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

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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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Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoBoTo for slipping one of these in the great care package he sent me. Now for the review..

Never a huge drinker of stouts.. because I have always been a drinker of "more than one beer". To me a stout is almost something to have one of for lunch or breakfast. I could sit and drink 6 Hopslams after dinner and still be able to speak with clarity.

- Great dark rich color... couldn't see through it in my tumbler if I tried. Thin licorice head with drifting lacing. Looks like Coke with Hersheys syrup.

- Smell is great with a roasted bitter dark coffee and chocolate flare.. not Folgers... but a 6th Ave. Bistro. Warm and nostril flaring goodness with sweet cane sugar.

- What can I say... it tastes as good as it smells.. nice clear water, cold filtered dark coffee or iced.. bittered but balanced with sweetness..

- Not too dry but i'm sure it would be a bit tart for some... but for a stout, it is what it is and should be. Very drinkable as well... it's like Guinness but a bit more refined. A very pleasant stout. Would be a great stout with seafood.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Batch 9984.

Appearance: With a quick pour, my glass fills with a dark brown ebony liquid with a viscous look and a creamy tan head. Eventually it fades to a collar and leaves just a bit of lace.

Smell: Roasted malt, a bit of smoke, roast coffee, and a bit of unsweetened dark chocolate dominate the nose.

Taste: The taste has a little sweetness sneak through along with the mostly unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted malt. The malt has some light burnt character to it, and there is some milk creaminess to it. The finish has a bit of licorice and a bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: The creaminess to the mouthfeel is nice. Too often stouts on the lighter part of the ABV spectrum just seem watery to me, but this has some character to it. The carbonation has a mostly creamy nature, but there are a few stray bubbles that are noticeably fizzy. The body is medium to full, and there is a soft stickiness to go along with the chocolate in the flavor.

Overall: This is definitely one of the more enjoyable stouts I have had in this ABV range. I would definitely have a few of these while I sat at a pub.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mattcrill
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours blacker than black. Ain't no light getting through that glass! Beautfiul chocolate brown head that settles in for a wonderful looking brew

Smell: Roasted coffee with cream. Finishes with some bitterness due to the hops

Taste: Complex with bitterness being more prominent than I expected. Espresso, chocolate, and vanilla are there but the hop bitterness and alcohol taste is suprisingly overpowering

Overall: A finely crafted beer but it wasn't what I expected. Good but not great.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a Dark Brown color with a nice 1 1/2 finger off white head

S- Has a Great smell of roasted malts with some nice hints of chocolate and coffee followed by some booze and licorice

T- Nice Roasted malts hits you right away then has come nice coffee flavor with dark chocolate mixed in, in the middle then finish's with a nice booziness but smoothness

M- light to medium body with nice carbonation

D-Overall this a a great stout.Lots of good flavors come out, very drinkable. Great smell and taste. Goes down soo smooth. Love this stout

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Photo of Shaw
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink a lot more of stouts, but have been spending the past several years really enjoying hoppy ales. But I like milk stouts and had to try Bell's.

A beautiful beer, inky black with a thick, brown head that doesn't disappear.

Nice aroma of chocolate and roasted malts.

The body is sweet and roasty, as expected. I don't taste the licorice that the label advertises, but the roasted flavors are strong enough to hide it.

The body is wonderfully thick and rich and creamy.

This a very good beer and another winner from Bell's.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice black color wit a huge, rocky, tan head. The aroma was chocolate and espresso. The taste was of light coffee. Almost a ground coffee taste. The mouthfeel was medium heavy with very little carbonation. Overall this beer was great. Bell's makes some great beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Gehrig
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having sampled (or re-tried) some genuine duds lately, this was a breath of fresh air, and truly one of the best stouts I've had. Kalamazoo Stout wins one over from the beginning, announcing its presence with authority--two dense fingers of dark tan froth over a jet black body. It's a sight to behold, but there's much more. The aromas are excellent--lots of coffee, but rich chocolate, and hints of fruit. The taste is wondrous, rich in chocolate and coffee, nicely roasted with caramel occasionally intruding--just incredible. It stands up well, and I certainly didn't give it much time to wait, with balanced carbonation and creamy texture. I found it impossible to have just one, and intend to stock up on this and other wares from Bell's.

Close to a masterpiece, without a doubt.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Seanibus
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A good dry stout (extremely dry), though not exceptional.

Pours inky black with a quick off color head. The aroma is roasted, slightly coffee-like. The flavor carries through the coffee effect, extremely dry and bitter, like a dark roast. There are hints of smoke and wood and deeply roasted barley. The mouthfeel is tingly, with a bite of carbonation and a little cling to it. The overall effect, however, is dryness - mouth-puckering dryness. The effect is so drying that it almost pinches he tongue on the back end.

This is a good stout, but it's powerful, astringent dryness limits its appeal for me

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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice and dark, a fairly decent head of about one finger that really disappeared quickly. I would say quicker than normal with most stouts. But this one is a little different in other areas as well.

Smell: A little roasty, with a sweet candy type smell that's pretty powerful. The bottle says it's brewed with brewers licorice, so I wonder if that is it.

Taste: Excellent. A little roasty, but not overpowering, and bittersweet and a bite of alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in the mouth than most stouts. Almost reminds me of some heavier porters that I've had. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It's a litlte more pricey than I prefer (although still very reasonable compared to a lot of other beers out there), and the taste and feel of it is a nice change-up. I rated it a little higher than I thought I would, but it's got a lot going for it.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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