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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

3,736 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,736
Reviews: 1,468
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 170
Gots: 397 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a bottle and the tan head and the black beer seemed right on for the style. The aroma was subdued, but that is what I expect from a stout. There was a little bit of roast, however. The flavor was little sweeter and a little less dry than I'd expect from a non-imperial stout. At 6% abv, it is a little stronger than some traditional stouts, but I still felt like a drier and more roasted profile would be better. I saw that they added licorice to it, so maybe this has something to do with it. I'd definitely have this one again, but there are others that I like more.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Been wanting to try this for a while, especially because the "brewer's licorice" addition sounds intriguing. Bottling date is listed as "02/06/13," but I'm sure it's no problem.

Pours a nearly opaque, blackened color that's ideal in a stout, with an off-khaki head that resembles the foaminess from freshly brewed coffee or a mocha of sorts. Head retention is rather good, as it lasts even as it settles down to a ring from the initial coating. Lacing is pretty much inexistent, but carbonation lasts a good long while. To me, this has the thickness and viscosity of a solid stout, and as a result gets endearing reaction from me.

The aroma is chock-filled with all kinds of aromas found in my favorite basic stouts (as well as some variations), only backed up by a slight sweetness from the alcohol. Roasted baker's chocolate, slight roasted espresso characteristics, light anise or licorice, as well as vanilla or baking spice of sorts. The malts come off as a rich dark bready flavor that compliment the roasted flavors well. The hops hold together things well with slight herbal, floral bitterness. Really nice stuff - well balanced and not too astringent.

The flavor is immediately predominant with notes of roasted chocolate and coffee, as well as slight sweetness of anise, vanilla, and herbal notes from the hops. The malts are pretty thickened and sweet, and although they produce a soy saucy flavor as this gets warmer, they are very flavorful and pleasant. Quite astringent and bready at first - took a while to get through the first 6oz as a result of its heartiness. Still, the flavors are really solid, and I in particular love the light anise notes that open up. Very flavorful and satisfying to drink, only a bit heavy.

I really enjoyed this - why does their porter lack the same dynamic, flavorful, and creamy qualities this has? This could pare well with a lot of food and desserts, and works well on its own. I hope to seek out more beers from Bell's that are more on this level for sure.

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