Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 1,479
Hads: 3,882
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 177
Gots: 466 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.
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Photo of IPAcraig
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer on Halloween whilst watching Halloween.

This beer was poured into my Guiness nonic. It has a deep black body with a medium dark brown one finger head. Not much lacing.

This beer as a great smell of creamy milk chocolate complimented by a nice roastiness. A very potent aroma.

A very big taste from a sweet stout, nearly on par with the strength of a Russian Imperial Stout. This is a sweet stout and it does have the that sweet chocolatey flavor, but it also has a substantial roasty flavor that was unexpected and adds a rich complexity. The sweetness really lingers. A slight medicinal astringent flavor and aroma emerges as the beer warms. I want to knock this beer for it, but I cant as this beer really has an exceptional flavor.

Thick, but not syrupy at all. Near perfection.

This beer packs a flavor wallop, but remains quite drinkable. This may be my favorite stout that is not a RIS, but much more sessionable. (944 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thorpe gave me a holiday 5 pack of this beer, have to love the holiday 5 pack tradition. Thanks. Poured into a Bell's glass because I can.

Beer is dark black and completely opaque. I poured a little harder than I should be I coaxed a nice thick tan head out of the beer that slowly receded, leaving a little lacing on the walls of the glass. Carbonation is a mystery.

Aroma is nice though. It's a little sweet, some chocolate, some great mild roast, this smells really awesome.

Beer is medium in body and pretty creamy in the mouth with minimal carbonation on the palate. There is a nice chocolaty midpalate flavor, after the initial mild sweetness, the bitterness in this beer is practically perfect. A very good beer all around. (733 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending me this nice brew!

This review will be for a 12oz bottle with a batch number 7952.

I had not notice until now the statement at the bottom of the bottle claiming that this beer includes licorice. I like licorice, so on to the beer.

Wow, this beer pours pretty viscous. It is dark and thick. A minimal amount of head but retains a nice fluffy ring of foam. This beer has a nice roasted aroma and includes chocolate, toffee, mild coffee and I think I can detect a sweet wood aroma that might be the licorice. The taste is great. It has a clean, yet bitter, roasted malt profile upfront with the rest of the aromas: coffee, toffee, and chocolate. The beer maintains a good sweet/bitter balance and it has a pleasant smokey finish. The mouthfeel is very good indeed. I take my time with this one and let it warm up and it gets better and better.

Overall, this is a very well made stout and one I hope to run into again. Now I can hardly wait to open the Expedition Stout! (1,011 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to CRJMellor for this one too...
Coal black in color with a full finger of dark brown head..sits on top and goes absolutely nowhere.
Great scents from this one...a boatload of dark chocolate with a subtle malt sweetness that pulls you in.
Taste is real nice...tons of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, a pinch of coffee. Sweetness is more apparent in the taste and adds just enough to make this brew quenching like no other stout I have tasted to date.
Mouthfeel is thicker than medium bodied and the carbonation is spot on.
Drinkability is through the roof as I plow my way through this one.
Solid. (607 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured a long lasting small creamy tan head of fine-small bubbles. The lacing was just fair on the sides of my glass. It had a chocolate aroma to it and a good strong and bold coffee flavor. This was a smooth and creamy tasting stout. The more I drink stouts, the more I am taking a liking to them. (309 characters)

Photo of MrBen
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is stout -- the way it should be: Big, black pour. Thick, stable head with the color of a lightly creamed coffee. Roasty n' toasty nose. Excellent balance between sweet and bitter.

Bell scores in a major way with this stout. Huge flavors with a slightly sweet background to complement the dark malts, and a long finish that leaves a good aftertaste. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. Easy to drink, and very interesting. Highly recommended. (439 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served up deep, dark, nearly opaque black brown (like the Ikea wood tone) with a beautiful creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee and a touch of bitter cocoa. Damn, this IS a tasty beverage. I had never had the K-zoo stout until now and am feeling major regret over what I have missed. The flavor is very well balanced between malt sweetness and the roasted coffee and chocolate character. Not too sweet or too dry, it really hits the target dead on. Full bodied, chewy and insanely smooth coming out of the cask. Nice, bittersweet finish that begs for another sip. I could drink this all day. Superman wears Larry Bell underpants. (645 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Again, why can't I get Bell's in MA? I call shenanigans.

Kalamazoo pours black with a thick hot chocolate colored head. Lotsa lace.

Smells like pumpernickel bread and charcoal. Some vanilla.

Relaxing, super smooth stout. Licorice, charcoal, and dark, roasted malt all complement eachother and glide across the pallette. Creamy mouthfeel.

This is a sexy stout. (364 characters)

Photo of twilight
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a dark brown head floating atop the beer. Aroma is of roastiness and this nice smoothness- I know, I'm surprised I can smell it. It smells good, like milk, a bit?

Taste is smooth and creamy- no, mouthfeel is creamy. Nevertheless, you get this nice roastybitterness in the aftertaste and very much a bit of that coffee/chocolate lingering. Tastes upfront are a bit of sourness, a bit of sweetness and this really nice creaminess, almost like a round feeling. Mouthfeel is good, bonus points for spilling over onto taste. Although this is a great beer, I'm not sure I could session on this one. Another excellent Bell's overall. (655 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, batch 9801, bottled June 4, 2010. Served at around 50F.

Pours very dark brown/black with a massive foamy four-finger light brown head that slowly recedes and leaves plenty of foamy lacing behind.

Aroma features roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, coffee, some yeast and a touch of mustiness. Moderate to good strength.

Rich and robust flavor of milk and dark chocolates, licorice, some dark fruit, coffee, caramel, toffee, very malty with just a touch of hops on the finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy and velvety smooth, low to medium carbonation.

One of the most flavorful regular stout I've ever had...can't believe I hadn't reviewed it yet as I've gone through a number of sixers through the years and will continue to do so. Fantastic stuff! (797 characters)

Photo of timbro81
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark in the glass with an equally dark thin head that does some respectable lacing down the sides. There is alot going on in the nose and taste. Nose is Sweet, dark roasted malts. The taste is simply amazing. Bitter sweet in the begining that turns to a dark roasted chocolate maltiness and well balanced hops that finishes semi-dry but makes me salivate for more. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. I feel like there is more there but my brain can only comprehend so much. Highly Recommended! (499 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with small off white head. Nose is heavy on chocolate with some beautiful roasty, earthy, spicy coffee in the background. Taste is full bodied with the big coffee and mocha standing out prominently, earthy, light coffee spice, roast, WOW. Not too sweet or syrupy, medium carbonation. What an excellent stout! This is probably the best non-imperial, non-sweet/milk stout out there. And you can drink it all day. (422 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Jet black with a very tan 1 finger head with some good retention and lacing

Smell - Licorice, cocoa, coffee, burnt malts and yeasts. It's got a very sweet smell for a stout beer.

Taste - Burnt Malts, Licorice, coffee, cocoa and roasted barley. The sweetness is still sort of present in the flavor, but it's overtaken by a burnt (almost smokey) flavor; In other words, just how a stout should be! I love this!

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied and it has a thickness almost like molasses. The carbonation is a little stronger than what I expected but oddily enough once the beer warms up, it compliments the flavor quite nicely. With that said, this is a sipper beer, once that you have to sit down and appreciate

Overall - For a stout, it has alot going for it. It's got rich flavors, a great smell and a balanced mouthfeel. This is hands down one of the best stouts I've ever had and it's absolutely worth checking out! (955 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 6485 (7/14/04). Another old Bell's. My Dad just bought this in MI last month. Pours a dark oily opaque black with some chunky yeasties. It has a thick frothy dark brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, some roasted bitterness, and some dark fruits.

The flavor is lactic chocolate, roasted coffee bitterness, and some slightly sour dark fruits. It has a decent bitter finish that balances well with the initial sweet creaminess. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, an excellent stout! It's up there with Yeti as my favorite. Even at a year old, this is excellent. I wish I could get this out in and Two-Hearted would be regulars in my fridge. (766 characters)

Photo of dancinwillie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long been one of my favorite beers, time to finally review it.

Pours dark black, with a mocha head that rests atop. Mostly tight head, with about 20 or so large bubbles poking up slowly, here and there. Some decent lacing remains in the space the head previously occupied.

Roasted coffee-like aroma, mixed with a bitter, yet sweet sugary smell.

When I think of milk stout, or cream stout, or sweet stout, this is the beer I think of. Roasty. Sweet, lactose sweet. Full bodied and rich, coffee flavor, a wee little bit of sourness. This beer is just flat out a treat. Decent hop bitterness, with a restrained hop flavor. Alcohol is not that evident flavor-wise, but a discreet warming is present in my chest.

Mouthfeel is rich, full and creamy.

The archetype of the style. This is the Anchor Porter, the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the best representation of the style. That being said, I'll always be on the lookout for one that's better, and rest assured, it will happen. Even Jordan retired, and brewers will always get better. But now, this is the top dog. Cheers! (1,071 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great Bell's stout. This one pours an opaque black with a fizzy tan head. Excellent head retention leaves substantial lace down the glass. Smell is big on roasted malt and espresso. Taste is more of the same and some chocolate characteristics, with the roasted aspects taking priority. There is a bittering hops quality to it, as well, but overall the taste is rather sweet as the style would suggest. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability, too, makes this a wonderfully delicious stout suitable for all occasions. (533 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark, dark brown with some reddish tints when held up to the light. There's also about an inch creamy tan head, and a lot of lacing remains on the glass. It smells like roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and some coffee. It tastes like dark chocolate and a bit of coffee, and there's a good roasted flavor too. The start is a little bitter, then the sweetness hits and then finishes bitter again with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a good body to it. The Kalamazoo Stout is a very good beer, I'd definitely buy more of this in the future. (623 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour creates a low beige head. The beer is very dark in color, with only a little brown light escaping from the edges of the vessel.

smell: Smells delicious. There's an interplay of roasted (coffee), smoky, chocolate, and dark sugar aromas that is satisfyingly complex. The aroma is not overly sweet, but just right. A light but obvious hop aroma is also found.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body is on the lighter side of the heavy range.

taste: A sweet chocolatiness dominates the flavor, but right behind it are plenty of roasted, smoky flavors to keep it interesting. Slight hop bitterness cleans up a little of the sweetness.

drinkability: A good beer, and too easy to drink.

Received a bottle from CRJMellor as part of SS '05. The batch ID# 7061 printed on the reverse lable indicates a bottling date of (not found in database). (882 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A foamy light brown head sat on top of a very dark brown, nearly black body. It looked like it had the consistency of syrup when I poured it into the glass. It was not really that thick but this was definitely a heavy body. The body left a thin coat of sticky lacing.

The nose is dominated by sweet toasty grains.

The toasted malts really stand out in the taste. There are some notes of heavily toasted, almost burnt grains that make for a bittersweet but pleasant taste. Subtle notes chocolate, mocha, and caramel are matched with a decent amount of hops to create a nice level of complexity. I would say this one is just a tad heavy on the hops for my liking. I should also note that the label claims this is brewed with liquorice. I absolutely hate liquorice flavored foods and drinks so I was a bit hesitant... you barely taste the liquorice. It seems the liquorice acts as salt and enhances the flavors of the malts and hops; it is really working for them.

Overall: Not bad at all. I think this is a great take on the American Stout style. Bells adds their own unique notes to make this stout stand out from others.

Bottom Line: Recommended. (1,199 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark brown almost black little tan head that disapears fast little lacing
s: roated and sweet malts i can smell them both,
t: deffinate a lightly roasted malt flavor with a little extra sweetness
m: a medium to heavy bodied beer very nice very smooth very good

overall this is one of the better beers ive had, a deffinate favorite (347 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's has made another terrific stout in this one. However I could see how some people that don't care for stouts might not like this. Strong coffee taste mixed with other malty flavors (chocolate, roasted barley, caramel). There's some bitterness but it's not a real hoppy bitterness and it's not real distinguishable, kinda mixed in with the malts. Very drinkable for a stout. I get this one often. (401 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black, with a gingerbread brown head. Smells strongly of coffee, alcohol and molasses. Goes through an interesting flavor progression. Starts with a smooth coffee flavor, somewhat acidic. The alcohol is apparent, but not offensive. Mouthfeel is both smooth and carbonated at the same time. Very good, all around. (322 characters)

Photo of Pellinore1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass, it pours very dark brown with a minimal tan head.

The only smell I pick up is that of roasted malts, and what a fine smell that is.

Bitter, roasted malts are the dominant flavor, followed by hints of toffee, perhaps dark chocolate.

Fine, smooth mouthfeel, and good drinkability bring together the whole package.

This is one of my favorite stouts, without dipping into the imperials. A very solid brew, and one I will purchase again and again. (489 characters)

Photo of Brunite
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black as night. Yields a super head with great retention that turns pitted and fluffy. Looks like something you would want to eat with a spoon. You almost get a nitro-effect pouring from the bottle.Nice artistic lacing that remains.

Smell: Roasted as well as some sweet notes coming through.

Taste: Very complex. A lot going on. Lots of flavors from sweet all the way to bitter. Dark roast coffee, cocoa beans, grapefruit, raisin, dark cherry, a touch of licorice. This is delicious. A perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The flavors linger on. Dry on the tongue....sweet on the backside. Did I mention nice balance here?

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy.

Drinkability: This is delicious. It goes down easy. Like drinking a 85% cocoa dark chocolate bar dipped in coffee and then rubbed in some macerated dark fruits.

Overall: Probably my favorite American Stout. Another great beer from Bell's. This is going to be a regular in my rotation. Highly recommended. Only negative here is the lame label!! (1,050 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil black with a small dark tan head. Smells of chocolate, cream, and toffee. Taste is sweet and creamy. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, and smooth. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. It is flavorful but not overpowering in the way most stouts can be. (271 characters)

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.