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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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Photo of teromous
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: It has a nice dark shade of brown...it appears black but just looking at it I get a slight brown hue to the blackness which is neat. The head is perfect on this beer. It's a fluffy tan head that stays up for a long time, not too big or too small...with excellent lacing.

S: The scent in this beer is very subdued. I get a very faint caramel scent along with what smells like dates. It has a nearly Belgian scent but it's very faint.

T: The beer doesn't have a whole lot of flavor either. It has a large amount of bitterness. There's a charcoal bitterness in after drinking. There's a kind of spicy flavor to the beer as well. There is some sweetness in the beer but it comes like this...drink...no flavor...sweetness...strong bitterness...sweetness. There is a candy+hop flavor in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good but the beer feels very light and thin. I wish it had more body and presence.

O: Overall I'd say that the appearance and some of the uniqueness in flavor of the beer's taste balance out the shortcomings of body and "traditional' stout flavor. It's a beer that makes you want to take a second sip after the first because you can't really figure out what flavors your taste-buds are pointing you towards. I didn't get a lot of coffee, caramel, chocolate, etc from the beer and I thought it was actually quite thin. It's a tossup.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, it ends up black. The head is modest, retention is held to some patches of tan bubbles and a ring around the edge.

The licorice is slightly evident in the aroma, evident enough that I could have picked up on it not seeing the label first. However, it definitely gives up center stage to a massive coffee character.

Only fleeting dashes of sweetness challenge the coffee flavor. This is definitely a beer for those who fancy a cup of joe. As it warms, and my taste-buds grow immune to the roasted bitterness, the coffee flavor almost morphs into sweet coffee jelly beans. Fruity hop aromas begin to emerge as well, revealing a more complex flavor than I gave it credit for minutes ago.

The body isn't overly robust, albeit extremely easy to drink. The carbonation is gentle, and the fluffy mouthfeel has a slippery character to it. It finishes pretty dry, aiding to it's effortless quaffability.

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for hooking me up

Review adapted from notes taken 8/20/11

Appearance: Pours black with a great-looking tan head - plenty of lacing

Smell: Nicely burnt and roasted, with plenty of chocolate, and coffee - some sweetness, some creaminess - licorice only appears as this warms up (more notable in the taste)

Taste: Roasty and burnt, yet less charred than some other brews from Bell's (e.g., Cherry Stout) - slightly sweet, creamy, some coffee, some dark chocolate - there is some licorice, but it's really less than I would expect for a beer that announces this on the label (this is a good thing) - nicely balanced, very flavorful

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, which is quite bizarre considering how much flavor is in this beer - hard to believe it's only 6% ABV - very drinkable, smooth

Overall: Solid and unique

I wasn't particularly looking forward to this beer because I feared a licorice bomb. I was pleasantly surprised that this is just one small aspect of a very big flavor. I approve.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks! Bottled 8/22/2011, and reviewed from notes taken 10/29/2011.

A black body with about an inch of foamy, frothy, light khaki head. Nice gobs of lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, hints of vanilla, and cane sugar. It tastes rather sweet up front, with sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and some faint hops. Finishes with roasted malt and coffee grounds. Mouthfeel is rich, thick, and finishes a bit syrupy. Overall, a good American stout.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to aguirre for this!

12 oz bottle into hill farmstead glass

A - dark brown to black. one finger coffee colored head fades quickly but leaves a nice trail.

S - roasted notes, coffee, chocolate sweet malts and maybe some lactose in there as well.

T - big roasted coffee notes backed up with great hop presence (grassy with a twinge of pine). some milk chocolate in the back as well.

M - medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation. some astringency from the hops but not overpowering. coarse feel to the body with a dryish finish for the style.

O - superb stuff from bell's definitely need to get more of this in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,376 ratings
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