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Dating back to 18th century England, the custom of blending pale and dark beers has kept the "Black & Tan" a favorite of experienced beer drinkers for centuries. Our famous recipe combines a robust English Porter with a fine Continental Pilsner, preserving the character of each, while creating the classic taste of the legendary "Black & Tan." In true American style, we bring you the best of both beers as they meet in Mississippi Mud.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Okay, so the jug is cool. And it's not that expensive. Reddish-purple brown. Average lacing and retention. Too bright looking. Aroma is fair: very nutty with buttery malts and a little bit of cocoa. Flavor disappoints: synthetic-tasting smokiness, plasticy, just not a good blend, in very real terms. Palate and finish are beyond underwhelming. Could it be thinner than water?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Dark brown appearence that you can barely see through. Only a trace of thickness can be found in this beer and it has an unimpressive finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2003
They call this a stout porter?! Bullcookies! Although better than any macrobrew, this stuff is on the wimpy side, and "black-and-tans" should be made, not bottled! Hrrrmph!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Nice malty aroma, though weak and a bit sour. Light hops. Off-white foamy lacing head atop dark copper brown clear beer - coloring looks fake. Medium watery body with medium-light carbonation. Taste is weak, with alcohol. Some malts and hops, low bitterness. Sort of sour with hint of caramel. OK, but nothing remarkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
EKGoldings (603) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2003
I like B&T made the real way, with Guinness and (ideally) Smithwicks, although a lager will also do for the tan. The nice feature about a B&T is the mix of flavors, which you don;t get with these 'premixed' versions. The taste is too light in this one, some dark roast coming through, but far too little for the style. Better than megaswill, but just barely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Appearance is that of a bum jug (i.e. from the photo in the top left). I didn't bother pouring this into a glass, it's much more entertaining from the jug. Aroma is lightly chocolaty from the porter but dominated by DMS and plastic from the crappy lager, booo! Flavor is lightly smokey with a very lagerish quality to it. Not too bad porter qualities, just wish the "pilsener" they used would have been a little less asertive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Rerated: Beer pours (in Chimay glass)a crystal clear dark brown-red liquid that light can penetrate with a medium (3/4 inch) amount of slightly dirty brown colored head that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is of sour fruit/ sour apples, whiskey, and candy corn sweetness, noticibly "sickly". Flavor is sour, but not dry with a slight hoppy character with a noticible sickly sweet character that is unpleasant. Sampled at 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Flavor makes me think of old weak coffee mixed with a bland lager. Palate is both watery and fizzy. No one would ever drink this if it weren't for the unique packaging. Although not really functional as a jug, the thick bottle would make for a serious projectile in a pinch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Oh my god this was just putrid and awful. Great packaging, but it literally tastes like it came out of the backwaters of the Mississippi. I would rather mix my own and just tried this awhile back on a whim, and will never make the same mistake again. Murky, watered down and bitter, more like a brown ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 9, 2003
Watery brown body with a decent, off-white head. Picture murky. Smell is of a normal lager, if I were blindfolded I'd never had expected there was anything dark about this beer. Taste was watery in the mouth, with sour, citrusy hops and weak amounts of toasted malt. End taste is water and a tiny amount of nutty chocolate. This a few notches below the Yeung-ling black and tan, which isn't very good either. Overall, not a bad beer for the inexperienced taster who doesn't expect big time flavor from everything.

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