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

Kalamazoo StoutKalamazoo Stout
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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #116
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,690
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.3%
Ratings:
4,659
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 11, 2022
Added:
Dec 11, 2001
Wants:
  223
Gots:
  751
SCORE
89
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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Photo of BigIronH
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BigIronH from Michigan

Pours oily black with a finger of mocha head quickly reducing to a frothy cap, leaving plenty of residual, soapy lacing. Nose is coffee, roasted malt, bitter hop, and dark chocolate. Taste follows suit with the tasting notes in that order. Finishes a delightfully crisp but full feel. Excellent.

May 11, 2022
 
3.87 by SeaBass12378 from Virginia on Apr 14, 2022
Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - deep black with a tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Lots of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, hints of coffee and licorice
T - follows the nose: roasted dark malt, dark chocolate, molasses, coffee all intermixed with hints of licorice and some hops on the back end. Slight nuttiness
F - medium leaning on full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.
O - a really solid sessionable stout here with a relatively complex flavor profile. Very nicely done.

Apr 03, 2022
 
4.16 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2022
Photo of shu
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by shu from Georgia

Pretty good. Licorice and coffee very strong with a mild dark chocolate aftertaste. Bitter but not too much so. Thick but not too much so.
Drink well my friends!

Mar 04, 2022
 
3.63 by Vapory on Feb 21, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Chocolate black with cherry highlights and stiff, creamy sepia foam; lots of fresh roast coffee on the nose; pretzel, bits of fig, walnut, root beer + leather, licorice, espresso + a roasty end; creamy, astringent, bitter. Plum as it warms.

4 4 4.25 4.25 4.25

This starts out as the All-American stout: bitter, coffee-driven, big, clean, and dangerously easy.
But licorice is a strange choice of adjuncts. On top of that, over multiple tastings, quite a few dark fruity (ester?) notes come out as it warms. Is this recipe old enough to date from when US breweries were aping English styles? That would explain a lot.
In the end, strong roast cuts across it all. This scratches the itch for anyone looking for something punchy. But would something this idiosyncratic would ever come out today?

A deserving, if shifty, classic.

Feb 17, 2022
 
4.18 by foundersasap from Michigan on Feb 17, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

DATE: February 5, 2022... OCCASION: a cold Saturday night deserves a flavorful stout... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith tulip pint... this pours a jet black body with a dirty tan head whose thickness settles rather evenly and laces the glass with intricacies... coffee bean, chocolate, licorice, raisin, baked bread and subtle spices, all laid out to a palatable degree... the texture is thick, its presence at the teeth notable, its body bigger than its ABV... the finish is memorable, warming and coating... it hints at the creaminess of a milk stout, the dryness of an extra, and a graininess that sets it in a unique space... the flavor melds chocolate, licorice and cake into a dessert-like experience, its lactic qualities downplayed and its coffee comes to the foreground... the raisin and pepper also arrive in time... I like this as a sessionable beer, substantial yet sippable, flavorful yet not too demanding... it checks off the necessary stout characteristics, and though it may not do any of them excellently, it combines them into a quality product...

Feb 06, 2022
 
 
3.94 by edthehead from New York on Dec 26, 2021
 
4.04 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Nov 26, 2021
Photo of LunchMoney
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LunchMoney from Minnesota

A good solid beer. Nothing to write home about, but also nothing that turns it off.

Nov 26, 2021
 
3.73 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Nov 25, 2021
 
3.55 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Nov 25, 2021
 
3.94 by Meddwol from Michigan on Nov 11, 2021
 
3.76 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania on Nov 10, 2021
 
4 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts on Nov 03, 2021
 
3.89 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Oct 28, 2021
 
3.55 by BeerInspector from Delaware on Oct 11, 2021
 
4.25 by drt72 from Virginia on Jul 30, 2021
Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees F, and allowed to warm during consumption.

L: Pours a deep inky black, because, well, stout. Forms a half-finger of pale tan head that vanishes swiftly to a ring.

S: Chocolate and coffee notes dominate the nose, with an underlying backbone of loam and some faint tobacco hints. As it warms, the nose remains similar.

T: The taste follows the nose rather well, at least while refrigerated. Cold coffee and cocoa, with some loamy and tobacco notes. As the beer warms, a rather large bitter ash/pine presence swells up out of the background to claim center stage and hurl everything else into the background - apparently a hop presence that overwhelms my odd palate. Alas.

F: Full and thick, like drinking a warmed syrup.

O: While cold, I enjoy this stout. As it warms and the hop presence manifests, I unfortunately am not as able to enjoy it. Ah well. Please take my taste and overall scoring numbers in reference to the particulars of my palate - though as I enjoy other hefty IBU stouts like Old Rasputin, I feel validated in actually rating and scoring.

Jul 07, 2021
Photo of reknirdsuomynona
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by reknirdsuomynona from Massachusetts

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a beer mug

L - Dark brown/black, 1-2 fingers of light tan head which settles down to a 1cm thick layer which is unusually dense that sticks around, sticks to the glass very thickly with fine lacing. Beautiful.

S - Dark roasted malt, brown sugar and caramel, with the tiniest bit of licorice in there, no hops that I can spot. Solid stout bouquet.

T - Smoke and blackened malt with very dark chocolate, small but sharp hop profile, licorice is nowhere to be found, the flavor is all somewhat muted actually, almost like everything has been watered down. Feeling pretty letdown here.

M - Medium-heavy body, carbonation is moderate, at least it does drink like a real stout

This one is all over the place. It's gorgeous, it smells great, the mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Everything except the actual taste is here. Wish it had some more flavor, this shouldn't be the factor dragging down the rest of the beer.

Jul 03, 2021
 
3.98 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
 
3.9 by QuintusHorace from California on Jun 16, 2021
 
3.76 by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania on May 30, 2021
Photo of jonphisher
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jonphisher from New Jersey

A very nice looking beer pours pitch black, and dense. I did not expect the slowly rising head you get on bigger stouts one a 6 % one but that’s exactly what happened. A slow to rise creamy mocha tan looking head. Then it settles into rocky terrain creamy froth. As I stated a very nice looking beer.

The aroma to me is big in burnt and roasty. The things that come to mind for me are dark chocolate and dark roast black coffee. Also get a touch of something licorice like.

Tastes is nice burnt dark roast coffee. It also reminds me of those dark chocolates that are high up in the cocoa %. I’d even say there is almost like a burnt tobacco thing going on.

Medium bodied but super smooth. It’s almost creamy because of the carbonation. Very nice big bitter lingering finish. I swear it’s almost like smoking a cigarette with coffee aftertaste. I haven’t had a cigarette in ages but you know you can never get that taste to leave. That’s what this beer does but in a good way.

May 30, 2021
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3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, quickly forming a few fingers of frothy brown head that slowly faded to heavy and leggy lacing. Deep brown body, totally opaque. Smell is a bit of licorice, moderate and not overpowering. Taste is malty in the background, some bitter chocolate and coffee, and ending with an aftertaste of hops. Drinkable, but really not my kind of stout with the bitterness and hops. Not quite medium bodied, moderate bite of carbonation. Drinkable, but just not my style.

May 11, 2021
Photo of PathofChaos
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Appearance:
An impressive, double finger of creamed mocha froth floats steadily on a lake of imperturbable black. But while the head is twice as strong, retention is half as long. What little lace it offers comes in jilted, broken webbing.

Bouquet:
Chestnuts and sips of black coffee hiding in a vast field of dark grains. Hops appear and disappear on the horizon, too distant to rightly identify. While crossing that grain field, straining to get a closer look at those hops, you'll sometimes trip over a gnarled root of baker’s chocolate.

Feel:
Slender and supple, like tucking the tongue under a cooling bedsheet. A low yet continual presence of breezy bubbles brings the hidden hops forward during the linger.

Taste:
Reallllly subtle toasted dark malts speckled with droplets of silky, chocolate milk and topped with crushed chestnuts. A lick of licorice bitters and herbal hops chase away the sugar, maintaining the manly lineage a traditional stout should boast: smooth, roasty, and mildly bitter.

Overall:
Exceedingly mild, the casual drinker may have trouble tasting anything other than “dark beer.” A good starter stout for the uninitiated.

May 08, 2021
 
4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Apr 12, 2021
 
4.27 by tbru929 from Delaware on Apr 10, 2021
Photo of KT3418
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

A classic American stout. I highly enjoyed this, the chocolate and coffee is balanced well with the Itty bitty licorice finish. For some reason I think I like this a bit more than anticipated. Definitely getting again.

Mar 27, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

As a new Michigander, I will be exploring the breweries of Michigan.. here is my first entry from Bell's Brewery, their Kalamazoo Stout. Upon opening, an earthy, hoppy, slightly metallic smell greets the nostrils. The brew pours dark, and forms a respectable mocha colored head, which modestly laces as you consume. The taste is good.. a bit overly hoppy to my taste buds, but the hops, and malt form a tangible licorice note atop the chocolate and coffee blend expected from a good stout. The mouthfeel is nice, substantial but not sticky.. this stout goes down smoothly, It tastes better as you go.. I'm looking forward to my second one, already. We have a winner here!

Mar 23, 2021
 
4.16 by JRL5043 from Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 2021
 
4.19 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Mar 06, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by taint67 from Georgia

Seems like here lately the IPA craze (not that I mind it) makes it more difficult for me to find the dark beers I love here in Ga.
But I came across this and I am a fan of Bell's. So I bought and quaffed and enjoyed this stout. It is a solid, very good beer. Nice thickish pour, dark head. Smooth, complex dark malts some nice bitterness and alcohol at the end. If you are a stout fan you will enjoy this one. Another good beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Feb 26, 2021
 
4.1 by GRhoads from Ohio on Feb 09, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Label has bottling date as '11/16/2020', with a recommended six month shelf life.
Dark brown to black colored body, with a red mahogany back lit edge. One finger of beige head. Leaves a spotty pattern of lacing spots.
Aroma of dark roasted malts with a whiff of chocolate.
Taste is full with dark roasted malts, and an appearance of char, which is slightly sweet. Some dark chocolate is there too, with a black licorice flavor. Surprisingly sweet for such a dark roasted malt dominated taste. After taste trails off with more a dry char.
Fuller mouth feel. Has some minor fizz in the mouth. Good carbonation.
Such a tasty beer, with its touch of sweetness posed against the dry dark roast/char/black licorice. It may not be sessionable but two of these in medium rapid fashion will be quite a treat (must like the dark roast and black licorice side of the taste profile).

Feb 05, 2021
 
3.99 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 01, 2021
Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 4659 ratings