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

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
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3.98/5
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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,237
Reviews:
1,595
Ratings:
4,391
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Zhoxush
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of vabeerguy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chitoryu12
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Beautiful pitch black with a brown head.

Smell: Not as much licorice as I expected for something brewed with licorice. Surprisingly very mild nose, mostly roast coffee like many stouts.

Taste: It's kind of surprising how mild the flavor is, even compared to cheaper and more common stouts like Guinness. Bitter roasted malt is the predominant flavor, but there's not really ANY dominant flavor. I have to focus, the taste equivalent of squinting, to pick out even that much.

Feel: The creamy thickness I come to expect from stout, with little to no carbonation.

Overall: I'm not sure whether or not to be disappointed. I was expecting big, bold flavors from a licorice stout. I didn't get that, but I also didn't get anything bad.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a small brown foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Lighter aroma with roasted malts, coffee and licorice. Taste is pretty good. Roasted malts to more of a licorice taste, ending in a coffee bitterness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of Cpw302
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Delicious stout. Pours a rich espresso cover with a lovely khaki 3 finger foam head. Smells of mocha, smoke, dried fruits, toffee, espresso. Beer tastes of coffee, roasted oats, chocolate, hops balance the sweeter notes. Beer is lightly carbonated, and medium bodied. Overall a very good stout.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an intense shoe polish black producing 3+ fingers of moderately lasting, frothy, mocha head that leaves a frothy, large bubbled surface cap & a webby coating of lace. Aroma is sweet dark malt, roast, dark semisweet chocolate, smoke with undertones of coffee, dried dark fruit & thin floral hop tones. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malt & smoke followed by figs coffee & toffee. Finishes much like the earlier portions of the sip but rapidly develops more intense bitterness, smoke & burnt notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy bodied with medium carbonation, creamy, chewy & wet fronted with a light prickle & dry finish/aftertaste.

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Photo of Lelampp
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SociableJimmy
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMM1983
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shantto
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought it was a very good but fairly typical stout except for the mild licorice and the piney/floral hop bitterness at the end. It is a very good and a quite interesting stout, I love it.

Look: dark brown / black with an inch mocca head.

Aroma: some toasted bread, chocolate and coffee

Taste: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, but it also has some licorice and a lasting piney/floral hop bitterness, that make it different, and quite interesting.

Feel: medium to full body.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Really been on a stout/porter kick lately. I've had this a few times while camping and remember being impressed. Decided to get a six pack to hold me over a few days.

Look: Pours a nicely, smooth and appearance is black, no light passing through. The head is a nice dark mocha tone. By the pour I can tell the body is on the weighty side.

Smell: It seems a bit soft but you do get a good roasted coffee and toasted grain scent. Some dark chocolate. A little bready.

Taste: Very nice, pretty bold. The coffee and dry dark chocolate are very present. It is a touch nutty at the end. I can pick out the undertone of licorice going on which is really good and I think helps tie all the flavors together. A touch herbaceous and resinous from the hops. Not too bitter, but just right in my opinion. A bitterness and dryness equivalent to an 85% or just above chocolate.

Feel: I would say, it is just as the label puts on, "full-bodied". It isn't heavy, it isn't exactly medium in my opinion. But it is full and well rounded and the carbonation is spot on. Not too bubbly at all. Creamy. Just about perfect.

Overall: It's a great six pack stout. My memory served me right and it really hits the spot during my stout/porter craving. If you have the chance to try it, grab it! It will not disappoint. A very well crafted stout overall.

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Photo of jwarsenal9
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CharlesK
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MGoeltz
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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