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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,346 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,346
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 147
Gots: 253 | 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:
Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001)
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maggotbrain

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%

The beer is a deep black color with a thick tan head, which has receded to a thin film. Each sip produces rings of lace down the sides of the glass. Attractive.

The beer has an odd sour smell, sort of like old milk.

In terms of flavor, this beer is okay. It has an odd mix of roasted bitterness against a mildly sour background. The flavor is a bit thin. This beer looks bigger than it tastes.

The mouthfeel is about right for a stout, a bit thick with low carbonation.

As far as drinkability goes, this beer is not the best. The flavor isn’t engaging enough for me to want another, and I have a feeling that the thickness of this beer would get to me after a while.

10-15-2005 00:11:04 | More by maggotbrain
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%

Man I was pumped up about this beer, my first from Bell's. Looks nice. Pitch black with a thick tan head. Roasted coffee and a little bit of chocolate in both the aroma and the taste. Very sweet. But then there is that off flavor. Tastes like a plum that's a bit stale. It adds a bit of sourness that I find quite undisirable. I know Bell's has a reputation for being inconsistant at bottling, but I haven't got one yet that blew me away.

09-13-2003 20:32:18 | More by dmarch
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Klym

California

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%

Thanks to SPDKilz for hooking Cavery up with this! Also, thanks to Cavery for sharing. Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Black, slightly tanned and very spongy head with spider lacing. Looks good for a single stout.

S: Chocolate with a pretty defined lactose character, brown sugar, dark fruits, a little roast and some caramel. Lots of sweet things swimming around but more of a lactose air than an overly sweet one.

T: How bizarre. No lactose and not a great deal of sweetness in the taste. Hits with a little chocolate, brown sugar, and dark fruits then the taste almost completely goes empty besides some linger, and then a bitter coffee/dark chocolate/char taste kicks in and finishes it out. Very subdued flavors that die off very quickly.

M: Plenty of carbonation in this which is nice. I can't criticize the mouthfeel too much but it's awkward that it's probably more of a centerpiece to this beer than the flavors, as the mouthfeel lasts longer and provides more of an attention-grabbing sensual experience. Hard to have an amazing mouthfeel when there's not too much flavor to accompany it.

O: Glad I tried this and very happy to try some bells things, but this was pretty mediocre. Volume definitely needs to be turned up on the flavors and their development. If the same flavors were amped, this would be an easy B or B+. As it is, hard to really recommend this beer unless you like your stouts unusually light and fleeting.

07-16-2011 02:41:15 | More by Klym
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jonziefle

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%

Appearance: Poured a deep, opaque black. Two finger dark khaki head, with excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Smokey burnt malts, chocolate and coffee. Syruppy sweetness.

Taste: Very smokey malts, with plenty of bitterness (not the bad kind). Burnt chocolate is a very strong flavor. The sweetness is light and comes on too late to balance out the burnt character. A slight buttery taste as well. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with a nice bitter bite to start. Smooth, but not overly so.

Drinkability: An overly burnt tasting stout, that doesn't have much else in it to balance it out.

Buy Again? No.

06-01-2010 03:09:35 | More by jonziefle
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bigdipip

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

04-29-2014 01:02:37 | More by bigdipip
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merlin48

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12 oz bottle, no freshness date. Pours a deep, opaque brown, essentially black. Small tan head falls flat in seconds. No lacing.

Aroma is a bit subdued, with chocolate and roasty dark malts. A faint note of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but seems low on carbonation. A mild, peppery hops bite on the tongue.

Taste is dark roasted malts, with predominant coffee and cocoa. Alcohol is well hidden. There is a sour flavor noted midway through that is difficult to pinpoint. I wouldn't call it a fruity sour, and it is a definite distraction. There is very little carbonation in the taste. Smooth and rich, and quite drinkable, but this isn't up to par with other Bell's I've tried.

Somewhat disappointed in this one. Bottle appears to be fresh, and has been stored properly, to the best of my knowledge. Possibly, an off-bottle here, judging from other reviews. Lack of carbonation and the mysterious sour element in the taste are my reasons for wondering about this one.

04-26-2004 23:10:28 | More by merlin48
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zdauber

New York

3/5  rDev -24.8%

04-27-2014 18:56:42 | More by zdauber
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-31-2011 17:40:34 | More by acurtis
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GRE680

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.8%

04-20-2013 22:44:30 | More by GRE680
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freewill35

Indiana

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-20-2011 04:36:26 | More by freewill35
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AndyTaylor

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.8%

02-13-2012 23:42:35 | More by AndyTaylor
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ambiguousfigures

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.8%

07-22-2014 16:37:41 | More by ambiguousfigures
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

06-27-2014 22:11:06 | More by 100200300
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beer4brian331

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-04-2012 15:32:51 | More by beer4brian331
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Irish12

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

08-26-2013 18:00:40 | More by Irish12
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Draesith

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

06-16-2014 22:48:46 | More by Draesith
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TheRougeBastard

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.8%

08-04-2013 03:10:05 | More by TheRougeBastard
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Cosho

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.8%

03-26-2014 23:38:27 | More by Cosho
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DrinkNattyLight

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.8%

05-26-2014 01:17:06 | More by DrinkNattyLight
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.8%

05-03-2014 23:33:11 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

06-09-2013 04:48:25 | More by mportnoy
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Viperman1316

Indiana

3/5  rDev -24.8%

03-24-2014 02:23:46 | More by Viperman1316
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.8%

04-22-2012 10:12:45 | More by jaidenjb
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Metal4Breakfast

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.8%

03-04-2012 02:49:30 | More by Metal4Breakfast
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.8%

03-03-2013 16:52:02 | More by chippo33
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,346 ratings.