"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to somebody for sending this bottle my way in a BIF a long time ago.

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet and roasty malts

T - Like the nose theres some chocolate and coffee from the black and some caramel from the tan

M - This beer has a thin body with light carbonation to it

O - To me this beer was just ok it wasn't bad but nothing that really makes me want more I'm glad I had the chance to try it but not really worth hunting down to me

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mikro in Hamden about a month ago. From notes.

Pours a fairly dark brown color with an inch of tan head that leaves ok lacing.

Mild aromas which hint at the origins of this beer. Pronounced malt notes jump at first, second is the roasted malt with some molasses, then finishes with a touch of hops.

This beer really is a nice mix of stout and pale ale. Neither of the two over powers the other. The stout isn't overly charred, but lends some nice robust roasted notes as well as some molasses. The pale ale keeps things lights and gives a kick of hops at the end.

Medium mouthfeel, not too heavy as expected.

Really nice beer here from Berkshire. Gives black and tans a good name!

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber Bottle purchased on my trip up to Mass. Label reads that this is a blend of Berkshire Ale and Drayman's Porter. I also brought home a growler of the Porter...very nice!

This beer has a wonderful appearance, with a voluminous head that indicates some darker malts are present. Deep, deep amber color, verging on brown, with some gorgeous ruby highlights. Nice amount of lacing on the tulip glass I am using.

Fairly fruity nose, with many opportunities to pick out aromas. I am getting vanilla, brandied cherries, melon...as you can see, it is quite sweet in the nose.

The taste echos the smell with some sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate. There is a little bitterness right in the middle, and the acridness of the roasted malts is subdued by the lighter ale cutting through. I think this is a great example of the style and I am really enjoying this beer! It finishes with a touch of wood-tinged maltiness.

The texture of this beer is quite smooth. Oily mouthfeel, with quite fine carbonation. The beer is full-bodied and has definitely retained some sugars.

Overall, we have a winner here! A fine Black and Tan that does a good job of showcasing the better qualities of each contributing beer. On top of being an excellent beer, we can all feel good about picking up this bottle for 10% of all gross sales of this beer will be donated to the Food Bank of Western Mass. Hunger is a true issue in our world, and I am proud to be drinking a beer from a company that recognizes our local issues with hunger.

Cheers Chris and Gary!

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Photo of abgba121
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown color, a little lighter than other porters thin head, but a lingering lace

S: smells sweet and chocolatey, almost no hop aroma

T: Sweet, chocolate and a tiny bit of hops, the 6.3 isn't even noticeable, very easy to go down

M: slightly thick, good carbonation

O: Good beer, I like the combo and it drinks very smooth.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a BBC true pint glass.

A - Pours 1.5" head that is khaki colored with wisps of lacing prevalent on the glass. A translucent dark brown brew with a slight amber tone. Love the name.

S - Coffee and licorice are the first wisps that come through followed by bourbon and dark chocolate. Not at all hop-forward, but smells like it will be a malty beer. Some smokey aromas as well.

T - The bourbon is less prevalent in this aspect, but the strong malt character ambushes. The smoky character is more noticeable here as well. Some dark chocolate and licorice in the aftertaste.

M - The slight bourbon and smokey elements remain on the tongue for awhile. Full-bodied, but not viscous...some Drayman's Porter character. Slight caramel notes as well.

O - Yet another great beer from the BBC line-up. Very happy that they are local and I can enjoy these great beers fresh. This is a blend of the Drayman's Porter and the Berkshire Ale...any combination of their solid beers is a winner in my book.

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4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellant beer with strong chocolate aroma that hits you even before you drink it. The color of the beer is a very dense blackness that seems like a black hole where no light will penetrate. Once you take a swallow you definitely know why black holes are dense. This very thick beer tastes like a very thick Belgian chocolate shake. Had this beer at The Scuffer Steak & Ale House, in Burlington, VT.

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Photo of Sam21
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Purchased for $3.75. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance – Clear mahogany body with a tan head. Good retention and lacing. Really nice color.

Smell – All the best from their pale and porter. Fruity esters showing strawberries and orange. Contrasting aromas of caramel, chocolate, and dark roasted malts.

Tastes – Starts fruity with heavy notes of strawberries and orange jam. This sweetness is leveled out by an array of toasted, roasted and chocolate malt that cut through the sweetness just enough to create balance. Finish is sweet with dark roast coffee and chocolate that linger.

Mouthfeel – Shabadoo sports a medium body. Carbonation is moderate and tickles the tongue. Subtle creaminess.

Drinkability – This is a great member of the Berkshire lineup. They have created something unique and tasty out of two very solid beers. The fruity malts of the Traditional Pale Ale are highlighted and complimented nicely by the Draymans Porter’s dark roasty character. Solid.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a foamy two finger head. Very chunky foam on top, left some nice thick lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt, some coffee, chocolate, and a little bit of caramel.

T: The most obvious flavors are roasted/toasted malt, some coffee, and vanilla. There are some hints of chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. Nice and smooth though.

O: Quite nice, lots of malt going on here, really no hops. Not a fast drinker, but an interesting departure from most of the normal beers out there.

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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Bomber--->Pint Glass

A: Pours a ruby red/deep brown. Large bubbly off white head. OK head retention with nice lacing all the way down.

S: Malty and very sweet. Hints of mocha are mixed in. A pleasant aroma for sure.

T/M: Malty with a creamy mostly smooth feel. The ale in it brings a hop bitterness while the porter in it brings that smooth malty goodness. The finish is sweet and surprisingly clean.

O: I'm very pleased with this brew. I've never had a black and tan that wasn't mixed from two taps. BBC makes only good beer, and I wouldn't mind drinking this one again.


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Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mob2332 for this extra -

Pored from bomber into my pint goblet - Best by date 07/12/11

A: Poured a translucent brown with two finger head that dissipated into a thick creamy lacing,good carbonation.

S: light hops with a hints of chocolate.

T: Light hops with decent maltiness , hints of chocolate and mocha, some sweetness and a tinge of caramel.

O: Overall this was a treat to drink my first Black and Tan , The label says it is a blend of their Berkshire Pale Ale and their Drayman's porter , I feel they pulled it off wonderfully -I could easily knock back several of these in a setting -well done.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from BennyL1 much thanks! Poured out of a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle.

A - Poured a deep ruby brown color. Big frothy 2 inch head colored a very light brown. Sticky lacing left behind.

S - Very nice mocha smell up front. Nice and chocolatey. Faint sweetness. Caramel.

T - Lighter taste then the smell but all the characteristics are there. Mocha, chocolate and caramel all come through with nice balance. Not overly sweet at all. Solid.

M - Nice and creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D - High. No real alcohol taste at all. I can drink this one all night.

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Photo of Thads324
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A: deep brown, barely can see through with a vibrant white head. Amber orange edges of the glass

S: lots of buttery toffee. An almost caramel popcorn aroma with a back of sweetness. Just a slight hop nose at the tail end. Little of any roasted or nutty flavor of most of these styles

T : a hearty, bready beginning like a dry stout. On second it almost sips like an oatmeal stout. This flavor is hearty yet light and long. Followed by a tiny and quick hop bitterness and astringent finish. The faintest chocolate can be tasted at the dead middle.

M : the oatmeal feel in the beginning is lovely and carries well, but the finish is quick and tart.

D : a good mix of easy going and flavorful

Overall a good black and tan that stays unique

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Photo of jrallen34
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into my De Struise glass... Pours a dark brown in the middle, but the outer is a much lighter brown that detracts. A nice light tan head, looks great, good retention and lacing... The aroma is super sweet, tons of molasses, strangely like rootbeer, vanilla, chocolate, a hint of a wet dog finish. Not offensive, just too sweet, not my thing.... The taste is wet dog and alcohol with a hint of coffee on the finish. Lots of malt on this, work like qualities to the taste... The mouthfeel is really flat.

This is really bad, to the point of not being drinkable. Big time pass for me.

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Photo of SeussMD
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Flatbread in Canton, CT. (If you're ever in the neighborhood --- you know the rest.) But that was months ago, so I picked up a 22-oz. bomber at my friendly neighborhood package store.

Poured into: My cat's water bowl. What, beer is not for cats? I just wanted to share. OK, then a standard pint glass it is.

Appearance: Black and tan. The black is not very black, more of a deep brown. But the tan is tan. Head starts big and frothy, then recedes to 1/8th inch.

Smell: Maybe it's this particular bottle/batch, but not much of an aroma going on here. Some chocolate, a slight undercurrent of cherry.

Taste: a little flat, sad to say. Some malt and fruit (cherry, I think, maybe pear) up front, honey on the back end. I recall a more complex experience on tap.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Assertive level of carbonation.

Very drinkable. I could have a few pints of this and be a very happy man indeed. Because after a pint or so it's got a decent kick.

Overall? Good, as everything I've tried from BBC has been. But not off-the-charts good, like their Lost Sailor IPA. I think it's like this: Some beer is just better on tap. Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, for example, is phenomenal on tap, but surprisingly average out of the bottle. I think Shabadoo might be a better on-tap beer, too. So next time, I guess I'll just buy a keg instead.

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"Shabadoo" Black & Tan Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.86 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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