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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, impenetrable black. Cascading bubbles construct a large pillowy and creamy khaki-colored head. Excellent retention. Rings of sticky lacing.

S: Layered roasted malts: lightly roasted coffee beans, creamed coffee, brownie batter, touch of dark chocolate, hint of woodiness. Slight whiff of licorice, but I might not have found it had I not known it wad there. Earthy yeast. Faint acidity and prune-like darkfruit.

T: Deep espresso and woody roast open. Plum and cherry fruit tastes with a very mild acidity are gone in an instant. Malt tastes develop and shift. Brownies and cocoa powder, charcoal and smoke. Woody. Baker's chocolate. Dry finish with lingering black cocoa powder and dry, cake-like brownies.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very fluffy in the mouth. A touch velvety. Slightly chewy. Soft astringency. Low carbonation.

O: Pretty good stuff. Licorice didn't really translate into the taste, but whatever, I'm fine with that. This is a tasty beer, and very quaffable. It sits very lightly in the stomach. A nice, sessionable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black, medium-sized tan head with almost no lacing.

S: Lots of sweet licorice right up front. Hints of roasted malts and maybe some chocolate underneath.

T/M: Like the smell, this is dominated by the black licorice. Lots of bittersweet licorice up front, some roasted malts, a touch of coffee.

O: Pretty nice stout. The licorice is a little too dominant and some other strong flavors to balance it would be nice. Otherwise quite good.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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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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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottles obtained at Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor, DC, bubble-wrapped back to Orygun, consumed in The Big. 4.6.12.

Finger and a half billowing medium brown head, fairly slow dissipating with clinging solid lacing, over dark brown oapque body, really dark. Nose features complex amalgam of roast, some citrus, mild licorice, faint cocoa nib, a bit of grassiness, the aroma changed significantly once the beer warmed, chocolate notes became more assertive. Taste is more sweet than bitter, fruity up front, some roast not a lot of coffee (compared to Java Stout) in the middle, licorice towards the back-end mild resin bitterness in the back. As the beer warmed the chocolate became more prevalent. Mouthfeel pretty close to medium not heavy, good effervescence. A pretty filling beer for the ABV, on the heavy side a bit, pretty complex for style.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 9801

A- Pours charcoal black into my DFH glass. A thin whisp of a head fades quickly and leaves little pools of dark tan foam lying on the surface. This one lies pretty flat with no carbonation to speak of.

S- Licorice and coffee candy are the first things that hit the nose. Has some spicy notes of Birch Beer/Root Beer. Lots of roasted chocolate maltiness. Not as lively in the nose as I was hoping for.

T- Day old iced coffee, licorice, chocolate twizzlers, and root beer hard-candy. Some charred malt, no hops at all. Not a whole lot going on here.

M- Like licorice water. I've had iced coffee thicker than this. This is pretty limp. No body, creaminess, or carbonation.

O- Hard to believe that the same brewer that makes Expedition, makes this watered down, flat stout. I guess I can tick this off the list and never be wanting one again.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Bottled on 11/21/2011

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very faint hints of red when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that quickly reduces to a thick patch in the center with a slighter thinner ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of burnt malts, licorice, light bittersweet chocolate, and just a little hint of coffee. There is some nice complexity to the aroma.

T: The taste pretty much follows the smell with perhaps a slightly more present bittersweet chocolate. The primary flavors are burnt/dark malts and licorice. There is a nice lasting bitterness but it is not agressive or intense.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a pretty nice stout with lovely notes of licorice in it. There is an enjoyable flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. Not exactly a sessionable beer but it is pretty easy to drink and you could probably enjoy a couple in an evening.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,334 ratings.
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