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Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 01-27-2011)
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Photo of dogma46an2
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

: A nice thick, dense head that was a medium tan color. A good lacing. Below the head the beer was a very dark brown.red hue, but the center remained opaque.

S: The aroma had dark roasted malt and light caramel.

T: The taste consisted of roasted barely and a little dark roast

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

O: This beer was awesome

dogma46an2, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of IsaacmanTX
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely not an allgrain brew, judging by the odd taste I can't quite finger... Its smell is a hint of either chocolate or coffee, can't quite decide. Poured into a 4oz taster, it still produced a fairly nice lacing. This definitely exudes comfort, not quality. The drinkability overpowers what it lacks in smell, taste, and mouthfeel. One I would come back to, without reason.

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

BhamBeerLover, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Beer_Runner
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Beer_Runner, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Kubrickx, Oct 13, 2012
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.

tigg924, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of jls988
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jls988, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of roadies
4/5  rDev +12.4%

roadies, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of FBGordon
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

FBGordon, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of olbubba
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

olbubba, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of swgwilt
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

swgwilt, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of gkjhawk
3/5  rDev -15.7%

gkjhawk, May 17, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

mtlasley, May 15, 2012
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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matjack85, May 05, 2012
Photo of mmmmbeer
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

mmmmbeer, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Michael_L
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Michael_L, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of bluHatter
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

bluHatter, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of coldriver
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

coldriver, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Darles_Chickens
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Darles_Chickens, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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!

GossageBrewery, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

OneDropSoup, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

TippySelenoid, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of lilnicky068
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.