Black Hemp | O'Fallon Brewery

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Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zeff80 on 01-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin film of a white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some intricately speckled lace clung nicely.
The aroma had some swift semi-sweet to lightly spicey earthy to grassiness up front rolling over some rye-like character. Light floral portions slide in for a bit more complexity.
The flavor was a blend of the spicy to sweet of the rye, earthiness (assuming that's the hemp) to even add in a light piney bitterness for an extra benefit. Aftertaste was pretty earthy, rye-like and floral.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Some dryness along my tongue.
Overall, pretty nice American Black Ale that I would have again.

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3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a jet black colored body that leaves an off-white one finger head that lasts for at least thirty seconds. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. A thin, nice foamy filmy lacing appears and lasts through half way through the beer and then spider webs into oblivion. The smell has chocolate up front with some light malty-aroma like qualities inside of a sort of coffee. The taste is balanced between the previously mentioned flavors and adds an earthy sort of hemp as well. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a dry aftertaste. It still feels great on my tongue and maintains a decent drinkability for the beer. Overall, this is a good beer for me, though the hops were more subdued than most "black ales" (mostly non-existent) I still liked it and would have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Black Hemp from O'Fallon Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 90 ratings