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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

3,391 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,391
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 149
Gots: 263 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

007deepsouth, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

cheefdaddy1, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

dt_gbpackersfan, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

mjenkins5, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

purppy, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

linnymtu, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

twax, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ChrisMon02, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

pointone, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours almost black with a very thin layer of tan head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace around the edges

S-lots of roasted malt, a bit of smoke, coffee, and a bit of molasses

T-taste is similar to the smell with a full roasted malt backbone, dark coffee, smoke, and sweet chocolate towards the middle as the beer warms

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, very smooth, a nice roasted flavor left

Overall I think this is a really good stout, really great balance of flavors and very drinkable

ksimons, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kevinthedriven, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mendvicdog, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mrebeka, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –Poured a deep brown nearly black color with a two finger thick and creamy tan colored head. The head slowly fades leaving a fantastic level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of cocoa mixed with a burnt brown sugar sweetness. Other aromas of roasted malt and coffee combined with these aromas well creating an overall rather dark and sweet roasty aroma.

Taste – The flavors start out with sweeter chocolate and some vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor dries some more toward the middle as flavors of coffee and a light licorice come to the tongue. The flavors take the taste to its end where they are joined by a light earthy hop taste. When all combined the flavors leave a nice cocoa and roasted semi sweet flavor on the tongue with just the right amount of bitter from the coffee and the hop to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is medium. The thicker body is nice for the darker flavors of the brew while the moderate carbonation suits the abv. and the more bitter flavors well, keeping the brew very drinkable.

Overall – A tasty stout with a great drinkability and wonderful feel/flavor. A great roasty, but rather balanced stout.

Darkmagus82, Feb 11, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours black with very light brown head that goes away quick. 3.75

Aroma-burnt coffee, small amount of licorice, bit of chocolate, more of a overall burnt smell then roasted. 3

Taste-roasted coffee, licorice is there but not as heavy as advertised, brown sugar, roasted malts. the opposite of the burnt smell, it has a roasted taste. 4

Feel- medium-light feel, coats clean, not to bitter, taste lingers well. 4.25

Overall- thank god the burnt smells I got weren't in the taste. This would make a wonderful session beer for stout lovers. Not the best stout out there but one that is above average for sure. Price is right for the flavor you get. This would be one I get again. 4

screamking, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jeff96gt, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

crash8per, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jn84, Feb 09, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with a nice mocha colored head which fades after a minute or so leaving some pretty nice lacing.

S: I spy...licorice, oh yeah, coffee and chocolate with a nice but very subtle dark fruit note

T: I initially receive a prominent coffee and roast note and then whammy..that licorice kicks in and shines. Love it. Some chocolatey undertones as well, then you get a licorice and some dark fruits. A good blend and balance on flavor.

M: Medium-full to full body, creamy and smooth with a dry finish.

O: Outstanding single American stout! This beer is very robust and complex for a single 6 ABV stout. It has more depth and flavor than many Imperial Stouts I have had. The licorice is well balanced as is this beer in general. Slam dunk for Bells.

barleywinefiend, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

twizzbeatz, Feb 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

shep8821, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

fgilbert2, Feb 09, 2013
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,391 ratings.