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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan - Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Mississippi Mud Black & TanMississippi Mud Black & Tan

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426 Reviews
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Reviews: 426
Hads: 1,088
Avg: 3.08
pDev: 32.79%
Wants: 24
Gots: 178 | 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 Immortale25
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and surface foam bearing various thicknesses. Decent lacing sticks to the glass longer than expected.

S- Lightly roasted aroma that's a bit nutty like smoked pecans. Some coffee and chocolate.

T- Initial dark malt flavor that's soon swept away by a light lager taste. The malt flavor is toasty with notes of soft chocolate while the lager flavor is watery and bland. There's also some faint caramel sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation and a surprisingly light body.

O- I can kinda see why this is so popular among non-craft drinkers but it just leaves me wanting more of the porter side and less of the pilsner.

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Photo of Brenden
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a certain clarity, almost sort of a see-through quality, it actually looks a lot like a cola aside from the head. The head isn't fantastically large or strong, but it doesn't disappear like a soda. Though sparsely bubbled, it's active in some fashion for a good while. Lacing is light but present.
Understanding the style is key, but this beer works regardless in its own way. Like the Cascadian Black (aka Black IPA), its the marriage of two near opposites in a way that both sides contribute uniquely. This one, in fact, is sort of a light version of that idea, in which less intense styles are used. The porter contributes a bit of roast and the maltier elements with a bit of barley, while the pilsner offers a brighter, citrusy and leafier element. It's refreshing, and it works together pretty well. It's not for everyone, but I wouldn't turn it down.
The feel takes more of the pilsner character; it's about a medium body, but focuses on a bright sort of crispness and sturdy, consistent carbonation.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.13/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Brown colored beer with some amber highlights. Bit of a white head, faded away quickly to some whisps of stick before disappearing altogether.

S - Some slight roasty notes and a lot of sweet pale malts with a bit of corn syrup. Smells a little too much like a sweet macro beer with some roasted stuff added to it.

T - Sorry, taste is worse than it smells. None of this is really offensive, it's just not a good beer. Very sweet, maybe some molasses, but this doesn't taste like a pilsner and some of the minor porter notes that it had on the nose was gone as well. Somewhat watered down.

M - Lighter bodied, soft carbonation, watery.

O - Well, pretty drinkable, but doesn't taste all that good. Best thing about this one was the nice novelty bottle. I picked it up only because I didn't want a six pack of anything at the store and cans of Fosters wasn't doing it for me either. Not recommended.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange root beer brown color on the top side with a more amber hue to its bottom half. Not completely divided in color but a definate difference between the top and bottom of the glass. Head is soft and sandy with a semi-creamy thickness to it but stays thin and gooey-like. Lacing is minimal in spots.

Aroma is light and a tiny bit sweet with a corn and dried corn husk tone to it. Very low on the scale of wiffable, quite clean and quite.

Taste is about the same, very tame and quite with not a whole lot to offer other than a soft corn-like sweetness with a slight undertone of dried husks and plain granola. Drys off slightly as it finishes with a whish of the grainy husks coming through. Overall very light on the buds.

Feel is pretty light ended but clean. Sorta brings along a bit of rounded off dull sweetness as it just kinda sits there with out much body or flare. Clean and easy with a very light airy dryness and tinge of grains nearer the finish.

Nothing I would'nt seek out again really. Very average, if not all together boring and forgetable.

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Photo of mynie
3.82/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Clear, medium brown body looks like a mix of dark and light colored ales. The head was very nice. Full, tan, and lots of lacing.

Smell – There’s the standard American grain aroma complimented with roasted malts. The malts though are kind of faint. I also couldn’t find any sweetness in there.

Taste – Well, I think I like the “black” better than the “tan.” The dark flavors aren't bad. The burnt malt, which tastes like a light dark ale, has a chocolaty sweetness to it. The “premium beer” flavor though is typical macro piss.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and kind of creamy and actually quite smooth. Not bad.

Drinkability – This tastes like a good American attempt at a dark lager.

Comments – This came in a moonshine-type of jug that you’d find down South in a backyard still. It’s quite a sight. If you collect bottles you HAVE to go out and buy one of these.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.13/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This brew is pours a color that is neither black, nor tan, and certainly not both. Instead, it pours a clear blood red color with a small white head. It would look so bad for an amber or pale ale, but it is not what is espected for something called a black and tan. The aroma is rather pleasant; sweet roasted malt, nuts, fruit. The taste leaves a lot to be desired. It is faint, and mildy sweet. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a brew to be avoided. I seriosly can't see myself ever being in a situation where I wanted to drink a beer like this.

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Photo of jera1350
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper amber color. Thick cap of tan foam and fair lacing.

Very grainy and cereal like smell. Light chocolate smell.

Pretty watery tasting. Some grain and nutty flavors with a touch of roast. Tastes so watered down though.

Thinner body and kind of dusty or chalky. Dry finish.

Not a real enjoyable beer. Seems to be more of a gimmick than anything. I would recommend avoiding this one.

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Photo of Suds
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I bought the one-quart bottle just to give this brew a try. The bottle is in the shape of a ceramic jug with a nicely done shrink-wrap label.
The beer is a light brown color with more clarity than I expected and a thin white head. Aroma is pleasingly of roasted malts. There’s a fruity sweetness up front, and a very light hopiness. Overall, I’d describe this beer as watery and uninspiring….another gimmick beer. It’s got a cool bottle going for it, but not much else.

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Photo of Gmann
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
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)

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Photo of cokes
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 32oz mini growler as a gimick gift. The vessel is certainly eye-catching, with is moonshine jug vibe.
Pours an earthier hue of ruby with a thick, eruptive sprout of tan lather.
Nose of muted chocolate, grain, and honey. Pears gathers as it warms.
Begins with a dilute toasted quality suggesting hazelnuts. Wavering chocolate/carob hues later. Turns grainier, but not roughly so. These porter qualities are surprisingly decent. The lager aspect seems cheaper with corn and distant sugar. Fruity cues of pear and red apple. Minor grass-fed, herb hopping.
Once it reaches room temp, it pretty much falls apart, with the apples turning sour, and a growing tinny acridness.
But while chilled, this is plenty downable, and a decent associate to spicy foods (the scores represent this, though it easily loses .75-1.0 overall once it fully warms).
Bottled black and tans have little utility to me, but this has some aspects of an average-to-decent brown ale. It's better than I expected, and as a wash-down quaffer...it's not so bad.
Just drink it quickly.

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Photo of Holland
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: brown pour with a white head - that's odd, but probably generated by the carbonation more than anything.

S: Malt, slight vinegar, flora of some sort, caramel

T: it's a pilsner mixed with a porter, but neither are super high quality. I can't taste any delicious smokey notes of the porter, so it's mostly malt

M: carbonated. Also, thin. These probably go together on this one, but the carbonation takes away from the smoothness of the porter a bit.

O: pretty meh beer. It's available anywhere. Try it once and be done with it, because it's nothing special, but still worth drinking.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Based on the shitty reputation and the cool bottle, I had to give this one a go.

3.5 A: Clear amber color. A bit over two fingers of beige, frothy head. Retention is decent and a small ring of lacing is left.

2.5 S: This smells like an unimpressive porter. Weak, dry roastiness. Somewhat grainy.

2.5 T: Again, this tastes just like a really weak porter. Dry roastiness and grain. Otherwise, this lacks depth, maltiness, and body.

2.5 M: Light body. A bit too watery for my liking. Carbonation is alright, but perhaps a bit high. Smooth and inoffensive.

2.5 D: This reminds me of a typical Saranac brew. Decent appearance and watered down everywhere else. I can say that this is probably a fabulous gateway beer though. The packaging and mild flavors are sure to please.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

attractive 32 oz jug from Fred Meyer,N.Salem. $3.78. Wow been years since i saw this one..used to drink it now and again in the late 1990s in Atlanta. I cant remember it being this colour..its a plain darkish amber beer with a large rocky light tan head. Plain but not unpleasant caramel/light chocolate malt aromas. Taste is very plain..some toffee, some caramel and a slight hint of black coffee in the end. Thin on the palate but not horrid. Overall its drinkable.

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Photo of Brent
1.56/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I can only describe this as a gimmick beer, because the bottle was interesting, and the beer awful. Funky metallic/brown sugar nose. Malt had an odd dimension, which, coupled with the alcohol in the beer, hinted at cheap sour mash whiskey. One of the few beers I have poured out half-way through and gotten something (anything) better from the fridge.

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Photo of jsh420
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear dark amber brown with a 1 finger fizzy white head that left some spotted lacing

smell is like a macro dark pils - little roasted caramel malt light grains light grassy hops

taste is watery but i do pick up both pils and porter - watery pils upfront then the chocolate and roasted malts come through on the after taste

mouthfeel is very light well carbonated semi crisp and ulta smooth

drinkability - easy drinking and the novelty jug might get me to buy this again

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the glass jug container.

The beer pours a light brown with an active tan foam that dies down quickly. The smell is of roasted malt and mild hops.

Tastes like a lite stout - the roasted malt flavor is buried in there, but it is very sedate, and mild. Mild carbonation in the mouthfeel - very drinkable.

Overall I thought this was decent enough for what seemed like a gimmick beer. Like a light stout or light porter.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - center-poured into a pint glass a clear reddish amber. 2 fingers of pocky head, drifts down to a covering. Pleasant enough to observe. Some stray random lacing.

Aroma - some light malt, soft coffee smell, hint of raisins. Aromas hold up well as the head recedes but don't progress beyond 'light' in strength.

Taste - light flavor profile, but evidence of the pils occurs up front. Slightly sweet, leading into some caramel and malt flavors. Some coffee notes try to develop on the swallow along with some raisiny sweetness, but never really gets there until it warms up a little. Some nice roastiness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - thin, with average carbonation. A light roasted coffee bean residue in the mouth, but otherwise relatively clean. For a porter/pils blend, I'd say this one's good per the style.

Drinkability - an enjoyable beer. Nothing to search for at length, but easy to drink.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +25%
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.


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Photo of KYGunner
3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Much more tan than black this has an almost cheap flavor but ultimately redeems itself to be above average. Lots of malty flavor of barley, nuts, pecan, grain and tea leaf.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One quart jug

Bottle proclaims it is a blend of "robust classic porter" with a "fine continental pilsner".

A - Poured entire contents into one liter mug. Root beer colored body with three three fingers of tan head.

S - The initial aroma is sweet, like an adjunct lager. As it warms some of the roasted characteristics come out, faint chocolate.

T - The taste follow the same path as the smell. Up front I get adjunct lager. On the finish I get the robust porter coming out. It's good that it finishes that way because the lager taste is not great.

M - Moderate to thin.

D - I would like to try just the porter. The finishing characteristics are far more appealing than that initial blast of adjunct lager. The packaging supersedes the product.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had one bottle of this a few years back and didn't see a reason to get another, but a friend of mine was talking recently how its one of his favorite beers, so I thought I'd give it another try...

Pours out a clean black-brown (tinted ruby when held to light), with modest head of tan froth. Grainy malt aroma, some faint notes of chocolate. Flavor is very bland. Malty, but dark malt flavors are scarce. No particular hop bitterness. Clean, forgetable finish. No flaws, but nothing good to mention either. Thin, watery mouthfeel.

My friend is nuts.

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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.