Grand Ridge Black & Tan | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Grand Ridge Black & TanGrand Ridge Black & Tan
13 Ratings
Grand Ridge Black & TanGrand Ridge Black & Tan

Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-03-2002

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by dgilks:
Photo of dgilks
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper colour with a massive pale tan head. Decent head retention.

Odd aroma with tart fruit pairing with a hint of toast. Slightly musty. Disappointing.

Odd combination of sourness matched with a bit of coffee like roast. Fairly solid malt flavour as well but the tartness is off-putting.

Slightly lighter than medium body with a vibrant carbonation that seems way out of place and let to massive head formation.

Really not a great beer and something which doesn't seem to match up to what a Black & Tan should be. it is possible that this is an infected bottle and will possibly re-review in the future but at the moment this is not a great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, gets the roastiness from there stout, and that buttery, toffee characteristic from the Gippsland Gold, pretty good, some oilyness, but has a nice dry finish. Also fairly light, but being a black and tan i don't think its meant to be particularly heavy, a pleasant beer, and easy to get in to, pretty tasty. enjoyable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights and a large lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, milk chocolate and roasted malt. Quite sweet smelling. Some nutty hints also show.
Flavours are dominated by roasted malt with little of the complexity shown in the aroma. Some sweet caramel comes through towards the finish.
Carbonation is much too high and the body feels watery.

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Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of joecast
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

label states it is a mix of their hatlifter stout, and gippsland gold. was sort of hoping it could split into the two beer layers, but no suck luck.

attractivre dark reddish brown color with a small beige foamy head.
aroma is an interesting (if expected) mix of roasted malts and sweet, floral hops.
pretty nice taste. what mainly comes through is a malt sweetness, but still retaining the hop bite from the gippsland.
the only real low point from this is the mouthfeel. not much carbonation, but it still had a pretty crisp and light feel to it. just seemed really out of character.
well, a fairly so-so beer. nothing to get terribly excited about. i thought the idea of a black and tan in a bottle was odd as it seems more of a specialty, on-tap offering. oh well.

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Photo of koolk
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head and no retention of what little there was. This was made up though by the wonderful, cola/dark cherry colour.

Initial notes of roast, toast and even a little peaty...but then come the sweet malt and hop notes that balance out with the roast to make a great smelling beer.

Flavours start out with some white fruit on the front palate and darker, tighter bitter coffee flavours on the finish. Nice and creamy and decent length, I am enjoying this beer. Is a little 'flat' on the finish, which is my only real complaint.

Have to say, i think this is my second fav. grand ridge beer, next to the Gippy gold. Very intresting brew indeed.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich scarlet colour with enormous, explosive beige head - yep, it's a Grand Ridge beer alright. Head, which as I said is huge, retains irritatingly well and is trying my patience because I'd like to pour the rest of the bottle but the damn thing won't go away. Sinks very slowly with a nice fizzing noise. Carbonation is strong and vibrant, while lacing is webbed out but nice and sticky. I'm not sure what a Black & Tan is meant to look like having never had one, but I'm prepared straight off to make this the benchmark and grade all future Black & Tans against this, because this is simply outstanding.

Nose is an odd blend, quite tart with a cherry cola kind of character, a hint of tobacco, maybe some burnt toffee as well, plus some herbal phenols come through as well. Not very aromatic, but an interesting combo and quite pleasant.

Taste is quite dark, with a burnt, roasted flavour on the mid and a very metallic hop character creeping in behind, but my first sip was mostly head, so it may have just come from radicals. Taste is actually quite smooth, with a distinct burnt, almost ashy character not overpowering a nice grainy palate. Distinct barley notes and a herbal hop character that is quite English (yes, of course it's the Gippsland Gold), not as metallic as I first thought. Some light spicy phenols on the mid give it a kind of bock character, although the particular roasty bitter twang is distinctly top-fermented.

This is a beer that hits a lot of the right notes at the right times and, again, as a virgin to the style, I'm going to have t count myself as a fan. It has the brooding mustiness of a rich stout, but its finish is very clean and bitter-hoppy, with a pleasing - if slightly musty - bitterness. Mouthfeel is very nicely full, with a slick character that carries the flavour well without feeling too heavy. An eminently drinkable drop, refreshing, pleasant and nicely balanced.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby red hue with a good creamy head. Quite still, with no carbonation. Lacing very good, the stickiness of the head holds up well.

Nose is roasted malt, with a little spice. It's quite sweet and rich, but light enough to keep some fragrance.

Taste is really quite good. A little roasted note at the start gives way to an astringent, refreshing backpalate with a hint of smokiness. Quite drinkable. Mouthfeel quite bubbly, it could be creamier.

However, this is a very drinkable blend, perhaps owing a little too much of its pleasantness to the wonderful Gippsland Gold. But who knows...

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Photo of doktorhops
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I said I would never do it again - review a Grand Ridge beer, but I guess I'm weak, and wanting to tick a beer style I've never tried from my list I reached apprehensively for their Black & Tan. Black & Tan, if mixing two of their beers together is worse than having one of them alone then God help me. On the plus side half of this brew is their decent Hatlifter Stout. Maybe the Black will lift the Tan from the mire?

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a deep hazy russet body with a beige head that soon dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.

S: Coffee notes upfront followed by a mix of caramel and chocolate malt sweetness and hints of wood smoke.

T: This really is a good balance of coffee/chocolate (Stout flavours) with caramel sweetness (a classic Ale characteristic). There is that slight touch of smoke and some nuttiness towards the end, by golly I think Grand Ridge have done it! [bearing in mind this is my first Black & Tan ever]

M: Mid to light, borderline light bodied with a light carbonation.

D: This has to be the second tastiest beer from Grand Ridge that I've tried and I put it down to the Hatlifter... actually wouldn't mind a couple Hatlifters now, wait I have Southwark Stouts in my fridge - never mind. The same criticism I've levelled at Grand Ridge previously applies to this brew - they charge far too much for their beers, Australia's most awarded brewery or not.

Food match: Continuing on the theme of mixing two opposing styles together I say: Lamb Souvlaki and Pad Thai! The Pad Thai could be mixed in the wrap, I'm going to go make some now.

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Photo of diablo14
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

never seen a black and tan released in bottles before this, and when i had the chance to try it on tap i jumped at the chance. not as good as i would have expected, it is still pretty handy.

looked a bit light in color for a black and tan, has a brown and kind of smokey look. the smell and flavor are pretty much like a roasted gippsland gold, with a little bit of sweetness in there also. not a bad taste, but the finish lacks the punch of gippy gold.

when it comes down to it, the concept of brewing an actual black and tan is pretty cool. the problem is that you try each of these beers (gippsland gold and hatlifter stout) separately, they are really good beers. try them here together it seems they have subdued each other. making it it yourself with the same beers is much much better as the flavors of both still have full effect. great idea tho.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of style.
Looks a bit flat and one dimensional - no real head over a deep brown body. smell and taste are smooth, choc, sweet, with a slight bitter edge.
If it's a stout vs Ale contest, the milk stout wins, tho there is a slight hoppy/malty/ale mid palate as well.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so this is my first black and tan, lets see how it goes. Poured a dark brown/nearly black complexion with a nice half inch thick white head that I wasnt expecting. Smell was just how i would expect an ale and a stout to smell together...cloudy faint aromas. Taste was similar, with coffee, some soy sauce, a bit of chocolate here and there...good on the palate. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but besides that, there was a lot more happening here, im not quite sure what but it went down very easily, therefor i can say that it is a very easy beer to drink. Overall a good intro to black and tans, hopefully the ones i try in the future will be as good as this one was. Cheers

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Photo of brendan13
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown in colour with a inch of light brown head that slowly falls away. Little amount of sporadic lacing.
S - Dark fruit first comes to mind with some maltiness.
T - Malt is more present in the taste with some bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit flavours dominating.
M - Medium, smooth mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation.
D - Nice beer. I think I'd rather drink the Gippsland Gold or Hat Lifter Stout by themselves though depending what mood I'm in.

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Grand Ridge Black & Tan from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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