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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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Reviews by masterbruewer:
Photo of masterbruewer
3.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/amber with thick brown head. Thick lacing and light carbonation.

The smell is sweet and creamy malt, with a little piney hop in the background.

The taste is a nice blend of malt, chocolate and a little hop kick at the end that lingers a bit. The flavor livens up some more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is solid, but not thick, with nice hop and carbonation kicks.

This is a typical example of the style. A nice mix of flavors, but not the strongest tastes I've found. A decent, mellow offering in the style.

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Photo of BK2084
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Billolick
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. No freshness dating offered. This brew pours cloudy dark brown, with some fairly active carbonation as it comes out of the bottle. Settles down to a light tan head with some scattered lacing. This is not a subtle brew, just a load of sludgy caramel on the palate. Prickly on the tongue. Also some burnt sugary malt also picked up. This is a gimicky brew, playing off the Mcsorel's name. I wouldn't waste much more time on this one.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, with a fizzy light brown head that runs away too quickly. Aroma of dark malt, molasses, and a hint of raisin. Flavor is of dark malt, molasses, and a bit of brown sugar. Not a very full flavor, and very little hop influence. Mild aftertaste of sweet brown sugar and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is round and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Flavor could be deeper, but this is a very drinkable beer, especially for the price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head that holds OK. The aroma is clearly fruity, and even wine-like, but offers only a slight chocolatey maltiness to those who seek it out. The body is medium with a fine carbonation that leaves it smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor offers fruitiness up front and then reveals some caramel and mild chocolate before fading away in a finish that expresses only a minor note of lingering chocolate. The hop bitterness is quite restrained and just balances the thin maltiness. Overall a very mild and basic cross-over beer that might make a nice change at summer outings or with groups of people who aren't accustomed to stronger flavored beers.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark cola color with a cherry tan head.

S: A slight roasted nuttiness is detected on the nose with some light licorice notes.

T: For flavor there is some smoky maltiness, and deep chocolate flavor. There is some spiciness that compliments the deep chocolate nature of this beer quite nicely.

M: The mouthful is light but big on flavor with roasted chocolate notes upon warming on the tongue.

D: Overall impression, a moderate beer, decent flavor but nothing to exciting here.

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Photo of Jredner
1.62/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle from Joe Canal’s in West Deptford, NJ. The aroma is pretty sweet with mild molasses notes and abundant sweet malt as well as a bit of stale adjunct laden lager aroma. The beer pours a ruddy brown, but it does settle black, barely. The head is about a finger thick and tan, but immediately fades to a thin tan slick of a head.

Tastes very pale lager-like with some artifical sweetner and that stale warm cheap lager taste I have never been able to compare to anything else. It’s pretty bad tasting. It’s very thin and it leaves a stale unclean aftertaste. Unless you just want to try a new beer, save your money and buy Yuengling Black & Tan.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish colour with hints of ruby when held to the light. Head is medium to large in size and has a light tan colour to it. Minimal amounts of residue are left on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is sweet from caramel and some chocolate with a bit of an earthy scent hidden amongst the sweetness. Not bad but not great.

The flavour takes the aroma and eases up on it a bit, with faint flavours all around, save for an over-abundance of sweetness, which clearly dominates each sip. It might even be a bit medicinal at times. Very average. Mouthfeel is very much light bodied and watery, and a bit over-carbonated at that.

This is a run of the mill brew at best. No huge flaws save for a slightly sub par mouthfeel, but just nothing beyond average going on here really. This one might work in a pinch if you're on a strict budget, but I'd look elsewhere for something with more flavour.

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Photo of scooter231
2.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh. Not wonderful, not horrible. Cheap, good bang for your buck, but nothing special going on here. Very little in the way of the nose; taste is not offensive but nothing delicious. Mouthfeel is so-so. Fairly drinkable, goes down easy, but nothing exciting here.

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Photo of plaid75
2.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a muted toasted grain, strong adjunct and a lazy hop.

The taste was very subdued and very average. Thin malts, bland hops and no stout characteristics. Clearly a beer that gets its appearance from the addition of coloring.

The mouthfeel was thin and overly carbonated.

Overall not horrible, but not what it is advertised to be either. Had a nice setup, but just nothing in the flavor department. Black macro - blackro - maybe I just coined a term.

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Photo of Lupe
3.77/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, not black, with a decent head that leaves little lace. Malty taste that goes down real smooth. Real nice mouthfeel, kind of thick. Very easy to drink, the lager really makes the stout go down easy. Now I must try more black & tans.

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Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black as night with deep red highlights and a light tan head.

Smell: Subtle Stout-like chocolaty malt aroma. Deep dark fruit and roasted gentle hops.

Taste: This is a beautifully blended stout and lager black and tan. The flavor is extremely approachable and easily palatable. It has suggestions of grape juice and chocolate malts but all very mild. It gets a bit thin through the middle but that is where the lager characteristics show through. Some sweet caramel attributes come out before it finishes lager smooth with a malt hop balance that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Nice and smooth light weight feel.

Drinkability: This is an amazingly drinkable beer. It has a low ABV and light weight feel in your stomach. Although the flavor is not overly complex it is an extremely sessionable refreshing, and tasty beer. This is a beer many macro beer drinkers will accept and few craft beer drinkers will refuse.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!

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Photo of jwc215
2.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a very dark body, with a white head that dissipated to a thin lacing and then to almost nothing over a brief period of time. There was a bit more carbonation than I had expected. The smell was not bad - some hints at a chocolate malt, but somewhat on the weak side.
It smells better than it tastes. It was quite watery with only hints at flavor. The flavor wasn't bad, some hints at perhaps chocolate malt, but quite weak. It is refreshing and perhaps a good alternative to a thicker dark beer on warmer days. There are better black and tans, but this isn't too bad for the price. Nothing much exciting about it though.

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Photo of BagOHaZe
1.32/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

serving 12 oz bottle

Color- Dark Amber

Lacing - really nothing to speak of dies down rather quickly

Smell - Bitter/Sweet

Taste- Bitter Medicine with a touch of sweet

Aftertaste- Downright Awful

This beer is a complete car crash. Stay away nothing like you will get if you went to the actual Mc Sorley's pup in Manhattan It's a shame this beer bears the same name

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Photo of kmo1030
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ruby brown with a tan head. grainy smell, with slight chocolate and raisin notes. graininess in the taste as well with a slightly vinous character, with brown sugar and then a little chocolate in the aftertaste. very little hops present. slightly thin medium mouthfeel. not bad. cheap enoughand has enough taste that it was worth buying and possibly worth buying again.

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Photo of maddogruss
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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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good black and tan, a mix of a golden lager and a stout. Some maltiness. Brewed in San Antonio, TX. Unable to find a web site. The style is a true mix.

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Photo of ROGUE16
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 stegmakk
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice DARK brown light tan head...the perfect amount...

Smell: Malty nutty smell

Taste: Mild malty some caramel hints and some nutty flavor. Slight bitter finish...Tasted more like a brown ale to me...but still ok

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for what it is made out to be

Drinkability: OK...I could have a few

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Photo of aquatonex
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a 6-pack late St. Patty's Day after gawking at the intense sardine-can situation at all the bars.

Pours translucent brown with a partially creamy, partially effervescent head. Smell has toasted malts, some alcohol. Taste is rather mild for a black and tan, the balance is good though. Not very strong, good for drinking. Mouthfeel is a little weak. Easy to drink.

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Photo of WesWes
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a lacey off-white head. The aroma is weak. There obviously is alot of specialty grains here, but they are not very aromatic. The taste is decent, but nothing to write home about. It tastes a bit strong on the malt side. The mouthfeel is average. The beer is medium to heavy bodied. It is not that smooth and is heavily carbonated. It goes down like cough syrup. This is probably the worst black and tan beer that I have ever tried. It is one and done for me.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another product bearing the legendary McSorley's name. This one is a black & tan, but the label says "stout-style lager." It's a pretty accurate description of this beer.

McSorley's pours a very dark brown that has hints of ruby red to it. A nice tan head forms and leaves a little bit of lace as you drink. The smell is kind of light. Typical "dark American beer smell" of roasted malt and chocolate is present, but not in very high quantities. The mouthfeel is watery for a stout, but has a nice smoothness to it, with a low-/moderate carbonation. The taste is quite sweet. It reminds me a little of "tropical fruit Kool-Aid" for some reason. Definite fruitiness. Some roasted/chocolate malt. The flavor is leaning towards the weak side, but is very drinkable. A very small amount of hop flavor adds a hint of bitterness to the finish. The aftertaste is very clean, but I swear there's some adjunct/DMS/veggie taste there. The beer concludes with almost no alcoholic warmth.

All in all, a very drinkable black & tan. Of course, they could have done more with this, but for what it's worth, it's a very drinkable dark American beer.

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

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