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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

3,241 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,241
Reviews: 1,424
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 147
Gots: 227 | FT: 10
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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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.1/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a creamy brown head. This beer has an off aroma. Smells like b.o. a little bit. A little rancid. Not pleasant at all. The flavor is off as well. Not enjoyable at all. It's stale tasting (but it's in their new packaging so I'm assuming it's actually relatively fresh). Off. Sour. Sour even for Bell's. Nothing enjoyable about this beer at all.

Damn, I wish Bell's would get their shit together already. I'm sick of getting "off" beers from them.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 05:04:13 | More by Bighuge
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semihobo

Michigan

2.23/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Time to drink this, batch 8652 from July.

Thick, black, totally opaque. Gorgeous head that forms a meniscus on the glass before slowly dropping, leaving sheets on the sides as it does.

Smells of a locker room: sweat and mice. Stale coffee and a faint bit of earthy hops. Burnt chocolate emerges as it warms.

Astringent and much drier than expected. Toasted whole wheat, overwarmed acidic coffee, tobacco... these sharp, smoky herbal flavors could be the licorice? Tough to recognize without the signature sweetness of licorice candy. Moderate dull hop bitterness on the finish.

Thick body, fairly creamy mouthfeel with a gentle but peppery carbonation.

Tastes like old musty cigar smoke... this is slightly below average for the style. Maybe some sweetness for balance or some other dimensions?

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 02:25:34 | More by semihobo
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

08-27-2013 05:07:41 | More by ohiobeer29
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treeslothguy

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

06-21-2014 22:48:36 | More by treeslothguy
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

11-12-2012 02:42:34 | More by TheBigBoy
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Jade

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

05-23-2013 00:59:14 | More by Jade
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kbraniga

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The flavor of this beer, after the coffee-chocolate of a good stout, was vegetal and over-mashed. It left an unpleasant bitterness inside my mouth. While I love licorice, it did not blend with the taste of the stout, and did not improve the experience. I have enjoyed arrogant bastard and nosferatu, and the bitterness did not work to the beer's advantage. This beer was not well executed and I had no desire to finish it.

Served cold from bottle into glass, leaving yeast in bottle. 2 fingers of beautiful tan head that lingered for 15 minutes. Great black color. Initial taste was fine with the licorice adding an interesting layer, followed by one of the worst lingering tastes I have ever experienced in a beer. The mouthfeel was viscous without being dense. I could not drink more than 1/2 of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 05:45:33 | More by kbraniga
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AleYes

Virginia

2.48/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The label on the back not describing the beer should've been a good clue. Opened cold - tasted - wasn't much, but it is a stout, so of course I let it warm up. At cool still not impressive. Up to about 55 degrees and still a flat, slightly watery unimpressive stout. It poured dark, giving me hope. Head was flat and dissipated quickly. Had light milk chocolate and coffee flavors, and hints of more complex flavors, but it never got there. The flavors didn't meld, was unveven in the mouth. Light mouthfeel, neither sweet nor bitter. Would not recommend it to a serious stout drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 23:52:01 | More by AleYes
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dannyfayy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

04-29-2014 16:42:54 | More by dannyfayy
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

12-29-2013 05:49:11 | More by ptarmigan98
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

09-06-2012 00:34:58 | More by Dave_Treat
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nyclee

New York

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

02-11-2014 22:45:24 | More by nyclee
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Cris4545

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

11-04-2012 00:43:20 | More by Cris4545
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JBarx

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

08-19-2012 22:03:30 | More by JBarx
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gonger

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

12-24-2011 22:10:15 | More by gonger
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black color with a thick mocha head. Rich cocoa nibs and chocolate on the nose with touches of asphalt and anisette. Bitter black coffee as well.

On the fuller side of medium bodied. A little watery in certain parts of the mouth; underneath the tongue and on the finish. Slight sweetness balanced by a pronounced bitterness that lingers a little while. Flavors are a lot like whats on the nose. Licorice plays a big part in the finish but other wise everything's pretty subdued.

A drinkable stout but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 05:17:56 | More by jtierney89
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Floydster

California

2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with MuenchenerKindl, thanks for providing this generous extra

Split with my friend tonight, poured into my Ommegang glass agressively

Color was pretty black but could faintly see through it in the light, light tan head that was about a half inch tall and stuck around for close to ten minutes surprisingly, not much lacing

Smell had black licorice unfortunately which was an immediate heads up for me, some dark roasted malt, faint chocolate aroma, also some small scents of caramel and milk

Taste was a little nasty in my opinion even though the licorice was not as powerful as it was in the smell, not enough chocolate to balance it still though, some hoppiness used in attempt to settle the malt down but it failed in my opinion, could not really tell what kind of hops were used either, thought this would be much sweeter but it was just a weird dry and funky stout overall

Body was pretty thin and highly carbonated, taste went away pretty quickly as well, definitely not a creamy mouthfeel like the Double Cream I drank before this

Could not drink more than another bottle of this if that, too heavy, alcohol is low but it is filling, the black licorice taste makes it hard to get down as well, not very drinkable, not smooth

Pretty disappointed with this one for the most part, do not think it measures to any of the other Bell's stouts I have tried, not worth seeking out if this beer is unavilable to you like it is for me, stick with some of the other Bell's brews

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 06:53:11 | More by Floydster
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pweis909

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma – nothing strong, but smells remind me of molasses and chocolate, but also off aromas, like metal and rotten egg.

Dryer taste than the porter, no hops, dry finish. Bland

Texture seems thin, unimpressive.

Appearance is like porter, but with fuller head with large bubbles that are quick to dissapate.

My most disappointing Bells brew. I will give it another try sometime, as it seems like I had a bad bottle (see aroma). The Bells Porter beat this stout handsdown.

EDIT: Just read some other reviews and I don't seem to be the only one who has found the smell off-putting. Could be a more extensive problem

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 18:11:17 | More by pweis909
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Spartan13

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

09-10-2013 08:15:09 | More by Spartan13
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

03-08-2012 23:56:42 | More by beerFool28607
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FullObs

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

10-25-2012 23:00:52 | More by FullObs
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kraticus41

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

03-28-2014 02:12:34 | More by kraticus41
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cwkash

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

09-01-2013 20:30:03 | More by cwkash
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gamecock74

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

04-15-2012 16:01:22 | More by gamecock74
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osuskin

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

07-21-2013 21:44:24 | More by osuskin
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,241 ratings.