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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 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 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 chadu
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (679 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 jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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 (521 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (479 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 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 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 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 russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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 (806 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 SupaCelt
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (605 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.