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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Reviews: 441 | Ratings: 1,174
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I felt like Jed Clampett or Pa Kettle pouring from the novel Mississippi Mud jug.

This beer pours a dark amber with a thick long-lasting head. The aroma of sweet malts is barely discernable. The taste is a decent balance of hops and malts, but hardly the standard for a bottled Black & Tan. Mouthfeel is light and smooth which makes for a moderately drinkable beer.

If you are looking for an unusual bottle to add to your collection, this one is a must. But this wasn't my favorite bottled Black & Tan.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a giant brown jug. I had high expectations

App: Good head atop a very dark brown/almost black liquid.

Smell: Deep chocolate scent with fruity undertones.

Taste: On the "tan" end of black and tan. The taste is clean and slightly sour on the finish. The chocolate makes its reappearance only in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was also on the tan side. Kind of thin. The drinkability was good enough to put away a jug.

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

Poured into a pint glass. It has a very clear deep brown color. There was about a finger of fairly white head. There is a very strong malty sweet smell. It is a little too sweet smelling. There are some underlying caramel notes as well. Luckily the taste is a little less sweet than the aroma. It still has a very sweet malty taste, but toned down a little bit. Overall it is dominated by the malts and there is a some noticeable hop notes toward the end of the sip. This is an okay beer. Nothing special or surprising.

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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 jayb
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite a different vessel for this one. a moonshine jug, hmm. Poured out a medium brown with a soapy thin head that stayed no longer than the time it took me to pour it out its "jug". lacing was nothing to speak of. Aroma was of faint coffeebeans, caramel, and cereal grains. Taste was a little thinner than what i expected. kind of a let down. lightly roasted coffee, caramel, grainy and thin. this was more "tan" than "black". even though it was a let down, it was still better than any macro brew ive had, so it does have an upside. overall, the best thing this beer has going is its intriguing little packaging.

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Photo of Generik420
3.08/5  rDev 0%
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 jdm
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a two-finger head that quickly recedes to one-quarter. I detect a very slight floral hop aroma. It is a very translucent medium brown and leaves a fair amount of lace on an empty glass. Lightly slick mouthfeel. It is heavy on the carbonation making the flavors which are more subtle than I expected difficult to perceive. I get a little caramel that finishes with a wisp of smoky grain. This is a chugger and should be something to savor if it truly conains any porter as this company claims is in the recipe. I think they are wasting their porter.

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Photo of hobojon
2.12/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from 1 quart screw cap bottle from Trader Joes.

App- filtered, brown amber, off white head dissipates to a fine layer.

Smell- sweet, pils malt, roast malt, lots of caramel, one dimensional.

Taste- much worse than aroma, light caramel and astringent roasty malt. sweet, very mellow noble hop bitterness. poorly brewed, rough finish. thin taste.

Mouthfeel- thin, fine low/med carb.

Drinkability/overall- not very tasty. drinkable, but not for the taste. watery.

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Photo of Goregazm
2.19/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Appearance: Looks like a glass of Coke. Right after its poured, it actually has a nice, brownish head which was a good two fingers high. The head took awhile to go down, and left some decent lacing. Unfortunately, this is the best part of the beer.

Smell: I caught some malt and caramel, but other then that no strong scents here. Can barely detect anything that I'd expect to find in a black and tan.

Taste: Smooth, in a watery way. Not too bitter. In fact not much taste at all. Chocolate notes are buried so deep you'd need a backhoe to find them. The only real taste here is watered down malt.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a mouthfull of half-flat soda. Has a fizzy, bubbleless feel to it. The decent sized head of the beer goes nowhere. Barely any aftertaste whatsoever.

Drinkability: This is not a good beer by any means, and unless you enjoy the taste of a half-assed black & tan, I'd recommend staying away from this one altogether. Spend your money on something better.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a quart bottle on a whim and drank in a regular pilsner glass. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Smell was a bit musty with a touch of chocolate. Tasted like a weak porter to me with a bit of a bite at the finish. Just a nice drinking beer but nothing to get worked up about.

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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down the coolest looking bottle ive so far had the pleasure of pouring a beer from.

Poured a dark amber/brown color with almost 3 fingers of offwhite head with a somewhat aggressive pour, good blobs/spots of lacing down the glass. Smell.. malt, maybe a hint of caramel/coffee/chocolate. Tastes like a very light porter and pilsner i suppose, not alot of flavor going on at first but as you get half down the bottle the flavors become more apparent, and it leaves a nice light chocolate/coffee taste in the mouth. Its light-medium and creamy with mild carbonation. Overall its very drinkable and ill get this again as its a good price and not a bad beer at all, but certainly not the best example of a black and tan, though a pre-mixed black and tan never is.
Its a quart of some decent creamy brew in an awesome jug for about 3.99, give it a try.

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Photo of dizknee24
1.7/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Piicked this up so cheap for about 3 bucks

the bottle looks very interesting but its plastic wrapped around plastic...not that cool.

A disgusting color of clear brown

S no smell none....what is this water

T not good tasted really unfresh. idk it was a drain pour after a few sips

M thin

D never again!

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Photo of Albinoh
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, a brownish head that leaves a thin lace. A very good aroma, i thought taste was going to be good also... sweet malt, and chocolate (maybe) arises. But taste falls behind... you can percieve that chocolaty taste but it falls behind the taste of the light side of the beer. Its very fizzy. Its very drinkable, my girlfriend liked it, so that tells me its a soft beer.

Its an ok beer

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Photo of chrisms86
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Black & Tan, I bought this one because it was relatively cheap and I'd heard good things. Pours a dark brown with a thing lasting head. Tastes like what it is: a mixture of pilsner and porter. I don't know if I should blame the beer or the style, but Mississippi Mud combines two opposites with unfavorable results. I want my porters thick and my pilsners thin, and by combining them this brew leaves me wanting more. Recommended to try, it isn't going to hurt your wallet too much, but there are better options.

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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 electricfields
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark. Brown with a bit of red tint. Reddish tan head dissipates quick.

S: Sweet and malty. A little bit of chocolate but not much.

T: Not bad, actually. Nothing to write home about but what it does, it does well. There is definitely a lot of chocolate in the porter part but it sort of clashes with the skunk of the pilsner in a pleasant way.

M: Sort of weak, unfortunately. Thin, almost like Gatorade or something.

D: Definitely. There's really no bite to this beer, and, like it or not, that makes it very easy to drink a lot of.

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The most boring beer ever. There is no porter in this, maybe a weak pilsener was used to wash out a weak brown ale, but there are no interesting flavors, it is the blandest beer I have ever drank, I think the Heinz corporation had something to do with this.

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the closest bottled black and tan that i have had to the real black and tans done with a spoon. i give it a two thumbs up!!!

perfect color, creamy but also lager type taste. good head on it. best served at room temp!

i also like the bottle, its a pretty cool design and reminds me of the old moonshine bottles. this brew is pretty easily attainable. most package stores that have craft brews will have this.

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Photo of kwill
2.69/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up mostly because of the interesting looking bottle and because I have never had a black & tan bottle before. Pours a clear amber with a thin brownish head that disappeared rather quickly. The smell was actually pretty good with plenty of malt and a bit of caramel sweetness.

Unfortunately the smell is probably the best part of this beer. The beer is basically very tasteless and has just a bit of malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is also pretty boring with a very small amount of carbonation.

Not really a bad beer, but if I am going to drink a beer I will definitely not choose this one.

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Photo of tab021
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

If you could rate the bottle, it would get a 5 because it is sweet!

A: like you would expect, dark brown

S: almost nutty with a coffee like scent

T: pretty close to how it smells, roasted nutty and coffee

M: Slight carbonation with a tinny taste after... a creamy-ish feel

D: having tried a few different black and tans, I have officially decided, it is not my thing. Worth a try though and definitely worth it to have the bottle

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Photo of uabigdaz
1.86/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I wanted to like this, I really did, but...

Pours a dark brown with a decent tan head which dissipates to a thin layer. This beer's look is the most positive thing I have to say about it. The smell is rather malty... okay, the smell is all malts. This beer tastes like someone took a semi-decent porter and mixed it half and half with sparkling water. Really, the smell indicates it is going to be a thick full beer, instead you get stingy thin swill. Mostly malts, but not a clean taste (I guess that should have been obvious by the name). Again, I really wanted to like this beer. Feels thin and bubbly in the mouth, not pleasant in my opinion, and I rate the drinkability at 1.5 because I can't imagine wanting another drop after I finish the 32 oz that I have. Try it if you must, avoid it if you can.

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Photo of Treath
4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 32oz jug into a glass mug. First time tasting this beer.

A- Dark brown ruby color. Brownish 1.5 finger creamy head, but fizzles to a 1/4 finger head. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Leaves a bit of lacing. Looks quite nice.

S- Roasted malts, raisins, a tinge of hops, dark coffee. Inviting.

T- Roasted malts up front, grassy hops, dark chocolate. It's bitter but has a very slight sweet note. Tastes like a brown ale, sort of like Newcastle. Leaves a bittersweet aftertaste.

M- Medium/light. The carbonation is light and not in your face. Very nice.

Drinkability- This is more of a "savor the taste" sort of beer. Not meant to be chugged. But it still has great drinkability.

O- Overall, this beer is pretty good. I kept eyeing it at the store for years and finally bought it today. It's enjoyable to drink it at night.

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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 bltzburgh
2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Of the black and tans I've had this one left a bad taste in my mouth. Bought a case of it and had a hard time finishing it. Apperence was nice in the bottle and went down hill from there. As a dark beer, black and tan drinker I find this less apealing than most. Not awful though!!

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Photo of AndIWantYou
2.37/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer smells awful! It reminded me of the so-called "macro swill" that everyone drinks. Luckily it tasted better than it smelled, but it still doesn't taste great. I taste some hops towards the end of this one, but I can't place most of the other tastes. Overall, it reminds me more of the "tan" than the "black" in black and tan. I need to learn to stick to actual black and tans instead of trying to simulate it with this type of mixture beer.

Admit it--you bought it for the bottle! I know I did.

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Mississippi Mud Black & Tan from Mississippi Brewing Co.
3.08 out of 5 based on 1,174 ratings.
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