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Black Hemp - O'Fallon Brewery

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

StoutHunter, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ButtomsUp
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ButtomsUp, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of bezakjon
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

bezakjon, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -15.7%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

paxchristi, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark copper brown with one finger of medium tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate. A little smoke.

T: Light chocolate up front transitions to a slightly fruity middle and then fades into roasted malt and a little chocolate on the finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Not too heavy and soda-like carbonation, a little oil keeps the flavors clinging to the tongue.

O: Nice flavors and a good example of the style. Don't know what to look for in the hemp flavor, but I like the beer and will buy it again.

AmericanGothic, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

CFHMagnet, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of centbeerfest
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and opaque black with a very strong muddy water colored head that lasted for a few minutes. Although opaque it is not cloudy.

Smell is earthy with some green pepper undertones.

Taste begins with a creamy and delicious malt flavor. A balanced unique hemp flavor works well with the toasted malt. As dark as a beer that this is it does not overwhelm you with bitterness or heavy obtrusive flavors.

Overall this beer delivers a unique style that is both drinkable and worth exploring.

centbeerfest, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of jhp40219
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Dark brown on the pour. Held up to light, the amber red comes through a bit more, but still very dark. Small light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly. Good amount of sticky lacing on the glass though.

S - Nutty and malty, fresh cooked bread, milk chocolate, hint of fruit. Different, that's for sure. I'd give this a 4.5 if the aroma was amped up a bit more.

T - Nutty flavor up front with a very nice roasted malt taste, dark fruit, toasted oats, slightly buscuity, creamy. The hops, (or is that hemp), comes through very well. A lot heavier tasting than most other black ales I've had. If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was a porter.

M - Very creamy with low carbonation. Like I just said, a lot heavier than most other ales. Definitely feels more like a porter.

O - Easy to drink and strong on taste! Probably the heaviest ale I've ever had. I'm a big porter fan, so this one is right up my alley. Definitely one of the biggest ales I've ever had. Definitely worth a try for the porter and stout fans!

jhp40219, Jul 16, 2011
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.

soju6, Jul 14, 2011
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.

mactrail, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of rrski198
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

rrski198, Jun 15, 2011
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.

emmasdad, May 28, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is darkest brown, almost black. About two fingers of foamy head with decent retention. Mild citrus hop smell accompanied by grassy and bready aromas. Tastes of roasted dark chocolate, sugary bread, tart grapefruit and mild coffee. Lots of flavor and a thick, creamy body make for a pretty enjoyable drinking experience.

keeganfrank, May 10, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Brunite, May 07, 2011
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!

BeerLover99, Apr 28, 2011
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.

peabody, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

sixerofelixir, Apr 13, 2011
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!

DCon, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of chadu
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

chadu, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

codsmith, Apr 08, 2011
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

jsh420, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

csiewert, Mar 24, 2011
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.

hosehead83, Mar 21, 2011
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.

bluejacket74, Mar 19, 2011
Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.