Black & Tan
Yuengling Brewery

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #1,135
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
75
Ranked #48,823
Avg:
3.25 | pDev: 17.54%
Reviews:
740
Ratings:
2,540
From:
Yuengling Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
75
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Notes: Yuengling Black & Tan models a traditional English Half & Half. Introduced in 1986, Yuengling produced one of the first hand-crafted draft blends to lead this style of American brewing. Black & Tan combines 60% of our popular Dark Brewed Porter and 40% of our Premium Beer to create a brew that is rich and dark in color with hints of caramel and coffee from the dark roasted malts.
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks nice. It is dark with a reddish hue when viewed through the light. The head disappears quickly. On the nose it is nice and chocolatey with that pale lager background. The chocolate notes are very pleasent and the lager notes act well with it. Taste wise, it is that chocolatey porter taste at first, but a little less impressive followed by yuengling. The transition is smooth with hints of the bitter malts from the porter. The feel is medium loose with good carbonation. Overall, its a unique beer and not a bad one either.

Nov 22, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears dark brown with a tan foamy head that dropped quickly to a very thin cap.
Smells malty sweet
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall a nice Porter for the money that I would definitely drink again.

Nov 01, 2020
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Shelbs90 from Montana

3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is the first black and tan i’ve ever tried. looks just like a normal dark beer. it’s really good but not as good as the real thing. i do really enjoy the flavor of this beer tho. would definitely buy again

Nov 01, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz can
L: mahogany, cola like body with a foamy tan head
S: dark malt, caramel, grain
T: caramel, cola, chocolate, toasted grain, modest earthy hops
F: lighter body, moderate carbonation, balanced finish
O: pretty easy drinking with some added flavor from the porter

Sep 09, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.74/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, caramel, nuttiness, and some grain

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and caramel and then picks up some light nuttiness, coffee, and grain. Finishes with lingering roast and caramel

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice black & tan that is super easy to drink. Nothing too special though

Sep 02, 2020
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Vanillawiththe9 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As far as I'm concerned for beers under a $1 per can, yuengling Black and tan is among the best if not the best. Obviously, the under $1 beers isn't the most competitive scene but still it's actually pretty good brew in its own right. You're getting a rich and tasty beer with a good amount of maltiness. I'm all for this beer if you're looking to save a couple bucks. (Since there isn't a rating for price I adjusted my score a little bit to compensate)

Jul 20, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with garnet highlights throughout. Fluffy off white head with good retention.

Aroma: Very mild aromas of caramel, dark roasted malt and herbal hops.

Flavor & aftertaste: Dark malt, caramel and nutty flavors. Spicy/herbal note. Restrained bitterness. Mostly dry.

Mouth-feel: Medium-light body. Semi-dry. Medium carbonation on the tongue. Medium length finish with some lingering bitterness.

Overall: Interesting beer blending porter and pilsner. Lighter mouth-feel than porter, but certainly not thin. First thing you notice is how much more carbonated it is versus a porter. Has quite a bite from carbonation. Provides some nice dark malt, caramel and nutty flavors. Definitely the presence of a spicy/herbal hops addition. Overall, a solid beer that is a nice change of pace for either the pilsner drinker or the porter drinker.

Jun 22, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black and Tan a lot more entertaining when you're pub side and ask for a pint- nothing against this, but the appearance is not of a blended mix I have had in the past. As for its canned presentation, it pours an amber to light, black with a medium-large bubbly head that leaves a small resin on the top of the pint. Poured from a pint can.

The smell is malty with a bit of a lager scent. First impressions are a medium-bodied porter with a hint of caramel notes, roasted barley, and lager yeast. There is a bit of sweetness throughout the entire sip, as expected, and a semi-dry finish.

Apr 25, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle
Odell Teku

Pours a very nice dark black with hints of chestnut in there, letting the lager peek through just a little. Head is large and 2 fingers tall, very creamy, receding to 1 finger, leaving sticky lace behind.

Aromas are earthy and metallic, with some heavy nuttiness as well. Slightly smokey, almost like a Schwarzbier.

Flavors are mildly earthy and metallic as well, but lean more heavily towards the adjunct lager side, bringing corn, barley, rice, general malty sweetness, with slight earthy hop and a nip of ash.

Feel is thin and slick, a perfect representation of two styles, but largely forgettable, with a heavy biting carbonation and no alcohol heat.

Overall, not something I'd be inclined to visit again unless I was up that way and they were doing $2 pints or so. Then I'd probably rock it all night with some pork rinds or popcorn. It's nothing complex or memorable, just a nice little mash up of two of Yuengling's sub-par styles. I could take it or leave it.

Feb 18, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Initial impression is roasted malts and coffee, mostly. Mouthfeel is medium tending toward slightly thin. Finish is malty and clean. A good if not spectacular porter.

Dec 22, 2019
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petec9686 from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite from the macro-brewers.

A great beer with comfort foot dinner.

I am fairly sure this would rate higher if it came from a craft brewer.

If there is a better deal out there (10 bucks/12) I don't know what it is.

Nov 16, 2019
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hottenot from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, this beer is pretty good. holds a dense thin head throughout.
Malty, coffee, anise.
You could fool someone into thinking this was a decent beer if you blindfolded them for a taste test.
A great beer from Yuengling, who's history is vast and interesting.
A little thin to call a stout, but a thin stout is what this reminds me of.

Sep 24, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly little aroma, faint coffee. Dark classic appearance with inch of tan colored head that quickly vanished, but left some lacing. Taste is roasty albeit a bit muted. Smooth and pleasant drinking and would buy again. $6.99 + tax for 6 pk bottles.

Jul 14, 2019
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Jay_Dee from Tennessee

3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

• Nice color and unoffensive taste.
• Goes down smooth with a roasty little bite at the end.
• Decent price point.
• A solid Go-To When you want to change things up a bit.

Jun 24, 2019
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Sgt_1991 from Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good mix here of the two styles of beer. I like yuengling lager so my opinion would probably differ from someone who doesn't or hasn't tried it. The porter mixes its coffee notes very well with the smoothness of the yuengling lager. I like this beer. Especially when it's cold outside. Great brew.

Jun 17, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker glass. A 1" frothy tan head drops slowly with nearly no lacing. Color is red-brown. Aroma of roasted malt and grain sweetness with herbal, earthy hops in the background. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit syrupy, with a dry powdery finish. Flavors of chocolate, cream, raisin, dark fruit, richly toasted malt. Overall: very pleasant.

Jun 12, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$10 for the 12 pk = dad's slumming it special. Poured into pub glass in an attempt to get some aroma and flavor hopefully.
Nice enough dark body, pretty light aromas for a dark beer, and tastes okay but leaves me wanting much more. Decent generic, bland, and roastier than cheap corn-lager taste , but not too far past it. Good cheap beer that's easy to session or party with.
Overall, good beer for price, but it's nothing to go crazy about these days. I wouldn't turn it down every time offered, but wouldn't buy many of these. Probably won't buy again in fact. Too many better choices out there. One word? McPorter.

Mar 27, 2019
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Reef from South Carolina

3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark mahogany with 2-3 mm cream head. Decent curtain of lacing and ring of carbonation.
Little to no aroma, perhaps slight nutty and char
Nutty, slight molasses, slight char, no off flavors.
Medium body,can be enjoyed in quantity
No reason to seek this out as there are many superior porters, but if this my be the best option if limited to convenience store stock.

Feb 17, 2019
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DaveAhl from New Jersey

2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It's supposedly 60% porter, but just don't get much porter taste, like none at all. Pretty bland overall. Among non-premium (inexpensive) porters, Yards is a lot better.

Feb 14, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Before getting into the craft beer scene (and I'm afraid, becoming somewhat of a beer snob) this was my go to beer. I have had several brews from the Yuengling family and this is by far the best. At $10.49 for a 12 pack,it is also a great value. I am going to pick up some of this on my next beer haul.

Jan 25, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a couple bottles on Christmas. Best I can say is that it's not offensive. There's really not much to it. Not a lot of black, not a lot of tan. Trying to understand why Yuengling has such a dedicated customer base.

Dec 28, 2018
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Kevho from Georgia

3.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer for someone who wants to get into darker beers or would like something not as "harsh" as a full porter. Maybe thick is a better word to explain. It goes down smooth and from the bottle. The head is a dense foam but not very big. It's definitely a go to for me.

Dec 06, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark brown red, rich color with a medium foam head and moderate lacing on glass
Smell - roasted malt, grains, very minor coffee and sweetness.
Taste - Smooth almost velvety but carbonation is medium. Dark roasted malt, charred but not burnt. Caramel and coffee, perhaps a little chocolate. Hops and grains in the finish. Pretty good beer. Drinkable but still filling.

Well i like this beer a ton. I like porters, and stouts, and this has a robust flavor without being very heavy. Grade is an A-

Nov 26, 2018
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Liquorsmurf from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Favorite american black and tan. Plus the price cant be beat. Now you irish blokes wont say this is true black and tan, but for an american it cant he beat

Nov 11, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too bad and plenty of flavor for such a low ABV brew. Would be a good beer to have with a big tasty steak dinner or with a potent cigar. Only $10 for a 12 pack as well, at least where I usually buy. Wish more decent beers were priced at that.

Oct 22, 2018
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