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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

3,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 1,424
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 147
Gots: 231 | FT: 10
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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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

12-30-2012 02:02:02 | More by tJyM4
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-29-2012 04:04:16 | More by brotherloco
Photo of Robalypse


4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Syrupy, dark brown body with a prominent, malty, chest nut colored head.

Faint hints of malt and licorice.

Medium-heavy with noticeable carbonation and plenty of fizz going down. Doesn’t feel heavy like the coloration and consistency might suggest.

Definitely a very slight licorice taste up front with a bit of grain, almost a hint of rye. Nothing very strong or dominating stands out, but a very sharp, tasty beer in its relative simplicity.

This a great, quality tasting stout, especially given the good price I picked a bottle up for on a whim. Often it seems stouts can be a little heavy on coffee or chocolatey tastes, but there was none of that noticeable to me in this beer which works to its benefit. Because of its fairly low profile, but all around crisp and relatively mild flavor, it’s definitely something I could drink with some regularity. I will certainly be purchasing it again in greater quantity in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 02:31:40 | More by Robalypse
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-27-2012 05:01:24 | More by Edgerrin32
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-26-2012 21:08:45 | More by nosavingsaccount
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-26-2012 20:01:31 | More by jduprey007
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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-beautiful black pour with short-lasting caramel head. fine bubbles, but quick to collapse. almost no lacing.

s-enticing roasted malts and sweet cocoa.

t-bitter dark chocolate and macadamia nuts. sweeter upfront and more coffee and balancing bitterness on the finish.

m-well carbonated and a bit more body than i was expecting. swishing it shifted the taste more toward coffee and macadamia.

o-a very good stout, and a shame i cannot get this and other bell's beer in california. i'll continue to buy this when i can.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 05:50:37 | More by neverenoughhops
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-25-2012 23:47:54 | More by vader06
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-25-2012 23:02:04 | More by williamjbauer
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

12-25-2012 06:34:51 | More by Professional_Drunker
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this one a few times, but have never gotten around to formally rating it. Poured into snifter.

A&S: Very sweet roasty maltyness to it. Jet black colored beer. Tan foamy head forms nicely in the snifter at about 2 fingers but then dies surprisingly fast.

T&M:Very roasty and toasty. I would say a bit over bitter in the finish, its also very dry. Body is surprisingly more thick then most American Stouts i've tried in the past. Bits of sharp bitterness.

Overall: I thought it was pretty good, especially for the price.. I think it was on sale at Meijers for $8.50. I would say its way better then the majority of easy to get bell's beer (excluding hopslam, two hearted, and expedition).

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:23:49 | More by minterro
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-24-2012 22:25:29 | More by GuernzWeed
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-24-2012 00:23:31 | More by dorf
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-23-2012 04:52:54 | More by BigTrubble
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-22-2012 20:27:06 | More by boot11222
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black. Mocha head about 2 fingers worth with fairly good retention

S- Molasses, toffee, vanilla, roasted malt, chocoolate. This beer smelled amazing!! I could define several different notes. Everything melds together nicely.

T- Roasted, slightbitterness from the presence of some hops lingering around. Vanilla, coffee, and a bitter hoppy earthiness.

M- On par for this style. Average carbonation lent a nice smooth and creamy flavor. Doesn't not feel "heavy" at all. Nice bitter finish.

O- A very good stout. A great combination of sweetness and hop bitterness along with notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Several beers from this brewery do not disappoint. I can't wait to sample some of the other stouts in the lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 18:13:45 | More by AlphaRanger
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-20-2012 15:12:55 | More by mcaulifww
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-20-2012 07:52:45 | More by Pecan
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-20-2012 03:19:21 | More by dna1964dna
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-19-2012 18:51:13 | More by King_KongDCO93
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-19-2012 03:32:45 | More by jgluck
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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this review completely wrong the first time around, maybe a bad bottle? A much needed update:

A: Same pour, nearly opaque black. A one finger tan head forms, and recedes to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted malt in the nose. Toasted bread and biscuit. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.
T: A great roasted malt character. Warm baked bread, roasted coffee and bakers chocolate. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Good carbonation. Creamy and smooth. So easy and to drink. All day with this.

Yep this is an excellent regular stout. Well done and highly recommended.

Original review 12-23-2009
A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a little bit of brown around the edges. A small tan had forms, and leaves some light lace.
S: Musky and dank. Acidic and astringent. Not much else. Some light roasted malt and chocolate.
T: Roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Semi astringent and sharp. Not much here.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Not hard to drink. I can quaff a few of these with ease.

Not bad. A little on the bland side. An average stout. Worth a try, but nothing all that special.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 00:31:19 | More by champ103
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

12-18-2012 20:17:01 | More by lsolanilla
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-17-2012 17:06:30 | More by jlindsey
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-17-2012 14:20:47 | More by grahamboudreaux
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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