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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,254 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 1,424
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 147
Gots: 231 | FT: 10
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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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Sammy Smith pint.

A - Near pitch black with a 1/2 inch sticky brown head that falls to leave behind faint whispers. Lacing is pretty minimal.

S - Dark roasted malt with big coffee scents. "Roasted" dryness seems to be the most lasting in the smell department.

T - Dark malt, coffee hangs in there as well, with a nice sweetness following.

M - Smooth & full transitions to a nice roasted finish will a slightly dry, sticky aftertaste.

D - Refreshing stout with a lower ABV (which is not noticeable). Could definitely be a fallback beer if I wanted something familiar and heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 23:22:34 | More by gmcfarre
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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

On the pour it looks like it has the consistency of a Russian Imperial Stout. Sort of like molasses. Some brownish head.

This beer has more boozy tastes than the average regular stout. The aroma is filled with chocolate malt, which makes sense since one of the primary malts used must be chocolate malt.

A nice and solid beer. I'm imagining that more complexity may show up on cask, but I'm not sure if I'll ever experience that.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 12:27:11 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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karst

Missouri

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

Two fingered brown sugar headover a black brew. Sharp, espresso & dark bittersweet chocolate aroma. Double crack - roasted coffee, roasted barley and balanced hop bitterness in flavor. Very strong chocolate flavor. Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a lingering enjoyable hop and roasted unmalted barley bitterness almost an imperial stout. Put this together with my first beer at Bell's Ecclectic Cafe and I was in heaven

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2006 00:12:25 | More by karst
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque black. Tan head, not much retention, but it leaves a little lace. I think a stout should have more of a head (that stands up!).

S: Roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, slight tangy-tartness.

T: Plenty of dark roasted flavour (not burnt), nice bitter chocolate, with a little coffee. Balanced by a pleasant sweetness, but surprisingly dry for the style (it's not overly sweet). As it warms, the fruity esters from the yeast become more apparant.

M: Thick & creamy like a stout should be. Light to moderate carbonation. Slight chalky acidity... but very nice.

D: Good.

Bell's stouts rock!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 01:16:23 | More by Derek
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a pitch black with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is all roasty and malty sweet. Nice.

The taste is yummy.... Great roastiness up front offset by a sweet malty, almost chocolate milky flavour that has me saying, Milk stouts are good. :^)

Bottom line: This is quite the different stout and one I favour...I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 00:31:46 | More by Bitterbill
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evanackerman

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well, this is a nice stout from Bell's, they seem to specialize in stouts, so far so good.


appearance is nearly black with a dark tan head that settles into an 1/8th inch layer. nice looking stout.


smell is typical stout smell, nothing spectacular.

taste is nicely balanced between roasted barley and an assertive hop character that provides a lingering bitterness.

mouthfeel is pretty good, not too thin, not overly carbonated.

drinkability is high, a very pleasant beer overall. a little expensive in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 01:57:31 | More by evanackerman
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color with a big foamy dark tan head. A fairly heavy pour created huge lumpy head. The head falls to a fairly thick film that leaves some nice clumpy lacing. Hints of expresso, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. The smell isn't as strong as i expected. Taste does come through with more punch than the smell. Again coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Slight bitter chocolate aftertaste but very minimal. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost a milk like smoothness. Overall a very drinkable beer. Not world class but certainly very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 01:40:36 | More by beermanbrian
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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

A - Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Nice big bubbles cling to the side of the glass with some lacing.

S - Strong sweet aroma, expresso, milk chocolate, roasty malt.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, slight bitterness, hints of coffee.

M - Medium body with a nice creaminess.

D - A solid easy drinking stout. Nothing jumps out and grabs you about this beer but there are not really any flaws either. A great session beer to have on hand when you are looking for a nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 00:57:39 | More by brewcrew76
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naderator55

Oregon

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

Pours a dark black impermeable color. Head is very weak(partly due to my pour ive drank a couple of these before and had about a half inch head.
Smells are full of cocoa beans and chocolate.
Taste has hints of coffee and chocolate, this is a true sweet stout. The alcohol is fairly hidden. I want to say i taste a slight aroma of caramel.
This is a very drinkalbe and the texture is very smooth.
I rather enjoyed this beer it is a very high quality milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 03:16:44 | More by naderator55
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

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

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan.
pours jet black it has a thick consistacy it kinda looks like oil with how it pours.
the aroma is very rich and roasty, i get some chocolate, malt, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is roasty, coffee, chocolate, malt.
the mouthfeel is a little thick but nothing you would not expect from a milk stout, fills the mouth and coats the inside.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 06:03:10 | More by plaztikjezuz
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jlh8643

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. A very nice tan head sits on top of a near black body leaving fair lace on the sides of the glass. Dark coffee and roasted malts dominate the nose. Acrid and astringent, dark malts dominate the initial swallow. I can't find any lactic/milk sweetness. Full bodied and somewhat rich but I can't get around the roasted malt that sticks around to the end. Not a bad beer but not one that I would rank up near the top end either.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 02:01:54 | More by jlh8643
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thetachibro

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured jet black with a beautiful thick brown 1in head that left some nice lacing. The aroma isn't too potent but whats there is nice. Subtle chococlate with mild roasted malts. When i take the first sip what immediatley comes to mind is frozen coffee drink maybe a coolata or something. Nice and sweet with a nice balance of a little bit of hops along with the malts. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than medium body. Drinkablility is high as this one is very smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 14:02:04 | More by thetachibro
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to CRJMellor for this one too...
Coal black in color with a full finger of dark brown head..sits on top and goes absolutely nowhere.
Great scents from this one...a boatload of dark chocolate with a subtle malt sweetness that pulls you in.
Taste is real nice...tons of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, a pinch of coffee. Sweetness is more apparent in the taste and adds just enough to make this brew quenching like no other stout I have tasted to date.
Mouthfeel is thicker than medium bodied and the carbonation is spot on.
Drinkability is through the roof as I plow my way through this one.
Solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 01:16:34 | More by warriorsoul
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black, some red highlights, thick brown head forms, nice lacing and good retention. Smell is roasty, coffee and chocolate, with some cherry. Taste is the same, lots of roasty chocolate and coffee, with a little bit of dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Excellent stout, thanks DrJay!

Review #400

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 04:16:09 | More by Viggo
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A robust mocha head over a black body. The head lingers to the bottom of the glass and a Smells of sweet and roasted malt and espresso. Sweet malt flavors upfront joined by vinous fruit. Notes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and roasted grain as well. Balanced by a mild bitterness. Full-bodied and moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a slightly drying finish.

The sweetness of this beer might be a bit too much for some, but I like it and it is a “sweet stout” afterall. That being said the k-zoo stout is very well balanced and has an exceptional amount of complexity. This is a mainstay around our house.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 23:49:02 | More by Shovelbum
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer with brown edges and a dark tan stand of head composed of fine bubbles. Plenty of thick lace. Rich, malty, roasted aroma with some coffee and licorice character. Moderate bitterness that seems to be from both hops and dark grains plays nicely with the roasty malt sweetness that lingers into the finish. There's some chocolate, as well as leafy hops that contribute a bit of citrus. Light, well-integrated carbonation and a medium body produce a silky, creamy texture. A bit drying in the finish. An excellent beer with a big, roasty flavour. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 16:21:18 | More by DrJay
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought just a single bottle from a cooler at Bullseye liquors in South Bend. Batch 7051 packaged on september 6th, 2001.

Poured into a pint glass and was impressed with the look of this beer. dark, reddish brown color with a 1in. caramel colored head. head is creamy on top supported by large bubbles. Fantastic odor. like i expect stouts to smell. closest description i can come up with is cold, alcoholic chocolate chip cookies. Smotoh, coffee/chocolate flavors. bitter citrus-like hop taste on back of tongue. bitter roasted malt finish. tangy quality that is midly odd. mouthfeel is smooth going in. prickly going down. nice and thick. Great finish lingers and leaves me wanting more. this is a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 15:16:17 | More by aforbes10
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

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

Super black and opaque with a tan/brown head. Roasty nose, exceedingly dry roasted flavor. Lick smackingly dry. Smooth, slightly oily, again, so dry as to be almost tart. A very drinkable stout, but not overwhelming. From a batch in the 6700s, which would put it around a year old.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 13:55:34 | More by hustlemuscle
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hanco005

Minnesota

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

12 oz bottle of batch 7128 into a pint glass

A---pours dark black with thick bubbly light brown head. 2 inch head fills the rest of the glass and caps it like a mushroom. Head reduces to nothing after a 10 minutes or so.

S—mild coffee and bitter sweet dark chocolate aroma

T—perfect! Strong dark chocolate malt flavor with a mild bitter finish of coffee

M—thick and creamy, heavy body with mild carbonation

D—a wonderful stout; I ‘d have maybe one more due to the thickness.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 04:45:39 | More by hanco005
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blackie

California

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

appearance: The pour creates a low beige head. The beer is very dark in color, with only a little brown light escaping from the edges of the vessel.

smell: Smells delicious. There's an interplay of roasted (coffee), smoky, chocolate, and dark sugar aromas that is satisfyingly complex. The aroma is not overly sweet, but just right. A light but obvious hop aroma is also found.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body is on the lighter side of the heavy range.

taste: A sweet chocolatiness dominates the flavor, but right behind it are plenty of roasted, smoky flavors to keep it interesting. Slight hop bitterness cleans up a little of the sweetness.

drinkability: A good beer, and too easy to drink.

Received a bottle from CRJMellor as part of SS '05. The batch ID# 7061 printed on the reverse lable indicates a bottling date of (not found in database).

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 04:41:05 | More by blackie
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zjungleist

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with a smallish tan head. The smell was not very pronounced, mainly bitter roasted malts and a bit of hops. The taste however was quite good, starting with sharp roasted coffee flavors and decent herbal hops, then with sweeter chocolate/toffee notes, finishing with some more bitter hop . Somewhat complex and decently rich. Mouthfeel is very well balanced with good carbonation and very slightly oily finish. High drinkabiliy and decent value.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 07:00:01 | More by zjungleist
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maddamish

Tennessee

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

I had this at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn.

Another good stout in my quest to drink the best stouts man has to offer. The body was average stout.

Coffee and expresso notes are present in the nose and the taste.

The only thing about this stout is that it did not separate itself well from it's brethren. Yes it is a good stout but it does not transcend the style like the Storm King.

With that being said, you could put this up against the Brooklyn Chocolate stout or the Rogue's and it would hold it's own. If you are a stout lover then please give this a try, just don't expect greatness.!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 03:15:05 | More by maddamish
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nortmand

Virginia

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

Blackish red pour, half a finger of tannish head.

Chocolate, rich roasts, dark, ripe fruits. Very balanced aroma.

A bit of residual balancing sweetness, midtongue dark, not burnt malts. By the end of the toungue, there is some acrid burnt flavor.

Medium to full bodied, could throw back a couple. Not bad, not groundbreaking, but pretty good on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2006 22:03:14 | More by nortmand
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hero27

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Strong musty aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavors are quite robust for a single stout. Too many stouts fall on the thin side, and the rest of the brew falls apart, but this one is thick and creamy enough to help the rest of it out. The little brother to Expedition, this brew is very rich and flavorful, and a must-try if you haven't been able to sample it yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 20:17:20 | More by hero27
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PeatReek

California

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7061: Bottled Sept. 2005.

Aroma: Subtle, a little sweet, wine-ish, with a hint of roasty chocolate.

Taste: Wow. Starts woody, a bit of a wine taste (but not very strong), resolving to a full, dry, roasty chocolate finish. A few sips later: the finish is very roasty! And chocolatey.

Appearance: 1/4 in. head dissolves pretty quickly to a rim. Beer is black, brownish around the edges where the light can get through.

Mouthfeel: a little thin for a stout, and kind of slippery. Light carbonation accents the roast flavor very well. No alcohol bite.

Overall, the more I think about it, the less my "taste" description does it justice. This beer is not especially complex, it's no imperial stout, but the balance of roast, chocolate, and woody flavors is sublime. Expedition may be the showpiece of Bell's stouts, but this one's definitely the bread and butter - I could drink Kalamazoo stout all night long.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 19:44:59 | More by PeatReek
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,254 ratings.