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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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

a - roasty chocolate, picking up dark fruit as it warms, a very small bit of floral could be hops

a - pours a medium tan head with tight creamy bubbles. Opaque. Light does not even show through the edges. Head dissipates to thin and laces nicely.

f - as it smells. dark malt. chocolate. roasty. hops are earthy and provide balance but this is all about the malt. a bit of yeast but this is a 8 month old bottle.

M - Creamy and thick. Oily. Exactly what you want from a stout. Low carb adds to body.

O - A very nice stout highlighted by an amazing body

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Badger6
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very dark body, with a thick, brown head. Minimal lacing.

S: Distinct roasted malts. Hints of anise (licorice) and chocolate. Stings the a good way, a formidable scent. But, seriously, this is a distinctly bold aroma, but one that begs to tasted.

T: Malts immediately, a mellow yet well defined taste of roasted and charred malts. But very smooth. Some chocolatey sweetness, but not overpowering or out of balance to the roasted flavors. Some bitterness starts to show at the end, and lingers into the aftertaste. Licorice appears then disappears in the end as well.

M: Very robust body, but so smooth that it drinks easily and is very satisfying. The carbonation is not powerful, giving this beer a creamy feel.

O: This is a really smooth example of a strong American stout, why can't imperials be this good? If you've never had it, try it, if you have had it, why aren't you drinking it now?

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark, dark brown with a half inch, soft/creamy light brown head. Some lacing is retained and a dense ring is left around the rum. A little bit of carbonation can be seen with the a few lingering bubbles at the top.

Aroma - An excellent aroma emanates from the nose. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and slight bit of caramel blend together for a nice, nice smell on this stout.

Taste - The taste is similar to the smell. You have roasted coffee and chocolate at the forefront with a blend of caramel sweetness and a touch of nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium to full bodied stout with a smooth and creamy feel on the tongue. A bit of bitterness comes forward at the end and the beer leaves a sticky feel around the mouth/lips as well.

Overall - A simple, well-crafted stout by an excellent brewery. It is flavorful and full bodied, and meets all the criteria you would like for in a regular stout.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Seems to be pitch black, but close examination shows its just a little off, some brown hues in there, but thick and completely opaque. Nice light brown head that lingers and a lace that clings to the glass nicely. Nice smoky sweet aroma that is balanced by some maltiness and clean bitterness in the nose. The taste follows the aroma, very coffee bitter like with some dark chocolate and burnt wood flavors. Some deep fruit notes like raisins or plums, but only slight. There is a little hop bitterness that hangs out on your mouth with the burnt flavors to make a very pleasant aftertaste. Not groundbreaking, in my opinion, but a solid stout.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rangerred
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a very dark tan one finger head. Great head retention and lacing.

The smell, apart from a slight metallic note, is awesome. Tons of toast and roasted malt with a good shot of coffee. There is some fruitiness going on too.

The flavor is a lot more bold than the aroma. Dark roast coffee and dark fruit along with some burnt caramel. Dark chocolate accompanies a high bitterness with a bit of cream to finish is off. Moderate mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish.

Overall, a really good, if not excellent, stout. While the aroma is lacking a bit it is full of flavor and stops short of being over the top remaining quite drinkable. Very nice.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,334 ratings.
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