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Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
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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Photo of dogma46an2
5/5  rDev +40.4%

: 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

dogma46an2, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of mmmmbeer
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

mmmmbeer, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

jharris0624, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Recordgrooves
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%

Poured mine into a pint glass, drink this one on the warmer side to enjoy the full flavor.

All the flavors blend perfectly & the only downside is the alcohol content, wish it was 10% or higher.

Ingredients: toasted hemp seeds, oats, malted rye, wheat, Amarillo and Citra hops and a Belgian Yeast strain. 5.8%

Mmmmm Delicious!

Recordgrooves, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of FBGordon
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

FBGordon, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Darles_Chickens
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Darles_Chickens, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Michael_L
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Michael_L, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of bluHatter
4.2/5  rDev +18%

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.

bluHatter, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +16%

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!

DCon, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of centbeerfest
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

centbeerfest, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of IsaacmanTX
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

IsaacmanTX, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of bnes09
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

Very dark brown and mostly opaque. Thin tan head with some lacing.

Rich, malty and nutty aromas. Also a distinct piney hop in the nose.

Roasted malts are strong from the get go ranging from roasted almonds to semi-sweet chocolate. Spicy hops are assertive and add some more bitterness. Underlying biscuity smoothness. Finish is semi-dry with some earthy tones.

Nice medium-body. Slightly high carbonation.

Highly drinkable and very tasty. A little different but in a good way.

bnes09, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Kubrickx, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of roadies
4/5  rDev +12.4%

roadies, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Consumed 2/14
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, opaque black with a one finger of sudsy, khaki colored head. Head retains nicely and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grainy, nutty, caramel and a hint of raisin.

T: Taste starts slightly roasty. Sweet caramel notes, light raisin notes and milk chocolate filter through the middle. Finish has a touch of char and coffee.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean body.

D: Goes down easy, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This was a very nice beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Jayli, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Brianhigginskc
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Brianhigginskc, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

AmericanGothic, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +12.4%

scruffwhor, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of jhp40219
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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!

jhp40219, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

bluejacket74, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

12 oz bottle with Julian date inkjetted on the neck.

We get not one, but TWO hemp-infused beers from O'Fallon? This one and Hemp Hop Rye?!? Alrighty then..

Muddy, dark brown. It's got a murky, milkshake-like quality to it. A tan head bubbles up, then down to a ring. Laces the glass. Smells very nice, very much on the sweet, chocolate side of malts. Some tang upfront, and then a jolt of the hemp, in sort of a bitter & oily sense, then brought back down by dark cacao flavor. Resolvedly tannic aftertaste. Darn tasty brew here. O'Fallon rocks the hemp brews like no other!

sixerofelixir, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

keeganfrank, May 10, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +9%

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.

zeff80, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

StoutHunter, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of bfields4
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

bfields4, Feb 18, 2011
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Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.