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

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
4,314 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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
Ratings:
4,314
Reviews:
1,578
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
204
Gots:
660
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,314 |  Reviews: 1,578
Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwreay90
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DesertFox24
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caburdette51
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slarson7
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HenryWinters
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ferretferret
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What an absolutely marvelous beer this turned out to be. It's difficult not to allow bias to tincture this review, given my strong affinity for molasses, but... What a glorious beer! A soft touch of molasses intertwines with a complex brew consisting of roasted malt, thick caramel, and a host of other flavors (not really coffee) for a taste with grand appeal.

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Photo of DBotma
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely, a new favorite!

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Photo of beerrat
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of khaki colored head. The head settles into a ring around the top of the beer, leaving minimal lacing along the way.

The aroma is a bit faint, but there are notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee, with a subtle finish of hops.

The flavor is a bold punch in the damn face. Dark roasted malts and dark chocolate lead the way, followed by a wave of coffee grounds. Finishes with some leather and char, and a faint touch of piney hops.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Very dry yet exceptionally smooth.

Overall, a very good stout that is robust and bold, but doesn't completely overwhelm you with flavor. It's a relatively simple stout, but it's very well made and definitely worth your time.

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Photo of Mtn
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OpenStoutLover
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey this is pretty good. Friend recommended it. I was surprised it did not taste super heavy like your mom.

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Photo of jmarod7
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Very dark in color. Aroma of dark roast and a little bit of caramel. A bitter bite when swallowed but not terrible. I would drink again but would not order before an Oberon.

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Photo of zhupengl
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear black color floral smell but the taste is not good, bitter super bitter. dark chocolate and ashy taste

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Photo of mjurney
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pitch black. Tan creamy head.

Aroma:
Dark roasted malts, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruit.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Dark roasted malts, charcoal, caramel, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, cream. Nice bitter bite towards the end. Finish is dry and smooth. Full bodied, creamy, smooth, easy drinking.

Overall:
It's an outstanding Stout!

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 94rocker1
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,314 ratings.
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