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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

3,710 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,710
Reviews: 1,464
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 169
Gots: 379 | FT: 8
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of TangoJuliet
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jiggidy
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4.25/5
Very very dark brown, possibly black. A thin layer of light brown head

Smell - 3.75/5
Roasted malts, a hint of slight citrus hops, a little smokiness and maybe a little alcohol. I would have liked the roasty and smoky aspects of the malts to be stronger, still a decent aroma.

Taste - 3.75/5
Smoke, charcol, sweet roasted malts, sugary alcohol, the hops come up the most in the aftertaste. Overall this is a decent tasting stout. A nice amount of smokiness but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Smooth, both creamy and crisp during different parts of the sip. Carbonation is medium. A nice feel overall

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent beer overall. Wouldn't be my first choice typically, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FogDishHead
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, watery, terrible body. No interesting tastes, just bland nothingness. Barely any smell. This is an awful stout.

Photo of toothirsty
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Traceandtheporkchop
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bosoxbennie
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psweendogg
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerKitchens
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
2.99/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very average beer. Not great, not bad

Photo of TX-Badger
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with khaki colored head. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and some nice molasses notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some sweetness, more molasses and chocolate.

Photo of HookemHoos
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nzellars
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Roasty flavor after taste. Good body.

Photo of Cycle69
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides the glass and formed a few wispy cloud that settled over the top of the beer.

Aroma: I’m stuffed up at the moment (I know that being in that condition is not ideal for reviewing a beer) so I’m not getting much out of the aroma, but other reviewers have noted aromas of medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, some light licorice, roasted malt and caramel.

Taste: Even though I’m stuffed up, my taste buds aren’t messed up and this beer tastes delicious! Massive roasted malt flavors up front, imparting notes of toasted pumpernickel, freshly brewed coffee (including a slight hint of coffee-like bitterness), some dark chocolate, a little bit of cream, some strong notes of brown sugar-like sweetness, finished with some nicely balanced hops. However, I don’t get much in the way of licorice, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-thin, actually slightly disappointing, as I was expecting more chew. This beer is very smooth as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is a surprising, slight hint of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good stout! Great flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of sweetness. The only thing keeping this beer from being great is the slightly this mouthfeel. Still, this beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

Postscript note: The bottled date on the beer was 2/18/13, and I drank this beer on 2/17/14, which, if my math is correct, and I was never good at math, but I can do this math, the beer was almost a year old to the day. If this lower ABV beer was this good, aged (accidently) almost to a year to the day, I have to try a more fresh bottle to see if its better. That being said, if you happen upon an older bottle of this beer, up to and including a year old (though maybe even older would be good too), don’t worry, you’ll enjoy it!

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,710 ratings.