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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black. Mocha head about 2 fingers worth with fairly good retention

S- Molasses, toffee, vanilla, roasted malt, chocoolate. This beer smelled amazing!! I could define several different notes. Everything melds together nicely.

T- Roasted, slightbitterness from the presence of some hops lingering around. Vanilla, coffee, and a bitter hoppy earthiness.

M- On par for this style. Average carbonation lent a nice smooth and creamy flavor. Doesn't not feel "heavy" at all. Nice bitter finish.

O- A very good stout. A great combination of sweetness and hop bitterness along with notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Several beers from this brewery do not disappoint. I can't wait to sample some of the other stouts in the lineup.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this review completely wrong the first time around, maybe a bad bottle? A much needed update:

A: Same pour, nearly opaque black. A one finger tan head forms, and recedes to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted malt in the nose. Toasted bread and biscuit. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.
T: A great roasted malt character. Warm baked bread, roasted coffee and bakers chocolate. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Good carbonation. Creamy and smooth. So easy and to drink. All day with this.

Yep this is an excellent regular stout. Well done and highly recommended.

Original review 12-23-2009
A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a little bit of brown around the edges. A small tan had forms, and leaves some light lace.
S: Musky and dank. Acidic and astringent. Not much else. Some light roasted malt and chocolate.
T: Roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Semi astringent and sharp. Not much here.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Not hard to drink. I can quaff a few of these with ease.

Not bad. A little on the bland side. An average stout. Worth a try, but nothing all that special.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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

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

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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and nice head with good lacing. Nice aroma of coffee, licorice and dark chocolate. The taste is classic stout with notes of expresso beans, roasted grains and good hop balance. It's one of our regular winter beers...we just don't do stouts in a midwestern summer.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,314 ratings.
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