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Kalamazoo Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the city where it all began, Kalamazoo Stout is one of our most classic recipes. This smooth, full-bodied stout offers a blend of aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee, balanced with a significant hop presence.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,505
Reviews:
1,631
Ratings:
4,521
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
216
Gots:
738
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,521 |  Reviews: 1,631
Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Very dark, opaque reddish black in appearance, simple beige head around a finger thick, good lacing and retention.

Aroma: cacao, vanilla, and coffee beans are upfront. Other notes of char, cream, licorice, toasted caramel, smoke, other roasted malts, and dark fruits.

Taste is exactly like the aroma with consistency. Hops and malts are well balanced, feels smooth.

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Photo of Thanatosbat777
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lost_sailor
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richardalways21
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not half bad but nothing exceptional. Easy to drink. Not too stout

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Photo of HeathbarATL
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cyclonece09
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of coffee with slight chocolate and sweet licorice notes. Tastes of coffee with chocolate notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruit and black licorice.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, char and black licorice.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - A classic American stout. Easy drinking with great flavor.

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Photo of Joey_Threesticks
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good stout. Smell is roasted coffee, some dark fruit. Flavor begins with dark chocolate, then opens up to an almost espresso richness with a lasting bitterness.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, black licorice, roasted malts

Taste - Black licorice, dark chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, coffee grounds, bit of char

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, roasted malts upfront, licorice in the middle, char on the back end

Overall - very nice stout here. Good medley of flavors. Will definitely re-visit

Price Point - $9.99/6 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of Mickt465
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amendm
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong pour from a 12-oz. bottle was needed for a half finger of caramel colored frothy head with short retention and a few spots of lacing. Opaque dark rosewood brown, almost black.
Smells of semi-sweet chocolate roasted malt and faint coffee.
The taste begins semi-sweet and moderately bitter from roasted malt. The middle features coffee and faint licorice with a malty rich smoothness. The finish changes to semi-dry with less bitterness, roasted malt is at its boldest. A dry aftertaste lingers with a light bitter astringency.
Above medium body, lower than average carbonation. Smooth and rich, alcohol is hidden.
Easy drinker, almost session-able. A great entry level stout.

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a nice black w/ a slight tint of burgandy to it and a fair creamy tan foam with decent lacing.
The aroma has a nice roast coffee, dark chocolate with a hint of the licorice...very much old factory friendly.
As for the tatse...it comes thru with the roastiness and a bit of sweetness as well. It is a very nice blend of all involved in this brew...a mildly stout stout.
For the feel it has a start of smoothness with a lil' bit bitter/dry finish to it, and acts alot bigger than the 6.0 ABV that it has.
A very pleasant drink all in all, and worth a try. Sit back and enjoy!

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Photo of classixIII
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M4CDO
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eluvah
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryV
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a short lived creamy head with very fine bubbles. Lacing is on the minimal side, Aroma of roasted grain, hint of dark chocolate. This beer has a big, complex flavor - hints of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice that linger on the palate. Not overly sweet which I really like. This is a solid, enjoyable stout that I would be happy to have anytime. Paid $11.99 for a sixer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A - Dark brown pour that's borderline black with a creamy layer of dark caramel hovering on top.

S - Roasted chocolate and toasted caramel dominate the nose.

T - Lots of warm toasty chocolate malt throughout, some moderate smokey char/charcoal, delicate coffee bean, dark cream, and ends with a lingering roasted chocolate char.

M - Thick and chewy for only 6% and bone dry on the back of the tongue.

O - Great finish on this beer, a ton of toasty chocolate char packed into 6%. Classic is perfect and this recipe is dialed in; another underrated beer from Bell's.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kalamazoo Stout brewed by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, with an ABV of 6.00% This American Stout Pours out deep brown color with a nice small light brown head. The Stout was pourd from a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. There nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted goodness an a slight sweetness. You pick up on Roasted grains, malts an a licorice. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick up at first a lot of roasted grains an malts. Then you pick up a slight sweetness from the licorice in the taste of this brew. The licorice is a nice touch to this brew. The body of Kalamazoo Stout is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. The mouth feel is Bold, Roasted, Rich, Clean, Smooth, Licorice, and Refreshing. This brew would go nice with dinner or a cold winter day. Overall I am going to give Kalamazoo Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity too. Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, did a super nice job with this American Stout.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9/17/2018

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Photo of user785335
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as oil. Head is light brown/tan. Nose is chocolate. Taste is as expected, dark chocolate and coffee, but then the hops come out. Bitterness hits the back side of tongue. Good one.

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Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,521 ratings