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
91
outstanding

1,479 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,479
Hads: 3,877
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 177
Gots: 466 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.
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Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, batch # 6781. Black with a light brown head. A nice lacing is left behind on the shaker glass. Medium strong smell of malted chocolate and roasted grains. Medium heavy body with a smooth texture. Hearty flavor of blackened malts and sweetened coffee. Has a slight bitterness to finish from the blackened malts.
A pretty good stout. (348 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A quandary? Style listed is milk stout, but…..

The pour was an almost black brew, with an excellent dense and lacey tan head. I would have given this a 5, but the label was dateless.

Nice chocolaty malt aroma, then the quaff: a dry, burnt toast/charcoal, hints of anise. Almost porter-like with notes of sour ale.

Rich, creamy and robust, an exceptional sipping stout – but to me, more along the lines of an export stout versus milk. (446 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #38. Pours a think, mostly cloudy burnt brown color with red (and slightly orange) hues around the edge. Decent head that is pretty creamy but some bigger bubbles remain. Good lacing as well.

The smell comes out nicely with malt and a touch of sweetness. A nice roast aroma with a hint of astringency and coffee notes. A lactic aroma that has a milky aroma (versus oatmeal). Some earthy and citrus hoppy notes a bit much for style but ok. Yeast is noticeable if not more so with the Bells yeast strain.

The taste has a woodsy taste with a good roasted flavor mixed with a light black malt at the end. A burnt after taste mostly. A creamy texture with touch of caramel and a sharp acidic taste that reminds me of sour apples. Noticeable esters come out. Some hop notes but not as noticeable as compared to the nose. A light yeasty note in the finish but also lighter.

The beer is smooth with a mild body. Very nice drinkability with a easy finish. The acidic aftertaste keeps the astringency down but still lets it come out. Overall a great stout but would like a bit cleaner fermentation. (1,098 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a nice creamy brown head. Color made me think of waterd down motor oil. That may not be appealing to most, but I believe almost jet black is the way a stout should be.

Smell- Tart oat smell, with some creamy roasted malt notes.

Taste- Tart malt hits the palate first, then an odd mix of hop bitterness and half & half. The aftertaste left a suprisingly delightfully smoky malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium palate but could still anjoy some french fried smiliy faces with my beer.

Drinkability- Even a stort that reimnds of motor oil deserves to take another glass to the lips. (607 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a brownish-black with an inch or so of dark brown head of small, tight, glistening bubbles and brownish-red highlights on the edges.

Smell is burnt sugar, molasses, coffee/espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts.

The flavor is very similar to the smell: there's a big sweetness of chocolate and a roasted character as well, but there's also just a hint of vanilla and a little bit of sourness in the taste. The coffee flavors are not so pronounced, but they come through in the finish and linger a bit. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, quite suitable for the flavor.

Overall: A nice stout, somewhat sweet but not cloying, with a big roasted chocolate flavor. One that I'll pick up again; Bell's never fails to impress. (736 characters)

Photo of jewski
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a rocky brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate with some sweetness, and slightly astringent.

Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, somewhat sweet yet still very roasty. Finish is is very bitter, roasted, dry, slightly hoppy, typical Bell's sour yeast.

Initial mouth feel is full, but finishes more thin. Highly drinkable. The standard Bell's stout. Good and easy to find in Michigan. (455 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, tan head formed and quickly left on the pour. Opaque and very nice. Dark brown on the edges.

Aroma is good. Malty with a touch of alcohol and cinnamon.
Nice enough roasted aroma. Some chocolate.

Chocolatey in taste and a bit chalky on the mouthfeel. Excellent flavor. Dry and smooth... but seemingly a tad thin. Still, the roasted, malty, chocolatey flavor wins over. (383 characters)

Photo of BitterBrian
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed Oct. 2004

Pours a syrupy black/brown. Like a darker hershey's syrup. It has a velvety tan head that clings to the sides and won't let go - Almost like it is a meter saying - "beer was this full."

Smells of dark, roasted malts, chocolate and marshmallow. Some notes of alcohol are present.

Good Lord, this is tasty! Smokey malts, chocolate, and old coffee.

As it warms the coffee moves to the forefront. The lacing is still marking the starting line, while I hit the finish line. (498 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the beer that turned me on to stouts, a style which has now consumed my already all-consuming beer passion. I remember oh so well thinking that a beer could not get bigger, or blacker. Time for a revisit, especially after the ass-kicker that was Batch 7000.

Just a few shades below jet-black. Glints of ruby, deep. Moderate tan head, great pasty lace rings.

The nose is strong, sweet. Malt extract, cocao, roasty chocolate. Vanilla. Powdered chocolate-milk mix. Oak. Port wine. Raisins.

Initially smoky with roasted malt; then intensely sweet, astringent, with hints of brown sugar and molasses. Bitter afterimage with caramel, too.

Amazingly Russian/Imperial at first sip, then gives way to a slightly watery characteristic I didn't care too much for.

Still, an amazing 'everyday' stout that is easy to forget in the Midwest with so many other good Bell's stouts. (889 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good stout. Thick and hearty.

Poured an extremely deep brown--almost black--in color. No light was penetrating. Thick bubbly head that was perhaps more foamy than creamy. Head was tinged a nice brown.

Nose was mildy of coffee and a little bit sour.

Sourly sweet. Kind of like milk that is about to go bad. Some cocoa powder and vanilla was coming through rather strongly. Plenty of sugar in this beer that was kind of cloying to the tongue and teeth. Little bit of a hop bitterness toward the back end. Roasted malts prevail through everything.

Mouthfeel was very heavy and dense. Definitely gut filling. Creamy but a bit souring too.

Nice stout for sipping but the sourness might be a bit too much after a while. (728 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Bell's Stout I've had the pleasure of trying, on tap at Klinger's in Hanover PA. Served in a pint glass, this beer is absolutely pitch black, no light at all coming through, a finger of beige head, nice retention and solid lacing. Smell isn't as strong as expected, a light roasted malt and some slight espresso. Taste is excellent, a nice roasted malt, cocoa, smooth milk chocolate, and a nice finish with some slight hops and a bitter lingering roast. Excellent balance between the sweet lactose and the bitter roast. Despite the thick chewey mouthfeel, I found myself downing this rather quickly. This is an amazing stout, I wish I could drink this more often. (669 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bell's Kalamazoo Stout pours from the bottle a deep, menacingly dark onyx black with a two finger head of creamy tan foam that doesn't seem to want to go away. No light dares to attempt to get through my glass. Aromas of liquified milk chocolate are the first thing I notice followed by a wonderful roastiness with hints of ground coffee beans and a touch of burnt bread. Rich, deep and decadant.

First sip brings strong rush of dark roasted, burnt maltiness that carries a subtle smokiness. Creamy milk chocolate collides with a somewhat bitter coffee flavor. A touch of hops is there on the way down. Slightly lactic with a lingering burnt taste that follows each sip. This does a nice job of balancing the sweet and bitter. A wonderfully full flavored stout that doesn't hold back. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is big and viscous, it fills the mouth and definetly has a nice chewiness. However at the same time it is incredibly drinkable and I find my glass emptying rather quickly. A great stout overall, from a brewery that seems to never miss with the style. Put the words Bell's and stout together on a brown bottle and you'll undoubtedly see a smile on my face. Well worth seeking out if you're a fan of the style. (1,224 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with Mahogany highlights. This beer poured from the bottle and was topped by a bubbly tan colored head that leaves an intricate lace on the side of the glass as it settles. The aroma is more subtle than the Expedition Stout. Hints of roast malt, espresso, and just a touch of chocolate come across immediately. Just a touch of citrus on the back end. The flavor is again more subtle than the Expedition. Layers of chocolate, espresso, just a bit of walnut. Caramel in the finish. Nice touch of bitterness lingers as I contemplate the rich, full mouth feel. Nice beer, much more approachable than the Expedition. (631 characters)

Photo of longarm
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick brown head blankets a black brew. Decent carbonation for a stout that doesn't flatten quickly or overwhelm with too many bubbles.

Aroma has something that resembles nuts meshed with dark chocolate. Hops not noticeable, but roasted malt easily apparent.

Heavy, dark roasted coffee flavor reminds me of starbucks' mocha-chip ice cream. A little dextrinous and moderately chewy. While it has an initial hit of sourness, almost like an old-school porter, it finishes smooth with a kick of roasted malt bitterness. Somewhat out of balance, but still quite good and quite intriguing. Overall easy to drink. (614 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a 20 ounce wine gobblet.

Appearance: Nice blackness with a coffee carmel colored head that was about half and inch high.

Smell: Smells of sweet burnt coffee and chocolate pronounced fruityness present.

Taste: Taste almost overly sweet. The coffee and chocolate stand out. There is some fruityness present.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is not a terrible beer I am just not impressed. The sweetness is not balanced by any other taste factors. (480 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown color head with great retention. Aroma of roasted malt with faint chocolate in the back. Taste is very creamy-like with a nice dose of chocolate. Not a whole lot of hops but I think this is for the best. Very well balance beer. (288 characters)

Photo of budsboy
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ozer. No dates.

Pours black and opaque with a tan head that runs away too fast.

Dark, roasty toasty malt aroma with bitter chocolate and hints of dark fruit. All very tempting.

Espresso, ash, sweet chocolate and a coffee bitterness. Bitter aftertaste hangs around. Malty character grows as it warms and it gets much better. The alcohol has a warming effect.

Somewhat chalky, full, yes, but a wee thin. Low carbonation.

A fairly straight-forward beer. Coffee flavors are most predominant, so if that's what you look for in a sweet stout, this is a great one. Otherwise, this is solid Bell's offering. (618 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly pitch black brew. Some brown around the edges. Medium brown head was small and fleeting. As expected this is a sweet smelling stout. Comes across with a bit of milk chocolate and some caramel maltiness. The slightest bit of charring in the background. This has a very pleasing flavor which isn't overdone at all. Again, slightly sweet to start. Some raisin, plum fruitiness. This fades to a sweet chocolate, toffee flavor, and finishes with a touch of bitterness from some faintly floral hops and dark roasted malts. Nice and crisp mouthfeel makes this one refreshing. Still has an oilyness to it as well. Drinkability is superb. A very well crafted beer. (662 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single from Riley's, Batch 7061...an old favorite

appearance: for the style, this is perfection...Bell's stouts are all beautiful looking beers. this pours near black, with dark brown highlights...a beautiful and thick tan/khaki head with rim lacing

smell: coffee, sweet dark chocolate, toast malts...quite heavy on the espresso...incredibly impressive

taste: God, this stuff is even better than I remembered. This stuff is by far the cream of the milk/sweet stout class. Beautiful smooth dark chocolate on the tongue, nice coffee/espresso roastiness, some fresh hops, some dark fruit, some nice oats...just wonderful

mouthfeel: super creamy, medium bodied

drinkability: incredible (702 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is black, and I mean BLACK. No light or any other color shines through when held up to the light. There is a somewhat small, yet brilliant dark brown colored head. Maybe the darkest colored foam I've seen on a beer. The smells are strong of sweet roasted malts and maybe a hint of chocolate. Quite sweet scents. The taste is gordgeous. Quite possibly the perfect balance of roasted malts and hops with a nearly citrusy-sweet finish. Wonderful tasting beer. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and nice. The carbonation is present, which I was hoping for. The drinkability is nice as well. Its a sipper, but you should'nt get bored with it. Definitly worth a try if you find it on the shelf. (692 characters)

Photo of maggotbrain
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer is a deep black color with a thick tan head, which has receded to a thin film. Each sip produces rings of lace down the sides of the glass. Attractive.

The beer has an odd sour smell, sort of like old milk.

In terms of flavor, this beer is okay. It has an odd mix of roasted bitterness against a mildly sour background. The flavor is a bit thin. This beer looks bigger than it tastes.

The mouthfeel is about right for a stout, a bit thick with low carbonation.

As far as drinkability goes, this beer is not the best. The flavor isn’t engaging enough for me to want another, and I have a feeling that the thickness of this beer would get to me after a while. (679 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Landmark 1850.

Starring Bell's Kalamazoo Stout as...Blacula! Big, rocky, determined chocolate-colored head--about as good as a stout can look. Smells fairly caramelly and lactose-sweet, but not really strongly of anything. Tastes strongly of toffee, a roasted, buttery sweetness, with a little hint of rotten prunes and raisins underneath. Yeah, diacetyl+roasted+caramel=toffee. Mouthfeel is nice and full, creamy. Overall, easy to drink, but not especially interesting. The Java Stout is better. (513 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz pored into a pint glass. The lot# is 6927 which was packaged on6-21-05 as per the Kalamazoo Brewing Co website.

Damn near black with a light brown head that hangs for a while and leaves sheets in its wake.

Nice aromas of dark roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate milk, and something a bit sour and funky that's not out of place, but rather adds character. The roasty notes are the backbone how this one smells.

Again, the roasted notes are strong in the taste. The cocoa is there again but coffee comes through with a balancing dose of dry hops. Solid. I would like a fuller mouth, but the drinkability doesn't suffer. (627 characters)

Photo of bahumutx
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown in color. Has nice creamy brown head that is dissipating slowly.


Smell: Carmel, chocolate and coffee are the most apparent smells. There is also a strong roasted malt smell.


Taste: The first taste that comes out of the beer is a roasted malt and coffee flavor. There is also a slight fruitiness to this beer. Flavors of caramel and a slight vanilla also comes trough. It finishes with a slight bitterness that reminds me of a good coffee. Delicious!!!


Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy Mouthfeel. Hard to put this beer down.


Drinkability: I think I could have a couple of these in a sitting.

Another great beer from the folks at Kalamazoo Brewing Company. This was my first second stout and I think that it is delicious. This will definitely be in my fridge during the winter months. Keep up the great work Kalamazoo Brewing!!!! (924 characters)

Photo of nota
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with creamy brown head that gave way to good amount of lacing. Intensive roasted malt, along with carmael, chocolate, coffee are the dominant flavors. Somewhat bitter which I liked. If you like stouts you will not find to many any better than this one. (273 characters)

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.