly sweet, grainy aroma. It smells like malt extract with some roastiness. There are notes of coffee and chocolate. It's medium bodied, smooth and a little metallic. The clean, dry finish leaves the mouth a little dusty. It tastes a touch sweet and a little tangy. It's roasty, with notes of coffee and chocolate. It has just enough flavor to keep it interesting and not much bitterness at all. I haven't had one of these in about ten years, so I was kind of expecting to be disappointed with this beer. I wasn't. This is still a fun session beer.

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

A - Kind of a weird dark amber color with a small foamy, fizzy, off-white head. Disappears right away with just a patch of lace left.

S - Really nutty aroma with some earthiness and a bit of mineral flavor. Kind of a toasted spent grain aroma. Pretty sweet.

T - A lot of nutty flavor with a good amount of sweet toasted spent grain. A bit thin and lacking flavor, and malt forward. Weird mix of light nutty flavors, probably coming from the mix of porter and pilsener.

M - Light body with less than average carbonation. A bit of a sticky feel on the finish but overall light and watery.

D - Light and sweet and somewhat drinkable. A little too sweet and the flavors don't make me want to grab some more.

Notes: Really sweet, malty, nutty flavors. Weird mix of flavors and it doesn't really strike me as a black and tan given the mix of porter and pilsener. Not great and kind of weird, but for the price it might be worth trying.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel brown with a light tan bubbly head. Good clarity, ok lacing. I'll call it a "small" growler.

I get the pils nose, not the porter, at first. Grassy lighter aroma. Some mineral elements. Now he head is gone, I've got some nice caramel elements.

WTF, this isn't that bad. Light caramel sweetness up front, some roasted grain, some toasty malt, light cocoa, light bitterness. Not complex, but I do get more porter than pils. Needs some better hop elements. Has something funky/sour that I can't put my finger on.I've had much better of the style out of a bottle, but this isn't too bad.

Astringent finish, which I'm not digging -- getting cotton mouth.. Lighter bodied, prickly carbonation.

Overall, the part that kills drinkability for me isn't taste, it is mouthfeel. Still, no horrible brew by any means.

Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer deserves better than a C+ rating, considering all of the other truly wretched beers that merit higher ratings on the site. It is a fairly light bodied, slightly watery, brownish ale. It doesn't have much heft to it, the taste is a bit more fruity than is warranted, and there is a slightly musty feel to it, and a slightly metallic cheap flavor in the finish. The beer has a slightly foamy head that doesn't lace nor retain for that long, but its okay. The nose is a bit over processed and more lagery than is warranted, but its okay. The beer is really an okay beer. There is enough brown ales and nutty flavors to keep it reasonably interesting. Am I rushing back to grab another no, do I think the marketing "jug" this comes in probably attracts more buyers than if this were in a straight bottle, definitely. Is this a beer you can enjoy without taking too seriously, yes. Enough said about this one.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9-2-10
Reviewed cold from a jug to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, dark reddish brown in color with a good amount of carbonation present

S - Roasted malts, caramel, some hops, hints of chocolate

T/M - Lighter bodied brew, the taste was not as filling after I first poured in my glass. Very smooth and creamy but nothing that really grabbed me.

D - Pretty drinkable brew, thinner bodied but still drinkable. I drank the entire jug but sitting at 5.00% it was very easy to do so. I got it from my Dad as a gift but I would go out and get this brew. I recommend people trying it at least once!

Photo of rmolledo
2.33/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear Dark Mahogany with a Soapy like Frothy Tan Head. Strong Lacing.

S: Roasted and Chocolate Malts. Citrus Hop Aroma. fruity esters.

T: First though it literally cardboard. The pilsner they used must have been a cheap BMC pilsner because their isn't much flavor on that end. this is like a watered down porter with a tad more hops.

Mf: Light and dry with moderate carbonation.

D: Light and non filling for being half porter. But not the most tasty beer combination. Not a huge fan.

Photo of Foxxypants
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer at all, but I still feel like it was money I could have easily bought a better beer with. It's very lacking in all categories. I'm usually a big fan of black and tans, but I don't feel that this one deserves the title.

Try it if you would like, but get ready to be disappointed by a sub-par beer with very little flavor.

Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of IronGiant
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Someone recently said that there are great beers and then there are fun beers. Sometimes you don't drink a beer because it's great, you drink it for the kitsch factor.

The main selling point of this beer is the bottle. It's pretty cool - an old jug with a retro label. That's fun.

What's inside the bottle is unexceptional. I think it's hard to pull off a black and tan in a bottle. Black and tans should be poured in a pint glass bar a bartender.

Even so, this beer is decent for what it is. Inexpensive, it tastes fine (but not exceptional) and looks fine, too.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Comes in a little growler style bottle. The bottles look is pretty impressive.

A: Decent head that dissipates super quickly. Dark brown color with a tiny hint of red when held up to the light.

S: Smells like an adjunct with a bit of roasted malts.

T/M: Tastes like an average porter/amber. Some roasted malts. The carbonation ruins this beer. For some reason it dissipates the taste. The only way this beer tastes good is by aggressively swirling the beer in the glass. The taste improves incredibly with less carbonation. Light nasty mouthfeel.

D: After swirling 4, normally 2 so... I'll give it a 3.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown higlights with a thin bubbly head which left good lacing sticking on the glass.

S: I did get chocolate malt right off the bat with a hint a wheat, nuttiness, and aromas of various grains. It also had faint citrus and spice notes.

T: chocolate and caramel greet my palate first with various grains and wheat malt accents that I'm assuming are coming from the pilsner side. There is also some underlying citrus and spice notes like the nose.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but grainy, malty, and creamy finish.

D: actually drank very good like I remember cause I use to drink this beer all the time when I was in high school which was 10 years ago. I honestly start blending alll kinds of beers after drinking this one; gooding looking out MM.

Photo of blivingston1985
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this once a looong time ago. Saw it at a gas station across the street when I went go get a sandwich and decided to give it a second try, remembering it wasn't awesome, but wasn't bad.

Pours a dark amber. Slightly orange tint. No head. No lace. Low carbonation.

Not much in the smell department. Kind of tinny.

Taste is just what it says on the bottle. Porter and pilsner. I must say, the tastes do remain distinct while mingling with each other at the same time. Not great. Not bad. Pleasant. The porter is a light one. Malt is there, but mildly so. Mostly in the aftertaste. The pilsner serves its purpose in diluting the porter and making this a surprisingly good beer for a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel isn't worth commenting on.

Overall a cheaply priced probably cheaply made beer. Not better than something one could make at home with two high quality beers to mix, but worth the $3.89 for a quart of this stuff. Plus, I don't usually care about this, but the bottle is pretty cool.

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of yuenglings
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of BeerMasterD
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of ugaterrapin
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.