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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 61
Gots: 70 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
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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Photo of GRPunk
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Batch ID 8739) poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a 1/2 finger, tan head that quickly dropped to a lace that left nice sticky spots. The body was nearly black with red accents.

S- It had a lot of sweet aroma (figs, plums, raisins, maybe cherry) mixed with some roasty/nutty/smokey notes, and a slight hint of alcohol that became more apparent with warmth.

T- There were nice fruity flavors as suggested by the aroma with some buttery notes and roasty/smokey malts. There was some peppery spice flavor too. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M- It had a nice, viscus feel with light-medium carbonation.

D- It's a smooth, robust sipper and a solid foul-weather beer.

GRPunk, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a dark, rich brown with a big 2 inch head that disappeared into just a slight rim around the glass, leaving no lacing. The aroma is chocolaty, with notes of coffee, prunes, molasses and what reminds me of smoky bacon. The taste is dark fruits with raisins and plums up front, followed by coffee and bitter chocolate. There are also notes of smoked meats in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is full and just a bit astringent. The mouthfeel really allows for a bit of the booze to come through and saturate the palate. This is a good beer, but not something that I think I could drink more than one of.

hwwty4, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque black with dark tan head. It smelled like wild yeast with orange and lemon hops, and burnt barley malt, with noticeable alcohol. It tasted fairly complex, like wild yeast, burnt coffee, barley malt, smoky licorice, and lemon hops. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warming. Overall this was somewhat like a dubbel, but also somewhat like a porter, which was an interesting flavor but was a bit out of control. It had pretty good body and wasn't difficult to drink, but it could have been a bit smoother. I think a couple years of aging will really help the flavor pull together, and also help the body calm down. So fresh, it's not that great, but it has potential to become pretty great.

Pencible, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of bpelowski
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: pours a very dark reddish brown with just a thin ring of tan head around the rim of the goblet, aroma of chocolate, yeast, sweet dark fruits, taste is chocolate, dark fruits, not overly sweet which is nice, has a medium full mouthfeel, finishes smooth. I like this one quite a bit. Another great beer from Bell's.

bpelowski, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally out this year. Nice -n- Dark, slight coffee esters and a bit of raisin / prune in the smellings as well. Also..definitely deep dark sweet flavs like molasses. Deep rich dark taste, mild belgian-yeast flavs. Lots of residual sugars, syrupy on the glass! Real nice, although no head to speak of. I'm going to let the rest of what's left in my bottle sit and warm up some more!

BeaBeerWife, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, raisiny brown, settling into the snifter an opaque and nearly black color. Tan head, about a pinkies width. Not great retention. Wisps of bubbles on top, a good ring, some lacing.

Chocolate, raisins, and cherries to the nose. The chocolate becomes more noticeable as the beer warms, as does spice and alcohol accompanying the fruits. The spice comes to tickle the nostrils a bit. A hint of coffee. The aroma brings to mind a moist spice cake.

As full bodied a flavor as it has a nose. Dark fruits, tart cherries. Some chocolate. Molasses. Not as much of an alcohol presence as I expected, though it is certainly there. Seem to ride the slight amount of carbonation onto the palate. Bittering at end has both hop and roasted malt characteristics.

Creamy and full bodied. Subdued carbonation, although the spice seems to ride what there is onto the palate.

Maybe a touch strong - and complex - to be that drinkable. But tasty and nice, a good winter beer.

EDIT: Went overkill with the score for the smell. Lowered from 4.5 to a straight 4. I still quite like this beer.

TheMistler, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Huge thanks to Greggy for giving me this beer from one of my all time favorite Breweries...Bells from Michigan.

A - Very dark brown to almost black. Very little to no head present. Zero lacing. Looks like someplace dark and forbidden....sort of like Hell. Tiny carbonization bubbles are constantly trying to make their way to the top.

S - Strong Ale Smell. Roasted malts. Some alcohol is also present in the nose. A little smoke... Maybe a sign of things to come upon taste. I think Hell might smell a little like smoke and burning things. Bells might have something here.

T - Here goes...I am about to sample a small portion of hell. Wish me luck.... Well, I'm back. Very strong smoke burnt malt caramel alcohol taste. Very unlike anything I have ever come across from Bells but once again, the boys in Michigan don't disappoint. Thick like thin syrup. I think I could put this on my pancakes. Too bad I only have one bottle. As I get further into Hell, the alcohol becomes more pronounce. This is definitely a strong ale...Winter Warmer maybe.

M - Thick with alcohol. I do like Bells Stouts and Porters better but this brew is good. Therefore, I have to only give a 3.5.

D - Somewhat on the strong side for a session beer but great for a slow warming beer in the evening. I would drink again but will move onto other winter warmers and strong ales at this time.

Thanks again Greggy. I really appreciate it.

Thanks Bells.

schellsbeer, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gift from jtrockchalk. 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque black with billowing 2-3 finger long lasting head. Excellent lacing on the glass
S - Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate.
T - There is a lot of flavors in here! Dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, followed by coffee and licorice.
M - Thick. Light on the carbonation.
D - It's obvious that this is a very well made beer. For my taste, it's a little too heavy for session drinking; plus I'm not a fan of black licorice flavor. For those who are, this is definitely worth a try.

mcsquint, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, clotted garnet-brown-black, with a modest rise of mocha brown head which shows great lacing and modest retention.
It smells of plums, cloves, and dark chocolate, with backing wet concrete, oatmeal, dead leaves, rubber band, cherry pits, and stale coffee.
Once in the mouth, the malt lays down plum and black cherries, roasted grain, which continually gathers steam until it reaches full blow espresso. Clove is huge and rasping, and honestly, gets to be a nuisance in short order. There is a milk chocolate yeast-rich moment in the middle, still strewn with clove and oatmeal. The finish is all bitter, cold, burnt coffee.
The body approaches full with a fuzzy, minor carbonation. It's well suited enough.
I don't hate this, but I don't love it either. This need more true malt depth, in lieu of the primarily roasted malt that is present and (especially) a tempering of the drooling, rabid, clovey yeastiness.

cokes, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cubbyswans for the extra.
12 ounce poured into a New Belqium goblet.

A - pours a dark brown, with a thin layer of foam that quickly became a ring around. No lacing.

S - Smokey, fruity.

T - Roasted malt. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Thin. Smooth. To much carbonation.

tedpeer, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SirSketch for the LIF win!
12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours dark as night with a seal brown color, capped by a finger's width of custard-brown head. Foam quickly recedes to a ring of bubbles and a few patches. Great aroma, too. Roasted chocolate and caramel malts give way to a rich, complex smokiness. Dark fruits and gentle floral notes chime in as well.

The flavor is as intricate as the aroma, with luxuriously rich and dark chocolate notes paired with smoky, roasted malt. An earthy, somewhat spicy hoppiness finishes the sip, and the 7.7% abv is quite well masked. Mouthfeel is medium in body, creamy, nicely carbonated, and finishes smooth with a roasted nuttiness. All in all, a solid offering for Bell's, not surprisingly. Gladly have again...

And with great pleasure, I announce that Obama is on the cusp of being declared the next president of the United States!!!

wagenvolks, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of waldoiverson
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: Black or maybe super brown with brown head that stuck around for ahile

S: toasted grains and a bit of banana the alcohol is present when it warms

T: Cherry and black licorice. The toasted malt sticks around in a not too bitter finish

M: Smooth but certainly not heavy like a stout or even a heavy porter. This is the key to drinkability

D: Yeah, you can have 2 or so of these in a sitting but the ABV doesn't allow much thoughtful enjoyment thereafter so getting knocked down a bit for that

waldoiverson, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, dark solid black beer with a half-finger of solid, foamy, tan lacing with great retention and fantastic lacing. Eventually it settles into a sheen of slick oily film. A mysterious, inviting brew.

Aroma: Yeast that lends a nice edge, plenty of earth, smoke, wood, faint char, and a minimal amount of banana or other fruity notes.

Taste: Burnt malts, smoke and burnt wood, heavily roasted coffee and baker's chocolate, bananas, yeast, raisins. A fair number of bitter astringencies lend an interesting and rounded body to everything, enhancing the dryness. Faint sweet and spicy alcohol. Both very complex and very strange.

Mouthfeel: Fine to medium bubbled, creamy, and very big bodied. A large amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Still a damn interesting and strange brew, perhaps even a little better on tap than from a bottle. Alcohol is fine for the style, and though it's not an unbelievably amazing beer, it's still a very unique one - Belgian dark meets American stout meets Rauchbier? Recommended, still.

CrellMoset, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the label.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose is unusual for the style. Coffee and tar. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was a stout. Interesting flavor profile. Coffee and a real stout like profile do exist. (the nose didn't lie) Quite robust and a steady flavor profile. On the backside I get a sweet tone from sugar and a touch of that yeasty funk I've come to expect from my Belgian ales. Feel is thick on liquid. Carbonation is slightly low. This is a nice to drink Belgian ale. Far be it from me to argue the finer points. But might this be a Belgian Stout?

Thanks to Grafter for the chance to try this one.

RblWthACoz, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black with pinkish white lacing on the top. Sweet black cherry smell. Semisweet cherry flavor. I'm not too excited about this one, as the taste is a little strange to me. Mouthfeel is excellent and thick. Drinkability is average. This is not a terrible beer, but doesn't compare well to "Belgian" styles.

webmanspidey, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark brown, almost black, body under a finger of beige colored head. very even lacing left behind

S- dark ripe fruits. plums, cherries, raisins, a hint of sweet malt, and leather

T- very much like it smells. not a hint of alcohol. a little too sweet for my liking. heavy on the cherries.

M- light and a little thin. carbonation feels too strong

D- a nice american try at a great belgian style. i think it missed the mark a little bit, but never the less im glad to have tried this one. not bells best, but definitely drinkable. one bottle is enough.

jwinship83, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of ahking
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark beer but not a stout. This beer is more of a belgian ale with complex yeast character and spiciness. A slight head with little lacing on the glass. Aroma is intensely spicy, herbal, and floral. Quite a nice surprise; like smelling a bouquet of beer flowers. Flavor is a bit strange though and I am not sure that I prefer it. Sweet, almost cloying, mixed with those herbal aromas doesnt mix well for me anyway. I would say this beer almost needs to be a bit more sour to balance it out and make it more like a true belgian. This beer would be a prince if it were barrel aged.

Worth a try if you are at the bar. I would be disappointed if I purchased an entire 6 pack of this (got it direct from the brewery in a mixed sixer).

ahking, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of kenoftheyear
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours super dark like a RIS with a creamy caramel head. The head has pretty decent retention for the style, but all good things must come to an end.

It has an aroma of roasted malt and a slight hint of blueberry. There is a strong coffee presence as well.

The flavor is more of a strong stout than a belgian dark. There is a very nice mix of roasty and creamy flavors. The body of the beer has a good amount of dried dark fruits.

It has a pretty thick mouthfeel and a nice fluffy carbonation that fits well with this very dark beer.

I think this is a damn good beer that possibly doesn't fit a category, but hell, no problem with that.

kenoftheyear, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blackly brown with a lid of tight tan.

Nose is mostly dark cocoa, with a touch of dark fruit and spice.

Taste brings more though. Darkly roasted and bitter dark chocolate with a bit of dark coffee. Some modestly sweet dark chocolate as well with a good presence of fig/red apple fruitiness and belgian yeast. Full bodied and oily slick with a nice amount of fuzzy uplifting crab.

This one is alright, but Bell's has a lot of stuff I would before it for a better price (even in Illinois).

Slynger, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jpalarchio
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #8739 (bottled 09/22/08)

Poured a mighty dark brown with a good head that really seemed to last. Smell was particularly strong in comparison of others that I have had in this style. Taste seemed to be a bit overpowering; I've had this beer before but previously it was probably 6-8 months after bottling. I think this beer needs a little time to mellow out.

Overall not a bad beer, probably not at the level of Chimay Blue or anything with a pink elephant on the bottle. I think I'll put the other 5 away and store them a bit.

jpalarchio, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting take on this style and an all around comforting brew. Aroma is mild and uneventful, some richness and dark fruits. Real dark brown pour, sizable light brown head that soon turns to a fine film. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with an exceptional dry finish. Flavor is also dry with some nice mild spice mixed in with dark fruit, burnt chocolate, and rich caramel. Very good sipper.

kinger, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass.

Appearance: Opaque city. Coffee-colored head and nice frothy retention.

Smell: It seems like every dark Bell's brew has the same kind of ballpark aroma: chocolate, milk stout cream aromas, roasted-but-not-burnt malt characteristics, mild hops, and some coffee. Here that base seems to be mixing with some yeast flavors and mild fruit with the mix.

Taste: A odd mix of a rich porter and yeast-induced Belgian fruit and malt flavors, which somehow works. That said, I feel like dedicating it one way or the other would be much better and make this a beer many people would be looking for. The initial richness and roasted malt flavors of the porter slides into fruit flavors from the malt, some hops, and a lingering finish, once again not surprising, halfway between a porter and maybe a lighter version of a Belgian Strong Dark, or a Dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Oddly lighter and creamier than I would've thought from the appearance and darkness. Nice carbonation levels, without much stickiness or cloying nature at all, and easy to drink.

Drinkability: I had this a few years ago on tap and from the menu I believe it was an Imperial Porter or something of that nature. I think the litmus test applies here, or the blindfolded taste taste. What is this beer? And why is its experimental nature not documented so that we can understand these things in accordance with the process and the goals by Bell's? Am I overthinking this? Possibly. I like this beer a lot, mainly because even if he two styles I'm comparing it to are usually richer, this still maintains a lightness in flavors and mouthfeel that are ideal for making it able to be consumed in a session. A nice experience, and something I'll try again, but I think they could use the techniques from this process and make two unique beers from this, and those would have the potential to be great in their own right.

asabreed, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just bought a single of this beer because it is pricey to jump into a sixer at this price. I really am enjoying this, nice chocolate to black color. Smells of a nice malty scent and has just a lace around the edge of the glass. The best part is the length that the flavor lingers! It will stay with you for awhile which is great. I would recommend buying this beer if possible. But start with one if you can, because it's a one, maybe two per sitting beer!

madtowndmb1, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of sleazo
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a very dark brown venturing into the black realm. The tannish head has some immediate lift but settles into a nice cap. Lacing is good but not great.

S_Chocolate malt dominates here with a faint hint of fruitiness which I would gather is from the yeast. Some vanilla in there as well.

T_A bunch of rum soaked figs intermingle with deep rich roasted chocolate malts. The backend is slightly spicy and mostly bitter. The bitterness appears to come from the malt and not from any large addition of hops. It goes from sweet to dry in a heartbeat which is nice. The yeast does not make its presence known too strongly as the normal spice notes are virtually absent or greatly subdued

M_Thick yet effervescent.

D_Almost more of a stout than a Belgian strong dark ale. For the style it is rather mild. Not mind blowing but solid and a nice nightcap on a cold night.

sleazo, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of shroompod
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown , wispy head , no lacing.

aroma of chocolate, coffee , sweet malts.

Nice chocolate malts on tasting , bittering hops are subdued but keep this from being sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium. good carbonation.

Overall a nice treat, not my favorite of the style but worth trying.

shroompod, Oct 21, 2008
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.