by Matt Lyman
(Beer Delegate, NC, USA)
Mississippi Mud beer: tasty but not over-powered
Mississippi Mud beer (5% ABV)
Matt Brewery, Utica, NY, USA
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First order of business is Mississippi Mud beer, a delicious black and tan beverage from the Matt Brewery in Utica, New York.
Here's the commercial description: "Dating back to 18th century England, the custom of blending pale and dark beers has kept the Black & Tan a favorite of experienced beer drinkers for centuries. Our famous recipe combines a robust English porter with a fine continental pilsner, preserving the character of each, while creating the classic taste of the legendary Black & Tan. In true American style, we bring you the best of both beers as they meet in Miss. Mud."
It's sold in a great moonshine-style jug with a screw-off top and a vintage-looking label. First visual impression when pouring it is, "This looks just like it should, really dark with a fantastic creamy head."
First tasting impression is, "Rich, robust, full and surprisingly creamy with an uncharacteristically non-bitter aftertaste."
It is a pleasing brew that can be indulged in plentifully with little or no stereotypical repercussions. I drank a quart jug in one sitting and was barely, but coherently buzzed. By one sitting I mean over the course of about two hours. So my recommendation is that you all sample this delicious dark brew.