Yuengling Black & Tan

Today’s Mistake: Yuengling Black & Tan. Power couple.

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4.7% alcohol by volume

16 ounce can

Price: $10.00 (6-pack)

ABQ: 30.08

Milk & Cookies. Spaghetti & Meatballs. Cigarettes & Booze. These are power combinations, mixtures tested and tried by time. I believe the humble Black & Tan belongs among their ranks, and in fact, it’s likely the best beer cocktail on earth. Is it a beer cocktail? That’s what I’m calling it. Typically a blend of porter and lager, it’s one of those wonderful concoctions that sounds weird as shit until you try it. As a lifelong Philadelphian, my first exposure to the stuff came packaged in black and sold by Yuengling, that Delaware Valley bastion of bad beer that refuses to change. The B&T, or the “Kingling” as I like to call it, is the very definition of plain. It’s a brew with few discernible traits and really nothing going for it other than “drinkability,” to use that stupid Miller Lite buzzword. I know it ain’t that great, and yet I love it. It’s a beer that has a very special place in my heart. And since The Daily Blackout reviews are totally objective, I’m sure this will have no bearing on the final score.

Color

Well it looks like a porter. Dark amber-brown. Unlike a proper Black & Tan, there’s no separation of liquid, it’s just a mixture of porter and “beer,” as they so elegantly put it on the can.

Taste

It’s probably too sweet and doesn’t taste anything like a B&T you’d get at a proper bar, but damn does it hit the spot after a long, shitty day. Oddly enough, the Kingling is one of my favorite summer beers, even if I associate the style with winter.

Mouthfeel

Good n’ sudsy.

Packaging

Simplicity is beauty.

Price

I paid $10 even for six tallboys, which is maybe a dollar or two higher than it should be. As such, the ABQ suffers quite a bit. All things considered, it’s still cheap as hell.

Final Verdict

They should have an emphasis style for sarcasm. I was obviously screwing around about the objectivity thing. GOLDEN BLACKOUT. 5 out of a possible 5.