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

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Bell's Smoked Stout
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BA SCORE
87
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-07-2008)
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

CMERCE, Sep 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Jips, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love how straightforward Bell’s is when it comes to nomenclature. This, their smoked stout, is aptly titled Smoked Stout. It pours a dark black with thin, tight bubbles, and has a big smoked malt aroma that dominates. The flavor is all about the smoke as well, with smoked malts domineering over a more subtle roast malt and subdued sweetness on the finish.

elNopalero, Apr 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Rob315, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

page101, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I appreciate the folks from Bell's for bringing this beer down to the NHC. It seems Bell's can do no wrong. This is a tremendous stout that balanced toward an Oatmeal Stout with it's smooth, creamy texutres and soft chocolate, coffee, and light fruit flavors. The gravity weight of the beer seems high, but supports the flavors well. But then there's that campfire-y, charred, meaty flavors that come from the smoke additions that give the beer new meaning. The smoke never dominates the beer but pushes it's presence in ever facet of the beer- from aroma to finish, the smoke weaves in and out of the chocolates, coffee, nutty, fruit notes seamlessly. It's a joy to drink- and I did a lot of that.

Notes taken from '08 NHC.

BEERchitect, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bell's. Listed at 7.4% ABV on the board

A - Black with a small amount of white head and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts with subtle smoke aroma that is present but not overwhelming.

T - Roasted malts and smoke. The smoke is perfect - present without dominating the palate. A slight bitterness is present as well as a touch of coffee.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet in Northside.

12oz. in a straight tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with average single American stout viscosity. Short head on the pour with little retention and just a bit of lacing.

S: Pleasantly smoky. Assertive but not overpowering. Some light and juicy dark fruits, red grapes come to mind. Maybe a touch of vanilla mixed with the woody and peaky aromas.. or maybe the wood is oak, haha.

T/M: Very nice smoked flavor. Very assertive and any more might be too much but Bell's seemed to push it right to the edge without going over. The smoky, woody, peaky flavor balances... or at least, plays well with the dark fruit and light molasses flavors. A bit of spent coffee grounds in the back... not too strong, especially from the bitterness aspect, but just that little hint of robustness. More of that Baltic Porter type grape taste is detectable. It has a soft bitterness right at the beginning that doesn't quite make it to the end, lightly citrus-y. Body is only about medium, fitting into the style quite nicely. Limited carbonation lends a nice velvety smoothness.

D: Very drinkable. The Comet had a few different brews that I wanted to sample so I just stuck with one of these but I'm sure I'll head there tomorrow as well. Even with a potent smoke flavor, I could see myself with a glass of this after dinner, maybe even with a chocolate desert.

pwoods, Jul 08, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

David1492, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bryant Lake Bowl for the Oberon release party. Probably my favorite beer of the night, except for Hopslam of course.

Jet black, thick head. Great head retention.

Smoked malt fills the nose with a little bit of milk stout sweetness to follow.

A rich malt base with moderate sweetness followed by a big dose of smoked malt. Not overly smokey, but it is the highlight. A really nice and drinkable smoked stout.

Soft, smooth velvety feel. Medium body.

I really enjoyed this one. I'm a big fan of smoked beers and this one is a really good example of a smoked stout. I would love to have it again.

jera1350, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet!
Pours black as night with a nice half inch, brown, frothy head. Smell is roasty and cocoa. Taste is chocolatey and roasty. Not as much roast as a Alaskan Smoked Porter, but a good amount there that compliments the stout well. Full, thick, viscous and creamy on the mouthfeel. Coats the glass well. This is a good stout for those not looking to drink a campfire. Subtle and welldone.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bordering on brown to black in color. A small tan head leaves a great lace in its tracks.

Peaty smoke induced malt with marshmallow and chocolate covered meats? Roasty with a charcoal grill aroma.

Smooth and creamy. Tantalizing smoke with a laid back chocolate and dark fruit appeal. A hint of vanilla as well. Very nice and easy drinking. Not as meaty in the mouth as the nose would lead one to think.

mcallister, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Alextricity
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

Appearance: Pitch black with barely any head in the sample glass. Patchy lacing. Y'know, your typical stout. Shit, I need to get more inventive with my reviews. Slacker...

Smell: Picture any quality stout you've ever had, and add a smoke note -- that's this beer. The chocolate is a bit in the background to the heavy roasted malt/coffee sort of aromas, and the smoke. This is my first "smokey" beer, and I think this smells great.

Taste: Wow. It just tastes... excellent. A lot like the smell, but what I'm most impressed with (and I guess it's probably typical...) is that while it has the smoke aroma and flavor, it doesn't taste ashy at all. There's just a solid medium feel with this beer that gets it to coat your mouth and throat just enough. Massive coffee and roast with a moderate amount of smoke and bitterness... this is some good stuff. Bold flavor, but brewed just right to keep it from being overwhelming.

Alextricity, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

needMIbeerinMD, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

gratefulbeerhead, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Doggfish90, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jimipow, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

orangesol, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of beachbum1975
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this sucker on tap with pimpp after I read his review (below) and current availability at "The Comet" in Northside (Southern Ohio). It was served too cold into a delightful Samuel Smith's tulip glass, so I let it sit and warm in my hands for a bit, to bring out the flavor.

Poured a rich, cloudy blackish brown with a small tan head that didn't remain long.

Hints of heavily toasted, sweet malts mixed with light smokiness and baker's chocolate on the nose.

Taste and mouthfeel was light and dry for a smoked stout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Body was light to medium and tasted much like the hose.

This is a very nice and easy drinking smoked stout. Definitely recommended if you are in the area - worth checking out, glad I had to opportunity to give it a try.

beachbum1975, Jul 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BHansen214, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Bell's. Mostly opaque black but with a rusty brown tint around the edges when held up to light. No real head, but there's a ring of tan foam. Nose is roasted malts and slightly smoky molasses. Taste is a nice Bell's stout, with mildly smoked malts and some chocolate. Smoke character is very subdued, and complements the toastiness of the malts. Nothing close to a rauchbier, so don't expect a camp fire bacon taste. Mouthfeel is good. ABV listed as 7.3%, about normal for a Bell's stout.

shivtim, Dec 24, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Lynn, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe, served in a pint glass. This was dark brown with a thin tan head, basic stout appearance. Nice smoked malts in the nose, that and roasted malts, excellent. Good strong rauch character without going too far over the edge, other malts keep it grounded.

Meaty and smoky, this is exactly what I was looking for. Roasty and smoky up front, a little sweet and smoky in back, no evident bitterness. The body is a little north of medium, fitting well with the flavors, very happy to have it again any time.

TurdFurgison, Jan 02, 2011
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Bell's Smoked Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.