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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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of NickSMpls
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick, fluffy coffee colored head with very good retention.

The scent is of chocolate malt, notes of coffee and some caramel.

The taste is mainly of roasted chocolate malt, burnt coffee, and some notes of licorice.

Full body, very smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

I would say this was a slightly above average stout, it could have been more flavorful but overall not bad.

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4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an intense dark-brown, basically black with some deep ruby tips around only the edges of the beer. Leathery tan head, cloudy and fluffy atop the brew; lasts for quite a while but doesn't leave much lacing. Aroma on this beer is huge - deep, dark fruits, boozy raisins and dates, dark chocolate fudge, black licorice, heavy, roasted malts. Very intoxicating, it smells delicious. The taste is full steam ahead with black licorice alongside some sweetness in the form of booze-soaked dates and grapes. The malt is roasted to hell and is very tasty, leaving a huge toasty flavor along all sides of the palate. Mouth is slightly creamy but a bit more thin than expected from the initial pour. Touch of bitterness in the aftertaste, but the bitter notes seem to come more from the bitter, unsweet coffee flavors than hops - the hops go fairly unnoticed here. Mouth is also left with a slightly woody char that fades out nicely. Low side of the carbonation scale.

Overall, this is a solid stout that is packed with a huge aroma and a huge flavor, especially for being only 6% ABV. The body could stand to be a bit thicker and creamier, but this is still something that is very drinkable and very flavorful, all the way up and down.

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

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

About one finger thick brown- dark tan colored head with a good standing. Forms a thin layer in some time. Very dark brown color while pouring, pitch black and dark inside the glass. Opaque. Excellent lacing on the sides.

Aroma :Roasted malts, some toffee and chocolate. No coffee is present. Some hops. Very typical aroma, not something that is strong on the nose.

Taste: Slight bitterness upfront, derived from roasted malts and some hops may be. Bitter dry finish. Sweetness is non-existent. Some chocolate and toffee is observed while coffee flavor is totally absent. Hops are felt and that is good. A burnt up aftertaste, that is too much once you are done with the bottle. Brings the rating down to 4 from 4.5.

Mouth feel: Medium to slightly full. Surprisingly smooth to drink. Quite quaffable. Moderate carbonation. Roasted malts derived astringency, that is overpowering after the finish.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 4

Commendable brew. I have an expedition waiting in the fridge, expectations from which have increased.

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

Big fan of Bell's, pure Michigan man. Love porters so I am really looking forward to this, poured it into a pint.

A: Pours a deep dark black, almost opaque, with a short tan head along with some lacing.

S: Smells tremendous, chocolate, coffee, toffee, has some smoky and woody aromas, barley and malts.

T: Tastes incredible, its sweet but not overly sweet, its really smooth and rich, it has perfect balance of everything, tastes really chocolatey, malty, hints of coffee and toffee, really sweet, bits of barley and wheat as well.

M: Lower levels of carbonation, which is perfect for me, its really rich and thick, like syrup but not overdone, great flavor balance, it's a reward reach sip you take.

O: It's what I was expecting, I have been impressed with Bell's, a trend that is likely to continue, it wasn't too pricey either, and it was worth every penny and more. A must have.

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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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