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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,409 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,409
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 152
Gots: 265 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

runlikeakenyan, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

RobinLee, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

MVanZanten, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of brod25
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter with a 1 finger tan head which quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing. Beer is very dark colored. Aroma filled with roasted malts, vanilla and toffee. Great roasted flavor with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Beer finished bitter with notes of hops and licorice. Medium body, less heavy than I expected based on the appearance. Moderate amount of carbonation, could be slightly creamier. Overall a great beer with lots of flavor. This is the first Bell's that I've had, looking forward to trying more!

brod25, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

thejoshgray, Dec 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

tJyM4, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

brotherloco, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Robalypse
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Syrupy, dark brown body with a prominent, malty, chest nut colored head.

Smell:
Faint hints of malt and licorice.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-heavy with noticeable carbonation and plenty of fizz going down. Doesnít feel heavy like the coloration and consistency might suggest.

Taste:
Definitely a very slight licorice taste up front with a bit of grain, almost a hint of rye. Nothing very strong or dominating stands out, but a very sharp, tasty beer in its relative simplicity.

Overall:
This a great, quality tasting stout, especially given the good price I picked a bottle up for on a whim. Often it seems stouts can be a little heavy on coffee or chocolatey tastes, but there was none of that noticeable to me in this beer which works to its benefit. Because of its fairly low profile, but all around crisp and relatively mild flavor, itís definitely something I could drink with some regularity. I will certainly be purchasing it again in greater quantity in the future.

Robalypse, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Edgerrin32, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

nosavingsaccount, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jduprey007, Dec 26, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-beautiful black pour with short-lasting caramel head. fine bubbles, but quick to collapse. almost no lacing.

s-enticing roasted malts and sweet cocoa.

t-bitter dark chocolate and macadamia nuts. sweeter upfront and more coffee and balancing bitterness on the finish.

m-well carbonated and a bit more body than i was expecting. swishing it shifted the taste more toward coffee and macadamia.

o-a very good stout, and a shame i cannot get this and other bell's beer in california. i'll continue to buy this when i can.

neverenoughhops, Dec 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

vader06, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

williamjbauer, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of minterro
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this one a few times, but have never gotten around to formally rating it. Poured into snifter.

A&S: Very sweet roasty maltyness to it. Jet black colored beer. Tan foamy head forms nicely in the snifter at about 2 fingers but then dies surprisingly fast.

T&M:Very roasty and toasty. I would say a bit over bitter in the finish, its also very dry. Body is surprisingly more thick then most American Stouts i've tried in the past. Bits of sharp bitterness.

Overall: I thought it was pretty good, especially for the price.. I think it was on sale at Meijers for $8.50. I would say its way better then the majority of easy to get bell's beer (excluding hopslam, two hearted, and expedition).

minterro, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

GuernzWeed, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

dorf, Dec 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BigTrubble, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

boot11222, Dec 22, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black. Mocha head about 2 fingers worth with fairly good retention

S- Molasses, toffee, vanilla, roasted malt, chocoolate. This beer smelled amazing!! I could define several different notes. Everything melds together nicely.

T- Roasted, slightbitterness from the presence of some hops lingering around. Vanilla, coffee, and a bitter hoppy earthiness.

M- On par for this style. Average carbonation lent a nice smooth and creamy flavor. Doesn't not feel "heavy" at all. Nice bitter finish.

O- A very good stout. A great combination of sweetness and hop bitterness along with notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Several beers from this brewery do not disappoint. I can't wait to sample some of the other stouts in the lineup.

AlphaRanger, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

dna1964dna, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,409 ratings.