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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,789 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,789
Reviews: 1,490
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 173
Gots: 415 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,789 | Reviews: 1,490
Photo of partains
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: dark brown/black
Smell: roasted coffee beans
Taste: bitter, roast flavors with a hint of chocolate
Overall: unpleasant, I do not like dark beers and it was too bitter

Photo of Garrett19
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great stout. I will be looking for this one again. Substantial mouth feel, sweet taste with little bitterness.

Photo of CashChel
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great dark beer with full body, a delightful coffee aroma and smooth taste with hints of licorice.

Photo of lucasra1
2.41/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Deep chocolate brown color, coffee and malt aromas, bitter with notes of chocolate.
Intense beer, depth of flavor.

Photo of Sydney10
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visual: Pours an attractive dark chocolate color.
Smell: Intense smell of coffee.
Taste: Burnt coffee overwhelms the taste of the beer. Light chocolate and black licorice flavors as well.
Overall: Very bitter and taste is too much related to coffee. I would not drink this again.

Photo of Joseph01
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color - Dark brown

Aroma - coffee beans

Palate - Chocolate, coffee hints, roasted flavor

Overall - Creamy and delicious stout

Photo of whitephi
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark look with coffee and chocolate flavor that gives off bitter taste

Photo of jmalina121
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a rich brown color and an aroma of coffee beans. It has a bitter, roasted flavor, as well as notes of black licorice and chocolate.

Photo of wilgenb1
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

rich brown color with a strong roasted bitter flavor with black licorice hints as well as coffee

Photo of MakenziMantey
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

The color of this beer is a dark brown. The aroma you get is a light coffee smell and is kind of weak. Tasting this beer is a lot like smelling it. It is strong and taste a lot like coffee and not much else.

Photo of capilial
1.06/5  rDev -73.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I truly do not enjoy stouts. They are heavy, dark, thick, and extremely difficult to drink.

Photo of dbtossi
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Didn't expect the coffee, chocolate, and carmel flavors. I very much enjoyed this beer.

Photo of kbernthal
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very strong coffee smell and taste, with a slight chocolate bitter taste.

Photo of MrTh4159
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome sauce in your mouth

Photo of Michelleluw
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer brings the best out of a stout. As someone who doesn't pride herself on a big stout drinker, I found the Kalamazoo Stout to be very approachable. The caramel and malt nodes leave you feeling relaxed and satisfied. This would be an awesome beer with some vanilla ice cream for a beer-float!

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled 9/17/13, poured into pint glass

A- pours motor oil thick with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving a bit of short lasting lace behind

S- deep dark chocolate malt mixes with smoky charred aroma, notes of vanilla cream, caramel, licorice & coffee

T- layers of creamy dark chocolate mixes with caramel malt, charred wood, campfire smoke and sweet licorice, lingers of espresso and dark chocolate, with a hint of dark fruit

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and creamy finish

O- I accidentally aged this one that got lost in the back of the cellar, but it ages gracefully! All of the flavors are meshed and mellow, good stuff

Photo of solomon1122
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coffee flavor, a little bit burned, chocolate? and Tick, a little bit hop

Photo of KF_MSU
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark color. Mild coffee hints with a roasted and smokey flavor. Good body but pretty rich.

Photo of Hop_God
2.77/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very poor example of a stout.

Photo of redinge7
1.56/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thick coffee aroma, full bodied roasted coffee beans. Heavy chocolate and a little bitter.

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
2.79/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Easily the worst stout I've ever had. Some guy at a local beer store recommended it to me over the Left Hand Milk Stout. What a poor brew. The taste was bland and it took forever to drink. One beer took me about 45 minutes to suffer through. I'm a big fan of Bell's brewery but this beer is simply pathetic. I would suggest avoiding this beer at all costs. It's simply not worth the time to drink it or the money to pay for it.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle on March 29, 2015.

Photo of Beerma
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just ok! Disappointed thought it would be more like muddy! Little bitter.

Photo of travolta
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, no head retention to speak of. Very limited lacing.

Nose: Thick molasses, Cold black coffee, dark chocolate at the end.

Taste: Dry and nicely crispy, roasted malt, some hot alcohol at the end, a little smoke in the middle.

Photo of Furlinator
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, dark, grainy and somewhat smokey with a definite hop presence. The vegetal smell seems a little off.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,789 ratings.