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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

3,330 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,330
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 147
Gots: 253 | 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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jellis00

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +20.3%

This is a really good stout. This is my favorite beer by Bell's.

A: Dark with really small bubbles.

S: smells like a coffee shop.

T: What a great taste. Very bold flavors that compliment each other nicely (coffee, caramel, etc).

M: It sits in the mouth nicely. Smooth drink.

O: I would recommend this beer where Bell's is housed. I could keep drinking it all day.

This may be my favorite stout I have had all year.

09-20-2011 03:23:32 | More by jellis00
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BrewFanatics

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +20.3%

Love this beer! Super dark color. No light getting through. I gave it a medium-rough pour and it produce a nice, one-inch, dark tan head. Receded to leave some great lacing. Nice roasted coffee, caramel aroma (although there is something odd in the aroma that I can't seem to put my finger on). Great taste of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. Perfect bitterness. Very smooth and easy to drink. Highly recommended.

Rating by Tommy Davis from www.BrewFanatics.com

03-27-2010 03:23:43 | More by BrewFanatics
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +19.8%

Appearance – Beautifully black in color with a large, dark tan head that showed great retention and left a bit of lacing.

Smell – This is a nice combination of sweet cream, roasted malts, light espresso, and hints of chocolate.

Taste – Oh, this is good. It’s a lot bigger than it smells. Most Cream/Milk Stouts that I’ve had are heavy on the sweets and light on the malts, but this one is expertly balanced. The big, bitter, burnt toast malt just hits the nail on the head.

The other side of the coin is just as good. This doesn’t have a big milk flavor like most other examples of the style. This is true cream. It is good. It is luscious. It is right on without overpowering.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and will drive your saliva glands crazy. They got just the right combination of stouty roasted malts and fine, rich cream. This one also has a fluffy mouthfeel that will put you on cloud 9.

Drinkability – I wasn’t a huge fan of the Milk/Sweet Stout until trying this one. It is a great beer for introducing a stout lover to the style.

Comments – Big thanks to feloniousmonk for the hook-up!

07-14-2004 01:25:40 | More by RoyalT
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becktone

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +19.8%

Eye: First thing I notice about this beer is the huge head that forms, three fingers. Creamy dark tan head that leaves some lacing as it continually recedes. Color of the brew is pretty much black, right at the bottom of the glass, where light comes from the sides and the bottom-garnet hues.

Nose: Heavy sweet smell, strong with the malts-bits of roasted and chocolate malts-more so chocolate, and something that reminds me of a milk smell. No hops present in the aroma. Some alcohol detectable to my nose. More of a potent aroma would be welcome.

Tongue: This beer is full of flavor, I don't think that I've ever had a beer with so much flavor. I don't think that its possible to pack more flavors into a beer than this. It can be described as an organized jumble of flavor including roasted, chocolate and milkish flavors. The milk/lactose added to the beer is evident, it really sets it apart from other subcategories of stout.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Quite possibly the best feeling beer I've ever had in my mouth. A full heavy, creamy body is what I expect from a stout and here my expectations are surpassed. The beer is easy to drink with light carbonation this beer slides down easily. This is a beer I'll definitely buy again and in addition to that I'll be sure to check out more milk stouts as this is my first. It just beats the normal dry stout if you ask me.

02-12-2007 21:34:48 | More by becktone
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osant37

New York

4.76/5  rDev +19.3%

pours a used motor oil black that i cant see any light through. about 1 finger of a brown mocha colored frothy head that dissapates rather quickly. leaving good lacing on the glass. the smell is straight roasted coffee almost a milky chocolate ,lactose type note to the smell. i dont detect any of the licorice that used in the brewing process. the taste is pure coffee and creamy chocolate. nice bitterness & roastyness. i get the licorice on the back of the tounge just faintly after a sip. mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. this beer must be great on nitro tap if thats even available. overall a damn good stout! definatly something id pick up again. too bad the abv is a little to low for any real cellaring...cheers!

02-24-2014 01:31:38 | More by osant37
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markmo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-26-2014 00:55:28 | More by markmo
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +19%

02-26-2014 17:34:51 | More by JIMTRK16
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19%

02-11-2014 17:54:17 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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sneakymagician

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19%

08-09-2013 03:45:19 | More by sneakymagician
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stumac

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +19%

...Didn't even remember drinkin this one!....

this brew poured up a dark brown color with a light brown head...perfect little appearance...the nose was delicious dark chocolate malts....love it....the taste was very nice and straight forward...subtle sweetness and dark chocolate malts...subtle alcohol blended in the flavor....not bad at all though....wish I could get my hands on a sixer!

09-09-2008 16:27:54 | More by stumac
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +19%

Pours out a pitch black with a slow forming head that works its way up to about an inch and a half of brown foam. As the head recedes down to a smaller on that lasts throughout rings of lace are left decorating the glass. Picture perfect looking brew here nice head good lace, what more could you want. Strong aroma with roasted coffee and dark chocolate coming out the most. I was able to smell this as I was pouring it. Taste is similar with a bitter coffee flavor up front and a slight earthy hoppiness as well. Slight bit of cream to the flavor before it ends in a lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick with a medium to full body. Great drinkability as this went down very easy and I would have had another if I had it.

10-14-2004 16:13:28 | More by meathookjones
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nofunyons

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +19%

09-21-2013 02:01:56 | More by nofunyons
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jman005

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +19%

04-06-2013 02:39:28 | More by jman005
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Bolivian22

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-22-2014 15:44:23 | More by Bolivian22
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LuCkYxCh4rMz

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +19%

06-17-2012 21:01:06 | More by LuCkYxCh4rMz
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lsolanilla

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +19%

12-18-2012 20:17:01 | More by lsolanilla
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19%

Wow. This one is really amazing. Poured out to a really nice black color. Really, it was totally black, couldn't see through it.Perfect carbonation and an nice 2 inch head ( I poured it with the intent of creating a large head). Some minor lace was noted around the glass. Aromas of sweet cream and earth are present, albeit very light. The flavor is phenominal; smooth cocoa and chocolate, caramel, coffee bean, raw sugar, and an earthy roasted taste. Very well balanced. Not much of an aftertaste, but this brew went down with a very creamy mouthfeel, making the glass quite hard to put down. Finished like on a roasted nutty note. This is a top beer for me, I just wish I had bought more. Highly Recommended for all BA's.

08-27-2005 04:40:03 | More by Frozensoul327
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Czequershuus

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +19%

02-08-2014 02:48:17 | More by Czequershuus
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Professional_Drunker


4.75/5  rDev +19%

12-25-2012 06:34:51 | More by Professional_Drunker
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broadwaypub

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19%

07-25-2014 16:49:08 | More by broadwaypub
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csnullptr

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +19%

07-04-2012 00:00:22 | More by csnullptr
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +19%

05-30-2012 03:03:39 | More by Hopstout
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robby23

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +19%

12-23-2013 18:33:26 | More by robby23
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19%

06-02-2013 19:55:57 | More by domnalbrecc
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Peg2009

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +19%

03-17-2013 00:55:28 | More by Peg2009
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,330 ratings.