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

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 82
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 48
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 82
Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +19%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
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! (894 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Blake for the chance to try this rare brew after the Brooklyn Black Chocolate blew mid growler fill... Never thought I'd get to try this one...

I'm off work today and my plans are to sip on this brew all day long until the growler is gone... A tall order for sure but I can't wait any longer to try this...

Pours into my new DFH signature glass pretty much black with perhaps a few purplish highlights... Slow forming head wisps away to a trace atop... Laces all the way around the glass... A bit darker than I was expecting actually...

Heavy aromas of oak and vanilla and dark booze soaked fruits with a subdued at first bourbon note that becomes stronger throughout...lots of chocolate influence here as well... I find this to be quite balanced actually... When I had a taste off the tap, the bourbon characteristic seemed much more pronounced and boozy if you will... It seems to have mellowed (thankfully!) some over the few days I've had this... Seems like more vanilla and oak at this point and its one of the better aromas I've ever experienced on a brew... Quite similar to KBS with some raisin aspects thrown in... Its badass... Everytime I pick up the snifter, its a different note.. I'm having this a couple of days after Christmas and the blend of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and raisins has me thinking Christmas pudding all the way.. I'm really loving this...

Sip after sip of bourbon barrel laced chocolate covered raisins with a vanilla and oak note to them... Best way to describe this taste experience... The bourbon is definitely there... Present and accounted for... But it doesn't at all dominate here.. It plays a key role in the development of the brew but doesn't overpower it as in some others... No, the cocoa and fruit seem to be the stars here and they meld together in a mind-numbing array of flavor combinations... One time I get raisins and booze, another I get cocoa and vanilla while yet another I get a sweet oaky bourbon thing going on... This just seems world class to me...

One of the best brews I've had since I've started my obsession with beer... It pushes the envelope right to the edge without teetering over into the land of excess... Its a big beer, no doubt, but one that I will sip on throughout the day.. I'm making a day of enjoying this gem... (2,318 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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 (725 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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 (536 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Fat Head's Brewers Brawl. I had a bunch of pours, this was amazing! Easily the best beer out of the 50+ offerings that the day brought to Ohio. Thanks to Fat Head's for a great event, it exceeded my expectations and I'll be back next year for sure.

So dark it's the next thing to black, opaque and beckoning. It's mocha colored head hangs on but is slowly consumed by the darkness. A beautiful looking beer!

Smells out of this world. Coconut is the main flavor, implied by the wonderful bourbon and vanilla. The malt comes through with some chocolate notes, but this is mainly about the bourbon and the Belgian yeast. The yeast gives a fruity tone, and the bourbon kicks this one into outer space.

The barrel rules the taste and that's fine with me. This has such a prominent coconut and vanilla thing going on. The beer underneath is well complimented by the expert -bal aging. The yeast and dark malt give fruity notes, some vinous elements, and a great chocolate sweetness. Ends up smooth with another kiss of bourbon. Really flavorful, but the original beer provides just enough base for this high rise of flavor. My favorite Belgian style Barrel Aged beer yet!

The mouthfeel is nice on this beer. Nothing unique, but a nice medium bodied ale. Creaminess abounds.

I loved this. It was right up my alley. A huge beer that's perfect for special events. And this beer made this event extra special. I offer a raised glass to Bells for the beer and to Fat Heads for the great time! (1,495 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Jose Pistola's.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a massive three finger dark mocha head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malty aroma with a huge bourbon character in the nose. Slight earthy oak and vanilla from the barrel aging complimen the bourbon and dark malt notes. Hints of dark fruit and subtle spice. Picking up tart dark cherry, fig and plum. So far this beer looks and smells amazing.

Incredibly smooth drinking with the perfect amount of sweet bourbon and heat balancing out the dark raster malt notes and sweet tart dark fruit. Chewy and slightly viscous with zesty peppery spice and alcohol heat. As in he aroma, the barrel aging adds complexity giving off hi ts of vanilla and earthy oak. This beer is incredibly complex and even though the bourbon gives off some heat and warmth in the finish, the ABV is decently masked, making this dangerously drnkable. Highly recommnded!!!! (974 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 (792 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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). (840 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (434 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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. (615 characters)

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

Another stellar offering at the summer beer fest 2010.

Pretty black, but not as thick as a super viscous stout or something. It has some purple highlights.

Smells of bourbon and rich fruity yeasts. Lots of cherry, berries, raisins, vanilla, oak. Lots of complexity.

Bourbon is light. It allows the rich dark Belgian fruits to come out as well as anise, molasses, brown sugar. Plenty of cherries, raisins, berries, figs earthy yeast and a little bit of spice.

This is one of Bell's best beers. (497 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Stubs for Bells Fermented Eclipse

Served in a Bells Tulip

Served with 1 finger of tan head that fades down to a thick ring. Color is pretty much black. As it things out it shows more of a copper brown color.

Aroma: Rich, dark dried fruits, molasses, raisins, vanilla, light bourbon and oak show. Coconut lightly shines through. A very complex brew. Well done for the style.

Taste: Very rich and warming. Lots of licorice and molasses. Bourbon shows more as it warms with a big amount of oak kicking in. Some apples and fruits show. Also, I get some vanilla. Spice in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Fairly large bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. I like it a lot more than the regular HHNF. Pretty drinkable. Big and complex. It does get a big hot as it the temperature drops. (871 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bryant Lake Bowl.

A maroonish brown color with a thin ring of tan foam around the glass. A few spots of lacing.

Big bourbon smell right off the bat. Some sweetness and toasty malt undertones, but the bourbon is what stands out the most.

Delicious bourbon starts it off and flows through the whole taste. A nice moderate sweetness along with a little sour from the bourbon barrel. Roasty malts and some noticeable hops, although not much. Again, the bourbon is quite strong, but it is not hot or overly boozy at all in my opinion.

Lower carbonation, smooth and extremely dry finish. Medium-full bodied.

I really enjoyed this beer. Probably our favorite of the night. Big bourbon barrel taste that really makes a good beer great. I would love to have this one again in the future. (793 characters)

Photo of Brew33
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hell Hath No Fury- Bourbon Barrel Aged

This is a beer I had been trying to track down for quite some time. It pours a surprisingly clear dark reddish-amber. The aroma is solid. Nice big hit of bourbon, some more sniffing produces some sweet caramel and toffee aromas, brandy? MAybe a little.

The flavor is much less bourbon forward. I think Bell's gave this beer the perfect amount of time in the barrel. Bourbon is there but it doesn't smack you in the mouth like other bal-aged beers. Rich malts integrate perfectly with the barrel, yeast, and alcohol. No hops here. The alcohol is there, it adds to the complexity but doesn't offer a ton of heat which is a bonus. The mouthfeel is lush without being too heavy. The drinkability is excellent for such a "big" beer that has spent time in a bourbon barrel.

All in all a fantastic beer that I'm glad I pulled the trigger on. Bell's gets another one right. (909 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8739, 7/20/09, tapped September 29, 2010.
Total blackness in the glass, nice brown ring above, slowly slipping down in size.
Aroma reeks of bourbon, Big molasses and vanilla, sweet, rich, and decadent. Cocoa and dark fruit below, a bit.
Taste: Succulent and sweet, juicy, palpably pulpy, rolls away and dries off some. Dark fruit, fig, raisin, dates, maybe...a wonderful port wine quality asserts itself. Realigns, edges into moderation, evens out, ends light and dry on the palate. Flavor still lingers lightly.
If there's a flaw in this, it's that you can't really discern the character of the dubbel beneath the bourbon in this, but it's too excellent a combination to quibble over such things. If you love bourbon barrel brews, this one does the trick. The base beer holds it's own, and the bourbon truly shines.
So glad to try this one! (852 characters)

Photo of grub
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,430 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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! (708 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,434 characters)

Photo of bhalter8
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,264 characters)

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