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Cherry Chocolate Beer | O'Fallon Brewery

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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

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

10 IBU

Added by maxpower on 03-19-2004

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Photo of Brunite
4.56/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Poured into a pint glass while watching the Bears lose to the Packers. Needed something sweet to take the sour taste away! Served refrigerator cold.

Appearance: A hazy caramel brown. This is described as a "dark wheat beer" by the brewer so the look is as expected. An aggressive pour yielded a nice 2 finger head of off-white creamy foam that quickly backs off. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Un-stinking-believable! This stuff nails it perfectly. Very strong. The smell is exactly what it should be...chocolate covered cherry candy. No hop scent present.

Taste: I could not wait to taste this after the smell. The flavor does not disappoint. This tastes exactly as advertised...chocolate covered cherry!! Nothing complex here. No hops...very moderate sweetness from the malt. The rest is candy. The cherry is not overly powerful and sour as with many cherry beers. This is good! The chocolate is not Swiss gourmet chocolate. It is a generic chocolate covered candy type chocolate. In fact...it reminds me a bit of the flavor in the old Canfield's Chocolate soda for those that remember it. Another way to describe it might be like a cherry-chocolate phosphate with body. Anybody that has ever had a phosphate will know what I am talking about here. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy & smooth. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: This is a delicious drink that goes down easy! With an ABV of 5.7%....it goes unnoticed. I downed this very quickly with some double chocolate chip cookies.

Overall: I'll start by saying that I am not a big fruit beer fan. That said; this beer hits a home run with me. Not because it is a world-class beer....but because it is a highly enjoyable beverage. Also...because it is exactly what it sets out to be. A beer that nails its flavor spot on. Many may not like this brew, but "it is what it is"...and does it perfectly. A great job of brewing for a flavor profile IMHO. A great dessert beer that would pair well with any sweet chocolate cake, pastry, or cookies. I found this so intriguing that I went out and picked up another 6-pack of this seasonal for $10.99. Well done, O'Fallon!! I recommend this if you are looking for something different. Not much beer flavor but certainly nothing objectionable. Dessert fun in a bottle! Anyone that remembers the days of chocolate phosphates will love this beer. I would keep this in my fridge year-around if it were available.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.17/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a murky brown; it almost looks like it was brewed with unfiltered Mississippi River water. Two fingers of off-white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge. There was some yeast sedimentation at the bottom of the bottle, so I guess this truly is a type of wheat beer.

Smell: Chocolate covered cherries. Definitely. The cherry, though, smells more like the processed syrup used at ice cream shops. Very sweet and enticing, and there is also a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Okay... That's interesting. The dominant flavor is the chocolate covered cherries from the smell, but the taste is not as potent as the aroma; it is masked by an unpleasant element, which reminds me of cream soda or another kind of carbonated beverage. I love cream soda, but not in beer. Very watered down and thin.

Drinkability: Perhaps this is a bad bottle, but this stuff is just not good. It smells great, but the taste is something else. I'll give them props for the effort, though. I am thankful I did not get a sixer. One bottle is enough.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a couple bottles of this one for my wife on Christmas eve, and split one with her later that night. Poured a deep, dark red amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma here is all cherries and chocolate, very sweet and syrupy. On the palate, somewhat cloying, medium bodied, again, all cherries and chocolate, remeniscent of a sickly sweet chocolate covered cherry candy. Not bad, but a few ounces goes a long way here.

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Photo of soju6
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy burnt orange color with a small head and nominal lacing.

S: Dominate aroma of cherries and chocolate. Reminds me of chocolate covered cherries candy.

T: Taste is of chocolate covered cherries. Not overly sweet, nice dry finish and no aftertaste. Much better than I expected.

F: medium body, quite well balanced, smooth & creamy.

D: Easy drinker, but only for one or two. Ideal for a holiday or seasonal novelty drink. I went into this expecting the worst and was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Aguirre
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was an interesting beer. I don't have much to add that hasn't been stated in the other reviews.

I was expecting a much thicker beer, more akin to a cherry stout or porter, but the beer pours fairly light (coppery) and the mouthfeel is very thin.

The smell is 100% cordial cherry. Smells fairly artificial, which I think it is. Extract flavoring as opposed to using real fruit. Taste is fairly similar.

Not bad, but not great, and I probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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).

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.86/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass

For some reason when I think chocolate in beer in any form my mind doesn't say that the beer will be copper colored, but here it is looking copper as ever. The smell however is wonderful, the aroma essentially consists of a black forest cake (cherry syrup & chocolate cake). The taste is much the same, but dialed down a little bit which is good. The mouth feels really watery like they just made a pale ale and put some black forest extract in the brew. It's drinkable, but in all honesty it's got a weird dry finish on the back end and if it weren't for the aroma I probably wouldn't come near this beer again.

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Photo of Jayli
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/28 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a murky toffee/caramel color with a 1/4 inch of offwhite head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is - like sniffing a cherry cordial. There's not much else to the nose.

T: Taste is ... surprise - cherry cordial. Cherry notes are some what light and it's more of a dark chocolate flavoring. Minor coffee notes but totally dark chocolate through the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat crisp at first, but a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a beer to sit with by any means, but would totally work as a desert beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours hazy golden brown. sits hazy burnt orange

Smell: POWERFUL aroma of chocolate covered cherries. thats it. for many fruit beers youre nose would have to be wet to get the same potency of aroma you do with this beer a foot away

Taste: again, chocolate covered cherries through and through.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: i think a lot of fruit beers mostly lack in flavor. this brew perfectly reflects what it was meant to be. i realize many people might not like it but it is what its supposed to be. terrific

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown and cloudy, one finger head that didn't last, some lacing but not a lot.

Smells terrific! Chocolate and cherry are most of the smell, like a brach's chocolate covered cherry. Just a touch of a root-beer like aroma rounds it out.

Tastes really nice. Milk chocolate and cherry flavors dominate almost completely, but it's pleasant. This is what I expected and it's what this beer delivers.

Mildly sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Mild carbonation. Pleasant aftertaste. A little thin but still enjoyable.

Easy drinking for a beer or two, but not exactly a session beer. Great for a holiday treat tho!

NOTE: really cold this beer is still friggin' good. Doesn't need to warm up that much to be at optimal temp.

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Photo of erikdwallace
4.29/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The balance between the chocolate and cherry is great and not too sweet. Not a beer you'd want to have more than one of, but a good one to mix in now and again.

Sampled during the Winter 2010 tasting, brought by Joel.

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Photo of DCon
4.87/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of 2010! After a long tennis match or tough ride on the bike, this beer is refreshing! Tasting almost exactly like a Cherry Coke, it is VERY sweet and can be enjoyed. However, I can only drink 2-3 of these and then my stomach starts to feel it.. Awesome for a dessert beer as well.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very muddied hazy brown color. Creamish colored head. Thin coat of head remains throughout most of the time I could drink this beer. Smells exactly like a Cherry tootsie pop! Can't really smell anything other than that, or get past it. Tastes just like it smells. This is really good, as long as you are in the mood for liquid cherry tootsie pop. Slightly tarter than sweet on the finish. Really can't get past the tootsie popness. Drinks easy though, not that I would recommend drinking lots at a time...or more than once. Glad I can say I have had it though, decent all things considered...

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Photo of buschbeer
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of beige head. I expected it to look like a porter or stout, but this beer is a murky brown color. It looks like apple cider. The aroma smacked me in the face as soon as I poured it. It smells like a chocolate covered cherry. The taste is just like it smells. The carbonation is the only thing that reminds me that this is a beer. I would like this beer more if it was viscous as motor oil. It's good for dessert.

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Photo of birchstick
2.82/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a murky brownish without much head...not an appealing look

S - this smells like a liquid cherry tootsie pop. Tons of cherry syrup that is rounded off by a tootsie roll chocolate aroma. Very artificial nose.

T - when reading the label, this beer tastes exactly how its name implies - cherry and chocolate. Can't say this is bad, but it isn't the best tasting beer out there. Loads of tootsie roll chocolate and some cocoa flavors with a syrupy cherry flavor. It tastes similar to their chocolate by the barrel stout with cherry.

M - decent body with some sharp carbonation

D - not a bad beer, but pretty decent. It does everything its name promises to do. Unlike any other cherry stout / fruit beer I have tried. Not bad - it tastes like something I would get at the local malt shop.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in Stella tulip.

A: Deep amber with some ruby red highlights. Off white head is small even after an aggressive pour and doesn't last very long.

S: Exactly like a cherry cordial. Low grade chocolate, maraschino cherry, and sugary liquid filling. It doesn't smell like beer, but its spot on for a chocolate covered cherry.

T: Mirrors smell. No real genuine malt flavor and certainly no hop presence worth mentioning. Vague chocolatey flavor and cherry liqueur. Mostly sweet, but not quite cloying. No real beer flavor.

M: Sharp carbonation. Thin feel.

D: Not very high. I expected the flavors to be too much, but I could actually have more than one of these in a sitting.

This is not a good beer, but I think it accomplishes its mission. The label says Cherry Chocolate Beer, and aside from the beer part that's what it is. I've given a pretty low rating, but I might grab a single of this here and there because sometimes being a beer nerd gets old and I need to cheat a little. Worth a shot if you're looking for a new guilty pleasure.

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: red/dark brown in color, with 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: chocolate and cherries--like a cherry cordial

Taste: some milk chocolate with roasted malt and cherries...like a liquid cherry cordial.

Mouthfeel: light body, medium/high carbonation, very sweet.

Drinkability: Not sure if I taste beer here, but it is a guilty pleasure none the less. I can see how others may dislike this. It is a liquid cherry cordial and is perfect for dessert. I love the taste and wish I picked more up. A really good drink.

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Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at the Foremost Liquor store in Glendale Heights, IL for $1O.99 a six pack. No freshness date found, but I was curious about the brewery location on the label. The label says O'Fallon Brewery - Steven's Point, Wisconsin. Every O'Fallon beer that I've ever tried in the past came out of O'Fallon, Missouri. Oh well.

The beer poured a murky caramel brown color, almost like dirty river water. It produced only a half finger of off-white head that disappeared within seconds. Not a pretty looking beer at all. Surprisingly it did leave a few spots of lacing with each sip.

It smells like a cheap box of chocolate covered cherries. It has more of a cocoa powder chocolate smell instead of a nice rich chocolate aroma, but there is no doubt that this is a cherry chocolate beer. The aroma is huge.

Well, it says cherry chocolate beer and that's what you get. The problem is you get a powdered chocolate taste instead of a nice dark or milk chocolate flavor. Definite maraschino cherry flavor and perhaps some added malt for sweetness, but no trace of hops for balance at all.

This is surprisingly thin and watery for a chocolate beer, but the moderate to medium carbonation level seems to fit this style and is enough to make it somewhat refreshing.

Drinkability is OK if you don't mind Tootsie Roll flavored chocolate as opposed to a good Godiva or Fanny May chocolate taste.

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Photo of hossua34
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Intrigued, I picked up a bottle of this as part of a make-your-own six pack from my local beer carryout.

A - Lighter than I had expected, but still rather dark and cider-like. Very murky and cloudy. Medium-sized white head with poor retention. Very little lacing.

S - Smells like a cherry Tootsie Pop. Not necessarily a bad smell, but it doesn't smell like beer.

T - Does not taste as much like a Tootsie Pop as it smells, but that taste is still readily apparent. As far as the beer component of the taste goes, it's pretty generic. Pleasant aftertaste, though.

M - Average mouthfeel. A little sticky. The carbonation level is right on, though.

D - Definitely a novelty beer. Not horrible, but I feel like it could have been done way better.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.89/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 3/30/10. Big thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this treat, the lady and I loved it!

A - Cloudy maple brown, short lived off-white head. Left a thin cap with no lace. 3.5

S - Maraschino cherries and milk chocolate. Malted milk balls (whoppers anyone???), raspberries, caramel. Hint of vanilla as well. Unusually good for what I thought was going to be a syrupy mess. 4.5

T - Immediate chocolate, caramel, cocoa, and cherries hit the palate. Caramel lasts to create a sweet finish with a touch of vanilla, but all else fades quickly. 3.5

M - Moderately light bodied and crisp carbonation. Sweet finish. 4.0

D - Quite drinkable. Not cloying at all and very smooth. I'd like another one!!! 4.0

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Photo of beveritt
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Thanks go out to DoctorDog for this unusual gift. At first glance I thought it said Cherry Chocolate Stout, but upon pouring it and seeing the light color, I see it is Cherry Chocolate Beer. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is red with 3 cherries on the front. No obvious freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of light tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete layer of foam. The beer itself is a hazy and dull dark amber. Some viscous sludge remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of bitter baker's chocolate with hints of cherry.

Taste: Tootsie roll like chocolate upfront followed by a slightly tart cherry bite with mild undertones of sweetness. Both the cherry and chocolate flavors seems artificial.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation. Body is kind of thin.

Drinkability: Well, it tastes like exactly what it says it it, can't fault them for that. However, this just doesn't do it for me. The base beer seems to light in flavor to take the cherry and chocolate. I know I wouldn't have another one and I am not even sure I can finish this one.

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Photo of jhp40219
3.82/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Combining three of my favorite things, cherries, chocolate and beer, I have been wanting to try this for some time now. Tonight I finally got that chance after picking up a single 12oz. bottle. Since this has the potential to be really, really bad, I did not trust it enough to buy a whole 6-pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Murky amber/caramel colored. Looks like muddy water to be honest. Not overly appealing. Poured with a nice amberish head which dissipated almost immediately.

S - Strong cherry cough-syrup with hints of chocolate candy. Very strong scent that you don't even need to put up to your nose. You'll smell this one from across the room. Not a bad thing though.

T - Not as bad as I had expected after the smell. Pretty much exactly as the beer's title suggests: chocolate covered cherries. A bit of a medicine-ish taste at first, but that faded quickly with an amazingly delicious chocolate cherry aftertaste.

M - Great! The chocolate and cherry tastes don't overwhelm and blend together quite perfectly.

D - Definitely a dessert beer! No doubt about that. Not something you're going to want to grab to quench your thirst. A great finish after a nice dinner. But I am glad that I only bought a single bottle. I don't think I could do a whole 6-pack of these in one sitting without being overwhelmed by the flavor.

This is not going to be a beer for everyone, (as you can see by reading the reviews). If you do try this beer, do yourself a favor and try it after a nice dinner.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer pours like I wish most of my beers did, a nice golden brown with a fairly thick white head, that left a foam ring that didn't do much for lacing.

S: The smell was a bit overwhelming, that's why I dropped it a bit. While the flavors are said to be natural, this surely smelled like it had chocolate and cherry extract put in, and in large quantities.

T: The taste wasn't actually as bad as the smell. Quite pleasant actually.

M: Fairly full, but not what I expected, a little on the watery side. The carbonation wasn't over the top either and it allowed the two dominating flavors to test your tongue for a second.

D: I just don't think that these two flavors for my beer are what I'd like on a regular basis.

Overall, interesting try... should be a desert beer in all honesty.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Cherry Chocolate Beer from O'Fallon Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.