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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

3,463 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,463
Reviews: 1,439
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 157
Gots: 288 | 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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Photo of Bighuge
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.

Bighuge, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of semihobo
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?

semihobo, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of ohiobeer29
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

ohiobeer29, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of treeslothguy
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

treeslothguy, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

TheBigBoy, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Jade
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

Jade, May 23, 2013
Photo of kbraniga
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.

kbraniga, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of AleYes
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.

AleYes, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of dannyfayy
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

dannyfayy, Apr 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

ptarmigan98, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Dave_Treat, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of nyclee
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

nyclee, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Cris4545
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Cris4545, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of JBarx
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

JBarx, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of gonger
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

gonger, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
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.

jtierney89, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Floydster
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

Floydster, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of pweis909
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

pweis909, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of Spartan13
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Spartan13, Sep 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

FullObs, Oct 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

kraticus41, Mar 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

cwkash, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of gamecock74
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

gamecock74, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of osuskin
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

osuskin, Jul 21, 2013
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,463 ratings.