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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 77 | 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 beeragent
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a quart jug into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep amber, forming a thin 1/4 inch head that quickly faded. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is very light, but there are subtle hints of roasted malt and coffee. The taste is very light and tasting nothing like a black & tan that I've ever had. Aside from that thought, the taste isnt that bad. Light coffee and roasted malt, along with a slight hop presence. A very interesting taste. Light smooth mouthfeel. If you get past the fact that this isnt what a black & tan tastes like, it really is a very drinkable brew. Overall, I was impressed by the overall qualities of the brew. So it may be mislabeled, but as long as you can look past that, this is quite an enjoyable beer.

beeragent, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Lothore
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown with a nice big, thick and chunky head. Not nearly as dark as I was excepting for something called Mississippi Mud but looks good none the less.

S- The smell is sweet, slightly floral with a bit of a mettalic tinge. I have no idea what to expect from such a mild smell.

T- The taste is very light and slightly sweet. Maybe I have the name in my head too much but I could swear there is a slight muddy dirt taste with a metallic aftertaste. While it's not quite as bad tasting as the description i've provided I certainly did not enjoy it. Very little flavor and the flavor it did have rubbed me the wrong way.

M- This brew is thin and fizzy.

D- I suppose this is fairly drinkable since it is so light but it definitely doesnt leave me running back for more.

Lothore, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Vvall
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm visiting Texas right now,and I stopped in to Whole Foods...and this bottle sort of jumped out.I decided to give it a try,not expecting much,and I was right.Already mixed Black & Tans seem to ruin the experience,and this was no exception.You can taste neither the Porter nor the Pilsner IMHO.It was not a bad beer by any means,but neither was it great,but at $2.99 for a Quart it was a decent buy.I would have it again,but I would not go out of my way to get it...

Vvall, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of jmichaeldesign
1.93/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The mini-growler packaging begged me to buy it.

I expected something similar to a Yuengling Black and Tan, but this was worse.

Pours lighter that expected, much less black than tan. A little bit of head, not much.

Smell was iffy, not too bad, but reminiscent of macro lager.

Taste was okay, a little malty but reminiscent of artificial sweetener from start to finish. Finishes far too sweet, not clean at all.

Mouthfeel was a bit watery. Once again the finish is far too messy.

Too sweet for me to drink, I finished the pint I poured and dumped the rest.

Overall I'll admit I just wanted the bottle to put some homebrew in.

jmichaeldesign, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a very cool 32oz jug to a big mug. The liquid is a dark brown with reddish hues. The head is a nice big 2 fingers, off white and leaver some lace.

The smell is ok nice fruity floral hops and some darker roasted malt notes.

The taste is not that great, ported meets pils does not seem to work to well here. I'm getting some nice dark roasted note but the pils washes it out too fast, leaving only a hopy finish that just does not mix well. This brew also does not do well warmer.

The mouthfeel is ok but not anything I would note.

The drinkability is not so great. Next time I will mix my own. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I liked the quart ceramic jug. It poured a deep red with a small tan head. Nose of mild malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel was faiirly smooth. Flavor was just what you would expect from a Black and Tan with caramel, coffee, chocolate, and floral hops. Finish very mild. Drinkable, but this is all.

rkuhnel, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of brdc
2.03/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This bottle always begged to be taken at the local store, and this time I gave in.
Dark brew with a light tan head, little retention.
Aroma is quite limited, a little alcohol, a little sweetish, nothing else.
Taste and body are as expected from the smell: light, almost like drinking water. It tastes like any macrobrew, perhaps a little bit better, but I have little to comment here.
No particular nose or taste, no complexity at all.
I will not have this again.

brdc, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of BigBry
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 quart/946 ml jug-like bottle (as pictured above). Have seen these around alot, but up until now, have never taken the plunge. I wasn't sure what to expect - good beer, or just unique packaging?
It pours a clear amber/brown color with a chunky white head. Foam fades into a small ring around the glass, no speakable lace.
The smell is thin, with not much going on, some roasted grain and a bit of sweet fruit. The flavor isn't bad. There is some slight chocolate malt, with a bit of sour finish. As a blend, it doesn't have any real punch in one area, but as a result is easy to drink. The mouthfeel is actually not bad, giving it good drinkability. A decent brew, that accomplishes what it is trying to.

Note to Self: Ranked the #9 Black & Tan (but in a rather weak field)

BigBry, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of shbobdb
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer . . . but I am pleasantly surprised.

It pours a stunning amber with a fluffy white head that fades into a small fairy-ring around the glass. I think the beer deserves some extra props for its packaging.

The smell is simply terrible. It smells like adjunct lager mixed with fruity pebbles. In the future, I think I'll be drinking this guy from the bottle from now on.

But the taste is quite pleasant. There is a muted chocolate presence, a slight sour twang, and a fair mix of fruity esters. It manages to combine the traits of a mediocre porter and an american macro lager. The taste isn't bad. Enough complexity to keep you engaged, but muted enough that you can drink it and forget about it.

The mouthfeel is actually quite full and rich. Wow. I have no idea how this absolutely stunning mouthfeel got attached to a mediocre beer like this. But it did.

Drinkability is good. It is complex enough to keep you drinking it but simple enough so that you don't have to think about it. The aftertaste isn't the greatest, which causes you to take another sip to eliminate it, so the quart goes quickly.

Really, it is a pretty good deal all-in-all. It is a great beer to share with BMC buddies -- a good compromise beer where both parties can be satisfied.

shbobdb, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of elricorico
2.05/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber in colour, and a finger of beige head formed. The head recedes to a thin cap, but slowly. Not bad looking.

Started off a little too cold, but as it warms a bit of roasted malt and citrus hop aromas start to show. Further in it simply starts smelling like a fairly standard brown ale. A bit of malt sweetness with faint hop aroma. Nothing exciting.

This one comes of as tasting simply odd to me. At moments I feel like some character from both the pilsner and the porter are trying to show, but mostly if feels like a mixed mess. Especially notable in the finish, there is a sourness that battles with a pilsner's crispness and just comes accross as wrong.

The mouthfeel is actually not bad here, it has a fair bit of body and a medium carbonation, making it reasonable in this category.

While there are hints of good beer in this bottle, it is a struggle to find it. Instead of a harmonious mix of two styles, I find this one to hit a sour note.

elricorico, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mississipi Mud Black and Tan pours out a massive rocky
tan head over a reddish brew. The nose is malt with a wierd
musty/oily note. The flavor is malty up front with a grainy, vinous
kind of a middle and more grain with a bit of hop in the finish.
Aftertaste is a subdued, grassy hop. The mouthfeel is dry and
a little tingly, and after the initial pour carbonation is sedate. I'm
told that a proper Black and Tan is made at the tap, and you are
presented with a beer with two layers, so I really don't see the
utility of selling something as a Black and Tan when what it really
is is a blend of two unknown brews. Despite the cheese factor due
to the bottle it's in, it's a pretty decent brew all the way around, though
I don't think I'll be making a habit of drinking the stuff. Still, if you see
it at a party or something, it's not too bad, and a good value for the size
to boot.

shadow1961, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours reddish brown with a head that is sizable, but quickly descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of some sweet grain - not much aroma - nothing too unpleasant.

The taste is of some sweet malt, some graininess. Soda-pop like fizzle to it. A steel-like aftertaste. Rather bland. Some sour and metal in the aftertaste.

The body is weak. Badly misnamed.

In all of it's blandness, there is something towards drinkable in it - might be the carbonation. Anyway, the lable says a "robust porter" - no robustness here, and a "continental pilsner"...don't know - didn't quite catch that either - maybe they mean as far as carbonation. Had this a while back after having other beers - figured I would try it again on a fresh palate. Nope. Not for me - not much too it - too much like spiked, coca-cola mixed with metal and some sourmix with only hints of being a "beer".

jwc215, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fun black and tan, in a very cool container. It pours a strong reddish-copper with good carbonation and a creamy tan head that retains well and laces nicely. The smell is nice, with some roasted malt and a bitter sweet and fruity. The taste is light and clean, but nothing spectacular. Nice mouthfeel, quite creamy. It's quite drinkable, particularly slug over your hand, drink a la moonshine! Yee Haw!

zuggy9, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now this is a cool beer bottle, like a quart-sized moonshine jug. I resisted the urge to drink from the bottle and poured it into a pint glass; this beer is a clear, ruby red color with a good amount of carbonation. Head is thick and creamy light tan, fading at a slow pace leaving a good amount of lacing behind. Good looking beer, though the red color threw me off. Not much on the nose, maybe some toasted barley malt and a hint of citrus. Taste is on the mild side, consisting of light toasted malt, sweet malt background, and a mild finish. Better than average, but nothing remarkable. Mouthfeel is pretty good and in fact better than expected. It’s middle creamy, wet, and smooth. Drinkability is good: this is a nice, mild, well-balanced beer. This beer’s mild character along with its cool packaging makes this a good gateway beer. Further, it’s pretty cheap for a craft beer (paid $2.89 for a quart jug).

Overall: A good, inexpensive standby beer. I’m going to stock up on a few of these. Good one to get your macro-drinking friends trying something new.

jettjon, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

FRESH: sure
PURCHASED @: Cardinal
COST: $3
HEAD: 1" disapating
LACE: medium formations
REFLECTED- dark brown
TRANSMITTED- clear ruby
AROMA: lagered guinness
MOUTHFEEL: light to medium, fizzy
PALATE: slimy, slight resinous
TASTE: bitter cola; porter and a light (non-skunked) pils
COMMENTS: like a sweet lager, bland though
Will I revisit this brew? probably not, see no reason to

TechMyst, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of beerphan
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quart jug -> american pint
no date

Pours a dark clear amber with a big froffy head that left sticky brown lace. Robust carbonation present on pour.

Nose is poor. Smells like metal.Which worries me.

A roasty flavor with a smooth chocolate malt, crossed with a budweiser. Start really well and ends really bad. .The initial roasted flavor gives way to a adjunct macro lager finish, which mellows slightly as it warms.

The mouth is medium and smooth.

This beer looks great and smells bad. The distinctive packaging and the average taste add up to a drinkable beer if you choices are limited and you want to look ultra cool.

beerphan, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan pours a medium brown with an off white head from a brown bottle shaped like a miniature one quart moonshine jug with a twist off cap. I kind of like the aroma, malty, on the cocoa side. I'm not real impressed with the taste, its kind of fruity, and maybe a little cocoa toward the end. Not bad overall, I really wasn't expecting much based upon the gimmicky bottle. I tried it many years ago and I didn't remember being impressed, so actually its better than I would have suspected.

Drew966, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

1Quart brown jug

Mississippi Mud Black and Tan was a dark amber color and clear. The light tan head had decent retention and left a little lace behind. The aroma was light with a little malt and some toasted notes. The taste was a little roasty, but not much else. The mouthfeel was thin with medium to high carbonation. The best thing about this beer was the jug it came in.

afinepilsner, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of tweeder263
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out an amber to dark beer with a tiny head.somewhat carbonated.Smell of a porterlike licorice type smell ,,not bad.Taste is pretty pale somewhat of a watered down porter{which i guess is what a black and tan essentially is} but i like it its very subtle.mouthfeel ,,eh not much.a pretty good brew looks like its good for sessioning.

tweeder263, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been temped to buy this stuff for the farkatke bottle many, many times and tonight was finally the night. I was at the Trader Joe's on White Oak and I refrained from buying those chocolate orange things, so I figured I give the Mississippi Mud (from upstate New York) a shot.

The pour is awesome. Massive head with stellar retention. The color is amber to light brown. This smells like a weak attempt at a brown ale.

Okay, the taste is strange. The beer is a combination of an English porter and a pilsner. Now almost every English stout, English porter, and English brown ale is horrible when it's cold, however the only way to pick up the porter character in this beer is when it's straight from the refrigerator. After two minutes it tastes like some bland brown, amber, or even a marzen.

The mouthfeel is average. The way to consume this entire jug is to pour a glassful and then put it back in the fridge until the next pour.

goschool, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of Generik420
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have seen this crazy jug of beer multiple times in the past and finally decided to check it out. I read some of the other reviews here and wasn't expecting too much out of it, but all in all I thought it was fairly decent. First off, the jug is pretty outstanding. Got to really give this brewer some props on creativity with what looks like an earthenware jug.

I poured into a standard pint glass and got a thin head that left little to no lacing on the glass. The color is what got me. Very dark but still allowed light through, giving a dark reddish blackish color. It definitely looks appealing. Took a good smell of the beer and would say it smells like a fairly ordinary lager beer. Nothing really jumps out, no distinct hop aroma. Taste kind of lived up to the beer. It was good, but not great, more or less kind of nondescript. A slight roasty flavor, but no real discernible hop character. The bottle says it captures the true flavor of a black and tan, but I would a Guinness and Harp hand poured is much better.

This beer kind of amused me in a way. The look of the bottle and the name on it implies it is from Mississippi, but then you read that it is brewed it Utica, NY. A decent beer, nothing to go out of your way for, but might not be a bad option if you wanted a decent sized beer for a low price.

Generik420, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of antinexus
4.13/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I have enjoyed many times. Perfect for the occasions when you're just hanging out with friends and need to bring your own beer. Available near me in either 1 pint or 1 quart bottles, either of which is fun to look at and carry around. Never poured this beer into a glass, but the smell from the bottle is slightly sweet, fresh, but not powerful by any meaning of the word. Tastes much like you'd expect, like a black and tan; quite tasty, but nothing to write home about in this case. Very easy to enjoy a quart or two without getting tired of it.

antinexus, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear mahogony color with massive off-white creamy head. Smell is opleasant mixture of dark fruits. Taste is all predominately fruits, and is very pleasant to the taste buds. Finishes sweet and creamy. A very one-dimensional beer, but actually quite tasty and enjoyable.

tgbljb, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of xav33
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan
32 oz bottle
Recent brewing, drank 08/06
Regular pour in a tulip glass

Poured a clear reddish brown, with average frothy head.

Smelt of burnt molasses and a hint of licorice.

Taste was of light sweet bready malts and dying quickly with slight fruit and spice, and awkward bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel was light, fizzy and astringent.

Overall, a classy beer to drink in public straight from the jug-shaped bottle, that will still draw ridicule from the monks.

xav33, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a jug of Mississippi Mud Black & Tan at a grocery store, to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark brown color and is clear, with a reddish hue when held up to the light. A foamy two-finger tan head forms and is quite resilient, producing moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is mild (bordering on weak), and “porter-like.” There are roasted grain aromas and a caramel malt smell.

The taste is a bland cereal or biscuit flavor up front, followed by some hints of coffee, then a mild hop finish. The aftertaste tastes a bit like cardboard. The flavors are a bit clunky together, it might just take some getting used to.

The mouth feel is fairly light, for a dark beer, and smooth. The beer is highly carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, but a little odd and unusual. Smooth and light, it might be a good intro-beer for someone who isn’t sure about a regular porter. I don’t know that I’ll have this again.

NOTE: Like many I was taken with the packaging. Mine is a quart jug. I plan to keep it and use it as a mini-growler. It will make a nice travel jug for some of the brews I can’t get in bottles.

RJLarse, Jul 26, 2006
Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.