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Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%


Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 01-27-2011)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If it's black, does that mean it has more THC...? Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-garnet topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises char, light vinyl, mandarin orange syrup, and a dash of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a good element of dark greenery tossed in for good measure (or variety...whichever you prefer). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this particular black ale just didn't do it for me. The darker aspects were too charred, to plastic-y, and the hoppier aspects didn't meld with the darker entirely well. Still, there was a definite focus on balance, which was almost achieved.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 14:08:02 | More by TMoney2591
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dogma46an2

Alabama

5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

: A nice thick, dense head that was a medium tan color. A good lacing. Below the head the beer was a very dark brown.red hue, but the center remained opaque.

S: The aroma had dark roasted malt and light caramel.

T: The taste consisted of roasted barely and a little dark roast

M: The body is medium-heavy and very smooth; and, there is very little carbonation.

O: This beer was awesome

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:15:41 | More by dogma46an2
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IsaacmanTX


4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely not an allgrain brew, judging by the odd taste I can't quite finger... Its smell is a hint of either chocolate or coffee, can't quite decide. Poured into a 4oz taster, it still produced a fairly nice lacing. This definitely exudes comfort, not quality. The drinkability overpowers what it lacks in smell, taste, and mouthfeel. One I would come back to, without reason.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:36:41 | More by IsaacmanTX
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BhamBeerLover


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very surprising bitter finish. Funktastic flavor that is very difficult to pin down. I thought possibly from the yeast but dismissed this shortly thereafter. In my opinion, this most likely originated from the use of extracts and or adjuncts in this brew. Would not ever buy again. Sorry O'Fallon's...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:27:18 | More by BhamBeerLover
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Beer_Runner


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was a faint date stamp on the neck, but it was some type of code and useless in identifying when the beer was bottled.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted three fingers of thick, dense head that was a medium tan color. In a few moments the head dissipated to about a quarter-finger and left a good lacing. Below the head the beer was a very dark brown. When held to the light some light passed through the edges of the glass and there was a red hue, but the center remained opaque.

S: The aroma had dark roasted malt and something like rope and leather. (Was that the hemp?)

T: The taste consisted of roasted barely and a little dark roasted bitterness along with some malted barley sweetness; and, these flavors were joined by a purfumey and slightly flowery flavor along with a rope flavor. I guess that is the hemp.

M: The body is medium-heavy and very smooth; and, there is very little carbonation.

O: Okay, so I took a flyer on this one. It was on sale at a craft beer shop. I’m glad I tried it. It had a base of a pretty good black ale, and then it had all of these unusual flavors from the hemp. These flavors seemed to fit pretty well with a dark beer. This is not a “must try,” but it is certainly different, enjoyable, and adventurous – just what I like in a craft brew. So, this one get a few bonus points for being a little different.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:30:16 | More by Beer_Runner
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in beer trade with my cousin from Illinois:

Into a pint glass:

A: jet black colored body that leaves an off-white one finger head that lasts for at least thirty seconds. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. A thin, nice foamy filmy lacing appears and lasts through half way through the beer and then spider webs into oblivion.

S: chocolate up front with some light malty-aroma like qualities inside of a sort of coffee.

T: balanced between the previously mentioned flavors and adds an earthy sort of hemp as well.

M: medium with a dry aftertaste. It still feels great on my tongue and maintains a decent drinkability for the beer.

O: this is a good beer for me, though the hops were more subdued than most "black ales" (mostly non-existent) I still liked it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 17:26:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation

Smell: hemp and light earthy hops

Taste: hemp, and light charred malt with a tad bit of chocolate

Mouthfeel: light bodied borderline watery, medium carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Overall: I really like this style and this one was a disappointment. I think this would be a bit better with some more body and a bit more hops. If I was not grading to style, I may make this a 2.5 max, but there are way better beers from this brewery and in the style. I am not likely to pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 17:12:32 | More by tigg924
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matjack85

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this single brown 12oz bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99. No information about the beer on the label other than to say "Malt Beverage Brewed with Hemp Seeds".

The beer poured an opaque black color, but it showed some ruby/purplish highlights around the edges when held to light. I got a 1-finger tan head out of it, but that faded away quickly and left almost zero lacing on the glass.

Not much smell to this. I can barely pick up a little roasted malt, some weak coffee, and a little chocolate.

Tastes like weak coffee with some roasted malt thrown in. There's a touch of sweetness to it, but an even bigger touch of bitterness to balance it out. Not sure what the hemp seeds do but I don't taste anything unusual that I could chalk up to the hemp.

On the light side of medium bodied with only moderate carbonation.

It's drinkable, but I was sort of disappointed that there wasn't more flavor to it.

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Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 09:23:00 | More by matjack85
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bluHatter

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark cola black with a modest thick brown head that lasts a long time and leaves thick coated lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, smoke, toast

T: Sweet, roasted nuts and toasted, roasted chocolates, and yes - some subtle hemp undertones.

M: The most striking thing about this might be the smooth silky texture, with tiny little foamy bubbles. Heavy full body, very thick and extremely smooth.

O: This attests to hemp's amazing flexibility and its unending usefulness in the production of nearly every product. Hopefully we can one day see a hemp world instead of a plastic one. Aside from that, this is one amazing ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 22:38:32 | More by bluHatter
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Black Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a black color, produced a tan colored head, average retention and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was full of toasted malt and piney hops. Medium bodied, this brew featured the flavor of brown bread, citrus lemony hops, semi dry finish. I don't really get the tea like hemp flavor that i expected- Overall, its a very unique brew- i prefer this to O'Fallon's Hemp Hop Rye- Good 1 time session beer. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:25:13 | More by GossageBrewery
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Black body with some deep ruby highlights around the edges under a finger of mocha head that drops to a thick covering & leaves algae-like tendrils of lace.

Mild cherry candy-like fruit character in the nose, with a very vague sort of malt extract wort smell. Kind of plastic, too. This really smells like homebrew fermenting in a plastic bucket. A little bit of a dull roast or black malt. A familiar smell, but not one I'm thrilled to meet with in a commercial beer.

Hops hit up front with a grassy bitterness, combined with that kind of dull roast that turns to a husky character. Not liking this now. Charcoal water in the aftertaste. Bleh.

Medium-bodied, but goes through an unpleasant bitterness that sticks around & won't let go.

I really liked the Hemp Hop Rye & thought they'd do something decent with this, but it just tasted like bad homebrewer. The ingredients were all distinguishable & that husky character was just unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 22:59:20 | More by OneDropSoup
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

It's a dark, clear ruby color. Cream colored head that leaves excellent lacing.

Pretty faint smell. A touch of bittering hops and a whiff of coffee.

Nice hop bitterness right up front. There's a nice spiciness. Not sure what the hemp seeds are supposed to taste like, but this beer definitely has an herbal kick. A bit of roastiness is in there if you look for it.

This beer is on the light side of medium with an appropriate carbonation.

This beer's pretty good. Not something that I will look forward to every year though.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:30:09 | More by TippySelenoid
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of O'Fallon's Black Hemp a couple days ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I have had a couple Hemp Ales before and I thought they were good, but I wasn't to impressed with the only other beer I have had from this brewery, their cherry chocolate beer, so I have no clue how this beer will be, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok but it's a little plane, the only thing eye catching about the label is the word hemp. It poured a very dark brown color that was bordering on being black with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end. The head is a little lackluster but the color looks good.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of dark medium roasted malts that impart some nice grainy, roasted and chocolate aromas. Next comes that signature slightly fruity hemp aroma mixed in with a light amount of grassy hops. This beer smells good, the hemp adds some nice complexity to this American Black Ale.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely. The first thing I pick up is a large amount of dark medium roasted malts that have a low amount of medium sweetness and impart some nice grainy and dark roasted malt flavor with a slight amount of chocolate. After that comes the fruity hemp flavor which is pretty nice. At the end there are some more roasted and chocolate flavors with a similar aftertaste and a low amount of bitterness. The flavor was nice and the roasted malts provided nice balance for the hemp which can be overpowering sometimes but in this beer it wasn't, which made the flavor very balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a high amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but the carbonation could have been toned down a little, it was a little fizzy.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good beer that had just enough black ale and hemp aspects to it to do the name justice and all the flavors were balanced with the roast balancing out the hemp. This beer has pretty good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and if I had another one I would drink it, this was a good beer to have on a chilly winter night. What I liked most about this beer was the balance between the Black Ale base and the hemp, it worked out well, and they complemented each other. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of fizzy carbonation, if it was toned down a little the mouthfeel would be pretty spot on. I would buy this beer again when looking for a hemp beer, it's readily available and it's not too expensive. This beer is worth a shot, especially if you like hemp ales. I have to say I was pretty impressed with this beer, I didn't have the greatest first impression with this brewery, but this proved to be one solid beer and it sparked a bigger interest for me into this brewery, I'm down to see what else they are working with. Sometimes the hemp can take over with these beers, but the malts kept it in check and that made it one of my favorite hemp ales and the most balanced one I have had so far, good work guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:04:33 | More by StoutHunter
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paxchristi

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a almost opaque black with about 1-2 fingers of creamy-sh head. Loos spot on for the style. Leaves a bt of lacing at the top, recedes in the body of the beer. really good.

Smell: Big dark malts and chocolate hopped up a bit. A fruity middle and a hemp character no less. Fades back into roasty malts and chocolate. Well balanced.

Mouth: Nose justifies the taste. in some ways, this reminds me of a porter that has some fruity hops characters to it that works to balance. Caramel malts too. Pretty good. A very creamy mouth feel. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is the best brew from O'Fallon i've had yet. Glad got to try it, but don't thin i'll pick up much more. Could totally be a regular for others, i think though.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 17:23:50 | More by paxchristi
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark copper brown with one finger of medium tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate. A little smoke.

T: Light chocolate up front transitions to a slightly fruity middle and then fades into roasted malt and a little chocolate on the finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Not too heavy and soda-like carbonation, a little oil keeps the flavors clinging to the tongue.

O: Nice flavors and a good example of the style. Don't know what to look for in the hemp flavor, but I like the beer and will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:15:38 | More by AmericanGothic
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I quickly noticed this beer was generating no head, so I basically dumped it into a snifter, only to receive half a finger that disappeared faster than it was poured. All I have left of the head is a ring and a memory. The body appears black until you hold the glass up to the light to notice that it is brown around the edges.

Aroma is actually kind of weak, but I get malt and nuts with a mild earthy hop smell. There is a faint whiff of alcohol on the back end.

Well balanced beer with a bit of sweet malt up front transitions into a true earthy hop flavor that is quite enjoyable. A roasted nut taste develops after this, and if you really dig in there you detect a mocha flavor and a bit of spicy breadiness.

Easy going mouthfeel, its medium bodied and just a bit dry on the finish. Much more refreshing than it looks and can be drunk rather quickly if that's your thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:36:02 | More by CFHMagnet
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centbeerfest

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and opaque black with a very strong muddy water colored head that lasted for a few minutes. Although opaque it is not cloudy.

Smell is earthy with some green pepper undertones.

Taste begins with a creamy and delicious malt flavor. A balanced unique hemp flavor works well with the toasted malt. As dark as a beer that this is it does not overwhelm you with bitterness or heavy obtrusive flavors.

Overall this beer delivers a unique style that is both drinkable and worth exploring.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 15:48:19 | More by centbeerfest
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jhp40219

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Dark brown on the pour. Held up to light, the amber red comes through a bit more, but still very dark. Small light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly. Good amount of sticky lacing on the glass though.

S - Nutty and malty, fresh cooked bread, milk chocolate, hint of fruit. Different, that's for sure. I'd give this a 4.5 if the aroma was amped up a bit more.

T - Nutty flavor up front with a very nice roasted malt taste, dark fruit, toasted oats, slightly buscuity, creamy. The hops, (or is that hemp), comes through very well. A lot heavier tasting than most other black ales I've had. If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was a porter.

M - Very creamy with low carbonation. Like I just said, a lot heavier than most other ales. Definitely feels more like a porter.

O - Easy to drink and strong on taste! Probably the heaviest ale I've ever had. I'm a big porter fan, so this one is right up my alley. Definitely one of the biggest ales I've ever had. Definitely worth a try for the porter and stout fans!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:53:20 | More by jhp40219
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soju6

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a virtual black color with a very small head that fades quickly and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is of roasted malt with some grain and hint of sweet chocolate.

T: Taste of roast malt with and earthiness. Concludes with a bittersweet chocolate and is quite dry.

F: Medium body, smooth and well balanced.

O: Much better than I expected. This is a very easy drinker. Not hard to drink a couple without even trying. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:40:15 | More by soju6
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mactrail

California

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red brown in the tall glass. Big tawny head. coarse carbonation. Full of malty sweetness with sharp and sourish flavors to balance. Modest hops flavors. More like a porter, but more bitter. Undertones of raisins and grainy tastes, a touch of dried pineapple.

A little on the peculiar side but drinkable enough. An underlying dry flavor that I don't care for, however. So far the hemp-flavored beers I've tried have an unpleasant kind of bitterness that makes me wish for more aromatic hops and skip the seeds and stems.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 04:32:01 | More by mactrail
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rrski198

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: almost totaly black with a small dark red hue ont he bottom of the glass. Beautiful dark mocha colored head that really sticks around for awhile.

S: Very mild malt and slight nuttiness. Not much else going on here.

T: Again slightly nutty with not a whole lot else. There is a mild roasted malt flavor but again its very subdued.

M: Average carbonation. NOt much int he way of spice or hops, but it is real smooth.

O: Um...yea....whatever. Not impressed. Nothing stands out here at all. THis is a gimick beer. So they use hemp, whatever.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:42:20 | More by rrski198
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ratman for giving me a bottle of this one. Poured a clear dark brown color with a little beige head. Aromas of roasted malt, earthiness and light cocoa. Palate was light bodied with flavors of roasted malt, burnt toast and as hint of earthiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:39:54 | More by emmasdad
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is darkest brown, almost black. About two fingers of foamy head with decent retention. Mild citrus hop smell accompanied by grassy and bready aromas. Tastes of roasted dark chocolate, sugary bread, tart grapefruit and mild coffee. Lots of flavor and a thick, creamy body make for a pretty enjoyable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 18:42:58 | More by keeganfrank
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Brunite

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with some ruby edging. A tan head that leaves much lace and a solid cap.

S: Different. Some veggie notes...fresh cut grass or weeds...very faint hops.

T: Somewhat complex. There is an initial sweetness from the malt. Then some hop bitterness kicks in. The finish is tangy...sticky...dry....almost a vegetable aftertaste....but it works here.

M: A bit thin but creams up after a swirl. Some stickiness on the finish.

O: Interesting. A decent beer that I would try again....but not mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:14:17 | More by Brunite
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep blackish/brown body, 2 finger head, nice lacing

S: nice malt aroma, hemp, hint of grass

T: sweet malt front, firm earth, smooth finish

M: med/light body, dry finish

O: Nice brew, surprised by this selection. I enjoy Black Ales and hemp, was concerned this wouldn't work. Nice session when looking for something that's not an IPA or Pale Ale.

NICE, GIVE IT A TRY!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 17:39:10 | More by BeerLover99
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Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
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