Pocono Black And Tan
Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Porter - American
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3.46 | pDev: 13.87%
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle with a twist off cap, looks like the BA Database picture. The neck didn’t have an inkjet code (date?) like the others had.

Appearance: Clouded dark brown body which pours with a light tan colored head that slinks down to a thin 1/8” thick but nevertheless solid covering. Minimal lacing with finely dissolved conditioning.

Nose: Low level roasted malts with a dark chocolate angle. Whole meal bread with some fading bakers yeast.

Taste: Chocolate malts fill the entrance, some coffee mixes with a roasted malt centre. Finishes dry with a little chocolate Mocha in the short after taste. Dry and rather wishy-washy though.

Mouthfeel: This is weak at best and in my opinion it lets the brew down big style. Thin body is heavy with a chocolate malt taste but it feels like it has been diluted at some point.

Drinkability: Well I managed the one with little effort, but it finished with a bit of a sickly ending thanks to the heavy chocolate malt.

Overall: Described on the label as a “Lager & Porter Blend”, not quite the classic Black & Tan I guess. Not much interests me in this brew.

Dec 11, 2005
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Todd from California

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A dark ruby / brown beer that pours a decent tan-ish laced head.

Smell: Lightly floral, hints of herbal, earth roasted malts, caramel and toasted.

Taste: Smooth, creamy carbonated mouthfeel. Medium, even body. Crisp, prickly and dry ... smoothing into a malty sweet profile with a bit of slick, buttery diacetly / caramel, light note of date sugar and distinct lager beer flavours. Toasty around the edges. Hops splash about in a fruity / herbal flavour and lends a nice balance to the beer. Finish is a bit oily, eventually going dry.

Notes: An interesting blend of Lager & Porter. I'm not big on Black & Tans in the bottle, but this brew is damn tasty.

Sep 08, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clarity is fine showing a shimmering dark reddish brown hue. Decent lace that clings a bit here and there.

Sweet creamy malt aroma that leans towards darker malts. Slight coffee and chocolate in the nose.

Creamy and slick in the mouth with a smooth and level carbonation, creamy malt flavours are sweet to being with. Faint flavours of chocolate and coffee, light roasted and toasted malt twang also. Hops are quite modest with a small bitterness that is there to balance only. Finishes a little dry and mostly clean.

I prefer my black & tans layered … not pre-mixed. A good brew none the less, a no frills beer.

Sep 08, 2002
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Brent from Kentucky

3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know if this is simply a rename of Brewery Hill's Black and Tan, they seem to have dropped the Brewery Hill line and have converted over to the Pocono line, along with the Stegmaier products.

A bottled Black and Tan seems a tough product to perfect. One well poured from the tap combines the creamyness of stout and the brightness of the ale or lager. Pre-mixed bottled versions often come across as bland. According to the brewery's website, they use a porter for this mix. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, as was the flavor. It was smooth, but the porter just did not have enough punch to carry the day. A bit insipid.

Aug 13, 2003
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This experimatal ale closely resembles the real black and tans of old. The color may not be the same and the head may dissipate too quicly, but the balacne of flavors is pretty close to excellent. The sweet malts are balanced nicely with dark raosted malts to create a smooth flavorful beer.

Jul 14, 2002
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WilliamPhilaPa from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color, it is a skillfull mix of the classic lager and the traditional porter, which yields a rich, velvety mouth feel. On the palate, the flavors consist of light roasted malts, nice hoppiness. Overall very enjoyable BT, I like pre mixed-black and tans, it's probably from drinking Yuengling's BT for so long.

Feb 17, 2002
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear brown color, 1/4 inch head that's a little on the thin side. A hint of mocha in the aroma. The Porter in this beer tastes a lot like the Brewery Hill Caramel, very sweet. All in all, this beer tastes a lot like it in many respects with the possible exception of a slightly more bitter and crisp hop. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side as well. Flavor is sweet/pleasant but nothing very novel. I probably need to compare this Black and Tan directly to the Porter.

Aug 21, 2002
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Billed as a blend of porter and "lager" (there are many styles of lager beer, which one is it?) Pours to a rather average looking off-white head and ruby color. Lager cleanness and porter roastiness are blended nicely together in the flavor. It starts out tasting like a dark lager then resolved to a lightly bittered brown porter chocolateyness and sweetness. Finishes roasty, chocolately and bittersweet. May be too sweet for hop heads. A simply good dark beer.

Jun 23, 2004
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Suds from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown color with a respectable, but short-lived head. Roasted malt was the first thing that I noticed in the smell, followed by a fruitiness and faint chocolate characteristic. The taste is fairly dry, with just a little caramel flavor. There’s not much of a hop presence anywhere in this beer…but they’re scarcely missed. It’s a solidly good beer without them. Decent carbonation, which makes the mouthfeel just a little prickley. Also, at times there’s a bit of an oiliness to this brew. I’ve been very impressed with the Pocono beers…this one is no exception. I’m also certain that the brewery’s under-pricing these beers…they’re terrific, and priced as low as a macro.

Jan 22, 2005
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Dogbrick from Ohio

2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I can't recall ever having a Black & Tan in a bottle that I enjoyed, and this beer stays with the trend. Dark brown with a medium light tan head. Thin lacing. Aroma is of light malt and a tiny bit of chocolate. The beer is on the watery side and has a rather bland roasted coffee flavor along with some caramel and malt. The finish is kind of weak and dry. I lost interest halfway through this one.

Oct 21, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pocono Black & Tan reveals its lager side upfront, followed by more of its porter characteristics in the aftertaste. Its clear reddish-chestnut body displays brilliant ruby highlights beneath a full head of frothy ivory foam that holds well before dropping and initially leaves some very nice lace about the glass. Hints of chocolate and subtle roastiness tease you in the nose but can't seem to make it through the clean malt and light yeasty fruitiness (obviously from the porter) at the outset of the tasting. Some subtle cocoa appears at mid-palate, and it's darker side emerges in the swallow; leaving the taste buds quite satisfied as they enjoy lingering notes of chocolate and a touch of roastiness. It's a light flavored beer overall, and the bitterness is kept to a minimum as there's not much there that needs to be balanced; leaving it as a quite quaffable beer with a little bit of complexity. Very well done!

Jun 21, 2004
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stirgy from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This version seems altogether different than the sample I tasted at the brewery. In fact, this beer doesn’t smell or taste like a B & T at all and almost seems mislabeled. It poured a deep ruby brown, clear and transparent. Pretty light in color for the style. The next thing is the aroma, which is sweet and musty with an emphasis on fruit, licorice and raisins. The taste is medium bodied, has some caramel and fruity esters with only a hint of roasted barley. Tasty and drinkable, but not at all what I expected. It’s more like a darker version of a sweet golden ale. Maybe the 4 or 5 months in the fridge transformed this beer into something better. Forget the moniker, and just enjoy!

Dec 20, 2003
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allboutbierge from Austria

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tastes much like there Carmel Porter, only watered down and more bitter. A little too bitter for a black and tan. Dark color with big tan head. Its a very carbonated beer and will definetly supply the drinker with plenty of beer burps with which to retaste his purchase. I couldnt picture myself drinking very many of these due to this. Yuenglings black and tan is much better. If your a black and tan fan buy that.

Jan 15, 2003
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SchmichaelJ from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Pocono B&T poured a dark brown color with hints of red around the edges. A fluffy white head, pretty good retention and a bit of lacing along the side of the glass were apparent. The smell was of roasted malt, with a slight coffee aroma. The same roasted quality was present in the taste, along with a pretty noticeable malt presence that grew as it warmed. Slightly dry at the end, though. The medium body had lots of carbonation, but could have been a little heavier. This was a pretty honest black & tan. It probably won't impress you, but it won't disappoint, either.

Mar 13, 2003
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tan head that swiftly departs, high carbonation apparent in the nose, notes of vanilla, and...hey, there's "floaties" in here! Way too carbonated, with very little texture, body, flavor. More like a vanilla coke than a beer! No hops, little malt, nothing whatsoever to recommend it. Had to pour this out.

Jan 04, 2003
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nixhecks from Rhode Island

3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light brown, root beer color which glowed a deep ruby red in front of a light. Very small head, no retention - just not much to retain. I had tryed their caramel porter before this and, as allboutbierge pointed out, quite accurately, the B&T is the same beer with water added. I am actually tempted to blend my own B&T with the caramel and Brewery Hill's lager just to see if there is any difference. Not bad by any means, more drinkable than the porter, but I was a little disappointed especially after noticing the "World Champion" boasting on the label.

Apr 10, 2003
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jakester from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is from the Pocono Party Pack. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours an almost opaque brownish red with a 1/2" head of tan foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with some lacing.

Aroma is instantly fruity and chocolatey, very clean, with some spicy hops in there also. This smells pretty damn good.

Flavor is chocolate, but crisp and on the dry side. Fruits like currants and plums come through. I'm assuming this is their Amber Lager. Pretty dry, with a slight astringency. Not bad, but could be better. Aftertaste has a slight metallic note to it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, pretty darn dry, with a medium carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry.

I can't say that I've had a really good black and tan, so I don't know what to expect. This smells great, but the flavor is lacking. Could use some more body. Not one I would seek out, but not bad, either.

Sep 16, 2005
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Gavage from Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with a 1 inch light tan head. No lacing developed during the drink. The aroma was mediocre as some slight roastiness is detectable. The flavor is average. Roasted malt and caramel were there but not strong enough, and there was some bitterness that actually balanced it out.

The mouthfeel is thin and almost watery. The roasted malt lasts for a second or two after swallowing, so this is a pretty clean finish. This is a little too thin to make this good on the drinkability scale.

Feb 13, 2004
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sabrills70 from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a black and tan for those who don't like a real strong porter flavor. Aroma is malt with slight chocolate and coffee. Appearance is that of coffee with a red tint to it. A this head that disappears fast, but lots of bubles and more than average carbonation. Flavor is a bit watery for me, more lager than porter. neither of are full flavored - but good. There is a nice malt flavor but the hoppiness is not quite enough for me. Aftertaste is very nice. This is a good black and tan for the novice beer drinker and one I can enjoy on a hot summers day, but not for when I want somethig with really bold flavor.

May 14, 2003
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WesWes from New York

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent . It is creamy and full of roasted and chocolate malts. The taste is a little weak, but that is to be expected from a black and tan. It is rich with dark malts, but is refreshing and flavorful. This is as good as any black and tan I've had. The mouthfeel is a bit shakey. This is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. It drinks well and is worthy of a spot in my fridge anytime. My first impression of the Pocono line of beers is that they are another cheap immitation brand, but that is not true. All their beers are really good. This is a very respectful series of brews.

Jan 10, 2004
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Foxman from New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a deep ruby, with a quick, moderate light tan head that settles slowly to a creamy foam vellum. There's sparse, dotty lacing.

The initial aroma is sweet and malty, with slight caramel and berry notes in the sweetness. There's the barest hint of hops.

The flavor first delivers the malt sweetness, as did the aroma, with a note of cherry. It's drier than the smell might lead you to expect. There's a rather distant dry hops flavor that gives way to a slightly ashy aftertaste in the finish.

It's lighter bodied than the aroma would bode, just short of watery. There's fair carbonation, and it doesn't coat, but rather flows and ebbs quickly. There's some lingering hops sensation.

While drinkably simple, there are the above mentioned off-notes. That's not irredeemable, as it's not so much unpleasant as unremarkable. Granted, not every beer will astound, but this one bored me and put me off just enough that, while I could drink more, I'm just not compelled to with so much more available to me. Bottom line...it's average.

Jan 01, 2004
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Billolick from New York

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a dark molasas brown, off white head , leaves a bit of lacing. Head dissolves to a fil, of tiny bubbles. Not much nose to analyize. Flavors of sweet malt, some caramel, some watery raisiny notes, but sort of faded and not at all crisp, sort of mushy in the middle is how it tastes to me. So so stuff, much better brews out there.

Jul 30, 2004
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TheDeuce from New York

3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pocono Black and Tan....from the Pocono Party Pack..

Appearance-pours a fairly dark brown with a decent but short lived head, ok clarity on the color.

Smell-roasted malt at first, decent amount of it too. Some alcohol clouds up around it, decent amount of aroma overall.

Taste-The "Black" dominates more in this bottled Black and Tan, fairly smooth with roasted malt flavor throughout, decent finish as well. Nice flavor.

Mouthfeel-not too heavy, lacking the thickness of a true stout in the mix but still not bad, finishes fairly clean not too much aftertaste other than a little malt.

Drinkability-decent enough, I prefer a real black and tan, but this does the job for a bottled version.

Overall-not good enough to convince me to switch over from real black and tans but this one is decent enough for me to consider it one of the better bottled versions of this "style".

Aug 05, 2005
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abcramer from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

May 19, 2012
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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