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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 24
Gots: 129 | 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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Ratings: 976 | Reviews: 420
Photo of randawakes
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
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'.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Mistofminn
2.36/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +27.8%
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

Photo of mjurney
1.74/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

Photo of chickencoop
2.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of hobojon
2.12/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Photo of Darugo
3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of macktbone
2.91/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at work because it's dirt cheap and sells very well. Probably the best example of the bottle selling the beer in the store.

A: Dark Bronze, but much lighter colored than I expected. Less than a one finger head. Beer really has more of a read look to it. The head is light, and leaves a very nice lace.

S: Mild, maybe european hops, most malt but a little bit of spiciness.

T: No hops, just malt, maybe some roast? There is still some spice, maybe that's the hops. Its not at all dark tasting even, nor is it creamy, both things I was expecting from a black and tan.

M: Light and sharp, not sparkling. Has the mouthfeel of a BMC adjunct lager.

D: Meh, just meh.

Photo of baos
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crock style glass bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Ruby-Amber body with a tiny ecru head that dwindles down to the slightest ring around the jar pretty quickly. No lacing to speak of. Well wait I see two tiny specs.

S: Little smokiness and a bit of malt and fresh grains.. Really there ain't much here.

T: Fresh grains. Almost a High Life kinda taste with a touch of roasted malt. Sours on the palette a bit, then leaves the mouth pretty dry.

M: Pretty watery. This beer needs more flavor and more feel.

D: Goes down smoothly. Would be good at a bbq on a hot day. Although it's supposed to be a black and tan its pretty light and refreshing. And I would say serve it cold cause warming in my jar didn't do much for the overall flavor.

Photo of Norfawkers
3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better bottled black and tans out there. There's not much to it, but it's definately worth a try.

Appearance: Clear deep brown with minimal head

Smell: Malty but faint

Taste: Malt with slight smoke

Mouthfeel: Front loaded flavor with a smooth finish; not overpowering at all

Drinkability: Versatile and highly drinkable with a meal or in mass quantities

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off-white head on a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Brown malt with dry caramel. A hint of english hops and a clean yeast profile.

T - Toasted malt with dry, brown caramel flavors. Some light roast towards the finish with mild hops and bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad for what it is. The idea of a bottled black and tan is a bit pointless since you just end up with a brown ale, but this is a decent brown ale. Nothing special, but drinkable and better than most beers that come in a 32oz, screw-top bottle. It is interesting to note that the Mississippi Brewing Co is in Utica, NY; kind of like salsa from New York City I guess.

Photo of kkmiller76
3.86/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Used to drink this beer in college and thought it was a very tasty black and tan. Of course at that time I was still experimenting with my beer palette; but this was certainly a beer at the time that was more complex then the crap I was drinking.

Saw it in Whole Foods in Paramus, NJ and brought back memories so thought I'd give it a whirl. Certainly has not lost its drinkability. Is very smooth, nice dark black iced coffee color. Toffee smell. Taste is very toffee-like with a hint of cocoa and maybe a little coffee. But is just a smooth; on the sweeter side, black and tan.

I think it deserves a better overall grade than the C +; I don't think it is a beer anyone would turn down if offered at a BBQ and certainly better than the "summer swill" that is often offered!

But brought back some memories; hasn't lost its drinkability and would keep some in my fridge during the summer months as a darker beer with some character that acts like a light beer

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.49/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Cool 32oz brown jug with screw cap...freshness date marked...cool if kind of gimmicky packaging

Appearance: Brilliant dark walnut beer with decent carbonation and a light tan fluffy cap with decent retention

Smell: Lots of adjuncty sweetness...touch of vanilla...not much going on here

Taste: Odd, sweet, fruity, sorta metallic...a touch of wet cardboard on the finish, maybe oxidized a bit?

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Middling at best

Conclusion: Meh...

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 32 oz jug.

Poured a clear, red-brown mahogany color with tall, light brown foam that persisted and left some lace as it contracted. The smell was of caramel and cocoa with a bit of grain. The taste was sort of woody and herbal with some chocolate and cocoa and dry caramel. There was almost a whisky barrel taste upfront. Not much in the way of hop flavors. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and roasty malt note lingering, with a somewhat woody aftertaste. This was an OK beer at a good, low price.

Photo of Trigcove
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Initially I bought this beer merely for the jug, which is pretty cool for such an inexpensive beer.

The pour was dark ruby with a light tan head of big bubbles that quickly settles down. There is a bit of lacing, but nothing too rich.

The aroma is grainy malty, for the most part. It has a bit of character, which is more than I expected.

The taste is pretty crisp for a dark beer, but there are caramel malt notes that are pretty pleasant. It finishes crisp with a nice hop balance, but not over-hopped.

Overall, this is a pretty good hybrid beer. It's dark and rich enough to have some body and flavor, and yet refreshing enough for a hot summer day. If you're looking for the traditional Guinness/Smithwicks black and tan, this ain't it, but if you want a nice session beer with a little character, this will serve nicely.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a sexy brown with a ruby hint through the middle, topped with a half an inch of beige head.
Smells got a sweet malt note.
Taste has the thicker malts on the front finishing with a sweet hop notes on the back.
The pilsner is the finisher here, it is crisp, there is a short malted after-taste.
Drinks very well, solid brew.

Photo of electricfields
3.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark. Brown with a bit of red tint. Reddish tan head dissipates quick.

S: Sweet and malty. A little bit of chocolate but not much.

T: Not bad, actually. Nothing to write home about but what it does, it does well. There is definitely a lot of chocolate in the porter part but it sort of clashes with the skunk of the pilsner in a pleasant way.

M: Sort of weak, unfortunately. Thin, almost like Gatorade or something.

D: Definitely. There's really no bite to this beer, and, like it or not, that makes it very easy to drink a lot of.

Photo of BierBreath305
1.58/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This thing pours a brownish red, much like a cola. It gives you about a finger or so of head that dissipates within a minute or so.

It smells much like a pilsner with hint of malt and an odd, almost metallic note to it.

It has that clean, crisp lagerish taste and feel to it but there's only a vague touch of malt there and there is definitely some grain or cereal there.. There is also something almost metallic and unpleasant in there as well.

It is well carbonated and watery. Watery as hell for a beer of this color. Crisp? Sure. Refreshing? Eh. Lacing? Yeah right.

I regret buying this and I don't say that often. This is a basically a cheap , dark adjunct lager with a nasty undertaste. The bottle is the only good thing about it.

Stay away. Far, far away.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The most boring beer ever. There is no porter in this, maybe a weak pilsener was used to wash out a weak brown ale, but there are no interesting flavors, it is the blandest beer I have ever drank, I think the Heinz corporation had something to do with this.

Photo of GRPunk
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quart bottle/jug poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- The body was a clean, deep brown that revealed light-medium carbonation which looked a little odd as a bunch of big bubbles just hung out at the bottom of the glass before slowly releasing. The head was a solid 1-finger, light tan that dropped to a full lace leaving some pretty nice sticky spots.

S- The aroma was pretty bland. There was some light caramel scent and light hopping.

T- It's an interesting mix. Initially, I picked up a fairly thin flavor, but more of the caramel and coffee-like flavors kicked in late with some light hops (maybe citrus) to clean things up. All-in-all it was a little underwhelming.

M- Clean feel with a little bite from the carbonation. Again, a little thin and clean for my taste.

D- It's pretty easy to put back, but not something I'm going to seek out. I'd seen this beer for a number of years and my curiosity got the better of me. I will say it was really cheap, $3.49 for a quart. If money was low and availability lower, I might pick it up again. Otherwise, not something I'd buy.

Overall- It's tough to review a pre-made black and tan as normally it's something that gets mixed at the tap as a bit of a niche drink. This bottled version wasn't overly impressive.

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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.