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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Photo of cfrances33
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend, served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Deep brown/nearly black with three fingers of thick, creamy, dark khaki head. Some nice lacing gets left through the entire glass.

Smell: Big roasted profile upfront, with some light roasted coffee, and just a touch of licorice. Maybe some raisins creep in. Most just a nice, light roastiness.

Taste: Heavy, light roasted malt profile (I hope that makes sense), and a touch of light coffee. Some sweet milk chocolate creeps in, and a little bit of dark fruits. Finishes with the same roastiness that opened.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic. So creamy and smooth. I could definitely have two or three of these and not have too much palate fatigue.

Overall: A good beer made even better on cask. Highly recommended if you can have it served this way.

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Photo of warmbier804
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Peg2009
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Joey1566
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Travcofarms
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TheConnMan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ESeab
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Bell's beers are always a sound purchase; like Founder's, they rarely disappoint. Bell's offering of Kalamazoo Stout is a little light in body (mouthfeel) for me BUT I do really like the introduction of licorice accent and aftertaste.

POURS/HEAD: Opaque black with a dense tan head.

AROMA: Didn't notice a licorice scent in the aroma; smell was sweet malt and burnt caramel.

TASTE: Sweet edge with a high-hat cymbal and reverb.

I'll have this again for further thoughts.

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Photo of Louis_Toschner
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of crytion
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Shuffledaddy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours about a finger width of head, mocha to tan in color. Smells of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Tastes of espresso, chicory, and licorice with just a bit of smoky peat. Mouthfeel is not very fizzy due to low carbonation, but rather thick and rich. Overall, a nice smoky stout. Can't go wrong with Bell's and this beer is no exception.

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Photo of CMOrak
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Justind04
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Mcallaghan04
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle cellared for two years at 42.5 degrees F.

A - Black as night with only wisps of head.

S - Roasted malts with a hinting of coffee.

T - Deep roastiness in the malts with a slight smokey taste and a tiny bit of nut. There is a small something in the flavor here that may not fit.

M - Medium to thick body with only a slight coarse feel.

~ I'm not sure the cellar did much if anything for this brew. That being said, I wouldn't shy away from it either.

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Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kell50
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kevin79
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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

The beer is a deep, dark brown with a half inch of beige head. The aroma offers molasses, dark roast, black coffee. Malty with dark roasted coffee. Rich and slightly sweet, finishing bitter. Molasses with a touch of dark chocolate. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Another solid offering from Bell's.

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Photo of higgsboson
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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