Yuengling Black & Tan

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


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.


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.


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.


Good n’ sudsy.


Simplicity is beauty.


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.