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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 tigg924
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%

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.

tigg924, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%

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.

OneDropSoup, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

akttr, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of AnnArborJoe
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

AnnArborJoe, May 10, 2013
Photo of olbubba
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

olbubba, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of boudreaux
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

boudreaux, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of rrski198
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

rrski198, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

emmasdad, May 28, 2011
Photo of matjack85
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%

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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matjack85, May 05, 2012
Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -15.7%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of deweese
3/5  rDev -15.7%

deweese, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of gkjhawk
3/5  rDev -15.7%

gkjhawk, May 17, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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!

GossageBrewery, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Benvarine
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Benvarine, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3/5  rDev -15.7%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

TMoney2591, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of BhamBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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...

BhamBeerLover, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of coldriver
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

coldriver, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

thufflife, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of craftbrew502
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

craftbrew502, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

KAF, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of chadu
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

chadu, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

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

russpowell, Feb 25, 2011
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Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.