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Black and Tan Recipe
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Black and Tan

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"This is a St. Patrick's Day staple at our house. Don't be fooled by the simple ingredients...The trick is getting them to layer just right. The key is to pour the stout SLOWLY. Enjoy!"

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  • PREP

    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. Gently pour half the lager beer into a tall beer glass. Place a large tablespoon, dome side up, an inch or so above the lager beer, with the tip of the spoon pointed slightly downhill. Slowly pour half the stout beer over the tablespoon, so the stout gently pours down the side of the glass in a thick trickle. Allow to stand a few seconds so 2 distinct layers of beer form.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 11, 2011

One of my husband's favorites (a bit on the heavy side for me though). He always uses Guinness and changes out the lager according to how he feels, but often uses Eye of the Hawk. There is a cute little gadget on the market for making these called a Black & Tan Turtle, it sits on the rim of the glass and you simply pour the stout over it. Unnecessary when you can use a spoon, but it's cute nonetheless.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 15, 2011

I use an absinthe spoon. More manageable. Smithwick's is better. I use Extra Stout; more robust.

Mar 15, 2011

One of my most favorite bar drinks! I never knew how to make this at home so for me it was always one of those "order when I'm out" kind of drinks. Now, I know how. You're a rockstar! Thanks, Christina!

Mar 21, 2011

This is one of my favorite drinks besides a Guinness draught poured correctly. A great variation on this is the Black and Blue -- Guinness and a good blueberry ale. The flavors really work well together. It's like Ireland and Maine in a glass!

Mar 16, 2011

the drink is called a black and tan or a halve and halve. A black and tan in the Irish civil war was an English supporter. It is a fantastic way to lighten the bite of a straight guiness

Jul 28, 2011

This is one of my favs! I usually have it with Fat Tire and Guinness.

Mar 04, 2012

I love Black and Tans. My wife isn't a big fan of these so she prefers something a bit sweeter, like Snakebites or Dogbites, which use the same concept but consist of a dry apple cider (like Woodchuck) and either Newcastle (Dogbite) or Guinness beer (snakebite).

Dec 11, 2014

The drink is fine but it should be noted that the name "Black and Tan" refers to British paramilitary forces that did a lot of harm in Ireland during "the troubles" and so may offend some Irish folks, especially on St. Patrick's day. The drink can less offensively be called a half and half. Less colorful name, I know, but still a good drink.


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  • Calories
  • 54 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 7 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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