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

Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

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2,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 2992
Reviews: 1406
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%

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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3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gainesville House of Beers - on-tap

A - black as night. Thin tan head. Looks beautiful, the way I like my home brewed stouts to look.

S - nice roasty/smokiness. Caramel malts evident. Some cocoa in there too.

T - starts out with this nice roasted maltiness. Has chocolate coming out next with some coffee as well. Not as impressive I guess as I had thought.

M - full body but not as oil thick as other stouts. Drinkable and not too heavy.

O - I like it, not even close to some of Bell's other stuff (can you compare anything to Black Note).

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 22:51:16 | More by da_beers
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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a dark caramel head with low retention.
Nice aroma of high quality coffee and chocolate with some licorice.
Intense flavor of roasted coffee followed by equally intense dark chocolate, with notes of earthy and citrusy hops, pepper, licorice and lactic acid.
Quite dry aftertaste with residual notes that keep mutating.
Full body with low carbonation.
Perfectly crafted Stout, likely more hoppy than it feels, but it is completely balanced by its bold malt profile.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 21:09:22 | More by FLima
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3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the great stouts of the Midwest, this is a real winner. shiny black, dense to light, and sporting a lovely just off white head over an inch tall, full of air, and leaving plenty of lace. big bitter roast barley aromatics with just enough hops. smoke, wet earth, and acidic coffee all contribute to the nose and taste of this beer as well, but what I love about it is its straightforward nature, no frills, just good roasty stout. its really clean for the style, finishing quickly and not drinking too heavy at all. kind of an all year stout rather than just a short day cold weather beer. its not overly creamy in feel either, with a slick sort of coating mouthfeel, thin enough to drink several off, but big enough to satiate me after that many. sweet in the middle comes out of nowhere, but the bitter finish triumphs. one of bells less exotic but most trustworthy beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 06:29:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap while visiting the hometown. Always a treat!

This pours a thick rich creamy chocolate color with a tight cocoa lace.

It has a smooth chocolate roast aroma to it. Flavor is wonderful—dark cocoa, dark roast—big, rich, and smooth. Great finish. As enjoyable as I remembered!

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 10:02:10 | More by elNopalero
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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer is pitch black and has a brownish head with decent retention.This beer has a relatively low bitterness. There is a smooth and very creamy feel to the beer and it has an overall great feel to it. This beer is very roasty, but also has some chocolate flavor in it to keep it from being too bland. I quite enjoyed this stout and hold it a notch higher then their double cream stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 01:07:40 | More by TwelveOunces
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one on-tap as well as from bottles. Dark brown almost black color that is almost completely opaque. Moderately sized tan head with a small amount of lacing. Smells of roasty malts, coffee, licorice, cocoa and general sweetness that I can't quite identify. Taste is dry but drinkable. Cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, licorice...leaves a dry coffee taste on the plate.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. A little syrupy, but not overly so. Very drinkable and good! I get this once in awhile and I always enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 01:29:05 | More by MsRif
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Great stout. I've had this on tap and in bottles. Pours opaque black with a cream beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and licorice. Taste of dark roasted malts with coffee notes, sweet chocolate, caramel, and light sensations of dark fruits and licorice. Full-bodied, smooth and rich, and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 00:51:31 | More by Rifugium
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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brewery in early April 2011. Surprised I havent actually had this before with all the bell's I've consumed in my beer life.

Looks black with and small off white to tan head, not much lacing. Smell is faint with roast dominated and a little toasted black malt poking through, maybe some cocoa.

The taste is a beautiful thing with a dry chocolate and roast mix thats very full bodied and smooth. Some faint licorice notes but mostly it has an almost RIS level of roast and burnt qualities that I really like. Easy drinking and tasty stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 01:15:31 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Served on cask at Town Hall Tap. Poured into a nice nonic glass a dark brown color with a mocha tan head. Cask causes it to cascade like a nitro beer. Heavy roasted nose along with dark chocolate and slight leather. The head is intense and sticks around for quite a while. Medium mouthfeel, a tad light than expected. Very smooth flavors. Dark roast coffee notes upfront with some vanilla and chocolate flavors as well. Slight bitterness in the end.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 11:17:33 | More by kbutler1
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with a chocolate colored head that sat around for a little bit.

S - Chocolate, roast, cream, and a nice bit of roasted character. Little bit of molasses. Nice.

T - Taste is appropriately creamy with some good roast and burnt malts. Chocolate and coffee are appropriately bitter and not overly sweet. Out of all the beers I had at Bell's this day, this was one of the better ones.

M - Creamy, full bodied, good carbonation.

O - A pretty good beer, one of my favorite Bell's beers, and worth having again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 23:51:30 | More by AgentZero
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- beautifully dark as it should be. Deep amber/ruby when viewed at extremes in the light

S- slight coffee and toasted chocolate

T- Smokiness hits you immediately, a robust coffee taste is blatant, and a lighter chocolate aftertaste. Dark cherries and burnt sugar are there if you look for them. Very unexpectedly smooth

M- surprisingly light and smooth feel, despite the robust taste

D- Though this stout is a bit too coffee-ey for my likings, it was very easy to drink, and is complex enough for my likings. It was perfect with a chocolate-based dessert

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 04:58:01 | More by Murrdogg
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big overflowing tan/beige head with small bubbles. The head settles to about one finger thickness after a while, and then sticks around. The beer itself is pitch black, but that's about all I can tell in this glass. The head could be better looking if it was creamier.

S: Not too strong, it really needs more power. There's a little roast and a dry, bitter smell. Maybe something like slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies.

T: More milk chocolate here than dark chocolate, very good. Dry, and again not very strong. No hops whatsoever. Not too sweet. Gives a nice rich burp.

M: Very smooth for the most part. At first I said not too heavy, but in reality it's pretty light.

D: Easy going, almost sessionable beer, definitely a session beer in flavor, just not alcohol (6%).

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 15:06:45 | More by mdwalsh
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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and thick pour in a snifter/chalice hybrid glass. Had a tan one-finger head.

Smells sweet and malty. A rich coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

A sweet chocolatey taste. Each after taste has a hint of coffee.

Well carbonated for a stout and has a silky feel. It has a soft roasty taste that makes it very drinkable. It is good on a cold winter's day or a warm sunny, day at Bell's beer garden.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 01:49:05 | More by tetonka4kzoo
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour a dark brown, almost black color. Unfortunately, the person who poured it for me did not get any head to form, so I cannot comment on that.

S- Coffee is what hit me at first, followed closely by chocolate. The roasted dark malts very prevalent as well.

T- Once again, the coffee was the strongest and most forefront in this category. Slight hints of darker chocolate, works very well with the coffee taste. Through all of this, a roasted flavor that works perfect in a stout comes through.

M- Almost chewy, very full bodied, but not the most thick stout.

D- After taking a sip of this stout and setting it down, I immediately wanted to pick it back up. Nice to sit back and relax to this beer.

Notes: I feel as if this stout is one that is perfect for someone looking to start drinking this style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 02:52:41 | More by Lolli1315
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at smokin joes in Pittsburgh.

Appearance is a beauty. Thick, creamy head that dissapears after a few minutes leaving a thick lace. The beer pours very dark and gives the impression of thickness.

Smell is typical for this style, cream/milk with hints of caramel and other sweet scents.

Taste is damn good, delivering what I want in a sweet stout with major blasts of cream.

Mouthfeel is good with a medium to thick body that coats the mouth as it goes down.

Drinkability is a high point, this goes down easy and Would make a good session stout. Would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2008 20:22:50 | More by sonicdescent
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ monks cafe

Apperance- The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing.

Smell- The aroma is good. It has a rich dark malt scent that is dominated with chocolate and roasted barley. It is sweet to the nose and seems a bit creamy.

Taste- The taste is good. It has a dry black malt flavor with some chocolate hints and a semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine stout. It has great aroma and flavor a good sessions ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 15:19:22 | More by bonbini26
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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice black color with a tan head leaving a nice layered lacing.

S- Very sweet, roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of coffee and nuts.

T- Malty, with the same roasted, coffee, chocolate, and nutty flavors from the aroma. Very malty on the palate, with little to no hop presence.

M- Full bodied, smooth on the palate, low carbonation level, dry finish.

D- Easy to drink, just don't think I could drink a lot of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 22:50:51 | More by nrbw23
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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first try at a Milk Stout on tap.

A: Pretty dark and rich black. Head was quite bubbly and thick. Ample lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, toffee. A rather rich robust smell.

T: Good balance of taste. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors. From what I have read about Milk Stouts, the flavors seem more robust than normal for this style.

M: Medium body beer. Coats the mouth with a creamy smooth taste.

D: Very drinkable, easy to drink. Not overly sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 14:00:22 | More by IronCitySteve
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This certainly was my second favorite taste @ the Eccentric Cafe last night. This poured a dark brown almost black with a tan head. Once I smelled this beer I knew I was in love. Very complex with deep rich coffee smells, chocolate and other yummy things. The taste of this beer was just as delightful as the smell. VERY complex and extremely easy to drink. I was very impressed with the amount of flavor they were able to fit into this beer. VERY WELL done again another beer I will suggest to my local beer distributor

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2008 12:50:55 | More by Biggness
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap in my kegerator. Bought from Total Wine & More in Springfield, VA. Totally pitch black with a dark head. Tastes of anise, coffee.
Nice mouthfeel of heavy stout but not too chewy.
I hate when a porter or stout feels watery.

Not much ofr aroma but I probably had it served too cold.
It's a heavy stout but very drinkable. Medium alcohol level, but after a few you know you've been drinking it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 14:14:00 | More by skibumdc
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 16-oz glass at Alibi's last week (enjoyed it so much on Wednesday, I returned on Thursday for two more!) There wasn't much of a head on this beer, but what was there made a nice creamy top to my glass. The color was very dark, but held to the light, a faint dark red came through the glass. The aroma was all about the roasted coffee bean, and this followed through to the flavor. The flavor was additionally complex with dark chocolate, and as others have mentioned, a slight licorice tang. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but the flavor burst made up for that! I was really glad to find this available two nights in a row.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 02:49:40 | More by SierraGS
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with a nice 1 inch tan head of foam. Aroma was an enticing mix of roasted coffee beans, licorice and dark chocolate. Taste was very similar to the aroma. Lots of roasted coffee flavor, dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Drinkability was damn good, as I love a bold tasting stout. Mouthfeel was medium bodied in the palate, with a slightly sweet finish. Another great beer from Bells.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2007 17:25:38 | More by rodrot
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this fine beer on tap last night. It took over 10 minutes to totally draw it from the tap. It had to be drawn bit by bit, letting the huge light brown head settle before more could be drawn. Served to me in a standard pint glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with a light brown head. When the beer was finally served to me the head was still well over an inch thick. It eventually settled to a very nice surface layer, in fact the best I have ever seen. It stayed nice and thick right down to the last sip. very nice lacing too. Sweet, malty roasted aromas of chocolate and coffee were strongly present but not much else. It tasted pretty much like it smelled, deep roasted sweet malt undertones and the bitter sweetness of dark chocolate and the bitterness of black coffee. Very good balance. I have had this beer in the bottle before and I must say it is almost like having a totally different, and better, beer when on tap. At least that was my experience. Has a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a full body and mild to moderate carbonation. Drinkable in the way a great beer should be. I really hope to have this on tap again!


Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2007 03:59:17 | More by neenerzig
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3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

At The Depot in Minneapolis.

Looks brown to black with a deep red glint. Looks like a coke with a somewhat thicker head and less carbonation

[Sniff] Maybe some toast, maybe a little licorice. I wasn't getting much, but what I was getting was interesting enough.

Tastes bitter! ...And then dark chocolate and coffee.

Feels strangely thin. It does lubricate my palette with a syrup long after it's gone. I like that. I guess that's the sweet part.

Probably way too sophisticated for my palette since I was thinking about my next beer halfway through this one. It was just kicking the back of my tongue's ass, and I wasn't into that at the time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2007 05:05:21 | More by surlyseth
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United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured very dark & impenetrable in a pint glass, with fair head which stayed well. Aroma is very much dark chocolate and burnt grains, even a hint of smokeyness in there. Taste reflects the impression from the aroma, dark burnt chocolate, slight smokeyness, bitter finish - but more from the roasted grains than from hops. Texture is medium heavy, and powerful taste makes this a satisfying beer to sample, but never a session beer! Unfortunately the beer was served far too cold in my opinion, which may have muted any sweetness and hidden any other flavours, killing any subtlety I might have missed. Worth trying, though not an 'easy to drink' beer, and surely should not be served ice cold, for its a "winter warmer" type beer!

John W (written and tasted while in Tampa FL June 2007)
B'ham UK

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2007 18:59:52 | More by JohnW
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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 2,992 ratings.