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

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3,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,665
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 165
Gots: 352 | FT: 9
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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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a thick creamy medium colored tan head that leaves lacing all around the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malt with some cocoa. The taste is roasted malts with a semi-sweet and bitter finish. Overall, this is a solid stout that is recommended.

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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Landmark 1850.

Starring Bell's Kalamazoo Stout as...Blacula! Big, rocky, determined chocolate-colored head--about as good as a stout can look. Smells fairly caramelly and lactose-sweet, but not really strongly of anything. Tastes strongly of toffee, a roasted, buttery sweetness, with a little hint of rotten prunes and raisins underneath. Yeah, diacetyl+roasted+caramel=toffee. Mouthfeel is nice and full, creamy. Overall, easy to drink, but not especially interesting. The Java Stout is better.

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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - VERY little head, very dark coffee color.

S - It is a little mettalic smelling, but still fine.

T - Once again metallic at first then dry. coffee, hoppy, and bubbly, bitter finish.

M - Maybe a tad too much carbonation for me.

D - Easy to drink..a step above the norm.
I liked it enough to drink it again, but I won't seek it out.

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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Motor oil with a sandy tan head that leaves no lacing. Also a little more retention would be welcome.

S: Big burnt chocolate with roasted malts. The liquorice and alcohol wend their way to the top of the glass together as the glass warms.

T: Bittersweet chocolate up front with a smokey charcoal backdrop. Anise is a bit more pronounced in the mouth, but it never demands the entire stage. A slight metallic swallow.

M: Thick and rich with low/medium carbonation. Good stuff.

D: I loved this beer, Bells has yet to disappoint me.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from Beeradvocate Magazine March 07.

A bit of a cult classic for Stout lovers, the label states, "Stout Brewed with Brewers Licorice." Okay, it's got our interest.

Pours out a thick brown with a tight, tiny-bubbled head. Head retention is above average. Pretty much pitch black in color--there is no light shining through this liquid. Charred-wood aroma with faint smoke, a hint of licorice, mineral and a kiss of black currant in the back. Primo smoothness sets the full-bodied tone. Big on char and burnt flavors, with just enough astringency to play off the malt underneath, and not so much that it ruins the palate. The licorice adds a complex top layer unlike any other beer we've had. Hints of fruit, burnt toffee, baker's chocolate and dark roast coffee in the middle. Finishes bittersweet with a long, lingering char flavor that the palate just can't shake.

Yeah, we can see why this beer has cult status. This Stout is so robust, you can almost chew it. Big thumbs up for the subtle and artful addition of licorice. For a pairing, try some rosemary beer-braised lamb lollipops, or even an old-fashioned pot roast.

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Not bad at all, it has the substance that you look for in a lower abv stout.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,665 ratings.