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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

3,345 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3,345
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 147
Gots: 254 | 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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Zorro

California

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

A clear deeply brown colored beer with a very tall light brown head.

This is one of those beers that you recognize the smell of long before you get it near your nose in a good way. Sweet chocolate with a trace of malt char and hops. Trace of coffee but not too much.

The taste starts out strong chocolate with a semi-sweet malt aftertaste. Immediately I noticed the smoothness of this beer, it is basically velvet on the tongue. Flavor doesn't develop much, just smooth mellow chocolate.

Mouthfeel is velvet.

Super easy to drink beer. Smooth and mellow are two things that this beer has in spades. Super drinkable beer that I will look forward to trying again.

01-23-2008 05:43:52 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

12 ounce bottle from Lone Hill Liquor, on to the beer:

Lighter colored tan head on top this jet fuel black liquid. Head retention is fair. Aroma...faint coffee grounds, milk-like sweetness, a pinch of cocao. As for flavor, this is very coffee-like. Roasted ground coffee. But there's a little more carbonation than I like here. Anyway, very roasted flavor. A slight sweetness akin to creamer keeps this beer in balance. If you like your stouts robust and roasty, this is one to grab.

12-27-2008 04:05:23 | More by DoubleJ
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Batch 8432. Packaged on April 11, 2008.

Pours a thick brown/tan head. This beer is pretty much as black as the night sky (but really just a extremely dark brown). I was in awe when I first saw this beer come out of the bottle. The head stayed up almost the entire time, while the lacing was dominate. That's right dominate.

The smell is of roasted/chocolate malts, while the beer is amazingly balance between the hops and the malts. The presence of both were well represented. I could again taste the same roasted/chocolate malts and the hop flavor was grassy.

This is such an amazing beer and I would recommend this to anybody! I am so impressed with Bells on this one!

09-14-2008 00:51:10 | More by mothman
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

This is my 400th review. Just absolutely delicious. Poured into a pint glass, a black color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head, some lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet roasted malts, and toffee/chocolate. The taste is a creamy sweet roasted malt, with a nice toffee finish. Medium body, slightly carbonated feel on the tongue. Very drinkable, glad to had a chance to checkout this fabulous brew.

10-22-2006 18:56:30 | More by Wasatch
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-09-2013 14:38:32 | More by ejimhof
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +21.6%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 1" mocha-hued head above an opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense head has good staying power, and laced tremendously. Aroma is of coffee and choco malts, with a bit of milk sweetness that rounds it out nicely. The taste is follows the aroma's map, and the sweetness really rounds out the flavor on the palate. Don't know where that 6.5% is hiding, but it was cloaked with some artistic brewing. If I had to find a fault, I think the mouthfeel is a bit thin for such a hearty brew, but this is really nit-picking. One of the best stouts I've enjoyed, just wish it was more widely available.

05-05-2004 22:45:31 | More by ppoitras
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superspak

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 9/14/2011. Pours pitch black color, with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, light herbal hops, and a hint of licorice. Nice well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, pine, herbal hops, and a bit of spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, pine, and herbal spiciness for a bit. Very robust flavors for 6%, with great balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Hardly any alcohol presence except for a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and highly robust stout. Very drinkable with great flavor balance.

01-29-2012 08:02:59 | More by superspak
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%

Bells : Kalamazoo Stout

Appearance: Dark brown, pretty much black colored beer. Opaque but no sediment. Brown head forms and leaves some lace on the glass. Looks like a stout for sure.

Smell: Chocolate, charcoal, roasted malt, tobacco, and molasses. Appealing to the nose, this beer is on par with other good examples of the style with a strong aroma.

Taste: Big flavor of chocolate and black patent roasted malts. Chocolatey, hint if vanilla, molasses, iced coffee. Somewhat sweet flavor upfront but there are layers. Really nice flavors in this stout. Richly malty, but with enough sustaining bitterness to balance.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied ale that is as tasters say, chewy. This stout leaves quite a roasted malt impression on the palate. Well carbonated, fairly smooth and even between sweet, smokey and roasted.

Overall: One of the best American Stouts out there, period. This is definitely under rated, if given the time and opportunity I can drink these all day. Kalamazoo Stout can hold up well to an oily cigar.

06-30-2013 19:34:05 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

The beer is a deep, dark brown with a half inch of beige head. The aroma offers molasses, dark roast, black coffee. Malty with dark roasted coffee. Rich and slightly sweet, finishing bitter. Molasses with a touch of dark chocolate. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Another solid offering from Bell's.

03-06-2013 23:31:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-19-2013 01:41:41 | More by BillRoth
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-22-2014 22:05:14 | More by afsdan
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-27-2011 03:29:42 | More by brandoman63
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Kalamazoo Stout has a java-like appearance which implies not only opacity but also a bubbly brown froth; it might look more appropriate in a tiny espresso cup than it does in my pint glass. Still, what sparse foam it manages seems intent on exploring the full space of the glass.

The fact that the beer is brewed with licorice is apparent in the aroma; it follows then, however, that this recipe must also use coffee, fireplace ashes, burnt toast crusts, and may or may not have been partly aged in oak barrels. It gives one a lot to smell.

Kalamazoo drinks like a mini Russian Imperial Stout. A number of steps lower on the richness scale, it nevertheless offers flavours of molasses, dark fruit, French roast coffee, dark chocolate truffles and, of course, hints of black licorice. Let's call it a RIS junior.

The mouthfeel has a splintery dryness almost akin to the kind you'd experience in a barrel-aged offering. Much of this, mind you, can be attributed to a considerably generous hop bill, one that's spicy florals go largely unnoticed thanks to the towering presence of roasted grain.

Owing to brands like Kalamazoo as well as Expedition, Double Cream, Cherry and Java, Bell's became an elder statesman for American craft-brewed stouts even before it could legitimately be considered an elder. Like so many others, this beer was one of my first forays into stouts not named Guinness or Murphy's and I still enjoy it now as much as I did then.

11-17-2013 03:30:35 | More by biegaman
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +1%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Big three to four finger light cocoa brown head with good retention, nice cap on this. Body is dark walnut brown with just a hint of red. A little soapy but manages a nice ice cream chunk while drinking.

Smell is a good mix of first chocolate then roast coffee. Good and simple, real solid. Chewy grain texture.

Taste is slight prickly licorice, and milk chocolate ovaltine finish. Just right on the wetness scale it seems, so easy drinking.

Overall solid good light stout, very nice and enjoyable easy drinking, good flavor and feel.

04-17-2011 21:31:43 | More by smakawhat
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-25-2011 03:49:13 | More by rab53
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-01-2014 00:54:09 | More by Latarnik
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plaid75

New York

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured an oily black hue with a finger and a half dark tan head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a deep burnt grain aroma with highlights of chocolate and black malts.

The taste was upfront burnt grain, reminiscent of burnt toast. Nice bitterness and touch of chocolate malt.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy.

Overall a delicious milk stout. Very smooth despite the burnt malts. Very sessionable.

12-21-2006 02:38:54 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Pours a dark roasted color with a cherry tan head.

S: dark roasted malt, fresh coffee beans, dry chocolate and some black licorice.

T: The palate and flavor is very dark and rich coffee and roasted malt along with a nice hearty chocolate presence. Very grainy feel and dark roasted lacing on the tongue. There is a malt sweetness that balances the dark grains nicely. A nicely rounded beer and flavor making for a decent session stout. pretty decent all around but just falls short or being really impressive enough to bump this to the next level.

M: creamy with some bittering chocolate.

D: Overall a good stout with an easy drinking quality.

09-16-2008 23:36:42 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

02-22-2006 04:16:09 | More by Viggo
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1%

Pours pitch black with 1/4" of cappuccino head that has good retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth, rich roasted malts, mellow coffee, and faint chocolate in the finish. There are some faint hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid stout. It's fairly simple and to the point, but the simplicity works here. I've had this one several times and will probably have it again.

11-04-2011 21:11:07 | More by tdm168
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Pours an inky black with a one finger mocha colored head. Decent retention leaving a little bit of foam in the center and ring on the outer edge. Moderate lacing.

S: Not overly strong smelling. A sweet smelling beer, coffee, licorice, some brown sugar, and molasses. I get a little bit of butter as well.

T: The predominant flavors are coffee and mocha, but the coffee is more like coffee ice cream than hot coffee. There is a roasted malt flavor in the middle a little bit as well as hints of chocolate, molasses, and oatmeal.

M: Creamy and chewy. Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation that seems to fit well. Has a surprisingly dry finish.

O: Quite happy with this beer. Glad that the coffee doesn't overwhelm the beer since I am not a fan of coffee beers. Not my favorite stout, but I wouldn't turn it away.

04-22-2011 01:17:15 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.1/5  rDev -47.4%

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.

08-19-2003 05:04:13 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%

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. . .

05-06-2010 23:11:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-20-2013 01:13:19 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-22-2012 21:19:12 | More by sendbeer
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,345 ratings.