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

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3,497 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,497
Reviews: 1,440
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 157
Gots: 289 | 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 goindownsouth
4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Young's Double Chocolate Stout has been a favorite Stout beer, until I tried Kalamazoo Stout. This beer is the Stout of all Stouts. It has a very rich, black color with a brown earthy head. The exceptional smell of deep "roastyness" is unique. You get a slight burnt flavor, yet at the same time, a long lasting and residual chocolatey sweetness. This is not a bitter beer. I highly recommend!

goindownsouth, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of climax
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, it ends up black. The head is modest, retention is held to some patches of tan bubbles and a ring around the edge.

The licorice is slightly evident in the aroma, evident enough that I could have picked up on it not seeing the label first. However, it definitely gives up center stage to a massive coffee character.

Only fleeting dashes of sweetness challenge the coffee flavor. This is definitely a beer for those who fancy a cup of joe. As it warms, and my taste-buds grow immune to the roasted bitterness, the coffee flavor almost morphs into sweet coffee jelly beans. Fruity hop aromas begin to emerge as well, revealing a more complex flavor than I gave it credit for minutes ago.

The body isn't overly robust, albeit extremely easy to drink. The carbonation is gentle, and the fluffy mouthfeel has a slippery character to it. It finishes pretty dry, aiding to it's effortless quaffability.

climax, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

boilermakerbrew, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of happygnome
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark brown almost black little tan head that disapears fast little lacing
s: roated and sweet malts i can smell them both,
t: deffinate a lightly roasted malt flavor with a little extra sweetness
m: a medium to heavy bodied beer very nice very smooth very good

overall this is one of the better beers ive had, a deffinate favorite

happygnome, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Rons35
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Rons35, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

decent beer. A light stout with a beautiful color and ample head. The bitterness and sweetness do blend together weel to give a nice balanced flavor. Overall, not as strong as I expected band not one of my favorites from this brewery

hophugger, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep black with hints of dark brown under certain light. rich... looks thick. A stout two-finger cocoa-colored head has impressive retention and leaves behind some stunning lacing.

coffee, mocha, cocoa, roasted malt, charred coffee beans. Smells rich, decadent, and roasty. earthy and a bit of dark fruit. a hint of spice.

Taste echoes the aroma, although more roasted notes than sweet caramel chocolate. rich roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet cocoa. A decent, albeit unexpected, bitterness pops up in the middle. a bit of smoke, some earthy bitterness, and a bit of earthy spice - maybe the licorice? A lingering roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. A nice bitterness plays well with the slightly sweet creaminess. A touch less chewy than the aroma and flavors led me to expect. Nothing flooring, but pretty solid all around.

drinkable? most definitely. I could go through a few of these in a sitting... an excellent stout. Really struck me more of a strong stout than a sweet stout... more roasty and bitter notes than creamy sweetness. which is alright... it's still delicious, just not as expected. definitely worth the time to give it a shot.

djeucalyptus, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of batch 8874 and was packaged on 12/4/08. Comes in at 6%.

A-Pours black with a sandy head that covers the top with a small layer of film before disappearing into a tiny ring surrounding a bubbly island. Leaves some nice lace.

S-Smells a tad sweet. The licorice is apparent and roasted malts hit my nose.

T-The sweet notes hit first. Get lots of chocolate and caramel malt. The roasted malts hit on the back of the palate. After it has gone down, licorice and coffee are present. It finishes very dry.

M-It is a medium bodied beer, but it falls on the upper end of the spectrum. It is very creamy with a nice level of carbonation.

D-The sweet and roasty elements play very well off of each other.

Another great one from Bell's. I could easily have a few of these over the course of a night.

mjl21, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

6thstreetbrewpub, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of MCain04
4/5  rDev +0.3%

MCain04, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev +0.3%

rspauldi, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

jp312, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Morakaton, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of theboozecruise
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark with a really small head. Not black but a dark brown.

S - kinda weak really. I'm not picking up much licorice. It's a standard stout aroma really.

T - Theres a little licorice here but nothing overwhelming. Just a middle of the road stout.

M - just average here. Nothing too exciting but nothing taking away from my enjoyment.

D - I've had better stouts. From Bell's. It's just decent to me.

theboozecruise, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Mark5252, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -6%

MLaVioletteJr, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Almost opaque in blackness, with ruby highlights when held to the light, and a creamy light tan head.

S- Sweet, cream, strong malt, slightly burnt, light hops in the back.

T- Dark-roasted malts, sweet cream, coffee, chocolate, slightly bitter finish.

M- Perfect to style. creamy, thick, low carbonation, smooth.

D- Very drinkable for a sweet stout. So well balanced, and dry in the finish... leaves you wanting more.

khiasmus, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say that I really enjoyed this offering. Had it at the Melting Pot in Minneapolis. There isn't much of a head but a nice deep black color. Smell and taste are very similar. Nice chocolate nose and taste. A bit of dry malt on the back end. Mouthfeel is a bit weak for the way that I like my stouts. Drinkability is great for the style.

supercolter, Jan 25, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Punisher, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of firstlighthiker
3.75/5  rDev -6%

firstlighthiker, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of tylerstravis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

tylerstravis, Oct 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Getalegup, Jan 23, 2014
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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