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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

3,184 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,184
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 145
Gots: 222 | FT: 11
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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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful oil black color with a thick chocolate milk head. The head is short lived, but leaves a nice cap on the brew with sticky lacing on the glass. The smell is solid with strong tones of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, but the burnt smell is a little overpowering. The taste is great. The chocolate rolls on your tongue and leads to a balanced coffee finish. This is a full bodied brew with a perfect amount of carbonation that makes the taste pop in your mouth. Extremely well put together brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 23:03:55 | More by WJVII
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a nonic pint, beautiful pour, one plus fingers head - super creamy deep tan fades slow, deep dark brown coloring.

s- roast, toasty, coffee, toffee sweetness, enticing nose, i'm not really getting a whole lot of licorice here, maybe just a kiss.

t- very smooth, sweet edge here, chocolatey with a coffee kick and sweet burnt toffee, a bit of smoke - really adds something nice in there, really savory and lingering burnt bitterness.

m- full, thick, creamy.

d- down right delicious, this one kinda blew me away, was just expecting an average beer and got a really wonderful one. this was the first time i had this and definitely won't be the last.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 23:06:43 | More by thecarster1
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jburd19

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-05-2013 05:11:56 | More by jburd19
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Bell's Stout I've had the pleasure of trying, on tap at Klinger's in Hanover PA. Served in a pint glass, this beer is absolutely pitch black, no light at all coming through, a finger of beige head, nice retention and solid lacing. Smell isn't as strong as expected, a light roasted malt and some slight espresso. Taste is excellent, a nice roasted malt, cocoa, smooth milk chocolate, and a nice finish with some slight hops and a bitter lingering roast. Excellent balance between the sweet lactose and the bitter roast. Despite the thick chewey mouthfeel, I found myself downing this rather quickly. This is an amazing stout, I wish I could drink this more often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2005 21:09:55 | More by cubedbee
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-18-2014 00:12:50 | More by erlenmeyer
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-27-2011 22:18:46 | More by rwilde
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mitch3114

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

11-20-2013 03:42:40 | More by mitch3114
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aflies

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-29-2012 04:00:27 | More by aflies
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SGToliver

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-22-2013 16:51:11 | More by SGToliver
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-17-2013 23:08:41 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm so glad bells is in NYC now- I've been dying out here I'm the beer boonies.

Looks very dark with a slight tan head of one finger, good retention and nice lacing. Could be more but very nice looking.

Smells pretty normal but very good- nice full roasted malt notes and a hint of anise.

Tastes great- full flavored roasted malt body, a nice little licorice note and finishes slightly sweet. Excellent.

Nice mouthfeel- medium full bodied, moderate carbonation. I like this beer. You will too.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:33:40 | More by Hopdaemon39
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-10-2012 23:27:28 | More by dugly2ugly
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kalamazoo Stout is the most roasted of the Bell's line of stouts. The nose is of burnt walnuts and reduced soy sauce. Though charred, the palette isn't too bitter. The deep roast borders on smoke. This is an intense beer with gorgeous balance (if done even a hair differently, this would probably make you puke).

If you can't find this beer, chew on a handful of espresso beans soaked in beef fat.

The body is lush lactose, but never cloyingly sweet, thick, or chocolately. Milk stouts have a tendency to lose themselves in the creamy body and cafe mocha taste; by intensifying the roastiness beyond normal human cognition, Kalamazoo maintains a strong concentrated stout and earthy hop character without the sickening effects of noticeable milk flavor. Who would have ever thought burning could taste so good?

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 23:29:49 | More by ngandhi
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

typical looking stout- Got a good thick two finger head in a Duvel glass. Nose- some anise, bakers chocolate. Taste- very rich, and good balance of dry and chocolate/molasses sweetness. Great body and nice hoppiness on the finish. Drinks bigger than it really is. A lot of impy stouts probably wish they had the richness and flavour profile of this brew. One of the best non impy stouts I’ve had. great work!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 02:45:34 | More by oakbluff
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a nice black with a creamy head that holds nicely and laces well. The smell is sweet with a small roasted characteristic and a hint of chocolate. The taste is very similar to the smell - very sweet and a small amount of roasted and chocolate characteristics. The mouthfeel is creamy as expected with smooth carbonation. Overall a good stout. I was expecting the liquorice flavor but it was not too strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 23:53:28 | More by MSchae1017
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DudMan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-31-2014 02:04:42 | More by DudMan
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inebrius

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scents of hazelnut-cocoa bread--a liquid loaf in my glass--drift lazily above the downy brown bun that sits atop the dark fluid I sipped and felt ooze hurriedly to the pit of my throat where I swallowed it and shuddered against the bullying chocolate truffle covered coffee bean flavors coarsing.

Then I sipped again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 02:40:51 | More by inebrius
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-13-2013 15:23:04 | More by Bunuelian
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djgustafson

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-31-2013 02:45:34 | More by djgustafson
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-12-2014 01:19:23 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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davesway10

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

04-13-2014 20:36:25 | More by davesway10
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AlexM

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-18-2011 02:32:44 | More by AlexM
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yeaprolly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-22-2014 18:16:57 | More by yeaprolly
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Iowacraft

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-25-2012 15:30:45 | More by Iowacraft
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Theniz

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-21-2013 04:47:15 | More by Theniz
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,184 ratings.