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Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 01-27-2011)
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Photo of BhamBeerLover

3.25/5  rDev -9%
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
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was a faint date stamp on the neck, but it was some type of code and useless in identifying when the beer was bottled.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted three fingers of thick, dense head that was a medium tan color. In a few moments the head dissipated to about a quarter-finger and left a good lacing. Below the head the beer was a very dark brown. When held to the light some light passed through the edges of the glass and there was a red hue, but the center remained opaque.

S: The aroma had dark roasted malt and something like rope and leather. (Was that the hemp?)

T: The taste consisted of roasted barely and a little dark roasted bitterness along with some malted barley sweetness; and, these flavors were joined by a purfumey and slightly flowery flavor along with a rope flavor. I guess that is the hemp.

M: The body is medium-heavy and very smooth; and, there is very little carbonation.

O: Okay, so I took a flyer on this one. It was on sale at a craft beer shop. I’m glad I tried it. It had a base of a pretty good black ale, and then it had all of these unusual flavors from the hemp. These flavors seemed to fit pretty well with a dark beer. This is not a “must try,” but it is certainly different, enjoyable, and adventurous – just what I like in a craft brew. So, this one get a few bonus points for being a little different.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:30:16 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of Kubrickx


4/5  rDev +12%

10-12-2012 23:22:15 | More by Kubrickx
Photo of tigg924


2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
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
Photo of jls988

3.75/5  rDev +5%

08-01-2012 15:23:07 | More by jls988
Photo of roadies

4/5  rDev +12%

07-03-2012 21:22:21 | More by roadies
Photo of FBGordon

4.25/5  rDev +19%

06-12-2012 15:46:36 | More by FBGordon
Photo of olbubba


2.5/5  rDev -30%

06-10-2012 16:49:03 | More by olbubba
Photo of swgwilt


3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-01-2012 03:28:54 | More by swgwilt
Photo of gkjhawk


3/5  rDev -16%

05-17-2012 00:36:09 | More by gkjhawk
Photo of mtlasley


3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-14-2012 23:38:25 | More by mtlasley
Photo of matjack85


2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 09:23:00 | More by matjack85
Photo of mmmmbeer


4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

04-22-2012 01:15:13 | More by mmmmbeer
Photo of Michael_L


4.25/5  rDev +19%

04-10-2012 20:01:35 | More by Michael_L
Photo of bluHatter


4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark cola black with a modest thick brown head that lasts a long time and leaves thick coated lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, smoke, toast

T: Sweet, roasted nuts and toasted, roasted chocolates, and yes - some subtle hemp undertones.

M: The most striking thing about this might be the smooth silky texture, with tiny little foamy bubbles. Heavy full body, very thick and extremely smooth.

O: This attests to hemp's amazing flexibility and its unending usefulness in the production of nearly every product. Hopefully we can one day see a hemp world instead of a plastic one. Aside from that, this is one amazing ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 22:38:32 | More by bluHatter
Photo of coldriver


3.25/5  rDev -9%

03-18-2012 23:25:43 | More by coldriver
Photo of Darles_Chickens

4.25/5  rDev +19%

03-18-2012 15:31:21 | More by Darles_Chickens
Photo of Beezee


3/5  rDev -16%

03-01-2012 06:58:47 | More by Beezee
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-16-2012 15:07:20 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of GossageBrewery


3/5  rDev -16%
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
Photo of OneDropSoup


2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
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
Photo of TippySelenoid


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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
Photo of lilnicky068


3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-28-2012 05:49:21 | More by lilnicky068
Photo of StoutHunter


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:04:33 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of ButtomsUp


3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-16-2012 02:07:25 | More by ButtomsUp
Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.