Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by DabblinWiscCraft:
4/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a coffee brown-black with red shining through at the edges. Very healthy and dense khaki head, which started at over an inch and settled at about a quarter inch. Good cling and resilience on the head. There are prominent smoky and molasses notes in the nose, along with a nice toasted malt backbone. Less pronounced dark chocolate in there, as well. Just slight sourness is perceptible in the bouquet. The taste has toasted malts right up front, with very significant smokiness. Molasses--smooth and somewhat bittersweet--flavor follows, with just a touch of alcohol flavor coming through. The smokiness and a bit of bitterness lingers at the back. The feel is medium-bodied and quite effervescent. It's a bit grainy toward the back, but rather clean and smooth overall.
I suppose I was expecting more pronounced licorice or molasses flavor given the description of this one, but I think Bell's did a nice job in producing a stout that's well-balanced and engaging. I can come back to this one again and again.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2011 04:42:58 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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4.39/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
P: Pitch black abyss that shows no signs of light. Capped with a bubbly dark chocolate milk froth. Thick sticky lacing.
S: Chocolate syrup, biscotti, praline, brown sugar, prunes, melted chocolate ice cream, cinnamon and roasted dark grains.
T/M: Bitter dark chocolate, with hints of black licorice swimming around. Ground spices, tree bark, earthiness that reminds me of moss, cracked black pepper, spicy sting of what seems like chilies hits the tongue toward the end of the swallow. Finishes with an effervescent tingle and lasting medicinal notes. Alcohol is very subtle and is heard to seek out.
O: A smooth easy drinking stout that has sweetness and lots of earthy bitter notes to round out the taste. I was worried at first because I'm not a fan of licorice forward beers but it works well with this beer and compliments nicely. A great stout to stock up on.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 23:53:00 | More by Hopswagger
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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