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

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90
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4,329 Ratings
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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,329
Reviews:
1,582
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
665
For Trade:
8
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Photo of HopHearted
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Fantastic everyday stout especially since the weather has started to turn cold.

It's got that 30HD motor oil color and pored beautifully into the glass. Great head retention and mild lacing.

Great smokey, coffee boozy smell that beckons you to try it.

Fantastic chocolate malt notes with enough hops to balance it out. Great earthy aftertaste that begs you to keep drinking.

Solid and full on the palate really great coffee notes

Overall an absolutely fantastic stout. Big fan of Bells and most of their brews and this one does not disappoint.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at Bell's recently when they had 10 or so stouts on tap. I brought back a mixed six pack of mixed brews and this was one of them. The K-Zoo stout pours deep deep black with a caramel head. It smells sweeter than the tongue. It reminds me of baking brownies. Chocolate, a mild earthiness, and malt. I know the bottle says brewed with licorice but I smell berries. Could just be the cold I'm dealing with. Good smelling beer but not my favorite smelling stout out there.

Taste also was good but not great. Chocolate, malt, very mild bitterness, maybe from the licorice, which is mildly noticeable. Some toasted notes as well, I would almost call it smokey on the finish but toasty might be the better descriptor.

Overall a good beer. It feels a little lighter bodied out of the bottle than what I remember out of the tap but still robust and filling. Good way to start my day.

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3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an appropriate sized snifter. Pours a nice opaque jet black with a generous mocha colored head. Head dissipates slowly leaving a nice bit of lace. Initial smell impart aromas of sweet malt a light of the mentioned brewer's licorice.

The sip is a nice rich delicious variety of malt flavors. The flavors give way to the licorice influence, which substitutes for a big hop presence with some bitterness. I enjoy the lingering interplay of malt and licorice that is left on the tongue between sips. The excellent carbonation leaves a little snap at the end. A burp makes this kind of taste like a buff version of a coca cola.

An excellent stout that feels more flavorful that it's abv might lead on.

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

A: Pours nice and dark with a big beautiful frothy/pillowy tan head that leaves some very attractive lacing.

S: Smells uniformly sweet and roasted. Has a touch of licorice. I get a fair amount of chocolate, nearly milk chocolate.

T: Taking my first few gulps, its got everything that a good solid stout should have--roasted malts, caramel sweetness, coffee, and a hefty dose of chocolate. The aftertaste is starts with a slightly bitter hop bite and then fades into a dark chocolate layer that keeps building on itself the more you drink it. This is actually a decently bitter stout.

M: Medium, but feels sort of light for a stout, but it makes up for that with its creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Tends to dry you out with a layer of bitter dark chocolate in the aftertaste which I love so much in a stout.

This beer is extremely well executed and very drinkable. After having their sweet and luxurious Double Cream Stout, this one is kind of like that, but with a hefty dose of hops to halt the sweet malts in their place. It is really a toss up between them, and you can't go wrong with either.

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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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