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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2001

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Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Clear, medium brown body looks like a mix of dark and light colored ales. The head was very nice. Full, tan, and lots of lacing.

Smell – There’s the standard American grain aroma complimented with roasted malts. The malts though are kind of faint. I also couldn’t find any sweetness in there.

Taste – Well, I think I like the “black” better than the “tan.” The dark flavors aren't bad. The burnt malt, which tastes like a light dark ale, has a chocolaty sweetness to it. The “premium beer” flavor though is typical macro piss.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and kind of creamy and actually quite smooth. Not bad.

Drinkability – This tastes like a good American attempt at a dark lager.

Comments – This came in a moonshine-type of jug that you’d find down South in a backyard still. It’s quite a sight. If you collect bottles you HAVE to go out and buy one of these.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a somewhat clear, deep ruby brown with an off-white head that's just under 2 finger thick. Decent retention. A fine, silky and somewhat sticky lacing.

Smell - Notes of roasted chocolate malt and hints of coffee mostly, though a bit muddled, likely by the pilsner.

Taste - Strong notes of chocolate hit right off the bat, and ring through from start to finish. A hint of coffee. A bit of metallic twang creeps up mid-taste, then finishes a tad stale, like day old coffee that's been sitting in tin. Metallic aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, and the carbonation is a bit weak.

Overall - Starts off great, but sip after sip becomes a bit of a struggle, as the funky metallic flavor muddles up all the good porter character that's present to begin. Halting the drinkage for a few minutes and allowing the bland metallic flavor to dissipate does help to get back to square one, but is it really worth it? It's not all that great to begin with. Props on one of the coolest bottles in the industry, though!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

32 oz cool-looking painted jug with a stamp of 2369, guessing that is late 2009 brewed date? Pours a clear amber color with a pretty nice cap of creamy, light tan foam. Retention is not too shabby either.

Nose consists of lightly roasted malts, a bit of sweet graininess and raisin-esque fruitiness. Pretty light overall, but that is to be expected with a blend of porter and light lager. Not much of the lager shows through and that is probably a good thing.

Taste is not very good, this is a bad idea. It tastes like the porter portion of the beer was not very good to start with, a little astringent and not much roast, chocolate or coffee...all tasty components of good porters. There is the light fruitiness and flashes of some darker malts that keep this thing at least more interesting than your average macro. The light lager just seems to further thin out and water the beer down. A guinness and a bass definitely make a better Black & Tan than this. Cool packaging, uninspiring beer.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark copper color with a bit of a reddish tint. Creamy tan head that pours about 2 fingers high and leaves bits of lacing.

S- Malted coffee nose with a touch of hops and bread.

T- Roasted malt flavor with small traces of coffee and fruit.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Not a very strong alcohol bite, slightly watery.

D- Ok brew that doesn't overwhelm you with taste. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a nice dark amber-mahogany with a thick, pale beige, fairly persistent head. Aroma is malty and has just a hint of fruit. Flavor is malty and has touches of smoke and molasses, pleasant but not thick or mouth-filling. Texture is smooth and just a little watery. Not too shabby.

Hey, how come it's called Mississippi Mud when it's brewed in New York? ;)

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Photo of buschbeer
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One quart jug

Bottle proclaims it is a blend of "robust classic porter" with a "fine continental pilsner".

A - Poured entire contents into one liter mug. Root beer colored body with three three fingers of tan head.

S - The initial aroma is sweet, like an adjunct lager. As it warms some of the roasted characteristics come out, faint chocolate.

T - The taste follow the same path as the smell. Up front I get adjunct lager. On the finish I get the robust porter coming out. It's good that it finishes that way because the lager taste is not great.

M - Moderate to thin.

D - I would like to try just the porter. The finishing characteristics are far more appealing than that initial blast of adjunct lager. The packaging supersedes the product.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby color with the smallest head that instantly disappears. Has the flavors of a weak porter - some chocolate and maybe coffee - as well as a pilsner - crispness and grains. The mouthfeel is watery and medium-hi carbonation. It's overall decent, nothing too special, but good.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love the look of the quart bottle, great gimmick, so I thought I'd give it a try. It went slightly down hill from there. Very dark colour and off white head after pouring into my trusty glass mug. Looks nice but tastes and smells maybe slightly better than average for what it is suppose to be which is a novelty I guess. Not sure why Mississippi brewing is located in NYC LOL.

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Photo of Nick3
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass forms a fluffy off white 3 finger head. Beer exhibits a gorgeous, dark mohagany color. Smell is disappointing, doesn't smell bad, but can't detect much other than some faint malts. Taste starts with some nice malts and then everything just disappears. Almost like a movie where the first 10 minutes is great and then everything else disappoints. Beer is light bodied and smooth. A simple, easy to drink beer and that's about it.

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Photo of zestd
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigAl18
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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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Photo of Drew966
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan pours a medium brown with an off white head from a brown bottle shaped like a miniature one quart moonshine jug with a twist off cap. I kind of like the aroma, malty, on the cocoa side. I'm not real impressed with the taste, its kind of fruity, and maybe a little cocoa toward the end. Not bad overall, I really wasn't expecting much based upon the gimmicky bottle. I tried it many years ago and I didn't remember being impressed, so actually its better than I would have suspected.

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Photo of Lancer211
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass. In all honesty, was recommended by a friend.

A - I have to sell out and give this beer a 5.0 just for the expert marketing involving this amazing bottle... even if it IS made in Utica, NY. It catches your eye as a novelty across the store. It pours with a decently-sized off-white head, going from golden to bourbon to dark brown colored. Minimal lacing.

S - Oddly scented with a hint of hops, dark fruits and adjuncts. It's what you get in a cheap black and tan, I guess.

T - A bit of a roasted malt hint, the slightest bit of caramel, some hoppy bitterness, a lot of water. Nothing too memorable.

M - Barely oily, sorta like an ice'd tea.

D - So long as you don't mind the mediocre flavor, you could have all these you want.

I have to admit that this beer would be nothing without the unique bottle... however I must give them credit for this, as I still have an empty Mississippi Mud bottle sitting atop my fridge, just for the fun....

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of garymuchow
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looking for a single bottle for lunch. Had seen this for year (not this exact bottle) and figured it was about time. Why not.
Very light overall aroma. Slightly sweet, more lager like than porter. Slight caramel note.
Pours thin and clear. Dark amber with orange, copper, brown. Big full head that's tan.
Flavor is light overall. I guess it's some light lager and maybe in there is something dark, stronger, or heavier, but it's hard to detect. Touch of the unsweetened toffee/caramel up front and move to middle with more malt flavor. Mild bitterness and finishes soft and swift. Mild tartness eventually appears and grows stronger in time and lends a sourness to off-set any sweetness. Just a slight vegatel tone in aroma (I initially wanted to deny it) and flavor. Fortunately not too distracting. Additionally, as it warms it takes on a little more caramel and some smoke.
Moderately thin. Goes does easily. Carbonation is indistinct.
Certainly not the greatest example of style or a great beer, but it will do just fine for now. Seems more like a dark Am. lager than anything approaching a black/tan. Would I purchase it again?...probably not, but I'm not a worse person for consuming.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two big words for this one... METALIC AFTERTASTE!!! I am glad to see that I was not the only one to get the metalic aftertaste/smell. At first, I thought it was the glass, but now I know differently. It had a very nice appearance to it, especially the super thick head. The head lasted a few minutes and then died down to a laceing. If it wasn't for the metal taste/smell, it would have gotten a way better review. Sure, I like metal, but musically, not taste. Other than that, it was an above average atempt at a black and tan. Get rid of the metal and watch the ratings soar!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ab39z
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of ujsplace
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Pours a deep brown colored brew with fizzy, tan lace that quicky fades.

Smells of roasted malts and mild molassess with a hint of hoppiness...

Tastes of roasted malts and mild hops with a hint of chocolate. A bit too mild.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and watery, descent carbonation.

This is easy enough to drink, but is really nothing special. It is however, a bit of a different take on a black and tan.

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Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight hop, yeast, and slight adjunct. Much stronger in smell of a pilsner not the porter. Fits the style of a Black & Tan. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight roasted malt, some grain, and slight adjunct. Overall, better body and flavor than aroma, but it would be vastly improved with a better quality pilsner as the 'tan'.

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Photo of kinggimp
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel brown with a light tan bubbly head. Good clarity, ok lacing. I'll call it a "small" growler.

I get the pils nose, not the porter, at first. Grassy lighter aroma. Some mineral elements. Now he head is gone, I've got some nice caramel elements.

WTF, this isn't that bad. Light caramel sweetness up front, some roasted grain, some toasty malt, light cocoa, light bitterness. Not complex, but I do get more porter than pils. Needs some better hop elements. Has something funky/sour that I can't put my finger on.I've had much better of the style out of a bottle, but this isn't too bad.

Astringent finish, which I'm not digging -- getting cotton mouth.. Lighter bodied, prickly carbonation.

Overall, the part that kills drinkability for me isn't taste, it is mouthfeel. Still, no horrible brew by any means.

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Photo of mikemands
3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
3.08 out of 5 based on 1,183 ratings.
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