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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

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Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Thin tan head with a little lacing on a jet black body

S: caramel malt comes through the most and other wise not much else there.

T: caramel malt up front fading to roasted malt. A touch of chocolate and licorice notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. 

Overall: easy to drink but not a fan of the genre

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Photo of jaydoc
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, char, and slight cocoa powder aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, grain, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing very memorable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

for the price there isnt a better black and tan going. the 16oz cans are nice too. the pours a really dark, just like the porter, a little less thick, but equally dark, hersheys brown with a small off white head lastign just seconds. smells chocolatey, i think much more porter in this blend than 50/50, at least thats what the nose tells me, with all that dark roasty malt. the flavor is also favoring porter, but its lighter in feel, and there is a paler malt profile the the look or the smell give away. a little dark cocoa, a little burnt toast, there is a slightly bitter finish on it. smooth feel, maybe a touch heavy on the carbonation, but the body is medium as it should be, and its easy to put a few of these away, especially in the fall. far far superior to the regular yuengling lager.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I hated the Black & Tan the first time I had it. I thought it was horrible on every level. I'm not sure what made me try it again but it was surprisingly much better the second time around. The pour of this beer is a deep brown, nearly black with a tan head. The aromas are a mix of hops and burnt charcoal. The taste is very toasted. Toasted heavily to say the least. The mouthfeel is bitey and carbonated. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like the flagship from this brewery, now time to try a rare style from them. Beer pours a very dark red color. Not much head to it. Faint aroma. Taste is medium bodied, kind of a subdued flavor to it and nothing really 'stands out'. Very smooth and drinkable none the less, but just a bit bland to me. Definitely a beer that's smooth and easy to finish, but I feel it could use a better hop kick to it or at least some more maltiness flavorwise, kind of stuck in the middle. Meh,

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear, very dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that slowly faded away, leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has notes of chocolate, nutty and toasted malts in the flavors. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth yet thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very smoothly and is easy to drink because of its light body and low alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smoother and lighter in flavor than the appearance indicates. A solid brown with ruby highlights brew that shows low levels of lossely knit carbonation--looks a lot like cola. Aromas improve. There is a light toasted malt flavor with a mild caramel hint. Tastes moderately malty, caramelly, toasty, nutty, and a bit buttery. All flavors are a bit on the bland side, but provides smoothness. The finish holds a good bit of graininess, then waters into the aftertaste. Not bad, just a bit weak and grainy.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE courtesy of Violetta - thanks! 6 pack was purchased for $7.99 at a Bravo Supermarket in Brooklyn, NY.

Dark ruby body with a pale khaki colour head. Head retention is pretty good - ~4-5 minutes.

AROMA: Amber malts. A hint of cherry. Dark malt sweetness, but seemingly not so much as to make it cloying. Chocolate malts.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Simplistic but balanced, with an effective dark malt & chocolate malt backbone in addition to notes of cream, a blip of cherry, and pomegranate.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, somewhat creamy, and a little on the soft side.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable in spite of its simplicity, with a fair enough balance and no off-notes. I can't say I'm a fan of pre-bottling beer blending or the marketing gimmickry this is blatantly espousing, but it's not a bad brew by any stretch and I wouldn't mind having it again. Pricewise, it's about as fair as they come by New York standards.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown color with a small tan head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled faintly on roasted coffee and a little of malt.

T - It had a malty taste with a little bitter flavor. It seemed a little watery, but not too much.

M - Very soft and thin. Little carbonation.

D - It's drinkable, but if I'm going to have a Black & Tan it will be a traditional one.

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Photo of superspak
3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/22/2015. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal/dark fruit, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors with minimal yeast notes in the taste. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice black and tan style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a huge foamy head with average retention. Aroma of roasted malt is mildly entertaining. Taste is bitter from the roasted malt with some sweetness. Not much hops were discernable and body was a bit too light for my own taste.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a semi-opaque (due to the dark color) dark brown in color with lots of amber and reddish highlights when held up to the light. The beer poured with a two finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin patch in the center and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Some malty sweetness with some light hints of caramel and some hints of adjunct malts - graininess.

T: Flavor really follows the smell on this beer, caramel and grainy malt sweetness dominate the flavor. Very little hop presence and almost no bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy. Slightly watery as the beer warms.

O: Not a bad beer but nothing special either... Easy of enough to drink and light enough to be sessionable but I'm not certain I would choose as a session beer. The flavor and the aroma of the beer are slightly muddled.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh, Black & Tan, the beer that really built Dick's house. They're advertising now that it was the Traditional Lager that started it all (with Norbie's recipe in '87), but the fact of the matter is that the immense popularity of the Black & Tan came first (1986 - a blend of their dark brewed porter and premium lager). It was so popular in fact, that it had to be contract brewed because they couldn't produce enough of it at the little brewery on the hill. And let's be honest about it all, that was driven, at least in part, by the lack of anything else in the market at the time. The revival of their Porter in Philadelphia, greatly due in part to the bartenders at the Khyber Pass, spurred it, and soon the Yungling name was known. How it spread from there, similar to Coors popularity on the east coast, I'm not sure.

It's a clear deep-mahogany brown with almost ruby highlights beneath a short head of frothy tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves some spots and streaks of lace behind.

The aroma is fairly generic. There's a subtle touch of yeasty fruitiness, and it suggests some dark malt, but none really stands out. Nor do any hops, although there is a hint of grassy and floral character in the background.

The flavor is not much different, which may explain why it was so widely accepted. There's a bit of gently toasted malt that has a dark caramel edge to it, but it's not chocolately at all. There's a kind of burnt sugar edge to it as well. Keep in mind that the Porer isn't really that rich either, and this is just half of that. Some minor grassy hops and floral hops round it out, and stiff bitterness balances it, leading to a dry, short-lingering finish that's dusted with floral notes.

Overall, it's fairly drinkable in that there's nothing objectionable to it. It offers a little bit of flavor, and a fairly nice appearance. Not bad.

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Photo of jlindros
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ewwww.... screw cap!!! Minus points instantly.

Pours a light fizzy off white colored almost 1 fingered head that fades semi slowly, touch of lacing, semi clear for how dark it is, cola brown colored.

Nose is not so great, smells like a poor fermented corn stalk sugar, like a corn stalk or cane sugar that was fermented poorly, cola syrup, earthy like corn I think, touch of molasses like too, and a bit of unhappy lagering.

Taste is just as lame, a bit of a biscuity malt before going into that earthy root flavor, fermented corn stalk again with a bit of a corn like taste perhaps but more like the sugar poorly fermented again, and even that syrup tastes burnt somehow. Syrupy molasses flavors, a bit of a bad root beer syrup, etc. There is a touch of an unhappy lager but not really sulfur or skunk, just poorly lagered. it also brings some of the hops I really don't like, earthy herbal Hedgerow like U.K. style bitter hops, chewy leafy with mild to moderate bitterness. All that and it's still a bit watery. Finish is somewhat clean, and more watery, bit of molasses and fermented corn stalk sugar, more semi bitter U.K. earthy herbal hops, bit sticky.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, pretty lame for a black and tan, decent carb though.

Overall unimpressed, pretty lame beer all around, this didn't really have anything going for it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours clear but very dark red-brown with a decent head that leaves little lacing. Smooth medium body with medium-light carbonation.

Decades ago, living in Pennsylvania, this was my go to cheap beer. I don't think the quality has declined, but the competition sure has risen.

Overall: probably still the best brew from Yuengling, but certainly not worth seeking out.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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