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

Kalamazoo StoutKalamazoo Stout
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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #119
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,399
Avg:
4 | pDev: 10.25%
Reviews:
1,651
Ratings:
4,596
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Very Good
Kalamazoo StoutKalamazoo Stout
Notes: 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.
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3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle 5 weeks out. Typical dark brown, tan frothy 1 1/2” head produced by aggressive pour into a snifter.
Smell is rather mild, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, not getting any of the advertised licorice. Not much in the way of lacing.
Taste is not off putting, nice blend of ingredients, none overpowering the other.
Feel lends to the dry side, some carbonation, coffee lingers.
Overall, a very good stout, priced right.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Classic no frills American stout
It’s roasty has that classic acidic coffee, light smoke dark bakers chocolate sweetness. The hops are pronounced, like most of these lower abv stouts were until the adjunct stouts took over,
Mouthfeel is medium, Definitely not watery but not coating.
Overall, it’s good. I kind of miss stouts like this. No bs just a solid beer.

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Photo of defunksta
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly jet black color. No clarity. A strong medium to dark tan head. SRM of 25. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of rich chocolate, black malt, molasses, wafer and black pudding in the dark malt. Mild to moderate roast but not any coffee. Smells sweet. Not getting really any licorice. (3.75)

Flavor: Strong flavors of dark cocoa, smooth dark malt & black pudding, molasses. There's bitter roast, and some sweet cream alongside a lingering roasty bitterness, but not coffee nor espresso. The roasty bitterness is nicely balanced by the sweet malt. It's sweet, but the roast provides a nice, cleansing balance. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Nice and airy roast lingers among the dark sweetness. (4.25)

Compared to Deschutes' Black Butte Porter: Pours a darker color with a darker head. Much more aromatic of dark chocolate and roast. Stronger aromatics and flavors. A much more complete beer overall.

Compared to Bell's Porter 4/12/20: Pours a slightly darker color with a darker tan head. Similar aroma strength. More flavors of dark chocolate, wafer, and dark malts. Less coffee & espresso. Drinks creamier and slightly sweeter. Finishes with less roast, heavier, and sweeter.

Compared to Founders Porter 5/9/20: Pours with a similar color and head. Slightly stronger aroma. Slightly more roast and black malt. Less chocolate. Finishes with more bitterness, roast, and less cream.

Overall: A very nice blend of dark chocolate and roast while maintaining an appropriate body. A stout-appropriate roastiness, without being too sweet. Nice and balanced dark chocolate, roast, and dark malt. A well-crafted blend of roast and malt. Not getting much licorice, which I wish there was more of. Nevertheless, A very nice and balanced stout. Should come back to this one. (Final Rating: 3.97)

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defunksta from Illinois, Feb 09, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/25/19

Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head, crazy lacing on this

Mmmmm, classic stout roast in the nose, and they weren't lying about the hops. They stand out in the mix of sharp coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate

Taste is more of the same, though the hop bite rather dominates the palate, even at over 2 months old. The coffee and the "brewer's licorice" are also likely contributing to the bitterness

Medium bodied, and finishes rather dry for a stout, good for sessioning no doubt

Overall I like this one, perhaps a touch too bitter for a stout imo, but roasty and creamy all the same!

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KRug from Massachusetts, Feb 08, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1 1/2 inch thick, creamy, white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice, roasted malt.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish with coffee aftertaste.

Excellent color, head, lacing, mouthfeel. A damn good stout.

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Peach63 from New York, Jan 22, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark and I mean dark like a good Sumatra Mandheling coffee. When held against a bright back light I can detect some copper gold tinges around the edges. Brownish tan cap with decent lacing.

Aroma of very good coffee laced with Turbinado sugar. There is a clean spiciness about it that I cannot specifically identify but reminds me of a high quality Chinese Five Spice blend.

Taste of clean roasted malt carrying along with it elements of coffee, cocoa and a touch of anise. The spice element is upfront singing solo but the bass elements are in good voice supporting the theme. Well made, consistent throughout and finishes dry.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A strikingly balanced brew and whether the brewer want's to call it a Porter or a Stout doesn't matter a whit.

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Squire from Mississippi, Jan 14, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours black. And I mean BLACK. I held it up to a 100w light bulb, and there's zero light penetration. Nicest thickest tan head that I've ever seen.
Heavy roasted malt, and expresso goodness.
Beautifully bitter, and very smooth.

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EvershineDan from Michigan, Dec 29, 2019
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a webbed, tan head.
Smell of coffee and chocolate malt, vanilla.
Spice, pepper and backers chocolate. Slight smoked meat. Hop bite as well.
Bigger mouthfeel with a lot going on.
Good unique stout.

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Photo of Martin194
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black, opaque, with a thin, dark tan head which dissipated quickly (though that might have been due to my pour).

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, licorice, sort of a metallic scent as well.

Taste: In the mouth, coffee and licorice with some cocoa and nicely roasted malts. After swallowing, the bitter coffee really explodes and dominates.

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation, leaves a warm, dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty tasty stout; maybe just a *little* bitter for my tastes (would have liked more of the cocoa and licorice), but then again, that's kinda what stouts are about.

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Photo of dd53grif
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrating National Stout Day. Pours a dark brown with a foamy head. Not a significant aroma. The coffee taste comes through. Great taste. Good mouth feel. Slightly bitter. A good choice for today.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Nov 07, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color, slight tan head. At first, the brewer's licorice taste is apparent right up front, but then disappears on subsequent sips. It's replaced by deep roast flavor and coffee. Not especially full-bodied for a stout. Above average, but not spectacular.

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Oct 02, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown color, like cold brewed coffee. Reddish highlights. Nice tan head about 0.5" to 0.75"
S: Predominantly smells of cocoa followed by coffee and a very faint licorice.
T: Rich malt taste followed by a coffee that quickly turns to cocoa that lingers for a bit. I do faintly taste something else near the end that i can't determine what it is (maybe the licorice?)
M: Medium full body feel, with low carbonation. Nice and thick foam.
O: A great beer of substance. I only wish this beer had stronger/more defined licorice taste (the bottle says made with "brewer's licorice"). Even with that being said this is a great beer for a good price. One that I would buy again and recommend to others

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated pkg 6/26/19, into the test glass.
A - Bakers chocolate color, dark but some light will work its way through, a nice tight knit cap of mocha rests on top.
Small patches of lacing cling to the glass.
S - Dark roast malts, cocoa, some espresso notes. There is a touch of burnt brown sugar, and licorice as well.
T - Follows the nose well, I am thankful the flavors are cocoa, and roast malt mainly and less anise, as its not a favorite. Add to that mix a kiss of molasses, and some dark fruit and there you have it.
M - Medium in body, stays in a single lane across the palate, sharp, with an exceptional finish, Dry and lingering on 80% cocoa, for quite some time.
O - A very good stout, a lot of flavor and body for 6% with excellent aromatics. Glad this available to us now

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Sep 08, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I finally had this beer earlier this year (winter) as part of a flight at a local bar. I rated it "very good" and really enjoyed the roasted malt taste, that didn't really bring to mind either chocolate or coffee (which is somewhat unusual). I shall look for it this coming fall/winter as I really cannot explain my prior exposure. Good flavor for 6% abv.

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rapayn01 from Kentucky, Sep 05, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great, big foamy tan head over very dark brown near black brew. Smells of licorice, malt and coffee but not overwhelmingly so. Taste follows nose just a little bitter but well balanced. Feel is a bit thin for a stout, doesn't live up to head and smell, but not bad, just a bit light. Overall a good stout. Would be a good start for the uninitiated.

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DougT from Ohio, Aug 24, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Described as "Stout Brewed with Brewer's Licorice."
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; packaged 02/13/2019.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with garnet highlights, a half finger, mocha brown head, no more than rim retention, and spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of mocha, dark chocolate, cracker, star anise, plum, and dark berry.
T: Lightly semisweet. Flavors largely follow the nose, but a bit of a sarsaparilla and licorice gestalt. Strong bitterness.
M: Full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Mouth tingles strongly afterwards.
O: Interesting and I like the idea, but the licorice is a bit overpowering and doesn't really add.

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VoxRationis from New York, Aug 23, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.
Bottled 02/13/2019.
Moderate pour yields a nice tan, well over one inch head, with some nice, sticky lacing over a dark brown body. Beautiful! Nose of slight chocolate, slight dark malt, slight malted milk, and very faint coffee. Taste of milk chocolate and slight coffee with a finish of bitter chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and hops. Nice feel and overall, I could have this for dessert year round. Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Jun 01, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/15/16; drank 10/7/16 @ Stoney Creek Inn.

Black appearance.

Nice tan head; strong lace.

Black coffee, cream, fresh earth & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream, fresh earth & black coffee flavors up front; faint raspberry notes on the finish.

Despite the lower ABV, this was very complex; a deliciously pleasant stout.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 28, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky, Mar 20, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin, Feb 20, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +1%
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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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Feb 12, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
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%
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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keithmurray from Connecticut, Feb 08, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Amendm from Rhode Island, Feb 01, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -2%
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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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania, Jan 26, 2019
Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 4596 ratings