Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.96/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a dark brown bottle stamped with "PGKD 01/24/13". Poured into a 16 oz tumbler glass.
Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a frothy raw umber head of thick, sudsy bubbles, two fingers thick. I got a little carried away and it seeped over the edge of the glass just a tad. Retention lingers for quite awhile as the bubbles gently burst, leaving pockmarks across the surface. I finally get tired of waiting for it to dissipate and dive in. Lacing is like cobwebs--thick around the top of the glass, but eventually fading to nothing as I drink the glass down.
Smell - Initially pungent roasty notes with dark bread toast as well as molasses and some woody characteristics as well. A hint of raw cacao seems to appear around the finish, hinting at an incredibly rich and tasty stout
Taste - Coffee, anise and fennel, with some light acidity that hints at currants and dark fruit. Mild sweetness accompanies the bitterness of burnt sugar. Bitterness eventually finishes dry, like charred bread.
Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy, with a heavy body and moderate carbonation. Viscous feel evolves into a lingering, syrupy mouthfeel. This is the only part of this beer that's really a letdown.
Other than the slightly unpleasant mouthfeel, this is a very good beer. The licorice seems to take a backseat to the more roasty, traditional notes of a good stout, so I would be curious to see how it changed with age.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2013 02:16:54 | More by LambicPentameter
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