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

Not Rated.
Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

3,850 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,850
Reviews: 1,507
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 172
Gots: 455 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,850 | Reviews: 1,507
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours the darkest of browns with the slightest khaki head which quickly dissipated. It smells rich and sweet, as of molasses. It tastes bold and rich, very coffee/java like. It is rather sweet but appealingly so. It drinks smoothly and medium bodied. It has subtle carbonation but has an appealing mouthfeel. This one didn't miss where most craft American stouts miss. It's very drinkable, a great American stout, probably one of my new favorites.

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, very little head or lacing. Roasty aromas that continue in the mouth, with bitter hops, coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors also present. Medium mouthfeel, not too thick or carbonated. Modest ABV allows for decent drinkability. Yummy and typical of the style. No surprises here, just delivers the goods. A very nice stout indeed. Not too big or over the top. Gotta find myself a bottle of their Imperial Stout next!

Photo of vfgccp
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Dark, almost black, with thin brown highlights around the edge of the glass. Trace amount of off-white head.

S – Hammy smoke, and mahogany wood.

T – Definitely get the salty, ham-like smoke from the nose up front. Burt toast and bitter roast coffee catch up to the smoke mid profile, and a dark, woody note rounds out the backend.

M – Thin, just a shade away from watery. Light roast character to the finish.

O – Roaster than I typically like in the style, and I feel like the smoke note is a little unbalanced, but not a bad beer.

Photo of Duff27
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Inch tall mocha head on a dark brown body. Excellent head retnetion and splotchy lacing. Appearance is very inviting.

S- Whiffs of cocoa and hints of cola in the nose.

T- Chocolate is a lot more prominent in the taste compared to the aroma, especially as it warms. Slight coffee note. Drinks it's 6%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- A very balanced, drinkable stout. The chocolate/coffee combo grows on you with every sip.

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque black. Tan head, not much retention, but it leaves a little lace. I think a stout should have more of a head (that stands up!).

S: Roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, slight tangy-tartness.

T: Plenty of dark roasted flavour (not burnt), nice bitter chocolate, with a little coffee. Balanced by a pleasant sweetness, but surprisingly dry for the style (it's not overly sweet). As it warms, the fruity esters from the yeast become more apparant.

M: Thick & creamy like a stout should be. Light to moderate carbonation. Slight chalky acidity... but very nice.

D: Good.

Bell's stouts rock!

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black. 1/4 inch head with slight retention and lsight lacing. Smells of a dark rich malt and sweetness. Fits the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and slighty thick. There's a high carbonation level and an associated bitterness. Tastes very rich, of a strong malt, some roasted malt as well, and there's a slight hop bitterness. Overall, a very good rich stout - definitely couldn't drink more than a couple of these.

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 2/21/12.

Appearance: extremely rich, dark brown, letting nearly no light through. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: rich malty aroma with lots of chocolate character and a little roastiness. There's also an interesting and subtle fruity/toffee character which I really like. There's a little bit of vegetal hop aroma as well, but that's not too much of a drawback from the rest of this great bouquet.

Taste: rich flavor of chocolate, roastiness and more of that beguiling, subtle fruitiness. Bitterness is balanced and the vegetal aroma doesn't come through in the flavor. Really, quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a very good stout. I will definitely have this again, given the opportunity.

Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer with brown edges and a dark tan stand of head composed of fine bubbles. Plenty of thick lace. Rich, malty, roasted aroma with some coffee and licorice character. Moderate bitterness that seems to be from both hops and dark grains plays nicely with the roasty malt sweetness that lingers into the finish. There's some chocolate, as well as leafy hops that contribute a bit of citrus. Light, well-integrated carbonation and a medium body produce a silky, creamy texture. A bit drying in the finish. An excellent beer with a big, roasty flavour. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of harpus
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours very dark black. Some light passes through the edges when held up to the light. 2 finger dark tan head that dissipates to a thin ring. Some decent lacing left behind.

A- roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and some licorice.

T- same as the nose with the chocolate being most prominent. The licorice isn't as strong as I expected but I don't miss it either. The coffee and coco blends nicely with the other flavors. Nicely balanced.

M- nice and creamy. Not to chewy. nice level of carbonation. With a very nice finish.

D- really nice. I also drank this in a Stout tasting of 14 different stouts I setup. This beer was ranked #2 second only to Bells Expedition

Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an inky black color with a 1/2 inch head, considerable lacing throughout. Smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is the same, chocolate and roasted malts, very little in the way of licorice. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black, some red highlights, thick brown head forms, nice lacing and good retention. Smell is roasty, coffee and chocolate, with some cherry. Taste is the same, lots of roasty chocolate and coffee, with a little bit of dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Excellent stout, thanks DrJay!

Review #400

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle on March 29, 2015.

Photo of Bighuge
2.12/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a creamy brown head. This beer has an off aroma. Smells like b.o. a little bit. A little rancid. Not pleasant at all. The flavor is off as well. Not enjoyable at all. It's stale tasting (but it's in their new packaging so I'm assuming it's actually relatively fresh). Off. Sour. Sour even for Bell's. Nothing enjoyable about this beer at all.

Damn, I wish Bell's would get their shit together already. I'm sick of getting "off" beers from them.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfect, black, not oily or superthick (not that there's anything wrong with that). Very rich aroma, chococoffee even more than usual. The standard.

Exactly as expected taste wise after the aroma smell, just a straightforward big but not imperial stout with all the right touches on the hop and malt spectrum. Mouthfeel takes on a slight licorice dimension, which is not my thing, but strangely enough, opened my palate up a little to it (maybe I'll try batch 9000 again?). Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

I think if this beer weren't so easy to get, it would be rated higher. Scarcity makes demand I guess. These are the days of limited release. . .

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this bottle.

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Brown, as close to black as you can get with a one finger dark tan head.

S - coffee, and chocolates.

T - Strong nutty taste, coffee.

D - Mild carbonation. not as sweet as many stouts. Nice.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a pitch black with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is all roasty and malty sweet. Nice.

The taste is yummy.... Great roastiness up front offset by a sweet malty, almost chocolate milky flavour that has me saying, Milk stouts are good. :^)

Bottom line: This is quite the different stout and one I favour...I recommend it.

Photo of cjgator3
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a thick creamy medium colored tan head that leaves lacing all around the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malt with some cocoa. The taste is roasted malts with a semi-sweet and bitter finish. Overall, this is a solid stout that is recommended.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black stout body with a thin beige head.

S - Powdery chocolate notes and sweet dark breads and grains. A minor malt sweetness in the nose. Typical roasty aroma throughout.

T - The taste was milder than expected from the beer's smell. Mostly a toned back roasty profile with some bitter cocoa powder thrown in.

M - Light bodied, and mild dried finish. This beer was easy drinking, and had some charachteristics of a schwarzbier.

O - A less bold stout, a nice starter to your stout night.

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 29/7/12

A not quite jet black with a large loose mocha head that retains very well and leaves several partial rings of lace

S fruity coco, faint smoke, nutty toffee and some faint molasses and chocolate covered raisins

T some coffee and char on top of what I smell, tastes great with more dark roasty complexity, for a 6%er its chalk full of flavor

M medium bodied, slightly creamy from the bubbles, long lingering aftertaste of burnt malt

O solid beer for sure, very dark roast, great taste and no issues in any other department

I'd be drinking this on a regular basis if it was available in my part of the world. went down easy even on a hot summer evening

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pitch black color with a thick brown head. Spot on.

The aroma is made up of roasted coffee and creaminess/sweetness that is defined by the style.

Taste is very sweet and creamy upfront with a hint of coffee and roasted malt at the back of the throat. Smooth. I can even detect a bit of smokiness here.

Mouthfeel is roasty goodness with only a slight hint of sweetness. Lingers quite a bit.Chewy.

Overall, a very drinkable example of the style that I feel falls a bit flat on mouthfeel and taste. I tend to lean more towards the Double Cream though. However, this is a good starting point for a stout and if you like it already, seek out the Double Cream for more of the goodness.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a nice creamy brown head. Color made me think of waterd down motor oil. That may not be appealing to most, but I believe almost jet black is the way a stout should be.

Smell- Tart oat smell, with some creamy roasted malt notes.

Taste- Tart malt hits the palate first, then an odd mix of hop bitterness and half & half. The aftertaste left a suprisingly delightfully smoky malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium palate but could still anjoy some french fried smiliy faces with my beer.

Drinkability- Even a stort that reimnds of motor oil deserves to take another glass to the lips.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours an opaque black with a two-finger light chocolate colored head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells both roasty and chocolatey, with a faint hop smell. I tried really hard and could smell the licorice.

Tastes much more roasted in the taste than in the smell. There's a good deal of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good. The thickness is good and I hardly even have to swallow for it to go down it's so smooth.

This is a pretty drinnkable beer. Nothing is too intense, and the fact that it's so smooth certainly helps.

Overall this isn't a great beer, but it is a very good one. Worth a shot.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark, dark brown with some reddish tints when held up to the light. There's also about an inch creamy tan head, and a lot of lacing remains on the glass. It smells like roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and some coffee. It tastes like dark chocolate and a bit of coffee, and there's a good roasted flavor too. The start is a little bitter, then the sweetness hits and then finishes bitter again with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a good body to it. The Kalamazoo Stout is a very good beer, I'd definitely buy more of this in the future.

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

The pour as dark as they come with an extravagant head, a large olde frothy "Thang", long lasting and chocolate brown in color with the lace in voluptuous sheets. Nose, coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, ah yes my friends one "Sniffable Beer". Front malt, sweet, the top portly, the finish is benignly acidic, stupendously hopped, lordly dry. It's a good thing that I have to beg borrow and steal these beers, as my total would be much less as why sample the rest, when you can have the best. #10 of their beers sampled, not a "loser in the bunch". Trust the olde spavined "Gusler", when I tell you this line of beers is phenomenal.

Photo of claspada
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and just a hint of burnt wood/campfire.
The taste follows the nose but is somewhat subdued comparatively. Lots of dark and roasted maltiness and dark bittersweet chocolate, lesser notes of stale coffee.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall this is a decent but slightly unbalanced stout. At 6% ABV this is quite sessionable but not overly flavorful enough that I need to revisit. Worth a go but not necessary to sample.

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,850 ratings.