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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,853
Reviews:
1,620
Ratings:
4,496
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
730
Trade:
9
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Photo of Atg1095
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mjk5026
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Branlott42
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbutter
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bucrogers26th
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainHate
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at a bar last night. 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass; nice rich dark brown body topped by a small dark tan head. As usual at bars, it was served much too cold and I had to wait for it to partially warm up for there to be any smell. When it did it was mostly roasted malts and not much else. Taste had a small bit of chocolate and coffee faint flavor. Mouthfeel was what I expect in a stout. Another good stout experience which I might reevaluate if ever served properly in the future.

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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maybe a little bit old school in 2018, but this a good beer

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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and licorice/anise

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and coffee and then picks up big notes of dark fruit and anise. Dark chocolate rounds things off. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate and roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice stout that has good balance and drinkability

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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Controversial though this decision may be, I stand by it - Kalamazoo stout is superior to Expedition.

Fight me!

Really though, I prefer the the body and flavor. Yes, I know Expedition ages very, very well - but Kalamazoo is ready as soon as it hits the shelf. It's delicious, sweet, smooth, and very drinkable. Bell's does not get the credit they deserve.

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

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

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4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RozzieBoy
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Poured black with a puffy, -finger tan head. Nice lacing which kept.
S - Mild roasty malt, coffee and dark chocolate.
T - Wow! Just wow!! Delicious!
F - Smooth. Medium to full body.
O - Tasted so good I did not want to stop drinking it after my first taste. This is an instant favorite for me.

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Photo of Nass
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great tasting stout. It's medium bodied & well carbonated. I get some dark chocolate & roasted malt notes & a fair amount of licorice. I think they might use brewers licorice in this beer but I might be wrong on that presumption. That licorice component blends so well with malts. I have not had many stouts that were made like this before & I like it. A lot of people are saying that it used to be better before craft beer became so mainstream & popular. Cheers! B

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,496 ratings