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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 23
Gots: 98 | 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 mikesgroove
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What am I doing with this one after all these years. I actually stumbled upon this the other day and had to grab it just for old times. Big jug was served cold and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was decent, light thin brown in color with a minimal off white head emerging. Small retention left behinf little in the way of side lacing and a small amount of carbonation coming up.

The aroma was light, roasted malt maybe hidden way underneath the light grain and basic dull macro smell. Not much complexity here and just way too light overall. Same for the flavor, Nothing overwhelming me with a light cereal grain and a small caramel sweetness, way too carbonated with a thin feel, it was drinkable, but forgettable.

Overall I think my memories are fonder then what this really was, Not at all as good as I remember, but ehh, was worth it for the memories.

Photo of Vendetta
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
May 25, 2008

Pretty average beer, the taste is good but there's a little bit too much carbonation and it comes offas being fizzy and forced. Again, I did enjoy the flavor, but it wasn't very deep or complex when compared to similar beers. I'll drink it again if offered but won't go out of my way to obtain a bottle.

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 32 oz jug of this with my friend Jon. Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a clear, deep medium amber brown color. Head about 2/3 inch when poured, eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with decent lace. Aromas of malty caramel and some hops. Not much else but it is nice. Fairly sweet taste as well with caramel malt and perhaps a bit of chocolate, rounded out with a bit of hops. Seems like it has a good balance. has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink. A good beer here indeed. maybe the best already mixed black and tan I have already have.


Photo of KeefD
2.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

$2.50 for 32oz of beer? Sure, I'll give it a shot. Neat little mini-moonshine jug bottle. Mississippi Brewing Co, Utica, New York? Weird. Pours a dark brown color with an enormous tan head that falls slowly, becomes interestingly rocky. Crystal clear. Lots of little carbonation bubbles keeping good head retention. Aroma of weak porter and some light hops. Flavor profile of weak caramel and chocolate malts, very little hop bitterness. A bit watery. Slightly creamy, decent mouthfeel. Can I really drink this whole thing? I dunno about that. Yeah, this is a drain pour.

I've never had a pre-mixed Black and Tan, but this is nothing like the bar trick brews I've experienced in the past. Interesting it was a mix of Porter and Pilsner, but not something I would buy again, despite the very low price.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a nice dark amber-mahogany with a thick, pale beige, fairly persistent head. Aroma is malty and has just a hint of fruit. Flavor is malty and has touches of smoke and molasses, pleasant but not thick or mouth-filling. Texture is smooth and just a little watery. Not too shabby.

Hey, how come it's called Mississippi Mud when it's brewed in New York? ;)

Photo of Goregazm
2.17/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Appearance: Looks like a glass of Coke. Right after its poured, it actually has a nice, brownish head which was a good two fingers high. The head took awhile to go down, and left some decent lacing. Unfortunately, this is the best part of the beer.

Smell: I caught some malt and caramel, but other then that no strong scents here. Can barely detect anything that I'd expect to find in a black and tan.

Taste: Smooth, in a watery way. Not too bitter. In fact not much taste at all. Chocolate notes are buried so deep you'd need a backhoe to find them. The only real taste here is watered down malt.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a mouthfull of half-flat soda. Has a fizzy, bubbleless feel to it. The decent sized head of the beer goes nowhere. Barely any aftertaste whatsoever.

Drinkability: This is not a good beer by any means, and unless you enjoy the taste of a half-assed black & tan, I'd recommend staying away from this one altogether. Spend your money on something better.

Photo of sawbones420
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I thought this stuff disappeared forever for a while, but I saw it regularly this summer which is a thrill. This is literally my favorite summer beer of all time. Why? because it comes in quarts, is easy as hell to drink, and doesn't look like beer, allowing for public consumption with minimal attention being drawn. Perfect for wiffle ball or disc tossing in the park. The screw on cap is so very key.

I've never in my life poured this in to a glass, and the packaging is opaque, so I couldn't tell you how it really looks. The branding is appealing, so I give it a good rating here.

Smell is the only place this beer suffers. Has an indistinguishably metallic scent. Odd and slightly off-putting, but any hesitations are put to rest after you take your first sip.

The beer is dark but light. The flavor is very satisfying as it crawls to the back of your mouth, covering your whole tongue with delicious flavor. The carbonation has an unexpected spring to it, which gives it its "light" character. A hugely refreshing thirst quencher, I could drink this stuff all day.

I understand the point of a black and tan is the whole layering thing, but I don't put this in the same ballpark as a real B&T. This is a drink so separate to that which you order in an Irish bar, that it confuses me to see it even called black and tan at all, regardless of the purported ingredients. As you can see from my rating, this distinction has no bearing on my love of this beer. It will forever have a place in my heart.

One more thing - This is a great "transition" beer when trying to get swill drinkers to enjoy some better brews.

Photo of BeanBone
1.93/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Mahogany with ruby highlights and a clear body, this beer doesn't really look much like mud. Pours a pleasant off-white creamy head that slowly settles into a creamy skin and then mild lacing.

Aroma: Medium malt with some of the coffee and chocolate notes you'd expect from something that's half Porter combined with hints of sweet, slightly hoppy lager - not much more here.

Taste: Watered down medium roasted malt body with a bit of dark fruit and the tang of cheap hops. It finishes with hints of weird metallic tones (think Shiner Bock). This doesn't resemble the real deal at all, it's closer to a shitty, watery macro attempt at a Stout, Porter or Dark Lager.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is certainly nowhere near mud - fizzy, thin and watery.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink I suppose, but really, what's the point? I don't even really want to drink the rest of this glass, let alone the two 32 ouncers in the fridge.

Verdict: Watery and thin, with the lackluster taste to match, the brewery has some stones to call this "Mississippi Mud," it's closer to St. Louis runoff. I'm assuming that the "Continental Lager" mentioned on the bottle is clever code for a typical American macro-lager. And it certainly does taste like a middle-of-the-road, bland, Porter mixed with swill and given a fancy name. While I certainly did not expect this to be as good as a real B&T, I had at least hoped it would be a somewhat decent analog. But alas, this beer lets down it's awesome bottle, name and premise. All marketing, no beer.

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

Pours a very nice copper/brown color. It is fairly clear with little to no carbonation. However, there is a nice tan head with great retention.
Smell has a good mix of two beers. There is a strong smell of caramel and toffee malts, with a bit of a smokiness. It blends with a good hop smell from the pilsner half of this beer as well.
The taste does not match up with the great smell at all. It has a bit of the smokey toffee with a slight bit of hops, but falls slightly flat.
Mouthfeel is nice with a good smoothness, but I tend to expect a much thicker smoother feel from a black and tan.
Drinkability is good. The mouthfeel is nice, but the taste kind of sits in your mouth in a bad way. This beer is worth a shot, but it isn't the end of the world if you never have it.

Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 oz bottle/jug into a pint glass. No idea how old this bottle is.

Big tan head with a brown body. It really does have a great head but could use better carbonation. The smell is really lackluster, like a pale lager with a little bit of tootsie roll aroma. Tastes much like it smells. Decent hop bitterness.

Photo of clayrock81
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type "bottle" is subjective, since its design is a jug. Like the look - not the beer. A good looking beer, light brown with some ruby tints, see thru a little, with a two-figner head that died quickly. A light malt smell of roasted malts along with some butterscotch/caramel and toffee mixed in for a little sweetness. This beer starts to lose it after this. Light-to-medium bodied with some sweetness to it, but it also comes across as a little slick and syrupy. Has a slightly dry finish from some roasted malts and a twinge of hops, although the malts pretty much nullify any significant malt presence. A somewhat dull beer that really doesn't improve while it warms (that 32 oz. bottle sure starts to look dumpable after a while). I might be able to take a 12 oz. bottle or draft, but I can't buy the quart again. Just not that good.

Photo of jisom123
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Black and Tan: premixed for you"

Head: 2 inch, medium light color.

Color: dark amber, but you can still shine a light through it.

Smell: Imagine Coors Dark.

Tate like: 1 part Fosters Oil Can, 1 part Killian's IR, 1 part Becks Dark.

The bottle states that it is a mix of English Porter and Continental Pilsner mixed together and sold in a Hill-William bottle.

Very Good carbonation during the swallow.
Clean crisp fresh taste.
Not very heavy.
Good head with light tan color.

Bottle material: 100% brown glass bottle with a shrink wrapped label around it to give the appearance of a ceramic XXXX moonshine bottle.

Photo of Jyubei
3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the one quart bottle.

A. A very dark brown but not truly "mississippii mud" black. A thin tan head and mild lacing.

S. A very strong malty smell at first,bthen an aroma of caramel, coffee and raosted almonds.

T. The Taste goes from malty and hoppy, to sweet and pleasantly syrupy. If you eat it whith a strong or bitter food it brings out a taste of brown sugar and caramel. I suggest a garlic Italian dish or a strong southern U.S. style of food.

M. A smooth and sticky feel that slides over and around the tongue. The flavor makes it feel pretty good, but it is a little strong.

Af. The aftertaste is malt, grains, caramel and almonds. Very nice.

This is a good brew for a wide variety of strong foods. It also comes in a cool looking bottle. If you don't mind a sweeter beer this one is nice to nurse over a meal.

Photo of jake87
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L. deep amber brown with a light tan head and good lacing
S. heavy malts with light chocolate and toasted grains
T. sweet and nutty like brown sugar and almonds, slight alcohol taste and tastes like coffee smells a little
F. thick and smooth medium carbonation good texture, gets a little watery down the back of the throat

good beer, not something I would go get specifically but it is good with just about any food(was having pita chips and humus). if it wasn't for the watery feel it would be higher but still good

Photo of kinger
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clever jug and label which holds a rather boring brew. I had trouble picking up any kind of aroma. Color is a medium deep amber with a thin light tan head and ample lacing. Mouthfeel is rather thin but the finish is clean. The flavor is enjoyable but not at all robust. The flavor starts off as a plain lager but finishes with some roasted sweetness barely reminding me that some porter is supposed to be in here. I'm sure most people can't resist picking up a jug but the novelty soon wears off.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a tan colored, frothy, initially two-finger thick head. The beer is concentrated, burnt amber color that shows ruby and amber hues when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of light roast notes, butter, toffee, well toasted grain and more diacetyl accented butter notes. While the diacetyl is not overwhelming it certainly plays a big role in the aroma profile of this brew; ultimately it is just too distracting.

Light bodied and quaffable, there is a noticeable sweetness to this brew up front and in the finish. The sweetness in the finish is accentuated by buttery, almost butterscotch diacetyl driven flavors. The diacetyl is not as noticeable in the flavor as it is in the aroma, but it still plays a significant role. Sweet grain, almost corn-like flavors are offset by a light roast character that provides a touch of burnt acidity, and a soft, toasted grain character to the finish. A light hop bitterness becomes more noticeable in the finish where it tends to lightly linger on in the palate after the beer has left my mouth. Can be a little thin at times, a bit more malt richness would certainly be welcome.

About what I expected, not horrible, though not something to write home about either. The soft diacetyl character certainly doesn't help. I'll certainly pass an having this again though.

Photo of MisterClean
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ozer from a grocery store.

A - Black, little head, no legs.

S - Roasted malts, with light graininess.

T - The same, pretty consistent. Pretty sure this what you get when you combine a porter and a pilsner or lager.

M - Light, easy drinking.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Not a bad beer for what it is.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was on sale at my local stop, as I had never seen it before and the price was great for a quart ( 2.75). Before you decide not to try this beer because of the average review, I URGE you to strongly reconsider, as this is a great session beer and a great "with almost any food" beer, especially for the price.

Poured a deep coffee brown with thin tan head.

Smells a little sweet and sour.

Taste is very smooth, no bitterness at all, deep solid coffee and toasted malts, very nice.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy but is balanced well with a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability here is high. This may not be the best black 'n tan but seriously, its pretty good. Only problems might be..finding it again?

Photo of 65dos
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This black and tan was bought simply due to the character of the bottle and turned out not half bad. Really thick and sweet.

a: The bottle is very cool looking with its bayou blues kinda look. The beer itself is almost coffee colored. With little head.

s: Smells sweet. But nothing too notable

T: Very sweet. And a hint of roasted coffeeness.

I liked this beer. It was pretty satisfying. Price isn't too bad for the quality. The bottle is definitely a keeper. If you want bitterness this one is not good for you. Its more sweet than bitter.

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

Looking for a single bottle for lunch. Had seen this for year (not this exact bottle) and figured it was about time. Why not.
Very light overall aroma. Slightly sweet, more lager like than porter. Slight caramel note.
Pours thin and clear. Dark amber with orange, copper, brown. Big full head that's tan.
Flavor is light overall. I guess it's some light lager and maybe in there is something dark, stronger, or heavier, but it's hard to detect. Touch of the unsweetened toffee/caramel up front and move to middle with more malt flavor. Mild bitterness and finishes soft and swift. Mild tartness eventually appears and grows stronger in time and lends a sourness to off-set any sweetness. Just a slight vegatel tone in aroma (I initially wanted to deny it) and flavor. Fortunately not too distracting. Additionally, as it warms it takes on a little more caramel and some smoke.
Moderately thin. Goes does easily. Carbonation is indistinct.
Certainly not the greatest example of style or a great beer, but it will do just fine for now. Seems more like a dark Am. lager than anything approaching a black/tan. Would I purchase it again?...probably not, but I'm not a worse person for consuming.

Photo of Tbn2
1.63/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A-Very dark brown, cherry red on the sides, with a creamy head that left some lacing on the sides. Didn't look like "Mississippi Mud." I was expecting something rather dark.

S-Not the best smelling. You could smell some toasted malts and hops that didn't seem fresh. I checked for a date and I couldn't find one.

T-Wasn't very impressed. It didn't find a good balance of hops and grain. The grains didn't add a very good flavor and the hops seemed stale. Some toasted taste to it and some lsight hints of coffee.

M-Didn't like it. Body was thin and beer seemed over-carbonated.

I picked this up when I was on vacation in Florida because it was the only "micro" I could find. Should have just stuck with Sam Adams or something I could count on.

Photo of beveritt
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 32 oz faux ceramic jug into a pint glass.

Appearance; Pours with a massive head, 3/4 of the glass upon first pour. This settles slowly, leaving behind a fair amount not so sticky lacing. The beer itself is reddish brown and light, not at all mud like.

Smell: Very little smell, some metallic hints and sweetness.

Taste: Once again, a metallic undertone to the entire experience. Watered down, slightly sweet malt. Little to no hops.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation and body. maybe a little thin.

Drinkability: Not at all like a mix of stout and lager. Not at all like mud. Not a drain pour, but overall a rather bland experience. This seems to be a beer that relies on gimmicks to sell and falls well short on the quality aspect.

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

I shared this unique hillbilly like jug with a beer buddy and poured the twist cap topped beer into a pint glass.

A: It poured a light thin brown body that when back lit was cherry red. There was a moderate light tan head and a solid dense layered lacing.

S: It led with sweet roasted malts that were balanced by whiffs of spicy hops. None of the aromas were distinct or robust.

T: The dark roasted malts were sweet and nutty and gave teh brew its backbone. there were hints of chocolate and biter sweetness as well as the hoppy bite of a lager. I've not sampled many black and tans so I may be somewhat harsh. Now I'm compelled to try others.

M: It was light bodied, smooth and moderately carbonated. It finished with a slight bitter aftertaste.

D: This was a very unremarkable beer. Nice light body, low ABV but no character or any feature (other than the packaging and that had limited utility) that made it a beer to remember. I expected "MUD" not diluted American Brown Ale mixed with an average lager.

Photo of scubahood
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: A jug reminiscent of bootleggers with an alligator on it. Needless to say I had been eyeing this one for awhile.

Appearance: Thick foamy head. The beer poured a dark brown with red hues. Looks appealing but would get a higher rating if I took the bottle into consideration!

Smell: Smells malty. Roasted coffee smell. Still not sure what to expect from this beer as neither the look nor the smell has impacted me one way or the other.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Low carbonation which is odd considering the pour. Average, which is becoming a theme, mouthfeel. Has the taste of roasted malts with very little hop impact.

Drinkability & Notes: Very underwhelming but somewhat tasty for the style which isn't my favorite. I would much rather just make a black and tan myself instead of it being homogenized. I would get again just for the bottle and cheap price.

Photo of Gmann
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Must admit that I bought this beer for the bottle. Pours a clear ruby brown color with a decent tan head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of a light toasted malt with a slight metallic twang. The taste is quite buttery, high in diacetyl, a watery toasted malt and a metallic twang to boot. Really quite a hodge podge of off-putting flavors. At least it is not grainy or adjuncty. The feel is light but not watery, appropriate carbonation, finishes ok, slightly astringent. An average brew at best, very English in style. I still don't understand the whole black and tan in a bottle thing, needs to be mixed right before you drink it. #400 (not sure why I chose this one)

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.