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Yuengling Black & Tan | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 boatyard
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tell ya something about these Yuengling brews. They pour nice with good head, They look great, I mean as a beer enthusiast i know what a good looking beer is, and these yurnglings look so good.

As far as the smell of the black and tan, it detect a sugar coated grapefruit smell.

the initial taste is quite toffeeish, and then as i swallow i wait for something more, but no. nothing to me after that first swig. I was expecting something more but it wasn't there.

Its great with chocolate, eat a hershey's kiss then wash it down with this black and tan and ohhh baby it good. i think it pretty cheap by the sixer too.


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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Tan, yeasty, creamy head that dies shortly.

Sour citrus aroma gives way to sweet malt and tobacco.

Thin mouthfeel. Sour bite with strong taste that begins as burnt malt and gives way to another visit from the tobacco jar and a resiny finish. The tobacco aspect is both interestingly smoky and somewhat unpleasant.

Not bad.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, yet malty scent with a dry lager yeast aroma. It has a decent dark malt scent with a slightly skunky aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a thin malty flavor that boasts of pale, and patent malts along with a dry finish. It goes down smooth and light. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent black and tan. It is simple, but highly drinkable.

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Photo of kegerator
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a decent offering from Yuengling.
pours a deep mahogany color with a small fizzy head that dwindles quickly. Smell was nothing special, malts some slight caramel notes.
taste was good, reminded me of a bock style beer for sure.
mouthfeel was quite thin but smooth
very drinkable and a good session beer.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.26/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearence: Pours a medium-black with a thin, bleach white head. Tiny lacing.

Smell: Weak chocolate and coffee notes. That's it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very weak and modest tasting. No real flavors come through, just a tiny bit of malts and hops. Nohting unique, nothing special, and no after-taste. Water and weak in the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall: Blah. A below average beer, that doesn't have any real flavors. Tastes like a macro. The flavor gets worse as the beer warms, sadly. I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of beerattorney
2.67/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Weak foam with very little carbonation. Dark brown in color

Smell: Chocolate and coffee like

Taste: More coffee, just burnt this time. It is somewhat sweet and light for a B&T, with malty overtones. There is a somewhat metallic taste that is too astrigent and off. Not offensive not good.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, aided by the lack of carbonation

Drinkability: Average ABV, but the flavor wears on you and I could easiliy tire. An average stab at the style although I should note that the B & T single bottle is not my favorite offering.

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Photo of Gumbafish
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good black and tan, overall I enjoy it roughly the same as Saranac Black and tan..perhaps slightly more. Pours just what you would expect a nice black. I find it is a nice mix of tastes and has little bitter aftertaste. Worth its price for sure.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From an aggressive pour I produced a huge 3-finger head and had to slurp it up before it spilled all over the place. Otherwise, this beer poured a dark reddish brown. Light could be seen through the beer. The smell was roasted malt with some chocolate hints. Upon first taste I got a strange tobacco sensation which yielded to light coffee and chocolate notes. A slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I would've liked. When I was younger this beer was the end all, be all, but since I've gotten older my tastes have matured and I'd rather have something with more body and flavor. Overall, a pretty ok beer.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.86/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark with red hues, decent head that dissipates and faintly remains throughout.Smells like a malt liquor to me.Taste is bland slightly tart,its pretty watery too,i dont pick up any hops in this brew.Better than BMC and not badly priced but nothing to go out of my way for.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An overall average brew. It was poured for me on the boat as a "dark beer, since we know you like the heavy stuff." I thanked them, drank one or two, and saved one for review later. Six pack of cold ones runs you about $5. There is a very nice "traditional" labeling available. However, I prefer the lager and the Lord Chesterfield over the black and tan...

Poured a deep dark brown with a nice three fingered tan head--much better than what I was thinking. Clear and filtered, the head dissipated to a very thin ring rather quickly.
Mainly, you smell the general lager aromas. In the background, however, there are swirlings of darker malt pursuits.
Not bad overall, but rather average. The darker flavors come out much like in the aroma. Mostly some sweet malts and chocolate flavors. There are a few metallic "off" flavors seen in a few.
Very weak mouthfeel, but it finishes clean. Not bad, so I could have a few more.

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Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent light tan, three-figner head. A touch of lace on glass is apparent as I consume. Deep brown in color, this beer does not have the touch of ruby that is common in this sort of beer.

Chocolate notes with a slight yeast bite are present in the aroma. The hop is soft. There's also a small amount of soapiness.

Predominately chocolate malt in the flavor. The hop is muted. Overall, the flavor is weak. It's a little watery--a very thin beer. The aftertaste is short-lived. In some ways, this is a very "drinkable" beer, but I find it one-dimensional and uncomplicated.

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Photo of Andreji
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd never actually heard of Yuengling before I was accidentally brought a bottle from the States. seemed intriguing though, to taste "The oldest brewery's" stuff.

The Black and Tan is certainly a benchmark definition of the style, IMO. the looks- black, with a tan, fizzy and medium/small head and some carbonation through very little translucidness; the smell, very hoppy and malty, with some coffee hidden somewhere behind, a roast sensation is also present; The taste, of hops above all but not inhibiting an ample enough feel of roasted malts and coffee, and the mouthfeel, bitter, slightly carbonated, are well what you'd expect of a black and tan.

I'm not such a big fan of black and tans, but this one is still worth trying.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving hardly any lace. Deep amber color. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Nose is a smokey roast. Starts with a roasted sweetness and finishes fairly smooth. 95¢ for a 12 oz bottle found at Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, VA.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a rich, dark reddish brown with a big tan head that drops to a film in a minute.
Smell, what I could pick up, was roasted malt, hops and a little coffee.
Taste was lacking but had sweetly roasted malt, light coffee with hops later and some chocolate.
Mouthfeel was thin, almost watery, with little carbonation. Easy to drink but why? These combo black & tan's are a poor substitute for either the porter or the lager and aren't really worth doing as they come out a distant second to to either half of the intended result. Skip this beer, spend your money on something more deserving.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $16.99 for a case...

The appearence is nothing to be impressed, it's about as black as a porter with a lighter head than a porter, small head, retains very little and no true lacing, not too impressive in this department. The aroma is alright, I guess, touches of malt in the smell, nothing distinct, but still ok.

The taste is mellow to best describe it, it's truly a solid hybrid of their porter and premium beer, I kind of wonder the taste of their porter meets lager, if that's better off. Either way, I still like the taste, good almost micro taste. The M&D are good, A nice easy-going beer in the mouth and the Yuengling name could single handedly define a session beer, so I like the drinkability of it.

Final Thought: For the price of this stuff it's hard to beat, especially for a rare style of beer like the Black & Tan...

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Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this with Pizza while in Pitt. It was dark, but I didn't see it out of the bottle.(See Update) Smell had a little porter bite to it. Washed this beer around. It was a little thin but seemed average for black and tans I've had in the bottle.

This was a cut above most of the bottled macros, but there were some taste notes that seemed a little off. It was served Ice cold, and I would say let it warm for a bit before drinking. It started out with a weak coffee taste and was taken down a peg for using just "ordinary" beer to mix with the porter, almost like a good porter poured into a MGD. (Maybe with less of the corn flavor of MGD) As it warmed a little, then more complex porter flavors came out but was still not enough to say "That was great, give me another!" For the price, it is okay as an alternate to macros when eating out, but I would want something else when the food is done.

Update 06/04/06- Actually bought this for consumption at home and changed my opinion of it. This can't be beaten for the price. The premium beer had less of a pronounced flavor and let the porter dominate. Also was very dark in the glass, but could still see light through it so I was right on with my better than average number from the restaurant. Upped ratings for taste and drinkability and will get this again.

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Photo of davewrona
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was raised in the town this beer is brewed and the smell on hot summer day could make you want to quit drinking, however, this is excellent for a porter mix! This is really taking off in our area - on draught in many taprooms now! Worth stopping and trying if you are on the East Coast.

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Photo of cptnjck101
4.07/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling makes some great brews and the Black & Tan doesn't disappoint. It's as smooth a Black & Tan as I've ever had with a great coffee like after taste. Pours a lovely dark color and the smell is just as great. This will be a constant in my fridge for years to come.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was porter-like but the head faded pretty quickly and no lace. There was a trace of caramel, but not much. there was sufficient malt to make it drinkable and just enough hops to qualify as a beer. Overall the taste was not satisfying, although it was fairly drinkable. Not up to Y's Porter, which I fell is their best brew.
I wouldn't buy it again, but I would take it over a Killians or other crap beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep dark ruby color.Very small tan head that quickly receedes.Very subtle aroma of chocolate malt.Slight caramel aroma.Good balance of roasted malt flavors.No real hoppiness.Very smooth beer.Nicely balanced.A good cheap"er" alternative when you need it.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black color with a small head that doesnt last long. The aroma contains a roasted malt character that tickles the back of my mouth when i smell it. Slightly spicy taste while retaining the roasted malt quality. It leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry, yet the drinkability is high if you are in the mood. This is a good combo of their porter and premium beer, but even their porter isnt that heavy, which explains why this is so drinkable. A perfect pairing with a nice grilled steak with bbq sauce. Perfect to drink while you are bbq-ing, period.

This is a favorite of mine for the summer time. As I stated when i reviewed the Yuengling Lager, I favor these when i am home in NJ because it is unavailable in Massachusetts. Enjoy.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as black and tans go, this isn't too bad. It seems to be more of a porter than anything.
Appearance-Black with no head
Smell-Mild chocolate, prune, subtle hoppiness
Taste-More complex than I thought it would be. Notes of chocolate, fruity hops, and a touch of coffee. The lager is so over powered that it's not even noticable.
Mouthfeel-Light, moderate carbonation
Drinkability-Easy to drink. Perfect summer "dark" beer.

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Photo of tar
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown, transparent near the edges of the glass, with a thin white head which quite quickly fizzes away to almost nothing. Smells of chocolate with some fruitiness as well (cherries and plums?). Feels quite thin and almost watery in the mouth. A very unimpressive taste overall, slightly of malt but mostly nondescript--coffee flavors emerge slightly as it warms. The finish is dry with some unpleasant bitterness (almost like a burnt flavor), which in particular comes out as the beer warms. Overall a very "average" and unimpressive beer which I would not recommend.

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Photo of Stopper
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This blend pours a deep ruby brown with a modest tan head that fades pretty fast. The aroma is of chewy malt and slight esters, evoking chocolate licorice. The initial flavor is slightly less malty than suggested by the aroma, exhibiting little base malt sweetness and just a touch of roast, with little recognizable hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to light. Flavors similar to the aroma come out in the finish with a wisp of roast flavors and a subtle lingering resin of mild hops.

The aroma on this is intriguing. It's initially a little drier and less flavorful than one might hope from the aroma, probably due to the use of some adjuncts. But overall it's tasty and refreshing, and should make a great alternative summer session beer to many lighter American beers.

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Photo of Joey7F
2.84/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't know why this is so highly rated. If you want a Yuengling black and tan, make your own with the porter and the lager. The premium beer is not so great. And now to completely contradict that statement, the porter is too dominant. Guinness and the Lager makes a good black and tan as well. It is great to look out, fairly drinkable, is a bit thin in the mouth, a decent smell but tastes average to below average. It did not meet my expectations. Would take over BMC any day (but if they have this, I would take the Lager)


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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
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