Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
very roasted malts, sweet and bitter. The rich cream is an attributeand supports the Creamy head. chocolate malts, expresso coffee but not overpowering. Some anise and other oils. Before dinner, after dinner. Had a bottle after 20 months and enjoyed its pure roasty stout, but downgraded it a bit.
Had this again after three years and it really hits the spot, often imitated never copied. Bitterness is so well controlled by roast and malt, not overwhelming coffee either.
06-03-2004 00:32:06 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev -9%
Very dark, brown foam, no light gets through. Decent retention with alright lacing.
Smell is of alcohol and roast. Mildly complex but not much there.
Flavor is heavy on the roast. Theres a dry bitterness and a nutty aftertaste. The only sweetness that comes through is at the end of the aftertaste.
Body is medium/heavy and oily. More suited to a double stout but where does it say that milk stouts can't be thick? Definitely drinkable if you like roast and coffee flavors, I don't however.
10-15-2008 03:10:20 | More by t0rin0
3.63/5 rDev -9%
Thanks to shrek086 for sending me this one!
Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one on the drink down. Smell is of uncooked bread dough, slight chocolate, and oddly enough a bit like playdough. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some mild coffee bean flavors. I am not getting licorice in either the smell or taste. A mild roasty bitterness quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a nice bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but nothing that great in the long run. I enjoy the way this beer smells more than the way it tastes.
10-14-2011 03:33:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
G: Poured into a pint glass.
A: Very dark with a pretty good head.
S: Some lactose sweetness along with some dark malts, fruit, and maybe a tad bit of caramel.
T: Much like the smell, with some hops and a wee bit of coffee.
M: Fairly thick, but not overly so.
D: Fairly drinkable. A less-intense stout experience.
04-23-2009 05:40:30 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha colored head that quickly died down and left wispy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and hints of coffee and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are noticeable flavors of licorice as well as hints of chocolate and coffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink because it isn't very filling.
02-02-2011 00:03:05 | More by metter98
4.55/5 rDev +14%
Glistening ebony with mahogany highlights. Even with bright sun behind the glass, light penetration is nil. Atop the beer is an impressive mocha colored head of dense, pitting foam that generously plasters itself to the glass in a further attempt to keep light at bay. Now this is what a stout should look like. Very well done.
The coffee-laced, fudge brownie nose is a pleasure to inhale. If the flavor follows suit, Kalamazoo will be one impressive stout. It does and it is! Bell's brewery continues to astound. Just as in the nose, gooey fudge comes to mind on the palate: rich, glossy, sweet, sticky, mouthfilling, decadent goodness in a glass.
The bitter coffee flavor is a bit too pronounced for me, but is easily overlooked because this is such delicious beer. The degree of roastedness is fairly high with a mild char that works well in the grand scheme of things. Bitter and sweet intertwine beautifully, even throughout the long, lingering finish. The body/mouthfeel is decidedly full and crushed velvet smooth.
Kalamazoo Stout is the best milk/sweet stout that I've had yet, surpassing Bell's own Special Double Cream Stout (although it's been a while since I sampled SDCS). It's one of the biggest and boldest 6.5% ABV beers that you're ever likely to drink and is truly one of the best. Kudos all around.
12-22-2004 16:05:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.55/5 rDev +14%
Appearance: Pour s desperately black color with a rocky tan head that never quits and leaves plenty of lace to boot
Smell: Mocha cream, licorice and some smokey charred wood
Taste: Starts with a milk chocolate flavor that is joined by some charred undertones, coffee elements and lots of hoppy bitterness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors break loose with a burst of coffee and undertones of sweet licorice through to the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Simply astounding
08-14-2007 00:56:23 | More by brentk56
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
Another impressive stout by Bell's. This has a similar flavor, aromatic, and visual profile as the Expedition Stout--Just kicked down a notch. This is impressive with it's balance of roasted, chocolate, caramel, and barley malts. Hopped only for balance. Slight tartness. Creamy with sight bittering; no astringency or graininess. Present alcohol, but never dominates. Finishes slightly bitter with nice linger period.
08-04-2005 21:14:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
Finally able to taste a Bell's stout, picked this one up at Brawley's on my last trip. Poured a thick deep dark black with a big creamy brown head. Faded from the initial 2+ inches to a 1/2 inch lace that stayed till the bottom of the glass. Very nice light brown coating left down the sides. Smell was very sweet, first hints were of coffee, and licorice, followed by sugary sweetness, and rootbeer. As it warmed hints of rootbeer or cream soda were apparent, and suprisingly pleasent. Smells were not too strong, a little more pronounced and it would have been perfect. Taste was very rich and creamy, with a soda like consistency due to the light feel and high carbonation. Predominant taste was coffee and caramel, again with hints of some kind of sweet cola taste. Only complaint on this was it came off a bit thin. Other than that this was a fine brew, just a bit thin, but a good session beer.
02-22-2007 00:19:47 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown color head with great retention. Aroma of roasted malt with faint chocolate in the back. Taste is very creamy-like with a nice dose of chocolate. Not a whole lot of hops but I think this is for the best. Very well balance beer.
11-04-2005 15:08:37 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks for sending this one my way, Matt.
A: The beer is almost black in color and pours with about a finger of dark tan head.
S: Plenty of roasted malt and coffee notes to the nose followed up by dark chocolate and licorice. Actually, a lot of licorice. Molasses is present as well is a touch of soap.
T: The flavor is very similar to the nose, with a nice roasted character, though not overwhelming or charred in nature. Toffee and molasses flavors provide the bulk of the sweetness along with a bit of licorice.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Really nice easy drinking stout. You could definitely have a couple of these.
04-02-2011 17:26:27 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance: Pours a dark, opaque black body with a rich, creamy beige head.
Smell: A sweet, succoring aroma of milk chocolate, licorice, and an iced caramel macchiato.
Taste: Rich, roasty espresso and dark chocolate flavor smoothed out with a shot of cream. A noticeable, fruity twang and a hint of licorice keeps things interesting. The finish is strongly roasty, and sightly astringent.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Quite nice! It should be on anyone's list of things to drink before they die.
07-07-2007 23:12:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
This beer poured out as a deep black color, the head was thick and tan colored. The smell of the beer is roasted and has a light chocolate aroma in there too. The taste of the beer had heavy roasted malts, and hints of chocolate too. The mouthfeel of the beer wasn't as thick as I was hoping for. Overall this beer isn't too bad. I would gladly drink it again, I just feel there are better stouts out there.
07-19-2011 23:52:06 | More by Knapp85
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a pitch black with rather big creamy almond colored head,the aroma is a mocha coffee and some nuttiness.Tastes sweet and roasted with some chocolate tones nice and creamy tasting.Its a beer to drink and savor for sure, this an Expedition are definently high quality stouts worthy of high marks.
08-15-2003 16:26:49 | More by oberon
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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