Cherry Chocolate Beer - O'Fallon Brewery
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3.55/5 rDev +13.8%
Rustic orange with a small splash of cherry juice. I've always thought Cherry Chocolate Ale was a porter or a stout; how else to get good chocolate flavor? As it turns out, the brewery calls it a dark wheat ale. The beige cap isn't especially noteworthy, nor is what little lace makes its way to the glass.
I'm amazed that the aroma is such a dead ringer for chocolate-covered cherries. The only way O'Fallon could pull that off is to have added both chocolate and cherry extracts (okay, okay, 'natural flavors'). I'm not thrilled with the idea of any beer getting its entire olfactory personality from something other than malt, hops and yeast. It just seems wrong.
This is a decent little drinker that actually tastes like chocolate and cherries. It's lighter and more subtle than expected, but I'm not sure that's such a bad thing. However, I still think it would be a better beer if it was a full-bodied, cherry-accented, chocolate porter or cream stout.
Other than a glancing blow of bittersweet chocolate and a 'just right' amount of cherry flavor, there isn't much else going on. Nor does there need to be. I would have added more barley malt to make sure the beer favored sweet over bitter. This isn't the sort of ale that should be as balanced as this one is. Who ever heard of bitter chocolate-covered cherries?
Although the mouthfeel gains a little something with time and warming, it's still too light. I hate to repeat myself, but a creamy, melted chocolate-like beer is definitely the way to go. These guys brew an outstanding smoked porter, so I know they know their way around a mash tun. I still say my version would outsell this one with ease.
Chocolate Cherry Ale is pretty good beer, but it could be better than pretty good. I don't know of anyone who's brewing anything similar, so the door's open if they choose to walk through it. I'll recommend it for the novelty factor alone, even if I'll probably never buy it again.
07-16-2007 13:24:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.63/5 rDev +16.3%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy cherry-inflected amber color with a foamy beige head that leaves some dripping shards of lace
Smell: Cocoa powder dominates the aroma, with the cherry a bit harder to detect, but definitely discernable
Taste: Tootsie roll flavor up front, with a subtle cherry element developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together but are not nearly as pronounced as I would have suspected; this is more like a flavored wheat beer, in fact
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, slightly chalky, with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not something that is so interesting that I would want to have on a regular basis
12-19-2008 00:59:34 | More by brentk56
3.68/5 rDev +17.9%
It's refreshing to find exciting new beers that actually have an emphasis on quality. It looks nicey viscous, brown with burgundy hues. A dainty head lowers to a trace. Aromas of...well..chocolate covered cherries. Bold in flavor, malty and caramelly sweetness provide a stable body while tart cheries and bittersweet chocolate create a complexity beyond the sweet. Roasted and toasted bread flavors soak up the sweetness. Not as thick to the mouth or as alcoholic as I had hoped. Finishes sweet, tart, with roastedness and toastedness. Not a crisp finish, it's one that lingers--a good thing for this style.
07-17-2005 18:19:40 | More by BEERchitect
3.98/5 rDev +27.6%
Served in a wine glass.
Ooh, this one comes with a tasty-looking cake recipe. Gonna haveta try that sometime. As for the beer, it pours a slightly hazy copper-amber topped by around a finger or so of white foam. The nose -- whoofah! -- really made me recoil. Ask around, I was physically taken aback by the extreme chocolate and cherry smell. But it was all good, as though a bushel o' cherry cordials was liquefied and thrust into my gaping 'strils. Delicious. The taste doesn't quite measure up to the aroma's hype, bringing only some light black cherry, cocoa powder, and light maple syrup to bear. It's still tasty, just not as much as I'd hoped. The body is a somewhat hefty light, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, for what it is, this beer really delivers what it promises. My only knock against it is the lack of any substantial body, which hinders full enjoyment (but, luckily, not too much).
12-09-2010 22:16:01 | More by TMoney2591
2.45/5 rDev -21.5%
A - Poured out a brown color with hints of red. It had a small, short-lived head that left no lacing.
S - It smelled of chocolate and cherries.
T - It tasted strongly of chocolate and cherry. It was very sweet.
M - It was soft and a little thin.
D - This is an interesting beer. It tasted like a Tootsie Pop. It was a little to sweet and chocolatey for my taste in beer.
02-10-2007 00:52:52 | More by zeff80
3.8/5 rDev +21.8%
O'Fallon's Cherry Chocolate Ale was an interesting idea, but the follow through comes across kind of candyish and fake. Not that it doesn't work as a kind of dessert beer, but there are so many other beers in that vein that can work on their own as well, and this one just doesn't. The cocoa leaps out at you in the nose but it seems kind of false, or at the very least, like cheap chocolate. Or is that just because the cherry is right behind it, giving it the aroma of a half-bitten chocolate covered cherry. Well, if that's the intent, they've nailed it. But it's sugary and candyish. There's no richness to it. But maybe I was just hoping for more. How? I don't know. Perhaps a touch of vinous dark fruit might have helped... some subtle lactobacillus or Brettanomyces? Maybe some more dark malt from a bit of English brown malt. Maybe less cherry and cocoa flavoring. But I digress, as that train of thought is moot. The beer itself has a very good appearance, a rich and full aroma, and an interesting flavor. It's well-balanced and rounded beyond the stiff caricature of chocolate and cherry it presents. It's a decent niche beer. 'Nuff said. Probably still worth at least trying to see if you like it.
04-09-2007 22:27:15 | More by NeroFiddled
1/5 rDev -67.9%
Appears a pale amber caramel hue with a bright off white head. Aroma smells of chocolate tootsie rolls and artificial cherry extract it actually smells gross. Flavor I can't finish this disgusting extract brew horrible chocolate flavor medicinal cherry blend this is pukerific, hands down the worst beer of 2009 and 2010. This deserves the worst most creatively bad reviews known to man. In my case I can't stomach another sip. I don't think there's a need to try other O'Fallon brews since I've tasted this. God awful I'm chewing on a twizzler to get rid of the flavor of this beer.
02-27-2010 19:59:40 | More by WVbeergeek
3.28/5 rDev +5.1%
Cheers to Dauss for this one (my wife didn't like it!)
Pours a hazed chestnut with 1/2 light tan head. Lightest colored stout I've ever seen. Minimal lacing & zero head retention
S: Huge chocolate & cherry notes makes me think of cherry smash candy. I also get a little booze as it warms
T: Dryness with cocoa & cherry syrup up front. Chalkiness follows as this warms. Finishes dry, with Marciano cherry, brown sugar & cocoa powder
MF: Thin with minimal carbonation
Drinks okay, just a little too OTT to session on, but I could throw a couple down with dessert. Thought this was better the last time I had this
06-23-2007 03:13:12 | More by russpowell
3.7/5 rDev +18.6%
The beer pours a hazy red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a kick ass chocolate covered cherry scent that is very enticing. The taste is decent. It has an over the top cherry flavor with a chocolate finish. It goes down easy, but finishes bland and dry. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty cool brew. I love the aroma, but the taste is a little much. It needs to have more body and more chocolate flavor (throught the use of malts). "E" for effort on this one.
01-09-2006 02:45:04 | More by WesWes
3.38/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight cherry nose. Starts as sweet chocolate with the cherry flavor later, chocolate finish. Interesting to try once. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.
01-17-2007 23:57:46 | More by jdhilt
3.25/5 rDev +4.2%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/18/2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, cherry, cherry skin, fudge, caramel, wheat, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of chocolate fudge and cherry notes with moderate malt presence; and good strength. Smells like a tootsie roll. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, cherry, cherry skin, caramel, brown bread, wheat, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, cherry, brown bread, wheat, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Okay flavor balance with moderate chocolate and cherry flavors and prominent wheat/bread malt; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an okay flavored wheat beer. Aromas were quite nice, but flavors did not have much robustness of the chocolate/cherry notes. Kind of an odd beer at first, but I had no problem finishing it.
12-31-2013 00:10:39 | More by superspak
3.85/5 rDev +23.4%
Poured into a pint glass
A semi-dark ale, brown and tan. Small head of about 1/4 inch, off-white
Smell of chocolate and cherry, with a bit of coffee.
Tastes like chocolate covered cherries, more chocolate than cherry. A good smooth taste, bits of coffee and raisin.
Good drinking, except I couldn't handle that much chocolate/cherry. Otherwise unique
02-06-2006 20:27:19 | More by Mebuzzard
3.5/5 rDev +12.2%
12oz single, Woodman's
appearance: clear amber tinted mahogany, light beige head with an even lighter level of lacing left behind, somewhat clear body
smell: very odd, assorted halloween candy...this thing literally smells like a cherry tootsie roll pop, candy sweetness, smooth chocolate....very strange
taste: again, the taste reminds me of a mixture of crappy halloween candy, in particular a lovely cherry tootsie roll pop. light grain, artificial cherry, mass produced chocolate...very wierd
mouthfeel: on the medium end of the thin body category
drinkabilty: i can drink one, its pretty interesting, but no mas
04-09-2006 02:17:50 | More by dirtylou
2.5/5 rDev -19.9%
Appearance- Pours a rusted brown/amber/mahagony. Pretty good head post pour that recedes a ring. Average lacing makes its way up the glass.
Smell- A mix of toasty malts with the cheapest chocolate money can buy. Reminds of the chocolate the Easter Bunnies were made of when I was kid. This Chocolate aroma is blended with a Luden's cherry smell.
Taste- That cheap chocolate is up front with a medicinal cherry chaser. The Cherry and chocolate mix almost give the beer a bred like taste. The oddest tasting bread I've ever had.
Mouthfeel- The chocolate flavor gave this beer a course texture and a undesirable bittersweetness about it.
04-23-2006 20:03:40 | More by scruffwhor
4.15/5 rDev +33%
12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 3079 on the neck.
A - Cherry Chocolate Beer pours a gross hazy, muddy brown that's not appetizing in the least. An off-white head rises to a finger, then lowers to a thin layer while leaving an arch of lace.
S - Wow. The aroma just erupts out of this. I can smell it a foot away! I don't know how they do it, but it smells exactly like chocolate covered cherries with the sugary cream center. This is the most realistic milk chocolate aroma I've come across in a beer. The maraschino cherries smell spot-on too. Absolutely no beer hints in here.
T - The nose smells much more potent than it tastes but this beer is one hell of a trip. The flavor is of toasted malts hiding in the background of a milk chocolate and maraschino chocolate covered cherry goodness. Wow.
M - Moderate carbonation gives the finish a bit of a kick but this medium-bodied beer's talent lies in the other senses (appearance aside).
D - I can't believe my cousin hated this beer with a passion! This is the most accurate beer based on the name I've ever had! It smells and tastes like liquid chocolate covered cherries. Definitely more of a dessert beer but I put this down so fast after opening it.
02-05-2010 01:39:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.55/5 rDev +13.8%
I drank from a 12 oz bottle in chalice.
I didn't have high expecations for this beer but was pleastantly suprised.
It has a red brown color but no real head that was white. No lacing.
It smells strongly of cherries and tastes just like a chocolate covered cherry. I very decent beer.
07-15-2009 20:29:01 | More by jrallen34
4/5 rDev +28.2%
Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!
It pours a cloudy colour of rust with a 1 finger head of foam. There's some nice lacing in my NB Goblet.
The smell..ha! Cherry & Chocolate. Milk chocolate notes go hand in hand with a great wild cherry sweetness, maybe a slight tart note but not much.
The taste matches the nose and my palate likes it. Simple, but satisfying. A great candidate for a dessert beer as both flavours work very well together.
It's medium bodied with a lowish level of carbonation.
Drinkability? It sure is easy enough for *me* to drink and tastewise, quite enjoyable. It's like a chocolate coated cherry bon bon only in liquid form. Yum.
11-26-2009 18:03:21 | More by Bitterbill
2.68/5 rDev -14.1%
Bottle at Growlers Pub West in St. Louis. The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a medium thin light beige head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma similar to a cherry Tootsie Pop. Medium-bodied and sweet with cherry and chocolate flavors, plus a touch of malt. The finish is artificial cherry sweetness that does not linger long. Overall this one did not really click with me.
11-24-2008 18:55:28 | More by Dogbrick
3.9/5 rDev +25%
Finally had a bottle of this because they stock it at my local beer store for 2.75 plus tax a bottle.
A - Creamy and dark. Coated the glass a bit.
S - Chocolate and then sweet cherry.
T - Pretty much what your looking at with the smell. It even has the cherry flavor down like a chocolate cherry. Very sweet
M - This is a bit lacking since it kind of has a malt liquor hit to it. I mean I love a good malty beer but I didn't expect such a "Colt 45" flavor with such a moderate ABV beer.
D - I had two in one sitting. Defiantly would catch up to you if you had more. Would try again if I could find it at a mix and match place but would not pay almost 3 dollars to try it again.
Overall a great beer that gives what it says a choco cherry flavor!
12-12-2009 08:29:58 | More by DrDemento456
3.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky mahogany brown with about a half-inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are low. It smells like a mix of chocolate milk and a Tootsie Roll, along with a little bit of cherry syrup. It does taste like a chocolate covered cherry, and a bit like a Tootsie Roll and some bittersweet chocolate too. I think it's more chocolate than cherry. The flavor is unique, that's for sure. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but this is obviously a dessert beer. I don't think I could drink any more than 2 of these in a sitting, and 1 is certainly enough. I liked this beer, it's certainly interesting. I'd drink it again, but I don't think this is something I could drink all the time. But it's definitely worth a try.
02-23-2008 01:38:05 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +28.2%
Pours a deep amber color with orange-ish hues, and a white head. In the aroma, seriously like a chocolate covered cherry. In the taste, like dinking a chocolate covered cherry with hints of coconut. A bitter chocolate and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry chocolate and cherry aftertaste. Kind of creamy, interesting with coconut hints. A good dessert beer.
11-22-2008 02:10:57 | More by OWSLEY069
3.94/5 rDev +26.3%
This beer is a fairly thick-looking medium to dark brown, showing the viscosity of a strong porter or stout. The head is creamy from the tap, a tan cap about half a finger tall that creates nice, creamy lacing with strength.
There are a few beers of this type out there, and most go the way of cherry cordial if they get it right. This one goes a different route. It smells like chocolate-covered cherries, but with smooth, bittersweet dark chocolate over heartier cherries that offer more tartness and just a little sweetness. There is a creamy sort of sweetness that rides underneath, though.
This is an absolutely solid beer with a sturdy malts base, far from one-dimensional while keeping the focus where it belongs. There is a roasty note all the way through with a taste strong dark barley grains underneath. Otherwise, both the dark chocolate and the tart cherry carry through, and both are strong on the tongue.
The feel is interesting. It's a bit crisp, and smoothness eases off at the end of each sip, so it could be cleaner. The body's a strong medium but something falls off, barely perceptible, also right at the end of each sip.
12-30-2013 20:14:55 | More by Brenden
Cherry Chocolate Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.