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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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3,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,179
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 145
Gots: 220 | FT: 11
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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Photo of ramseye4


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Dark brown color, light brown head, gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S=Massive roasted malt hits the nose first, faint smoky aroma, a bit of chocolate as well. The roasted malt dominates, however.
T= Burnt, roasted malt comprises the majority of the taste, some espresso flavors, a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste.
M=Full bodied and highly carbonated, a bit rough, but in a pleasant way,
D=Outstanding, especially for this style. The low ABV definitely helps, along with the good, but not overly complex taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:51:05 | More by ramseye4
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured almost black with a huge light brown rocky head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of burnt cereal malts, a leathery yeast with notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee. It tasted mildly bitter and acidic in the beginning and finished with a sweet/bitter coffee flavor that stayed with you for an average length of time. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a pretty basic stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 18:05:54 | More by KajII
Photo of TMoney2591


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Hey, my label's different! (I'm sorry, it's all I had to start with. I'll try better next time...) No matter, it pours sleek obsidian (that seems to want to be tinged with either ruby or garnet, but just can't quite get it done) topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light char, a very light touch of anise, and a sprinkling of dark chocolate. Though there may be more listed there, the roast is king, and everyone 'round town knows it. The taste mimics the smell, with roasty dominance continuing. However, here the dark chocolate and anise shine through a bit more, along with a dull cut of coffee in the back room. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice stout, kinda one-dimensional (and then some), but it definitely hits the spot when a stout is desired.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 05:45:36 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black and I managed to get about 3 fingers of chocolate-colored head on it. The head eventually faded into a solid layer, leaving behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt, some bitter dark chocolate and burnt aromas. There's some smoke in there as well.

T: Roasted malt up front with some slightly sweet chocolate flavors that follow. The finish has some bitter coffee flavors.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. There's a nice thick, creamy feel to it despite the carbonation though.

D: Goes down pretty smoothly with the creamy body.

Overall, a pretty decent stout. Nice and creamy, though the burnt coffee aftertaste is a bit unappealing.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 22:23:09 | More by n2185
Photo of beersensei305


3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- opague black with a nice foamy head thats tan in color. good lacing

S- Roasted Malts, Coffee, Chocolate, faint yeast

T- Roasted Malts and Cocoa, kinda coffee ish, bitter from char, the licorce is noticeable as it warms

MF- Char feeling in the mouth not that heavy

D- Good but i am not a licorce fan

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 03:00:43 | More by beersensei305
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2009.

Pours opaque black with a quarter inch of brown froth. A partial skim coat with dotted lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are chock full of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, brownie batter, nougat, and char. Very roasty with a hint of smoke.

Full bodied with a chewy, doughy body. Plenty of gription and tack.

Black fudge, chocolate cake batter, espresso, burnt malt, and Oreo shells lead off the palate. Hints of Kahlua, licorice, and a bit of heat follow through.

Finishes with lingering char, chocolate, and espresso.

The amount of body and flavor are impressive for a 6% brew. Pretty substantial beer and this one seems to have aged quite well, although any licorice is barely detectable and only found because I was looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:59:01 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of ChugginOil


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown which ends black once settled in the snifter. The tan colored head fluffs to about an inch and slowly settles. The nose offers scents of toasty malt and light coffee. A calm sweet scent is also present. The taste is bold and toasty. The roasted and sweet malts are balanced well in combination with a subtle coffee/cocoa taste that offers a bit of bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with just enough carbonation to tickle the palate. This this stout is very drinkable due to a well hidden ABV and great taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:19:36 | More by ChugginOil
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark as night from a bottle into a pint glass. A thin caramel head quickly vanished but created a light brown ring surrounding the glass. Very good coffee and chocolate notes for the nose which gets enhanced on the taste. Roasty chocolate malts on the tongue make for a real easy drink. A slight bitter finish but not filling at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 04:34:37 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of ptykozoon


3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The usual dark brown, dark fizzy head implodes fast. No lacing or head after a minute though.

Subtle scents of syrup, dry cocoa.

Well rounded and decently complex taste for the lowerish 6%. Quite tasty, mostly licorice, roasted chocolate.

Bitter mouthfeel, dry and roasty.

Pretty good lil stout. Probably wouldn't seek out again though, could really use some more sweetness in my opinion - vanilla, chocolate or something.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:18:45 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of Murrdogg


4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- beautifully dark as it should be. Deep amber/ruby when viewed at extremes in the light

S- slight coffee and toasted chocolate

T- Smokiness hits you immediately, a robust coffee taste is blatant, and a lighter chocolate aftertaste. Dark cherries and burnt sugar are there if you look for them. Very unexpectedly smooth

M- surprisingly light and smooth feel, despite the robust taste

D- Though this stout is a bit too coffee-ey for my likings, it was very easy to drink, and is complex enough for my likings. It was perfect with a chocolate-based dessert

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 04:58:01 | More by Murrdogg
Photo of metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha colored head that quickly died down and left wispy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and hints of coffee and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are noticeable flavors of licorice as well as hints of chocolate and coffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink because it isn't very filling.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:03:05 | More by metter98
Photo of schmit01


4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found it at the local Minottis Liquor store while searching for the Sierra Hoptimum....
Not what I was looking for, but happy nontheless
Great foamy head.
Good Roasted Coffee Aroma.
Smooth and Delicious Flavor
Alcohol a little high for more that a couple, only down side....

Overall... anoth Bells to be very happy with

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 14:01:45 | More by schmit01
Photo of Landfill21


4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a opaque black and leaves a fingernail head that follows all the way down the glass.

Has a great smell of roasted nuts, coffee, and malt.

Tastes great and has a smooth finish. Would recommend another quality Bell's beverage.

Has a light mouthfeel which makes the drinkibility high. This is a highly complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 19:32:33 | More by Landfill21
Photo of titosupertramp


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown with a finger of mocha/tan head. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Different smell, but I like it. Sweetness actually dominates here, but there's a roastiness, toasted smell in the background. A little nutty.

T: Toast, roasted flavors. Pretty hoppy actually. Licorice is present.

M: Hops make it a little dry and sticky. Otherwise, it's a pretty smooth.

D: Something about this makes me think I probably couldn't have more than a couple of these in a sitting. Not the alcohol necessarily...something I can't place.

Good beer. Would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:39:06 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of EgadBananas


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very thick in appearance, black with no noticeable lighter tinges. Head was very frothy and creamy, about two fingers, retention was good and it left spongy lacing down the side.

Aroma is nice and lightly sweet, with hints of chocolate and roasted malts and faint background hops.

Taste is very roasted, with some charred sugary notes, chocolate, and some pleasant hints of roasted coffee that the nose didn't reveal. The finish is slightly bitter, which is very nice.

This brew has a full, robust body, creamy texture, with a welcomed and slightly chewy feel. Very smooth, and mildly coating.

Drinkability is great over all. Very easy to drink, with good tastes and aromas...multiples should be a must.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 00:40:15 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Brunite


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

Serving: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black as night. Yields a super head with great retention that turns pitted and fluffy. Looks like something you would want to eat with a spoon. You almost get a nitro-effect pouring from the bottle.Nice artistic lacing that remains.

Smell: Roasted as well as some sweet notes coming through.

Taste: Very complex. A lot going on. Lots of flavors from sweet all the way to bitter. Dark roast coffee, cocoa beans, grapefruit, raisin, dark cherry, a touch of licorice. This is delicious. A perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The flavors linger on. Dry on the tongue....sweet on the backside. Did I mention nice balance here?

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy.

Drinkability: This is delicious. It goes down easy. Like drinking a 85% cocoa dark chocolate bar dipped in coffee and then rubbed in some macerated dark fruits.

Overall: Probably my favorite American Stout. Another great beer from Bell's. This is going to be a regular in my rotation. Highly recommended. Only negative here is the lame label!!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:45:37 | More by Brunite
Photo of DocAJ


3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-Beautiful black color with a creamy tan head that left nice lacing

S-Choc and coffee aromas, dark cherry

T-follows nice, plus subtle licorice flavor and subtle hop taste that balances nicely

M-Creamy, medium bodied

D-Smooth drinker, could drink a couple of these

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 00:22:21 | More by DocAJ
Photo of secondtooth


3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Billed as a stout brewed with brewer's licorice, this one pours a deep black with a khaki/tan head of foam.
Scent is of dark rum, coffee, and burnt licorice.
Flavor is pretty middle-of-the-road, and not too out-there, but with hints of candy and rum -- a pleasant and unusual mix.
A complex and suble stout, with a unique bit of nuance.
A winner!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:52:25 | More by secondtooth
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: DARK COPPER COLOR, a bit of tan head at the top the dissapates into some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of roasted nuts, and dark fruits, with a bit of chocolate smell at the end

T: Licorice up front with roasted nutty taste at the tail end with some hint of chocolate almost like the smell

M: Medium bodied and creamy

D: One of my fav's from bell's will definitely be having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 15:33:36 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of bnes09


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black and completely opaque. Beautiful dark tan head with awesome frothy lacing.

Big roasted coffee and licorice aromas. Hint of smoke in the nose as well.

Taste follows suit with a bitter coffee roastiness that is hearty and satisfying. Licorice spice. Smooth molasses sweetness. Hint of bourbon and hickory smoke. Touch of herbal hop for balance. Well rounded and rich flavors.

Solid medium body. Moderate carbonation brings the flavors to your palate well. Even and smooth mid-drink with a crisp, dry finish.

Exceptional example of an American stout. Tons of flavor with excellent balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:19:20 | More by bnes09
Photo of velosuds


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours an almost black hue with a two+ finger, creamy tan head that lingers into an ample, sticky lace.

S-I find the aroma far too subdued for style. Label indicates brewed with brewers licorice, but don't smell any. All I really get is a bread like malt aroma.

T-Taste is not robust enough either. No licorice and mostly one dimensional roasted flavor.

M-Feel is fairly typical, but more reminiscent of the dry stout style.

D-Overall, this was a disappointment from a brewery that has gained high accolades.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:28:16 | More by velosuds
Photo of smcolw


3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light head but it sticks around, leaving ample spots on the glass. The color is near black where no light passes through.

A fairly mellow stout aroma. There are elements of darkened toast from black patent malt, but it is not harsh.

The flavor is closer to the classic dry stout profile. It has notes of espresso and faint nuttiness. There's a blend of hop and burnt toast taste in the finish which lingers long after the swallow. The body light to moderate and the carbonation is spot on. A good, but not great, stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 21:04:38 | More by smcolw
Photo of meatmallet


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Super dark brown nearly black with a medium brown head made of thin tiny bubbles.

Smell: It has a yeasty smell with some dark fruits and a almost campfire like charred wood smell with a bit of smoke, maybe a bit of licorice and some burnt caramel smell.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and some roasted coffee beans and quite a bit of hops. You get some dark fruit, burnt toffee, and dark roast coffee in the middle. Finishes bitter and sweet with some hoppy bitterness to it as well as the bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Full bodied and creamy. A flavorful beer with a wonderful smell but I couldnt manage to drink too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:51:54 | More by meatmallet
Photo of TheSeeker61


3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The appearance is jet black. Has a head that wasn't much but a ring kinda hung around.

The nose is of dark fruits, malt and coffee.

The taste is a malty coffee mix with some dark fruit emitting.

The mouthfeel is creamy and mild thick

Even though the ABV is not crazy high, it's not one that I'd have back to back. This is a one at a time as the coffee keeps me satisfied at one. Could certainly drink this another day. An overall good brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 20:14:02 | More by TheSeeker61
Photo of Vdubb86


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a black color with a tan head that fades rapidly. The smell gives way strongly to smoked malts. Coffee notes exist behind the prevalent smoke notes and lend to an overall interesting aroma. The main taste that comes through is char, now I know how that sounds, not too pleasant, but with the smoke nose (because it doesn't come up in the taste) it's not too bad. The remaining flavors are rich caramel notes and a backer of roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is bitter and astringent on the palate. For a stout the body is pretty damn good, but this doesn't sit too well on the tongue with out messing with it. It has the strong bitterness and acidity of a strong cup of black coffee. The drinkability of this beer overall is a still good, and I would not turn this beer down if it were offered to me at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 06:46:52 | More by Vdubb86
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,179 ratings.