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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan | Mississippi Brewing Co.

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Mississippi Mud Black & TanMississippi Mud Black & Tan

Brewed by:
Mississippi Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 438 | Ratings: 1,159
Photo of Cburnette23
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh, come on now! The snarky reviewers at BA REFUSE to give credit where it is due! No matter, this is a good-quality beer all around, and if you like this one it means you have good taste. It's similar in a way to a stout, of course it's lighter and more like a porter in it's consistency and thickness. It's nothing breathtaking, but assuming you're on a budget, it's a fantastic choice, much better than some dull domestic. When I'm low on the dime, I always look to this, Modelo Especial, or Foster's for an inexpensive, yet tasty and enjoyable drinking experience. Kudos to the Mississippi Brewing Company for this, I really do want to thank them for selling this in Sioux Falls, SD where I live. Get you one of these and a few shooters of bourbon or whisky and have yourself a party of one!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 09/18/16:

Not layered, just a dull, copper brown. Clear and capped with foamy, creamy-tan head of great retention, with excellent but sparse lacing in this nonic pint. Roasty, toasty, sweet, touch of chocolate and toffee on the nose, more so Porter than Pilsner. Much the same to my palate, seems just a watered down Porter. Bit of dark fruitiness from the Porter side presumably, evolving to a tart metallic finish. Medium-bodied as expected, slightly thicker than water, with soft and fine tingles and an astringent ending. First tried this on a month-long vacation in Arizona back in Summer 2014. So hot out, needed to stay refreshed with different libations. Liked it. Not a top shelf beer by any means, but a fun “style” and I really dig the bottle. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time I’ve had it or any other pre-blended Black & Tan since. I have enjoyed making my own a time or two with different styles of Guinness and various pale ales and lagers.

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Photo of Erikforreal
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

After reading several reviews from everyone else, I'm in the same basic camp. Nothing really bad, but nothing really great either. If you're going for an aesthetic standpoint the look and the look of the bottles and cans are pretty cool at least. Take it or leave it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark mahogany brown with a thin, fizzy khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of mild dark toasted malt, cocoa, bready malt. Flavor starts with light caramel and toasted malt, then thins out to thin dark malt and mildly bitter hops with a slightly metallic earthy element. Light bodied with good carbonation. The dark malt component of this seems nice, but the whole beer seems watered down. The lager part does not seem interesting enough to balance the darker portion. Starts ok, but finishes thin and chalky. I have not had a black and tan made with middle of the road lagers and porters for years, but this does not seem quite up to even that standard. A pleasant, but understated, almost watered down version of the style. For the price, probably better than anything else in its size (1 quart) and price, but that's about it.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.34/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mississippi Brewing Mississippi Mud Black & Tan, 5% ABV, 65 IBU. First thing to know is that this beer has never been to Mississippi as it is brewed in New York! It is in a huge bomber+ 32oz bottle. This beer is pretty good, but nothing to write home about. Has no bitterness, no alcohol taste, but not much other taste either. It seemed pretty heavily carbonated. I don't believe the 65 IBU rating - there is no bitterness at all. The bottle really is the coolest part of this beer. I'd get it again, particularly at the low price per oz.

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Photo of SaltofOH
2.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Screw-top jug, no date. DFH Tulip. Served extremely cold, initially.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber/light brown with a half finger light khaki head, which dissipates quickly into a thin ring at the edge and a couple of little islands. Lots of small, active carbonation. No lacing, not awful retention, but pretty poor.

Aroma: Some mild roast, a little lager yeast, but pretty tame overall; nothing offensive.

Taste: Pretty dry arrival, slightly sour across mid-palate. Mixes the texture I love ina pilsner and the taste I love in a brown ale in one beer. A little dry cocoa puff across the middle, right before that sourness. Pretty light on the bittering at the end. Some lingering roast notes and a little lingering sourness on the back end. This is better then Yuengling, I suppose. Certainly less sweet and more complex.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of mid-weight. Very clean. Active carbonation.

Overall: The combination is interesting, and much to my surprise, I would drink this again. I could see this pairing well with food. However I can think of no fewer than a dozen brown ales and/or amber lagers that I would pick ahead of this, and this is only available in a jug growler, so I don't see it gracing my fridge again anytime soon. I had this in college 15 years ago, well before my palate was developed, and it was a fun little experiment to return to it. It seems downright watery now, but back then it seemed like an RIS.

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Photo of CoryBraiterman
4.25/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite go-to drinks when I either want something to bring or something for every day. It's a pretty simple, non-offensive combo that is only somewhat accurate to the genre, but it is one of the best inexpensive beers you can get. Mild with just slightly bittery-sweet notes of maybe caramel and dark chocolate. Thin head, dark color. And yes, the packaging will draw eyes, so why not.

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Photo of JakeMegabyte
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

This is a pretty cheap beer, you almost never see 32oz beers at $3. Certainly an easy drink to get drunk. I'm not really seeing the Pilsner/porter combo because this look is closer to a carbonated watered down soup than a beer. Literally no carbonation other than a brief hiss when you open the bottle, it tastes like a watered down porter akin to someone's first attempt at homebrew where they didn't have enough flavorful grain. There are clear notes of metal in the beer indicating that it's been exposed to too much oxygen during the fermentation process. It smells yummy, but I think that's about all it has going for it. It's definitely more drinkable than most domestic American beers, but that's not saying too much. The good thing is getting drunk on it is easy because there's no weight to it. If you're looking for a bud light fix or you have a friend that just doesn't like craft beer but loves American Guinness, this is it's perfect mate.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.66/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddy ruddy rootie tooty booty. Brown colored, tan head, dissipates super quick. Aroma was a little bit of brown malt, nothing much going on.

Taste is a mildly sweet, thin bodied mouthfeel lacking in terms of hops, malt and yeast contributions. Can't figure out how this is a black and tan, the black feels missing, seems like an american brown ale more than anything else.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Excellent price ($5 quart). Great bottle. Good porter mixed with a decent pilsner. Okay tobacco tasting beer with a somewhat crappy watery mouthfeel. Good enough to get again. I bought it because of the bottle (so did you). They must sell a ton for the same reason.

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Photo of beertunes
2.4/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sometimes, being a ticker ain't that much fun. This is one of those times. While there was nothing abhorrently wrong with this beer, it wasn't very good, and was not at all enjoyable. Try it for a cheap thrill. Or don't. you won't be missing anything.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 1/22/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light coffee, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light coffee, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light coffee/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice black and tan style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of devo1980
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fun novelty jug. About as good as a beer you would expect to drink out of a large jug. Reminded me a bit of Yeungling Black & Tan. Smooth, slightly sweet, non-offensive. Very easy to drink, but not a whole lot to write home about.

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Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
4.04/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I miss this brew so much. It entered my local market around 2008 and disappeared around 2011. This is one of the easiest drinking brews I've ever had, and it had both silky smoothness and bold character. I don't know why Mississippi Brewing Co pulled this out of Ohio, because my buddies and I drank this stuff religiously; especially on weekends during football season. Having our finger through the loop on the handle of the jug during a ballgame was a way of life for us for several years. Mississippi Brewing Co, if you ever read this, PLEASE come back to Ohio. You are deeply missed.

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from their classic 32 OZ "jug" bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- has a very nice blend of malt, coffee and bread. Appearance- pours a clear reddish amber with a medium sized off-white head. Taste- has a nice cocoa flavor with a hint of smokiness. Overall, a good black & tan. It was better than I expected.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly light feel, and one can easily drink quite a bit of this without even noticing. The taste (and smell) is defined by a smokey characteristic, besides that it's quite subtle besides some minimal malt-tones.

I picked up a growler for $4, and for that price it might be worth a shot if you are looking for a very drinkable hybrid black & tan.

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Photo of Spikester
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with a modest less than one finger of tan short lived head. Little or no lace.
Smell is chocolate and coffee.
Taste is chocolate coffee porter with some light pilzner aspects.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but well carbonated. Finish is mildly dry and slightly bitter.
Overall it is pleasing to drink and the jug is cool. I waited a long time to try this but ran out of choices at the convenience store.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.81/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] The wide opening allowed for a hard pour yielding 2 fingers off off white head. The beer is a red to brown and really transparent. There is no listed ABV or dates. However, I am adding to my score because the bottle (faux jug) is kind of awesome.

S: [3.75] Traditional "lager" smell of bread. Some hints of caramel and maybe some chocolate. Overall the nose is pretty basic.

T: [4.00] Right out of the gate I got strong chocolate. Much more than I was expecting based on the nose. All of the taste makes me think porter. Some roasted malts.

M: [3.50] Tingly carbonation. Medium body. The beer is refreshing and not dry or bitter.

O: [3.75] In theory this is a mix of a lager and a porter. Interestingly I get each element separately. The nose is almost all lager scent. The taste is classic porter (and a decent one). The feel is all lager again - cool crisp and refreshing. I think this works as a hybrid. I am really pleasantly surprised. I will drink this again.

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Photo of matjack85
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have to admit I bought this more for the look of the jug shaped bottle than for anything I knew or heard about the beer.

The beer was caramel brown in color with a 2-finger beige head that lasted awhile and left some good lacing.

Nice aroma of dark bread and sweet malt.

Mildly sweet with a lot of caramel malt but not much else. Tasty, but not complex.

Thin body with low carbonation.

Very drinkable and very sessionable at just 5% abv. It holds up really well ice cold. Can anyone tell me how this New York beer came to be called Mississippi Mud? Especially curious about the "mud" part as this beer is really thin.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid average beer IMO. I wouldn't drink it again. It's got an okay taste, but isn't anything like a black and tan. Much too thin, no body. I was expecting something a little hardier.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Much more tan than black this has an almost cheap flavor but ultimately redeems itself to be above average. Lots of malty flavor of barley, nuts, pecan, grain and tea leaf.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.93/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

We had a blind tasting (17 beer drinkers) between this (Mississippi Mud), the Oskar Blues Old Chub, Murphy's Irish Stout, and 21st Amendment's Back-In-Black. (I realize that's 4 different styles, but the category was "Dark beer from a can".) By a small majority, this was the winner.

A little thin feeling, but goes down nicely. I had the cans, but bottle is super cool, giving this a beer a full 5 points for the look category.

But why is a beer from New York State called Mississippi Mud?

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Photo of mchegash
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 3.75/5
Dark red-brown, clear, but dark in color, so only a moderate amount of light passes through. Two fingers of very foamy looking light-medium beige head.

Smell - 2.5/5
A kind of strange (not in a good way) smelling lager. Also some good fresher lager smell in a different whiff.

Taste - 2/5
The thoughts that went through my mind the first sip "Guinness...now lager...now gross medicine...now weird flavor mish-mash of all the above." I repeated a second sip and it was the same. Basically, the worst part is the middle of the sip. The beginning is the best and the end is somewhere between meh and gross.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied, carbonation is slightly more intense than average. Quite crisp.

Overall - 2.5/5
This was not a good beer at all. I only bought it because it came in this cool 32oz bottle and I had never seen this beer before and it was $3.99. I wasn't really expecting much from it, so I can't say I'm disappointed. But I can't recommend it either.

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Photo of dabone
3.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Dark chocolate and very transparent. Light brown, tan head. Light hop aroma. Good flavor of porter with hints of coffee and chocolate. Light Pilsner hop taste. Very thin texture. Overall not bad.

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Photo of Beer_Connoisseur
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Liquid mediocrity. Im sure that this blend would taste leagues better if it was served freshly prepared on tap. Not a huge fan of mixed beers to begin with but I couldn't pass up a 32 oz growler for only 3 bucks and some change.

L: The color appeals to me mostly because i am a fan of stout beers. It poured surprisingly smooth however the thin head did not last.

S: After first pour had a strong note of metal and soured hops. After letting it settle the metallic smell seemed to dissipate.

T: Not much to talk about on this front. Very underwhelming for what you would expect from a blended beer. Almost as if it was a porter mixed with Bud Light. Not a strong aftertaste either. Just not much flavor here

F: Extremely light on mouth feel. Any typical light beer feel. Slight carbonation

O: With the qualities above this beer could easily be a mid-high 2's. However finding a decent 32oz beer at 3 bucks is damn near impossible. Would purchase again if already trashed and looking for something dark and cheap.

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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
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