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

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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Ratings: 4,345 |  Reviews: 1,585
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this extra.

Pours thick black with a good tan head that leaves good lace. Nose is of roasted malt, some copper. Taste is quite good with great roasted malt flavor, a great sweetness that is nice and mellow rather than sickly thick. Very robust. Some slight coffee and a bit of chocolate flavor. Nice little bitterness on the finish that is just about perfect. Very crisp and snappy mouthfeel, which is refreshing. Drinkability is quite good for the style, would love to session this one if it was locally available. Defenitely would be a go to stout for me. Too bad I live on the ends of the earth. Defenitely a unique and impressive stout from Bell's. Has inspired me to dig out one of my expeditions and try it again. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite all around stout breweries. Great.

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Photo of EdFed
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beernut7
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This powerful stout pours a deep black color with a foamy tan head wafting a deep roasted heavily chocolate aroma. The roasted and patent malt flavors are backed up by an aggessive beefy hop presence. The carbonation was a bit high from the bottle, but the flavor was nice and fork-thick.

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Photo of Lukebell15
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2/22/14. Pitch black pour with a very good head. Lacing and retention are also very good. Surprisingly light nose of chocolate and roast over a mineral note. Rich heavy medium body with a nice creamy texture. Below average carbonation with almost no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is balanced, but lacks the complexity found in world class stouts. It begins with chocolate, fades to roast and flows into a mild sweetness with a licorice note. Hops and roast create a slightly bitter middle with just a hint of coffee and NO dark fruit. The finish is slightly astringent.

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Photo of smanson56
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. Nose is kind of week not showing the licorice that they state on the label. I didn't find much of the licorice in the taste either. A nicely blended stout but not with the licorice overtones that I had hoped for.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large, tan head and leaves quite a bit of lacing as it dissapates. The color is basically black. The smell is of chocolate, coffee and figs. Tastes of dark roated malt and coffee with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium. Another very drinkable, quality beer from Bell's.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial stout glass.
A: Black with 1/2 inch dark tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Slightly odd bready yeast aroma with roasted malt.
T: Oddly, taste is dominated by grain notes: wheat, rye, etc. Some dark roasted malt. I get no cream...which is odd for a purported milk stout. Unsatisfying, acidic, and dry finish.
M: Light body...uninspiring.
D: One is enough for this average brew.

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3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Been wanting to try this for a while, especially because the "brewer's licorice" addition sounds intriguing. Bottling date is listed as "02/06/13," but I'm sure it's no problem.

Pours a nearly opaque, blackened color that's ideal in a stout, with an off-khaki head that resembles the foaminess from freshly brewed coffee or a mocha of sorts. Head retention is rather good, as it lasts even as it settles down to a ring from the initial coating. Lacing is pretty much inexistent, but carbonation lasts a good long while. To me, this has the thickness and viscosity of a solid stout, and as a result gets endearing reaction from me.

The aroma is chock-filled with all kinds of aromas found in my favorite basic stouts (as well as some variations), only backed up by a slight sweetness from the alcohol. Roasted baker's chocolate, slight roasted espresso characteristics, light anise or licorice, as well as vanilla or baking spice of sorts. The malts come off as a rich dark bready flavor that compliment the roasted flavors well. The hops hold together things well with slight herbal, floral bitterness. Really nice stuff - well balanced and not too astringent.

The flavor is immediately predominant with notes of roasted chocolate and coffee, as well as slight sweetness of anise, vanilla, and herbal notes from the hops. The malts are pretty thickened and sweet, and although they produce a soy saucy flavor as this gets warmer, they are very flavorful and pleasant. Quite astringent and bready at first - took a while to get through the first 6oz as a result of its heartiness. Still, the flavors are really solid, and I in particular love the light anise notes that open up. Very flavorful and satisfying to drink, only a bit heavy.

I really enjoyed this - why does their porter lack the same dynamic, flavorful, and creamy qualities this has? This could pare well with a lot of food and desserts, and works well on its own. I hope to seek out more beers from Bell's that are more on this level for sure.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bozebus17 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, batch 7715.

Poured a complete opaque black with a two finger dark tan head that dies down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is very good, holds on all the way through. Smell is of a toffee like malt with a toasted nut aroma. Very mild hop odor as well that tickles the nose. Taste is so sweet and creamy with hints of milk chocolate and dark fruits. Aftertaste is a hint of a smokey nut character with peppery spices that tingle as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a mild but suitable carbonation. So smooth, drinkability is there for sure with this style. Glad I picked up another one in a trade. Bell's continues to amaze me.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured like used motor oil, and I mean that in a good way. About a 2 finger, foamy, light brown head, that stuck around a little while and laced very well.

S- Heavy in the coffee roast area. A darker chocolate smell is also prominent. A slight, sweet hint towards the end.

T- Right off the bat, the coffee roast and dark chocolate comes through. A little hint of sweetness, possibly the licorice mentioned on the label, despite the lack of an overall licorice taste. Finishes much the same way it started with the burnt roasts coming through and lingering on the palate a bit.

M- A little more carbonation than I've experienced in Oatmeal Stouts before, but it still works. Almost a milky texture that goes down very smoothly.

Overall, it's a brew like this that makes Oatmeal Stouts and stouts overall among my favorite styles. I will get this again, and soon.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 82.7% out of 100 with 4,345 ratings
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