Mississippi Mud Black & Tan
Today’s mistake: Mississippi Mud Black & Tan. I wonder how many they sell based on that bottle alone?
5.0% alcohol by volume
One quart jugs
Now here’s a trend I’m starting to notice: a lot of these beers featured in TDB are contract brewed by bigger breweries that don’t want their name connected to a lesser swill. As such, it can be impossible to actually track down a website or official source of information. The bottle here says “Mississippi Brewing Company” but it turns out it’s made in Utica, NY. I read online that Saranac brews this stuff, and since they’re the only brewery I know of in Utica, we will just run with it. Now, on to the beer. This bottle is very unusual, and every time I went into the liquor store, it would catch my eye. I really like the whole jug beer vibe, since it reminds me of growlers and everyone knows growlers are a top-five invention (rounding out that list: the NFL Network, Flavor Ice, internet pornography, and Netflix. That’s all you need in this world). Of course, the label isn’t really painted on, as you might have guessed. It’s just a crappy label that’s supposed to look “rustic” or home-made. Whatever. They had my money the second they put that alligator on there.
I poured some into a glass, but I just had to drink this from the jug. How often do you get to drink from a jug? I bet you Bruce from Swamp People would like this.
ColorWell, it certainly doesn’t look like mud. Far too light. It looks the the average black & tan should, but with a lot more pilsner in it.
Very mild. It almost doesn’t smell like beer. I know I’m used to reviewing paint-thinner grade alcohol here but this doesn’t even smell like anything. I’m not sure how that makes me feel.
I should mention that I really like black & tan, but only when it comes from a can that says Yuengling on it.This Mississippi Mud just didn’t have enough taste to really grab my attention. I drank the entire thing and can’t really describe it. It’s almost as if the brewery didn’t take enough time to mix the porter and the pilsner, and they somehow separated in the bottle like oil and water. I’m not a science guy but I’m fairly certain that’s impossible.
The best thing I can say about this is that it’s not too offensive. It won’t go out of its way to make you miserable, unlike some of the beers I’ve tasted. 2 out of a possible 5. Skip to around the 6 minute mark to watch this guy absolutely house one of these things.