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

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3,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,561
Reviews: 1,442
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 156
Gots: 311 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

dannyfayy, Apr 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

ptarmigan98, Dec 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Dave_Treat, Sep 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

nyclee, Feb 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Cris4545, Nov 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

JBarx, Aug 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

gonger, Dec 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

MOVERTON1284, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
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 -33.4%
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
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2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
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
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Spartan13, Sep 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

FullObs, Oct 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

kraticus41, Mar 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

cwkash, Sep 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

gamecock74, Apr 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

osuskin, Jul 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 9801

A- Pours charcoal black into my DFH glass. A thin whisp of a head fades quickly and leaves little pools of dark tan foam lying on the surface. This one lies pretty flat with no carbonation to speak of.

S- Licorice and coffee candy are the first things that hit the nose. Has some spicy notes of Birch Beer/Root Beer. Lots of roasted chocolate maltiness. Not as lively in the nose as I was hoping for.

T- Day old iced coffee, licorice, chocolate twizzlers, and root beer hard-candy. Some charred malt, no hops at all. Not a whole lot going on here.

M- Like licorice water. I've had iced coffee thicker than this. This is pretty limp. No body, creaminess, or carbonation.

O- Hard to believe that the same brewer that makes Expedition, makes this watered down, flat stout. I guess I can tick this off the list and never be wanting one again.

Thickfreakness, Apr 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Bice4, Feb 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

TheDoctor, Feb 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

atpca, Nov 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

dheldman, Nov 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

alltakn, May 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Mississippi, Mar 26, 2014
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 3,561 ratings.