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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

3,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,658
Reviews: 1,457
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 164
Gots: 349 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I finally got to try this stout. I have some Bell's Expedition Stout too, so I'm looking forward to the horizontral tasting.

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice, creamy dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left decent lacing and a lingering collar. Not quite midnight black.

Other efforts of this style I've tried taste like cold cups of bitter coffee. Not Bell's Kalamazoo. Rich aromas of roasted malts and dried fruits.

Rich coffee and dark chocolate flavors, mingle with roasted malt and alcohol sweetness. Touch of bitterness on the finish. Not as dry as some in this style, but that's not to say it's sweet either, because it's not. Nicely balanced.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a thick creamy medium colored tan head that leaves lacing all around the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malt with some cocoa. The taste is roasted malts with a semi-sweet and bitter finish. Overall, this is a solid stout that is recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade from davide169 and tasted on 7/28/07
Appearance: A dark brown, almost black beer with a nice tan head
Smell: Roasted barley and oats, black licorice
Taste: Sweet, roasty, a hint of chocolate malts
Mouthfeel: Smooth, above average stout feel
Drinkability: Pretty good. I could drink a few of these

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes…

Black in hue, it is damn dark. When backlit there is a slight dark brown highlight around the edges. The color is beyond ideal. The head was brunette in color; the tightly compacted bubbles formed a head of two fingers in height. The head retention was excellent and the tight cap lasted forever. There was some spotty subsequent lacing, clingy. The appearance is good. The nose is soft and well-rounded, it smells like espresso with milk and a side of gourmet chocolate. Lightly acidic. The potency is moderate. I like what this beer is saying. It is fairly complex for they style but straightforward. It is pleasant to sniff. The palate matches the nose perfectly; softly roasty malts supply some coffee notes and kisses of chocolate. Milky sweetness. Dry finish with a long, roasted coffee bean aftertaste. I’m sure this beer would be killer with cheesecake. The palate is a bit straightforward but it is plenty tasty! Balanced. Medium in body, low but natural carbonation with a pleasant creamy mouthfeel, it feels right for this beer. This beer is very drinkable and quite sessionable if you’re a stout fan. Well, it should be noted that the 6.5% abv is not really conducive to drinking a six-pack at once. It if is any consolation the alcohol is hidden in the taste… maybe it would bypass your brain as well? Just a thought. It is no frills but good overall. It is more roasty and dry than say Mackeson Triple XXX Stout, both are good beers but both offer different interpretations on the Sweet Stout style. I obtained a six-pack of Bell’s Pale Ale and I drank five of them, I went to review the last bottle and this is what I pulled out! Bastards! Oh well, payback is a bitch as I’ve substituted beers before. This was purchased in Kansas City, MO. It is a solid beer.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,658 ratings.