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

Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
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82.7%
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3.98 w/ 4,346 ratings
Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,900
Reviews:
1,585
Ratings:
4,346
Liked:
3,593
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.55%
Alströms:
3.67
 
 
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Ratings: 4,346 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of rbowser
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second I poured it, you get hit by a toasty, chocolate, burnt aroma. It pours dark, dark, opaque black with a small head that dissipates quickly.

The taste is chocolate and coffee and roasted grain bitterness. It says it is brewed with licorice and it does have a subtle secondary flavor that could be licorice.

But this beer is a celebration of roasted barley, what many think is the essential element in a stout. As such it has a bitter bite in the after taste that some might find out of balance, but I find tasty.

In contrast to the bite from the grains it also has enough body and unfermented sugars left over to create a rough balance with the roast notes still prominent.

This is a stout for those who love that roasted barley bite.

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

L: Pours dark brown with a thick creamy dark brown head. Good retention.

S: aroma of dark malts, marshmallows

T: Bitter dark chocolate and dark malts.

F: mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium cleansing

O: Very solid brew. Enjoyable. Robust.

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

A - Deep black color with only the faintest transparency. Thick, creamy off-white head that sticks to the glass. Good lacing.

S - Roasty caramel, with hints dried prunes and licorice

T- Slightly sweet, licorice flavor builds up through beginning and middle. The finish brings dark roasted coffee, intensifying to espresso flavor for the aftertaste. A few minutes after the first sip, a slight tobacco, leathery taste is left on the tongue. Flavors are never overpowering. Very pleasant overall.

M - Carbonation is above average for a stout and perhaps detracts a bit from the delicate flavors. Very smooth with slightly creamy aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable. Flavors are subtle yet fully present. This is one of the few stouts I would really enjoy for a full session.

Notes: To experience euphoria, pair with fresh chocolate chip cookie.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pitch black body. No light getting through. Vigorous pour reveals a huge and creamy 3 1/2 finger head that's a lovely shade of medium brown.

S: Nice roasty nose. Roasted caramel malt, bitter chocolate, and a hint of sweet dark fruit.

T: Big roasted flavors dominate here. Roasted malt, roasted chocolate, and a hint of espresso roast coffee. Rounding out the flavors are a nice slightly sweet fruitiness, some bitter hops, and maybe a spicy pinch of licorice.

M: Very nice mixture of bitter spiciness and that great milk stout creaminess. Very pleasing mouthfeel.

D: A fine, fine stout. Excellent mixture of bitter/roasted and creamy where one aspect doesn't steamroll right over the other. Excellent balance!

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

A- Pours out pitch black with a semi-dark tan head that has good retention. The head looks like a pillow, nice and creamy but with some big bubbles around the sides where the beer touches the glass. Lacing starts about half way down the glass and is thick and fine.

S- One of the most fragrant ales I have ever had. I cannot smell most beers from 2-3 feet away but this one is very strong! A few main things come to mind and make for one of the better smelling beers I have experienced. These elements are roasted malts, licorice, coffee and cocoa. What a great balance of these things indeed. Caramel malt as well.

T- A pretty standard stout with the addition of some licorice. The roasted malt, cocoa and coffee notes are there. Some licorice and a good amount of dark fruit come in to the mix as well making for a pretty interesting ale. I pick up some caramel malts to finish off a good stout flavor.

MF- Mediumly thick body with low to moderate carbonation. The body is slightly creamy but more oily than anything, no watery feeling here. Alcohol does not make its presence in this stout and a coat of roast malt, licorice and dark fruit stays on the palate.

DB- A fairly standard six pack price and a good stout flavor with a nice addition of licorice. It is nice to have variations on a pretty beaten down style and licorice certainly does the job. I am glad I picked up a lot of Bell's when I was in PA and hope to go back and try some more soon.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a thick and dark brown color, nice plume of brown head, leaving little lacing behing. Smell is of charred wood, earth, hints of bitter coffee and cocoa. Despite the aggressive scents, the taste is a smooth blend of the char, smoke, earth, coffee and chocolate note... hints of licorice and molasses in the background, the subduedness is almost porter like but and interesting finnishing taste is present, almost bolder than the first sip. Medium to Full bodied, chewy and grainy. A very nice unique stout.

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

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

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pitch black brew with a massive bit of brownish froth that sat around for a while, then reduced itself to scattered icebergs of head. Lacing was spotty.

S - Bitter chocolate malt aroma with some hints of burnt toffee.

T - Plums, licorice, dark chocolate, smoke, this is a smooth and sweet brew with a fine balance. Bitterness is fairly low.

M - Full bodied, smooth on the palate, low carbonation level, dry finish.

D - Very enjoyable, this stuff goes down way too easily. Great brew, if you see it, don't hesitate, recommended.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass. This is the 3rd time I've had this beer, the first time at the suggestion of another BA (Joshrocks86) while enjoying a meal at Old Chicago Pizza Pub in Louisville. Finally getting around to reviewing this stout now that I have a 6 pack at my disposal.

A: Pours a deep, rich brown body that looks velvety as it sloshes into the glass. Pour produces a one finger thick, creamy khaki head that quickly disappears into a thin ring of lacing.

S: The first thing I pick out is the blending of melted milk chocolate and coffee beans - like chocolate-dipped coffee beans. There also seems to be hints of vanilla and possibly oak. Overall, the nose seems to be dominated by sweeter chocolate and vanilla scents and the roasted coffee aroma lurks quietly below.

T: A wave of chocolate attacks the palate on the first sip - a smooth blend of milk chocolate and semi-sweet cocoa. Once the sweetness begins to reside, there is a quick transition into the hop profile - slightly bitter with just the smallest tinge of citric, rind-like flavors that almost instantly disappears under the next wave of flavor: fresh coffee. A huge, roasted coffee flavor dominates the palate mid sip - the coffee that was lurking in the nose has broken through the sweetness to remind you of its presence. The finish smoothes out this roasted coffee flavor and also introduces some sweet biscuit flavors and residual chocolate notes.

M: Low carbonation translates into a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, although the body is not overly thick.

D: 6.5% ABV means there is a little punch to this beer, but it is all but hidden, making this beer quite easy to enjoy.

Another solid stout from Bell's. While the Kalamazoo Stout is definitely more complex in its tastes than other similarly situated stouts (while I realize its no longer in the same stylistic category, I think Young's Double Chocolate is fairly comparable with its roasted coffee/milk chocolate flavor profile), it doesn't have that same mouthfeel and overall experience for me. Nonetheless, I would heartily recommend the Kalamazoo Stout to any stout fans, and I look forward to drinking this beer again.

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Photo of Thaddeus
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chocolate with an ample light brown head.

Aroma & Taste: Had a big chocolate and toffee aroma. The beer was heavy and full bodied with a long finish. The chocolate and toffee mashed well over slight molasses and spice undertones. The long finish added to the enjoyment.

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Photo of DannyBeerBalls
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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

Appearance is everything you want from a quality stout, near black in color, big tan head, lots of trace. The smell is also classic stout, chocolate, coffee, beefy yeast. Solid flavor profile, nothing missing, nothing unwanted. Smooth & rich in every regard. a higher alcohol content than most stouts makes its way to the tongue at the end, that coupled with the beers overall heaviness make it not the most quaffable bottle on the shelf, but one that is to be enjoyed often. Would pair great with Carmel bread pudding.

ave

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

Batch 10175 (Jan 7, 2011)

A: pours a black ale with little/no translucency except in the final ounce. Two fingers toasted cocoa falls slowly to a thick sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing.

S: cocoa, coffee, wood, grain, molasses, dark chocolate. the nose is what gets me every time on this beer. Beautiful smell.

T: Dark chocolate, espresso. Graham. Dates, lightly. Bitterness that plays around at the base. The malts on this are slightly spicy at the rear of the palate as well. Hints of cream at the back-end. This beer resonates for-ev-errr.

M: Thick and silky. Low to medium carb. Both dries and slicks the palate.

O: So far, my second favorite stout. Excellently crafted. Obsidian still holds the top for me, but this would be a great substitute.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 2/21/12.

Appearance: extremely rich, dark brown, letting nearly no light through. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: rich malty aroma with lots of chocolate character and a little roastiness. There's also an interesting and subtle fruity/toffee character which I really like. There's a little bit of vegetal hop aroma as well, but that's not too much of a drawback from the rest of this great bouquet.

Taste: rich flavor of chocolate, roastiness and more of that beguiling, subtle fruitiness. Bitterness is balanced and the vegetal aroma doesn't come through in the flavor. Really, quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a very good stout. I will definitely have this again, given the opportunity.

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

Big thanks to hoppymeal for the chance to try this great looking stout.

A: Pours a jet black color with a a caramel colored one finger head. Dissipates quickly and leaves slight retention.
S: Sweet chocolate or cocoa notes almost as if your smelling a powdered nestle cocoa tub. Milky sweetness to it.
T/M: Sweet milk chocolate notes blend into roasted cocoa/toffee malt like flavors. Slight bitterness and dry finish leads back into that cakey nestle cocoa like flavor. Extra smooth on the palate with a silky smooth feeling. Medium to above average body with a low level of carbonation makes this a good looking session beer.
D: Another amazing brew from Bell's. Have they a bad beer? Not sure they do. Very drinkable bordering ons session like. Smooth and silky makes this offering a must if you can try it.

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

Poured into my cigar city snifter.

A- pours very dark black. Some light passes through the edges when held up to the light. 2 finger dark tan head that dissipates to a thin ring. Some decent lacing left behind.

A- roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and some licorice.

T- same as the nose with the chocolate being most prominent. The licorice isn't as strong as I expected but I don't miss it either. The coffee and coco blends nicely with the other flavors. Nicely balanced.

M- nice and creamy. Not to chewy. nice level of carbonation. With a very nice finish.

D- really nice. I drank the whole six pack.

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

Black licorice in color nice one inch of head. Nice tan color on the head, with great lace.

mmm...Nice chocolate licorice smell.

Chocolate smoothness with the licorice on the back end. Hints of coffee as well dark roasted malty backbone. Nice

Medium body very smooth and easy to drink. Wish I bought more than one.

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

Nearly opaque as most stouts are. The smell is not as strong as some of the other Kalamazoo stouts, but this stout has some nice flavors of roasted malts. The flavor is somewhat coffee-like with a burnt barley bitterness in the finish. This is a great stout, and is wonderfully balanced with chocolate and caramel flavors as well. Bottom line is that this is a super roasty stout with a nice full body.

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

I really enjoyed this beer. Very full flavoried. Nice body. It basically was the reason I started drinking more stouts.

I enjoyed the nice dark flavor. I also like the old school no frills label, which I think microbrewery's sometimes go too far on (many purchase a beer based on the graphics on the label, see anyone who like's Saranac beers)

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 08/13/14

A- Pretty black. Good medium brown one finger head.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, slight amount of dark fruit, slight sweetness and bit of vanilla.

T- Similar to aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, nice smooth roasted acidity, light sweetness.

M- On the fuller side of medium, nice silkiness.

O- This is a very nice lower abv stout. Really reminds me of Founders Porter in pretty much every way. There are some nice qualities that you usually find in a bigger imperial beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A- pours very dark black. Some light passes through the edges when held up to the light. 2 finger dark tan head that dissipates to a thin ring. Some decent lacing left behind.

A- roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and some licorice.

T- same as the nose with the chocolate being most prominent. The licorice isn't as strong as I expected but I don't miss it either. The coffee and coco blends nicely with the other flavors. Nicely balanced.

M- nice and creamy. Not to chewy. nice level of carbonation. With a very nice finish.

D- really nice. I also drank this in a Stout tasting of 14 different stouts I setup. This beer was ranked #2 second only to Bells Expedition

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

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