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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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3,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 147
Gots: 253 | FT: 11
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 Mojo


4.43/5  rDev +11%

Kalamazoo Stout pours up a nice black with a minimal tan head and lots of residual delicate lacing left on the glass. Smell is licorice, roasted nuts, coffee, bread, soy sauce, and floral. Mouthfeel is very full erring on the side of less carbonation. Taste is fantastic. Hops at the beginning, sweet in the middle, and hops in the end with a not so disagreeable coffee aftertaste. A magnificent offering from Bells!!!!

09-06-2012 02:59:31 | More by Mojo
Photo of davegray


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-14-2014 05:37:34 | More by davegray
Photo of BrewMaster


3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours with a tiny and bubbley dark brown head. The smell is sour and acetyl with a woddy smell (oak?). The texture of this beer is fantastic on the palate. It has a frothy creaminess to is, but the beer is a bit empty of flavor. It is very roasty but not complex at all which leaves a lot to be desired.

09-04-2004 00:55:38 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of willjschmidt


4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-21-2011 01:23:35 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a beautiful opaque black; no light pass through when I held it to my lamp. Three fingers of thick, chocolaty-tan head developed and dissipated slowly, coating the inside of the glass with a nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma is very enticing, but also on the faint side. Prominent roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted caramel, and just a slight hint (thankfully) of black licorice.

Taste: Oh, heavenly nectar. Bitter roasted coffee malts that, in the aftertaste, remind me of espresso. The other minor characters are dark chocolate, toffee, a little bit of caramel, and a hint of brown sugar sweetness.

Drinkability: The flavor is bold and invigorating; drinking a bottle for breakfast sounds like a good idea. I am impressed, and also a little frightened by the prospect of drinking Bell's Java Stout, which must be pretty sinister if it is more coffee flavored than this.

11-13-2010 07:00:10 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

Darkest opaque brown/black with only the slightest hint of cola red-brown around the edges, under a tan thick 2 inch head that fades to a solid lid with moderate lacing.

Great smell of chocolate-coffee, toffee, bitter-roasted chocolate malt, darkest chocolate and more malted maltiness. Rich, wonderful, smooth aroma. The taste follows suit. Wow! Best stout I've had. I mean wowowow! So chocolatey-coffee-bitter-smooth you want to chew it rather than swallow.

Mouthfeel is decent, round and smoooth.

At 6.5%, this is just a bit on the strong side for a stout.

I have GOT to get me some more of this. I mean, this is great. The malt magicians at Bell's have done another magnificent job.

07-14-2006 04:23:41 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of JamesMN


4.35/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Very dark brown/black body. Almost completely opaque with a light brown two finger head full of large and medium size carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: Nice roasted malts. Some sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Surprisingly rich. Lots of bitter coffee and even some hop presence. Deliciously bitter but with that sweetness from the nose in the middle to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and drinkable. Very easy to swig this one down. A little drying in the aftertaste but nothing off-putting.

Final Thoughts: I really liked this beer. It's one of the best stouts I've ever had from a bottle, almost treading the line between being a porter and a stout. I'll definitely being seeking this one out again, especially in the colder months.

07-25-2012 04:42:47 | More by JamesMN
Photo of mrcraft


4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-23-2014 03:24:45 | More by mrcraft
Photo of jackorain


3.75/5  rDev -6%

A-Dark brown, nearly black, no light gets through. Dark tan big bubbled head fell rather quicly to a nice lace and collar.

S-Roasted barley, charcoal and a hint of licorice

TRestrained licorice melds with a roasted barley and charcoal flavors. A though of hop bitterness comes through. There is a sour twang on the finish.

M-Light to medium body, creamy carboantion with a fizzy carbonation.

D-Not bad I could have two, but if there was other beers to choose I might switch after one.

01-04-2008 00:56:44 | More by jackorain
Photo of Anthony1


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

poured into a snifter

pours a dark black with a light head, tan in color. was no lace, but the head and color was great. smells a strong strong coffee and chocolate with roasted malt and hops. a very creamy feel with a full body and smooth carbonation. tastes mostly of coffee and chocolate.

06-30-2009 17:25:17 | More by Anthony1
Photo of taigor

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-01-2012 22:27:21 | More by taigor
Photo of kguard


3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-04-2013 00:25:01 | More by kguard
Photo of wheatyweiss


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a dark coffee color. Head is immense and leaves a thick, sticky lace and spotting.

Aroma is of dark corn syrup, molasses and dark brown sugar. Slight roasted coffee aroma.

Taste is of Dark roasted malt, coffee and peat. A little smoke and a sweet dextrin like corn syrup flavor. The is a deepness to the sweet part of this beer I can't place.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very nice.

Good stout, I enjoyed it very much.

10-04-2008 05:14:42 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

09-23-2013 15:13:34 | More by ToddThompson
Photo of shockrocker65


4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-16-2012 22:18:50 | More by shockrocker65
Photo of DrStiffington

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-16-2014 00:36:46 | More by DrStiffington
Photo of dt_gbpackersfan


3.75/5  rDev -6%

02-21-2013 05:35:13 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
Photo of burnstar


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours pitch black with a very small brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring of foam around the edges that sticks to the glass. Smells fantastic - dark chocolate, caramel, and fruit. Taste is dominated by the roasted malt. There are definitely some chocolate, molasses, espresso flavors lurking here too. They aren't quite as noticable as the wonderful aroma would suggest but they do emerge as the brew warms. Very tastey but maybe slightly off balance - not quite as delicious as it's aroma would suggest. It's medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and definitely not a chore to drink.

08-18-2005 02:21:06 | More by burnstar
Photo of jp312


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

04-20-2013 02:39:23 | More by jp312
Photo of harrylee773


4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-20-2013 00:44:51 | More by harrylee773
Photo of malcontent


3.95/5  rDev -1%

A full two fingers of gorgeous tan head is the crown atop a jet black body. Lacing is sticky and copious. An absolutely astounding looking stout.

A whole lot going on in the nose: baker's chocolate, smoke, licorice and earth are the main components I'm detecting.

Wow, the brewers' licorice really makes itself known. At first, it leads into the bitter, roasted body. Then the beer opens up to reveal a mineral side buttressed by chicory and then concluded with an even stronger dose of licorice. The finish is actually quite dry. Unusual, complex and, dare I say, fun.

At first, the carbonation is almost a bit much. However, the beer quickly reveals a creamy body with a crisp finish.

As much as I enjoy the beer, I'm not sure that it's something I could continue to drink throughout an evening. Regardless, for me it's just another example of Bell's mastery of the stout universe.

Thanks to kryptic for the trade.

11-21-2007 05:13:33 | More by malcontent
Photo of thekanna


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

A: Pours a pitch black with a light coffee-colored rim when held up to light. Head is merely an afterthought and leaves a thin, beige-colored coat on the side of the glass when swirled.

S: Mostly roasted malts and some faint dark chocolate.

T: Strong roasted malts with a very prominent burnt character. Black coffee, bitter hops, and dark chocolate round out the taste, with a hint of sourness.

M: Somewhat thin and watery, with a carbonation-induced bite at the end.

D: Nice example of the style, but I prefer heavier stouts.

07-29-2009 06:08:31 | More by thekanna
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

This is one fine stout, obtained from Merchants Fine Wine in Dearborn. Poured an oily, shiny black and sat that way in the glass with deep brown edges and a tan head that settled. Very nicely carbonated by fine bubbles. The smell is of cocoa, freshly ground coffee beans, cinammon sticks, dark wood furniture. A huge roast malt / burnt coffee taste, dark chocolate and expresso with a brazil nut astringency making itself felt from time to time. The finish is nutty chocolate, a lingering choco-bitter aftertaste, quite satisfying all around. Sufficiently complex yet highly drinkable; if I had access, I'd try always to have some of this on hand, a very nicely put together stout that succeeds on so many levels. Edited to add that it was Batch 8007.

10-18-2007 03:35:55 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of dipso123


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-01-2013 21:38:45 | More by dipso123
Photo of KFrank729


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-21-2014 12:33:30 | More by KFrank729
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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