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

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

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3,630 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,630
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 159
Gots: 331 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 12/10/12. Poured into a shaker pint. Consumed at about cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours with about a finger of a brown head that doesn't last long. Very dark with a bit of ruby on the edges. Your typical stout, really.

Smell: A bit sweeter than the taste, and even some dark fruits. Plenty of chocolate and coffee, and any other sort of word that's used to describe most stouts -- it's here in Kalamazoo Stout.

Taste/feel: Throw out the dark fruits and some of the sweetness, the taste is much more of roasty malts, with traces of coffee and chocolate as well. A stout that's not powerfully flavorful, so it's really quite easy drinking. The feel is about middle of the road -- it's pretty lightly carbonated, and the beer's not thick or thin.

Kalamazoo Stout is a solid Bell's beer. I'm not a big fan of stouts, but this one's fine and good. It's not super big, roasty, and thick like some other stouts out there (or Imperial Stouts, of course), but that's not a bad thing. Not extremely memorable, but still a good one. Definitely overrated, though, in my opinion.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours the typical impermeable black color of a stout with a creamy one finger toffee colored head with good retention. Foam coats the entire glass as I sip and leaves small patches of foam behind. Foam cascades slowly down the glass when i stir.

S-Roasted malts, toasted nuts, burnt oaky smell with touches of sweet licorice. I'm also picking up traces of a rubbery phenolic smell in the back of the nose.

T & MF-Toasted nuts and roasted malts make up the front of the taste as it fades into a bittersweet finish of licorice and a burnt oaked finish. Pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is thick but is crisp on the swallow but not too overcarbonated. Very satisfying as the thickness of a stout is present but is balanced well with a crisp finish

O-So far, my favorite Bell's brew. It's the only one that exceeded my expectations. Subtle, but the flavors all make a good presence. The body is thick and chewy but it finishes crisp. Very satisfying brew.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Kelsiemoeller
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, nearly black with a tiny pinky finger mocha colored head. Head retention and lacing are minimal to non-existent.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, and a hint of coffee and chocolate when sniffing.

Taste: Roasted malts, hint of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light body with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall: A good, light beer!

Photo of Thaddeus
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chocolate with an ample light brown head.

Aroma & Taste: Had a big chocolate and toffee aroma. The beer was heavy and full bodied with a long finish. The chocolate and toffee mashed well over slight molasses and spice undertones. The long finish added to the enjoyment.

Photo of noahallington
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of coffee and chocolate enticed as a thick, foamy head formed on the thick, dark black beer. The taste is very roasted malty and sweet, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The aftertaste is pleasantly sweet. This stout was so sweet to me that I could see myself drinking this as a digestif/dessert type beer. But the roasty stoutness complements the sweetness well.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ShreddedThumb
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This particular beer has been staring at me on the grocery store shelf for quite some time (specifically last October 29th, when I turned 21), and I figure it's time to finally try Kalamazoo Stout.

The Dorm Room Review

Serving type: bottle.
Poured into a blue Solo cup. Glassware cleaning is cumbersome in a dorm.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. There's a quite impressive head, and I noted it's expansion by counting grooves in the solo cup. The light brown head appears creamy throughout the experience.

Smell: Pleasant licorice wafts into my nose. Roasty, coffee notes.

Taste: The roasted taste is immediately apparent. Some licorice flavor in the back of my tongue, but it's roast, roast, roast. At 6% ABV, the alcohol is naturally masked by the very enjoyable, full-bodied tastes. There's no watery or weak flavors here.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a thin layer of coffee and licorice coats my mouth. A miasma of subdued roasted notes float around pleasantly. Not too heavy, and the alcohol is not present.

Overall: I am very glad that I finally tried this stout. Admittedly, I initially predicting this beer to suffer from common stout complaints (watery, thin-bodied, etc); however, this is easily one of the best stouts at this price point, and given its easy-drinking and enjoyable qualities, Kalamazoo Stout should never be overlooked.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of timn
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black as night, with a very small amount of brown foam on top. The head is thin, but has a nice, appetizing mocha color.

S: The licorice comes through above all else, along with some hints of raisin.

T: Hits with an immediate burnt, smoky wood flavor, with a hint of the licorice. The licorice actually is less prominent than in the smell, but melds nicely with the smoky flavor. Ends with a bit of coffee acidity.

M: On the thicker side of medium, but very nice mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth, great all around.

O: Teriffic. The nice smoky wood flavor is wonderful up front, and the licorice adds a nice touch. This almost reminds me of Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout, only better and more regularly drinkable. I really enjoyed this one, and will definitely be buying again.

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