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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

3,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,665
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 165
Gots: 353 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.
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3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

love the beer love the name pour black in a glass looks a little watery but thats ok its the taste that will keep you coming back for more frist taste of bitterness works for me i coulddrink this all night i taste chcolate and other goodness enjoy this and their bell porter are wonderful

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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Served at 50 degrees.

Appearance - inky black with light brown head that stick around for a while.

Aroma - burnt malt, espresso, and dark chocolate dominate. Faint whiff of anise.

Taste - initial sweetness gives way to nice, ever so slightly bitter finish. Flavors follow aroma with slightly more licorice than aroma.

Mouthfeel - medium body with soft carbonation.

Overall - one could almost call this a session stout at 6% ABV, I now understand why this American stout is so talked about. Will definitely visit again.

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4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown-to-black color with over a finger of tan head. There is mild roast in the nose. Roasted maltiness and bitterness are upfront, but the bitter finish is the most noticeable quality of this offering. Quite flavorful for a single stout.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

appearance: black beer with slight off white head

smell: very coffee forward, bready chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hops, espresso, hot cocoa

taste: bready, upfront espresso and roasted coffee flavors, very airy and sort of light (think aerated chocolate vs. normal chocolate). Dark chocolate and some subtle hop bitterness makes a presence towards the end, but the flavor is pretty tame. Great drinkability for a lower abv stout.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, really thin

overall: This should be called the Session Stout. After drinking this immediately following an Expedition Stout, this is easily a sessionable beer and while on the light side for stouts, there is enough flavor complexity here to satisfy. A great well balanced brew from Bells.

Went to school in Kalamazoo, great beer town...

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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a dark brownish-black color. Dark like used motor oil. Good retention and lacing.

Smells like malt and licorice.

Tastes dark-chocolatey with a touch of anise..

Very light carbonation and thick mouthfeel, smooth. For as dark as it is, it is a "lighter" stout.

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,665 ratings.