Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle (Aug 28, 2015 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla, marshmallow, gum, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Pleasant but somewhat sugary smelling. Pretty sweet in the mouth, as portended, and some not-so-enjoyable acidity as well. Overall ok but not that interesting. matty (417) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep ruby red, almost black. Very thin tan head that disappears very quickly. Complex aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate & dried fruit. Full bodied, taste is a combination of coffee and chocolate with a slightly sweet finish. Very good! Murrow (101) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep brown to black. Minimal tan head. Aroma of roasted malt with some Belgian yeast. Opens with hint of alcohol that quickly develops into toasted malt flavors, some biscuit. Somewhat earthy and sweet. Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Slightly warming finish. Pleasant and complex flavors, very enjoyable. jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with khaki head. Roasty, toffee, cocoa aromas. Roasty, cocoa, sweet, caramel flavors. Not really a dubbel of any sort. Not too bad overall. gripweed57 (2460) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent dark brown color. Small tan head. Faint roasted malt nose. Sweet roasted malt flavor has dark cherry and cocoa notes. Very Porter like. Finishes sweet with dried fruits and sweet cocoa.
Criz (358) - - NOV 5, 2015
12oz bottle. Deep brown color with oily tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, plum, and cherries. Leaves the palate dry with a tanin like finish, similar to a red wine. Swamp_Thing (53) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Malty yeasty fruity come through after the coffee and molasses. Pleasantly thin for such a sweet beer. A light Porter, actually very good but saying this "started as a dubbel" is like saying an IPA started as a wheat. AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2015
12oz bottle from the Malt Shoppe in Tosa. Cola colored pour with maybe a touch of red leaving light lacing from the off-white head. Aroma has quite a mix - molasses, chocolate and sweet caramel plus a solid spicy yeast base. Taste is of sweet caramel, chocolate, tangy spices. Very much a belgian stout instead of a dubbel. Medium bodied with a touch of alcohol. Finishes sweetly tangy. A solid, quite different, effort. 14.5
Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, dark fruit, & some spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and chocolate; Soft carbonation; More stout like - but pretty decent. ChadPolenz (1819) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.