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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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1,494 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,494
Hads: 3,979
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 180
Gots: 517 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.
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Reviews: 1,494 | Hads: 3,979
Photo of fisherman34
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in colour with a fair amount of carbonation and a very dark head. The aromas are generally sweet and malty, with notes of milk chocolate and a bit of plum. The flavors are quite roasty, and suggest coffee, molasses, caramel, and a bit more chocolate. I could also detect a bit of hop flavor as well, but most of the bitterness comes from the roasted malts. Massive body to this one too

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours a dark inky brown that is opaque with a dark tan head that is very creamy.

S- Tie smell of roasted sweet malt and some toasted malts make this aroma thick. A faint hint of coffee and some molasses are in the background.

T- The taste of earthy roasted malt and some slight sourness with a faint sweetness blend together. A faint hop bitterness finishes this beer. The sweet roasted malt lingers after the finish.

M-This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a very faint creaminess.

D- This milk stout has nice character but it is missing some depth that would really add to its flavor. I would like to see some more creaminess in the mouthfeel. Nice stout non the less.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Riley's here in Madison, tried it just after Bell's Java Stout (which was amazing by the way). A tough act to follow.

Pours jet black with some sediment. Nice creamy tall head which stays for a while. Smells lightly malty sweet, with some bittersweet coffe/chocolate and also rather fruity. Taste, surprisingly reminded me of bittersweet apple cider, maybe some grapes. Not nearly as "roasty" as the back of the bottle might have implied. Quite interesting. Mouthfeel was thinish, but smooth. Quite drinkable, but not outstanding. Java Stout just blows this out of the water. Not bad by any means, a decent fruity, sweet stout and a solid offering from Bell's which has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. Ruby choco-head. Scant lacing. Not very populous from a bubble standpoint. Still looks stout yummy licious.

Smell. Not overly pungent. Stout smells. Milk stout impressions are visible in nose vision. Chococoffee. Go figure.

Tastes are not overly defined. Rather laid back and utterly drinkable. Fairly thick body makes the K-Zoo forceful, yet not bullying. This is fine, but it is not going to make headlines. I love stouts of imperial stature. I cannot remove them from my mind as I review this beer. As a common stout this one will do. I would prefer something more over the top though. Might as well go BIG.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark completely opaque black like a cloudless night just past 11. An insanely large, brown head fills the glass.

Very rich, dry smell. Coffee and roasted malt bitterness.

Sweet-stout sweetness up front. Sour and grainy, the zip of cream going back into sour chocolate, ending in roasted malt and coffee. Not that complex, but very tasty.

Another great beer from Bell's.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil black with a small dark tan head. Smells of chocolate, cream, and toffee. Taste is sweet and creamy. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, and smooth. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. It is flavorful but not overpowering in the way most stouts can be.

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Photo of brewQ
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truly a black beer- just a tinge of red on the edges of the pour.
Tightly knit caramel colored head- darker than some beers by itself!

Chocolate and coffeee notes rise from this roasted malt brew.
Not nearly as intimidating to the taste as it might appear-.

Keep sippin- you'll find a nice even coating without cloying at the finish.
A different kind of drinkability.

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Photo of Bang34
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts.

It pours dark, almost black with a thick brown head that sticks around for a while.

Smell is chocolaty coffee, with a hint of oats, the malt comes through.

Tastes pretty sweet and chocolaty but also has a dry hoppiness on the finish. Not as creamey as a chocolate stout but sweeter than a dry stout. Some may call it burnt, but I think that is going too far, I feel it is pretty balanced.

Medium body, though it isn't really a session beer, best enjoyed a couple at a time.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours darker than any milk stout I've ever had, with a nice, rich light chocolate colored head.

Smell: The smell is a semi-strong mix of sweet and roasted notes with a nice bitter backbone.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This is by far the strongest milk stout I've ever taste. Hugely complex with wonderful chocolate and roasted notes. The bittersweet flavor is killer and compliments the incredible depth and complexity of the coffee/chocolate taste. The mouthfeel is ruch and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a killer stout. One of the better offerings from Bell's. I like this much more than their double cream stout. This one offers more complexity and richness, while still being highly drinkable. Good stuff!!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NeroFiddled for the trade, the beer pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The smell is big coffe aroma (expresso or something strong), chocolate, cream and a roasted background, a very nice and complex aroma. The taste is very similar to the expedition but toned down alot (personally I thought the expedition was slighly overwhelming) which is definaetly a good thing because i can pick up the flavors more easily. The taste begins with a big coffee note which is followed by flavors of lightly sweetened dark chocolate, cream, a sweet molasses like flavor and a slightly bitter roasted malt and hops finish. Really a well executed stout, kind of like a mini expedition (or maybe the expedition stout is the giant kalamazoo stout) but really tasty, and complex enough to satisfy even the biggest beer snob, lightly sweet but the finish is bitter to balance the brew quite well. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy (appropriate for the style) and the drinkability if pretty high.

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Photo of mportsch
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass completely black with a fizzy brown head that dissipates quickly into a fine film with good lacing. Beer looks thinner than I expected.

Smell: Odors are fairly subtle... roasted malts shine through.

Taste: My first sip made me think 'smoky', but as I drink I get a roasty flavor and a touch of sweetness that seems pretty balanced. Aftertaste is bitter, leaving your mouth feeling dry. Tastes very good!

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium to heavy body that could be just a bit fuller.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy. Definitely could session if one were so inclined.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Deep dark brown, big tan head, bordering on brown. Decent lacing. Nice roasty coffee aroma, with hints of chocolate and lots of roasty grains. Nice full bodied roasty flavor. Hints of coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Roasty bitterness lingers on the palate. This is exceingly drinkable for a stout lover. Rich and satisfying. I think the best of the style.

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Photo of whynot44
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full bodied, very dark coffee color with a large dark tan head.

Aroma is dark roasted malt and coffee.

Taste is along the same lines, sweet smoky roasted malt, rich coffee, caramel and maybe some dark chocolate, finishing with a touch of hops.

Creamy smooth, very drinkable.

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Photo of malty
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck - no freshness date.

Beautiful light beige head sits on an opaque dark brown liquid with faint dark mahogony highlights. Gorgeous thick lacing all the way down.

Scent is of fresh real cream, nice rounded roasted malts. Scent is subtle but very fresh.

Flavors are round and very balanced first-off. Milky chocolate and fresh cream (again). The hops accompany the finish nicely with a calm, dry ending. Balanced, balanced, balanced.

Mouthfeel if fluffy with a moderate amount on cabonation. Medium bodied and gentle all the way through.

Drinkability is very good due to it's medium body and reasons to follow.

Overall this stout can be many things to different palates. What I mean is, this stout really 'breathes'. The flavors have enough 'space' between them that leave room for many interpretations. I love it for it's subtleties - soft, silky, fluffy and a tad dry - but never chalky. Not sweet but very creamy. Roasted malts but not burnt or coffeeish. Probably the perfect balance between a milk and dry stout - a marriage of the two styles, if you will. I most definitely will be trying this throughout the year to experience more nuances I might detect. A true flagship from Bell's.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a khaki colored head. Milk chocolatey aroma mixed coffee and roastedness. Very creamy bittersweet chocolately taste, with plenty of roasted character. Some hops bite out admist the huge malty smoothness. Finish is roasted dry, with a lingering coffee like aftertaste. Very pleasant to sip and admire the finish. Definitely another good stout from Bell's, who I have come to respect as talented in the stout field.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/18/05- Received as a gift from BA member Spinlock.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Reaper pint glass.

Appearance- Fairly black in color with a nice 1/2 inch head and average lacing.

Smell- Nice and sweet with a bit of roasted scent.

Taste- Yummy sweetness with a nice chocolate kick. Maybe a tiny bit of coffee and nicely rounded malt texture.

Mouthfeel- Mouthcoating chocolate as it warms. Lower carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the best stouts I have had. Creeping fairly close to Stone IRS. Wish I had easy access to these. I've been damn lucky with stouts and porters as of recent.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out thick and dark with a dark brown head. Sweet malty aroma with some chocolate. The aroma is good, but not strong enough. The flavor is very strong, with a big malty flavor up front, followed by chocolate and a solid roasted flavor. Full mouthfeel, mikshake like in the consistency and the sweet flavor. Highly drinkable too. This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is as dark as beer comes, it is blacker than black, the same color as coca-cola. The head is toffee colored. It starts off full and rocky but thins out to about a quarter-inch. It lasts all the way down.

The beer has one of the strongest scents I have come across. As I swirled it in the glass a lady across the room who doesn't like beer complained that she could smell it. One whiff of this and you know you have a stout in front of you. Roasted malt and coffee pull through stronger than anything else. There is also a really sweet smell that I cannot put my finger on.

As soon as this beer hit my lips I was in another world. I am a stout lover and this is one of the best I have come across. I am hit with a sweet caramel flavor along with the roasted malt. It is perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. But beware, this beer has a lot of everything. As strong as the scent is the flavor has twice the potency.

The mouthfeel was luxurious. It was rich and creamy, is this a beer or a milkshake? After I swallowed each gulp I was left with carbonation dancing on my tongue.

For being as full as it is this beer is extremely drinkable. I had three of these in one session tonight and I had to resist the urge to open a fourth. The alcohol is not apparent, it might be easy to get in trouble with this beer. I found myself having a hard time taking polite sips. You'll want to gulp this one. A great offering from Bells stellar lineup.

I notice my review is higher than many of the others. Maybe being in Michigan I have the chance to get this beer a lot fresher than BAs out of state.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real treat, sampled at a recent homebrew club meeting. It' sblacker than India ink, and twice as thick. Topped off with a blob of brown head resembling a melted Hershey bar. Lacing is thick and clumpy.

A sniff reveals deep, dark, roasty malts, followed by chocolate and coffee. There's a bit of perfumed, flowery hops and plenty of plumprunes, and other dark fruit.

Mmm, all that and then some! Very roasty-sweet initially, then a balancing act of bittersweet chocolate and smokey French Roast coffee takes over.

Mouthfeel is luch, creamy, and luxurious. Carbonation is very light, which suits this style just fine. Delicious in every respect. More please.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine example of a sweet stout. Nothing about it is particularly outlandish or what not, but it is just very well balanced and easy drinking, a real pleasure to say the least.

Pours a rich a dark black with a medium toned brown head to match, a thin slice of which stays throughout. Nose is rich and dark, chocolate, roast, nuts, malt and cream. Flavor is sticky and rich. Roast and malt dominates the whole ordeal. Coffee and cream in the back that sticks on the palate long after swallowing. Mouthfeel is generous and rich, not overly thick but quintessential stout nontheless. Very well balanced, just enough hop bite to take the edge off.

This is easily a staple type beer, I could drink myself under the table with these, easily.


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Photo of gimmehead
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a nice mocha colored head and decent lacing. The nose is smoky and bittersweet. Tastes much like the nose: smoky roasted malts, sweet sugar, bittersweet chocolate, and a slightly salty, hoppy balance. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The perfect balance between bitterness and cloying sweetness. Best stout I've had in a while.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes…

Black in hue, it is damn dark. When backlit there is a slight dark brown highlight around the edges. The color is beyond ideal. The head was brunette in color; the tightly compacted bubbles formed a head of two fingers in height. The head retention was excellent and the tight cap lasted forever. There was some spotty subsequent lacing, clingy. The appearance is good. The nose is soft and well-rounded, it smells like espresso with milk and a side of gourmet chocolate. Lightly acidic. The potency is moderate. I like what this beer is saying. It is fairly complex for they style but straightforward. It is pleasant to sniff. The palate matches the nose perfectly; softly roasty malts supply some coffee notes and kisses of chocolate. Milky sweetness. Dry finish with a long, roasted coffee bean aftertaste. I’m sure this beer would be killer with cheesecake. The palate is a bit straightforward but it is plenty tasty! Balanced. Medium in body, low but natural carbonation with a pleasant creamy mouthfeel, it feels right for this beer. This beer is very drinkable and quite sessionable if you’re a stout fan. Well, it should be noted that the 6.5% abv is not really conducive to drinking a six-pack at once. It if is any consolation the alcohol is hidden in the taste… maybe it would bypass your brain as well? Just a thought. It is no frills but good overall. It is more roasty and dry than say Mackeson Triple XXX Stout, both are good beers but both offer different interpretations on the Sweet Stout style. I obtained a six-pack of Bell’s Pale Ale and I drank five of them, I went to review the last bottle and this is what I pulled out! Bastards! Oh well, payback is a bitch as I’ve substituted beers before. This was purchased in Kansas City, MO. It is a solid beer.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of feloniousmonk
Poured into a Stone Imperial Stout glass. Pours black as night. One finger, tan head. Good lacing.
Smell is very roasty, a little bit of chocolate, and some coffee in there as well. It smells a little bit like it might be a tad oxidized.
Taste shows no oxidation at all, so perhaps that's just me. Taste is very much focused on coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of hop bitterness.
This is a nice, full-flavored stout. I'm not disappointed with this one at all.

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Photo of ahking
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great drinkable stout! One of the best tasting and balanced stouts I have ever had. Smooth, malty, roasty with a hint of chocolate. These flavors really come out as it warms. A nice 6.50% ABV. Pours rather thick (but not too thick) with a creamy-tan head. Lacing goes all the way down the glass. Recommended!

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Photo of deejaydan
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Cellar temp, in an Imperial nonick Pint glass.

One inch to an inch and a half head on this dark beauty. Wonderful lacing as well. Toffee aroma. I'd expect a bit more roastiness in the aroma for a stout, but that's just me. Taste is okay, a bit of the bells yeast funk going on, roasted flavors are rather muted as well. Mouthfeel is good and coating. This isn't a bad stout by any streach of the imagination, but it fails to "wow" me.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.