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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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very good

3,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,734
Reviews: 1,468
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 170
Gots: 395 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.
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Ratings: 3,734 | Reviews: 1,468
Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of tmarq9
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of bleedsblu
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of King_Charles
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of callmeishmALE
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of maxpower
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of TwoForty
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of thebighungry
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of MJR
4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

Photo of TechMyst
4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.94/5  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.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.92/5  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!

Photo of aaronh
4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of waughbrew
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
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]

Photo of StevieW
4.87/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of aepb1
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
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!

Photo of philberinghele
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
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!!!

Photo of ppoitras
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 1" mocha-hued head above an opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense head has good staying power, and laced tremendously. Aroma is of coffee and choco malts, with a bit of milk sweetness that rounds it out nicely. The taste is follows the aroma's map, and the sweetness really rounds out the flavor on the palate. Don't know where that 6.5% is hiding, but it was cloaked with some artistic brewing. If I had to find a fault, I think the mouthfeel is a bit thin for such a hearty brew, but this is really nit-picking. One of the best stouts I've enjoyed, just wish it was more widely available.

Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a full creamy brown/dark brown head, decent carbonation, lasting low head, and leaves nice lace sheets. Big rich roasty malt aromas. Big roasty malt flavors with a good bit of sweetness and dark chocolate tones. Full-medium bodied with a big smooth creaminess and a nice roasty sweet finish.

Big and bold... let it warm a bit.

Per Label: "Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice"

Per Bell's website:
OG: 1.063
ABV: 6.0%

Batch # 7752 ('6286' lasered on bottom)
Bottled: 12/01/06 (per case box)
Tasted: 01/20/07

($8.49 / 6-pack)

Photo of proc
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-rate: 12/27/02...This is my go-to stout.

It is a staple of my 'fridge.

It is my beer comfort zone.

This is one of the best stouts anywhere. Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a brown head that reminds your of caramel. The smell is that of coffee, molasses and hops. Yes, hops. Bell's put enough in to let you know its one robust stout. Wonderful roasted malt with that hop kick at the end that make you want another.

ORIGINAL RATING: One of my all-time favorites. Even better if you get it on tap at the Bell's Beer Garden. Nice, rich taste of molasses and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Bell's knows their stouts.

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