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

Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

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2,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 2999
Reviews: 1407
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%

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 northaustin


4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a fat finger of full, even brown head which has long retention and leaves thick stringy lacing.

smell is a very creamy coffee with notes of the brewers licorice adding an extra sweetness.

tastes exactly like the smell. well done.

mouthfeel: very frothy and your mouth is left very comfortable by the silkyness of the beer.

drinkability: highly recommended. thanks to jdv for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 04:09:27 | More by northaustin
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a jet black with a thin tan head with pretty sticky lacing.

S - Caramel and vanilla malts. A bit of roasted nut, but mostly caramel and vanilla.

T - Roasted coffee. Much more malty than the nose would lead you to believe. Really creamy and delicious.

M - Smooth and alive. Cooling. Somewhat thick.

D - Awesome stout. Easy to drink and extremely tasty. Fantastic finish to my around the world tour of a bells variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:44:01 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Landfill21


4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a opaque black and leaves a fingernail head that follows all the way down the glass.

Has a great smell of roasted nuts, coffee, and malt.

Tastes great and has a smooth finish. Would recommend another quality Bell's beverage.

Has a light mouthfeel which makes the drinkibility high. This is a highly complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 19:32:33 | More by Landfill21
Photo of keethrax


4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. Very black. Tan head, decent lacing.

Smell: Roasty, coffee, licorice

Taste. Sweet. Licorice at first, fades into dark chocolate followed up by a mildly bitter coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, closer to medium.

Way back when this was my first stout that wasn't a Guinness. Still one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:18:07 | More by keethrax
Photo of AllThingsNinja


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peering out through its opacity, I was impressed by the depths of the k-zoo stout’s darkness. There wasn’t much head – but the color of the beer almost made up for that failing. The coffee and chocolate aroma drew me deeper in love with this black beauty. The strong flavors of roasted malt provided a foundation for chocolate, coffee, and a few hop notes. It’s a most excellent, full bodied and warming beer. The alcohol doesn’t play on the palate, but it contributes significantly to the mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 19:02:30 | More by AllThingsNinja
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black as crude oil with a monster chocolate-milk coloured foamy head. Very chocolate/coffee like in smell almost like melted, warm chocolate ice cream, and extremely so in taste. Quite tasty! This is my favourite style of brew to begin with, but I'd have to place this one in particular in my top five. The mouth feel is nice and smooth and quite easy to drink. A bit heavy, but so is the nature of the beast. I have yet to have a brew of this style that wasn't a least a little bit heavy. I strongly recommend this to anyone who fancies porters/stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 19:44:49 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of bigbubba


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has a deep black color and a huge brown head. Almost as dark but not as oily looking as an imperial stout. The head leaves heavy lacing. There is a delicious sweet, malty, chocolaty aroma that is very appealing. The taste is great. It starts out sweet, then the chocolaty roasted flavor hits, and it finishes dry with a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is also great. I hate thin tasting stouts but this one has some nice body and a very creamy texture.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 00:03:20 | More by bigbubba
Photo of irishmoss


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours black in the glass with a thick billowing root beer float kind of head that leaves nice patches of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet malts, biscuits, and chocolate. The taste is sweet chocolate and caramel with some hop bitterness and roasted/burnt coffee flavors in the end. Absolutely smooth and velvety across the mouth, medium to full body…very drinkable. Wildly impressed with this stout…

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 05:28:24 | More by irishmoss
Photo of opwog


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now listineing to: Jimi Hendrix - Stone Free

A- Deep dark brown...borders on pure black, with a surprisingly lighter tan head
S- mild aromas of coffee and candy sweetness
T- Awesome taste! Feels like heaven. All the best of this type of stout minus any of the potential overwhelming characteristics.
M- Again, this was perfect! I had had a meal of gamey venison, but followed it up with a bottle of this and it cleared everything away.
D- At 6%, this is one of the more perfect stouts that I have had. I normally go much higher; for imperials, but this had everything in it that I could ever ask for!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 01:04:25 | More by opwog
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Batch 9095, packaged April 16, 2009.

Opaque black pour. A rich, thick mocha head sits on top. Great head retention, sticks around until the very end. Sheets of lacing on the glass. Perfect.

Very nice mixture of sweetness and roast in the nose. The roasted barley and ground coffee bean aroma is front and center, while a sweet cream and chocolate brownie scent surrounds it.

The flavor follows suit. An initial sweetness from chocolate, black licorice and dark fruits gives way to a blast of roastiness. The roasted barley/coffee/hop bitterness is the lasting flavor. I'm not a big roast fanatic, but it's tastefully done here.

The texture and feel of this beer is perfect. Full bodied, rich and thick, much moreso than I'd expect from a 6% stout. This beer is an absolute joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:41:32 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of BeerInReview


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - No light can escape black. 1 finger dark tan head when poured. This dissipated into a thin brown, with a tinge of red, ring of foam. Very little lacing left behind.

S - Roasted malt aroma.

T - My taste buds initially taste sweet malty goodness followed by a hint of chocolate and then a robust roasted malt flavor. The roasted malt taste lingers just long enough on the tongue to make you want to drink more.

M - Medium bodied and low carbonation. It's very smooth.

D - An overall satisfying taste and a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:57:57 | More by BeerInReview
Photo of DrDemento456


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man whats with this brewer an licorice? I kind of hate the taste but here I go.

A - Jet fuel black with at least an inch of cocoa head. Looks pretty impressive.

S - Well you get slight coffee on the nose with chocolate. Can't really smell any licorice but I can't remember what the stuff smells like anyway since I have a cold.

T - The bitterness of the coffee seems to be subdued by the sweetness of the licorice but the bittersweet chocolate leaves the palate bitter at the end. Very solid brew.

M - Medium bodied and enjoyable.

D - Well I did like it and may pick up a six pack in the future but it defiantly treated me better than the batch 9,000. Soild stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 05:09:45 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of nkersten


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Thick black with a small tan head that turns into a cap with some great lacing. Smell is burnt sugar, roasted malts, sweet black licorice, spicy hops. Taste is spicy hops and roasted malts up front, some burnt flavors, coffee, and licorice in the background. Mouthfeel is medium body and rich, finish is slightly dry and clean. This is a delicious beer and easily my favorite american stout, right up there with Shakespeare stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:23:39 | More by nkersten
Photo of mikeborglum


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a thick brown with tight, tiny-bubbled head; pitch black in color; faint smoke, a hint of licorice; a lot of roasted and charred burnt taste going on; A nice creamy smooth full body, coffee flavor with the presence of carbonation and alcohol. Finishes bittersweet with a long, lingering char flavor that keeps on coming.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:07:23 | More by mikeborglum
Photo of doubleipa


4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect big black, creamy head. I don't think it could be any more black. Great roasted coffee and chocolate. Nothing atypical with respect to sweet Stouts. Flavor was perfect. No bite or alcohol taste. Very, very smooth. This got even better as it warmed up. I wish more brewers would brew this type of stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 20:24:43 | More by doubleipa
Photo of alexgash


4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be my 50th bottle of Kalamazoo Stout, but this is the first time I have sat down to review it formally. Inky dark brown to almost black, as always, with a thick, yet soft looking, cocoa brown head. Nose is chocolate powder, dark-roasted coffee, a little molasses, a hint of tobacco and vanilla, and an herbal hop edge. Toasted, nutty bitterness up front. Slightly numbing herbal hops in the background, with sweetening dark chocolate and earthy peat. Sugary mocha, with extra shots of espresso and caramel try to nullify the roasted herbal bitterness. Finish is long and chocolatey. Full-body for the strength, with a spritzy, bottle-conditioned feel. Excellent, as always. Here’s to the next 50!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 18:14:51 | More by alexgash
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with a nice mocha colored head which fades after a minute or so leaving some pretty nice lacing.

S: I spy...licorice, oh yeah, coffee and chocolate with a nice but very subtle dark fruit note

T: I initially receive a prominent coffee and roast note and then whammy..that licorice kicks in and shines. Love it. Some chocolatey undertones as well, then you get a licorice and some dark fruits. A good blend and balance on flavor.

M: Medium-full to full body, creamy and smooth with a dry finish.

O: Outstanding single American stout! This beer is very robust and complex for a single 6 ABV stout. It has more depth and flavor than many Imperial Stouts I have had. The licorice is well balanced as is this beer in general. Slam dunk for Bells.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 17:26:46 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of noahallington


4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of coffee and chocolate enticed as a thick, foamy head formed on the thick, dark black beer. The taste is very roasted malty and sweet, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The aftertaste is pleasantly sweet. This stout was so sweet to me that I could see myself drinking this as a digestif/dessert type beer. But the roasty stoutness complements the sweetness well.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 23:22:45 | More by noahallington
Photo of aracauna


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour. Deep black with dark tan head that looks almost sandy, but feels so creamy. It's a roll call of dark malt flavors and aromas: caramel and chocolate being dominate, but with an undercurrent and finish of burnt bitterness. Low to no coffee, though. Incredible stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 23:48:46 | More by aracauna
Photo of Gusler


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour as dark as they come with an extravagant head, a large olde frothy "Thang", long lasting and chocolate brown in color with the lace in voluptuous sheets. Nose, coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, ah yes my friends one "Sniffable Beer". Front malt, sweet, the top portly, the finish is benignly acidic, stupendously hopped, lordly dry. It's a good thing that I have to beg borrow and steal these beers, as my total would be much less as why sample the rest, when you can have the best. #10 of their beers sampled, not a "loser in the bunch". Trust the olde spavined "Gusler", when I tell you this line of beers is phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 17:25:54 | More by Gusler
Photo of nomad


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured damn dark with light mocha colored, very bubbly foamy head. Smell was a roast scent sweeter and less coarse in dynamic than most roasty beers - even still, it was a dark and heavy roast smell. Seemed like a milkier coffee – like coffee ice cream. Intensely dark and malty but intensely roasty, it was also almost rosy and oaky like a wine with dark fruit tones. Great balance.

Taste was dark and roasty, as it slowly coated my mouth with the tasty mouth-watering flavor: chocolate and coffee mixed together, fabulous balance of dark and sweet malts, bitter hops, and roasted barley. Not too thick a mouthfeel, this beer's flavor went everywhere in one setting while being equally centered and complementary. Deep without being an abyss, simple but presenting rich round flavors - such attributes are a rare find.

Much more a session than most stouts, and that’s the icing on the cake of milk stouts. An all-time favorite, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 19:41:17 | More by nomad
Photo of sevineyes


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a tan label.

A: Nice frothy dark brown head. Man this stuff is black. Light only gets through the very corners of the glass and there it's a rich brown. Leaves great lacing.

S: Dominantly sweet nose. Brown sugar. Milk chocolate.

T: Such a great taste. Thick fudge-like chocolates. Semi-sweet chocolates. Big roasty flavor. Burnt caramel. Toffee. In the finish it gets balanced by some deep bitterness that brings out some dry charcoal-like elements. Aftertaste is a great, but not overpowering, bitterness that lingers along with bits and pieces of the initial sweet. This lasts for minute after minute.

M: Big bodied, thick and creamy. Exceptionally smooth.

Overall: Ok, the smell seems like the odd man out for this beer. Everything else is so perfect that the aroma pales in comparison. Even at that, the aroma is still good. All I can say is: if you don't drink this beer, I'll pick up the slack..

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 02:08:27 | More by sevineyes
Photo of Iguana


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearence - Poured jet black with a beautiful 1 inch tan head, looked good from the get go.

Smell - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Smells great for a stout.

Taste - WOW, Coffee/roasted malt are massively strong in the flavor and I love it. Hint of dark chocolate. A must try for any stout lover.

Mouthfeel - Amazingly smooth, creamy, just perfect for the beer.

Drinkability- Glad my parents grabbed me 2 bottles when they were in Michigan, sadly I cant find this stuff locally but man is it good. It would be a regular in my mixed 6 packs if I could find it locally.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 01:42:10 | More by Iguana
Photo of phishgator


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Large creamy, thick, tan head that stays forever. The color is opaque and murky. The aroma is a nice roasted chocolate with a licorice twist. The taste follows suit. Big creamy, choclate, roasted highlights, slight astrigent bite once the beer is in your mouth (hop bitterness), and that licorice flavor pulls through. The body is medium and oooh so creamy smooth. A great brew that I can enjoy a couple in a sitting. Maybe my favorite stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 13:46:33 | More by phishgator
Photo of hellcatsjg


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with small tan head that mostly disappears quickly. Good looking stout here.

Smell: Chocolates and roasted coffee aromas mix with a good licorice smell. Also nice.

Taste: Very good tasting stout. You first get the chocolates and roasted coffee and toffee. After a moment, you get the licorice. Not overwhelming the other flavors but mingling well and sticking around long after the others. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick, just what you would want from this style. Leaves a pleasant burnt licorice taste behind. May not sound that good but it tasted good.

Drinkability: Very smooth and tasty. That meants highly drinkable. Lower alcohol content makes this a beer you could have a few of. Will definitely be searching this out again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 01:12:40 | More by hellcatsjg
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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