Mississippi Mud Black & Tan | Mississippi Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,188
Reviews:
447
Avg:
3.08
pDev:
20.45%
 
 
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30
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Photo of Sammy
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was given this beer at an x-mas party. Needless the say, while I drank it I was not that impressed but had to put up a good face and drink it so as not to embarass the giver. There is a dark colour, I tasted some roastiness. Sourish finish. The packaging is unique and attracted curiousity. Despite that, with the name mud, noone wanted to share it out.

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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear cola brown color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet malt, mild fruitiness, and slight smoke. Taste is a subdued and watery version of the smell with a roasty flavor coming through on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but it's super cheap at $2.49 for the mini-jug at Trader Joe's. Nothing horrible but nothing great here.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this because the bottle was awesome looking. I thought I'd enjoy this beer much more than I did. The beer is on the light side, not by color but by mouthfeel. I know it's a blend I just think ofnmud as being thick and I was expecting this to be like that too. The color is a dark yet transparent brown. Flavor had too much grass in it and not enough porter/stout.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very dark red in color but clear and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate amounts of roasted malt aromas in the nose along with some hints of maple syrup.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of nutty malts along with notes of roasted malts and hints of maple syrup and smoke.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does not have much complexity in the flavors but its light body makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really don't consider 'Black and Tan's' to be a legitimate style of beer, but I'll judge it accordingly anyway. After trying this one a few years ago, I was unimpressed. Now, after knowing a bit more about beer flavor profiling, I kinda enjoyed this brew. Basically a weak, malty sweet American Stout in character. The 'tan' portion seemed to water the stout characters quite a bit, but substituted a moderately fruity sweet caramel malt character. I could also describe this as a big amber beer with cocoa, roasted grain (Porter--sh) and more moderately hopped. Schizophrentic of course, but I don't mind the experiment. Oh yea, the bottle is sorta neat too.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A full quart's worth of 'English Porter and Continental Pilsner', on the patio at the Sugar Bowl. This fat-capped jug sure brought the stares from adjacent tables, I'll tell ya.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and latently soapy tan (whoomp, there it is!) head, which leaves some fairly consistent, yet splattered lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuit and caramel malts, dark powdery chocolate, soft milky coffee, musty black fruit, oily nuts, a touch of earthy yeast, and leafy, herbal hops. The taste is lightly roasted, bready caramel and pale malt, mildly bitter coffee, gritty bar-top nuts, a fading mocha, um 'sweetness', stale, and slightly sour dark orchard fruit, and somewhat bitter, leafy, dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tad frizzy up front, the body a decent medium weight (speaking to a hefty porter input, likely) and basic in its smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the waning caramel sweetness paired with a strong nutty, crackery, and edgy floral drying character.

As was to be expected, this is a veritable mish-mash of two distinct styles - the heavier, more complex porter, and the lighter, crisper Pils. While nothing really offends, there seems to be a bit of a confusing experience to drinking this hybrid - but maybe if I didn't know that going in, it would just be perceived as a nice, drinkable, mildly complex, sour, and plainly hoppy dark ale. Or not.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.26/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a huge slightly of-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of weak sweet malt with a very subtle touch of bitter hops. Taste is sweet with a weak malt presence and not much hops. Watery body and overall a very uninteresting beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, yes, the bottle, name and artwork is very cheesy. And I think this beer gets a bad rap because of it.

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, khaki colored head of foam. It left some sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and some roasty notes.

T - Mostly chocolate with caramel and a slight bitterness. It started out tasting like a porter, but as it warmed it tasted more like a Munich Dunkel Lager.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a somewhat dry finish.

O - This is better than what I expected from the reviews.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

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 NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure exactly why this beer is so popular in southern New Jersey (I think it's the packaging), but after seeing it time and time again in liquor store coolers I thought I'd give it a try. It pours a clear mahogany body that's topped by a short but creamy tan head. The head retention is only fair, and it drops shortly to a thin collar and whispy surface covering but leaves some lace initially. Fruitiness is prevelent in the nose, backed up by a touch of lightly caramel and cocoa-tinged malt. There's not alot going on, but it's actually quite nice and very welcoming. The body is light and it's crisp on the tongue. In the flavor, assorted fruits (apple, grape, orange, berry) and chocolate/cocoa-tinged malt combine in a mildly sweet cornicopia of drinkability. There's no noticeable hop flavor present, and the bitterness plays only a supporting role. It finishes with a flourish of fruit followed by a soft note of cocoa, and then dries out with a very mild note of alcohol and a touch of hop bitterness. Although it's very simplistic, it is actually quite quaffable. It has more character that most mainstream American lagers and makes a good crossover beer for the uninitiated.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.27/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up a Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a dense black brew with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose begins all the problems. First of all, mixing a porter and a pilsner does not yield a black and tan. Second, even judging this beer on its own, it tastes like a watered-down porter that wasn't any good to begin with. Nose brings forward a bit of roasted malt plus some slight notes of chocolate. Anything resembling hops--Noble or American--is completely lacking. The flavor is similarly plain and one dimensional, containing nothing other than a bit of roasted malt. Feel is thin and a bit watery. This is a bad beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like to get this from time to time as its a decent beer, 946ml for $4 or so. Pretty sweet deal.

A: Pours a large 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. Leaves lots of pot marks as it fades. A very clear amber brown color.

N: A cheaper ale like aroma, with some crisp ale smells, a slight sweet malt, and slight crystal malt. Not much for "black".

T: A little better than the nose. Some roasted malt taste hits first. It adds a slight creamy taste and touches of dark fruit. Then a light malt taste follows suit. It's very creamy, and together adds some dark malt flavors and light body taste and feel. Some fruit flavors as well comes through, not sure which fruit, but it's there. A little sweet as well.

M: Semi light body, lower carbonation.

F: A slight sweet flavor mixes with a lingering roasted malt flavor to stick around for a while. Finishes pretty clean though, similar to a light ale. The roasted malt adds a nice flavor, and the light malts add a nice finish. It lacks a little in the aroma and body, which is probably what the light malts take away from the darks.

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Photo of oberon
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My wife picked me up the big jusg of this brew cuzz she liked the jug-like bottle a few weeks agoe and I never reviewed it because it was quite forgettable.Pour is decent a reddish brown color with not much head to it,aroma is very grainy and malty but not much there.I also got a metallic taste but not much just a slight metallic tinge in the finish,some slight caramel malt taste but pretty bland.A beer in a gimmick bottle quite a concept,that how you can sell really bad beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off-white head on a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Brown malt with dry caramel. A hint of english hops and a clean yeast profile.

T - Toasted malt with dry, brown caramel flavors. Some light roast towards the finish with mild hops and bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad for what it is. The idea of a bottled black and tan is a bit pointless since you just end up with a brown ale, but this is a decent brown ale. Nothing special, but drinkable and better than most beers that come in a 32oz, screw-top bottle. It is interesting to note that the Mississippi Brewing Co is in Utica, NY; kind of like salsa from New York City I guess.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 32oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a rusty brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light roasted malts, caramel, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of caramel, coffee and grain. There's a little bit of smokiness in the background. Then a mild hops presence comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer overall, but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
3.08 out of 5 based on 1,188 ratings.
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