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

Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
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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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Ratings: 4,346 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of mbratt93
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cliff1066
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I love the Bells dark offerings, they generally add more hop character than most. This works out really well in their stout offerings. I lived in Kalamazoo, so maybe I'm partial. Nice black pour with a dark tan head. Standard stout flavors intense as with any Bells. I will say, as I've seen in reviews for this, that most Bells beers are not all that well balanced. The special double cream stout is slightly better, I'd rate this one 2nd in their stable.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trumick
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a deep dark color with a finger head that lasts for a while leaves a nice lacing.
The smell is of sweet malt and roasted coffee maybe a little chocolate.
The taste is incredible, deep roasted malt and chocolate expresso flavor with a very nice bittersweet finish.
The mouthfeel is soft and velvety just the right amount of carbination to compliment the feeling.
I could easily drink a six of these, nice and slow.
What a nice beer from Kzoo, this is the best beer I have had from Bells. The kind Kzoo brew.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ronniebruner
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, I must say those guys over there at Bell's continue to put out a quality product. This beer is very good. UPon pouring you will notice the rich, dark chocolate color and how smoothly it pours with the right amount of head and lace. The aroma is of creamy malts and a hint of chocolate. The taste is extraordinary. Very few beers go down this smooth! THis is a great stout, leaves no aftertaste, just smooth refreshing stout at its finest.

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

A- Black and non transparent. The head is about a quarter inch thick and chocolate in color. Very little lacing around the glass as the head recedes.
S- Smell is sweet toasted almond and milk chocolate.
T- Not as sweet as it smells, has a nice smooth coffee and chocolate flavor to start followed by a toasted bread taste. It has a slight bitter taste at the end and no trace of alcohol.
M- Smooth and light with a crisp finish medium carbonation.
O- Drink ability is high, flavor is well balanced. Definitely a stout I will search for when craving one

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: darker brown (high portion of roasted barley?), spongy foam.... super dark liquid.... no lace, steady but weak collar

S: roasted barley (mild char) with a clean herbal (dried leaves or wood) bent.... very light licorice and even lighter chocolate in the background.... warmer: dried flowers and licorice.... fairly potent smell altogether

T: smooth, slightly sweet, cookie malt flavor.... very mellow roastiness, slow-emerging, bitterness (neutral hop flavor) that lasts long past the finish.... mild, residual bitter chocolate syrup... not much discernible licorice flavor - it's there in the finish, but not in a candy-like way

M: mostly silky and an expanding sensation through the palate (effect from alcohol?)... bit of an after-spritz on the finish.... smooth, satisfying, and fulfilling

O: overall, bittersweet with a tiny hint of licorice in the aftertaste.... not terribly hoppy, if at all.... darn good stout - I would certainly try this again

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

Pours an opache black with a small tannish head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and coffee. Maybe just a hint of dark fruit buried underneath all of the dark malt. Flavor is really more of the same although the fruit shines through a bit more. Finishes somewhat short and cocoa bitter. Medium bodied, very smooth texture.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cwreay90
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funkel81
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of droomyster
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Kalamazoo Stout pours jet black iwth a big, fluffy, brown head with good retention. Smells are good but nothing extraordinary: all of the dark chocolate and roastiness expected of a craft stout. Sipping --- wow. Before I even say a word about the taste let me just say that the body of this beer hits me just right. Its substantial fullness is is keenly felt initially before the carbonation lightens it up and lets the numerous flavors come out to express themselves. The roasty and dark chocolate bittersweetness come through clearly but don't shock the senses; rather, they are quite well balanced. The finish is a long and gratifying tug-of-war between the burnt malts and smoky bitterness that I find endlessly gratifying. A very nice stout that I intend to have year after year.

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

A- beautifully dark as it should be. Deep amber/ruby when viewed at extremes in the light

S- slight coffee and toasted chocolate

T- Smokiness hits you immediately, a robust coffee taste is blatant, and a lighter chocolate aftertaste. Dark cherries and burnt sugar are there if you look for them. Very unexpectedly smooth

M- surprisingly light and smooth feel, despite the robust taste

D- Though this stout is a bit too coffee-ey for my likings, it was very easy to drink, and is complex enough for my likings. It was perfect with a chocolate-based dessert

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –Poured a deep brown nearly black color with a two finger thick and creamy tan colored head. The head slowly fades leaving a fantastic level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of cocoa mixed with a burnt brown sugar sweetness. Other aromas of roasted malt and coffee combined with these aromas well creating an overall rather dark and sweet roasty aroma.

Taste – The flavors start out with sweeter chocolate and some vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor dries some more toward the middle as flavors of coffee and a light licorice come to the tongue. The flavors take the taste to its end where they are joined by a light earthy hop taste. When all combined the flavors leave a nice cocoa and roasted semi sweet flavor on the tongue with just the right amount of bitter from the coffee and the hop to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is medium. The thicker body is nice for the darker flavors of the brew while the moderate carbonation suits the abv. and the more bitter flavors well, keeping the brew very drinkable.

Overall – A tasty stout with a great drinkability and wonderful feel/flavor. A great roasty, but rather balanced stout.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black with a thick, dark tan head. Nice lacing.

S - milk chocolate, roast malt and a touch of sweetness. Nothing too exciting, but decent.

T - Short burst of sweetness is quickly overcome by a smooth roast malt. Then some dark fruit and licorice jumps in before it all wraps up in solid bitterness. Hazelnut shows up in the long aftertaste.

M - Has a nice weight to it and is velvety smooth. Dry finish cleans the palette.

D - Goes down quite easy, I could definitely have a couple in a row.

An oustanding stout with a complex flavour profile. Very enjoyable!

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

Pours an opaque black body. Got a lot of roasted notes to it and its a full flavored stout. I like it though I still prefer stronger coffee or chocolate stouts.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

(Aged for 1 year)

Black as can be with an espresso brown head. Sheets of lacing mess the glass.

Incredible aroma. Significant roasted malt and coffee but lots and lots of chocolate (a nice balance between bitter/sweet). There's a hint of stinging licorice, but it really is quite faint.

The flavor follows the aroma except there's far more licorice character present than in the aroma. There's still lots of roast, coffee, and chocolate, but the licorice is definitely a major player in the flavor.

Medium to thick mouthfeel.

A delicious stout. Thanks again!

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown allmost black color. Thick tan head. Consistent lacing.

Smell: Smoky chocolate, coffee. Very rich.

Taste: Smoky dark chocolate and coffee. There is a small presence of hops, but no presence of bitterness. The after-taste is sweet and creamy .

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy body. Smooth and crisp on the tongue. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Rich and full flavored. This is one you could drink for the long haul with it's lower ABV.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very roasted malts, sweet and bitter. The rich cream is an attributeand supports the Creamy head. chocolate malts, expresso coffee but not overpowering. Some anise and other oils. Before dinner, after dinner. Had a bottle after 20 months and enjoyed its pure roasty stout, but downgraded it a bit.
Had this again after three years and it really hits the spot, often imitated never copied. Bitterness is so well controlled by roast and malt, not overwhelming coffee either.

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Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Inky black, though not quite a black hole like an Imperial Stout would be. Moderate crop of brownish foam with decent retention.

Aroma-Mmm roasty. This one smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with a touch of burnt charcoal. Some earthy/herbal hop aromas are present, along with a light acrid roast quality.

Flavor-Quick flash of bittersweet chocolate is overtaken by more powerful roasty flavors (some coffee). In the mid-palate and finish there are some moderate earthy/herbal hop flavors, which give the flavor a sort of "mole" kind of feel to it when blended with the chocolate. Moderate hop bitterness and slightly bitter roast flavors create a dry finish with lingering notes of earthy hops, burnt wood, and espresso roast.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderately low carbonation. Rather smooth on the palate, with a some bitterness from the roast, but no astringency.

A very solid American stout. Lacks the bright hop flavors and aromatics of some American stouts, but has the characteristically big flavors and big roast. This beer would pair fantastically with a number of desserts.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bells Kalamazoo stout is a tasty and fairly dry stout. Yum.

A: Black colour and a 3cm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Blackened malt and a sweet bubblegum tang. 4

T: Roasty malt with some caramel into a dry earthy aftertaste. Very nice. 4.5

M: Pretty foamy. 3.5

O: A very tasty stout. 4

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Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, rich mahogany color that is completely opaque. The head is a billowy dark cherry colored that retains nicely and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Coffee, rich chocolate (almost like brownie mix), and some roasted malt goodness. TONS of dark fruit- ripe cherries, plums, and figs. Toffee as well.

T: Coffee, lots of roasted notes, chocolate, and an intense bitterness, and a hint of cocoa powder. Staggering amounts of dark cherries, plums, and figs. Touch of lactose too. Really potent, pretty hoppy, and definitely rich

MF/D: Solid offering, nicely done body, finishes very smooth and the hoppy chocolate bitterness lingers for a while.

Notes: this is a big beer with lots of dark fruit. This is an imperial stout in flavor without the ABV

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 82.7% out of 100 with 4,346 ratings
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