Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.15/5 rDev +4%
A - One and a half fingers of dark brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles pretty quickly, but leaves good lace behind.
S - Strong dark chocolate and coffee aromas backed up by caramel malt.
T - Lots of nutty chocolate up front followed by mild, smooth sweetness. Roasty flavors come to the front in the finish along with mild malt bitterness.
M - Moderately thick body and medium-low carbonation, with a sweet finish.
D - An enjoyable and reasonably complex beer. Pretty drinkable, but with this level of sweetness I wouldn't want more than one. The chocolate notes in the flavor and aroma are particularly nice.
08-21-2008 05:34:50 | More by nickfl
3.35/5 rDev -16%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: The thick foaming light brown head leaves big sticky chunks in the glass, the colour is a shade or two from pitch black.
Smell: Yeasty aroma, dark fruitiness under a wild estery and buttery burnt caramel smell.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy smooth and on the sweet side ... the sweetness seems clouded though. Big yeast bite mixes it up with the roasted character. Ghost like beef broth and dark fruit. Bitter chocolate and some roasted coffee bean in there. A bit hoppy with some flavour middle to end, lots of soft charcoal flavour as well.
Notes: The minimal astringency does not get in the way yet the flavours just dont meld well together a little unbalanced some would say. I am not say it is bad, I enjoyed it but it certainly did not rock my world.
Thanks to sakaroo for the sample.
08-26-2003 01:39:53 | More by Jason
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Appearance: Dark ruby brown could easily be mistaken for black so full it pours thick from the bottle, the thicket of foamy moccha tan head is magnificant looks like bread rising has that texture very chunky and bubbly so nice forms collar of lacing as it slowly dwindles, quite the resiliency on this one. Aroma: Dark roasts create joy on multiple levels but the aroma here contains tones of mild cocoa, baking cookies, and an underlying tone of coffee beans very light but evident the oatmeal like tones are also very inviting toward my first sip. Taste: Such a beautiful balance of dark chocolate roasts and harsh bitterness from the dark roasts sweet robust flavor is just awesome solid all around, the ideal session stout. Mouthfeel: Fluffy yet medium to full bodied and smooth at the same time, unique quality to the mouthfeel can't quite describe it completely. Drinkability: A very tasty stout that helps me remember why I love dark beer so much, I once was stuck on the fact that only hops could suffice my beer sweet tooth but this is the type of brew that helps pull off a convert to stouts with still a great amout of bitter tones from the dark roasts so smooth and silky going down, just gotta love this one from Kalamazoo.
12-03-2003 09:13:49 | More by WVbeergeek
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Got this one from tpd975, cheers Greg!
Pours mahogany/ebony with 2 fingers of mocha head with molasses colored flecks. Above average lacing & average head retention
S: Mocha, charred grain &, a kiss of oaky vanilla & dark fruit once warm
T: Dark choclate & mocha & much cocoa powder dryness up front. A touch of grainyness, more chocolate, a bit of raisin, & coffee as this warms.
MF: Smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation
Drinks easy, a good, not great stout, middle of the road as Bell's offerings go
09-12-2008 03:27:06 | More by russpowell
4.55/5 rDev +14%
Color is deep, dark black, black as a licorice whip, and, we find, it tastes like one, too. Good, thick, boggy and bubbly brown head. And an aroma that is roasted flavors to gills, as charred and heady a stout this side of an Imperial. Full of flavorful connotations, chocolate, coffee, more rich flavors, mollasses, syrup, anise.
Hugely flavorful hop bitterness jumps right on board the palate and swims through the mouth. Full, thick, rewarding, delicious. This one sticks in the mouth like peanut butter, constantly abiding finish. Perfect balance, with massive amounts of everything, it contains certain essences of Imperial stouts, without going overboard in alcohol.
I'm not sure if the style milk/cream/sweet stout is appropriate here, but then I'm not sure what to call it, myself.
Who cares? It's delicious!
03-06-2003 17:13:59 | More by feloniousmonk
4.47/5 rDev +12%
Thorpe gave me a holiday 5 pack of this beer, have to love the holiday 5 pack tradition. Thanks. Poured into a Bell's glass because I can.
Beer is dark black and completely opaque. I poured a little harder than I should be I coaxed a nice thick tan head out of the beer that slowly receded, leaving a little lacing on the walls of the glass. Carbonation is a mystery.
Aroma is nice though. It's a little sweet, some chocolate, some great mild roast, this smells really awesome.
Beer is medium in body and pretty creamy in the mouth with minimal carbonation on the palate. There is a nice chocolaty midpalate flavor, after the initial mild sweetness, the bitterness in this beer is practically perfect. A very good beer all around.
01-11-2011 15:47:37 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
A - An opaque black w/ tan head and generous lacing.
S - roasted coffe and anise odors dominate.
M - Sweet, creamy, roasted and medicinal w/ good carbonation.
T - A deep molasses and roasted coffee taste at first taste. The smooth stout blends so effortlessly w/ a prominent black licorice taste. The anise comes in and catches you off guard w/ a nice herbal finish that is tasty and slightly dry.
D - A full bodied stout w/ a good hop profile + licorice flavor with tinges of molasses. The sweetness is balanced by the herbal flavors. It is not one I would drink single every day, but so smooth I probably could.
08-05-2007 22:00:59 | More by Slatetank
3.84/5 rDev -3.8%
one of the great stouts of the Midwest, this is a real winner. shiny black, dense to light, and sporting a lovely just off white head over an inch tall, full of air, and leaving plenty of lace. big bitter roast barley aromatics with just enough hops. smoke, wet earth, and acidic coffee all contribute to the nose and taste of this beer as well, but what I love about it is its straightforward nature, no frills, just good roasty stout. its really clean for the style, finishing quickly and not drinking too heavy at all. kind of an all year stout rather than just a short day cold weather beer. its not overly creamy in feel either, with a slick sort of coating mouthfeel, thin enough to drink several off, but big enough to satiate me after that many. sweet in the middle comes out of nowhere, but the bitter finish triumphs. one of bells less exotic but most trustworthy beers.
12-21-2013 06:29:01 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich dark malt scent that is dominated with chocolate and roasted barley. It is sweet to the nose and seems a bit creamy. The taste is good. It has a dry black malt flavor with some chocolate hints and a semi-sweet finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine stout. It has great aroma and flavor a good sessions ale.
08-07-2004 00:05:54 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev +0.3%
First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA
Great stout. I've had this on tap and in bottles. Pours opaque black with a cream beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and licorice. Taste of dark roasted malts with coffee notes, sweet chocolate, caramel, and light sensations of dark fruits and licorice. Full-bodied, smooth and rich, and nicely drinkable.
10-01-2011 00:51:31 | More by Rifugium
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.
Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is awesome, with coffee, roasted malts and some cream. The flavor is bitter coffee, roasted malts, cream and some chocolate. The aftertaste is cream. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.
03-05-2010 22:55:17 | More by Mora2000
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a dark brown color with about 2 inches of tan head with great retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation evident.
s - Coffee, roasted and toasted malts, licorice, hints of cream.
t - Bitterness prevails here. Bitter coffee jumps out first, followed by licorice and roasted malts. No cream from the smell is evident in the taste.
m - Full body and little carbonation.
d - Not a bad stout. I enjoyed the smell much more than the taste; I thought the bitterness was a little too prevalent in the taste. I would drink this again.
03-09-2010 02:39:59 | More by mdfb79
3.4/5 rDev -14.8%
Pours nearly black with a thin, tan head.
The smell is of licorice, slightly burnt coffee and toast with chocolate notes.
The taste is of licorice and plenty of it. Reminds me of licorice candy. Coffee and chocolate notes mix in. Earthy bitterness balances out the sweetness. There is a mix of burnt, though not really smoky, (coffee?, or just "burnt...") that gets in the way, as well as some chalk, which is a shame, as it otherwise would be very good. Finishes with a balanced, though slightly awkward, finish.
Something seems "off" and astingent. I do like it, especially the way the licorice plays in, but too chalky and burnt to really enjoy.
07-16-2007 02:51:56 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
A thick creamy brown head tops this deep brown almost black beer. Thick aromas of coffee, burnt malt, alcohol, and chocolate waft from my glass. Aaah, a thick creamy body that is quite satisfying and hits the spot after the weak porter that I just had. Finishes with an astringent roast malt character. The beer is so creamy that it balances the roast character, in the front and middle of this beer, quite well. Perhaps a hint of diacetyl, but it is barely perceptible. Not really sweet, despite the ample body. After a bit of time I can detect some buttery diacetyl in the aroma, perhaps a bit distracting, but not all that bad.
This beer would be something else if the diacetyl was cleaned up a bit. Having said that, if you don't mind a bit of diacetyl, this would be a really good beer for you.
03-19-2004 19:58:49 | More by Gueuzedude
3.83/5 rDev -4%
A light head but it sticks around, leaving ample spots on the glass. The color is near black where no light passes through.
A fairly mellow stout aroma. There are elements of darkened toast from black patent malt, but it is not harsh.
The flavor is closer to the classic dry stout profile. It has notes of espresso and faint nuttiness. There's a blend of hop and burnt toast taste in the finish which lingers long after the swallow. The body light to moderate and the carbonation is spot on. A good, but not great, stout.
01-16-2011 21:04:38 | More by smcolw
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours dark brown/black with a full tan head with excellent retention, almost like a nitro beer, good lacing as well.
S: Smell has distinct notes of chocolate and coffee, a little bit of cream.
S: Stronger bitterness than I expected in a sweet stout, burnt malt and coffee form the main flavour. The beer ends with a long finish and aftertaste of dark cocoa.
M: Medium-bodied, mild carbonation, oily and slick, I thought it could use a bit more body, but still good overall.
D: A nice drinkable stout from Bell's. With it not being distributed here I don't think I'll have it for a while, but I'll definitely revisit it if given the chance.
10-15-2008 06:32:37 | More by Halcyondays
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet at me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Ramirez Liquor. I've been quite underwhelmed by Bell's in the past, so I'm hoping this is the one that shows me how truly great they are. Bottled 09/26/12. 6.0% ABV confirmed.
Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Presentation: I dig the label and its artwork. Understated and classy.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger beautiful brown head of great thickness and cream, and good retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a solid dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Opaque.
Sm: Dark malts are dominant. Chocolate. Cream. I search for roast but struggle to find any. Licorice. A moderate strength aroma. Not real complex or subtle considering the style, but pretty good.
T: Creamy up front and on the finish, with a lightly roasted dark malt foundation. Minimal hop presence, if any. Little licorice; it's very restrained. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Hints of caramel. Chocolate. No real coffee or toffee notes. Roast is also underdone. Well malted. A tasty creamy stout. Impeccably balanced. Quite subtle for the style. It's amazing how much they've done here. This is fucking delicious.
Mf: Smooth and wet - overly so on both counts. Should be more dry and coarse. Feels more like a porter than a stout. Still, the creaminess is fantastic, and the thickness is good. Good carbonation as well. Nice presence on the palate. Suits the flavours nicely.
Dr: A fantastic stout from Bell's. I'm starting to understand the hype a little bit; I like this a lot more than the Expedition Stout. At a better price than it is as a SoCal import, I could definitely see myself picking this up regularly. It's pretty much everything I want out of the style. Obscenely drinkable; I could easily down this all night. One of the best American stouts I've ever had.
Gets better as it warms, but I'd still serve it chilled.
11-19-2012 03:24:52 | More by kojevergas
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
04/18/05- Received as a gift from BA member Spinlock.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Reaper pint glass.
Appearance- Fairly black in color with a nice 1/2 inch head and average lacing.
Smell- Nice and sweet with a bit of roasted scent.
Taste- Yummy sweetness with a nice chocolate kick. Maybe a tiny bit of coffee and nicely rounded malt texture.
Mouthfeel- Mouthcoating chocolate as it warms. Lower carbonation.
Drinkability- One of the best stouts I have had. Creeping fairly close to Stone IRS. Wish I had easy access to these. I've been damn lucky with stouts and porters as of recent.
04-19-2005 03:42:42 | More by GClarkage
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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