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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of srv33
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No glass, so unable to comment on color or head. Scent of coffee and milk chocolate. Excellent taste, likely my favorite of Bells stout's thus far, particularly pleasing aftertaste. Tasted slightly nutty, strong coffee taste, hint of licorice. Lingering coffee aftertaste, less herby than Expedition. A robust and well balanced stout.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, roughly 50 degrees F, poured into unchilled stange glass.

A: As opaque as a beer can be. It looks like motor oil on the pour.

S: Smoky, plenty of roasted malt. "Silty" was the word that sprang to mind.

T: Exceeded expectations set by A and S, by a wide margin. At first, easy and creamy, almost like a milk stout; then the smoky flavor that I had smelled comes on the finish. Complex and interesting.

M: There's something more than earthy...something "dirty" about this. The way it lingers, and the way the fizz feels on my tongue.

D: If it weren't for the wonderful succession of flavors that I got in the ten seconds following each sip, I would call this beer mediocre. As it is, I call it good, but by no means great.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve recently learned that “black licorice” is redundant, in the formal, I’m smarter than you and went to college “in Boston” kind of way. Highfalutin types will simply say this brew is kissed with licorice. And about that, and maybe only that, they’re right.

STYLE: American Stout

ABV: 6%

LOOK: Purpley black with a brown leather head. Rich consistency planted firmly below a frothy three-finger topper.

NOSE: Moon pies and thick malt. There’s something just sweet I can’t put my finger on. Maybe plum, maybe not. A little mysterious. I like it.

MOUTH: Licorice, smokey, charcoal. Phenols as it warms, more than expected for a 6% beer. A little too burnt on the back end, and despite its drinkability, maybe lacking a little complexity. The flaws, they aren’t prominent, but they keep this otherwise quaffable pint a few points from exceptional.

BA Rating: 91

Hayward Abbey Rating: 87

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderfully deep black with some very nice tan head and very good lacing throughout. Nice deep roasted malt scents with a nice bit of earthiness underneath. Wonderfully deep roasted malt flavors, with great chocolate taste and a hint of coffee, along with a nice semi-citrus and semi-earthy hoppiness at the end. Very rich, creamy, smooth, and thick.

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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pour yields a nearly opaque root beer body. The tan head rapidly dissipates quickly. The carbonation is quite apparent.

A lot of sweet dark malts are coming through on the nose. Something like dried kindeling also seems to be there.

Taste and Mouthfeel
That nose held the true taste of the beer. There is a bit of that roasted/toasted sugar that is punctuated by the high level of carbonation and milkiness in the body.

Overall it's surely a favorite and worth putting in the six pack rotation of stouts.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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