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

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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:
4,329
Reviews:
1,582
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
665
For Trade:
8
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love a good stout beer, and Bell's Kalamazoo Stout is a great one. I poured the chilled bottle into a beer mug that was in the freezer waiting for just the right brew. Perfect match for this stout. Not much of a head on this beer, but from my experience with stouts they're usually pretty minimal. The look as it pours from the bottle is a deep, dark color. Like coffee. Even the fragrance is that of a bold coffee brew. This made me extremely happy. I was worried when I read "licorice" on the label but I worried for nothing. There's a hint of black licorice in the aftertaste, but nothing too overpowering. It only adds to the overall aromatics and adds a dark sweetness. The beer rolls off the tongue nicely and as it goes down there's a nice dark finish. Overall mellow taste. Not overpowering or bitter.

Yesterday was a very brisk day for May, so I wanted a beer to match. Bell's Kalamazoo Stout didn't disappoint. A bold, fragrant heavy brew that matched the dark, overcast day. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who loves a classic, dark stout.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/13/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a classic 'Hamm's" 10 ounce glass.

This "Stout brewed with Brewers Licorice" pours black with a very small tan. Lots of lacing after each sip that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and licorice with roasted malt. Very nice smell of the mixed flavors! Lots going on with the taste as would be expected. Not overpowering though. Perfect amount of carbonation. Very pleasant overall and would rate this a good solid '8' if not a '8.5'.

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a: dark murky brown/black in color - kind of thin looking. fizzy beige 2 finger head that fades pretty quickly but holds solid around 1/2 finger

s: the smell is nice. rich toasted malts and chocolate. a hint of sweet toffee and brown sugar.

t: almost spot on to the nose. roasted malts right away, and they provide some bitterness that is then cut by that milk chocolate. a bit of dark fruit in here as well - fig and plum, then its back to the roasted malt and milk chocolate. a hint of herbal bitterness from the toasted malts rounds out the mouth

m: its a medium body with not much carbonation, but just enough carbonation to help the sweetnes cut the toasted notes

o: its pretty good. a nice balance of flavors that is really smooth in the mouth and makes for a nice drinker. body is just thin enough make it easy drinking a smooth sipper. really quite enjoyable!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Color is an extremely dark brown, almost black. No light shows through it. The head is dark tan; it's thick, creamy and sticky. Huge sheets of lace. A great looking beer.

S - Classic porter aromas; roast coffee, light smoke, oak, chocolate. No defined hops aroma. The label mentions licorice, and I can sense it, but I'm not sure I'd recognize it without the hint. Very light yeast fruitiness in the finish.

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M - Medium to heavy body. Low carbonation. Low alcohol presence. Fairly dry finish.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,329 ratings.
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