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Black and Tan Recipe

Happy Hour: Black and Tan

Update: We tried making a black and tan again with much more success this time. Learn how to pour the perfect black and tan.

This was supposed to be a tale about how easy it is to make the glorious drink that is the black and tan. But, instead it is a recount of my struggle and ultimate defeat of the classic beer cocktail. You see, on Wednesday afternoon I had the brilliant idea of making myself a black and tan.

A black and tan is equal parts pale ale and stout. The pale ale is poured into a glass first, and the stout is slowly added over the back of a spoon to create a layer of tan and a layer of black. Although I've never made one before, I assumed it would be simple enough. Instead of purchasing Bass, like the recipe recommended, I bought Harps. I tried over and over again and was, each time, unsuccessful. Thus, I turned to the pros. I called up my friend Aaron, one of the owners of 15 Romolo, and he informed me that I had to use Bass or another ale with a specific gravity higher than Guinness.

A trip to the store later and I was ready to try again. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the Guinness to layer even with the Bass, so after wasting six beers, I gave up. If you wish to make the black and tan, best of luck to you; here's the recipe.

Black and Tans

Black and Tans

Black and Tan Recipe 2010-03-11 16:36:25

Ingredients

6 ounces chilled Bass or other pale ale or lager
6 ounces chilled canned draft-style Guinness stout

Directions

Pour Bass into a 12- to 16-ounce tall glass. Holding a bent spoon right above Bass, slowly pour Guinness over spoon into glass.

Makes 1 drink.


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smileylo smileylo 6 years
A black and tan is much better is made using Smitwicks and Guinness, that is how the distributor recommends it( i work for them) Also you have to make it using Guinness Draught in a can, this s very important. Using Guinness and Harp you make a half and half not a black and tan. Check our www.diageo.com or www.thebar.com
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Yeah, my husband picked up a "turtle" at an auction once and that's the only way I can make a black and tan. It's like a special device that looks kind of like a very big spoon with little spouts on the sides so the beer gets more evenly distributed.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
As a bartender who spent several years serving a version of Black and Tan made with American beers, the easiest way to have the layers work out is to invest in a special spoon that is available at larger liquor stores (such as Beverages and More, etc.). It doesn't cost much and makes it easier. :)
theseether theseether 6 years
What do you mean "wasting six beers"? Please tell me you still drank them, even though they weren't layered. They'll still taste good!
vtkitkat vtkitkat 6 years
I might recommend trying the recipe with the canned version of Guinness which is nitrogen infused. It might make it easier : )
verily verily 6 years
It was a good effort. I've never had a proper one, only Yuengling's version. Maybe I'll give it a shot next Weds. :)
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
Haha - I would say by the sixth beer, gravity wasn't the problem :-)Black n tans are one of my favorite drinks. I will say, pouring the first half of the bottles is more difficult than pouring the second half. I use a regular tablespoon turned upside down. I position it at an angle directly against the glass pointing slightly downward, and try to pour very, very slowly in the middle of the spoon so that it runs down, hits the glass, and slowly streams to the Bass. I'm usually successful on the second half of the beer every time, and on the first pours, about 75% of the time.http://www.maddhatterslab.com/travels/album02/blackntan
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
Haha - I would say by the sixth beer, gravity wasn't the problem :-) Black n tans are one of my favorite drinks. I will say, pouring the first half of the bottles is more difficult than pouring the second half. I use a regular tablespoon turned upside down. I position it at an angle directly against the glass pointing slightly downward, and try to pour very, very slowly in the middle of the spoon so that it runs down, hits the glass, and slowly streams to the Bass. I'm usually successful on the second half of the beer every time, and on the first pours, about 75% of the time. http://www.maddhatterslab.com/travels/album02/blackntan
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Hope you did not get all likored up doing this trial experiment!
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