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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

3,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,665
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 165
Gots: 354 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poures a finger of mocha colored bumpy cumulus, color of the beer is a dark opaque brown. Lacing is nice and fairly substantial.

Smell - Rich roast and char notes, molasses, dark fruits, whiff of soy sauce, freshly baked pumpernickel bread.

Taste - Starts with full, rich roasted and char flavors, astringent black coffee, then tart plum peels, black licorice with just a touch of sweetness, finishes with a wonderful combo of grassy herbal hops, coffee grounds, dark fruit skins and burnt rye pumpernickel toast.

Mouthfeel - Begins medium and creamy, then a rich smooth carb foams across the palate paving the way for the bitter and drying characters to shine through.

Overall - This is a very flavorful and complex stout. While I prefer a touch more sweetness personally, the flavors, balance and complexity still make for a fantastic stout. Bell's has never let me down, and this is no exception. A 6% ABV makes this sessionable, another plus.

*One last note - the "brewers licorice" comment on the label made me shy away from this at first, do not let this deter you if you don't like licorice. This is NOT a "licorice beer". The licorice is simply a component of a complex symphony, one that is worthy of tasting.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of rct828
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jerone
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark dark brown approaching black, can see some through red around the edges. Nice fluffy can head that sticks around.

S - Some wood, charcoal, touch of chocolate and coffee and some hops.

T - Taste has some roasty toasty notes, some wood, tad bit of chocolate and some liquorice, ending goes to some hops that give a slight bitterness. Good flavors in this brew.

M - Medium body with relatively thin and low carbonation mouthfeel.

O - The flavors and smell are right on, although a tad more liqorice would be nice, but to me a more substantial mouthfeel would make this a much more enjoyable beer. Maybe more carbonation or simply a bit thicker/oily/whatever.

Photo of jcbattle
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chrispoint
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%

Photo of senorscientist
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer when there are limited options.

A dark beer with the aroma of chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Easy drinking, smooth taste. I remember my first time drinking it after a night out, that it tasted like pure chocolate. Of course, in more of a sober state it doesn't taste exactly like chocolate, but it is pretty close.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Beer pours a nice dark brown color, with very little head. Just a touch of ligher brown.

Beer smells slightly roasty of dark chocolate. Also present is the slight hint of licorice.

Beer taste does not overpower at all. Very light roasty taste slightly of coffee and a bit of the licorice on the backend.

Fairly light in body and easy drinking.

Pretty good non-Imperial stout.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 9/14/2011. Pours pitch black color, with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, light herbal hops, and a hint of licorice. Nice well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, pine, herbal hops, and a bit of spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, pine, and herbal spiciness for a bit. Very robust flavors for 6%, with great balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Hardly any alcohol presence except for a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and highly robust stout. Very drinkable with great flavor balance.

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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 6/6/2011) into a snifter. Pours a dark brown/black w/ a thick tan head that comes right back up with a quick swirl.

Aroma is black licorice, roasted malt, dark fruit (prunes maybe), some notes of caramel and a faint nuttiness. Interesting complexity on the nose.

Taste is mostly roasted bitter malt blended w/ a hint of malty sweetness. Not picking up nearly as many flavor components as the aroma suggests.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, nice.

Overall this is a really tasty, well put together stout.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Bells brew ever.
Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a deep brown black with tan head. Smell is of roasted malts and bitter malts.
Taste is creamy roasted malts. A bit bitter but kind of sweet.
Its a good stout, no questioning that, but that's all it is. Its good, not great.

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,665 ratings.