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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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961 Ratings
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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 23
Gots: 118 | 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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Photo of kegger22
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
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 allstar255
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.97/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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 edhizdeid
3.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A screw-capped liter jug starting at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: The pour is black but with red-orange hues in light with a thin dark tan head that dies quickly.

S: Roastiness, toast, caramel, sour fruits, and some nuttiness. It smells like a weak English Porter actually.

T: Sweet berries and dark fruits, roastiness, nuttiness, biscuit, and some metallic notes.

M: It has a medium-light body with constant bubbliness on the tongue that never settles.

D: I personally can't stand the style but this wasn't too bad. It's fortunately weak enough to be somewhat drinkable.

Photo of happygnome
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a transparent brown color with about a half inch of head that dissapears quickly leaving a little lacing around the edge of the glass but none towards the middle of the beer
s: toasted nutty malts with a little piny hop aroma that balances nicely the sweetness of the malts
t: sweet toasted nutty malts hit the tongue first followed by just enough hop bitterness to balance the brew
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, not my favorite style but not a bad representation i enjoyed it but prolly wont buy again

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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 Lothore
2.57/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.17/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a bit weak. Almost like an amber. Good flavor. A little nutty. Reminds me more of a Brown Ale than a Black & Tan. definitely a Saranac product (has that "signature Saranac flavor"). That's not very technical, but anyone familiar with Matt's beers knows what I mean.

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of lpayette
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best reviews for this one, but I like it. interesting taste.

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.