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
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

well money has been tight so i haven't had the luxury to buy some good beer but i decided to splurge for something new. Beer pours darker than almost any other beer i can think of, its as dark as celebrator easily. It may be the darkest beer i've ever had. Smells of toffee and sweet roasted malt, with maybe some chocolate in there. Taste is fantastic as one would expect from bells, the alcohol is barely noticeable and the chocolate smell is much more pronounced in the mouth. It really is a good beer, and i'm going to savor this 6 pack.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout hands down. It has a unique bitterness for a stout that smacks your tongue instead of shaking its hand. The initial pow is balanced with malty, coffeey, chocolaty, desserty tastes. It smells of all the best things available to the style.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark and deliciously full coffee/espresso taste, with a slight hint of licorice!

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OG=1.065, 6.3% ABV.

Mmmm, another Kzoo. This delicious brew pours out ink-black, not even a wisp of chestnut at the edges of the glass when held to a halogen lamp. Forms a whipped, meringue-like dark tan head atop medium bubbles with gobs of tenancious lace. The head always remains at least 1/2" thick. Aroma is heavenly, with lots of sweet milk chocolate, walnuts, peanut butter, bitter dark chocolate, sweet vanilla beans, oily french roast, and hints of burnt marshmallows while sitting around a smoky campfire. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and lightly oily with a thick, chewy body. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Taste starts out with lots of bittersweet chocolate, followed by faint woodiness, sticky dark malts, a subtle sourness, full city roast coffee, a wisp of alcohol, a pleasant chalkiness, and ending in a drawn-out cascade of aphrodisiac bittering hops and tons of chocolate and black patent malts. As it warms, the carbonation disperses, and the elements mellow, making it all the more satisfying. Absolutely no off-flavors, and an absolute perfection in complexity, character, and nuances.

I don't know how the magicians over in Kzoo do it, but despite being so rich and complex, this brew is extremely drinkable. The only thing better than this is having it on tap. I feel sorry for the people who don't have access to all of Kzoo's brews. They brew some of the finest beer you'll ever have. This is an exceptional beer that I couldn't live without, and one of the only reasons I still live in Michigan. A World-Class King of Stouts. Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great stout. I will be looking for this one again. Substantial mouth feel, sweet taste with little bitterness.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left an espresso foam colored one finger head with excellent retention and some spotty lacing here and there. Body was the deepest possible brown, almost an inky black.

Smell - rich roasted malt. Tones of chocolate, coffee, rich hearty dark bread, slight sweetness of caramel.

Taste - exactly like the smell. Rich roasted malt, rendering chocolate, coffee, and dark bread all slightly sweetened with hint of caramel. Also 6.5 abv is entirely obscured, amazing. Hearty, satisfying, and yummy (sorry) beer.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low cabonation, some chewiness at times.

Drinkability - this goes down great, and is excellent. Rich and hearty and satisfying. I could session this any time, but it may be too hearty for some.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick dark black color, nice lasting tan head, leaves a perfect lace, aroma of chocolate, coffee and nutmeg? Thick and creamy full mouthfeel, coffee and sweet chocolate taste, this may be my favorite stout, its hard to stop at just one, the best stout IMHO.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
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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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