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

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

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BA SCORE
92
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%


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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TCgoalie

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 03:04:27 | More by TCgoalie
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 09:04:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 01:51:48 | More by MbpBugeye
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 17:04:51 | More by mothman
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap during Fermented Eclipse at Stub and Herbs.

This beer pours a rich dark black color with a one finger dark head.

Smell is enormous with big spice notes and boozy bourbon notes as well. The smell here is awesome.

Taste is big and rich with tons of spice notes bombarding the palate, some cinnamon, dried fruits, ginger, bourbon, oak and vanilla all come through. It is a little messy but still quite tasty, a little too hot though.

Higher carbonation with a full body, complete opposite of sessionable.

Drinkability was good, but would be a lot better of this beer had some time to mellow out more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 23:15:18 | More by pmccallum86
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bhalter8

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 16:46:51 | More by bhalter8
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

06-16-2010 21:34:38 | More by Urbancaver
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 15:37:07 | More by regspeir
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 14:09:36 | More by rfgetz
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zoso1967

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 21:30:06 | More by zoso1967
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 02:08:07 | More by tempest
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 02:01:38 | More by corby112
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 19:59:58 | More by rootbeerman
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jampics2

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 21:23:49 | More by jampics2
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 03:25:34 | More by BEERchitect
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projectflam86

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 04:47:04 | More by projectflam86
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mcallister

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 22:30:24 | More by mcallister
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 23:25:24 | More by grub
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.