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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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3,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,551
Reviews: 1,441
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 154
Gots: 308 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Zachtheporter, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Smextongo, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Kelsiemoeller
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, nearly black with a tiny pinky finger mocha colored head. Head retention and lacing are minimal to non-existent.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, and a hint of coffee and chocolate when sniffing.

Taste: Roasted malts, hint of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light body with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall: A good, light beer!

Kelsiemoeller, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Thaddeus
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chocolate with an ample light brown head.

Aroma & Taste: Had a big chocolate and toffee aroma. The beer was heavy and full bodied with a long finish. The chocolate and toffee mashed well over slight molasses and spice undertones. The long finish added to the enjoyment.

Thaddeus, Apr 26, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of coffee and chocolate enticed as a thick, foamy head formed on the thick, dark black beer. The taste is very roasted malty and sweet, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The aftertaste is pleasantly sweet. This stout was so sweet to me that I could see myself drinking this as a digestif/dessert type beer. But the roasty stoutness complements the sweetness well.

noahallington, Apr 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

SocalKicks, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Arsenal0328, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerPunk1312, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

tazzman, Apr 21, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This particular beer has been staring at me on the grocery store shelf for quite some time (specifically last October 29th, when I turned 21), and I figure it's time to finally try Kalamazoo Stout.

The Dorm Room Review

Serving type: bottle.
Poured into a blue Solo cup. Glassware cleaning is cumbersome in a dorm.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. There's a quite impressive head, and I noted it's expansion by counting grooves in the solo cup. The light brown head appears creamy throughout the experience.

Smell: Pleasant licorice wafts into my nose. Roasty, coffee notes.

Taste: The roasted taste is immediately apparent. Some licorice flavor in the back of my tongue, but it's roast, roast, roast. At 6% ABV, the alcohol is naturally masked by the very enjoyable, full-bodied tastes. There's no watery or weak flavors here.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a thin layer of coffee and licorice coats my mouth. A miasma of subdued roasted notes float around pleasantly. Not too heavy, and the alcohol is not present.

Overall: I am very glad that I finally tried this stout. Admittedly, I initially predicting this beer to suffer from common stout complaints (watery, thin-bodied, etc); however, this is easily one of the best stouts at this price point, and given its easy-drinking and enjoyable qualities, Kalamazoo Stout should never be overlooked.

ShreddedThumb, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

rdooley, Apr 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

jonathaniler, Apr 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

TwoForty, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

GRE680, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

osupuck19, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

InfernoBoss, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Josiah2729, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Captain_Buzzkill, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

jp312, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Jason1337, Apr 19, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black as night, with a very small amount of brown foam on top. The head is thin, but has a nice, appetizing mocha color.

S: The licorice comes through above all else, along with some hints of raisin.

T: Hits with an immediate burnt, smoky wood flavor, with a hint of the licorice. The licorice actually is less prominent than in the smell, but melds nicely with the smoky flavor. Ends with a bit of coffee acidity.

M: On the thicker side of medium, but very nice mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth, great all around.

O: Teriffic. The nice smoky wood flavor is wonderful up front, and the licorice adds a nice touch. This almost reminds me of Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout, only better and more regularly drinkable. I really enjoyed this one, and will definitely be buying again.

timn, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

lilsmizzul1225, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

InfragilisBrew, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

derkfromwi, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Satanlicker, Apr 17, 2013
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 3,551 ratings.