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

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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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Photo of GimpyCane
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearence: Poured dark brown w/ a light creamy brown head. Thoughout the drink the brew left little lacing and the head was mostly diminish.

smell: got a nice whiff of roasted coffee, small hint of chocolate and a moderate amount of hops

taste and mouthfeel: from start to finish the brew had a nice bittersweet taste. Medium body w/ a semi-creamy feel and soft on the carbonation.

drinkability: smooth and enjoyable

Overall, Kalamazoo is a good beer, heck I drank a six and enjoyed the flavorful roasted elements and the small hint of alcohol it left on my tongue.

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Photo of westweasel
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle. A very dark brown, with a 1/4 inch tan head.
The aroma was dominated by roasted grains. I can also smell chocoalte, coffee, and a sweeter-licorice scent.

The mouthfeel is medium-full, with a lightly dry finish. The flavor is heavy with sweet roasted flavors and coffee, with a slight hop bitterness. It seems like more of the bitterness is from the burnt, roasted flavors then from hops.

The beer is very enjoyable, but I think I would tire from the roasted bitterness after a couple of these. It's a nice example of a sweet stout.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355 ml bottle. Consumed on 9-1-06 packaged on 6-15 (info available from website actually). No head, with thin lacing. Faint aroma. Very opaqe deep dark amber (no transmittance). EXCELLENT taste! No conditioning sting, this is bottle conditioned so itÂ’a a REAL ALE. Bitter at start, malt and chocolate in middle, finish is sweet black licorice. Medium mouth feel. Suprising how high the alcohol content is actually. Somewhat filling. Excellently crafted beer!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear black with a brown low head that was persistent enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was estery and lightly fruity with a strong chocolate and caramel presence. The aroma contained a roasty character and a dark chocolate note that had hints of smoke.

The flavor was fruity as it first contacted the palate and then the flavor immediately changed to chocolate and coffee. The coffee and chocolate were accompanied by a caramel impression, but more important was a grassy hop presence behind the roast and coffee. The balance was toward bittering, but was well achieved. The grassy hop flavor worked very well with the chocolate and coffee components.

The finish was dry with a lasting coffee and chocolate with a light roast and some grassy hops into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium full with a moderate carbonation. A truly great stout.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of doubleipa
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect big black, creamy head. I don't think it could be any more black. Great roasted coffee and chocolate. Nothing atypical with respect to sweet Stouts. Flavor was perfect. No bite or alcohol taste. Very, very smooth. This got even better as it warmed up. I wish more brewers would brew this type of stout.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer out into a pint glass, beer is dark as night with a nice two finger head that quickly dies down to a slim rim with good lacing. The smell is of roasted and chocolate malts; not overly strong but pleasing. The taste is definitely of deep roasted malt but it is balanced nicely which makes for a drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and well bodied. Overall, I think this is a very good beer, and would recommend trying it.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with a small tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Chocolate, roated malt, and light caramel in the aroma. Bakers chocolate, light smoke, roasted and toffee malts in the taste. This is a solid, lower gravity stout that can be sessioned as opposed to the Expedition.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black liquid with a light brown/cream color head. Smell is weak but some roasted like smell. Taste is a sweet coffee with a somewhat metallic finish. Mouthfeel is exactly what I want in a sweet stout smooth with almost no carbonation. Drinkability would be high on a fall or winter day but this being mid summer I'll limit myself to two tonight.

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Photo of kohoutek
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an extra deep black with a nice brown head that clings the glass for the entirety of the experience. No light penetration.

A wonderful nose! It is definitely vinous, full of dark fruits, espresso, molasses and flinty minerals from the yeast.

This beer has a high bitter charge that slices through the residual sugars. Lots of rich roasted malt flavors, clean acidity and character suggesting it has some alcohol. It is not the least bit hot - instead it picks up some sherry qualities.

The mouthfeel seems to change from the beginning to the end. Initially, when the carbonation is higher, the viscosity is bouyed a bit by the bubbles. Later it becomes less fluffy and more wine-like.

An incredibly drinkable brew considering it's richness and alcohol content. The bittering hops cleanse the sugars from this big bad beer.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's ard to describe something this black. But it's topped with a rather thick, super sticky tan head that lasts for a long time. The aroma is of roasted barley. Taste is not as dry as I would have expected given the dry nose. It's dry, but still has a bit of sweetness at the end. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy. Nice carbonation. It's a slow-drinking beer, but not because of the alcohol content. There's a lot of beer in this beer!

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kzoo stout is my go-to stout. Always satisfying, and consistently solid.

Pours an opaque jet-black. Head is present and lingers throughout. Roasted malt comes out first and foremost. Taste is rich and roasty without extra weight to burden it down. Very well balanced and smooth, cascades across the palate.

Must resist the urge to down 6 at a time...

Notes: Cellared 7289/March '06 bottle. Consumed 11-21-07, 20 months old.

Retains a good head of foam. Sweet brown sugar and chocolate malt in the nose. Ahh...that supreme roast flavor takes me back to the last Kalamazoo Stout I had almost a year ago. It builds up on the palate. Appropriately bitter with a hint of chicory or coffee in the aftertaste. Still vibrant and packs a punch after 1-1/2 years in the cellar.

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Photo of beerphan
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle -> goblet
batch# 7244
packages 2/8/06 according to Bells website

Pours black with a nice dark tan head. Sparse dotted lacing.

Nose finds roasted coffee malts, dark chocolate and alcohol

Taste of thick roasted chocolate coffee with a warming roasty aftertaste with the slightest hint of alcohol.

Feels smooth with medium thickness in the mouth.

An excellent stout that i will visit again, after visiting with some of his brothers. Rye up next.

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Photo of loren01
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black, small tan head. Good lacing down the glass. Looks like motor oil.
S: Smells of roasted malt.
T: Wow, this is real good!! Slightly sweet, malty flavors. Bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel
D: Very enjoyable stout. Very good flavor. Another awesome beer recieved in trade with nlmartin.

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Photo of scalffd
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black appearance with brown head, creamy on top and fizzy on the sides. Diminishes but lasts throughout the beer. Strong roasted flavor with average to long aftertaste. Smooth from beginning to end. This is a high quality, very drinkable stout and my choice over the expedition by Bells, which has too much of an alcohol bite for my taste.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark, dark brown with some reddish tints when held up to the light. There's also about an inch creamy tan head, and a lot of lacing remains on the glass. It smells like roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and some coffee. It tastes like dark chocolate and a bit of coffee, and there's a good roasted flavor too. The start is a little bitter, then the sweetness hits and then finishes bitter again with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a good body to it. The Kalamazoo Stout is a very good beer, I'd definitely buy more of this in the future.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours jet black, nearly opaque except for thin dark mahogany highlights. The brown sugar colored head is dense and creamy and reaches one and a half fingers in hieght. Shows good retention, and the epitome of spotty lacing. Roasted barley nose, with coffee notes, faint black patent and molasses. First sip is sweet with dark roasted malts and blackstrap, some dark chocolate, and bitter black patent. Semi-drying aftertaste, a tame hop bitterness paired with coffee and chocolate. Low-medium carbonation with a full body- this is less dry than expected and more syrupy; which I found quite agreeable. Finish is akin to the aftertaste with plenty of complex residual sweetness balancing the roasted flavor and mild hop bitterness. The drinkability would score better as an export stout, but will please fans of Russian Imperial Stout. An excellent bargain at $7-$8 a six-pack.

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Photo of trep
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle Batch 7289 brewed on March 9th 2006.

Pitch black body, no light whatsoever passing through. Creamy tan head leaves lacing down the side of the glass. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla, with a bit of alcohol and an earthiness to it.

Very smooth on the pallate. Creamy, medium bodied. Nice hop bitterness at first that steps aside to allow the soft chocolate and vanilla ice cream to come forth. Finishes coffee bitter with a bit of dark chocolate thrown in the mix.

Medium bodied with little carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking despite the bitterness. Very smooth and balanced.

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Photo of grub
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep black colour with a half inch of dense brown head. the head slowly dissipates into a ring around the glass and leaves a fine lace down the glass.

aroma is roasty and slightly sweet. caramel. hint of coffee.

taste is good. really roasty. bittersweet chocolate. hint of coffee again. nice malty backbone, with notes of caramel. it's more roasty than i'd expect, which comes through as an overly bitter/charred flavour. it feels a little unbalanced as a result.

mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

drinkability is good. it feels like a big beer even though it comes in at 6.5%, so the lower alcohol makes it more drinkable but the mouthfeel lowers it some. the highly charred flavour lingers long after finishing the glass, which also serves to lower the drinkability. overall it's ok.

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Photo of Fuller
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black that no light gets through when held up to it. Small tan head that recedes quickly into a skim that stays until the last sip. Also leaves excellent lacing. Nose is of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt sweetness. Taste is sweet and roasty. Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, with some bitterness coming through at the end. Mouthfeel is thick, slick and creamy.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. A little thick to have more than just a couple though. A good sipping beer.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I foud this beer to be a very enjoyable and relaxing stout that I will definatly keep stocked in my fridge.
A - It pours a very dark bubbly brownish head that sticks to the glass the whole way down.
S - Sweet roasted malts, mocha, coffee, dark chocolate, and a smooth aroma.
T - Dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, smooth and smoky and all around great tasting.
M - Dry finish, chocolaty coffee finish
D - Very smooth and easy to drink with a nice finish.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to justcas and July Secret Santa BIF 2006.
Black Opaque color. Huge chocolate colored head. Excellent retention. Lots of lace.
The smell reminds me of Silk Milk, the chocolate soy milk.
Taste is sweet, heavy with the chocolate flavors. Roasted malts. All topped off by a raw coffee bean finish.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. IMO pushing the Imperial boarders but not crossing them
This is a delicious drinkable meal in a bottle.

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Photo of Enola
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wcudwight shared his bottle.

Poured a deep brown with a thick head. The smell score is low just due to a soured smell. The taste is good. It has a oatmeal taste. The mouthfeel is smooth. This is a heavy bodied beer. Very filling. A meal in a bottle. A good beer for the style.

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Photo of Nero
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark as it could possible be with a reddish tan head that was thick and receeded nicely

Smell: coffee, chocolate, with some expresso hints in there

Taste: Wow very chocolatey, almost like a bitter sweet chocolate. slight hints of toffee, coffee and alittle expresso

Mouthfeel: thick with a creamy goodness. can be alittle much if drinken more then just casually.

Drinkability: Not too bad one of the better stouts I have had. Like I said it could be alittle over powering if your drink a few in a short period of time. But all in all a very nice stout.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest opaque brown/black with only the slightest hint of cola red-brown around the edges, under a tan thick 2 inch head that fades to a solid lid with moderate lacing.

Great smell of chocolate-coffee, toffee, bitter-roasted chocolate malt, darkest chocolate and more malted maltiness. Rich, wonderful, smooth aroma. The taste follows suit. Wow! Best stout I've had. I mean wowowow! So chocolatey-coffee-bitter-smooth you want to chew it rather than swallow.

Mouthfeel is decent, round and smoooth.

At 6.5%, this is just a bit on the strong side for a stout.

I have GOT to get me some more of this. I mean, this is great. The malt magicians at Bell's have done another magnificent job.

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Photo of Iguana
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearence - Poured jet black with a beautiful 1 inch tan head, looked good from the get go.

Smell - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Smells great for a stout.

Taste - WOW, Coffee/roasted malt are massively strong in the flavor and I love it. Hint of dark chocolate. A must try for any stout lover.

Mouthfeel - Amazingly smooth, creamy, just perfect for the beer.

Drinkability- Glad my parents grabbed me 2 bottles when they were in Michigan, sadly I cant find this stuff locally but man is it good. It would be a regular in my mixed 6 packs if I could find it locally.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,297 ratings.
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