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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

3,352 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 147
Gots: 253 | FT: 11
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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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

12-03-2011 16:10:44 | More by bigred89
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robboyd

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

Was at Bell's recently when they had 10 or so stouts on tap. I brought back a mixed six pack of mixed brews and this was one of them. The K-Zoo stout pours deep deep black with a caramel head. It smells sweeter than the tongue. It reminds me of baking brownies. Chocolate, a mild earthiness, and malt. I know the bottle says brewed with licorice but I smell berries. Could just be the cold I'm dealing with. Good smelling beer but not my favorite smelling stout out there.

Taste also was good but not great. Chocolate, malt, very mild bitterness, maybe from the licorice, which is mildly noticeable. Some toasted notes as well, I would almost call it smokey on the finish but toasty might be the better descriptor.

Overall a good beer. It feels a little lighter bodied out of the bottle than what I remember out of the tap but still robust and filling. Good way to start my day.

12-03-2011 15:01:58 | More by robboyd
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-03-2011 01:24:29 | More by PhatAtUT
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frisk

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-02-2011 20:23:30 | More by frisk
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jeffthepony

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-02-2011 15:13:23 | More by jeffthepony
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-02-2011 14:01:29 | More by jwelsh
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-01-2011 18:45:34 | More by kjkinsey
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-01-2011 02:10:41 | More by BeerThursdays
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-01-2011 01:06:09 | More by VikeMan
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TheStove

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an appropriate sized snifter. Pours a nice opaque jet black with a generous mocha colored head. Head dissipates slowly leaving a nice bit of lace. Initial smell impart aromas of sweet malt a light of the mentioned brewer's licorice.

The sip is a nice rich delicious variety of malt flavors. The flavors give way to the licorice influence, which substitutes for a big hop presence with some bitterness. I enjoy the lingering interplay of malt and licorice that is left on the tongue between sips. The excellent carbonation leaves a little snap at the end. A burp makes this kind of taste like a buff version of a coca cola.

An excellent stout that feels more flavorful that it's abv might lead on.

11-30-2011 17:28:17 | More by TheStove
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UncleE

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-30-2011 16:12:17 | More by UncleE
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-30-2011 05:10:08 | More by Texasfan549
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-30-2011 04:25:51 | More by mscott1975
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iDrinknewglarus

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours nice and dark with a big beautiful frothy/pillowy tan head that leaves some very attractive lacing.

S: Smells uniformly sweet and roasted. Has a touch of licorice. I get a fair amount of chocolate, nearly milk chocolate.

T: Taking my first few gulps, its got everything that a good solid stout should have--roasted malts, caramel sweetness, coffee, and a hefty dose of chocolate. The aftertaste is starts with a slightly bitter hop bite and then fades into a dark chocolate layer that keeps building on itself the more you drink it. This is actually a decently bitter stout.

M: Medium, but feels sort of light for a stout, but it makes up for that with its creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Tends to dry you out with a layer of bitter dark chocolate in the aftertaste which I love so much in a stout.

This beer is extremely well executed and very drinkable. After having their sweet and luxurious Double Cream Stout, this one is kind of like that, but with a hefty dose of hops to halt the sweet malts in their place. It is really a toss up between them, and you can't go wrong with either.

11-30-2011 00:43:31 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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RudiNicole

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-29-2011 20:12:52 | More by RudiNicole
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cmonfradi

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-29-2011 02:45:08 | More by cmonfradi
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-29-2011 02:43:35 | More by EasyReader
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-29-2011 01:27:26 | More by DeutschesBier
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TheBandit1

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-28-2011 03:39:04 | More by TheBandit1
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emaciated

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-28-2011 03:32:43 | More by emaciated
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cornucopia

Puerto Rico

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-28-2011 02:52:19 | More by cornucopia
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DennisHanley

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-28-2011 02:48:39 | More by DennisHanley
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-28-2011 02:01:05 | More by KingBiscuit
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-28-2011 00:10:16 | More by dsauter
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-27-2011 22:18:46 | More by rwilde
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.