Mississippi Mud Black & Tan | Mississippi Brewing Co.

Mississippi Mud Black & TanMississippi Mud Black & Tan
1,193 Ratings
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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Photo of trackstar1043
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep copper hue, 1 inch of rocky tan head, that left no noticable lacing.

S - Smells sweet, carmels, molasses, roasted malts, quite malty, rasins and plums, has a smokey character.

T - Malty and sweet, no hint of bitterness, just deep toasty flavors and very similar to the nose.

M - Med Bodied, low carbonation, sweet after-taste.

D - Decent example of a Black and Tan, goes down clean and easy but doesn't stand out to be anything special.

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Photo of Generik420
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have seen this crazy jug of beer multiple times in the past and finally decided to check it out. I read some of the other reviews here and wasn't expecting too much out of it, but all in all I thought it was fairly decent. First off, the jug is pretty outstanding. Got to really give this brewer some props on creativity with what looks like an earthenware jug.

I poured into a standard pint glass and got a thin head that left little to no lacing on the glass. The color is what got me. Very dark but still allowed light through, giving a dark reddish blackish color. It definitely looks appealing. Took a good smell of the beer and would say it smells like a fairly ordinary lager beer. Nothing really jumps out, no distinct hop aroma. Taste kind of lived up to the beer. It was good, but not great, more or less kind of nondescript. A slight roasty flavor, but no real discernible hop character. The bottle says it captures the true flavor of a black and tan, but I would a Guinness and Harp hand poured is much better.

This beer kind of amused me in a way. The look of the bottle and the name on it implies it is from Mississippi, but then you read that it is brewed it Utica, NY. A decent beer, nothing to go out of your way for, but might not be a bad option if you wanted a decent sized beer for a low price.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazelnut body with a thinnish frothy head that leaves bits of lace. Smell is a mix of some roasty malts and chocolate malts toned down a bit by the paler malts of the lighter beer. Vague hop is somewhere in the background. I pick up a little graininess. Flavor is a mix of milk chocolate sweetness, pale grains, some buttery tone, and an odd, flat, yeastiness. Not too bad, though. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, but the carbonation isn't wilding out too much. Kind of light in both flavor and mouthfeel, which makes this an easy sinker.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan has a decent amber colour and a head that fades quickly but it maintains good lacing. The smell is of malt and some yeast. It has a weak maltiness to it that fades into a sour tang. This beer is pretty watery in the mouth but goes down ok.

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Photo of BeccaH
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cshaffer
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason_cs
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown / auburn like color, with a long lived dense white foamy head. Not much of an odor to speak of, but gave hints of dark chocolate and alcohol. Smooth flavor of roasted hops and malt with a bit of barley. Kind of watery as well. I would drink this again, but I would not mistake it as a black and tan. This is more like a red beer that's been over done. Worth a try, but not what I would recommend as a good black and tan.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 quart growler-bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with two fingers of light tan foam. Not much head retention, but overall it looks pretty good.

Smell: the bottle claims this is a mix of a porter and a pilsner, and it smells the part. There's a nice roasty character but I think this beer gets the worst of both worlds vis-a-vis porter tartness and a sour graininess from the pilsner. It's not bad, but it's not great either.

Taste: more of the same story as in the aroma. This beer fails to incorporate the best of the styles and really ends up the worse off for it. That said, it's not horrible by any means. Average is about the best I can call it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not too bad, although there's a bit of an acidic, astringent quality that holds it back a little bit.

Drinkability: this beer is alright, but I don't love it. There are better-executed premixed black & tans out there.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type "bottle" is subjective, since its design is a jug. Like the look - not the beer. A good looking beer, light brown with some ruby tints, see thru a little, with a two-figner head that died quickly. A light malt smell of roasted malts along with some butterscotch/caramel and toffee mixed in for a little sweetness. This beer starts to lose it after this. Light-to-medium bodied with some sweetness to it, but it also comes across as a little slick and syrupy. Has a slightly dry finish from some roasted malts and a twinge of hops, although the malts pretty much nullify any significant malt presence. A somewhat dull beer that really doesn't improve while it warms (that 32 oz. bottle sure starts to look dumpable after a while). I might be able to take a 12 oz. bottle or draft, but I can't buy the quart again. Just not that good.

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Photo of zuggy9
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fun black and tan, in a very cool container. It pours a strong reddish-copper with good carbonation and a creamy tan head that retains well and laces nicely. The smell is nice, with some roasted malt and a bitter sweet and fruity. The taste is light and clean, but nothing spectacular. Nice mouthfeel, quite creamy. It's quite drinkable, particularly slug over your hand, drink a la moonshine! Yee Haw!

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Photo of Andreji
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The name and bottling of this beer had kept me intrigued for about a month already, and it created an anxiety until i finally popped the mud open.

And there came the first disappointment. Subconsciously, and i know i'm not alone here, i expected a Black and Tan named MUD and slow brewed to be a bit more viscous, a bit more opaque, a bit more mystical. Nope, this pours an amber colour that can be equally shared by a quality belgian as a crap strong lager. The head was not very lasting and the persistent, big-bubbled carbionation looked more like a soda. moving on.

The smell was it's highest characteristic. you can explore a bit of a range here, from malt to coffee to alcohol. but sad enough, it's not kept up by the taste. You faintly notice malts and hops, the "Continental Pilsner"s dull spectrum far more than the Porter (a style of my appeal). You've no complexity to look for here, rather perplexity in the description. The only way I could describe it was like a book missing the plot. You get the introduction- kind of sweet but not giving away much. You get the ending, a swift wash down of bitterness. But the plot- the complex flavours expected, the carbonation, that feel that goes to your nose, even the density- are not there. And this is its fatal flaw, IMO.

I hate it when a beer's paraphernalia leaves a deeper mark than the beer itself. This beer i won't be looking for in the future all in all. It's so...average. that's it. average.

Oh, plus, since when's a pint 473ml? damn US measurements....

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Photo of goschool
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been temped to buy this stuff for the farkatke bottle many, many times and tonight was finally the night. I was at the Trader Joe's on White Oak and I refrained from buying those chocolate orange things, so I figured I give the Mississippi Mud (from upstate New York) a shot.

The pour is awesome. Massive head with stellar retention. The color is amber to light brown. This smells like a weak attempt at a brown ale.

Okay, the taste is strange. The beer is a combination of an English porter and a pilsner. Now almost every English stout, English porter, and English brown ale is horrible when it's cold, however the only way to pick up the porter character in this beer is when it's straight from the refrigerator. After two minutes it tastes like some bland brown, amber, or even a marzen.

The mouthfeel is average. The way to consume this entire jug is to pour a glassful and then put it back in the fridge until the next pour.

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Photo of generallee
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a 1quart jug/bottle into a pint glass. The label is made to look like a stone jug and it has a nice description of the beer. There are some possible batch codes or freshness dates but they are unreadable. No abv.

Appearance: It had a deep crimson red color with good clarity when held up to light. On top is a tall and slow fading head. This head is light tan in color and hangs on well making some lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: There is a light toasted malt with some caramel sweetness backed up with some herbal leafy hop notes. I also get a slight papery or a cardboard like oxidized presence in the nose.

Taste: The flavor is a little light or thin but not overly so. I do pick up some toasted malt character with some light caramel like sweetness. Hops come on lightly and offer very little balance. There is only a slight herbal note towards the finish which is still mildly sweet with a slightly dull papery note. This rides in on a smooth and thinly textured body.

Notes: I am not really impressed with this Black and Tan and after drinking half of the quart I cap it back up to save for cooking. Its not a bad beer but its just not one that I wanted to keep on drinking when I have so many better beers on hand.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Big fan of the jug. Pours a clear brown with a large off-white head that has decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Some lager yeast, roast malt, and a bit of caramel and coffee.

T: Similar to the aroma with lager yeast flavor, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and some grainy malt.

M: Crisp, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not as good as I remember it from having it years ago, but that doesn't really surprise me. Not bad, fun to carry around and drink.

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Photo of jsh420
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear dark amber brown with a 1 finger fizzy white head that left some spotted lacing

smell is like a macro dark pils - little roasted caramel malt light grains light grassy hops

taste is watery but i do pick up both pils and porter - watery pils upfront then the chocolate and roasted malts come through on the after taste

mouthfeel is very light well carbonated semi crisp and ulta smooth

drinkability - easy drinking and the novelty jug might get me to buy this again

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Photo of One1Asterisk
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Points for the cool jug, otherwise, no thanks. I'll mix them myself!

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a mug of mine a dark red/brown color with 2 fingers of tan froth.

smells like coffee grinds, hints of chocolate. can't detect any hops.

pleasant coffee and chocolate taste, with a bit of metal and bitterness.

rich creamy and medium bodied.

Im workin my way through the quart easy enough, but 1 quart is enough.

overall pretty average, however the bottle is badass with a Alligator layin in some mud. cool

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Photo of tavernjef
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange root beer brown color on the top side with a more amber hue to its bottom half. Not completely divided in color but a definate difference between the top and bottom of the glass. Head is soft and sandy with a semi-creamy thickness to it but stays thin and gooey-like. Lacing is minimal in spots.

Aroma is light and a tiny bit sweet with a corn and dried corn husk tone to it. Very low on the scale of wiffable, quite clean and quite.

Taste is about the same, very tame and quite with not a whole lot to offer other than a soft corn-like sweetness with a slight undertone of dried husks and plain granola. Drys off slightly as it finishes with a whish of the grainy husks coming through. Overall very light on the buds.

Feel is pretty light ended but clean. Sorta brings along a bit of rounded off dull sweetness as it just kinda sits there with out much body or flare. Clean and easy with a very light airy dryness and tinge of grains nearer the finish.

Nothing I would'nt seek out again really. Very average, if not all together boring and forgetable.

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Photo of gandres
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. quart bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, though lighter than I expected into a mug, with a full white head, no real lacing though.

S: Light smell of roasted malt and coffee, some hops.

T: Mostly roasted malts and some milk chocolate. The porter seems to be the major flavour imparter in this beer, as the lager doesn't seem to do anything, but lighten the flavour. Tasty, but I would have liked more porter character, maybe change the blending ratios.

M: Very light, almost like a macro lager in feel, watery, fizzy.

D: An interesting beer, one of the first beers I remember ever having, would be a good introduction into crafts, without hitting someone over the head with flavour, great bottle as well.

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Photo of scubahood
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: A jug reminiscent of bootleggers with an alligator on it. Needless to say I had been eyeing this one for awhile.

Appearance: Thick foamy head. The beer poured a dark brown with red hues. Looks appealing but would get a higher rating if I took the bottle into consideration!

Smell: Smells malty. Roasted coffee smell. Still not sure what to expect from this beer as neither the look nor the smell has impacted me one way or the other.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Low carbonation which is odd considering the pour. Average, which is becoming a theme, mouthfeel. Has the taste of roasted malts with very little hop impact.

Drinkability & Notes: Very underwhelming but somewhat tasty for the style which isn't my favorite. I would much rather just make a black and tan myself instead of it being homogenized. I would get again just for the bottle and cheap price.

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Photo of 67cuda
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured about 2 fingers of dense white head, with the beer itself being a dark reddish amber color. It smelled slightly chocolatey, but mostly grainy.. It tasted fairly sweet, like roasted hops and malt, with a hint of barley, also a bit of a caramel taste in my opinion, fairly smooth overall. It seemed a bit watery, and fairly carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer, but not a memorable one.. It doesn't seem much like a black and tan to me.. I must say I do like the bottle though...

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Photo of jslice99
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WillWillows
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wish I knew more about the pilsner and the porter used in this bottle half and half. The beer was okay with my pizza. I poured into a pint jar, the color was dark but not dense, the head was small, quarter an inch. I poured from the 1 quart jug which is a nice novelty, the gator is a nice touch. Beer was decent, but not remarkable. I could drink a couple.

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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 1,193 ratings
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