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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

3,224 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,224
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 146
Gots: 224 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 23:05:57 | More by djrn2
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-14-2011 22:44:03 | More by Elfastball7
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 22:22:36 | More by NCbeerpirate
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 21:59:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 21:29:00 | More by OneEyedJack
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SrMonkey

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 21:01:15 | More by SrMonkey
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volta

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-14-2011 19:39:59 | More by volta
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-14-2011 18:42:59 | More by sjstraub
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 18:11:22 | More by JRod1969
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throwback

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-14-2011 17:42:45 | More by throwback
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 17:02:24 | More by sbricker
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 16:58:00 | More by freduardo
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-14-2011 16:52:19 | More by seanwhite
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dnh2

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 16:42:28 | More by dnh2
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SourNotes

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 16:04:21 | More by SourNotes
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funkel81

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-14-2011 15:43:28 | More by funkel81
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 15:41:03 | More by thebouch01
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 14:27:26 | More by bpfrush
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mater

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 12:14:08 | More by mater
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 06:48:13 | More by tbeq00
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ahq514

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB Globe glass.

Pours an extremely dark brown- near black. Has a relatively small head. Appears to be lightly carbonated.

Typical stout aroma. Tons of coffee and dry roast and chocolate. Maybe a dash of oats. Also get some subtle vanilla sweetness. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste matches the aroma almost identically. Dry and roasty up front with coffee notes. A little bit of chocolate follows complemented by a little bit of sweetness. Finishes dry and roasty with a slight amount of bitterness.

Medium to full body with low carbonation. Slightly creamy and pretty drinkable for a stout.

This is a good stout staple. Embodies what I think of as a regular non-imperial stout. If I wanted to introduce someone to the style, I might use this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:12:52 | More by ahq514
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of hampden

A- pitch black and opaque. No light gets through. A dark tan head color that is about a finger. Nice circular lacing around the inside of the mug.

S- i do get a hint of the licorice but more of a charred wood or smokey smell. Nothing else but simplistic is good.

T- burnt toffee or charred woodsmoke and light licorice and fruit as well. The smoke really comes out in the aftertaste.

M- full bodied and charred smokey aftertaste lingers in the mouth.

O- One of my favorite stouts and one of my favorite beers from Bell's. There cherry stout still reigns supreme of this but it is decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 17:26:28 | More by Dodo2step
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with 1/4" of cappuccino head that has good retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth, rich roasted malts, mellow coffee, and faint chocolate in the finish. There are some faint hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid stout. It's fairly simple and to the point, but the simplicity works here. I've had this one several times and will probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 21:11:07 | More by tdm168
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured like used motor oil, and I mean that in a good way. About a 2 finger, foamy, light brown head, that stuck around a little while and laced very well.

S- Heavy in the coffee roast area. A darker chocolate smell is also prominent. A slight, sweet hint towards the end.

T- Right off the bat, the coffee roast and dark chocolate comes through. A little hint of sweetness, possibly the licorice mentioned on the label, despite the lack of an overall licorice taste. Finishes much the same way it started with the burnt roasts coming through and lingering on the palate a bit.

M- A little more carbonation than I've experienced in Oatmeal Stouts before, but it still works. Almost a milky texture that goes down very smoothly.

Overall, it's a brew like this that makes Oatmeal Stouts and stouts overall among my favorite styles. I will get this again, and soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:24:13 | More by boilermakerbrew
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle shared with some friends. Poured into three miniature 5 ounce snifter glasses.

A: Deep dark brown borderline black body with a creamy and frothy tan head. A few swirls in the glass and it looked as if it was on nitro. Very minor lace with a thin creamy retention cap. Nice looking regular stout, especially the head color which you don't always see.

S: Dark malts come through big, slightly roasted with a bitter caramel note. Faint coffee and anise is there, just enough to provide some complexity without dominating. A distant grassy element is in the background. Complex enough without going over the top.

T: High percentage dark chocolate, mildly roasted coffee beans, vanilla and lactose. Back of the palate has the anise but it's extremely faint, and personally I don't think enough comes through to warrant it being plastered on the label. Rich, robust and flavorful; nicely done.

M: Creamy and silky, a bit on the higher end of carbonation but I haven't come to expect an extremely chewy body on a regular stout. Pretty nice with a clean finish.

This was certainly a surprise as I tend to dislike anything brewed with anise/licorice. The good part is that it's not overpowering by any means, and really works as an addition to the base flavors. Again, put it on the label? I don't think so, unless you just want to say you're doing something different.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 17:27:23 | More by ShanePB
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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