Bell's Kalamazoo Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass an almost totally black color with a 1/2" tan head that recedes to a thin cover on the liquid and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides. Sipping creates multiple patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include coffee, some chocolate, and bits of licorice and a bit of almost burnt malt.

As expected from the nose the flavors include the coffee, some chocolate, some sweetness and a balancing bit of bitterness from the hops and char. The licorice is mostly in the background with the almost burnt malt.

The mouth feel is on the full bodied side of medium and creamy with the gentle carbonation. The relatively long finish begins as the chocolate, the sweetness and most of the coffee fade, leaving some licorice and that almost burnt bitterness to disappear in the dry ending that invites another sip.

Overall a very good stout that deserves its high reputations and is well worth having again. This one is definitely on my "occasional treat" list for the future.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Total Wine purchase - Goodyear, AZ

12oz with a nonic taster glass
Bottled on 04/25/11

A: Pour is a dark oily black color with a browned edge to it. Produces a nice one and a half fingers of brown sugar head that dispels quickly but never fully fades. Some nice glass coating but no real cling.

S: Smells of dark roasted grains. Chocolates with a light fruity plum-like ester note. Mild black licorice.

T: Tastes of high roast malts, some tart dark pit fruits, dark chocolates, and black licorice. All together reminds me of a nutty chocolate malt ball. Higher level of bitterness. Grains bring a smoky note to the table. Licorice is again mild and not overbearing which I really like. Very subtle, almost like it was dry-hopped. Although this bottle does have a year on it. Rich and delicious.

M: Not exactly full bodied as the label implies. Rather lighter in viscosity with a med-heavier feel and a bit of slick mouth coating. Some nice creaminess to it that really dries up in the finish.

D: A nice rich everyday stout with some good complex character. I really enjoyed the subtleties of the licorice here and found it incorporated well. Did not have a forward Anise flavor which I am just not a big fan of. But again this bottle has about a year on it so that might be a different story fresh.

Between this and the Double Cream I had recently I think Bell's make a pretty damn good stout.

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Dark black brew with almost a finger of cafe au lait head that faded to a nice lacing on the glass. Smells of toasty malts with a hint of espresso. The taste follows the scent, but adds a hint of bitterness and doesn't have that cloying sweetness that some stouts have.

Overall, a slightly better than average stout. Too bad i don't see it around here often.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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