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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 1,048
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
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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 Dave1999
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool fake ceramic jug a very dark brown with a red hue. There was a small white head but that disappeared quickly.

The smell is roasted malts and coffee.

The taste is sweet and malty. Not too bad.

The mouth is very light and refreshing. The body is light with medium carbonation.

Overall not as bad as I expected it to be. It has the dark malty flavours but is also light and refreshing. (405 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure exactly why this beer is so popular in southern New Jersey (I think it's the packaging), but after seeing it time and time again in liquor store coolers I thought I'd give it a try. It pours a clear mahogany body that's topped by a short but creamy tan head. The head retention is only fair, and it drops shortly to a thin collar and whispy surface covering but leaves some lace initially. Fruitiness is prevelent in the nose, backed up by a touch of lightly caramel and cocoa-tinged malt. There's not alot going on, but it's actually quite nice and very welcoming. The body is light and it's crisp on the tongue. In the flavor, assorted fruits (apple, grape, orange, berry) and chocolate/cocoa-tinged malt combine in a mildly sweet cornicopia of drinkability. There's no noticeable hop flavor present, and the bitterness plays only a supporting role. It finishes with a flourish of fruit followed by a soft note of cocoa, and then dries out with a very mild note of alcohol and a touch of hop bitterness. Although it's very simplistic, it is actually quite quaffable. It has more character that most mainstream American lagers and makes a good crossover beer for the uninitiated. (1,193 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a nice off-white head and brown color. Aroma is a delicious blend of nuts, caramel, toffee and chocolate malt. Flavor is less impressive but good with toasty grains and some pilsner-like hop notes and grainy flavors in there as well. Mouthfeel is light-medium to make it easy drinking. Overall, a decent party brew in a convenient quart package. (358 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A screw top bottle - the classic look. Haven't had one of these since Mardi Gras a long, long time ago. From The Andersons on Talmadge.

A: Phssst, the screw top opens. Dark caramel brown, the beer is. To the point of minimal translucence - I can barely see anything on the otherside of the glass. A white head over two fingers on first pour, laces nicely. The off-white color stands out against the body.

S: Chocolate is strong, a sweet milky aroma. That's the porter side of the equation. The tan side has caramel and toast. The tan side, I'll say, brings more to the table - the toast fuller than the chocolate sweetness.

T: A premium beer? Yep. Chocolate and caramel sweetness paired with toasted bread. The flavors are lighter, present but fast to disappear, leaving only a light chocolate behind. Exactly what I remember it being - a run of the mill black and tan in a very cool container.

M: The chocolate and breadiness own the beer, hardly a porter/pilsener combination. Easy drinking though. And a great bottle. (1,025 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The idea of a black & tan in a bottle is absurd to say the least. If you are expecting the taste of an English B&T then you will be dissapointed. I found this a drinkable and good beer. Not a great beer mind you but still very good especially for an american beer. The maltiness is on the very light side. almost non existinet. The hops are mild also. A creamy texture with a good taste. Also a very large beer in a unigue bottle. I have tried this in both sizes and I find the larger bottle has a better flavour than the smaller bottles. (538 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of rrob311
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to get quart bottles of this from a gas station I worked at.

A- This is pretty dark, brown, and not clear.

S- This beer smells pretty good.

T- This beer tastes great and has kind of a chocolate flavoring to it.

M- mouthfeel is kind of creamy I guess.

D- I have no problem drinking a cold quart or two of this stuff. Too bad I cant find it out here. (360 characters)

Photo of daBEERnazi
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of my favorite beers i tried it once because it was on sale and was real suprised if you like dark beers this is 1 to try. not too pricy, its got a cool jug, and doesnt really go flat or taste bad warm 250 characters is kinda long so iguess i will end it with SCREW FLANDERS (278 characters)

Photo of richerd
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is the best part of the package and was added to my collection. The beer as a whole wasn't too bad with a nice deep amber coloring and a huge head when first poured. The taste is decent but since this is the first Black & Tan that I've tried I don't know what to expect from other breweries B&T's. Overall I found it as highly inoffensive and since the price is right I wouldn't pass it by. (401 characters)

Photo of pikemark
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this I pint bottle from the Foodery in Philly -- read about it in Maxim like four years ago so I was excited about finding it.

It didnt have as much anything as I thought it would, probably because the cool packaging makes you think molasses or the "mud" makes you think of brownies.

Ok Im going to try to rate this one thinking Black and Tan.

As far as B&Ts go this one is more on the darker side. Chestnut color with little head, but some nice lacing.

The smell is very sweet off the bat with the faintest tinge of coffee. The taste is closer to an Oatmeal stout or Sweet stout with a sharper bite and more carbonation.

I feel like I could drink this one often, especially straight out of the bottle, very simple and refreshing/ (749 characters)

Photo of BeerBeing
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz brown glass custom bottle, tan colored wrap-around label

Appearance: reddish brown color, medium tan head, some lacing

Smell: grain, roasted malt, some caramel and minor fruitness

Taste: medium body, smooth mouthfeel, roasted malt, some chocolate

Notes: one of the best in its class, very good taste and highly drinkable, just keep it COLD (370 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Mississippi Mud is an interesting combination of beer....porter and pilsner. The porter provides roast, peat and mild dark chocolate. The pilsner provides grassy like hops and bitterness. Put them together and you have a decent balanced beer that is easy drinking and sessionable. This beer is probably better drank in the cooler spring, fall and winter days. Additionally this beer would go well with spicier foods. Overall a good beer and worth a try. (457 characters)

Photo of ghebel
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours bright nut brown/ garnet color with 1/2 inch off-white bubbly head that leaves some lacing on it's recession to a thin ring.

S - Dark fruit/ moderately roasted malts with minor earthy hop aroma in the background.

T - Follows smell with mild bitterness.

M - Dry finish. Some lingering bitterness. No shortage of carbonation bite. Leaves the throat warm.

D - Fairly drinkable. I will finish the bottle.

Overall - Not too bad. Better than expected actually. (469 characters)

Photo of macrent2
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in a bottle (a very clever moonshine bottle look). After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a brown/red amber colour. With a nice amount of carbonation and a three and a half finger that disapated slowely. Very noticable lacing seen.

Nice can detect notes of pilsner a bit of dark notes!

Dark and carbonated very well.

Very nice! Very bold notes of coffee and dark chocolate and definantly chocolate as a aftertaste.

This is very good and very drinkable. (544 characters)

Photo of Darugo
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of bourbonbock
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 32 oz bootlegger bottle into a clean glass and received the following.

A. Pours a purplish amber with a couple of fingers of tan foamy head that recedes slowly.

S. I can smell caramel, nuts, coffee, and a slight yeastiness.

T. The flavor is very caramel focused with a little bit of nuts and plenty of sweetness. This is a gentle but very deep flavor profile. Perhaps a little bit of hops on the nose but not too much in the flavor.

M. Light and smooth and very refreshing.

O. Overall this is alway one of the beers that I'll pick up if I see it in the cooler and while it's not a "go-to" beer its definitely in it's own league. (647 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
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? (714 characters)

Photo of lpayette
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear dark amber. Soda-like head, and near soda-like carbonation.

Smells of smoke and malts. The malts are chocolate and caramel. A whisp of hops.

Taste - there is a good balance between porter and pilsner here. The pilsner makes it go down easy and gives it a slight hop character. It is somewhat overshadowed by the power of the porter however. The porter's strong smokeyness makes it all come together very interestingly. Subtle notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee all come through.

*This beer is perhaps just a bit over-carbonated. The color/appearance seems a bit off to me for the style, but especially for the name. Speaking of the name- why the hell is this called mississipi mud? It's brewed in NY state. I bought this at Half Time in Poughkeepsie thinking it was actually from Mississippi. Should have looked closer I guess.

Interesting bottle and a beer that I suspect might be "manly-looking" enough to get some BMC drinkers to try it. IMO it's much better than the ranking would suggest. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Byeast
3.82/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a 2 pint big mofo , with a gator in a swampy scene. The beer poured a clear , darker brown / auburn , with a creamy , small off white head. Aroma is of slight caramel and other sweet and slightly roasty malt smells. Taste is lightly malty and roasty , with some bitterness and tinge of astringency in the finish. This brew is simple and smooth. It goes down real nice and easy. Mouthfeel is a little light. Quite drinkable and tasty bottled black and tan. Worth a try imo. (482 characters)

Photo of JoKo
3.82/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a mason-jar looking bottle. I bought this one honesty because of the cool appearance. It reads "Mississippi Mud Famous Slow Brewed Black & Tan". The appearance of the beer was a dark brown/amber color, with an inch and a half off-white head. The smell was of chocolate and roasted malt. The taste was chocolate malts up front, maybe caramel, and hops in the background. Very drinkable, it has the drinkability of a lighter bodied pilsner with the richness of a porter. Overall, a well blended brew. (512 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.82/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I don't know about you guys, but I like getting in touch with my inner hillbilly now and again, and unscrewing a 32 ounce jug of Mississippi Mud is about the classiest way that I can do that and still manage to get drunk.

The bottle is cool. It pours a dark color with a nice head, decent retention, and good lacing. It doesn't taste much like any actually mixed black and tan I've had (stout and ale), it just tastes like a weak but bittersweet stout with hints of coffee and caramel. It's fizzy like an ale though, with a good body.

This stuff goes down so smooth that it's not even funny. It's like I'm drinking sasprilla.

Overall, a really nice beer. And where I shop a 32 oz bottle of this actually costs less than a 40 of Bud. (741 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown but allows light to pass which gives it a nice deep red hue in the corners. The light tan head starts out at over an inch an fades at reasonable pace to maintain its precense at the surface. This is a good looking beer.

S - Hint of coffee and a rigid mocha aroma.

T - Nutty flavors abounds making that the dominator. There's a deep roasty finish to it as well.

M - Mildly coarse throughout with an underlying smoothness and thick body. This brew has a comfortable feel when all is said and done.

~ I'm surprised at the huge range in the reviews for the brew. I think may have allot to do with the lack of guidelines to follow with the style. Overall, I like it. My suggestion with this one is to not judge a book by the cover created with all the poor reviews. (780 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan has a thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, copper appearance, with streaming bubbles and nice lacing. The aroma is of toasted barley malt, sweetness, nuts, black coffee, and hop spice. Mouthfeel is medium, and Mississippi Mud Black & Tan finishes fairly dry and easy drinking. Overall, this is a mild, pleasant beer, and I think it’s certainly worth trying.

RJT (395 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised at how good this was. It pours a dark brown with a thick head that fades fast and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and subdued grassy notes.

The taste was actually very nicely balanced with a low profile grassy hops that peeks through a rich chocolate and bready background. Pumperknickle and caramel notes.

Rich, medium bodied, smooth

Overall, goes down very easy. Nothing offensive, nothing complex. Simplicity and very enjoybale to drink. (483 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%

Saw this many times but never picked one up. Picked it up this time, let's give it a whirl. Unscrewing the top I get a nice smell of cocoa and sweet malt. Pours to a dark root beer color with a tan head that hangs on for a while. On the taste the brew hits upfront with a nice heavy mouthfeel. Continuing the taste the brew has a a distinct dryness of the cocoa from the porter and the pilsner. Sweet and slightly bitter when it kicks in then the finish is very dry and clean with only mild lingering bitterness. Very refreshing when one is in the mood for a porter but not the heavy syrupy wallop that it packs. Also I like the cool bottle, as it reminds me of a growler that always contains good brew, the real beer (32 oz) size. (739 characters)

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.