Hell Hath No Fury Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.58/5 rDev -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.
11-06-2008 08:13:21 | More by cokes
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
11-05-2008 03:30:31 | More by tedpeer
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
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...
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11-05-2008 03:15:32 | More by wagenvolks
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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
11-04-2008 23:23:51 | More by waldoiverson
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-03-2008 00:01:47 | More by CrellMoset
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-02-2008 20:10:54 | More by RblWthACoz
3.13/5 rDev -17%
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.
11-02-2008 02:19:00 | More by webmanspidey
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
10-31-2008 04:30:02 | More by jwinship83
3.18/5 rDev -15.6%
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).
10-31-2008 01:45:11 | More by ahking
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-30-2008 01:02:13 | More by kenoftheyear
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
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).
10-29-2008 05:06:55 | More by Slynger
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-29-2008 03:13:10 | More by jpalarchio
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-29-2008 01:08:21 | More by kinger
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-25-2008 04:43:38 | More by asabreed
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
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!
10-22-2008 03:04:25 | More by madtowndmb1
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-22-2008 02:40:57 | More by sleazo
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-20-2008 23:36:01 | More by shroompod
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
Nearly black that pours to a frothy head that settles fairly quickly to a dark tan skimming. Shows some decent lacing.
Smell is somewhat restrained - sort of a burnt charcoal aroma from the malt and some woodsy notes from the hops.
I taste some roasted malt flavors and get a prune-like quality to the aftertaste. I bit more complexity would be nice.
Mouthfeel is quite nice - lots of richness and smoothness - medium to full bodied.
Drinkability is high - it slides pretty easily - I could see myself having a few of these in a night without a problem
All-in-all a very good beer but it falls short of outstanding due to its somewhat "flabby" nature - it needs a bit more sharpness to gain focus. At $13 for a sixer, I am on the fence as to buying more.
10-20-2008 00:38:24 | More by bound4er
4.4/5 rDev +16.7%
Black. Obsidian. Onyx. A rich and foamy tan head slowly resides into a creamy thin pancake batter, ready to flip. Aromas of roasted coffee, bitter and acidic, that mellow out to cocoa powder, chocolate chip cookies and milk. The flavor boasts complex and varied layers of coffee, cake - coffee cake - chocolate, vanilla, wood, suede, new shoes, new cars, Jonathan's beard, and a holiday that has yet to be declared. The body goes oddly from medium to light to full, and all with a creamy mouth feel that gives way to a thin acidic roasty bite. This is the taste of a bitter old snow beast who harbors a warm soul and a heart of gold.
10-19-2008 06:14:32 | More by dedrinker
4.4/5 rDev +16.7%
God I am so glad to get these guys back in IL... into the Chimay goblet...
A - Dark body with a finger of tan head that drops down to a ring around the glass after 30 seconds.
S - Leather, lots of chocolate and roasted malt, almost tiramisu-esque. Hops are present, and lend a light grassyness to the beer. Citrus notes (pinnapple?) under it all.
T - Roasty for start to finish. Starts out with caramel, pine, cream, citrus (orange). Lots of hop presence. Long finish with coffee, cream, and some apricot. Reminds me a lot of coffee based deserts.
M - Silky and mid bodied.
D - I really enjoy this style, the very American Belgian dark. This might not be the most complex beer, but everything makes sense, and plays well with each other. Give me this and Nosferatu year around...
10-19-2008 02:57:29 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
Pitch black with a dark, mocha head. The head doesn't last too long, falling to only a thin film on top of the beer, a little thicker around the edge of the glass. The nose is very fresh and strong. A bouquet of dark fruits and coffee with a lemon zest tossed in.
The flavor is very good, but a lot heavier than I'd expected. This really feels more like a stout than a strong dark ale. When it first hits your tongue, you get a bitter chocolate taste with a sweeter coffee/cocoa thing. It leaves a lingering dark grape flavor on your lips, touch of figs and tobacco. After each sip, it coats your mouth with a sweet, fruity flavor. The body is fairly heavy, not much carbonation. It's actually very syrupy, coating your mouth with every sip. Surprisingly accessible, very tasty.
10-18-2008 20:42:56 | More by dogger6253
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
this poured pretty nice into my glass with about one eighth inch of head. the head settled to a film like on the top. smells of rich roasted coffee - cocoa. very dark in color. taste if pretty good. a bit lighter in taste and body than the color suggests - likens to a porter. decent finish. not the best i have had from this wonderful brewer but a good brew nontheless.
suckem up and movem out.
10-17-2008 09:09:34 | More by giblet
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
Long necked brown 12oz glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Pink label showing a devil cowering before a housewife.
Dark opaque body with a ruby edge. The head is dark tan with tiny to medium bubbles, good retention and decent lace.
Sweet prune and malty scent, marcipan, nuts and spice.
Dark earthy flavors, chocolate, molasses, dark syrup, overripe fruit, spice and nuts. The aftertaste is sweet and long.
Full body with good coating and lots of residual sugars.
Great drinkability, sweet and mellow, does not get boring.
10-16-2008 00:43:10 | More by oelergud
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
12 oz. bottle purchased at Piccolo's Wine Shop for $3.25. Black as night color. Head does not last long. Very little lacing. Smells of coffee, licorice and alcohol. Maybe smoke? Taste has hints of chocolate and coffee. Good mouthfeel. A pleasant brew worth trying.
10-15-2008 22:52:36 | More by Auslander
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
A- Pours an opaque dark brown/almost black with a dismal tan head that almost immediately fades completely. No light passes through when held up to the light.
S-Deep, rich, roasted chocolate malt, caramel and toffee. Balanced.
T-Flavor upfront is somewhat mild but consists of a dark chocolate flavor with a spicy yeast in the background. Some roasted bitterness comes through for the finish along with notes of caramel and toffee.
M-Medium to high carbonation and medium weight body. It seems like it's not as thick as it should be but its still velvety and smooth.
D- Not sure if this is supposed to be a BSDA, imperial porter, Belgian stout, or Imperial stout; but its good. One of my favorites from this brewery. Picked this up on a whim last week and I am glad I did so.
10-13-2008 23:56:04 | More by PittBeerGirl
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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