Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery
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2.2/5 rDev -38.4%
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.
08-13-2012 17:12:32 | More by tigg924
2.45/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
02-09-2012 22:59:20 | More by OneDropSoup
2.85/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
06-15-2011 02:42:20 | More by rrski198
2.85/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
05-28-2011 18:39:54 | More by emmasdad
2.95/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
05-05-2012 09:23:00 | More by matjack85
3/5 rDev -16%
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!
02-11-2012 02:25:13 | More by GossageBrewery
3.03/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
01-22-2013 14:08:02 | More by TMoney2591
3.25/5 rDev -9%
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...
10-20-2012 01:27:18 | More by BhamBeerLover
3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
04-08-2011 03:19:56 | More by chadu
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
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
02-25-2011 03:20:45 | More by russpowell
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
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
03-27-2011 02:33:29 | More by jsh420
Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.