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

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BA SCORE
92
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
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:
Beer added by: grub on 01-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An American take on a Belgian Dubbel aged in bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 44
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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 jsanford
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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 zoso1967
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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 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
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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).

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of projectflam86
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really excited that I got the chance to try this special draft...

A- Served in a snifter. Pours a deep brown body with a thick creamy beige head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- The nose is focused with huge whiffs of bourbon and oak. A nice aroma of dark chocolate and alcohol come through as well.

T- A massive wave of oak bourbon barrel flavors and bittersweet chocolate a present initially. A nice sweet vanilla bean flavor with some anise, coconut, and molasses help to balance the finish with a respectable amount of alcohol burn.

M- Full bodied with a gentle soft carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D- Truly a great beer with a pronounced bourbon flavor and a nice smooth feel.

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

The unadulterated Hell Hath... shows a very, very sweet and weighted beer per style. Where it's characterful and robust, it lacks depth and palatability. Let's see what the barrel gives us...

The beer pours with a viscous plop into the glass. Very creamy looking but with a muddy appearance. Somewhere between brown and burgundy, the beer carries a russet haze. Very froathy head of barley-stained foam and lace. Aside from color, the beer shows a lot of substance and structure.

Very complex nose and flavor kicks off with the sweet malts and unresolved sugars. Confectioner's sugar and cotton candy notes come to mind. Very estery with grapes, licorice, plumbs, figs, dates and prunes. Where this beer separates from the original is in the nutty, bread crust, tannin, and vinous notes- these are quite evident in taste and aroma. Where the balance of the Hell Hath 1.0 remains of constant sweetness, the 2.0 balances well with the woody tannin, vinous notes. The addition of Bourbon alcohols also give a handsome strength to the beer without becomming boozy.

Quite full and heavy, nearly chewy to the mouth. Where a lot of styles are nice this way, the preference on these Belgian Darks is to be better attenuated, drier, and more palatable.

The barrels give greater depth and complexity to the malts without disrupting the sweetness or esters. They also help to balance the beer in the absence of hops or complexity on its own.

Photo of mcallister
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep russet color with a tan head that fades farily quickly leaving some thin lacing behind.

Wonderful aromas of thick bourbon and oak with vanilla, black and dried pitted fruits. Plum, fig, hints of chocolate and berry.

Make sure you let this one warm up to really bring out all the complex subtleties this beauty has to offer. Served so cold that at first only the tastes of bourbon and oak. But as it warms roasty malts with a nice belgian spice show through on the middle. Toasty with coconut and fig with hints of chocolate and plum. Thick and creamy delicious kind of beer I will travel long distances for.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Capital Ale House Midlothian

A: arrived in a Belgian glass, with a finger of dark brown head that fell quickly before i could take the first sip. the body was black brown, and brown around the edges.

S: Strong bourbon and sweet dark roast malt. coffee along with some chocolate, alcohol is noticeable.

T: can defiantly taste the bourbon, almost like the barrels were not emptied completely before beer was aged in them. sweet but not cloyingly, light coffee and bittersweet chocolate. there is also a hint of oak in the aftertaste, along with the bourbon.

M: smooth coating and thick, carbonation seems low but is understandable for being barrel aged.

D: very sippable but defiantly only a one per sitting brew

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed sometime in August (ish) of last year. My wife and I sat around a fire and finished off a half growler of this. I thought I'd surely lost this review, but here it is.

A. Pours super black with a small coffee colored head with no lacing.

S. Sweet bourbon, oak, and roasted malt that contributes some chocolate and coffee aroma.

T. Very much in line with the aroma. The bourbon character here is quite phenomenal; it really takes this beer over the edge and makes it great.

M. Thick body with a medium level of small bubble carbonation.

D. Very good. I'm not a huge fan of the base beer, but this rendition is certainly not to be missed. Check it out if you get the chance.

Photo of tut2528
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had a full growler of this one either last year (or the year before), sorry about the delay.

S: immediately i get a oak and bourbon aroma that is well balanced by dark fruits, chocolate, and alcohol

T: a very flavorful beer. like the nose, it has a dominant bourbon and oak that that is balanced about by a caramel backbone that has a splash of vanilla notes. the creamy finish puts an added content to it that allows one to want to take another sip.

overall, this is a damn good beer and the alcohol is very well hidden in the taste

Photo of bhalter8
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap as part of Brick Store Pub's 13 days for 13th Anniversary. Served in a stemmed glass, it is dark as night, a very dense and murky looking beer. An equally dense, but thin, medium brown colored head rests atop and provides decent lacing as the beer is drunk. Might have been served a bit cold, as this beer's aroma really opened up as I let it sit. The bourbon treatment is certainly prominent, but not overwhelming, as chocolate and dark fruit aromas add to the mix. These aromas indeed carry through to the flavor. This beer could easily age, but is certainly not too hot. The bourbon flavors hit you up front, but the raisin/prune flavors that you want to enjoy in a Dark Belgian are present as well, in addition to a nice roasted malt and coffee hint. Really a wonderful bouquet of flavors in this beer. As previously mentioned in the appearance, this is a very dense beer, and one that, luckily, can be enjoyed slowly over a long time. Somewhat light carbonation, as one might expect. This beer is a great fit for a place like the Brick Store because it invites you to enjoy it very slowly while chatting with your fellow pub patrons. I wish I could have it on a cold winter evening, but a beer this good was ok even on a muggy Georgia summer's day.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at UJ's for their annual 'wood' event. Had this during beer week and the bourbon was baller, let's see how this is doing.

BBAHHNF comes into the glass looking a mix of bark brown with some red and some plum like color on the sides. I got a 1/2 inch of cap about half tan in color with minimal stick, rings if you will. Smell is HHNF on top of bourbon, it seems to have faded a bit. Some plum and a definite sign of a infection coming on soon. Taste is semi cocco with some dark fruit mixed in with light bourbon(where did it go?), Some faint vanilla and wood from the barrel. The infection is there but not too pronounced right now, Any bar owners witha keg of this should put it on soon, the sickness will only grow. Some sour cherries The other old ale flavors that should be here are buried. Feel is above medium with a light but slick carb witha sour twang for a aftertaste. I barely got through my glass, not a keeper at this point.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours dark and a slightly viscous brown with a thin ring of head. Smells deeply of sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Heavy with molasses and vanilla aromas from the barrel. Sweet malt and some brown sugar round out the aromas. The taste is quite malty and sweet, with a welcome edge of slightly sour wood. Lots of molasses on the finish, but also nice chocolate and roasty flavors. The bourbon itself is subtle and well integrated. Very smooth, and very enjoyable overall.

Photo of JoePat
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark but thin, nice brown head which quickly vanished leaving behind a reddish brown surface

Smell- while the growler was being filled even I could smell the bourbon with hints of coffee. Definitely could tell the alcohol content is up a bit. In fact, smells more boozie then it really is!

Taste- first and foremost, bourbon... sweet sweet bourbon. Stronger coffee then I was expecting but it blends well with hints of chocolate, bourbon, oak, more bourbon, and a bit of bourbon on the finish. Whatever barrels were used must have yielded phenomenal bourbon :)

Mouthfeel- Smooth but thinner then I was expecting. I guess I forget this is a Belgian... light carbonation, a hint of "sharpness" at the end...

Drinkability- definitely a sipper. Tastes more potent then it is but its so so good. I could sip on it all day but I'd be on the floor in no time. Overall, phenomenal beer!

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

I got this beer from my brother from an other mother, Bierenutz. Thanks Dave for this real treat.

I poured this beer in my all time Struise glass. Depdepdarkbrown to black fluid with a very nice lightbrown head, three fingers. Good smell of light coffee and chocolat and some dark candy.

Very delightfull taste. Where is the alcohol? So well hidden! What i can't detect is the influence of the barrel. Great brew! I am in debt Dave!

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.