Cherry Chocolate Beer - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of xav33
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
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!

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Gruntlumber
1.85/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
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

Photo of bearrunner44
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Vibbly
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +23%
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

Photo of hero27
1.7/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of NClifestyle
2.88/5  rDev -8%
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...

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.35/5  rDev +7%
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”

Photo of neonbrown82
4.22/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm amazed. I usually am not a fan of fruity beers, but this one is intriguing to me. Tastes exactly like those chocolate covered cherries you get for Valentine's day.

The beer pours to a very cloudy chocolatey brown color with a cherry haze and a thin creamy white head. Very murky. Doesn't leave much in the way of lacing, and carbonation is not apparant through the turbidity.

The smell and taste is exactly what the beer advertises. Chocolate and cherries. I am under the impression that all the brewer did was puree those chocolate covered cherry candies and add a bit of water and alcohol. This does not seem to have any conventional beer flavors, aside from a slight suggestion of chocolate malt (though I believe most of the chocolate flavor comes from real chocolate).

The mouthfeel is quite clean and crisp with a medium to full body. No bitterness, no lingering aftertaste. Just a delightful and delectable treat. This will make a great dessert beer for the holidays.

I can't see why I am one of few people who actually liked this beer. It doesn't fail to deliver on the cherry or the chocolate, and it is far from offensive (and doesn't taste like artificial cherry or chocolate extract at that). Too rich to drink more than one in a setting? Possibly... but my biggest objection? Lameass label.

edit: makes a great stand-alone dessert beer, but try putting a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream in your glass. Amazing!

Photo of Opethsprite
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After falling madly in love with O'Fallon's Pumpkin Ale, I decided to get a couple singles of this Cherry Chocolate Ale. Sounds odd, but it's quite unique (in a good way).

The beer looks fairly good--a murky reddish brown color with an absence of any head at all. I *really* had to regroup, though, after seeing the brownish goop at the bottom of the bottle. NOT appetizing! It smells EXACTLY like some scratch 'n sniff book I had as a kid. Strange, huh? It's a very deep, burnt chocolate smell with a hint of hops and something sweet that could be considered cherry...if you have a good imagination. The scratch 'n sniff chocolate is there to taste with a strong aftertaste of cherry. Not fake, saccharine cherry, but real pits and all cherry! Pretty awesome! This is a great beer, but I can't imagine drinking more than one at a time. O'Fallon nails it again!

Photo of goodbyeohio
1.78/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

thanks be to mark. amen.

i get the cherry and chocolate vaguely from the aroma, lots of smoky malt as well and some armpit funk. wet paper bags and some dog.

looks harmless enough.. reddish brown, clearer than i imagined. minimal head and nice lacing. scared and confused upon seeing something so... light. expected a stouty appearance.

cherry soda mixed with chocolate milk. that's exactly what this tastes like. and upon futher sips, this oozes cherry syrup as though im drinking a starbucks granita. very heavy in the back end, slightly alcoholic and evoking a heavy weight in my stomach. not sure i can drink this whole thing.

a noble experiment, and something new, but not something to repeat. cherry lovers will enjoy this, and the aftertaste reminiscent of laffy taffy. mind blowingly bizarre.

i dont hate it, but i would never drink another one as long as i both shall live. amen.

*barf*

Photo of UnionMade
2.38/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Canadian style, covered six pack, containing long necked, 12oz bottles. Plainly labelled, with no freshness dating on either the bottles or cardboard container.
The beer pours a hazy, reddish brown, topped with a heaping mass of large bubbled, ivory foam. A good deal of yeast remains caked in the bottom of the bottle. The head settles into an even coating, coincidentally forming a smiley face in the patches lacking head. No lacing.
The aroma is almost non-existant, aside from a light, musty whiff of cherries. Very grainy, almost like porridge, making me wonder if they crushed the grain into dust before brewing. Old, wet wood and cardboard.
The flavor opens with a wooden, musty, grainy malt flavor. Entirely unattractive. Faint cherry and a vague chocolate feel that could have been more faithfully produced with the addition of chocolate malts. The cherry is (I never thought I'd say this) too mild. Nearly non-existent, aside from a nearly indistinguishable fruitiness towards the finish. Grainy caramel malt, moving into a cocoa-like, unassuming finish. Dryish, retaining the barest semblance of chocolate. An ambiguous, parsley-like tang in the finish, sitting unwelcomed on the tongue for ages. An artifical chocolate, similar to the popsicles, lingers in the finish. The carbonation is so hyperactive it makes the beer ricochet off the palate. Lightish medium bodied, with a powdery, textured mouthfeel.
Kristi and I purchased a sixer of this stuff for $3.99 while we were in Denver. The price should have sent up about four red flags, but it was normally $7.49. I assumed it was close to or recently expired, but since it was fully encased in a cardboard box and in the cooler, I assumed it was relatively safe. For the price it was fine, but I can't imagine this being good straight off the conditioning tank.
If not for the grainy, musty feel, this might be drinkable. Kinda wierd and artificial feeling, but it's possible I could have finished a bottle were it not like drinking cherry chocolate sawdust. Not my favorite.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle provided by beerhandy via BB&B BIF.

Pours a cloudy orange amber. I was expecting something a little more chocolatey in color.

Smells like a chocolate covered cherry. Very inviting.

Tastes mostly like a chocolate covered cherry, but maybe a bit too artificial. It is followed by an almost unpleasant cocoa aftertaste.

Body is just decent. I keep expecting a bigger body by the way that it smells, but it's just a medium bodied ale at heart.

I definitely enjoyed trying this, but would not make it a common guest in my fridge. Just something about the flavoring that doesn't sit quite right with me.

Photo of mentor
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed that same evening in August 2005. Pours an eager three finger head over a crystal clear dark amber colored liquid. Smells rich tall chocolate and a dry cocoa chocolate. Tastes rich tall chocolate and only a hint of cherry plus some coffee. The aftertaste has an acrid from carbonation. Md-light body and heavily carbonated. Yeah, it's wet sweet chocolatey. Easy drinking, not much else to say.

Cherry Chocolate Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.