Mississippi Mud Black & Tan
Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #1,135
ABV:
5%
Score:
73
Ranked #49,630
Avg:
3.18 | pDev: 20.13%
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,278
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Mississippi Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
73
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BNSlums from Washington

3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark caramel to amber, surprisingly clear. Srm ~27. Inch tan head remained a minute. Moderate carbonation visible.

S: Burnt toffee and caramel. Hints of coffee. Bread crust upfront and throughout.

T: Pilsner beginning followed by the porter. Obvious Pilsner finish as well, bready and light. A crisp finish but malty in the middle, and sweet. Vanilla, not much fruit sweetness, but bread sweetness, all roasted.

F: Moderate body, slick and oily, like mud. Not, however, mouthcoating. The Pilsner covers that.

All in all, if one is into premixed black and tans, go for it. It sips smooth but is strange for me to be mixed with a Pilsner, almost too light. I see the appeal of crispy malt, but there is not substantial sweetness to back it up. Not bad, but not great either.

Nov 25, 2020
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jetpower from California

4.8/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mississippi Mud is the perfect balance of black & tan for refreshment AND taste. It defies expectations of summer lager and winter porter with hints of each. While Mud is challenging to compare due to its uniqueness, its loyal followers know what they like - and the screw-on cap is there for a reason: Bama Mud is just as good the next day.

Trader Joe's now-national presence makes Mud available in most or all markets; the trick these days is locating the 16 oz. 4-pack, which seems to have disappeared of late.

Oct 04, 2020
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank a lot of this back in the day, mid 1990s. Brings me back. Just okay now, despite it being my first introduction to the style. Nevertheless, it'still not too bad. Fun to revisit. Malty, yet crisp from the pilsner. Mild overall. Worth a shot.

Apr 22, 2020
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Tommon

4.28/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer and now the local grocery stores and liquor stores do not carry it anymore. I’d love to find somewhere in San Antonio TX. Anyone have any idea where I can find it?

Mar 27, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.49 for a jug of this stuff, a price suggesting it should be cheap tasting and terrible, especially given the packing probably costing a good chunk of that, but it isnt, it ends up being a great deal for a surprisingly flavorful and dynamic beer. a blend of pils and porter they say, and when i taste it, i agree, i definitely taste pilsener malt and lager yeast in this, very much to my surprise. it looks light brown or even deep red in color, paler than expected, and with the amount of the lager i taste, im betting this isnt an even blend, but is a little lighter on the darker beer. i get some minerals, dry cocoa, molasses, roasted barley, some english bready yeast character too, a crackery pils layer, and maybe slight metallics to finish, but this is pretty good for what it is, thin but easy drinking. this appears to be some pseudo craft thing though, like the brewery doesnt seem to exist, there are multiple layers of "brewing companies" involved, but none that i have known, and utica new york is a long way from mississippi, maybe a montucky sort of situation here. either way, it tastes well better than expectations, with both threads of the blend appreciable as decent beers it seems, if its all a hoax, they did a good job fooling me. me and my new "mud brothers" decided its been too long since well all had one of these, and split a jug for the heck of it. all of us were surprised how much we liked it. this was a product i may have unfairly written off a decade ago, and one i wont be shy to buy again. how this ended up in every gas station in the country baffles me, but im glad to know its easy to find in a pinch. underrated, if its been awhile for you too, go pick one up and treat yourself!

Dec 06, 2019
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mrecatskill

4.89/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer, I sipped it straight from the jug just sitting on my porch. This is the most amazing part the awesome glass artfully decorated collectable jug. I just felt like an old timer just a sipping away then it was gone. Good to the last drop! The only time I have ever had this taste in beer was an Octoberfest long time ago. Can you imagine I lived my entire life in Upstate NY.. now I live in Boise Idaho and have tasted this amazing Upstate NY beer living in the north west what a taste from home well done.

Nov 24, 2019
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BigGuyDontCry from New York

3.86/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Being a big guy I like big servings and I have always really enjoyed the quart bottles of Mississippi mud. While this beer isn't going to win any awards and there's nothing about it that really smacks you in the face, it is a very drinkable and very enjoyable beer in a fun format and a nice serving size. I have been a fan for a good twenty years at this point and I am glad to see they haven't changed their formula. Their blend strikes a nice balance,not too sweet, flavorful but not so rich that drinking a quart of it is unpleasant in fact you will want another one. Honestly I can drink this all day long and not get tired of it. Leans a little less on the porter side than Yuengling black and tan.

Sep 23, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.72/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear, dark amber. Huge off-white head of foam with excellent retention.

Smell: Chocolate malts, a tiny bit of hop spice, some yeast.

Taste: Chocolate malt with a bit of roastiness. Very mild hop bitterness. Somewhat watery flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with average carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. The marketing choice is quite surprising for a very British beer, though.

Jul 14, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a foamy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of coffee, malt and hops. Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is light but packaging is interesting.

Feb 28, 2019
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davidperez from Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served into a mug, it pours a light, clear brown with some ruby glare, and no head.

The bouquet is reminiscent of a faint american porter, with some chocolate, toffee and coffee.

The flavor follows the nose. You can distinguish an american porter but with an unusal freshness and herbal character.
It really does feel as a blend of the two styles mentioned on the label of beer. Quite unique.

Watery mouthfeel, fresh.

Feb 16, 2019
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BenHoppy from Michigan

4.62/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was in the mood for a black & tan and finally bought this after 7+ years of passing on it. Not sure if this was fresh or aged, bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean....I mean the beer.

The look was chocolatey brown with lots of creamy head giving off the scents of roasted malts and chocolate. The mouth feel was thin and creamy and went down easy.

The flavors reminded me of the Guiness/Bass blend I had in college but this was already stirred up and no need for ratios and a spoon. I get roasted malts and chocolate in the flavors, maybe a touch of coffee, vanilla, and caramel as well. Anyway this was done well and out weighed my expectations. The value for the flavor is there and it was a nice change of pace from the beers I have been consuming lately and will be buying it again soon just because it was a good value for the money.

Sep 14, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the trademark quart jug into a vintage hollow-stemmed goblet. Color is reminiscent of watered-down cola, with a ruby highlight or two. Aggressive pour yielded two fingers of light tan head that settled to a thin ring and a partial cap. Very pretty. Malty aromas and flavors of caramel and dark bread, with a little spice and a touch of char on the tongue. Pleasant bitterness, not too sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and the finish is crisp with a bit of lingering sourness. This is a very good beer, and the price ($4.29/quart) can't be beat.

Sep 01, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can you say, the bottle is the beat part of this beer. Pouts a light brown with a pretty well retained half inch tan head that left nice lacing. Smells of roasted malts, a hint of coffee and a slightly off-putting component that I cannot identify. Tastes of lightly roasted malts, a hint of coffee, grass, caramel and a metallic component that lingers. Light bodied and carbonation, thin mouth feel.

Jun 20, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out dark brown with a tan head. Retention is decent and leaves plenty of lacing.

The nose has toasted grains, a hint of coffee and a faint metallic note.

The taste is similar to the nose. Not some much toasted grains as light roasted coffee with a metallic twang.

Light bodied, smooth, nice carbonation. No complaints.

May 29, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from their unique jug into a pint glass.

Clear brown color with a decent head and lacin. Grassy smell with a bit of roasted malt. Taste is much more light pilsner than porter. A bit weak and watery. Okay, but not something to repeat.

May 17, 2018
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Nass from Florida

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not impressed with what's inside this bold & interesting looking brown bottle. Way too mellow & watered down tasting for the style. Cheers! C (75-79) score range

Apr 02, 2018
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CaptD from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The bottle is the best part of this brew. Pretty light tasting. The combination of black and tan is somewhat underwhelming. Drank it super cold so this was a refreshing change of pace from the other hoppy beers I had consumed this afternoon. Overall it was fun

Jan 14, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 1 quart/946ml bottle into glass. No bottling date information found on bottle or label.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Off white cap persists. Rings of lacing set up after each sip.
Dull, mostly dark malts in the aroma.
Taste is toffee/caramel malts (sweet), slight twang (bitter coffee). A little chalky at the end, rather dry. Not much aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel, rather smooth.
An easy drinking beer, lends itself to long pub sessions. The mix is a good idea, and results in a beer that drinks like a cola (but with ABV).

Jan 11, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The bottle got me, I just couldn't walk away from it...

Though not one of the best B&T's I've ever had, it wasn't the worse. Decent coloration, good lacing down the glass, and some decent staying power when it came to the foam. The smell was non-descript to go with a mouthfeel that was lightly carbonated and the beer itself was light- to medium-bodied. The taste was more than okay and though not necessarily memorable, it was decent enough. Overall it was a good brew, I'm glad I picked it up, but probably won't be on the lookout for the future.

Dec 26, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured to pint glass
Sight: pours black, medium foam that disappears
Smell: not a lot of aroma
Taste: very good, low bitterness
Mouth feel: medium carbonation Overall: very good beer, repeat: no look for: no

Oct 15, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours like a root beer, light brown color with a tan head, creamy lacing, no retention.

A: Lots of caramel and toffee malts, light brown sugar, smells like a coke, rum-like sweetness, smells sweet not getting any roasted notes from the porter that's supposedly in it.

T: Taste like a brown ale with a touch of light brown sugar and rummy sweetness, caramel and toffee malts, light toasted bread, moderate amount of coffee like bitterness, finish is dry with a watered down porter like finish,

M: Light, lots of carbonation, fairly easy to drink.

O: I enjoyed this, a very light easy to drink porter with some slight brown ale notes. I was expecting less from this beer.

Oct 15, 2017
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drXploit from Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my all-time favorite beers. I drink it from the cool little jug it comes with, and usually frost it in the freezer (from warm) for about an hour.
Look: Well, they don't call it a black and tan for nothing, but it has an almost oily look from the two types of beer mixed together. I like it a lot.
Smell: Sweet aromatic.
Taste: Nutty aftertaste, very pleasant to my taste-buds.
Feel: It goes down watery, and has a crisp carbonation, MAKE SURE IT IS ALMOST ICE COLD!

Aug 26, 2017
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one straight from the csn and also from the bottle. The bottle is much more impressive than the ale. Some roast, some malt sweetness, no noticeable hopping. Watery taste and feel. Again, nice bottle.

Jul 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

2.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. From out of this mini-growler, this beer shows a dark hazy brown to black sort of color with a minimally white foamy head that ends up leaving a slight trickling lacing that slides right on into the body. The smell, well, there’s the German malts, somewhat Pilsener like but still letting the roasty sort of quality running about it, but its mainly just roasty and doesn’t really show anything else. The taste was basically just roasty and sweet and had a weird bland dry aftertaste and finish. On the palate, it sat between a light to medium and had a decent sessionability running about it. Carbonation seemed okay, but nothing over the top. Overall, not a bad black & tan, but also not a really pre-made version of one.

Jul 09, 2017
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ThomasTheTank88 from Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My friend bought me this beer. Coolest looking bottle I've had in a long time. Poured a dark ruby color with a large head. Smells heavy. Tasted some sweetness, almost like a tea rather than a light coffee. Really watery. Not bad, not great.

Jun 15, 2017
Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 1278 ratings