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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

3,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,658
Reviews: 1,457
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 164
Gots: 349 | 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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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a very good bottle shop, “PKGD 9/14/11” marked on label, (packaged?), purchased 12/11 and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours a rather thin head typical of the style which reduces to a thin but still present cap.
Black opaque color with a medium tan colored head. Decent lacing on glass.

Medium distinct, malt and yeast aroma. Not much else really.

Nice clean, crisp, wonderfully carbonated entry onto the palate, followed by a balanced roasted malt flavor which is somewhat muted yet very persistent. After it warms up to 60 degrees or so a nice light chocolate flavor kicks in. Good medium full mouth feel. Quite a pleasant drink

Nine finish of mildly bitter malt.

Very, very drinkable Stout. At 6% ABV I could be drinking this all night, (well at least until 9:00 PM anyway).
It’s not outstanding in any way, but taken on its own merits it is a very drinkable Stout and easily a session Ale.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Goose Island pint glass.

Appearance- Cola black w/ a one finger tan head. Tons of carbonation in the bottom of the glass. Great lacing.

Smell- Roasted barley and rootbeer come right at you. That's followed by the traditional chocolate and coffee.

Taste- A good roasted taste is the primary flavor. Not sweet at all...more of a bitter aftertaste. Some dark chocolate in the back.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy...not much else to say.

Overall- Not the best stout in Bell's line-up. Coming in at only 6%, its a welcomed change from all the heavy hitters I've had lately.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color one expects from a stout. It's not impregnable to the light, but it works well. The head is a one finger dark cream color with good lacing, but lacking retention.

S: Very strong roast, espresso, and chocolate notes, with the licorice appearing as a secondary characteristic to the main scent. Amazingly in your face aroma.

T: The flavors are quite good, if not on the same level as the smell. There's an opening of wood and vanilla, followed by a sudden, welcome upsurge of roasted malt and chocolate. Finally, there's a combination of a vegetal component and some subtle licorice on the finish. The flavors progress smoothly and create a good balance, being neither overly sweet nor bitter, and tastes bigger than its 6% might suggest.

M: Good thickness overall, with a smooth, semi-creamy body and little dryness on the back end. Carbonation is low.

O: Definitely a great stout. It's not perfect, but it genuinely makes me wish I didn't have to drive to Virginia to get it (then again, it's worth going a state over to pick it up...)

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes typed up during the recent BA server transition.

Opaque, deep, dark brown liquid fills my glass. On top rests a foamy head colored brown. Good brown lacing remains behind and I sip the beer out of my pint glass.

Roasted malts, coffee bitterness and some alcohol make up the aroma. It is rounded out by a hint of licorice.

This is a malty, semi-sweet beer. The brewer's licorice used in this beer has a strong flavor. Earthy, roasted malts also make up a lot of what I taste. Mild bitterness can be tasted as I swallow.

This beer has a fuller body and lower levels of carbonation. My lips are left somewhat sticky, and a noticeable coat is left in my mouth. There is a little bit of flavor in the coat, but it tastes slightly diluted.

This is an enjoyable stout, but not one I would go out of my way to have again. I would recommend it if you see it offered somewhere where you're shopping, or if you are a big fan of licorice as an additive.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with small off white head. Nose is heavy on chocolate with some beautiful roasty, earthy, spicy coffee in the background. Taste is full bodied with the big coffee and mocha standing out prominently, earthy, light coffee spice, roast, WOW. Not too sweet or syrupy, medium carbonation. What an excellent stout! This is probably the best non-imperial, non-sweet/milk stout out there. And you can drink it all day.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,658 ratings.