Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color one expects from a stout. It's not impregnable to the light, but it works well. The head is a one finger dark cream color with good lacing, but lacking retention.
S: Very strong roast, espresso, and chocolate notes, with the licorice appearing as a secondary characteristic to the main scent. Amazingly in your face aroma.
T: The flavors are quite good, if not on the same level as the smell. There's an opening of wood and vanilla, followed by a sudden, welcome upsurge of roasted malt and chocolate. Finally, there's a combination of a vegetal component and some subtle licorice on the finish. The flavors progress smoothly and create a good balance, being neither overly sweet nor bitter, and tastes bigger than its 6% might suggest.
M: Good thickness overall, with a smooth, semi-creamy body and little dryness on the back end. Carbonation is low.
O: Definitely a great stout. It's not perfect, but it genuinely makes me wish I didn't have to drive to Virginia to get it (then again, it's worth going a state over to pick it up...)
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2012 23:23:58 | More by ThisWangsChung
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