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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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BA SCORE
72
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874 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 73 | 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 Gusler
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear incandesant dark ruby color, the head is modest, beige, the lace wraithish. Nose is malt, light hits of caramel. Front is malt, a tad sweet, the top thin, the finish is shilpit, minimal carbonation, nebishly hopped. Drinkable, and the bottle is "Cute", and I always find a "Lady" that wants the empties, a pleasure in its own right. Does not rank on my current 1000 beer master list.

Gusler, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: as in the bottle freaking awesome jug. poured brown with an amber hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: malts, caramel, roast, yeast

taste: malts, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not to much to this beer. glad I got to try it but doesn't have anything special to offer other then a cool jug.

Cheers,
The CpJ

THECPJ, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 quart growler-bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with two fingers of light tan foam. Not much head retention, but overall it looks pretty good.

Smell: the bottle claims this is a mix of a porter and a pilsner, and it smells the part. There's a nice roasty character but I think this beer gets the worst of both worlds vis-a-vis porter tartness and a sour graininess from the pilsner. It's not bad, but it's not great either.

Taste: more of the same story as in the aroma. This beer fails to incorporate the best of the styles and really ends up the worse off for it. That said, it's not horrible by any means. Average is about the best I can call it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not too bad, although there's a bit of an acidic, astringent quality that holds it back a little bit.

Drinkability: this beer is alright, but I don't love it. There are better-executed premixed black & tans out there.

flagmantho, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

tone77, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of vfgccp
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Light cherry wood to deep amber ice-tea. Nice off-white head with nice retention and lace.

S – Touch of tang, with a light smokey malt and a caramel-like sweetness.

T – Opens with a sour twang similar to what opened the nose. The beer has a brown ale mouthfeel with a porter-like profile. Dark roasted malt lends a nice touch of smoke and a dry, bitter dark chocolate. A brown sugar sweetness keeps things in check. The finish has a really interesting black-tea element to it.

M – Nice carbonation. A light, but not watery, body lends a nice degree of drinkability.

vfgccp, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +28%
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

DrDemento456, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

32 oz cool-looking painted jug with a stamp of 2369, guessing that is late 2009 brewed date? Pours a clear amber color with a pretty nice cap of creamy, light tan foam. Retention is not too shabby either.

Nose consists of lightly roasted malts, a bit of sweet graininess and raisin-esque fruitiness. Pretty light overall, but that is to be expected with a blend of porter and light lager. Not much of the lager shows through and that is probably a good thing.

Taste is not very good, this is a bad idea. It tastes like the porter portion of the beer was not very good to start with, a little astringent and not much roast, chocolate or coffee...all tasty components of good porters. There is the light fruitiness and flashes of some darker malts that keep this thing at least more interesting than your average macro. The light lager just seems to further thin out and water the beer down. A guinness and a bass definitely make a better Black & Tan than this. Cool packaging, uninspiring beer.

twiggamortis420, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
2.08/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

AgentZero, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

tavernjef, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
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? ;)

Cyberkedi, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown higlights with a thin bubbly head which left good lacing sticking on the glass.

S: I did get chocolate malt right off the bat with a hint a wheat, nuttiness, and aromas of various grains. It also had faint citrus and spice notes.

T: chocolate and caramel greet my palate first with various grains and wheat malt accents that I'm assuming are coming from the pilsner side. There is also some underlying citrus and spice notes like the nose.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but grainy, malty, and creamy finish.

D: actually drank very good like I remember cause I use to drink this beer all the time when I was in high school which was 10 years ago. I honestly start blending alll kinds of beers after drinking this one; gooding looking out MM.

Gobzilla, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The sweet and malty aroma is extremely faint with a touch of caramel. The taste is pretty bland as well with some malt and a very mildly bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty dull beer that really doesn't posses anything that makes me want to purchase again.

cjgator3, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Brenden, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -3.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -3.5%

enelson, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

DmanGTR, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

cokes, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of clayrock81
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

clayrock81, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of rfgetz
3/5  rDev -3.5%

rfgetz, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

mynie, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of EgadBananas
3/5  rDev -3.5%

EgadBananas, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Gmann
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
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)

Gmann, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
2.08/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

KarlHungus, Nov 20, 2005
Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.