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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

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Beer added by: zeff80 on 01-27-2011

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by TippySelenoid:
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
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 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 russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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 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
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 matjack85
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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 StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
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 CFHMagnet
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
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 chadu
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Scab ruby pour with a tan head twinged with crimson. Short duration of head activity. Some lace in the aftermath.

The nose is brown sugar rich and milky sour.

The taste is fresh under lightly toasted cocoa with another bit of sour and stale. A noticeable bitterness. Something is just a bit outside here.

The mouthfeel is fluffy and industrious. Not so heavy but about right for the taste.

The drinkability is average. This is not a remarkable brown ale in comparison to others on the shelf. This brew does not inspire an ucontrollable urge to experience it anew. Probably not a repeat in the future.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.88/5  rDev +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.

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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!

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed over @ my friend Mike's house. I traded him a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & a Pyramid Apricot Ale for two of these Black Hemps. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no Best By Date or B.O.D. into a Pint Glass.
(Note: This has a 5.8% ABV and should be an American Black Ale, NOT a American Brown Ale.)

Appearance- Darkest black you can get with possibly a ruby red tint! Has 1 finger of off white head and has a good retention. Also leaves "bricks" of lace down the side. Awesome!

Smell- Has a great amount of citrus hop smell. There is a sweetness with the malt as well. More dull on the hop than a Black IPA would be.

Taste- You can certain taste the Belgian Yeast and Oats added into this one! Does have a Dark Chocolate roasted taste and ends with a nice hop flavor. Not sure if I ever taste the Hemp seeds but may have contributed to the great Black Ale taste. The malts definitely made the chocolate/coffee tastes in here but not too much to make it a stout/porter. Just enough!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Good Carbonation, and has a smoothness that brings everything together. Positively one of my favorites of the Week!

Overall- I've really got to give it to O'Fallon on this one! Great on drinkability and has so much flavor! I've had O'Fallon's Hemp Hop Rye and this is what my friends thought they had bought earlier in the night. Great ale to be reviewing for my #100 Review as well. Finished the first and onto the second. Cheers!

Photo of bfields4
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very very deep amber. Close to black with an amber hue. Nice frothy head That gives a good lace.

Smokey roasted malts. Resiny hop/hemp smells really come through nicely. The hemp really does well to exemplify that aroma.

Taste while good is a bit of a let down from the aroma. Theirs a piny oily hemp/hop bite that mellows to a nice dry malty finish. Maybe a bit of a yeast zing here and there.

Very light body. Kind of Irish Dry Stout esque. Nice beer. Breaks the mold a little, but could use a little something else to give it that push over the edge.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Added as an American Brown Ale because I believe it is the style that most closely matches. Otherwise, I don't think it fits a style listed on here.

A - Pours out a deep, deep, dark brown color. Looks almost black unless you look at the bottom of a snifter. It had a small, khaki-colored head of soapy foam that left minimal lace.

S - Chocolate, some roastiness and herbal smell that I assume in the hemp seeds.

T - Chocolate with a nice roasted malt finish. There is a grassy/herbal hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Not sure what I drank, but it was good.

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