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

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 82
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 49
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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!!!!

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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.

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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!

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Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.97/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.


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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a short 10oz clear mini-imperial pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA)..

A: Chestnut-mahogany hue with 1-finger light beige head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Plum and raisin mingle with tart cherries which works weel witht he light bourbon notes.

T: Bourbon is up front but really accents the cherry note which is strongest but is accompanied by plum and raisin notes as well. Finishes with a light chocolate tone.

M: Smooth and mouth-filling with meidum-full body with medium carbonation.

D: A better version of the base beer for sure -- the spice and heat of the bourbon are nice complements to the tart cherry and dark fruit flavors. Not overly sweet and a pleasure to drink.

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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.

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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!

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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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4.65/5  rDev +11%
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!

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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bells Tap Takeover at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a nonic.

Appearance: Arrives a foamy brown, nearly opaque, woody and pleasant looking, capped by a nice foamy, quintessentially barrel aged-looking crown, about half a finger tall and a little soapy. It fades gently in to a great collar, soapy and bubbly. High levels of carbonation peek through the edges of the body, replenishing the collar, though I imagine it wouldn't be sticky enough to stay on its own - there's no side lace of which to speak.

Aroma: Thick maltiness - very reminiscent of the regular Hell Hath No as I remember it - showcase mostly toast and toffee, though a few fruity notes as well. What really shines through is the barrel here - tons of coconut, cinnamon, and leather meld with toasted oakiness and earth and a surprisingly mellow kiss of bourbon. Excellent.

Taste: Tart fruits suggest cherries and kiwi, likely from the base beer, mingle with banana notes from the yeast strain and coconut from the barrel to present a panoply of tropical notes. Spicy bourbon is mellow again, mingling well with toast, toffee, and a nice array of dark fruits, raisins mainly but also a few other characters. Not quite as rich as the nose, but still very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thinned, appropriately enough, and unsurprising given what I remember of the base beer and what I know happens when you toss things in a barrel. It's soft and subtle with gentle carbonation, but it still doesn't have enough body in my opinion. This beer's worst attribute.

Drinkability: A fantastic tasting beer that lacks a little on style points, but it's still very nice. I almost went extraordinarily out of my way a few weeks ago to give this a try, so a huge thanks to Beer Run for giving me the opportunity to try this very quaffable (and surprisingly low abv%, given its origins and stylistic leanings). Recommended.

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

thanks to steamhead.

A - Pours a deep dark and rich mahogany color with some nice .5 inch finger head that is quite dense. the color is a bit creamy.

S - Aroma is a bit muted except for some nice Belgian yeast qualities.. SLight clove and some nice funk. There is also some wood and slight alcoholic burn. Nothing too intense though.

T & M - Taste starts off with some nice bready malt and Belgian yeast chalkiness. There is a slight traditional Belgian Strong Dark Ale flavor to this with some clove and nice dark fruits. Figs and even some slight raisins. The Bourbon adds some sweetness but more than anything adds vanilla and some nice wood and oaky flavors. Nice complex and full mouthfeel with tons of flavors that are well crafted and very vivid.

D - Good beer that surprisingly has more alcohol kick than the ABV would indicate.

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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 44 ratings.