Archive for the ‘Black & Tan’ Category

Another night, another beer. I had a four-hour meeting today at work. These types of meetings really make me think that I have A.D.D. I cannot concentrate on anything after about 2 hours straight. That, and my ass falls asleep. So, Katie and I are going to Country Night at the local bar. I’ve pretty much tried all of their craft selections so I figured since my review there would be of a macro, I should at least break something out the fridge. This beer is from a brewery that one of my friends loves, so I have really high hopes for.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: Black and Tan

Trivia: This brew is a combination of Yuengling Premium and Yuengling Porter.

Random: I can’t believe my buddy Phil hasn’t tried this one yet. He’s all about the Yuengling.

This brew poured with a seriously thick tan head, about two fingers worth, that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose presented with mostly roasted malts, grain and then a hint of coffee. Smelled good to me. The beginning of the sip hit me with mild coffee up front and then roasted malts came through. Some sweetness and bread also came through on the subsequent sips. The sweetness mostly manifested as brown sugar, but was altogether mild. The body was a medium thickness with middle of the road carbonation. The finish was relatively long with the roasted malts apparent in the taste. Despite relatively crappy grades from some beer sites, I thought it was alright. It was an easy drinker with some flavor that I wouldn’t mind having again. I think the style is generally towards the boring side, but this one was probably the best of the style that I’ve had. Add to the fact that this beer tends to be cheap…worth a sip.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I was still exhausted from chasing the child last night when I popped this one open. I seriously do not understand how four year olds have so much energy. My parents found it pretty funny though. They kept saying how I used to do this to them. For some reason, I don’t remember that. I think Katie found it funny too. At one point, I was just running back and forth across the lawn with the kid, kicking the soccer ball. At least I got some cardio in. So, this is another beer from the New York six-pack. Saranac has been hit or miss for me, so let’s see how this goes.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Black and Tan

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Saranac Black & Tan is a judicious melding of our classic Irish-style stout with an all-malt German-style amber lager. The result is a brew that is hearty, pleasantly bitter and full of flavor yet can be enjoyed bottle after bottle. Our unique Black & Tan has multiple flavor notes…you may enjoy counting them. Cheers!”

Random: These have to be some of the most boring labels in craft beer…

This brew poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on my pint glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color with lots of active, visible carbonation on it. The nose was mostly roasted malts. I really don’t understand what they were talking about with the “multiple flavor notes,” because I really didn’t get that from the nose. But, the taste started with some very bitter roasted malts that were a bit unpleasant. I didn’t get much else. Well, maybe a little bit of coffee, but that was a bit of a stretch. The body was a bit thin for the style with a lot of carbonation. The finish lingered for awhile with roasted malts with a bit of metal. The beer was okay, noting great. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I seriously am ready for the weekend and it’s only Monday. I’m not even kidding. I have to bang out a 10 page research paper on Saturday and I have another twelve-hour shift on Sunday. After that, I am basically done except for finals. After finals, it’s a day bar hopping in New Brunswick with my sis. I’m probably hitting up Stuff Yer Face and Harvest Moon at the minimum. I’ll probably throw Old Bay in there too. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my time at Rutgers, but I’m mentally done. Also, being a non-traditional student changes things. I literally go to class and then leave. But, I’m thrilled to be almost done. Onto tonight’s brew…

ABV: 5%

Style: Black & Tan

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Black and Tan is a drink made from a blend of pale ale, usually Bass Pale Ale, and a dark beer such as a stout or porter, most often Guinness. Sometimes a pale lager is used instead of ale; this is usually called a half and half. Contrary to popular belief, however, Black and Tan as a mixture of two beers is not a drink commonly consumed in Ireland. Indeed, the drink has image problems in parts of Ireland and elsewhere due to the association with the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force which was sent into Ireland in the early 1920s and nicknamed the Black and Tans.”

Random: The Phillies are off today…I have nothing to watch.

I poured this beer into the glass and I already determined my first complaint. It was going to be too thin. Anyways, it poured a dark mahogany color with a barely there white head. There was some visible carbonation on the brew. On the nose, I got some roasted malts and not much else. On the taste…yeah, about that…it’s way too thin. I initially got the roasted malts and some watery pilsner followed up. There was really nothing to this beer. Give me a Yuengling Black and Tan over this brew any day. Not a fan…at all.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0