Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
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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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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