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

Not Rated.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury AleBourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 46
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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Photo of robwestcott
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

robwestcott, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of bobhits
2.93/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

bobhits, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%

Clear growler into a snifter; big thanks to Tony for sharing this rare barrel-aged treat.

A: Black, translucent body with dark brown glints. Thin, fleeting head of off-white foam that settles into a ring. Just fine.

S: Huge, huge alcohol presence - fruity, appley, solventy. Some bourbon and vanilla show up underneath; interesting, but a little off-putting. I love apple cider, but that's not what I want a barrel-aged BSDA to smell like.

T: Sweet fruity booze, followed by bourbon, oak, vanilla, raisins, rum-soaked dates, and even more straight booze. Fascinating, but rough.

M: Kind of thin, with plenty of fine, creamy carbonation. Not great.

O: This one was immediately reminiscent of Town Hall Port Odin, but simultaneously less terrible and less interesting than that train-wreck of a beer. The acetone notes distract rather than dominate, which is actually worse in a way. As much as I love barrel aging, this beer is a great example of how the process isn't necessarily a guarantee of greatness.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of bonSreeB
3/5  rDev -28.4%

bonSreeB, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%

poured from a growler from partytown ky into a tulip. pitch black with a tan head.

smell's alright, vanilla and oak, raisin. smells slightly tart, a touch cidery.

taste is slightly tart and sour, dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, oak, roastiness.

mouthfeel is slightly thin. drinkability is meh.

i really wanted this beer to be a mind blower, bit it was kinda. meh. not sure if it was the growler or the keg itself, it just has a big sourness which really dominates the flavor. i feel like im being fairly generous with this rating as well.

wyattshotmaker, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

BARFLYB, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of DTown
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

DTown, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of callmeoz
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

callmeoz, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

jophish17, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
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.

TCgoalie, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of bertram
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

On tap at a Bell's Tap Takeover-pours a dark, almost black with a substantial tan head; bourbon smell is subtle & mixes with an almost woody aroma. Very malty taste with a subtle bourbon taste. A good beer, though I prefer the regular HHNF actually.

bertram, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of 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.

JoePat, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Jun 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

hemorhoidzz, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

enelson, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Cramerican, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of brewtechnik
4/5  rDev -4.5%

brewtechnik, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -4.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev -4.5%

LambicKing, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev -4.5%

draft at City Tap House for their "Bell's 31 Flavors" event.
Poured a very dark brown with caramel-colored edges and a mocha two-finger head which dissapated quickly to a frothy coating. Nose is Dark fruits, Belgian yeast and sweet malt. The taste is roasted malt up front followed by dark fruits, vanilla and the brown, sugar-like sweet malt. There is also evidence of the yeast and some spice. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth - not a lot of carbonation evident, and very dry. This is a nice, comfortable brew and I liked the level of warmth and influence of the bourbon barrel. A good sipper for sure but the dryness might not argue for making it session-able for me.

regspeir, Jun 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

stephensinner, Nov 23, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.