Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of emmasdad
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of matjack85
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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!

Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of vande
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.