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Cherry Chocolate Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 24.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A dark wheat beer that tastes like a chocolate covered cherry…only better!

10 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 03-19-2004)
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear dark copper color, moderate white head, fast fade.

Smell: Cocoa and cherry are very prominent, but doesn't necessarily fit in with the beer very well, artificial smelling.

Taste: Not bad, but the cocoa powder and cherry syrup flavors don't seem very natural or subtle. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 06:14:17 | More by TastyTaste
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bort11

Missouri

1.93/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bought this for my wife for New Year's. I thought since she likes Sam Adams Cherry Wheat she may like this one.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Solid tan head that receded with time. Color is a reddish brown.
Smell is like powdered cocoa. Taste is like cocoa with too much Grenadine in it, not that I would ever put Grenadine in my cocoa. I don't even really taste any "beer" qualities.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation.
Blecch

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 17:14:25 | More by bort11
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alexgash

Connecticut

2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark amber body; clear. Small, ephemeral dirty light khaki head. Smells like cream soda spiked with chocolate syrup (Hershey's). Needless to say, that doesn't bode well, even if this is a beer curiosity. Taste is, thankfully, less sickly artificial sweet. Moderate body reveals more Hershey's chocolate syrup notes countering slightly tart cherry flavors. The chocolate is too artificial and syrupy, but not revolting! A very interesting beer, but not one I would ever drink more than one-eighth of.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 00:19:27 | More by alexgash
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malty

Michigan

2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a mildly cloudy russet color with a loose 1/4" cream colored head. Moderate but attractive lace.

Smells like crayons and Halls cherry cough drops to be perfectly honest. After a few brisk swirls, I swear I can smell chocolate Oreo cookies.

The flavor of bright cherry syrup hits me abruptly at first, and then quickly dissipates enough for the dark wheat malts to show through. There's a nice earthy grittiness in the wheat malt flavors that bring some dryness to the table also.

Mouthfeel is lively with a good amount of carbonation typical of a wheat beer. Light-Medium bodies with a long chalky finish.

Drinkability is very much below average. Its one and done for me (I actually didn't finish the 12 oz. bottle).

Overall a very disconnected beer. There were some nice elements (mouthfeel & appearance) but everything else collided and broke apart IMHO. I'm glad I only bought two singles as I'll be brining the last one to my friends New Years party to give to his wife (she really digs anything cherry, so who knows?).

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 22:23:08 | More by malty
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, dark copper. At first I wasn’t getting any head, so I finished pouring the beer aggressively. This created a medium sized foam that almost immediately disappeared.

Aroma reminded me of a scratch ‘n’ sniff version of what chocolate covered cherries might taste like. Since I make real ones each year for Christmas presents, I feel like I have a handle on it. The alcohol in the beer almost makes it smell like Bourbon-dipped chocolate covered cherries. Only fake.

Flavor was even worse. The flavor of this beer seems to only be apparent while breathing out. Turns out to be a good thing. Not only do the cherries taste fake, but even the chocolate tastes like powder.

Mouthful is average. The carbonation is fine. The powdery chocolate seems to chalk up the tongue.

Drinkability is hampered at almost every angle due to the fake flavors. There was nothing painful or face-wincing about this beer - I was able to finish the big bottle without a problem. But it was like tasting instant coffee. Cold instant coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 21:41:24 | More by terrabyte
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propstm

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ok, so I wanted to try a new beer today, and this happened to be it. This was one of the beers of the month at my local brew store so I picked up a bottle.

after uncapping the bottle it smelled of chocolate covered cherries. The scent was very rich. The pour left a glass full of a deep caramel colored beer in my glass with minimal head. The beer seems to have minimal carbination.

The taste is very light. It tastes of cherries and imitation chocolate.

I'm rather disppointed, the mouthfeel is not nearly as heavy as I had expected.

Overall the drinkability is minimal in my opinion. I feel as though i'm drinking flat soda pop. This beer is very sweet and with minimal carbination. I wont be picking this beer up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 00:51:02 | More by propstm
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xav33

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

O'Fallon Cherry Chocolate Ale
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a goblet
Bottled circa Nov. 1st, bitten into 11/06

Poured a clear dark brown with an average beige fizzy quickly diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate chocolate and cherry, with traces of grain.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet chocolate covered cherry followed by a light bitter grain bite on a short to average length finish. Palate was light bodied, watery, fizzy.

Overall, a charming little light beer in that it tastes exactly like a chocolate covered cherry, but could use more weight and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 22:58:09 | More by xav33
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, decent head retention.

Smell: Weak chocolate smell.

Taste: Mild tanginess from cherries, then a smooth chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Drinkability: Not too bad, probably a dessert-type beer.

Picked up a single of this just to see what it was like. It's somewhat interesting, and a little better than I expected. Neither the cherry or chocolate is over the top, and it doesn't have any weird notes to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 16:12:10 | More by Mdog
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown body is almost black. Hosts a quick fading light tan head. Nose is like a tootsie roll droped in cherry cola, very interesting. And the taste stays true to this, kind of like a true old fashioned cherry chocolate fountain soda. I mean really, is there any alchol in this at all? This is a strongly sweet candy of a beer. Chocolate is smooth, light, and sweet. Not as dark as I might have expected. Creamy smooth cherry feel. Almost resembles a mouthfeel you would get from a tru soda. Extremely drinkable. I still dont believe it is 5.7% alchol. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 00:43:57 | More by SPLITGRIN
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in St. Louis (sampled Jan. 2006).

This fruit and chocolate beer poured a hazy, chestnut color with creamy, tan foam that settled quickly. The smell was a strong "chocolate covered cherries" aroma blended with bitter coffee. The taste was chocolate and sweet, fruity cherries. It was hard to discern other flavors through these dominant flavors, though I must say that it was an interesting, unusual flavor combination for a beer. The mouthfeel was smooth and like a soda soft drink with medium body and good, strong carbonation. The chocolate and cherry flavors lingered. This was a surprisingly drinkable beer, and was like a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 05:53:46 | More by UncleJimbo
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RedwoodGeorge

California

3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

What an interesting example of contrasts - so many things they could have done wrong but didn't and so many things that they didn't quite get right...

The pour is a marvel - this beer is a deep, deep red with touches of brown that perfectly evokes a black cherry soda with a bit of chocolate. A medium cream head sets off the color nicely but falls flat just a bit soon, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is entirely cherry and chocolate- nothing beer-like to be found. The aromas are mostly dark (bordering on sour) cherry with just a hint of cocoa powder. No malt, no hops to be found.

The flavor is quite interesting and almost a winner (also almost a loser). A less skilled hand would have gone too sweet with this and ended up with a cherry cordial. Instead we have a pretty clean American Brown ale at the base with just a hint of roasted malts and caramel. Unfortunately the cherry is just a bit strong which drowns out the brown ale notes but on the positive side it's hardly a sweet brew. There are some chocolate notes on the finish but this is primarily a black cherry drink.

The mouthfeel is quite good and if there had been more carbonation it would have been excellent. This is a nice light bodied brew and because the brewer shied away from the "too much sugar" trap it doesn't have any cloying characteristics muddying up the palate. Not much bittering so the finish is somewhat weak.

I have to give the brewer recognition here for trying... Cherry is a very difficult flavor to get right. The flavor we think of as "cherry" in processed foods is entirely artificial and using actual cherries in foods generally doesn't yield cherry-like flavors. (As a matter of fact, by FDA rules the concoction legally referred to as "Natural Cherry Flavoring" actually has -no- cherry in it. It is 'natural' - coming from organic origins - and it does taste like cherries but the name is a pure legal technicality) I understand how difficult it is to get a good cherry flavor and I recognize the valiant attempt by O'Fallon. I appreciate that they avoided going "too sweet" with the fruit flavor but I still have to recognize that this didn't quite hit the mark.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 03:27:31 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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Gruntlumber

Missouri

1.85/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This seemed like an interesting idea, and under other circumstances it might be pretty good. However, this is not good. It looks normal enough despite slight murkiness due to more-than-usual sediment. Distinct aroma of cherries and chocolate dominate which is rather interesting. Downhill from here though; very artificial flavors, totally off-putting and unenjoyable. Old lady holloween candy melted down and cut with a dose of cherry NyQuil and farts. They've been trying to move this stuff for $2.99/sixer at a local place and it's been slow going. I know why.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 03:36:17 | More by Gruntlumber
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 20:03:40 | More by scruffwhor
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 02:17:50 | More by dirtylou
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bearrunner44

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy, clay-brown color. Slight shades of red. Thin head, little lacing.

Smell: Milky, very sugary chocolate. Cloyingly sweet cherries. Faint grain. Smells similar to bubble gum with the first sniff, but the cherry and chocolate flavors are identifiable as seperate entities.

Taste: Gently sweet milk chocolate, laid on a bed of slightly dry grain. Soft cherry sweetness, sticky and artificial, hangs around in the background. Finishes with dry, husky grain and a very subtle wash of cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with crisp carbonation.

Verdict: I'm not feeling this one. The chocolate and cherry flavors are cloying and fake, and there isn't enough "beer flavor" to hold it together. I'd take a pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 04:12:05 | More by bearrunner44
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Vibbly

Missouri

2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I saw this on sale at the local supermarket ($6 a sixpack down from $7.50) so I decided to try it out.

The labling is extremely plain. It pours a medium-dark, and rather opaque, reddish brown, and there isn't much in the way of head and lacing.

It smells sweet and a bit malty. There's a lot of the chocolate in the nose.

The taste is like watery chocolate covered cherries with hints of raisins, gingerbread, and beer. That's really the best way to describe it--the cherry and the chocolate come through more strongly than any of the actual "beer flavors." The mouthfeel is unfortunately thin, and the taste is pretty bland in general. Still, it's reasonably drinkable, and not altogether unpleasant. I probably won't buy it again, but I like the idea; I'd love to see a well done cherry chocolate beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 06:35:54 | More by Vibbly
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. O'Fallon Cherry Chocolate pours out a dark amber color with a small head. The aroma is chocolate and artificial cherry with a grain background. The chocolate and cherry combination is done fairly well, although it is very artificial tasting. The problem is that behind the cherry and chocolate, the beer flavor is not very good. Medium mouthfeel with a decent carbonation. Average drinkability. Not terrible, but not something I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 02:13:33 | More by beveragecaptain
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 20:27:19 | More by Mebuzzard
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hero27

Minnesota

1.7/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle.

Ridiculously plain labeling..it could have been printed on a laserjet printer and I wouldn't know any better. Cherry Chocolate, huh? This should be interesting...
Muddy reddish-brown, thin oily head..looks just ok. The aroma is roasted chocolate with a hint of artificial cherry. The tastes seemed like a mess to me...lackluster cherry flavor and a smoky malt character that didn't blend together well. The mouthfeel was too thin, also.
Not sure if I could drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting..it's just not very well put together and the taste is quite irritating. The only redeeming quality of this beer is that it gets significantly better as it warms up a bit. At fridge temp, this brew is borderline horrible. I'd steer clear from this one, but if you're a die-hard fruit beer fan (like I'm sure there are so many of) then try it if you must.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 06:04:26 | More by hero27
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How many licks does it take till you get to the center of a tootsie pop?

Apparently none if you have an O’fallon’s Cherry Chocolate on hand. This beer smells and tastes exactly like a cherry tootsie pop that you’ve chomped on thus muddling the cherry candy and tootsie together. Now that I think about it, the color is exactly the same too. Very unique and interesting but not really my cup of tea. I like tartness and big fruit flavors in my cherry beers and this beer delivers neither. The cherry half of this brew is more candy than fruit. Still, this brewha is supremely easy to drink and it has a nice sourness at the end too. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 21:01:08 | More by DaPeculierDane
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours up a hazy, muddy brown color. thin white head.
smell of cherry cough syrup with a touch of cocoa.
taste is cherry, but not really chocolate, maybe fake chocolate at best, but a weak ale flavor under all of this. quite sweet, no hops, but an acidic cherry aftertaste, thin brown ale flavor.
very fizzy, tons of carbonation.
slightly medicinal, but not horrible. fun to try. my girlfriend liked it better than i did.

cheers...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 06:08:04 | More by NClifestyle
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WesWes

New York

3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 02:45:04 | More by WesWes
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm..Cherry Cholocate you say. This should be interesting. Pours from the bottle a dark cola color with hints of red and a thin bubbly white ring around the top. Almost looks like cherry coke in the glass. Aromas of..whoa...Tootsie Rolls!! Artificial candy chocolate with an underlying alcohol maraschino cherry aroma. The candy chocolate is nearly solvent like and stings my nose. A hint of caramel and roastiness barely break through. Really, really odd...I can't say it is appealing.

First sip brings the same artificial Tootsie Roll-esque chocolate flavor upfront along with an underlying cherry syrup flavor. Quite a malty brew with a touch of caramel. Sorta resembles drinking a chocolate covered cherry. A bit spritzy. The overall flavor of this brew just doesn't grab me...it just comes off a bit too off the wall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fast moving carbonation. Goes down smooth and is actually quite easy to drink. I'll be finishing this bottle but I don't intend to look for this one again. The flavors just don't work for me...you win some, you lose some!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 03:35:56 | More by orbitalr0x
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.00 micro bottle night at the Come Back In here in Madison. Those O'Fallon labels really do need to be made over...even Lake Louie's have more character and they're brewed in a dude's garage. Photoshop, guys...learn it.

Pours a creamy cola brown with a skim of off-white head. Nose reminded me of the chocolate soda I used to drink when I was a kid and the chocolate covered cherries I used to get in my Christmas stocking. Taste is a slightly muted version of the nose, sweet but not too sweet. Not the most natural flavors, but tasty nonetheless. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but makes for easy drinking. This really did taste like a soda to me, but in a good, nostalgic way. Could have been executed and crafted better, but a fun concept that actually tasted pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 02:00:27 | More by Golden2wenty1
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Vancer

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a quandary. The brew was pretty good, but the outside presentation was crap. That label is the worst on record (plain red with white/black lettering). No freshness date. And it states that artificial flavors were used! Don’t like that aspect of this brew at all – surmising the cherry and chocolate were not the real deal.

The actual pour was awful too, a murky brown, fast dying head – looks like dirty mud water. Aroma & taste of a light cherry chocolate were good, as stated before – not to heavy or sweet to be overpowering.

Just not to impressed with this one – even if as the label states :”Fresh – Local”

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 20:49:37 | More by Vancer
Cherry Chocolate Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.