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Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zeff80 on 01-27-2011)
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Reviews by AnnArborJoe:
Photo of AnnArborJoe
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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Photo of tigg924
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of centbeerfest
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy hops, toasty malt, some grainyness, all fade as this warms

T: Slight plum flavor up front then flinty mineral & grassy hoppyness, plus a touch of licorice up front & dryness, plus a bit of pumpernickel. Wet cereal & charred grain as this warms along with more grassy, plus a touch of lemon hops. Finishes fruitty (plums & apricot), with grainyness, dryness & grassy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation & okay balance

Drinks okay, started out fairly interesting & then just kind of faded away. This beer drinks more like a schwartz bier with some rye thrown in, but the hops outta whack.. Brown ale is probably is accurate as my call on it. Wouldn't say no to one, but wouldn't really seek this out

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jwerner23
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dogma46an2
5/5  rDev +40.4%
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

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. The head went away kinda quickly, and there's a good amount of of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, grain and piney hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, nuts, pine hops and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit sticky. Medium/high carbonation, and it's easy enough to drink. It's a good overall beer, I enjoyed it. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these at a time.

Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown that looks black in the glass 2+ finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells like an english bitter - pale english malts and grassy earthy hops

taste is very malty - lots of sweet caramel malt with hints of chocolate and roasted malt too - fair amount of hops but could use more to balance the malt

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation - just does not add anything to the experience

overall a so so brew - tastes more like a lager then an ale - doubt i ever buy this beer again

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of matjack85
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pretty dark with tan suds mabey 1 finger that quickly dissapate to a ring of big bubbles around the glass. Lacing here.
Smell is a strong charred malt with raisin and sugar. Alcohol is detected here.
Taste is kind of bitter then sweet. It's more of a burnt wood taste then a sweet malt comes into play.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty and ends up with a black sweet flavor that sticks with the palate.
Overall for the money it's not a bad beer. Mabey just not my cup of tea.

Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of rrski198
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of FBGordon
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BhamBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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...

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Photo of deweese
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of chadu
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting concept in a beer. I've never had a Hemp ale, so I thought this might be a good choice in a a "pick-a-six".

1. Pours a near black from the bottle with a nice thick rich head. Great lacing. Looks great.

2. The somewhat vegetal aroma is a bit of a turnoff, but the malts do a decent job of coming through as well.

3. The rye comes through here, as does a somewhat farmhouse-ish grassiness. Not much hops or bitterness, IMHO. Because it look a little like a porter, I keep expecting more malt. It's not there.

4. A thinnish feel, not much carbonation.

Overall, not bad, but likely not something I'll buy again. O'Fallon has alot of great beers, but this is just OK.

Photo of csiewert
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark brown with a trace of off white head with no lacing. The aroma has hints of some roasted malt and some citrusy hops... No hemp at this point. The aroma is somewhat weak for what I was expecting. The taste starts with some hoppy bitterness and then there is some roasted chocolate malt characters... Still no hemp. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the finish is alright except it leaves a little harsh aftertaste. Overall worth a try if it is cheap.

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Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.