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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,743 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,743
Reviews: 1,473
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 171
Gots: 399 | FT: 8
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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Ratings: 3,743 | Reviews: 1,473
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a deep dark black body with a dark brown half finger head that fell fast and left a thin even curtain around the entire glass.

S: It was rich in chocolate and hints of coffee, dark fruit and spices.

T: It opened with a creamy milky chocolate flavor followed by the light and tangy bite of coffee. There are undertones of very ripe plums and black pepper.

M: It was full bodied with a thick coating presence in the mouth. It had very little carbonation and a sweet, wet finish with a bit of bitter aftertaste.

D: It was a nice and enjoyable mid-winter, late night sipper. Not a great session beer, unless the session is two bottles long. It's heavy and too rich for a long session.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Kalamazoo Stout pours jet black iwth a big, fluffy, brown head with good retention. Smells are good but nothing extraordinary: all of the dark chocolate and roastiness expected of a craft stout. Sipping --- wow. Before I even say a word about the taste let me just say that the body of this beer hits me just right. Its substantial fullness is is keenly felt initially before the carbonation lightens it up and lets the numerous flavors come out to express themselves. The roasty and dark chocolate bittersweetness come through clearly but don't shock the senses; rather, they are quite well balanced. The finish is a long and gratifying tug-of-war between the burnt malts and smoky bitterness that I find endlessly gratifying. A very nice stout that I intend to have year after year.

Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark dark with a big dark tan head. big lace. smells of hops, roasty malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice. tastes like roasted malt, coffee, subtle hops, and licorcie for sure. well blended, complex and sweet. smooth, silky, thick and velvety. goes down nice. i'll have another please.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 1/4" tan head. Black dark brown body.
S- Has a very faint smell. Light malt with light coffee and roasted. Light grassy hops also.
T- Roasty taste with a bit of bitterness underlying from the grassy hops. Malts and roasted flavors come out much more as it warms. Has a overall light bitterness that I think really adds to the beer.
M- Medium body and light to medium carbonation.
D- Very good stout. One of my favorite stouts I have tried. Not to strong of flavors. Think it is well balanced.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!!

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Got as an extra in a trade. Thanks bro. Pours a deep black. A thin tan head formed but dissapated to a ring. Slight lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Caramel and coffee and dark chocolate roasty goodness. Bit of that English ale yeast aroma I get I'm my homebrew.

Taste falls a bit shot but it's still tasty. It's a bit toasty with some charamel tones and a bit of chocolate. It could use a bit of boost in flavor since the aroma suggests a more flavorfull beer. Bit of that English ale yeast taste too.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin and good medium-low carb.

Overall a solid stout that if they had six packs around me of I would buy as an every day stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,743 ratings.