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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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very good

3,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,658
Reviews: 1,457
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 164
Gots: 349 | FT: 9
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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Photo of zhanson88
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out nearly pitch black with 1" of tan head. Okay retention and decent lacing. Head reduces to a very light cap and ring.

Smell: Smells of bitter baker's chocolate, coffee, and lighter amounts of licorice. Not much of a hop profile.

Taste: Palate follows the nose. Quite a bit of bitterness comes out from the dark chocolate and coffee character, and the bitterness pairs interestingly with the licorice.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks fairly smoothly. Overall a pretty decent stout, but not outstanding. Like a lot of stouts out there, doesn't do much to really differentiate itself and grab my attention.

Photo of Theniz
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CorgiDad
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of gmfessen
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer out into a pint glass, beer is dark as night with a nice two finger head that quickly dies down to a slim rim with good lacing. The smell is of roasted and chocolate malts; not overly strong but pleasing. The taste is definitely of deep roasted malt but it is balanced nicely which makes for a drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and well bodied. Overall, I think this is a very good beer, and would recommend trying it.

Photo of Jho3325
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of mrchrisray
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dipso123
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Bill235
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of -NESTO-
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Act25
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stouts just get better & better, and I wonder sometimes if all the best ones are not all 4.5s?

Appearance: Beautiful body sports a rocky, persistence head and with tons of lacing.

Smell: Smoke, charred wood, licorice, grass.

Taste: Follows smell, with sweet and charred wood start, then coffee with lots of hop bitterness, and in the finish, the flavors burst with complexity: roots, sarsaparillas, burst of coffee, chocolate licorice, molasses, and a tempering tingling, bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy with moderate carbonation, great feel.

Drinkability: Another top stout without too much ABV, one of my favorites.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/13/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a classic 'Hamm's" 10 ounce glass.

This "Stout brewed with Brewers Licorice" pours black with a very small tan. Lots of lacing after each sip that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and licorice with roasted malt. Very nice smell of the mixed flavors! Lots going on with the taste as would be expected. Not overpowering though. Perfect amount of carbonation. Very pleasant overall and would rate this a good solid '8' if not a '8.5'.

Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Skidz
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 6588

Pours out dark ruby brown and sits jet black in the glass with a large, fluffy brown head, nice lacings too.

Smells quite roasted, coffee and espresso abundant. Light, chocolate powdery aroma behind the overall blackend smell of the beer.

Tastes just lightly sweet up front and meanders its way into a load of sharp roasted flavors. Coffee grinds and blackened malt grit away at your toungue with light abrasiveness. Traces of bitter chocolate found within the almost sour taste to this beer. Nothing citrusy, but a bit puckering at the sides. Well bittered, hopping clean and efficient. Finished nicely bittered, but still has some of that sourness from the roasted grain.

Rich and smooth in the mouth with medium carbonation. Nice body, but doesn't quite match up with the heavy dose of roast. Not a bad stout by any means, but not one to be consumed in large quantities.

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NCSUdo
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep black under a half fingers worth of brown head. Some lace, some retention along edges.

S: Smells of sweet cream and roasted malt, I've had this beer a few times and never been blown away by the aroma.

T: Tastes of a sweet cream, some brown coffee and a roasted malt. Finish is a roasted bitterness and some slight hints of a citrus hop.

M/D: Carbonation is slightly high, full and slightly creamy body. Drinkability is good, pretty easy drinking for a 6.5% stout.

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured like used motor oil, and I mean that in a good way. About a 2 finger, foamy, light brown head, that stuck around a little while and laced very well.

S- Heavy in the coffee roast area. A darker chocolate smell is also prominent. A slight, sweet hint towards the end.

T- Right off the bat, the coffee roast and dark chocolate comes through. A little hint of sweetness, possibly the licorice mentioned on the label, despite the lack of an overall licorice taste. Finishes much the same way it started with the burnt roasts coming through and lingering on the palate a bit.

M- A little more carbonation than I've experienced in Oatmeal Stouts before, but it still works. Almost a milky texture that goes down very smoothly.

Overall, it's a brew like this that makes Oatmeal Stouts and stouts overall among my favorite styles. I will get this again, and soon.

Photo of JLapadura
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As per usual, poured this one into my trusty glass stein.

Appearance- The body is certainly good for a stout. Black? Yep. Opaque? Yep. The head made it to almost a finger, before settling in at a pencil-width of milk chocolate colored head. Not really much lacing, which would have been nice to see.

Smell- Some caramel malt coming through, as well as the roasted coffee note that is pretty standard for most stouts.

I was on the look out for anise or licorice since the bottle wants to make sure I know that it had some brewers licorice in there. I am not finding it though.

Bell's certainly must have a steady hand if they can add brewer's licorice so well that it is masked on the nose! Still time to find it in the drink though.

Taste- I found a good amount of slightly sweet, bread malt and roasted malt in the flavor profile. And, just a little bit of that anise, licorice in the finish, but it takes its sweet time showing itself.

There is also a little bit of chalky, milk chocolate mid-drink to finish, but oh so subtle. Honestly, this is feeling pretty "one-note" to me, but at least what is here is enjoyable, if a bit bland.

Mouth feel- It is good for a Bell's offering, which translates to "outstanding". It is smooth and creamy. The body is a pretty big medium body, but I would not call it "big", if that makes sense.

Overall- The Kalamazoo Stout seems a bit irreverent from the creepy old-guy next door neighbor that graces the bottle art, to the semi-snarky text on the back of the bottle.

However, it comes off a bit, "normal". All the flavor profiles are what are expected for a stout, roasted malt, semi-sweet notes, roasted finish. Yet they are very pleasant and make for an easy to drink beer.

Bottom line, I'd drink it again, gladly.

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,658 ratings.