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

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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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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nice and dark with a big beautiful frothy/pillowy tan head that leaves some very attractive lacing.

S: Smells uniformly sweet and roasted. Has a touch of licorice. I get a fair amount of chocolate, nearly milk chocolate.

T: Taking my first few gulps, its got everything that a good solid stout should have--roasted malts, caramel sweetness, coffee, and a hefty dose of chocolate. The aftertaste is starts with a slightly bitter hop bite and then fades into a dark chocolate layer that keeps building on itself the more you drink it. This is actually a decently bitter stout.

M: Medium, but feels sort of light for a stout, but it makes up for that with its creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Tends to dry you out with a layer of bitter dark chocolate in the aftertaste which I love so much in a stout.

This beer is extremely well executed and very drinkable. After having their sweet and luxurious Double Cream Stout, this one is kind of like that, but with a hefty dose of hops to halt the sweet malts in their place. It is really a toss up between them, and you can't go wrong with either.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As per usual, poured this one into my trusty glass stein.

Appearance- The body is certainly good for a stout. Black? Yep. Opaque? Yep. The head made it to almost a finger, before settling in at a pencil-width of milk chocolate colored head. Not really much lacing, which would have been nice to see.

Smell- Some caramel malt coming through, as well as the roasted coffee note that is pretty standard for most stouts.

I was on the look out for anise or licorice since the bottle wants to make sure I know that it had some brewers licorice in there. I am not finding it though.

Bell's certainly must have a steady hand if they can add brewer's licorice so well that it is masked on the nose! Still time to find it in the drink though.

Taste- I found a good amount of slightly sweet, bread malt and roasted malt in the flavor profile. And, just a little bit of that anise, licorice in the finish, but it takes its sweet time showing itself.

There is also a little bit of chalky, milk chocolate mid-drink to finish, but oh so subtle. Honestly, this is feeling pretty "one-note" to me, but at least what is here is enjoyable, if a bit bland.

Mouth feel- It is good for a Bell's offering, which translates to "outstanding". It is smooth and creamy. The body is a pretty big medium body, but I would not call it "big", if that makes sense.

Overall- The Kalamazoo Stout seems a bit irreverent from the creepy old-guy next door neighbor that graces the bottle art, to the semi-snarky text on the back of the bottle.

However, it comes off a bit, "normal". All the flavor profiles are what are expected for a stout, roasted malt, semi-sweet notes, roasted finish. Yet they are very pleasant and make for an easy to drink beer.

Bottom line, I'd drink it again, gladly.

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

Pours an inky black with a brown head, which clings nicely to the glass. The aroma is slightly crisp and medicinal. I believe this is due to the licorice mentioned on the bottle. The taste consists mostly of roasted barley, toasted bread, and a hint of caramel. This beer coats the mouth very well - it is solidly thick. Not as dry as some stouts either. Well done Bell's!

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