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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,663 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,663
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 164
Gots: 350 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Jparker37
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/22/11

A - One finger thick dark brown head dissipates quickly but looks delicious. Very opaque black with no cling of lacing.

S - Awesome complex dark chocolate malt. More subtler coffee roastiness. I don't quite get the licorice yet. Very rich! Hint of smokey tobacco as it warms.

T - Not creamy nor sweet, but complex with coffee roast and dark chocolate. Finishes with a sharper roasty bitterness.

M - A thinner mouthfeel was unexpected. On the dry side for the style with little carbonation.

O - The licorice never really crossed my palate or was identified. I thought the smell was unmatched for a simple American stout but lacked depth in taste. Still very much enjoyed. I blame some of the quality on the store which I purchased this single beer from (world market) where this beer was stored warm for multiple months. I can easily get a six pack fresh which I will do and re-review.

Photo of DaveONan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TheCondor
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle of this in a mix and match six pack of stouts at the local store when I had a serious hankerin’ for stouts. Poured from the bottle into a Boulevard oversized wine glass.

Appearance – Pours an impressive deep brown, almost black color with a nice two finger tan head which leaves pretty good lacing. A nice looking beer overall.

Smell – Roasts, chocolate, and coffee come at you full steam ahead. There is no doubt as to the desired scent of this beer. It does not have a nasal identity crisis. Just a flat out good smelling stout.

Taste – Impressive! There is a sweetness in the opening, followed by the more traditional roasts, chocolate, and coffee flavors of a stout, then finishing with a nice bitterness. Excellently balanced, I love it. I am really impressed by this beer.

Mouthfeel – This may be one of the most impressive aspects of the brew. It is so smooth, goes down like almost like milk. Thick, creamy, smooth, easily drinkable.

Overall – This is an excellent example of a solid stout, another good offering from Bell’s. I have been disappointed with my last few reviews so it is nice to review an impressive beer which exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend this brew, sessionable, easy to drink a bunch of them. Man this was good. I will get more.

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/14/11.

As one might expect, the beer is black with a tan head. Head is moderately sized and begins to dissipate pretty quickly.

Smell strongly contains the black liquorish that bottle indicates is present, along with roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate scents as well. A bit of a vanilla scent. Quite nice.

Taste is nice and big for a "regular-strength" stout. The liquorice again plays a prominent role but does not overpower the rest of the beer. Speaking as somebody who is not a big liquorice fan, I think the flavour is very nice. The roasted malt is also strong, and brings along with it a coffee flavour, though not as strongly as in the nose. All flavours are well integrated and the beer is very nicely balanced- very mildly bitter aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation, full bodied and fairly creamy.

Overall, a very nice stout. Bell's seems to do no wrong and I only wish that I could buy their beers in Ontario.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a ~2cm head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, fairly dense in stature. Descends in a few minutes to what is a perpetual, thin cap atop the body. Leaves good lacing: spots and lines remain after each sip. Body is quite dark, a nearly-black brown, that even when held to the light, is still opaque and offers light brown edges.

Aroma of roasted and specialty malts, giving some roasted, dark chocolate, vanilla, and heavy-on-the-cream-coffee.

Taste is generous with burnt toast, dark chocolate, vanilla, cream (or lactose sweetness), and very dark dried figs. Lingering aftertaste of mild bitterness, burnt toast, and chocolate.

Beer is medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, accentuated by the body and carbonation. Quite pleasant to sip.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm astounded at the fact that I haven't reviewed this yet. Bottled 28th October 2011

Pouring black with dark brown highlights, this beer is capped with a creamy brown head with great retention and some lacing. The nose is pretty excellent. An excellent blend of roast, dark chocolate syrup, a blend of grainy bitterness and licorice, this is pretty excellent. Lactose sweetness is also present, as is some molasses. Exceptional balance IMO.

The palate opens with a wonderful blend of licorice, dark chocolate and an aggressive yet restrained roast. Fruity mid-palate with some dried figs, along with an excellent creaminess. Dries up on the finish with a rather exceptional balance of roast, licorice, dark chocolate and just enough sweetness to balance them all out, this is really nice. Medium-light in body with moderate but creamy carbonation, this feels really really good on the palate. Among the best stouts there is, highly recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of match1112
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark cola color, settles in black as nite. thin tight head disappears rather quickly. less than average retention and lacing.

s: roasted malts and a slight charred wood aroma dominate. some licorice in there as well.

t: roasted malts, some toffee and lactose are detected as well. slight hop presence as well.

m: in a blind tasting i would of said this is a milk stout. medium body and creamy. short lived dry roasted finish.

o: very drinkable, but also pretty standard for the style. .

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,663 ratings.