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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,507 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 4,046
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 187
Gots: 548 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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.
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Photo of MMAJYK
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black in color and very inky. Head is slow to rise to the top, but is light brown and very spotty. It is actually going away quite fast, too.

S- Coffee, cream, chocolate, maybe some light toffee and vanilla. Digging deeper you will find a light roast and/or campfire aroma.

T- Roasted malt, black patent malt, coffee malt, and vanilla creamer. Midstream, you can actually feel a little bit of the bittering hop blend with some malt astrigency.

M- Somewhat milky with low carbonation.

D- I am not too crazy about it. Just a decent milk stout to me; definitely not standoutish but glad I could try it.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark typical looking stout with a bit of bubbly brown head floating around. Smells of chocolate milk, coffee grounds, sweet roasted malts. Taste is a bit off though. It tastes too much like coffee I think. It's a great flavor to have in a beer, but not when it overpowers everything else. I think that's the case here. Dry mouthfeel but a bit thick as well, strange. Not the most drinkable beer. It's a nice try, maybe it'd be better if they toned down the coffee taste.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes while on vacation in Arizona. Beer reviewed 4/15/2011.

A - The beer was poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a very deep brown with medium brown edges in the light. A small 1/2 finger tan head with some retention and lacing.

S - A pleasant mix of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and even a hint of butter.

T/M - Similar to the nose the beer starts out with a large roast flavor though a bit of charred oak as well. The middle of the beer brings the molasses, chocolate, and coffee tones from the nose, though rather subdued. The beer finishes a bit creamy with a lingering roast flavor. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. Hides the alcohol well.

O - A better than average stout but not mind-blowing. I found it to be a bit overbearing with smokey char and roast and didn't seem to blend well together. Glad to have tried it but likely won't be back.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-18-2011 14:19:43

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Goose Island pint glass.

Appearance- Cola black w/ a one finger tan head. Tons of carbonation in the bottom of the glass. Great lacing.

Smell- Roasted barley and rootbeer come right at you. That's followed by the traditional chocolate and coffee.

Taste- A good roasted taste is the primary flavor. Not sweet at all...more of a bitter aftertaste. Some dark chocolate in the back.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy...not much else to say.

Overall- Not the best stout in Bell's line-up. Coming in at only 6%, its a welcomed change from all the heavy hitters I've had lately.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in the bottle at Capital Ale House, Innsbrook. Pretty excited to see some Bell's stuff on the menu, since we can't get this back in Boston.

I don't know what to say about this brew. Came out of the bottle looking fluffy and delicious. Huge white head with great retention.

A fairly hoppy stout - i was a bit surprised by this. aside from that feature, i just found this to be a totally bland stout. absolutely nothing special about it, IMO. Sweet, little bit like chocolate milk. average level of malts.

coated the palate well - perfect level of carbonation. drinkable, but not something I would pound away constantly, since it just wasn't anything special to me.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a nice tan head.

Smell - not alot if aroma. Some roasted malt and chocolate

Taste - starts off chocolatey with a huge almost roasted grain taste. Finishes with a little more chocolate.

Mouthfeel - this probably the best part about this beer. It's very creamy and smooth. Nothing else really stands out to me.

Overall - its a good but not great beer. I probably wont think to have to have this beer again.

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Photo of thekanna
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black with a light coffee-colored rim when held up to light. Head is merely an afterthought and leaves a thin, beige-colored coat on the side of the glass when swirled.

S: Mostly roasted malts and some faint dark chocolate.

T: Strong roasted malts with a very prominent burnt character. Black coffee, bitter hops, and dark chocolate round out the taste, with a hint of sourness.

M: Somewhat thin and watery, with a carbonation-induced bite at the end.

D: Nice example of the style, but I prefer heavier stouts.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick, fluffy coffee colored head with very good retention.

The scent is of chocolate malt, notes of coffee and some caramel.

The taste is mainly of roasted chocolate malt, burnt coffee, and some notes of licorice.

Full body, very smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

I would say this was a slightly above average stout, it could have been more flavorful but overall not bad.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 8/31/09

A - Transparent ruby brown on the pour, settling to near black. Billowy dark tan head riddled with pores. Good retention & impressive lacing.

S - The aroma strikes me as weak, but that may well be on account of the solid head retention. Regardless, roasted coffee is in no short supply.

T - Potent roasted coffee rests immediately on the tongue & is rounded out by a spicy, yet delicate, hop character. There is an underlying burnt taste. Hints of molasses & something tart.

M - Full-bodied with interesting carbonation interplay. This beer is fairly gritty & in no real hurry to leave - lingering mild bitterness & coffee dregs.

D - It's easily drinkable & I would like to see how it fares on tap. Other than that, I am in no hurry to drink it again. There are several other stouts I would turn to before this; several other Bell's offerings, too.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks again Joey...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into RR snifter...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head that dissipates at fairly hasty pace. There is a good amount of sticky lace that clings to the glass...

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, and a little chocolate...

T - Pretty much follows the nose with roasted malts and coffee. Bitter chocolate, and a nutty presence are also in the mix. Finishes with more roasted malts, and a little sweeteness. Roast is definitely the main focus here...

M - Nice and creamy. On higher end of being medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - A solid offering from Bells, but probably not something that would be in my rotation. A little to much on the roasted/charred side for my likings...

Cheers...

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Photo of lundqu23
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Very full bodied with complex tastes. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors with almost a hint of licorice. Balances the significant hop presence against the roast malt body. When poured, offers a big head of dark beige and very dark brown in color. Caramel and vanilla undertones as well. Solid beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, brown foam, no light gets through. Decent retention with alright lacing.

Smell is of alcohol and roast. Mildly complex but not much there.

Flavor is heavy on the roast. Theres a dry bitterness and a nutty aftertaste. The only sweetness that comes through is at the end of the aftertaste.

Body is medium/heavy and oily. More suited to a double stout but where does it say that milk stouts can't be thick? Definitely drinkable if you like roast and coffee flavors, I don't however.

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Photo of partains
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black with a big bubbly mocha colored head. The head settled down eventually to a thin covering but it left some very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has the strong presence of the brewers licorice with some sweetness and a little roastedness to it. The licorice is also very present in the taste and has an almost caramel like taste to it. It also has some roasted grains with notes of bitter coffee and chocolate coming through. The bitterness helps balance out the caramely sweetness of the licorice.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, I've never been a big fan of licorice but it wasn't too overpowering in the beer.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown almost black. Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Very dark malt, molasses and bitter chocolate in the taste. Seems to be a bit reserved, the younger brother of the Expedition. A little thin, but smooth in taste. Decent beer, but there is not much that can hang with the Expo. I'll stick with it.

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Photo of biker30x
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a tulip. very dark with a dense tan head that subsided quickly. smelled of bitter coffee and slightly burnt toast. surprisingly thin on the tongue and very carbonated for a stout. flavors of espresso and molasses strike first with a lasting feel of burnt caramel and over-boiled coffee (but in a good way). expected this to be an intense and robust stout, but was surprised to find it thinner and softer than I thought. well balanced but lacking some of the backing sweetness of a milk stout and somewhat dominated by the carbonation. the flavors blend well and offer a pleasing experience.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- opague black with a nice foamy head thats tan in color. good lacing

S- Roasted Malts, Coffee, Chocolate, faint yeast

T- Roasted Malts and Cocoa, kinda coffee ish, bitter from char, the licorce is noticeable as it warms

MF- Char feeling in the mouth not that heavy

D- Good but i am not a licorce fan

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Photo of claspada
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and just a hint of burnt wood/campfire.
The taste follows the nose but is somewhat subdued comparatively. Lots of dark and roasted maltiness and dark bittersweet chocolate, lesser notes of stale coffee.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall this is a decent but slightly unbalanced stout. At 6% ABV this is quite sessionable but not overly flavorful enough that I need to revisit. Worth a go but not necessary to sample.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle cellared for two years at 42.5 degrees F.

A - Black as night with only wisps of head.

S - Roasted malts with a hinting of coffee.

T - Deep roastiness in the malts with a slight smokey taste and a tiny bit of nut. There is a small something in the flavor here that may not fit.

M - Medium to thick body with only a slight coarse feel.

~ I'm not sure the cellar did much if anything for this brew. That being said, I wouldn't shy away from it either.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was pretty uninspired - nice deep amber/black in color but no real carbonation to speak of. Even with a moderately aggressive pour I got no head at all and little lacing on the glass.

Smell was quite promising - lots and lots of caramel malt notes, those sugars were well browned here. Mild fruit notes, mainly raisin and cherry.

Taste was good but far from exceptional. Dark malt notes predominate with very little burnt roasted flavors (a good thing). Strong caramel notes, very sweet flavors and a strong fruit component. A number of times I commented "this is quite pruney" while enjoying the glass.

With the low carbonation the mouthfeel was a bit lacking. This was a medium to heavy bodied brew (as per the style) which left an oily residue after each sip. The only saving grace was the mild hopping which gave a slight bitter finish to each sip to keep the taste from being overly cloying.

All in all an okay stout but not quite what I had expected. While it had some sweet components and a moderately smooth body I was surprised to read this is a milk stout. A drinkable stout but not what I would have called 'outstanding'

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Photo of tjthresh
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle enjoyed at Waldo Pizza in KC,MO. Espresso, dark chocolate, and some hop aroma. Pitch black with a brown head. Some lace. Looks pretty think. Very sweet. Reminds me of like chewing on a coffee bean. Bitter enough to balance sweetness. Quite full bodied an silky smooth.

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Photo of soper2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from my Bell's tasting:
Pours a jet black with almost no head at all. The aroma is a little different, i smell some butter and i'm not sure what else to be exact. It wasn't an awful aroma, just not the best either. Taste is full of roasted malts and yeast. Not very well balanced if you asked me. Mouthfeel is really nice as this is a nice, thick, creamy stout. This isn't my favorite stout by any means, but I wonder if i just got an off bottle.

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Photo of nortmand
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blackish red pour, half a finger of tannish head.

Chocolate, rich roasts, dark, ripe fruits. Very balanced aroma.

A bit of residual balancing sweetness, midtongue dark, not burnt malts. By the end of the toungue, there is some acrid burnt flavor.

Medium to full bodied, could throw back a couple. Not bad, not groundbreaking, but pretty good on tap.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 3/11/13)

A: Pitch black with a slightly mocha-colored head that is minimal and with almost no lacing.

S: Sweet, roasted malts and an interesting licorice-type flavor.

T: Dry, just like their Porter I just had. Mainly roasty flavors with a bit of day old filtered black coffee in their for some bitterness.

M: Very smooth with just a small steady stream of bubbles that provide a bit of texture.

O: Their Porter and Stout aren't making me too excited for their much lauded Expedition Stout. Too dry and without prominent flavors for me.

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Photo of n2185
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black and I managed to get about 3 fingers of chocolate-colored head on it. The head eventually faded into a solid layer, leaving behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt, some bitter dark chocolate and burnt aromas. There's some smoke in there as well.

T: Roasted malt up front with some slightly sweet chocolate flavors that follow. The finish has some bitter coffee flavors.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. There's a nice thick, creamy feel to it despite the carbonation though.

D: Goes down pretty smoothly with the creamy body.

Overall, a pretty decent stout. Nice and creamy, though the burnt coffee aftertaste is a bit unappealing.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.