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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
439
Ratings:
1,162
Avg:
3.08
pDev:
33.44%
 
 
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30
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Reviews: 439 | Ratings: 1,162
Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Mississippi Mud is an interesting combination of beer....porter and pilsner. The porter provides roast, peat and mild dark chocolate. The pilsner provides grassy like hops and bitterness. Put them together and you have a decent balanced beer that is easy drinking and sessionable. This beer is probably better drank in the cooler spring, fall and winter days. Additionally this beer would go well with spicier foods. Overall a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.34/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split by Thorpe. Thanks I think.

Beer is dark and clear at the same time, think a dark brown, minimal head. Looks about what I expected.

Smells like a lager with a mild porter mixed in. I guess this is what they were going for.

Taste like nothing mixed with ash. Me no liky. It has a mild sweet character at the lead off like a some lagers might if you were bad at making them and then a super weak bitter ash at the end of the beer, no after taste, this is a tick and nothing more, not a repeat just a random beer I've never had.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/09/04- Purchased at the local Trader Joes in San Mateo.

Appearance- Pours a semi dark brown with a huge head and pretty nice lacing. Nice moonshine jug! I can join me's a jugband now!! YEEEHAW!!

Smell- Nothing fantastic. A bit of roasted malts and that's about it. Not a real good scent.

Taste- Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate swirling around and some nasty coors light tasting stuff. I guess that's the tan part. YUK!

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth and admittedly easy to swallow. Very low carb level.

Drinkability- That funky "tan" taste ruins it for me. Would have been semi decent if they had used a good lager for the tan part. Now it's just a below average beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown higlights with a thin bubbly head which left good lacing sticking on the glass.

S: I did get chocolate malt right off the bat with a hint a wheat, nuttiness, and aromas of various grains. It also had faint citrus and spice notes.

T: chocolate and caramel greet my palate first with various grains and wheat malt accents that I'm assuming are coming from the pilsner side. There is also some underlying citrus and spice notes like the nose.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but grainy, malty, and creamy finish.

D: actually drank very good like I remember cause I use to drink this beer all the time when I was in high school which was 10 years ago. I honestly start blending alll kinds of beers after drinking this one; gooding looking out MM.

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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 WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a creamy crystal malt scent that is really quite nice. The taste is good. It boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a nice sweet malt palate that goes down easy and satisfies. This is a pretty damn good beer for being served up in a glass jug. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer surprised me. I wasn't expecting much, but what I got was a fine black and tan. It drinks well.

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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 Mora2000
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown-amber with white head. Aroma is mainly malt with some slight roasted character. Pretty ordinary. Flavor is more of the same, tastes sort of like a macro lager mixed with a porter. Not terrible, but not something I would drink again. Medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is the only above average part of the beer.

(Sampled several months ago and reviewed from notes. I thought I had already reviewed this but then noticed I had either never entered the review or it was lost somehow.)

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a jug like 32 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and slightly sweet. Taste is mild, some notes of chocolate and malts, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels creamy in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a tan colored, frothy, initially two-finger thick head. The beer is concentrated, burnt amber color that shows ruby and amber hues when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of light roast notes, butter, toffee, well toasted grain and more diacetyl accented butter notes. While the diacetyl is not overwhelming it certainly plays a big role in the aroma profile of this brew; ultimately it is just too distracting.

Light bodied and quaffable, there is a noticeable sweetness to this brew up front and in the finish. The sweetness in the finish is accentuated by buttery, almost butterscotch diacetyl driven flavors. The diacetyl is not as noticeable in the flavor as it is in the aroma, but it still plays a significant role. Sweet grain, almost corn-like flavors are offset by a light roast character that provides a touch of burnt acidity, and a soft, toasted grain character to the finish. A light hop bitterness becomes more noticeable in the finish where it tends to lightly linger on in the palate after the beer has left my mouth. Can be a little thin at times, a bit more malt richness would certainly be welcome.

About what I expected, not horrible, though not something to write home about either. The soft diacetyl character certainly doesn't help. I'll certainly pass an having this again though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.41/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cool jug with rustic artwork. Almost like a growler, yet close to a 40 too.

Pours a very dark amber in color, a large head dies down to nothing. Not much of an aroma, just some malty notes. This beer falls a bit flat in the taste in my opinion. Grain, corn, a hint of porter influences and an off flavor reminiscent of adjuncts gone a bit stale. Theres also something alittle more unnerving, a wretched taste that I've never encountered in a beer before. The beer is interesting enough aesthetically and worth the buy for the cool "bottle" alone. The beer inside is just an odd mixture of pilsener, porter and astringency. Next time I'll pass.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
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 flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev 0%
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 lacqueredmouse
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've seen this so many times at bottle stores in California. Even though the full-quart bottle is very cool, and very memorable, something always stopped me from buying it. Today, I finally conceded. Let's see if this was a good move.

Pours a very deep reddish amber colour, the colour of deep port, with a very fine and pretty damn persistent head of yellow white, that leaves some lovely lacing. Body has some pleasant depth to it, at least enough to contain the fine carbonation. You know, all things considered, it's a pretty damn good looking beer.

Nose is pleasantly touched with deep roasted malt, even though it sits above a rather blandly realised dirty hop basis. Earthy, slightly pungent tones underneath, but the grainy depth drags this up nicely.

Taste is, yeah, unsurprisingly, where it all starts to fall apart. Here, there's very little going for it whatsoever. For the most part it tastes like an extremely bland and forgettable adjunct lager, with a slight sweaty, leafy character. On the back, there's the hint of roast, but it's too little, too late to actually give it some meaningful character.

By the end, it's a bit tiring. No. Not a good beer, even though it may look that way until you put it in your mouth.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev 0%
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 beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Classic porter and Continental pilsner in 1qt. (32oz) whiskey jug bottle with a twist cap.

A: A deep scarlet red coloring shows a good sense of clarity when backlighted along with a medium sense of effervesce that was spaciously separated with a rapid rate of rise. The head is pancake tan, soapy with macrobubbles, and quick to dissipated within the occurring minute of pour.

S: The nose had light mentions of sweet caramel grains, chocolate as well fresh barley.

T: For flavor we find deep toasted grains, of munich and chocolate that blended beautifully together. Sweet with some worty notes along with cola and a bit of nuttiness. The pilsner malt lend a nice soft compliment to the rich porter (chocolate malts). On the finish we find passing thoughts of light brewed coffee coming to the surface upon the swallow that faded rather quickly.

M: Nice level of bubbly sensation especially at the tip and edges of the tongue. The body is smooth texture wise with a slight creaminess and a medium consistency.

D: Decent drinkability though a jug (32oz) seems a bit excessive especially considering its sweet toasted nature at times.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly dense but clear nutty brown body with a big lumpy light tan head. There was a strong carbonation of big bubbles that glided to the surface.

S- The soft notes of brown malt with a noble hop hint that comes through when it warms in the finish

T- The taste of light brown malt has a faint note of coffee and caramel malt hints with a note of cardboard and mineral taste. The finish has a dry sulfur note with a noble hop hint at the finish. The taste of nougat and hops lingers after each taste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- There are notes of porter and notes of pilsner but it taste like they have been watered down and that gives the malt a stale quality. The nougat and hop notes linger making an odd finish.

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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 akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A screw top bottle - the classic look. Haven't had one of these since Mardi Gras a long, long time ago. From The Andersons on Talmadge.

A: Phssst, the screw top opens. Dark caramel brown, the beer is. To the point of minimal translucence - I can barely see anything on the otherside of the glass. A white head over two fingers on first pour, laces nicely. The off-white color stands out against the body.

S: Chocolate is strong, a sweet milky aroma. That's the porter side of the equation. The tan side has caramel and toast. The tan side, I'll say, brings more to the table - the toast fuller than the chocolate sweetness.

T: A premium beer? Yep. Chocolate and caramel sweetness paired with toasted bread. The flavors are lighter, present but fast to disappear, leaving only a light chocolate behind. Exactly what I remember it being - a run of the mill black and tan in a very cool container.

M: The chocolate and breadiness own the beer, hardly a porter/pilsener combination. Easy drinking though. And a great bottle.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The sweet and malty aroma is extremely faint with a touch of caramel. The taste is pretty bland as well with some malt and a very mildly bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty dull beer that really doesn't posses anything that makes me want to purchase again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light-bodied brown color. Head is fizzy and lively, but it dies down very quickly. Seems to be mostly transparent.

S-Not much aroma. Light mixture of Pils hops and yeast and darker Porter chocolate notes. A bit pleasant but very simple and subdued.

T-The Pils taste is quite mute. More along the lines of Porter chocolate and very light coffee but it isn't intense enough. Pretty bland. Too light.

M-Feels more like a Pils but because it tastes more Porter-like, the fact that it lacks good Porter body makes it mediocre. Very light.

O/D-Not bad; great bottle. Too boring. Nice price at $3.50 for a rather sizeable bottle. The jug was the best part.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 ounce screw capped bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red/brown color with not quite an inch light tan head. Head retention is decent enough, and there's an OK amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, tea, and grainy malt. It tastes like grainy/bready malt, caramel, toffee, tea and some herbalness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is easy to drink. It's better than I thought it would be. $2.99 for a quart of this isn't too bad at all. For the price, it's certainly worth a try!

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Photo of Immortale25
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and surface foam bearing various thicknesses. Decent lacing sticks to the glass longer than expected.

S- Lightly roasted aroma that's a bit nutty like smoked pecans. Some coffee and chocolate.

T- Initial dark malt flavor that's soon swept away by a light lager taste. The malt flavor is toasty with notes of soft chocolate while the lager flavor is watery and bland. There's also some faint caramel sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation and a surprisingly light body.

O- I can kinda see why this is so popular among non-craft drinkers but it just leaves me wanting more of the porter side and less of the pilsner.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Why such low ratings for this beer? And yet we see higher ratings on 40's...

A - Black and tan. Plan and simple.I poured it into my glass and see at least a finger of foam. Actual lacing in the glass which may mean some people might have had bad batches.

S - Carmel, malt, slight choco or coffee. Hard to tell because it really is light.

T - Really smooth beer. Like a light beer only with more ABV. I could easily finish the bottle.

M - Lighter than light but dark like a B+T should be. Really what I expected in a black and tan. Not bitter like most black and tans which usually puts me off.

D - I could easily finish the whole 36 ounce and have another but I usually pick this up when around my father away beer store.

Overall I really don't know much about Black and Tans. What I do know is they are best served mixed by yourself. If you must buy the premade stuff pick this up the next time you see it. Not really a bad beer but for me having a bottle a sitting for around 4 bucks is a treat as well as a good deal

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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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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
3.08 out of 5 based on 1,162 ratings.
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