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Black & Tan: Favorite Combinations?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Dylanwilde, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Dylanwilde

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    So I've recently been trying to get into Black and Tans, but my first attempt was rather unsuccessful. I tried to mate Thirsty Dog Christmas Ale with Great Lakes EF Porter and the result wasn't what I was hoping for. I'm still hoping to pair the remaining bottles of Porter with something really interesting but am kind of stumped - do I want a sweeter white ale like Bell's Winter Ale? A hoppy, strong IPA? Pumpkin Ale possibly? What would you guys recommend?

    Also, while we're on the subject, what are your favorite Black and Tan combos in general? Would love to hear 'em!
     
  2. jhartley

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    Last year I tried SNPA and North Coast Old No. 38, not your typical Black & Tan but it was still tasty.
    The only reason I tried was...well...why not?! :)
     
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    Rare and heady?

    Seriously, tried uncle jacobs stout and upslope pumpkin together. Ruined a fine stout. Too bad really.
     
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    Though there are some out there that don`t like shipyard, the brewery itself recommends to take their pumpkinhead and layer with their bluefin stout. I`ve had it a while ago and improperly layered it myself and it wasn`t bad. Of course a guiness with a bass, isn`t bad at least in my opinion.
     
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    Double Crooked Tree & Edmund Fitzgerald
     
  6. SeaOfShells

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    I really, really like this thread. I'm always trying new combinations.
    Personally, I enjoy 90 Minute and Old Rasputin.

    Sculpin and IRS is insane also.
     
  7. SFACRKnight

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    Totally random, but everytime I see your avatar I wind up with an itch to reread the lovecraft compendium.
     
  8. SeaOfShells

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    They recommend the same thing with their Smashed Pumpkin. Pumpkin head is absolutely dreadful.
     
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    As bad as Pumpkinhead is, I found the Smashed Pumpkin to be even worse.
     
  10. jhartley

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    Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
     
  11. fujindemon74

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    Allow me to suggest a Weyerbacher Insanity for your reading...
     
  12. JCrandall

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    Sixpoint Resin & Diesel. They don't layer well at all but it sure is a tasty mix.
     
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    Yeah, I know, well I live in Maine so when I first got into craft brewing I thought shipyard was great, but now I only think they have average stuff except for Smashed Blueberry (not a real fruit\vegetable beer, more of porter or stout with light blueberry). However, bluefin\pumpinhead wasn`t bad, memorable to say the least. I will admit that comparably pumpinhead is better than smashed pumpkin, just my opinion.
     
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    i like a black christmas, Great lakes Christmas ale and guiness of course
     
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    Before I die I want to do a Heaven & Hell (DFH World Wide Stout & 120 Minute). Might go local and try a Smuttynose Big A and Imperial Stout.
     
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    I love black and tans. Guinness extra and Bass (or Harp, Sam Adams) is my favorite.

    How do you know if 2 different beers will layer or simply "blend" together?
     
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    Firestone Velvet Merlin for the Black, and their Double Barrel Ale for the Tan. It doesn't layer, but it's delicious and almost traditional. And you won't go broke buying the ingredients.
     
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    I like using IPAs in a Black & Tan. Sweetwater IPA & Guinness is a combo I've enjoyed many times.

    Most extreme Black & Tan I've tried was with Mikkeller 1000 IBU & Port Older Viscosity. Even managed to get fantastic layering with those two monster beers...tasted great too!
     
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    Before you die? I'll pour us up some when you come up for New Baby Beer Fun Day. Lente, Dark Lord, BA 4D and Heaven and Hell to close sound like a good lineup?
     
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    BlackSmith is always tasty, Guinness and Smithwicks.
     
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    I have done this one twice. Once with fresh bottles and once with 2 year old bottles. Both were pretty good but kinda sweet.
     
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    I'm contemplating trying this with a Bigfoot and a Narwhal.
     
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    I've done the heaven and hell, split with another person. I recommend it.
     
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    Split with multiple. 24oz of 18+ percent could put a hurtin' on anyone.

    We're actually doing a black and tan night this Friday. 5-10 different ones I think. I'll post some opinions.
     
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    I've had Bigfoot and SNPA. Didn't layer, but wasn't trying. Had one of each and couldn't choose an order to drink them, so mixed 'em.
    Thought it was pretty good, but not better than Bigfoot on its own, so won't be repeated.
     
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    Ten Fidy and Dale's Pale Ale are very good together
     
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    I love Sierra Nevada Stout and their Summerfest, so I thought that would be a great black and tan. Turns out it was just muah. Yesterday, however, I was at a brew pub (Two Goats) they did a "Head Butt" with their cream ale and oatmeal stout and it was really good. I loved the oatmeal stout it hard harsh roasted malt bitter coffee and chocolate notes which the cream ale smoothed and mellowed a bit. Now, I still love their oatmeal stout myself, but I'm sure the blend makes it more accessible for many and the flavors of the stout are big enough not to be lost.
     
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    Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar + Rogue Chocolate Stout = Nutella Black and Tan.
     
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    Do you guys mix or layer your Black and Tans? I tried to layer but had no success the one time I tried
     
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    This all day. Also Stone IRS and Ruination.
     
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    mixed zhukov with weyerbacher insanity last night by the fire.

    was manly
     
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    Did someone say Insanity?
     
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    call me simple, but i am more than satisfied with BBC's Shabadoo
     
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    That sounds like a winner. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks.
     
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    I've heard DL and 120min is outstanding.

    Personally, I've tried Enjoy By and FBS, it was outstanding.
     
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    Wells banana bread beer mixed with rogue chocolate stout.... Aaaaaaamazing, desert perfection in a glass. It doesn't layer well, but I think it's better mixed anyways
     
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    I like it hoppy so our HawkIPA ..... It's Golden Nugget IPA topped with #1 Stunna Black IPA.
     
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    Regular and heady was pretty damn tasty...seriously.
    [​IMG]
     
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    My latest (and greatest) was Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout with New Glarus Apple Ale.

    Young's Double Chocolate Stout has worked the best for me, for separation, and taste.
     
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    I'm drinking a Narwhal and Renegade Ryeteous rye IPA right now, and I gotta say, it's pretty damn tasty.
     
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