Yuengling Black & Tan
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American Porter
Ranked #1,141
Ranked #47,607
3.25 | pDev: 17.85%
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
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.

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Photo of petec9686
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.

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Photo of hottenot
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brook82
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.

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Photo of Jay_Dee
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.

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Photo of Sgt_1991
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.

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Photo of Foyle
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.

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Photo of SmokySignals
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.

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Photo of Reef
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.

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Photo of DaveAhl
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
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.

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Photo of Kevho
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.

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Photo of PMakowski
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-

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Photo of Liquorsmurf
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

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
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.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another brewed masterpiece by the oldest brewery this side of the Atlantic! This is a well balanced sweetness and bitterness of the beer world. Light and dark which gives it a ying to a yang appeal, or should I say a Yueng to a ling appeal!

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Photo of darkfalz
4.33/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to really like dark beers but got away from them the last few years as my tastes changed. This one is a winner.

Poured out a chilled bottle into a glass and had that perfect dark beer look, almost impossible to see through.

Smelled mostly like coffee with faint hints of chocolate.

Tasted like cold coffee with that great beer kick. Not the overpowering kick that drove me away from dark beer but just enough to let me know I was drinking beer.

My previous go to dark beer was Guiness. The Yuengling Black & Tan has replaced it. Definitely will keep in the fridge with the Yuengling Lager and my Hamms.

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Photo of nitoy08
1.97/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Confined to drinking this crappy example of an American lager growing up in PA. That and Rolling Rock. Yucchh!!


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Photo of EMH73
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours almost black with a fluffy, well retained tan head that leaves little lacing. Smells and tastes of slightly sweet lightly roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, bread and a slight nuttiness. Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation, slightly dry finish. A good substitute when you do not want to make your own.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Solid black color, a bit heavier on the carbonation and body felt a little thin. Aroma wasn't overpowering but it was mostly roasted malt, coffee, milk and dark chocolate. Taste was close to aroma, a little sweet but a small amount of coffee bitterness to balance it out. Taste got better as it warms. The body wasn't too appealing but it was an okay beer that went fairly well with food.

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Photo of pontiuspalette
4.78/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Find a better beer than this for a dollar a can and you are the Indiana Jones of beer. Frankly....I love all Yuengling beer. I poured a beer snob this in a three floyds glass and he raved about it until I told him what it was.

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Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Catch up rating from notes, 2012: Bottle from my brother in law. Tasting American beer for the first time after a six year diet of German-Belgian beer. Pours out near black with small foamy beige head. Nutty, roasty aroma, somewhere in between a dunkel and a schwarzbier. Taste also features the roasty malts, with a hint of sweetness, and a small bitter bite at the back. Thank you Yuengling for what you do!

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Photo of SFBMC
4.52/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The report was a dark brown color with Presley one finger of tan/light brown colored foam. The beer maintains a nice head. Beer has a light aroma, you can initially smell the Porter undertones. Undertones of dark chocolate/coffee.And is your taste is a little bitter as you would expect with a porter but drinks more like a premium beer. Very smooth with nice aftertaste of coffee.This is my go to off-the-shelf beer. Pricing is very reasonable for such a smooth drinking beer.

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