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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

3,235 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,235
Reviews: 1,424
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 146
Gots: 226 | 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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blackie

Virginia

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
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, batch # 6781. Black with a light brown head. A nice lacing is left behind on the shaker glass. Medium strong smell of malted chocolate and roasted grains. Medium heavy body with a smooth texture. Hearty flavor of blackened malts and sweetened coffee. Has a slight bitterness to finish from the blackened malts.
A pretty good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 10:18:50 | More by beerceller99
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Vancer

Illinois

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

A quandary? Style listed is milk stout, but…..

The pour was an almost black brew, with an excellent dense and lacey tan head. I would have given this a 5, but the label was dateless.

Nice chocolaty malt aroma, then the quaff: a dry, burnt toast/charcoal, hints of anise. Almost porter-like with notes of sour ale.

Rich, creamy and robust, an exceptional sipping stout – but to me, more along the lines of an export stout versus milk.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 15:05:28 | More by Vancer
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #38. Pours a think, mostly cloudy burnt brown color with red (and slightly orange) hues around the edge. Decent head that is pretty creamy but some bigger bubbles remain. Good lacing as well.

The smell comes out nicely with malt and a touch of sweetness. A nice roast aroma with a hint of astringency and coffee notes. A lactic aroma that has a milky aroma (versus oatmeal). Some earthy and citrus hoppy notes a bit much for style but ok. Yeast is noticeable if not more so with the Bells yeast strain.

The taste has a woodsy taste with a good roasted flavor mixed with a light black malt at the end. A burnt after taste mostly. A creamy texture with touch of caramel and a sharp acidic taste that reminds me of sour apples. Noticeable esters come out. Some hop notes but not as noticeable as compared to the nose. A light yeasty note in the finish but also lighter.

The beer is smooth with a mild body. Very nice drinkability with a easy finish. The acidic aftertaste keeps the astringency down but still lets it come out. Overall a great stout but would like a bit cleaner fermentation.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 01:50:21 | More by Oxymoron
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

Appearance- Poured a nice creamy brown head. Color made me think of waterd down motor oil. That may not be appealing to most, but I believe almost jet black is the way a stout should be.

Smell- Tart oat smell, with some creamy roasted malt notes.

Taste- Tart malt hits the palate first, then an odd mix of hop bitterness and half & half. The aftertaste left a suprisingly delightfully smoky malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium palate but could still anjoy some french fried smiliy faces with my beer.

Drinkability- Even a stort that reimnds of motor oil deserves to take another glass to the lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 01:46:54 | More by scruffwhor
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whartontallboy

New York

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

Pours out a brownish-black with an inch or so of dark brown head of small, tight, glistening bubbles and brownish-red highlights on the edges.

Smell is burnt sugar, molasses, coffee/espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts.

The flavor is very similar to the smell: there's a big sweetness of chocolate and a roasted character as well, but there's also just a hint of vanilla and a little bit of sourness in the taste. The coffee flavors are not so pronounced, but they come through in the finish and linger a bit. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, quite suitable for the flavor.

Overall: A nice stout, somewhat sweet but not cloying, with a big roasted chocolate flavor. One that I'll pick up again; Bell's never fails to impress.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 02:04:48 | More by whartontallboy
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jewski

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a rocky brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate with some sweetness, and slightly astringent.

Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, somewhat sweet yet still very roasty. Finish is is very bitter, roasted, dry, slightly hoppy, typical Bell's sour yeast.

Initial mouth feel is full, but finishes more thin. Highly drinkable. The standard Bell's stout. Good and easy to find in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 07:48:25 | More by jewski
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, tan head formed and quickly left on the pour. Opaque and very nice. Dark brown on the edges.

Aroma is good. Malty with a touch of alcohol and cinnamon.
Nice enough roasted aroma. Some chocolate.

Chocolatey in taste and a bit chalky on the mouthfeel. Excellent flavor. Dry and smooth... but seemingly a tad thin. Still, the roasted, malty, chocolatey flavor wins over.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 05:17:14 | More by Fugazme
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BitterBrian

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed Oct. 2004

Pours a syrupy black/brown. Like a darker hershey's syrup. It has a velvety tan head that clings to the sides and won't let go - Almost like it is a meter saying - "beer was this full."

Smells of dark, roasted malts, chocolate and marshmallow. Some notes of alcohol are present.

Good Lord, this is tasty! Smokey malts, chocolate, and old coffee.

As it warms the coffee moves to the forefront. The lacing is still marking the starting line, while I hit the finish line.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 01:45:31 | More by BitterBrian
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the beer that turned me on to stouts, a style which has now consumed my already all-consuming beer passion. I remember oh so well thinking that a beer could not get bigger, or blacker. Time for a revisit, especially after the ass-kicker that was Batch 7000.

Just a few shades below jet-black. Glints of ruby, deep. Moderate tan head, great pasty lace rings.

The nose is strong, sweet. Malt extract, cocao, roasty chocolate. Vanilla. Powdered chocolate-milk mix. Oak. Port wine. Raisins.

Initially smoky with roasted malt; then intensely sweet, astringent, with hints of brown sugar and molasses. Bitter afterimage with caramel, too.

Amazingly Russian/Imperial at first sip, then gives way to a slightly watery characteristic I didn't care too much for.

Still, an amazing 'everyday' stout that is easy to forget in the Midwest with so many other good Bell's stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 15:12:46 | More by GreenWBush
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good stout. Thick and hearty.

Poured an extremely deep brown--almost black--in color. No light was penetrating. Thick bubbly head that was perhaps more foamy than creamy. Head was tinged a nice brown.

Nose was mildy of coffee and a little bit sour.

Sourly sweet. Kind of like milk that is about to go bad. Some cocoa powder and vanilla was coming through rather strongly. Plenty of sugar in this beer that was kind of cloying to the tongue and teeth. Little bit of a hop bitterness toward the back end. Roasted malts prevail through everything.

Mouthfeel was very heavy and dense. Definitely gut filling. Creamy but a bit souring too.

Nice stout for sipping but the sourness might be a bit too much after a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 01:21:59 | More by MuddyFeet
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Bell's Stout I've had the pleasure of trying, on tap at Klinger's in Hanover PA. Served in a pint glass, this beer is absolutely pitch black, no light at all coming through, a finger of beige head, nice retention and solid lacing. Smell isn't as strong as expected, a light roasted malt and some slight espresso. Taste is excellent, a nice roasted malt, cocoa, smooth milk chocolate, and a nice finish with some slight hops and a bitter lingering roast. Excellent balance between the sweet lactose and the bitter roast. Despite the thick chewey mouthfeel, I found myself downing this rather quickly. This is an amazing stout, I wish I could drink this more often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2005 21:09:55 | More by cubedbee
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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

The Bell's Kalamazoo Stout pours from the bottle a deep, menacingly dark onyx black with a two finger head of creamy tan foam that doesn't seem to want to go away. No light dares to attempt to get through my glass. Aromas of liquified milk chocolate are the first thing I notice followed by a wonderful roastiness with hints of ground coffee beans and a touch of burnt bread. Rich, deep and decadant.

First sip brings strong rush of dark roasted, burnt maltiness that carries a subtle smokiness. Creamy milk chocolate collides with a somewhat bitter coffee flavor. A touch of hops is there on the way down. Slightly lactic with a lingering burnt taste that follows each sip. This does a nice job of balancing the sweet and bitter. A wonderfully full flavored stout that doesn't hold back. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is big and viscous, it fills the mouth and definetly has a nice chewiness. However at the same time it is incredibly drinkable and I find my glass emptying rather quickly. A great stout overall, from a brewery that seems to never miss with the style. Put the words Bell's and stout together on a brown bottle and you'll undoubtedly see a smile on my face. Well worth seeking out if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 03:53:39 | More by orbitalr0x
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carln26

Missouri

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

Dark brown in color with Mahogany highlights. This beer poured from the bottle and was topped by a bubbly tan colored head that leaves an intricate lace on the side of the glass as it settles. The aroma is more subtle than the Expedition Stout. Hints of roast malt, espresso, and just a touch of chocolate come across immediately. Just a touch of citrus on the back end. The flavor is again more subtle than the Expedition. Layers of chocolate, espresso, just a bit of walnut. Caramel in the finish. Nice touch of bitterness lingers as I contemplate the rich, full mouth feel. Nice beer, much more approachable than the Expedition.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 17:00:10 | More by carln26
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longarm

Maryland

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

Thick brown head blankets a black brew. Decent carbonation for a stout that doesn't flatten quickly or overwhelm with too many bubbles.

Aroma has something that resembles nuts meshed with dark chocolate. Hops not noticeable, but roasted malt easily apparent.

Heavy, dark roasted coffee flavor reminds me of starbucks' mocha-chip ice cream. A little dextrinous and moderately chewy. While it has an initial hit of sourness, almost like an old-school porter, it finishes smooth with a kick of roasted malt bitterness. Somewhat out of balance, but still quite good and quite intriguing. Overall easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 22:46:03 | More by longarm
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a 20 ounce wine gobblet.

Appearance: Nice blackness with a coffee carmel colored head that was about half and inch high.

Smell: Smells of sweet burnt coffee and chocolate pronounced fruityness present.

Taste: Taste almost overly sweet. The coffee and chocolate stand out. There is some fruityness present.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is not a terrible beer I am just not impressed. The sweetness is not balanced by any other taste factors.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 16:50:05 | More by nlmartin
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown color head with great retention. Aroma of roasted malt with faint chocolate in the back. Taste is very creamy-like with a nice dose of chocolate. Not a whole lot of hops but I think this is for the best. Very well balance beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 15:08:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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budsboy

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ozer. No dates.

Pours black and opaque with a tan head that runs away too fast.

Dark, roasty toasty malt aroma with bitter chocolate and hints of dark fruit. All very tempting.

Espresso, ash, sweet chocolate and a coffee bitterness. Bitter aftertaste hangs around. Malty character grows as it warms and it gets much better. The alcohol has a warming effect.

Somewhat chalky, full, yes, but a wee thin. Low carbonation.

A fairly straight-forward beer. Coffee flavors are most predominant, so if that's what you look for in a sweet stout, this is a great one. Otherwise, this is solid Bell's offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 01:32:29 | More by budsboy
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blitz134

California

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly pitch black brew. Some brown around the edges. Medium brown head was small and fleeting. As expected this is a sweet smelling stout. Comes across with a bit of milk chocolate and some caramel maltiness. The slightest bit of charring in the background. This has a very pleasing flavor which isn't overdone at all. Again, slightly sweet to start. Some raisin, plum fruitiness. This fades to a sweet chocolate, toffee flavor, and finishes with a touch of bitterness from some faintly floral hops and dark roasted malts. Nice and crisp mouthfeel makes this one refreshing. Still has an oilyness to it as well. Drinkability is superb. A very well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 02:08:10 | More by blitz134
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dirtylou

Washington

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

12 oz single from Riley's, Batch 7061...an old favorite

appearance: for the style, this is perfection...Bell's stouts are all beautiful looking beers. this pours near black, with dark brown highlights...a beautiful and thick tan/khaki head with rim lacing

smell: coffee, sweet dark chocolate, toast malts...quite heavy on the espresso...incredibly impressive

taste: God, this stuff is even better than I remembered. This stuff is by far the cream of the milk/sweet stout class. Beautiful smooth dark chocolate on the tongue, nice coffee/espresso roastiness, some fresh hops, some dark fruit, some nice oats...just wonderful

mouthfeel: super creamy, medium bodied

drinkability: incredible

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 00:57:45 | More by dirtylou
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,235 ratings.