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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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3,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 149
Gots: 264 | FT: 11
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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Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a nice black with a creamy head that holds nicely and laces well. The smell is sweet with a small roasted characteristic and a hint of chocolate. The taste is very similar to the smell - very sweet and a small amount of roasted and chocolate characteristics. The mouthfeel is creamy as expected with smooth carbonation. Overall a good stout. I was expecting the liquorice flavor but it was not too strong.

MSchae1017, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one at a local store that has some pretty hard to find beers, at least in my area. Pours a dark, near pitch black. Decent brown head but nothing too special. Batch #7767. Smell is chocolate with some fruit undertones and a hint of the brewer's licorice they mention on the bottle. Taste was better than I expected after the initial impression I received. The milk and sweet side of this stout come through, especially when poured in a pint glass. Goes down well all things considered. Overall, I would consider this one to count on.

ncvbc, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a full creamy brown/dark brown head, decent carbonation, lasting low head, and leaves nice lace sheets. Big rich roasty malt aromas. Big roasty malt flavors with a good bit of sweetness and dark chocolate tones. Full-medium bodied with a big smooth creaminess and a nice roasty sweet finish.

Big and bold... let it warm a bit.

Per Label: "Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice"

Per Bell's website:
OG: 1.063
ABV: 6.0%

Batch # 7752 ('6286' lasered on bottom)
Bottled: 12/01/06 (per case box)
Tasted: 01/20/07

($8.49 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of zdk9
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very creamy stout with a very good balance of sweet and bitter. The smell is of toffee and cocoa. Taste is a good balance of hops and malt. Malt has a sweet roasted coffee flavor, reminescent of vanilla. Hops is definetly present, not too fruity. The mouthfeel is extreamly creamy and chocolaty, reminding my of nutella. I would rank this a fairly drinkable beer, one of the better from Bell's.

zdk9, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Bierguy5 for this brew...

Pleasantly suprised with the appearance and aroma here. I've been drinking Bell's beers for years now and for some reason have never tried the Kalamazoo stout. Well from the first two signs it seems I made a big mistake.

Pours nearly black with a nice mocha head that fades quickly and leaves some thin lacing to fester.

What a nose. I'd have to compare the aroma with the best of them it's that good. A wallop, in your face smack of Hot Fudge. Roasted chocolate, caramel, and tofee malty goodness. A Smither of vanilla and more bready aromas. Some floral hop to round out a bit, and a big finish of blackberry and hints of licorice and marshmallow.

One thing that pops too your head upon tasting is this resembles a nice Smores made on a camp fire. Roasty rich dark chocolate, carmamel, vanilla, and a heavy helping of marshmallow. A nicely integrated bitter finish with a black licorice backbone. Not the fullest bodied beer yet very satisfactory. Decently carbonated and overly drinkable.

One beer I wish I would have been drinking for many years now.

mcallister, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This highly anticipated stout pours completely silken black into my pint glass, covered with bubbly, deep brown head that unfortunately dissipates entirely in about a minute. Nose is dominated by coffee and licorice flavors against a backround of roasted malts.

The "brewers licorice" used dominates the taste as well as the scent as the coffee and roasted flavors again help carry the day. This is a dry stout with a good deal of carbonation and medium body that could use a slight upgrade in the thickness department. The flavor has many textures and makes this a very drinkable stout with a lot going for it.

daliandragon, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, brewed with brewer's licorice - batch 7715 (packaged 11/1/06). It pours into the chalice quite black with a medium-bubbled, yellow/khaki head that is thin, yet sustains, and leaves decent lacing. It smells of roasted/chocolate and burnt malts with dark fruits (figs?, plums?) and a little bit of a lactic character. The flavor is roasted and charred, almost acrid, with chocolate, coffee, green/piney hops, a medium to high bitterness from the hops and roasted malts, and licorice that makes a cameo after the beer warms a bit. The body is medium and smooth, with medium carbonation, and a long, roasted/coffee finish. Seems more like an American stout than a milk/sweet stout, but regardless, it is big, robust, and quite tasty.

mmmbeer, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of indy169
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout has a lot of wonderful qualities and very few if any low points. The pour is thick and creamy with very nice lacing and a coffee house aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and zesty without bitterness or sour. Each sip seems to have a life all its own and remains on the palate for a while. I am rarely disappointed by ANY of Bell's offerings and this is positively no exception. A great beer for a cold winter's night.

indy169, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark mahogany clear body, almost opague. Dark tan head strangely shaped as the side of a dice with the regular spaced dimples. Good retention and great lace.
Mildly sour hoppy scent with some medium roasted coffee bean.
Phenomenally delicious flavor. Smoked, sour, burnt and roasted coffee and hop taste. Mellow and round yet spiked and full of power. Round and buttery aftertaste again with plenty of roasted flavor.
Full body with just abit of coating and a good dry finish.
Highly drinkable, great taste, low enough abv to indulge in and a good looking brew.


oelergud, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black color and a firm tan head with excellent retention and heavy lacing to the bottom. The nose is primarily nutty, coffee, and roasted nuts. A lot of malt activity; hearty dark roasted espresso, roasted and charred malts, dry but not too bitter. Other balanced notes of some sour fruit and a strong hop addition that doesn’t detract from the flavor. Buttery caramel notes notes develop half way down bringing together the hop and malt characters. The mouth is chewy with a nice creamy smoothness. The finish is relatively clean with slight lingering nutty roasted malt notes. Solid brew and one that I could drink a few of.

cabsandking, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of adams82
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7767, packaged on December 15th, 2006.

Pours black with a nice rocky tan head. Looks like a killer stout. Simple, huh?

Smells of the obvious: Intense roasted malt character, bittersweet chocolate blended with a nice subdued sweetness. Smells like a killer stout as well.

Roasted malts dominate the flavor profile of this beer and it finishes bittersweet with some coffe, chocolate and hoppy notes. While I wouldn't say it's an extraordinarily complex flavor, it is blended very well and is extremely tasty!

Mouthfeel is good, medium to full bodied and fairlysmooth.

I really can't say enough good things about this beer. I'd have to say this is one of my favorite stouts and I could easily drink Bell's out of this stuff given the opportunity.

adams82, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No drink by date on bottle or label, but, there is a note about being brewed with brewers licorice.

The color is very dark, black in fact. Topped by a light brown thick two finger head, this one leaves thick wide sheets of lace.

The aroma is of nicely roasted malts and sweet caramel. I also detect some nuts in the smell too.

Taste is very smooth with a fine blend of roasted malts followed by a nice bitterness from the hops . This is a very fine example of the style and is very drinkable.

abcsofbeer, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with only a slight caramel highlight at the bottom of the glass. Thick, creamy coco colored head - great retention and lacing. Smells of roasted chocolate malts and a mild creamy sweetness. Creamy roasted coffee malt flavor - sweet in the second half. Just a hint of licorice adds some complexity into the mix. Sweetness lingers and mingles with the bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel approaching full in body.

Very satisfying. Hits the spot when you have a hankering for a stout and thats always a good thing.

wedge, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a used motor oil black, letting in no light, even around the edges. A thick, rocky 2 1/2 finger head erupt and fall very slowly with phenomenal retention. After finally falling, it leaves behind abundant lacing and a creamy blanket over top the glass.

Aroma is slightly roasty, very toasty, and a bit sweet. Caramel and raisins show through, and make the nose deep and inviting.

Flavor is interesting. Up front are flavors of malt caramels and toasiness. Next comes a bitter roasted quality, followed by a slightly sweet finish. The licorice that is added (according to the label) is just barely noticeable on the finish, although it may be all in my head. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Drinkability is decent.

Another great stout, from one of the best stout brewers in the world. It's amazing how many stouts Bell's can brew, yet all of them are good and unique. Recommended.

phisig137, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Matthew
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours into my glass opaque black with a small but decent sized khaki/brown head.
Very sweet aromas. Lots of caramel sweetness, butterscotch, dark pressed rasberries, light chocolate, with a slight medicinal aroma.
Sweet and smooth caramel, crystal, and roasted like malts very perceivable in this beer followed by some grainy chocolate, light fruitiness, with a smooth tail of melded flavors. The roasted character is subdued by the sweet flavors throughout each sip but is a nice contrast to the sweetness.
Medium bodied, light carbonation.
Good easy drinking sweet stout from Bell's.

Matthew, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured midnight black, with a generous dark tan fluffy head. Head lingered a while leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty much nondescript. Some notes of dark malt and coffee, and perhaps some sweet chocolate.

Taste is about the same, with a bitter hop/roast coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. This is a drinkable stout which probably would not fill you up as quickly as others.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a beautiful think egggshell colored head that left nice lacing on the glass as it was consumed.
The color was very typical of a stout, black with no light able to get through this beer. Mouth feel was very average, although highly carbonated.
As far as the taste of the beer itself, I found it very average at best for a stout. Had a fairly bitter finish with lingering flavors of coffee.

dmamiano, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head pours a nice lacing that falls thin into a lacing that doesn't stick all to well. The taste is a little too bready and the coffee flavors are dominated by off flavors that aren't great. The mouthfeel is very nice and very smooth. Overall I would like something a little more fresher, but I will still try another for freshness sakes.

Erdinger2003, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a pitch black with an inch of tan, bubbly head thats sticks around for about 5 minutes and has nice lacing. Aroma is of the not-so-bashful sort, roasty toasty malts, almost a burnt quality to it.

Taste does have a burnt quality to it, in a good way though, the roasty toasty malts so strong, with notes of coffee espresso, chocolate, anise maybe?, and un-hoppily bitter hops. Mouth is a zinger, hefty carbonation prickling the tongue, yet still kind of smooth. This seems to me that this beer is to stouts as mean beastly bastard hop-bombs are to IPAs, and as with hop bombs, I like it.

objectivemonkey, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark as hell nice tan head, that sticks around for a little while. The smell is a roasty ride punctuated with fruity notes and anise-fennel-esque musings. The taste is a powerful sweet stout with plenty of coffee roastedness to even out the sweet, with the anise flavors noticeable and nice without being to ripe. The body is a little thinner than most stouts, but it fits well with the beer. It is a pleasent drinker but not an all day affair.

Higravity, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger brown head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts with a roasted/burnt chocolate flavor, some sweetness, nice stout. $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

jdhilt, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark, pretty much black. Nice thick head with great lacing.

Smells roasty with a nice astringency. Unsweetened licorice is there as well as some lactic sweetness as well.

Taste is magnificent, although a little dry for the style. Creamy and quite dry. Nice bitterness and beautiful balance between astringency, roastiness and sweetness. Fantastic. The licorice is noticeable and contributes a lot of body and bitterness, but not sweetness.

Very nice mouthfeel- quite creamy and dry, and good body.

Very drinkable. Has enough interestinf flavors to keep you going, but its dry enough to not at all be cloying.

Georgiabeer, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Neehan
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredible appearance, smell, and taste in this one. They all speak of creamy smoothness with a rich coffee taste, and a toasted, burnt malt flavor. I am incredibly glad that this was made available in my area, and I recommend it to all who enjoy great craft beer if they get a chance to taste it. I personally recommend drinking this slightly colder than most stouts as it seems to enhance the smoothness and slightly mellow the burnt flavors. Regardless, an outstanding beer.

Neehan, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an oily black hue with a finger and a half dark tan head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a deep burnt grain aroma with highlights of chocolate and black malts.

The taste was upfront burnt grain, reminiscent of burnt toast. Nice bitterness and touch of chocolate malt.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy.

Overall a delicious milk stout. Very smooth despite the burnt malts. Very sessionable.

plaid75, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Minkybut
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer had a nice head that reeked of chocolate and smoked nuts. The tase was fantastic and was also rich with that nice malty rich coffee/toffee (but not sweet) chocolatey yummy taste. I really like this stout and will certainly purchase again.

Minkybut, Dec 17, 2006
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,394 ratings.