Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by JoePat:
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a mahogany to black Coleridge with a tan head.
I get vanilla an bourbon in the nose. Very boozy with a hint of chocolate.
A lot of bourbon up front with a so.e what sour twange at the end.
The mouthfeel is thin but the flavor makes it feel thicker.
12-26-2010 01:42:33 | More by JoePat
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3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
On-tap at Jose Pistola's in Philly; served in a tulip for $6.50. This beer is a lot more bourbon than Belgian dark, but it's pretty tasty, so I'm not complaining. As it warmed, however, an odd earthy apple core or pear aroma came out that took away from the otherwise amazing vanilla bourbon notes. The flavor had a little hit of berry esters, but it was dominated by cocoa and toasted oak from the again. Among bourbon-barrel beers, this is on the more drinkable end of the spectrum; it's nice to have something that doesn't just need to be sipped. Check this out if you can find it.
06-07-2010 02:08:07 | More by tempest
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Shared this one with mikesgroove during the Growler Party this weekend! Served from growler into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured dark brown with a minimal brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, dark fruit, and subtle chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a really nice brew. It was quite easy drinking as it had a good flavor and the mouthfeel wasn't destructive to your palate. The flavor on this one was what really stood out for me, but the aroma was still quite good as well. A definite must try if you get the opportunity!
05-16-2011 11:11:42 | More by thagr81us
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
On-tap at Brewvival 2011.
Pours a very dark brown with a thin, mocha-colored head. Huge aromas and flavors of figs, brown sugar, chocolate, cherries, and caramel with a ton of Bourbon. Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The ABV is completely hidden, I'd love for Bell;s to work this into the seasonal rotation!
03-21-2011 02:38:45 | More by jsanford
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
another gem that i was able to share with calton last night. enjoyed on 5.14.11.
Rich caramel colored pour with a light head of off white that caps it off rather nicely. Settling down it left a little bit of a light sticky lace along the sides. Aroma was the best I have ever come across. Rich toffee and butterscotch, tons of sweet nectar notes. Candy in all its glory. Perfectly aged with a smooth, perfect profile of vanilla, toffee, and rich butterscotch that will not let up. Rich bourbon flavor just rolls across the palate with a smoothness unlike anything I have run across before. Rich vanilla and boozy notes combine to form a perfect balance of rich sweet notes and oak soaked barrel flavor.
Incredibly complex and drinkable this was was everything I had wanted it to be and more
05-15-2011 18:29:34 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Woodford Reserve was a great choice for the barrel on this beer. The Belgian funk is there, and it integrates much better with the caramel and oak from the bourbon barrel than I would have expected. Complex, a bit tart and quite satisfying. This is something I'd love to see bottled.
12-23-2010 21:29:49 | More by Brent
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
This brew found its way to my table almost completely opaque black with a nice fluffy tan head that left sticky lace. I was taken aback because it looked much more like a stout than a strong Belgian dark ale. The aroma was slightly sweet with plenty of dark fruit and some bourbon notes. It also carried a fair amount of earthiness and some vanilla, and perhaps a bit of dark malt roastyness. The bourbon was much more noticeable in the flavor, but not overpowering. This brew was on the malty side with notes of brown sugar, dark malt, vanilla, plums, dark cherry, wood and some nuttiness. It had a nice smooth body that was on the fuller side of medium and finished well. Very drinkable for style with very little alcohol showing through. Very well done.
06-07-2010 21:30:06 | More by zoso1967
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Pours a deep dark brown with creamy kahki head... looks like a stout. Smell is of dark roasted grains, wood, vanilla, mild burbon, touches of prune, grape, apple - smells like a stout. Taste is smooth and mellow, lots of vanilla, mildly boozy, some coconut, dark dried fruits and grape on the back end, nice roasty quality - tastes like a stout. Medium bodied, slightly watery, moderately carbonated. A nice beer that is more mellow then the againg, look and scent dictate. This is a stout, dont lie to me.
06-08-2010 14:09:36 | More by rfgetz
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
At tap at the Bells Fermented Eclipse event at Stub and Herb's back in June. Fantastic event.
Pours near black with a nice tan head and a bit of lacing. Not too bad considering the heft on this. Nose is loaded with dark fruits, cherries, molasses, bourbon, and some fruity esters. Hints of roast going forward as well. The bourbon takes over the taste a bit and isn't as integrated as the nose, but still is quite good. Mouthfeel is full and fairly heavy, although not overly boozy. Drinks very well, and was one of my favorites of the event. Would like to try this again.
10-06-2010 15:25:43 | More by Thorpe429
3.58/5 rDev -14.6%
Notes from 9/17/10 on tap at HopCat.
BBHHNF was delivered in a tulip glass, black in color with a steady thin tan head. Some splotchy lacing exists once the beer trades places from the glass to my stomach.
A lot of oak is evident in the smell alongside an essence of dark fruits and molasses. The smell also has a sweet twinge to it with a bit of heat as well.
The taste starts with barrel aged oak overtones which transitions to a very sweet almost sour bitterness. There is a lot of plum to the sweetness backed by bourbon. The malt presence is noticeable but lacks balance with the other components.
The mouthfeel is rather thin for the alcohol content and the fact that it is barrel aged.
Overall, this is a bit too sour heavy and lacking balance. I'm content finishing up this glass and moving on to a different brew.
10-01-2010 03:04:27 | More by TCgoalie
5/5 rDev +19.3%
appearance is black with a little bit of tan head which is good. Not to thin and not too thick. Smells of malts and black cherry. Taste is the same as the smell. Black Cherry and malt. Mouthful has good feeling to it. Smooth. Drinkability is great. Even at 8.4% a six pack would be great with the guys.
03-20-2011 02:15:27 | More by yuenglingfan101
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
sampled on tap at hopcat jan 22/2010 as part of their 2nd annual extreme beer fest.
pours deep dark brown, nearly black and poaque with a thin ring of very fine brown head. at its thinnest point a bit of light is able to slip through and it gives a bit of a garnet flare. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.
aroma is insane. super complex. bourbon and vanilla. coconut. bit of tropical fruit. dark fruit from the base beer - raisin, date, plum. bit of smoke and earth. light chocolate hints. there's a bit of spice there too. more depth than i think i'm really capturing, but i'm not sure that all those elements work.
taste is great. there's a whole lot of barrel up front, to the point that it almost obscures the beer beneath. but after a few sips you start to see through the barrel a bit. bourbon, vanilla, light coconut. touch of belgian spice. nice dark fruit - raisin, date, fig, plum. dark chocolate. bit of espresso. light alcohol. whole wheat bread and cracker. a touch of lighter hay and grain starts to show through. low sweetness. low bitterness level.
mouthfeel is good. nice medium-large body with a pleasant fairly dry finish. just under medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. it is big and complex with a whole lot going on, but i think for the most part it is an improvement over the base beer. the barrel adds a nice complimentary aspect that i liked. good stuff.
01-24-2010 23:25:24 | More by grub
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Served in a Bell's tulip glass at The Firkin.
Apparently the Firk went on a bourbon barrel binge this week. This positive proof pours a sleek obsidian (though this does lighten into a straight black-brown later on) topped by a healthy bit of sienna foam. The nose comprises figs, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, light whiskey, chocolate, light apple, red grapes, and a touch of oak. The taste holds notes of chocolate, red grapes, light whiskey, roasted malts, molasses, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, red apple skin, a touch of anise, light papaya (I know, right?), and some very light maple syrup. It's all good, baby. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth, nearly chewy feel. Overall, one of the best things I've had from Bell's yet. Good times had by all (and by all, I mean me).
01-17-2011 23:51:39 | More by TMoney2591
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
A huge thanks to Eric for killing one of my big wants with this growler.
A: Pours essentially black, maybe some reddish-brown highlights to it. A small tan head sits on top.
S: Intense is a great way to describe this beer. Really strong on the dark fruits up front, particularly plums, with a nice black cherry note to it as well. The bourbon follows offering a pleasant booziness in addition to oak and vanilla aromas. Just a touch of roasted malt (or perhaps charred oak) is in there.
T: Sweet malt, sugar, and dark fruits are there to remind you that this is a Belgian beer. The plums are again quite strong and there is a touch of banana and raisin. Bourbon barrel really provides a lot of the flavor and gives the beer a solid oak, vanilla, and booze profile.
M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.
D: This was quite a tasty beer. I really thoroughly enjoyed it, but the booziness of it does get to you.
03-07-2011 17:13:41 | More by womencantsail
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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