McSorley's Black & Tan | Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Black & TanMcSorley's Black & Tan

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.63%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

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3.37/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of donniecuffs
2.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured mahogany brown, with less than a finger of beige head, poor retention, and spotty lacing. Like the Ale brewed by this company, very sweet in the nose, with milk chocolate dominating. The taste was similar, but also detected a hint of earthiness and cocoa powder, and a semi-sweet finish. Thinner than expected, but this was again a little hidden mentally by the overall sweetness of the brew.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Better than I had expected based on the previous McSorley's offering I had tried.

Pours deep brown with a fluffy white head that falls quickly, with almost no lacing. The aroma is pleasantly chocolate and roasted, though there is a faint whiff of the mass produced behind it. The flavor is decent, with an appropriate amount of roasted, porter-like character and a backbone of pale-malt-based ale. There is some mild hop character and a hint of bitterness on the back end. This is clearly not a carefully-crafted microbrew, but it is certainly better than one would expect from Pabst, and clearly better than similar offerings from the equivalent Michelob craft brew line. The mouthfeel is slight, though there is a bit of cling that keeps the roasted character in the mouth longer than you'd expect. Unfortunately, the overall product is marked by that indefinable sourness late on the finish that afflicts many mass market American beers.

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1.88/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A local staple for years, I fianlly became curious enough to give this a try. For $4.99 a sixer, I risk nothing.

Served in a pint glass at several degrees over fridge temperature.

Appearance- The color of cherry cola, this beer pours quite thin. It creates a two finger head that crackles away to a transparent film in a matter of two minutes, with no lacing whatsoever.

Smell- There is definitely a whiff of chocolate and very faint hops, with an underlying sweetness that I might chalk up to an adjunct. It has a stout character, mixed with a cheap lager nose.

Taste- As with the aroma, the sweet chocolately flavors are quickly overcome by an almost cereal based, corny sweetness that is very difficult to get down. Reminds me of a low-end AB macro trying to be a stout. Unpleasant to say the least.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Active right away, becoming more and more carbonated and finally gassy to the point of being bothersome. A poor attempt at the style, and a rather weak offering from Pabst.

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2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a black body with a small, tan head with ok retention and decent lacing overall.

S: A pretty sour, bitter malt smell with some roasted malt and roasted barley undertones.

T: A musky, roasted malt taste with a slightly bitter and sour roasted barley aftertaste.

M: An overcarbonated and watery mouthfeel that did very little to compliment the beer. Reminded me of seltzer water.

D: Ok drinkability, but unimpressive mouthfeel and taste hurt this one. A little easier to handle, but I was not dying for a second beer after the first.

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McSorley's Black & Tan from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 56 ratings