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Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 87
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of dogma46an2
5/5  rDev +37.4%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of Recordgrooves
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (330 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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! (1,448 characters)

Photo of IsaacmanTX
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of centbeerfest
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (480 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (630 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of jhp40219
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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! (1,071 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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! (577 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of bfields4
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (3,168 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a big off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Grassy hops
Taste-Sweet malt, choclately, hop bite, hemp seed lends an unbalanced grassy quality that keeps the flavors from melding together. Not too bad overall, but tastes more like a black IPA than an American brown. (348 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tight bubbled tan head. Bottle conditioned. Dark malts, chocolate along with a bit of citrus hops in the aroma. Lighter sided of medium bodied. More chocolate malt and maybe some black patent in the flavor. Decent amount of hop bitterness. Dry malty finish with the chocolate malt lingering. Instead of a black IPA, just a black PA or is that an oxymoron! Very drinkable beer. (457 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,380 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a nice thin tan head of lacing that sticks to the sides very well and stays around throughout the beer

S: A sweet caramel and biscuit aroma comes through off the top. The hemp seeds don't really come though in the beer, but that is to be expected

T: A little overly sweet, with a nice amount of darker malts. It ends with a slight spicy hop bitterness at the end.

M: Has a very moderate-light mouthfeel as any black ale should have. A little too over-carbonated and leaves you burpie and leaves it with a little heavier mouthfeel than there needs to be

O: Its a decent beer for other brewerys, but O'fallons has so many good beers that this one kind of disappoints me. If you're looking for another "hemp" beer O'fallon's Hemp Hop Rye is really good. (779 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a black body with a tan head that has good retention, carbonation, and lacing.
S. Has a grassy herbal earthy aroma.
T. Taste some grassy and citrus hops up front, followed by a hint of chocolate malts and a slightly sweet syrupy taste to it. Not sure what the alcohol content is but can taste some alcohol in this one too.
M. A sticky sweet syrupy feel on the lips and cheeks.
D. This is a good drinking light to medium bodied beer that is pretty good. (462 characters)

Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of vande
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark blend of black and brown....with a very light lacing hugging the glass...head quickly disappeared.

S: Hard to get hints of anything... [could be my slight cold...or not..]

T: malty, nutty, pleasant after taste...

M: carbonation is present. not a lot to the body. Easy to drink....

may add more as it warms.. definitely worth a pick up. Probably one of the better O'Fallon's I've tried. (399 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark black with reddish hue around the edges
S-some roastiness and hemp fill the air
T-light hemp taste, kinda chocolatey. Very well blended
M-light bodied and smooth
D-nicely drinkable. Pleasantly surprised.

Better than I expected,but still just ok. (254 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (881 characters)

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