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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

3,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,740
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 170
Gots: 398 | FT: 8
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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Ratings: 3,740 | Reviews: 1,472
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of dense frothy, light brown head. Retention is average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Great nose on this. This has the coffee with creme thing going. Plenty of coffee with a vanilla like milkiness. Also lots of chocolate to accompany a moderate, though supple roastiness. Licorice adds yet another layer of complexity. Really pleasant.

4.5 T: Taste is much like the nose. Plenty of coffee, chocolate, vanilla creme, and licorice, which is a bit stronger in the taste. The roastiness if more aggressive, but still in a good range. Really tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy for the body, but I would prefer a bit more body and creaminess.

4.5 D: Really great beer. This one surprised me. I wasn't expecting it to be this stellar.

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Appearance - Spent oil black, completely opaque body with an finger or so of light tan head.

Smell - Toasted malt smell with a fade into a very sweet plum/chocolate aroma. Even with a 6% ABV you can smell the alcohol.

Taste - Sweet licorice/smokey start with a quick fade to a more bitter, not quite dark chocolate aftertaste. The taste lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel - A little more carbonated than some of the recent stouts that i've had. It works well, the body is not to thick, but has enough character to linger on the tongue.

Overall - "Good" is the best adjective to describe this beer in my opinion. It is good, but doesn't really have any qualities that really set me off or make me really think hard about the flavors. It is a solid beer, but not one that I will be thinking about for too long.

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