Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20Chad9976 (1487) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2015
There’s no recognized style of “Belgian Stout,” though if there was I suppose Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury Ale might be a good example of one. It appears to be a rather typical strong stout that’s fermented with traditional Abbey yeast. The net result is a beer that’s at worst “good,” and at best “interesting.”

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/28/15 and cost $4.35 ($0.36 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark black body all around. Initially pours to a large, brown, foamy head, but it evaporates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Familiar stout scent with notes of roasted malt, but a noticeable fruity presence as well from the yeast esters.

Taste: Since this beer is rather experimental in style, it’s a little difficult to wrap my head around it. On one hand it tastes like a classic American stout: plenty of sweet dark maltiness along with some roasted notes. On the other hand, it’s a bit more continental with the presence of rum-soaked raisins, plum, and treacle. I even detect a smokey astringency on the finish. There’s a bit of alcohol in here as well, though it’s not entirely distracting. I enjoy the sweet and stout-like characteristics here, but that finish is rather odd. All in all, it’s a fine beer but nothing amazing.

Drinkability: The palette to Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury Ale is an odd duck to be sure, though the palate itself is not. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, but in no way viscous or sticky. Not quite velvety smooth like a pub stout on nitro; though it is still smooth going down. I do notice the 7.5% ABV in the form of flavor and warmth. It finishes surprisingly clean. I’d enjoy this as a dessert.

RATING: 7/10

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