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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

3,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,737
Reviews: 1,469
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 170
Gots: 397 | 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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12oz with a nonic taster glass
Bottled on 04/25/11

A: Pour is a dark oily black color with a browned edge to it. Produces a nice one and a half fingers of brown sugar head that dispels quickly but never fully fades. Some nice glass coating but no real cling.

S: Smells of dark roasted grains. Chocolates with a light fruity plum-like ester note. Mild black licorice.

T: Tastes of high roast malts, some tart dark pit fruits, dark chocolates, and black licorice. All together reminds me of a nutty chocolate malt ball. Higher level of bitterness. Grains bring a smoky note to the table. Licorice is again mild and not overbearing which I really like. Very subtle, almost like it was dry-hopped. Although this bottle does have a year on it. Rich and delicious.

M: Not exactly full bodied as the label implies. Rather lighter in viscosity with a med-heavier feel and a bit of slick mouth coating. Some nice creaminess to it that really dries up in the finish.

D: A nice rich everyday stout with some good complex character. I really enjoyed the subtleties of the licorice here and found it incorporated well. Did not have a forward Anise flavor which I am just not a big fan of. But again this bottle has about a year on it so that might be a different story fresh.

Between this and the Double Cream I had recently I think Bell's make a pretty damn good stout.

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A-Black, with a one finger head creamy tan head, some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, like their porter the malt is almost burnt, some coffee.

T-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, some carbonation.

O-Similar to their Porter, a solid stout, nothing makes it stand out among the crowd though.

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I've removed my pants for this pour.

As I pour, the color reminds me of Larry Bell's soul; dark and bitter.

Kalamazoo Stout, in fact, is opaque with a dark brown glow around the edges. Three quarters of an inch of fine foam.

A distinct smell of liquorice greets my nostrils, accompanied by chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Not boozy - but the smell of it tells me, "this six pack is gonna get me drunk."

The nose and the tongue are in agreement, roasted coffee bitterness.

Lightening quick maple syrup sweetness up front, but prompt finish. Carbonation is moderate. Short.

Very fine beer. I want to drink this before sex in the snow, but after a fine conaque. Larry, well done (again).

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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