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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury AleBourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

81 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 47
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An American take on a Belgian Dubbel aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: grub on 01-24-2010)
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Reviews by bobhits:
Photo of bobhits
2.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hell Hath No Fury is to me the ultimate starter Belgium beer. It's got some Belgium characteristics but it takes on just a sweet and simple strong ale flavor that I feel is pretty enjoyable though completely underwhelming.

Reviewed based on my serving at Beer Trappe today:

Pours a near black body, no head but that's a result possibly of just how the beer was poured, no room left for the head. Very thick, yeast and protein clearly adding to the darkness. Held to the light a deep murky amber/brown color.

The bourbon comes off in the nose in full force. The aroma is subtle compared to some, but it dominates the aroma. It actually here works extremely well with the dark fruity nature of the Hell Hath No Fury.

The problem for me is that the woody bourbon nose doesn't really shine as brightly in the taste. The bourbon is what holds this beer together and keeps it from being fully disappointing, but there is just something greatly lacking here. There is no alcohol kick, no hops to finish it off, just some wood mixed in with an overly sweet and absurdly one dimensional base beer. For what it's worth, dark fruits, molasses, subtle wood and alcohol from the bourbon, and slightly burnt malt flavors as well.

The beer lacks any real character in the mouth as well. Nearly flat, rather full bodied, but lacking anything to keep the drinker interested.

Overall I don't dislike this beer as much as the review may sound. I've had it twice on tap now, once a year ago where I discovered it doesn't pair with a cigar and then today. The problem is that I expect some character to a bourbon aged beer. The bourbon helps in this regard, but it never takes it up that final notch to really give me anything to write home about.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of 13esd
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of WillyMac
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of EL48823
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of zoso1967
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ROBSTARR
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DTown
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.