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Yuengling Black & Tan

Rating: 3.1

This one will be the first of several beers from the United States that I received as a gift from my sister on her return from Virginia last month. This one is the only Yuengling beer of the bunch after I asked her to be on the look out for their Dark-Brewed Porter dues to the fact it appears in the 1001 beers book. Sadly that wasn’t one of the beers I received but this is surely the next best thing since the brewery’s Black & Tan is made from 60% Dark-Brewed Porter and 40% Yuengling Premium Beer, how the two will combine is anyone’s guess but I’m looking forward to finding out. This one will be my 10th beer from Pennsylvania and fittingly comes from America’s oldest brewery, I’m not sure if that means they are a good one or not but I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

Yuengling Original Black & Tan

Appearance (4/5): A dark looking brown to cola black colour with a thin, half centimetre tall head that is foamy looking and sand brown in colour. Retention is average with the head reducing to about half it’s original size but still managing to cover the surface of the beer completely and leave some lacing on the glass when it is drank as well.
Aroma (5/10): Fairly light on the nose with some burnt notes and a few hints of caramel and earthy malts coming through. There is some faint grassy hops from the lager part of the beer as well but these seem to be drowned out by the porter side of things and there is some nutty and toasted notes as well. This one could have definitely have benefited from some extra strength where the aroma is concerned, it’s quite average but all together too weak.
Taste (6/10): Thankfully the taste of this one is slightly more pronounced than the nose was, although in fairness that wouldn’t be a particularly hard thing to achieve. There is what initially seems to be quite a nutty taste to the beer with some earthy malts and a few hints of caramel before some of the lagers hops come through with a hint of corn and grassy flavours. The malts and roasted flavours still dominate though but there is some bread and lighter flavours too, it wasn’t a bad beer but at the same time it’s nothing to write home about.
Palate (3/5): Smooth on the palate but quite watery too and it comes across quite thin. Carbonation was about light medium and the finish hinted at some bitterness but there wasn’t much else of note going on with this one.

Overall (12/20): I was disappointed with this one a little, I was expecting a little bitter more from my first beer from a brewery with such a long history but this one failed to deliver; hopefully if I ever get to try their Dark Brewed Porter or their Premium lager individually they will come out better than this combination of the two did. The beer was too basic for my liking and the porter part seemed to dominate but when the lager did making an appearance it wasn’t welcome and seemed to negatively impact the taste; this one isn’t a beer I’d be eager to try again but I wouldn’t mind get my hands on some of the brewery’s other beers.

Brewed In: Pottsville, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Brewery: Yuengling Brewery
First Brewed: 1986
Full Name: Yuengling Original Black & Tan
Type: Black & Tan
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (354ml)
Purchased: Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
Price: Gift

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