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

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,185 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,185
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 145
Gots: 222 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001)
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bboven

Texas

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout hands down. It has a unique bitterness for a stout that smacks your tongue instead of shaking its hand. The initial pow is balanced with malty, coffeey, chocolaty, desserty tastes. It smells of all the best things available to the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 01:16:23 | More by bboven
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Mitchster

Michigan

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OG=1.065, 6.3% ABV.

Mmmm, another Kzoo. This delicious brew pours out ink-black, not even a wisp of chestnut at the edges of the glass when held to a halogen lamp. Forms a whipped, meringue-like dark tan head atop medium bubbles with gobs of tenancious lace. The head always remains at least 1/2" thick. Aroma is heavenly, with lots of sweet milk chocolate, walnuts, peanut butter, bitter dark chocolate, sweet vanilla beans, oily french roast, and hints of burnt marshmallows while sitting around a smoky campfire. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and lightly oily with a thick, chewy body. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Taste starts out with lots of bittersweet chocolate, followed by faint woodiness, sticky dark malts, a subtle sourness, full city roast coffee, a wisp of alcohol, a pleasant chalkiness, and ending in a drawn-out cascade of aphrodisiac bittering hops and tons of chocolate and black patent malts. As it warms, the carbonation disperses, and the elements mellow, making it all the more satisfying. Absolutely no off-flavors, and an absolute perfection in complexity, character, and nuances.

I don't know how the magicians over in Kzoo do it, but despite being so rich and complex, this brew is extremely drinkable. The only thing better than this is having it on tap. I feel sorry for the people who don't have access to all of Kzoo's brews. They brew some of the finest beer you'll ever have. This is an exceptional beer that I couldn't live without, and one of the only reasons I still live in Michigan. A World-Class King of Stouts. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 17:37:59 | More by Mitchster
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

5/5  rDev +25.3%

04-05-2012 17:25:08 | More by MarkyMOD
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-20-2011 02:42:58 | More by captainbearcat
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left an espresso foam colored one finger head with excellent retention and some spotty lacing here and there. Body was the deepest possible brown, almost an inky black.

Smell - rich roasted malt. Tones of chocolate, coffee, rich hearty dark bread, slight sweetness of caramel.

Taste - exactly like the smell. Rich roasted malt, rendering chocolate, coffee, and dark bread all slightly sweetened with hint of caramel. Also 6.5 abv is entirely obscured, amazing. Hearty, satisfying, and yummy (sorry) beer.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low cabonation, some chewiness at times.

Drinkability - this goes down great, and is excellent. Rich and hearty and satisfying. I could session this any time, but it may be too hearty for some.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 17:41:12 | More by ultralarry2006
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tmarq9

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-18-2011 02:26:48 | More by tmarq9
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

03-07-2014 23:39:28 | More by bleedsblu
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-23-2011 00:52:01 | More by Rochefort10nh
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King_Charles

Michigan

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-27-2013 01:25:32 | More by King_Charles
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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-21-2011 19:11:25 | More by callmeishmALE
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maxpower

Missouri

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick dark black color, nice lasting tan head, leaves a perfect lace, aroma of chocolate, coffee and nutmeg? Thick and creamy full mouthfeel, coffee and sweet chocolate taste, this may be my favorite stout, its hard to stop at just one, the best stout IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 07:20:48 | More by maxpower
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.3%

04-20-2013 23:25:09 | More by TwoForty
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thebighungry

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-19-2011 20:50:53 | More by thebighungry
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bdeast1

Alabama

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-06-2011 20:48:17 | More by bdeast1
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TATURBO

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-22-2011 15:48:18 | More by TATURBO
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eulerthegrape

California

5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-25-2013 23:53:14 | More by eulerthegrape
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MJR

Missouri

4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kalamazoo Stout pours with a thick, ebony body crowned with a rocky, dense, tan head that shrinks a bit as time wears on. There's a bit of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle...not that it matters, clarity-wise, with a brew this dark.

The main smells I pick up on are full-bodied coffee, a bit of chocolate, molasses, licorice, and roasted barley. Simply taking a sniff breaks down any patience needed to savor this one! The taste is the same as the smell...all sweet coffee and molasses. Rich, thick, roasted perfection-one bottle at a time. This beer has a nice, full body, but not so much as to not require a second pint. Beautiful balance between the various flavors.

This is one of my favorite beers, so maybe I'm a little biased, but this is truly one of the best stouts this planet has to offer!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2002 16:52:26 | More by MJR
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I cant believe I hadn't rated this beer. Nice and dark for a good stout. In fact i like putting this stout in my chili along with the Bells Porter for flavoring purposes. small to medium head. smooth tasting all the way down and really cant ask much more from this stout. Bell's always has fine products this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:07:29 | More by yuenglingfan101
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TechMyst

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355 ml bottle. Consumed on 9-1-06 packaged on 6-15 (info available from website actually). No head, with thin lacing. Faint aroma. Very opaqe deep dark amber (no transmittance). EXCELLENT taste! No conditioning sting, this is bottle conditioned so it’a a REAL ALE. Bitter at start, malt and chocolate in middle, finish is sweet black licorice. Medium mouth feel. Suprising how high the alcohol content is actually. Somewhat filling. Excellently crafted beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:10:31 | More by TechMyst
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Young's Double Chocolate Stout has been a favorite Stout beer, until I tried Kalamazoo Stout. This beer is the Stout of all Stouts. It has a very rich, black color with a brown earthy head. The exceptional smell of deep "roastyness" is unique. You get a slight burnt flavor, yet at the same time, a long lasting and residual chocolatey sweetness. This is not a bitter beer. I highly recommend!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2002 09:01:16 | More by goindownsouth
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. just sniff this! in-your-face roasted grains, oat cream pie. sweet caramel covered strawberries. light maple molasses. earthy yeast and a hint of chemicalliness. flavors of nutmeg and anise are possibly just enduced psychadelia. leaves a nice burnt coffee bean character on your tongue after the sweetness has slid down. full body to say the least, yet it is rediculously drinkable. an amazing beer.

[mad props out to PaulB for the hookup]

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 02:05:22 | More by waughbrew
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep reddish chestnut color, almost black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is very strong with sweet fruits, like cherry and pear. Scents of the finest chocolate in the world tease the nostrils. A bit of hop spiciness mixed in as well. Truly delicious aroma. The taste is strong on dark, bittersweet chocolate. A nice sweetness follows, as well as defined roasted notes. The finish presents more fruity chocolate, with a wisp of smoke. A bit of vanilla is present as well, mixed in with the solid malt flavor in the background. As you can tell, this is one very complex beer. I also sense a bit of nuttiness in there as well. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and shows a moderate body. Not as thick as some sweet stouts, but flavor is what this beer is all about. I would gladly trade a handful of Guinness beers for just one of these. However, I could drink this beer exclusively and soon forget that there was ever any other beer in my life. While each bottle may not last that long, I can see this is the beginning of a long-term relationship with Kalamazoo. Oh, what a beer! Thanks to cretemixer for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 19:08:19 | More by aaronh
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aepb1

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Opaque deep dark brown with a creamy light brown head and light lacing

S- Rich coffee, chocolate and a hint of caramel as well

T- Coffee and roasty malts, chocolaty and creamy

M- Nice balance between carbonation and creaminess. Very full-bodied as a stout should be!

D- Excellent American stout and one of my favorite beers. If I were closer to home (Michigan) and this were more readily available, I'd drink this more often!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 17:47:32 | More by aepb1
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StevieW

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Who's the guy on the label ? Black nothing brown about it. Creamy full tan densly bubbled head. Super smooth Hershey's milk chocolate smell. Taste is a sharpley contrasted yet perfectly balanced combination of smooth, creamy chocolate malt, and slighty burnt bitter coffee charge. There is just a whisper of burnt bitter candied apples, or more like plums. Just a hint of medicinal flavors, but it reminds its a stout, IMO. Hop bitterness finish up quickly, leaving your taste buds, aching for more. Medium bodied, noticable carbonation may set some off, make it too thin or bubbly, less viscous than some stouts, but not me. Felt perfect going down. Overall a creamy super smooth, perfectly balances chocolate sweetness and striking bitterness just at the last second. We've got a winner here. Yep it earns my highest compliment......Magic in a glass !

Part of the MJR Blockbuster deal.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 18:09:37 | More by StevieW
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philberinghele

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Forbidden Pleasures
Mysterious Black Magic
Winter calls for bells

I can not believe that people in Indiana of all places can enjoy what we in the only outpost of civilization in the entire midwest are forbidden. This is the finest stout made. Not quite as black as I would prefer, but if you dim the lights, you will not notice. Easily the most drinkable stout that I have enjoyed and perhaps what made me finally appreciate the genre. Give your guiness to a small child and awake to the good news, BELL'S BEER IS ALIVE!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 02:46:03 | More by philberinghele
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,185 ratings.