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

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
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3.98/5
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4,368 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:
#4,076
Reviews:
1,589
Ratings:
4,368
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
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Ratings: 4,368 |  Reviews: 1,589
Photo of SupaCelt
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. Ruby choco-head. Scant lacing. Not very populous from a bubble standpoint. Still looks stout yummy licious.

Smell. Not overly pungent. Stout smells. Milk stout impressions are visible in nose vision. Chococoffee. Go figure.

Tastes are not overly defined. Rather laid back and utterly drinkable. Fairly thick body makes the K-Zoo forceful, yet not bullying. This is fine, but it is not going to make headlines. I love stouts of imperial stature. I cannot remove them from my mind as I review this beer. As a common stout this one will do. I would prefer something more over the top though. Might as well go BIG.

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Photo of Markbienvenu
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kalamazoo stout pours black into the glass with a small light tan head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rich with roasted malt, plus a little chocolate and dark fruit.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and a little oily. The flavor has roasted malt, chocolate, and nuts. A bit astringent. It finishes a little tart with a taste of plum. Once gone the roast malt and chocolate lingers on the palate.

A pretty good stout. Middle of the road for the stouts I've enjoyed.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this bottle.

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Brown, as close to black as you can get with a one finger dark tan head.

S - coffee, and chocolates.

T - Strong nutty taste, coffee.

D - Mild carbonation. not as sweet as many stouts. Nice.

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Photo of mportsch
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass completely black with a fizzy brown head that dissipates quickly into a fine film with good lacing. Beer looks thinner than I expected.

Smell: Odors are fairly subtle... roasted malts shine through.

Taste: My first sip made me think 'smoky', but as I drink I get a roasty flavor and a touch of sweetness that seems pretty balanced. Aftertaste is bitter, leaving your mouth feeling dry. Tastes very good!

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium to heavy body that could be just a bit fuller.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy. Definitely could session if one were so inclined.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours like molasses. Extremely fine head develops off the bat, but quickly shrinks to nothing. Rich, dark chocolate coloring. Around the edges is a softer caramel shading. Resembles a flat Coke. There is delicate lacing however.

S: Mild. Chocolate and vanilla aromas outline a sweet, roasted central character.

T: Chocolate cake, with faint hoppy undertones. A bit meaty. Roasted coffee aftertaste lingers for quite a while. I truly cannot catch the anise.

M: Syrupy and chewy, but not as dense as its look would suggest. A little oily, like other Bell's stouts I've tried. A surprise touch of carbonation cleans it up (seemingly absent in the appearance).

D: Not too bad for a heavy. This is one of the most drinkable stouts I've had. Drinking a few of these in succession around a campfire would be quite satisfying.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shuffledaddy
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours about a finger width of head, mocha to tan in color. Smells of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Tastes of espresso, chicory, and licorice with just a bit of smoky peat. Mouthfeel is not very fizzy due to low carbonation, but rather thick and rich. Overall, a nice smoky stout. Can't go wrong with Bell's and this beer is no exception.

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerbill
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty damn good stout. The head is seriously lacking, and the mouth feel leaves a lot to be desired, but other than that this is a solid, standup stout. It has a nice flavor of burnt coffee that is really satisfying. This entry is better than most, but I would rather drink guinness.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walleye
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured black small brown head with very little lacing. aroma was a very pleasant sweet chocolate, carmel, and molasses, my nose said thank you.got a nice coffee, chocolate taste with a taste of raisins. ended with the right amount of bitterness for me

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Photo of drinkankuss
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark Black good stout appearance no sediment. Head dissolves pretty quickly

s - very nice toasted malt smell with subtle black liquiroce

t - very similar to the smell lots of roasted flavor, but not too much, hard to taste the liquiroce root, but flavors linger, good balance.

m - I would say this has excellent mouthfeel lighlty carbonated, relatively low fg from what I can taste, lingers a little long

d - I would not have a problem drinking this by the mug. goes down easy and flavors are enjoyable

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first in a line-up of four Bell's stouts that I just picked up (excluding the cherry stout, since I reviewed that earlier). I'll say that it's to celebrate the advent of cooler weather just so I have a good reason for doing this.

A- Extremely dark brown, pretty much black. I can't really see any light coming through. About half an inch of tan head forms but dissipates very quickly.

S- Lots of roasted malt which gives off a subtle chocolaty aroma mixed with burnt toast. Appealing.

T- More roasted malt flavors which are good but not particularly complex. There's also a decent amount of hop bitterness, although I can't really make out much of a hop flavor. The finish is fairly bitter due to the hops and the roasted malt, but there is a hint of sweetness (not a lot, but just enough to keep the beer from being overly dry). The burnt toast flavor lingers on the back of the tongue.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy, and silky smooth. Probably the best part of this beer.

D- Not too bad here. The ABV isn't terribly high, although too much to make this a session beer. I'd certainly have one more, though.

Overall a decent stout. I wouldn't have penned this as a "sweet" stout, although I guess it's not as dry or bitter as most "regular" stouts. It's good for the lover of roasted malt, and its silky mouthfeel makes it a pleasure to drink. Not my favorite, but certainly worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 11/11/08.

A - Black with burgundy highlights around the edges and one-finger medium tan head that receded to a quarter inch of retention and left a bit of spotty lacing.

S - Nutty malt with hints of chocolate and licorice. Dark fruit aspect with slight sweetness and a bit of sourness as well. Earthy, dirty hops reminiscent of dried leaves and tree bark.

T - This is a fairly robust stout with plenty of nutty malt flavor and a mild sourness with dark fruit accents. Coffee and chocolate notes mingle with a slight smoky character in the middle. A roasted malt character emerges in the finish with some leafy, earthy hops in the backend.

M - Medium body with smooth, oily texture and very soft carbonation. Finish is quite bitter for a stout and also has a mild sour twang. Body is perhaps a tad thin overall.

D - Pretty good stout, and a complex one at that. There are certainly lots of flavors and aromas to unearth from this brew. I've been on a stout kick lately, so it was nice to try this one after having it sit in the fridge for about six months.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trevor_martin
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBoneJones
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium-rich black, with some decent lacing.
Smell is a nice mix of roasted chocolate/ coffee and hops.
Taste is a little more than I expected. Well-balanced stout flavors of roasted notes: char and coffee bean hints, burnt cocoa. The licorice is as a well-placed afterthought.
Feels creamy and full, with medium-low carbonation.
This is solid, tasty stuff.
Nothing complex, just good...
After sipping through nearly the bottle, my initial impression changes due to the lingering end note im picking up each time, which to me, borders on a soapy-char taste. Still a good try.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle seems like it was not filled all the way... but onlt half way up the neck of the bottle. Slight roast nose but not huge. Thick rich milk cocoa colored thick airy head. Dark black opeque look in the pint glass. Rich slightly sweet roasty initial taste then gives way to layers of Expresso and dry cocoa powder in the slightly sour finish. Mediumish mouth. Not at all as good as the draft version I had quite a while ago.. but still a nice stout.

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Photo of Dspader1
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sappyjoker
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpbieste
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick head, that hangs around, like a rootbeer float head. Dark, but can see light around the edges.

Smell: Unique scent, unlike any I experienced before with a stout. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe a slight, very slight black licorice.

Taste: Decent. Deceptively different than you would assume with the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Like a cool syrup in your mouth.

Drinkability: Great finish. But then again, Kalamazoo always brings a smile to my face.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-Beautiful pitch black. Holding it up to a window on a sunny day and am seeing no light coming through. Nice two finger head that dissipated fairly quickly with decent lacing.

S-Chocolate is up front for me with some coffee notes, malts and caramel. Its a nice nose, but a little on the faint side, maybe its my sinuses.

T-I'm impressed. The chocolate/coffee of the nose is here and blend together nicely with the malts. A bit hoppy too, but not overly so. A nice palate of flavors.

M-A bit thinner/lighter than I had hoped, but still manages to coat the tongue as any respectable stout should. Nice oily finish and the carbonation level is darn near perfect.

D-Oh yeah. I could easily have several of these without batting an eye. A true session brew for me.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting a great deal from this beer, but it pleasantly surprised me. Its a darn good stout. I'll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as coal body; dense, thick, rocky head. Roasted, slightly charred grain aroma; burnt toast; coffee grounds. Bitter and sweet flavor; bitter chocolate; coffee grounds. Heavy mouthfeel; slick and smooth; a bit harsh on the palate with a slight stingy quality.

A good stout overall though somewhat biting and harsh. No noticeable presence of licorice although the coffee quality comes through strongly.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,368 ratings
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