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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

3,700 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,700
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 169
Gots: 374 | 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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3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB Globe glass.

Pours an extremely dark brown- near black. Has a relatively small head. Appears to be lightly carbonated.

Typical stout aroma. Tons of coffee and dry roast and chocolate. Maybe a dash of oats. Also get some subtle vanilla sweetness. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste matches the aroma almost identically. Dry and roasty up front with coffee notes. A little bit of chocolate follows complemented by a little bit of sweetness. Finishes dry and roasty with a slight amount of bitterness.

Medium to full body with low carbonation. Slightly creamy and pretty drinkable for a stout.

This is a good stout staple. Embodies what I think of as a regular non-imperial stout. If I wanted to introduce someone to the style, I might use this one.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of hampden

A- pitch black and opaque. No light gets through. A dark tan head color that is about a finger. Nice circular lacing around the inside of the mug.

S- i do get a hint of the licorice but more of a charred wood or smokey smell. Nothing else but simplistic is good.

T- burnt toffee or charred woodsmoke and light licorice and fruit as well. The smoke really comes out in the aftertaste.

M- full bodied and charred smokey aftertaste lingers in the mouth.

O- One of my favorite stouts and one of my favorite beers from Bell's. There cherry stout still reigns supreme of this but it is decent.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with 1/4" of cappuccino head that has good retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth, rich roasted malts, mellow coffee, and faint chocolate in the finish. There are some faint hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid stout. It's fairly simple and to the point, but the simplicity works here. I've had this one several times and will probably have it again.

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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured like used motor oil, and I mean that in a good way. About a 2 finger, foamy, light brown head, that stuck around a little while and laced very well.

S- Heavy in the coffee roast area. A darker chocolate smell is also prominent. A slight, sweet hint towards the end.

T- Right off the bat, the coffee roast and dark chocolate comes through. A little hint of sweetness, possibly the licorice mentioned on the label, despite the lack of an overall licorice taste. Finishes much the same way it started with the burnt roasts coming through and lingering on the palate a bit.

M- A little more carbonation than I've experienced in Oatmeal Stouts before, but it still works. Almost a milky texture that goes down very smoothly.

Overall, it's a brew like this that makes Oatmeal Stouts and stouts overall among my favorite styles. I will get this again, and soon.

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,700 ratings.