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Cherry Chocolate Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 24.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a dark cherry color with a two-finger, off-white head that quickly dies down. Smell reminds me of Rock n' Rye Faygo pop combined with a Tootsie pop... not at all like a beer. The taste is very similar to the nose with the chocolate, tootsie pop taste coming through the most. The mouthfeel is very light with a creamy, bubbly carbonation. The drinkablility is damaged due to the fact that it tastes more like a soft drink than a beer... unless you like that sort of thing. A good drink for girls who don't like beer.

gmfessen, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
2.17/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark brown ale pours with a bit of a tan head, but doesn't stay long. Cherry and chocolate in the nose, like a stale candy bar. The taste is ok, but feels very much over top of the beer and not integrated with it. Tried to put too much flavor on a watery beer--not enough malt to balance. Chocolate taste isn't very flavorful either. Still, the best beer from this brewery that I have listed.

FightingEntropy, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.45/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

zeff80, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of nortmand
3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours red with some brownish hues and a light amber head that acts much like soda "head."

Smells exactly like chocolate covered cherries. In other words, articficial.

Hershey's chocolate up front, with a cherry essence. Slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste. A bit sweet, some cherry and alot of chocolate. I suspect that the cherry and chocolate flavors are artificial, but they aren't overpowering.

Light bodied and fairly drinkable. Would make a decent light dessert after a huge meal, otherwise would be better as a stout. Sure, chocolate and/ or cherry stouts/porters may be overplayed, but there may be a reason.

nortmand, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of whynot44
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A nice reddish copper color with a modest light tan head that disappears almost immediately leaving only a hint of lace.

The aroma is sweetish malt, caramel and cherry cordials

The taste reminds me of cream soda with just a hint of chocolate, a bit of watery sweet malt comes in the middle. The finish is chalky with a mild cherry note.

With a bit more body and complexity and maybe less sweetness, this might be a decent dessert beer, as it is, it's probably best to accompany a dessert like Black Forest Torte or brownies, so they can carry the load for flavor.

whynot44, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jdhilt, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
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.

TastyTaste, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of bort11
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

bort11, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of alexgash
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.

alexgash, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of malty
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?).

malty, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
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.

terrabyte, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of propstm
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.

propstm, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of xav33
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.

xav33, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of Mdog
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.

Mdog, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of SPLITGRIN
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!

SPLITGRIN, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
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.

UncleJimbo, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
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.

RedwoodGeorge, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Gruntlumber
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.

Gruntlumber, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
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.

bearrunner44, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of Vibbly
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.

Vibbly, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
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.

beveragecaptain, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
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

Mebuzzard, Feb 06, 2006
Cherry Chocolate Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.