Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.65/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Notes: Born on 11/21/13 (current date 6/15/14).
A: Dark brown/black with a nice 1 finger "stout" head (where the individual bubbles are barely distinguishable).
S: Mostly coffee and some toffee. A slight metallic scent too.
T: Hearty roasted malts. The roasted flavor is really present early. The late gives way to a bit of bitter coffee flavor.
M: Nice mouth feel - not quite coating but pretty rich and thick. Slight carbonation.
O: The word "licorice" in the description scared me (I hate licorice). But there are no discernible "licorice" flavors in the beer. I mark that as a big plus. Very nice roast flavor with a modest 6.0% ABV. There are not a lot of complexities of chocolate and coffee - but this is still a well made and good tasting stout.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 01:58:23 | More by fscottkey
4/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, batch 10121 (winter '10/'11 I believe); since it's well beyond the intended drinking window, I've given it a score that won't affect its average rating. Consider the following notes more illustrative than evaluative.
A: Black body, brown highlights, and a full two fingers of frothy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Really excellent, particularly for being as old as it is.
S: Some unpleasant cardboard notes of oxidation, along with dark fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, and leather. Complex, but not all that enticing.
T: Follows the nose - old, musty, fruity, bittersweet, and roasty. There's a lot going on, but not all of it good.
M: Smooth and slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Just fine.
O: I drank this back-to-back with a similarly aged Double Cream Stout (I think they were both part of a mixed six-pack I put together a few years back and forgot about in the cellar), and I was a little surprised that the Double Cream held up far better. Neither was anywhere near as good as fresh, but the Kalamazoo really fell off.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 03:38:40 | More by woosterbill
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,179 ratings.