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Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%


Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 01-27-2011)
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 17:12:32 | More by tigg924
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 22:59:20 | More by OneDropSoup
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:39:54 | More by emmasdad
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rrski198

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:42:20 | More by rrski198
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matjack85

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 09:23:00 | More by matjack85
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:25:13 | More by GossageBrewery
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 14:08:02 | More by TMoney2591
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BhamBeerLover


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:27:18 | More by BhamBeerLover
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chadu

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:19:56 | More by chadu
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 03:20:45 | More by russpowell
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jsh420

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 02:33:29 | More by jsh420
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mactrail

California

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red brown in the tall glass. Big tawny head. coarse carbonation. Full of malty sweetness with sharp and sourish flavors to balance. Modest hops flavors. More like a porter, but more bitter. Undertones of raisins and grainy tastes, a touch of dried pineapple.

A little on the peculiar side but drinkable enough. An underlying dry flavor that I don't care for, however. So far the hemp-flavored beers I've tried have an unpleasant kind of bitterness that makes me wish for more aromatic hops and skip the seeds and stems.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 04:32:01 | More by mactrail
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csiewert

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:21:04 | More by csiewert
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soju6

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:40:15 | More by soju6
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peabody

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:08:32 | More by peabody
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep blackish/brown body, 2 finger head, nice lacing

S: nice malt aroma, hemp, hint of grass

T: sweet malt front, firm earth, smooth finish

M: med/light body, dry finish

O: Nice brew, surprised by this selection. I enjoy Black Ales and hemp, was concerned this wouldn't work. Nice session when looking for something that's not an IPA or Pale Ale.

NICE, GIVE IT A TRY!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 17:39:10 | More by BeerLover99
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 05:07:42 | More by SupaCelt
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paxchristi

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a almost opaque black with about 1-2 fingers of creamy-sh head. Loos spot on for the style. Leaves a bt of lacing at the top, recedes in the body of the beer. really good.

Smell: Big dark malts and chocolate hopped up a bit. A fruity middle and a hemp character no less. Fades back into roasty malts and chocolate. Well balanced.

Mouth: Nose justifies the taste. in some ways, this reminds me of a porter that has some fruity hops characters to it that works to balance. Caramel malts too. Pretty good. A very creamy mouth feel. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is the best brew from O'Fallon i've had yet. Glad got to try it, but don't thin i'll pick up much more. Could totally be a regular for others, i think though.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 17:23:50 | More by paxchristi
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:30:09 | More by TippySelenoid
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:36:03 | More by brew3crew
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:36:02 | More by CFHMagnet
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vande

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 02:16:01 | More by vande
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codsmith

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:59:26 | More by codsmith
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Brunite

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:14:17 | More by Brunite
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 04:25:04 | More by DannyDan
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