Hell Hath No Fury Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Presentation: Standard Bells 12 ounce bottle sealed with a standard brass crown cap which has the Bells logo on it. The main label has a pink background centered with a flame backed picture of a woman apparently scorning a Devil of sorts. No freshness date or strength listed but the reverse label has an inkjet code of 7673 on it. Described as A brew that gives you either sympathy for the devil or the courage to face him. Goes especially well with your favorite lost my girl/truck/dog/trailer song
Appearance: Darkest brown of the browns before its black body. Dusted tan head is finely composed of smaller than small bubbles, a carpet like head forms initially but the surface tension gets the best of the covering and it eventually pings with a breaking surface that rescinds to the edges leaving only a thin ringed halo in the end.
Nose: Feint in strength, but always there, dark cooking chocolate, cocoa and some of the finest rich Black Forest Gateaux play in and amongst the dark burnt (but not roasted) malt hillocks. A little low in strength but doesnt really do enough.
Taste: Most of the flavor seems to be packed in the front quarter of this beer. It fades in the middle and is long gone on the horizon by the time the swallow pulls through. The start has a gentle dark-malt with a rising chocolate bitterness. Dark fruits, dark chocolate covered raisins, Parkin and bonfire toffee. I keep trying at this one, wanting the flavors in the next mouthful to last that bit longer than the last taste, but they dont, this is a little disappointing in the aspect. Fades far too quickly.
Mouthfeel: Smooth enough but the texture is of drinking a dark brew mixed with the yeasty Lees from the bottom of the bottle. This imparts a Hessian sack like rough surface on the tongue. Finishes with a slightly smoother ending, but it feels coarse and rough to the touch especially once the short lived flavors drop in the middle and fade.
Drinkability: The quickly fading taste profile is the biggest distraction to enjoying this effort. In a way it draws you into the next mouthful all too early, so the Drinkability in that sense is not all that bad. However, Drinkability defined as would I want to drink a few bottles of this one tonight then it is low on the radar and bottom of the class. The overall score is somewhere in between and I think a 3.0 is a fair reflection on a decent enough brew but with a short lived flavor.
Overall: I couldnt quite get my head around this one, one minute I enjoyed it, and then all of a sudden it seemed to fade to boredom rapidly. Then the appeal picked up again. A bit of a yo-yo beer that doesnt really have a single strong point to hang your hat on. Nice though, but given the impressionable label I think I expected a bit more depth and complexity.
A doff of my Yorkshire Cloth Cap to Sir BigHuge for the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2006 05:41:09 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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