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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

3,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,702
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 170
Gots: 376 | 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 PeprSprYoFace
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.

Photo of throwback
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Mojo
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!!!!

Photo of mwbrady12
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Enola
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wcudwight shared his bottle.

Poured a deep brown with a thick head. The smell score is low just due to a soured smell. The taste is good. It has a oatmeal taste. The mouthfeel is smooth. This is a heavy bodied beer. Very filling. A meal in a bottle. A good beer for the style.

Photo of dmamiano
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a beautiful think egggshell colored head that left nice lacing on the glass as it was consumed.
The color was very typical of a stout, black with no light able to get through this beer. Mouth feel was very average, although highly carbonated.
As far as the taste of the beer itself, I found it very average at best for a stout. Had a fairly bitter finish with lingering flavors of coffee.

Photo of capnamerica
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dsnyder61
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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 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 shredder83
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BodiesLexus
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JLapadura
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of firstlighthiker
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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 athomasPSU
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of NCSUdo
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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%

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,702 ratings.