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:
#4,959
Reviews:
1,612
Ratings:
4,459
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
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Photo of JLK7299
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Bottled 2/19/2018 and poured from 12. oz. bottle into snifter glass. It pours nearly black with dark walnut hues and a half finger of fluffy, mocha-colored lacing that dissipated slowly as the glass warmed. Its nose features roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, and whiffs of caramel, peat, tobacco smoke, and anise. The taste is mostly burnt and dry with burnt coffee and char, along with dry nuts, baker's chocolate, anise, and earthy peat. There's some bitter hoppiness at the finish but it's hard to distinguish from the bitterness of the burnt coffee. For a stout it has a rather thin mouth feel, with light to moderate carbonation, and its 6% ABV poses no limit on its drinkability. It drinks more like a Porter. Overall, if you like bitter, burnt stouts, then this one's for you. If you like sweet chocolate or dark fruit, then I'd suggest a different offering.

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

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SB2017
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This puppy's got some heat to it! Smacked me straight in the face on my first sip. Damn dude, it's somewhere between black ale and cream stout on the first sip, then balances out into a bitter coffee ice cream with some hop notes in the aftertaste. That's a whirlwind of flavors, and completely fits my impression of Bells as a brewing company. The nose is primarily coffee with a handful of banana candy. Typical stout stuff, nothing special. In looks, I'm not too impressed but mostly because my litmus test is Guinness extra stout. Warm black, opaque, with a thin foamy thing of beige pond scum on top. Not much lace. A solid, full-bodied and complex stout. Well done.

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

Photo of dafla67
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Black color beer with a fairly large tan head. Good retention. Sticky.
Roasted malt, coffee, and licorice aroma.
Espresso coffee, licorice, a hint of chocolate. Some earthiness.
Medium-bodied.
Nice beer.

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

Aroma is a very forward with roasted malt,black coffee,roasted coffee beans, and licorice
Taste really follows the aroma,bitter taste that I think is coming from the coffee. Licorice comes through in the middle and lingers. Overall it's very good and worth repeating. The body felt a bit off and it might have been a little too much carbonation

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Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 6/04/2018. Sampled on June 30, 2018 so fairly fresh.

The pours is near jet black with a modest but handsome looking soft, mocha colored head. Good lacing.

Roasted malts, black licorice, and dark bread great the nose. The hops are earthy but not penetrating.

Smooth, medium to full mouthfeel.

Sweet roasted malts and licorice play up big in the flavor too but they seem a but more subtle than the nose suggested. Kind of a charcoal thing too. The finish isn't so much bitter as it is clean and sweet. A high quality brew.

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Photo of Dourrieu
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is an amazing deep dark rich color with a nice 2 to 3 finger head. Pleasant taste and a nice aroma. A bit of bitter on the finish overall a nice brew. Would buy it again.

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Photo of Holderness
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L -- Deep black body with 2.5 fingers of tan head produced with aerated pour. Decent retention and lacing
S -- Bittersweet chocolate, toasty char, almond, coconut flakes, herbaceous hop, touch of lactic sweetness
T -- Lots of char, hop, and licorice bitterness. Dry. Also getting some bakers chocolate, ash, coffee, and spruce.
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. The bitterness on this one is pretty intense

67/100

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersampler6
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice smooth stout with great black color, some tan head and lingering lacing. Smells faintly of coffee and dark chocolate, tastes of dark chocolate and roast coffee, malt and caramel. Very faint hoppy notes. Smooth mouthfeel, no bitter aftertaste, good amount of carbonation throughout.

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

Photo of dental
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Vylo
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgiordano88
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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