Yuengling Black & Tan

Pennsylvania
United States
Yuengling Black & Tan Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
83
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Yuengling Black & Tan models a traditional English Half & Half. Introduced in 1986, Yuengling produced one of the first hand-crafted draft blends to lead this style of American brewing. Black & Tan combines 60% of our popular Dark Brewed Porter and 40% of our Premium Beer to create a brew that is rich and dark in color with hints of caramel and coffee from the dark roasted malts.

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ABV: 
4.6%
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Black & Tan (or half and half) is a cocktail of sorts, consisting of dark and pale beer carefully layered and usually on draft. This particular blend -- American Porter and American Lager -- has distinct elements of both. Its aroma is subtle, with lightly fruity yeast character typical of Standard American Lagers and notes of cocoa powder and roast. This beer is clear and dark brown in the glass -- reddish when held to light -- with a moderate tan head. Its malt-balanced flavor tastes of baker's chocolate with a light, roasted edge. Medium bitterness comes partly from the roasted malt. Moderately low earthy hops contribute to the flavor. This beer finishes with a granular, adjunct flavor, mostly corn, accompanied by a dry roastedness like burnt toast. Secondary malt flavors being absent, a light tang accompanies the roast. Its moderately high carbonation and moderately light body make this beer crisp. Although both Porter and Standard Lager are discernable in this beer, it's missing some substance that would create the best of both worlds. Specialty malt flavors so often found in Porter, such as toffee or sweeter chocolate, would better support the one-dimensional roast found here.