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

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BA SCORE
93
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
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:
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 BARFLYB
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Brew33
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review input from notes. Enjoyed 01/30/11.
Big thanks to brew3crew for the growler. Cheers Jason!

You would be safe to call the color black, when held to the light a deep mahogany color shines through. Decent brown sugar colored lacing set a top, soon fades leaving a nice ring around the top. A respectable amount of sticky lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

Bourbon was noticed right off the bat. Not particularly boozy smelling though the bourbon in dominant. Dark fruits and molasses aromas are rich. Vanilla and oak are interlaced through out and very pleasant.

Mild roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit flavors are up front. Sweet caramel and bourbon fall just behind. This is a rather sweet beer but stops far short of being cloying. The booziness is held in check, there is absolutely no heat. Vanilla is once again laced throughout. Very little hop flavor is detected.

Full bodied though on the lower end of full. Soft carbonation is adequate and appropriate. Very smooth texture across the tongue. Long and pleasant finish.

Very good beer, dangerously drinkable. The bourbon really works well to compliment the base beer. May be hard to find but I recommend seeking this one out if you have the chance.

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.

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 CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black color with tan head
S-Some vanilla with bourbon at the forefront
T- Very Rich, bourbon hits up front. Fruit starts to come through as it warms up and towards the end.
M-Goes down smooth and clean. Nice full body
D-Goes down very easily, almost too easy, Solid brew.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Tilley4
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
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...

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 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 JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.58/5  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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

Photo of MbpBugeye
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.

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of pmccallum86
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.

Photo of bhalter8
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
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!

Photo of regspeir
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.

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 zoso1967
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.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of corby112
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!!!!

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.