Black and Tan Beer Cocktail

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Black and Tan cocktail

What beers do you use for a Black and Tan?

Black and tan beer cocktail is a beer cocktail made by layering a pale beer and a dark beer. In Ireland, the drink is called a half and half.

Black and Tan beer is equal parts of stout and pale ale, with the stout floated on top.

The name comes from the two beers it calls for: a pale ale (often Bass Ale, though Boulevard or Sierra Nevada are also acceptable) at the bottom and Guinness stout (or a comparable dark stout) at the top. If properly poured, these two beers create flawless “black and tan” layers in the glass.

Guinness Draught Stout is the most commonly used stout in Black and Tan. 

Black and Tan cocktail Recipe

Black and Tan


  • 60ml  of pale Ale Beer
  • 60ml of dark porter beer, preferably canned Guinness.


  1. Quickly pour half of the Pale Ale into a beer glass. You want it to develop a sound head.
  2. Open the Guinness next. Convexify a spoon by flipping it over and holding it over the glass’ top. Pour the Guinness gradually over the back of the spoon and into the glass. The black beer will stay on top because of this. Until the glass is full, pour slowly.
  3. Repeat the process for the second beer.

How much alcohol is in a Guinness beer?

Guinness has a lower alcohol content than many of the other beers and ales in the bar, ranging from 4.1 percent to 4.3 percent ABV (alcohol by volume, in case you were curious). Additionally, it has fewer calories than many other beers—roughly 125—than other beers often do. As many as 160 calories are present in some premium lagers per pint.

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