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

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

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

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

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
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This is quite frankly the best stout (and maybe the best beer) I've ever had. Holy cow. A little bit of licorice, a little coffee, a little sweet, a little bitter, but not too sweet or too bitter. Just perfect in every way--complex and pleasant. Blows Samuel Smith oatmeal stout (one of my favorites) out of the water. I was so blown away by this beer that I (finally) signed up for Beer Advocate just to review it...and I drink a lot of beer. My wife, who doesn't even like beer much, was blown away too.

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Poured into a Riedel tulip. The beer itself is pitch black and the pour kicks up a beautiful tan head that keep growing for a second after the pour, and leaves a ridiculous coating of lace throughout the duration of the beer!

Aroma is equally wonderful. Semi-sweet chocolate, perfect (slight) amount of roastiness, along with hints of coffee and dark fruit. Not a particularly strong aroma, but there are some really good smells in there.

Taste is absolutely incredible. Just the perfect mix of roasty bitterness, dark fruit, and creaminess. The semi-sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, and dark fruit all come through from the nose, with some nice grainy malt flavors thrown in. When I think about it, there's a hint of licorice that I probably wouldn't have noticed if it didn't say "brewed with brewer's licorice," but it really adds to the flavor. The finish is slightly, perfectly, bitter, with a glorious creamy, chocolatey, malty aftertaste. This has some wonderful desert beer flavors without being very sweet at all, which is exactly what I would want! Really amazing.

Mouthfeel is to die for - medium-bodied, but amazingly silky and creamy, with a light amount of carbonation. Perfect for the flavor!

Overall, I can hardly imagine a better stout. I feel like I could just knock these back one right after the other, and with the relatively low ABV, I probably could! Absolutely perfect flavors and feeling - they really hit this one out of the park!

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