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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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3,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,618
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 157
Gots: 325 | 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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3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 6588

Pours out dark ruby brown and sits jet black in the glass with a large, fluffy brown head, nice lacings too.

Smells quite roasted, coffee and espresso abundant. Light, chocolate powdery aroma behind the overall blackend smell of the beer.

Tastes just lightly sweet up front and meanders its way into a load of sharp roasted flavors. Coffee grinds and blackened malt grit away at your toungue with light abrasiveness. Traces of bitter chocolate found within the almost sour taste to this beer. Nothing citrusy, but a bit puckering at the sides. Well bittered, hopping clean and efficient. Finished nicely bittered, but still has some of that sourness from the roasted grain.

Rich and smooth in the mouth with medium carbonation. Nice body, but doesn't quite match up with the heavy dose of roast. Not a bad stout by any means, but not one to be consumed in large quantities.

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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep black under a half fingers worth of brown head. Some lace, some retention along edges.

S: Smells of sweet cream and roasted malt, I've had this beer a few times and never been blown away by the aroma.

T: Tastes of a sweet cream, some brown coffee and a roasted malt. Finish is a roasted bitterness and some slight hints of a citrus hop.

M/D: Carbonation is slightly high, full and slightly creamy body. Drinkability is good, pretty easy drinking for a 6.5% stout.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As per usual, poured this one into my trusty glass stein.

Appearance- The body is certainly good for a stout. Black? Yep. Opaque? Yep. The head made it to almost a finger, before settling in at a pencil-width of milk chocolate colored head. Not really much lacing, which would have been nice to see.

Smell- Some caramel malt coming through, as well as the roasted coffee note that is pretty standard for most stouts.

I was on the look out for anise or licorice since the bottle wants to make sure I know that it had some brewers licorice in there. I am not finding it though.

Bell's certainly must have a steady hand if they can add brewer's licorice so well that it is masked on the nose! Still time to find it in the drink though.

Taste- I found a good amount of slightly sweet, bread malt and roasted malt in the flavor profile. And, just a little bit of that anise, licorice in the finish, but it takes its sweet time showing itself.

There is also a little bit of chalky, milk chocolate mid-drink to finish, but oh so subtle. Honestly, this is feeling pretty "one-note" to me, but at least what is here is enjoyable, if a bit bland.

Mouth feel- It is good for a Bell's offering, which translates to "outstanding". It is smooth and creamy. The body is a pretty big medium body, but I would not call it "big", if that makes sense.

Overall- The Kalamazoo Stout seems a bit irreverent from the creepy old-guy next door neighbor that graces the bottle art, to the semi-snarky text on the back of the bottle.

However, it comes off a bit, "normal". All the flavor profiles are what are expected for a stout, roasted malt, semi-sweet notes, roasted finish. Yet they are very pleasant and make for an easy to drink beer.

Bottom line, I'd drink it again, gladly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, almost black, with a medium, tan, pillowy head that slowly diminishes to lingering chunks. Lots of lacing all the way down. The aroma is fairly typical for a stout with the usual roasted malt characteristics. Coffee, chocolate, caramel and very light smoke. Also some moderate yeast and dark fruit. The taste is a little on the sweet side at first with the roasted malts again taking center-stage. On the finish it turns lightly bit, but there’s a sourness in the there as well that I wasn’t expecting and didn’t really enjoy. It has a medium-full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Not bad, but nothing impressive, especially coming from Bell’s.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color with a big foamy dark tan head. A fairly heavy pour created huge lumpy head. The head falls to a fairly thick film that leaves some nice clumpy lacing. Hints of expresso, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. The smell isn't as strong as i expected. Taste does come through with more punch than the smell. Again coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Slight bitter chocolate aftertaste but very minimal. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost a milk like smoothness. Overall a very drinkable beer. Not world class but certainly very good.

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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful black with a creamy brown head.

S: Nose is medium roast coffee milk chocolate deliciousness.

T: Milk chocolate, almost a bit earthy, with some nice mild, medium roast coffee. Akin to the nose. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied, not smooth.

O: This is a nice, mild, not so in-your-face, but definitely flavorful stout. I generally prefer milk chocolate flavor to dark chocolate flavor, which is what you'll find in this beer.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 3,618 ratings.