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

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90
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1,538 Reviews
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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,538
Ratings:
4,154
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
17.37%
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
600
For Trade:
8
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Reviews: 1,538 | Ratings: 4,154
Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew flows more than pours into the glass. It arrives pitch black with a dark tan head 2" tall consisting of tiny bubbles (cue Don Ho). For all appearances it could be Guinness without the "waterfall"
Smell is rich dark chocolate, coffee, smoked sausage, soy, peat. Nicely balanced and good complexity.
Taste is very similar to what was promised to the olfactory sense. Smoke, coffee, dark chocolate, soy, smoked meats. The last one seems weird when I read it but it was very much a welcome flavor. I like smoked beers and this was like a combonation of a rauchbier and a stout.
Smooth across the tongue, lightly carbonated, with a medium body - leaning to the full side - though I expected a chewier brew. A nice, alcohol-infused oak & smoke aftertaste. This is a really good beer. It went great with the homemade chocolate chip cookies I finished it off with. :-)

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

A - Its a very black heavy pouring beer with a dense, tan head. Its lacing down the glass very nicely.

S - Strong hints of chocolate, roasted coffee, brown sugar, molasses, and quite possibly some bar-b-que sauce. Or maybe that is just the molasses.

T - I think this might be heading south of the border. The place I got it from has a ton of different beers, sitting out in the warm air, and has a heap of dust on it. But I'll do my best. The chocolate, coffee and molasses are strong on the palette. Strong bitterness wraps the tounge rather sharpley, and is folllowed up by a rather roasted coffee/cardboard flavor. Im assuming that is the age showing up.

M - Due to its age IM going to say that it is a little unpleasant to drink. If I take away the "age feel" i think its rather smooth. Slight carbination bite in the middle and a dry finish.

D - Im hoping I can get some of this fresh someday. I bet it is a million times better.

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

thanks to Brian700 for trade.

Pours a strong black coffee color with a medium tan cap with orange hues. A one finger cap quickly dissipates to lacings on top. Aroma is chocoloate, coffee, orange, and fusal hops. Flavor is maltose malt, toffee, chocolate, coffee, orange, and roasted barley. Mild citrus and fusal hops in background. Very good beer with lots of toasty roasted barley. Good blend of sweetness, hops, and burnt notes. Medium carbonation and medium body.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a midnight, pitch black with a foamy, 1 finger tan head that slowly fades out into a collar. Scattered lacing is left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of deep, dark roasted malt, sweet cream, roasted chestnut, vanilla, and a hint of bitter coffee beans touched with bakers chocolate.
Taste is of the same aromas with a dark roasted malt that stands out above everything else and sticks to the tongue.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a sugar sweetness and dark roastiness battling it out for supremecy with the fizzy roastiness lasting long after the swallow.
This one is pretty good. The roasted malt and slightly overcarbonated body makes it a bit uneasy to swallow easily but it doesn't take away from the great characteristics found in this brew.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown/black, foamy tan head and good retention. Decent lacing throughout.
Smelled of espresso and coffee, roasted and caramel malts. Very strong on the sweet dark fruits; definitely some cherry in there. Not as much chocolate as I expected.
The taste was bitter chocolate, fading into a creamier chocolate; add the cherry taste and it comes out something like a cherry cordial, or chocolate-covered cherry. Ok, the chocolate dominates, but that sweet fruitiness, even if its not all cherry makes an important contribution. Also we have malts, and brown sugar.
The motuhfeel started with a semi-fizzy carbonation, leading to a semi-sweetness, then finished dry but still somehow creamy. Very interesting.
I could drink this stout all night long. I didn't find it tough to drink after the first half of the glass as some "sweet/milk" stouts are. Very impressive all around.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark beige head with medium bubbles sits on top of a very dark brown body. By the pour appears a bit thin, we'll see. Head has fallen and will continue to fall until is just a minor wisp. Nice sticky lace across the glass though from top to bottom.

S: Smells of black and roasted malts, coffee and almonds. Very nutty aroma.

T: Starts off latte flavored then lends to bitter chocolate notes. Moves towards a roasted dry finish which thoughtfully lingers long past the swallow. Nice and gently complex.

M: A bit sticky and sweet.

D: Very nice stout, very nice. A low(er) alcohol content allows this beer to be enjoyable and not over the top. Another good stout from Bells.

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Photo of Brian700
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with a brown head that slowly disappears to a ring around my glass leaving some decent lacing going on.

The aroma is chocolate and malty sweet.

The flavor is malty sweet with a milky chocolate flavor. Not to much of a burnt flavor for how dark it is. It is more creamy and sweet.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.
It is very creamy and it coats your mouth just right to leave you a nice flavor after the swallow.

This is a pretty drinkable beer for being a darker beer. I've drank a 6-pack of this on a few occasions with out a problem...or regret.

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Photo of SethB2
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip glass. Beer pours a very dark, deep brown color, nearing black. Not much head or lacing. Smells of yeast and malty sweetness. Taste is very good. Bready, with subtle fruit tones and a hop profile that is perfect. Mouthfeel is exceptional. Perfect amount of carbonation and such a smooth beer going down. Medium and nice. I'm thinking this must be a standard thing with Bell's stouts. Expedition is the only other stout I can recall feeling this good in my mouth. Drinkability is also very good. Too bad I can't get it in California.

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Photo of sevineyes
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a tan label.

A: Nice frothy dark brown head. Man this stuff is black. Light only gets through the very corners of the glass and there it's a rich brown. Leaves great lacing.

S: Dominantly sweet nose. Brown sugar. Milk chocolate.

T: Such a great taste. Thick fudge-like chocolates. Semi-sweet chocolates. Big roasty flavor. Burnt caramel. Toffee. In the finish it gets balanced by some deep bitterness that brings out some dry charcoal-like elements. Aftertaste is a great, but not overpowering, bitterness that lingers along with bits and pieces of the initial sweet. This lasts for minute after minute.

M: Big bodied, thick and creamy. Exceptionally smooth.

Overall: Ok, the smell seems like the odd man out for this beer. Everything else is so perfect that the aroma pales in comparison. Even at that, the aroma is still good. All I can say is: if you don't drink this beer, I'll pick up the slack..

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Sammy Smith pint.

A - Near pitch black with a 1/2 inch sticky brown head that falls to leave behind faint whispers. Lacing is pretty minimal.

S - Dark roasted malt with big coffee scents. "Roasted" dryness seems to be the most lasting in the smell department.

T - Dark malt, coffee hangs in there as well, with a nice sweetness following.

M - Smooth & full transitions to a nice roasted finish will a slightly dry, sticky aftertaste.

D - Refreshing stout with a lower ABV (which is not noticeable). Could definitely be a fallback beer if I wanted something familiar and heavy.

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

On the pour it looks like it has the consistency of a Russian Imperial Stout. Sort of like molasses. Some brownish head.

This beer has more boozy tastes than the average regular stout. The aroma is filled with chocolate malt, which makes sense since one of the primary malts used must be chocolate malt.

A nice and solid beer. I'm imagining that more complexity may show up on cask, but I'm not sure if I'll ever experience that.

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Photo of karst
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two fingered brown sugar headover a black brew. Sharp, espresso & dark bittersweet chocolate aroma. Double crack - roasted coffee, roasted barley and balanced hop bitterness in flavor. Very strong chocolate flavor. Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a lingering enjoyable hop and roasted unmalted barley bitterness almost an imperial stout. Put this together with my first beer at Bell's Ecclectic Cafe and I was in heaven

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

A: Dark, opaque black. Tan head, not much retention, but it leaves a little lace. I think a stout should have more of a head (that stands up!).

S: Roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, slight tangy-tartness.

T: Plenty of dark roasted flavour (not burnt), nice bitter chocolate, with a little coffee. Balanced by a pleasant sweetness, but surprisingly dry for the style (it's not overly sweet). As it warms, the fruity esters from the yeast become more apparant.

M: Thick & creamy like a stout should be. Light to moderate carbonation. Slight chalky acidity... but very nice.

D: Good.

Bell's stouts rock!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a pitch black with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is all roasty and malty sweet. Nice.

The taste is yummy.... Great roastiness up front offset by a sweet malty, almost chocolate milky flavour that has me saying, Milk stouts are good. :^)

Bottom line: This is quite the different stout and one I favour...I recommend it.

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Photo of evanackerman
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well, this is a nice stout from Bell's, they seem to specialize in stouts, so far so good.


appearance is nearly black with a dark tan head that settles into an 1/8th inch layer. nice looking stout.


smell is typical stout smell, nothing spectacular.

taste is nicely balanced between roasted barley and an assertive hop character that provides a lingering bitterness.

mouthfeel is pretty good, not too thin, not overly carbonated.

drinkability is high, a very pleasant beer overall. a little expensive in my opinion.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color with a big foamy dark tan head. A fairly heavy pour created huge lumpy head. The head falls to a fairly thick film that leaves some nice clumpy lacing. Hints of expresso, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. The smell isn't as strong as i expected. Taste does come through with more punch than the smell. Again coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Slight bitter chocolate aftertaste but very minimal. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost a milk like smoothness. Overall a very drinkable beer. Not world class but certainly very good.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Nice big bubbles cling to the side of the glass with some lacing.

S - Strong sweet aroma, expresso, milk chocolate, roasty malt.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, slight bitterness, hints of coffee.

M - Medium body with a nice creaminess.

D - A solid easy drinking stout. Nothing jumps out and grabs you about this beer but there are not really any flaws either. A great session beer to have on hand when you are looking for a nice stout.

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Photo of naderator55
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black impermeable color. Head is very weak(partly due to my pour ive drank a couple of these before and had about a half inch head.
Smells are full of cocoa beans and chocolate.
Taste has hints of coffee and chocolate, this is a true sweet stout. The alcohol is fairly hidden. I want to say i taste a slight aroma of caramel.
This is a very drinkalbe and the texture is very smooth.
I rather enjoyed this beer it is a very high quality milk stout.

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

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan.
pours jet black it has a thick consistacy it kinda looks like oil with how it pours.
the aroma is very rich and roasty, i get some chocolate, malt, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is roasty, coffee, chocolate, malt.
the mouthfeel is a little thick but nothing you would not expect from a milk stout, fills the mouth and coats the inside.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. A very nice tan head sits on top of a near black body leaving fair lace on the sides of the glass. Dark coffee and roasted malts dominate the nose. Acrid and astringent, dark malts dominate the initial swallow. I can't find any lactic/milk sweetness. Full bodied and somewhat rich but I can't get around the roasted malt that sticks around to the end. Not a bad beer but not one that I would rank up near the top end either.

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

poured jet black with a beautiful thick brown 1in head that left some nice lacing. The aroma isn't too potent but whats there is nice. Subtle chococlate with mild roasted malts. When i take the first sip what immediatley comes to mind is frozen coffee drink maybe a coolata or something. Nice and sweet with a nice balance of a little bit of hops along with the malts. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than medium body. Drinkablility is high as this one is very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to CRJMellor for this one too...
Coal black in color with a full finger of dark brown head..sits on top and goes absolutely nowhere.
Great scents from this one...a boatload of dark chocolate with a subtle malt sweetness that pulls you in.
Taste is real nice...tons of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, a pinch of coffee. Sweetness is more apparent in the taste and adds just enough to make this brew quenching like no other stout I have tasted to date.
Mouthfeel is thicker than medium bodied and the carbonation is spot on.
Drinkability is through the roof as I plow my way through this one.
Solid.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black, some red highlights, thick brown head forms, nice lacing and good retention. Smell is roasty, coffee and chocolate, with some cherry. Taste is the same, lots of roasty chocolate and coffee, with a little bit of dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Excellent stout, thanks DrJay!

Review #400

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A robust mocha head over a black body. The head lingers to the bottom of the glass and a Smells of sweet and roasted malt and espresso. Sweet malt flavors upfront joined by vinous fruit. Notes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and roasted grain as well. Balanced by a mild bitterness. Full-bodied and moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a slightly drying finish.

The sweetness of this beer might be a bit too much for some, but I like it and it is a “sweet stout” afterall. That being said the k-zoo stout is very well balanced and has an exceptional amount of complexity. This is a mainstay around our house.

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Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer with brown edges and a dark tan stand of head composed of fine bubbles. Plenty of thick lace. Rich, malty, roasted aroma with some coffee and licorice character. Moderate bitterness that seems to be from both hops and dark grains plays nicely with the roasty malt sweetness that lingers into the finish. There's some chocolate, as well as leafy hops that contribute a bit of citrus. Light, well-integrated carbonation and a medium body produce a silky, creamy texture. A bit drying in the finish. An excellent beer with a big, roasty flavour. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.
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