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Hell Hath No Fury Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 58
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004)
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Black body. Thin creamy brown head. No light gets through. Looks like a stout. Lace comes in rings.

Aroma: Thick dark malts, chocolatey, mud, sludgey yeast.

Taste: Sludgey yeasts here as well. Dark, sludgey malts. Sludge in general. A little raisin, but it's hidded behind the sludgey dark malts. I think I'm getting some sludgey wet cardboard/armpit oxidation as well. Taste is not to my liking.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body. Low carbonation. Alcohol is absent on the palate.

Drinkability: Not one I need to return to. Probably my least favorite Bell's product to date. I just finished a Smutty Winter (dubbel) and this is not even in the ballpark of that beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 02:18:24 | More by Bighuge
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy, dark fruit, alcohol, yeast, clove, spiciness. Forthcoming, but not bold. Perfume, flowery. Nice and complex aroma and interesting.
Dense, dark brown to black. Not opaque. Heavy, dark brown head that settles slowly and leaves considerable lacing.
Malty rich with dark fruit again (raisin). Less complex than the aroma. Similar yeasty qualities as aroma. Mild bitterness at the finish. Alcohol not so noticeable in flavor or feel.
Light and somewhat soft carbonation, but not high or effervescent enough. On the mild side of medium for feel to almost thinnish.
This beer sputters and peters out towards the bottom, but the journey is good and worth it. Not quite satisfying enough. Tasty but not powerful. Rich but not bold or complex enough. Light, but not soft enough. I think I'll put my last two away for awhile and see if they do anything interesting in time.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 00:46:47 | More by garymuchow
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macpapi

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had never seen this beer before and despite the relatively high price (three dollars more for a sixer than standard Bell's brews) decided to give it a Thanksgiving try.

Pours a very dark black color with a thin purplish head. There is quite a bit of sediment that quickly sinks to the bottom of the glass--much of it in large chunks.

Smell is sweet, deep and dominated by chocolate and malt. There is also a bit of charcoal notable in the aroma. As it warms dark fruits--most prominently cherry--are present.

Taste is of heavy malt. There is a bit of bitter hop presence as well. Also a good deal of coffee and chocolate flavor here. Dark fruit is present, though largely overwhelmed by other flavors.

In the mouth H.H.N.F. is full and bitter. Medium carbonation. Alcohol is notable here. Not terribly smooth on the whole.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. Though it is interesting, it is nowhere close to Bell's best effort. Seems to be a bit unrepresentative of the style on the whole.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 00:06:07 | More by macpapi
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with a brownish cast. Rich, dark mahogany highlights at the base of the glass. Creamy dark tan head. Retention is excellent. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasty, fruity (soft, sweet berries and some sweet dark fruit), mild leafy hops, subtle smokiness in the background.

Taste: Rich, full, chocolatey, fruity (more dark skinned fruits - prune, plum, raisin, dates - than the nose suggests), gently phenolic and delicately spicy, roasty, deep toffee, toasted malts, suggestions of creamy coffee, some leafy hops. The yeast is similar to Chimay in many ways. Quite rich, but not overly complex. The flavor is less roasty than the nose suggests. As it warms it becomes much more like a Belgian-style dubble - just one loaded with malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation. Smooth. Chewy.

Drinkability: Hmmm. An odd beer here. It's quite tasty and enjoyable, but also full and rich... more of a sipper. One of these would be perfect on a cool night in front of the fire, or with a good drama on the DVD. You'll learn to love it by the end of the glass, and you might not be ready for another, but I'm sure you'll remember to pick some more up next time you see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 15:28:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly dark and deceptive pour as it sits like a stout - heavy and black with a finger high head of light cocoa brown firm foam. Keeps its stay for a bit and then some before keeping a slim ring always present. Lacing sticks in tiny little inky strings and patches.

Aroma is a bit muted at first, takes a bit of warming before the tones of dark rounded chocolate begin to take shape. Has some mite sized hints to slight dark fruity raisiny stuff, dates, and banana bread with nuts. A slight warmth also emerges into the nose late.

Solid, robust taster. Deep, dark, lasting flavors roll across the palate with a nice darkly sweet chocolatey tone thats chewy smooth and quite thickly; portly even, and kinda smokey/peaty too. Wonderful! Nice little medley of toasted fruity nut breads with glimmers of caramel and vanilla thrown in. A big time Bell's treat! Yum!

Feel is thick and lovingly soft in a stouty texture. Fullish body, semi chewy and bready, yet very smooth, creamy, and soft with a very hearty warmth and character that suits the colder air weather.

Styles aside; stout, dubble, Belgian dark, whatever...its a whole lotta goodness. Kinda makes me think Expedition stouts' little brother of a sorts. Big and stouty with a tiny flare of the Belgian candy, bready, sweetness. Godd stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 15:02:53 | More by tavernjef
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adammills

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess I need to stop thinking that I am going to drink a classic style beer from some american micros. This beer pours dark almost like a stout, with a slight head. Smells and tastes very much of roasted grains, caramel, and spicy alcohol. It is an alright beer, def not to style but at least it is interesting. The alcohol is not overwhelming like I have experienced with some other belgian strongs that I was not crazy about.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 13:28:53 | More by adammills
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benito

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I hear that Bell's is making a Belgian-style and start to wonder whether they'll do it as well as they do their other brews (Sparkling Ale is fine, but it slipped my mind during these cavilations). And then I realize that it's a Belgian stout, and all is good...because as we all know, Bell's makes unreal stouts. This is no exception.

An ebony pour with a tan head that dissipates to a ring rather suddenly. It has a sweetish smell and an even sweeter flavor, replete with hints of creme brulee, cotton candy, Mississippi mud cake, and bourbon. It's a heady combo of wonderful stout flavors balanced against the Belgian yeast strain that makes this beer's "spiciness" more Belgian than American.

I suppose I ought to say something about the fact that this is advertised as a dubbel. It is not a dubbel. Maybe Larry Bell was smiling ironically when he coined the term "American dubbel" as though the point was that an American dubbel could be nothing less than a stout (and coincidentally, cosmically a Belgian stout). I'll give Bell's the benefit of the doubt here and assume that they weren't going for a true abbey beer. They opted for an obscure Belgian style and have made it beautifully. Traditionalists be damned.

Highly recommended. This is a classic example of why Bell's is the top brewery for stouts in the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 03:22:26 | More by benito
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a beautiful dark black with a medium-sized tan head; good retention through the life of the beer.

S - Strong burnt aroma that most resembles a dark-roast coffee.

T - Complex taste that starts as a bready coffee, and fades to spiced cocoa. The spices really came out the more I drank. I think I was expecting more of an imperial stout, which might have altered my perceptions...

M - Medium body with a dry finish...not as creamy as I expected.

D - As I stated earlier, I think I expected too much out of this. I split some Bell's cases and ended up with Java Stout, Double Cream, and Expedition...so I might have been swayed.

Still, a good cold-weather strong ale, but not top-5.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 02:59:24 | More by JohnnyM2002
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drinknewbelgium

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours dark almost totally black leaves small head smells are of sweet and roasted malts hints of coffee tastes of roasted malts coffee hints but spiced with sweetness finishes with more than enough hops i could say id maybe have another or two

this beer seems to be more of a stout to me the only thing that seperates it from that is sweet belgium spices but to be frank the tastes are sloppily arranged maybe if it was aged?

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 16:43:23 | More by drinknewbelgium
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours black...thick...looks like an Imperial Stout...

S-Nose is smokey and peaty...some blackened, burnt malt too...not real assertive aroma.

T-Does not strike me as a Dubbel...carries more stout characteristics than anything....burnt malt....smoke....

M-Thick, full and rch..again seems more like and Impy Stout

D-This is the third bottle I have had of this and I am not impressed....really has no true dubble characteristics..might have worked fine as Bells 8000 or something with a looser clasification, but even then this comes off as a muddles, poor tasting beer....regardless of what it is classified as I would not buy it again....give me more of the hopslam please..

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 05:40:47 | More by ZAP
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carln26

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color, topped by a thick fizzy tan colored head. The head doesn't retain that well and leaves little lace. The nose is a wild mix of dark malt (black patent maybe?) and some fruity esters. Almost a hefe type banana character on the finish. The flavor has dark fruit, candy syrup, dark berries, and more of the mild banana ester. Mild bitterness (undefined in flavor) lingers for a brief period. The mouth feel is reasonably full, and smooth. It's tough for me to characterize this beer. Decent offering, but not a strong performer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 22:37:12 | More by carln26
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a black body with a creamy tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a gentle carbonation that can be seen but the body is a bit dense unless held to the light where it is a warm brown as the glass narrows.

S- This beer has a slight sweet prune and brown sugar note with a smell of sweet dark roasted malt with a faint earthy hint.

T- This beer has a smooth dark malt flavor with some notes of brown sugar. There is a spicy note that finishes the flavor. The is a light cola note and a faint coffee roasted malt flavor that come through as it warms but the flavor is very well blended together.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tiny little fizz that cleans up the finish nicely.

D- The beer has a very nice flavor and is very smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 19:55:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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dfried

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark, just a bit of brown and red at edges, small coco colored head forms a ring after a minute. Sweet caramely and chocolaty aroma, with Belgian yeast and some fruity plum and raisin like-ness. The flavor is much the same, I kept picking up some black licorice too. Medium bodied, a lot of yeast at the bottom.

Verdict: solid offering but nothing extraordinary. An original/Amercan take on the dubbel style. I had one on tap and liked it a lot more than from the bottle. Bell's has so many awesome beers it kind of turns into a let down when one is just average.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 00:57:12 | More by dfried
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served 12oz long neck brown bottle crimp-on cap into snifter.

Opaque,black browish hue,mocha ring around glass,chunks of yeast floating in the beer.
Aroma was very roasty,chocolaty,a bit smokey a moderate malt nose to the beer. Fruity aromas also and hints of clove.
The taste was very chocolaty,yeasty hints of clove a bit fruity.Syrupy with a dry bittersweet finish.
A medium mouthfeel,a bit cloying and sticky. A bit rough on the palate.
Beligium meets stout very different, just didn't really excite me
A bit of a dissapointing offering from Bell's one of my favorite breweries.
A really different beer,worth at least a try,just because it's so different.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 06:27:11 | More by jcdiflorio
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, murky brown with a small, sticky, light brown head. Dark chocolate and cocoa beans mix with brown sugar and estery fruit; a little banana-y and yeasty. Sweet malt and chocolate [milk] flavors up front. Turns a little harsh and roasted raw hop bitterness. Gets a little boozy and swampy toward the finish, with leftover cocoa and fruit. Misses the mark a little, but not too bad. Medium-bodied with a decent, bottle-conditioned feel. Kind of pales next to the Hopslam in terms of recent Bell's releases, but then again, most things pale in comparison to the Hopslam!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 01:36:27 | More by alexgash
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Smell of roasted malt and some dark fruits. Also some chocolate. Smells more like a porter to me than a Belgian Dark Ale. Taste of burnt roasted malts and some dark fruit, plum and cherries. Some alcohol comes through with a slight burning aftertaste. Overall a nice beer. Not Bell's best but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 01:20:26 | More by beermanbrian
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treedoctor5002

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a nice dark tan head.
This beer basically stinks to me. There is some kind of odd chemical smell that is really nausiating. I've never smelled any other beer like it.
The alcohol is really up front here along with other odd burnt rubber tasting flavors. I can't figure out what they're going for here?
Mouthfeel is similar to a stout, thick and heavy.
Overall not very drinkable for me. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 00:07:31 | More by treedoctor5002
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bucko

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark shade of brown, perhaps even black with a minimal head that fades quickly. Nice lacing. The aroma is that of roasted, almost burnt malts. Slightly earthy and fruity as well. The flavor is slightly fruity but dominated by the roasty flavor... perhaps a little caramel in the background, too. Mouthfeel is full, creamy yet not too heavy. Drinkable? One, yes. There's too much to this beer for me to drink more than one at any given time, but definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 04:34:11 | More by bucko
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Chaz

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown / burgundy in color, with a nice thick tan head and sticky lace. Dark fruit esters tickling my schnozz from two feet away, beckoning me "come hither!" . . . I might end up calling a cab tonight. Yeasty too, just as I'd hope a Belgian dubbel or dark ale would be. Nice lively mouthfeel and carbonation, malty but balanced, with some bitterness evidenced toward the end of the palate. This is actually fairly dry and a bit tannic, woody - smokey? Maybe . . . it's definitely well-balanced, vinuous and slightly chcolatey as well as dangerously drinkable. When I ordered it I was told that it was a Belgian dubbel in style, and that seems more specific than the Strong Dark Ale style designation provided here . . . am I splitting hairs tonight? Probably, but when I think Belgian Strong Dark Ale I think of something a bit bigger than this all around, somewhere between Ommegang (which this reminds me of, just a little bit) and a Quad or Blue Cap. Splitting hairs again . . . I really like this on first impression, and should like to try it again to see if I'm not just an uncritical sucker for Bell's brews.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2006 02:52:47 | More by Chaz
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adams82

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a slightly tan colored creamy head. The head is a little bit on the thin side, leaving a small amount of lacing. Yeast sediment easily found its way into this one!

S: Smells of yeast and a hint of chocolate/roasted malt behind it. Almost what I thought it would smell like after seeing the pour.

T: Tastes a bit yeasty and finishes with sweet dark malts, slightly spicy... a bit of alcohol on the finish too... just enough to be noticable, not overpowering what so ever.

M: Mouthfeel is nice; smooth and slightly creamy. Nice medium body, carbonation is subtle.

D: It would be easy enough to have one or two of these in a sitting considering the ABV. It goes down easily and is a nice take on the style. Definatly worth another visit or two!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 03:35:59 | More by adams82
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark color with a moderate head that falls quickly and doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of yeast character with some vegetable hints floating around. Smells ok, but could be better. The flavor is pretty sweet with some light spices and hints of alcohol. The spices in this one aren't my favorite and they seem to dominate the flavor. The body is fairly full and the drinkability is ok, but the flavors just don't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 01:47:41 | More by clvand0
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tar black body, chunks of sediment on the bottom of the glass. Head is small and tan. Pretty dark for a dubbel.

Smell: Nice smell, Belgian style yeastiness and sugary dark fruits, a little chocolatey, even.

Taste: A good amount of roasted malts are noticeable, combining quite nicely with the fruitiness of the yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, but adds to the flavor nicely. I would like to see more age on this one, but it is a good American take on this Belgian style.

Drinkability: A nice glass of beer, very different than many of the traditional Belgian examples, still I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 00:39:49 | More by TastyTaste
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xav33

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury
12 oz bottle
Packaged 10/06, descended into 11/06
Medium pour in a snifter.

Poured black, with brown highlights, with an average frothy mostly diminishing light brown head with a tiny ring of lacing.

Smelt of smoked game, earthy, burnt malt.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet and bitter coffee roast and earthy yeast, followed by a moderate bitter soy sauce and dark dark chocolate sweetness on a long smokey finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, syrupy and velvety, softly carbonated, with light astringency.

Overall, the flavors are a bit odd and interesting, a combination of dark malt roast bitterness and yeasty sweetness. Despite the strongly astringent finish,it mostly works.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 06:33:41 | More by xav33
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a solid black with a creamy brown head.

S - Vegetal is the dominant aroma with some smokey/roasty malt in the background.

T - Vegetal taste with a roasty, grainy, chalkiness. Tastes like a stout that has gone sour the way lagers fermented at warm temperatures turn vegetal.

M - Creamy and dry and chalky at the same time.

D - I am surprised to have the bad of a beer from an amazing brewery like Bells. I had this one on tap at the Maduro during the Great Taste of the Midwest and do not remember it being this bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 02:14:56 | More by brewcrew76
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich, deep and dark brown colour. I got a fairly large cocoa coloured head off the pour that was frothy and cola like. It quickly reduced to a thin surface layer. This thing is extremely dark to the extent that I cannot visualize the carbonation level. It looks quite lovely. It leaves some lacing behind.

The nose is characterized by a chalky Belgian yeastiness that overlies cocoa tones and a mild dark fruit character. There is a faint bubblegum scent that lies fairly well masked by the overall earthiness of the nose. Vague alcohol presence is detectable with gentle agitation of the glass.

The taste is laden with a pleasant yeast character again. The taste is otherwise hard for me to describe. It has a definite fruitiness. I guess I could say it has some subtle chocolate influence, be it cocoa or say a baker's chocolate blandness. It is quite earthy. I am thinking of woodsy character like bark or dried leaves. Maybe a faint bit of nuttiness. It has a very natural appeal to it. There is a spicy and peppery quality that is right at home. Rich and a bit complex. Dry finish with some noteable bitterness as well.

The mouthfeel is pleasantly medium. It has a vague creaminess that is offset by the dryness of the finish. Easy to tolerate.

Drinkability is good. I am not having any problem enjoying this, but I think I can feel it hitting me in the head a little. I will respect the authority. This is good. It is hard for me to find fault with any of its aspects. I think I may have experienced some bottle to bottle differences, as this bottle was quite a bit more appealing than my first bottle was. I don't see how that is possible being a small batch and coming from the same six pack too. Maybe I am just tasting better today. Perhaps not earthshaking, but solid and well made per usual. Great label as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 22:37:53 | More by SupaCelt
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.