Kalamazoo Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the city where it all began, Kalamazoo Stout is one of our most classic recipes. This smooth, full-bodied stout offers a blend of aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee, balanced with a significant hop presence.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,793
Reviews:
1,610
Ratings:
4,451
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
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212
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Ratings: 4,451 |  Reviews: 1,610
Photo of NathanBeets
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zopiac
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It says licorice on the bottle. I'm not tasting any anise, licorice, treacle. Very similar to Guinness Extra Stout, only more bitter.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sbuck
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A-Pours a dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing.
A-Aroma has licorice hints.
T-The taste follows the nose with a subtle licorice flavor.
M-A medium bodied.
O-A decent beer.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged 10/5/17. Poured into a pint glass in January 2018.

Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Lots of lacing with bubbles and a collar that last.

Aroma: licorice, roasted malts, extra dark chocolate, coffee.

Taste: reasonably complex with licorice and some sweetness upfront. Coffee, roasted, almost burnt malt, very dark chocolate and, as noted by Bell’s, a “significant hop presence” finish it off. The hop presence was a surprise and reminded me of a black IPA. The licorice and hop bitterness linger on the tongue but aren’t annoying.

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, some viscosity; not quite a full bodied milkshake but substantial. Slight oiliness coats the tongue.

Overall: this is a subtly differentiated stout due to the licorice, slight sweetness and hops. I like it but probably an occasional beer not a favorite.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNAle
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/30/17. Reviewed 1/22/18. Roasted malt, perhaps some coffee aroma. Slightly sweet smelling. Tall, tan-to-brown thick head that recedes very slowly with sticky lacing left behind. Nearly black with tinges of brown at the edges. Bitter initial taste, with the bitterness throughout the middle, finish and into the aftertaste. It is not overly bitter, but the bitterness is front and center, providing a good balance to the smooth malts forming the underlying body. Moderate mouth feel, becoming just a bit thin on the finish. Roasted coffee taste, with hints of chocolate, especially in the middle. The sweetness that was in the aroma is not evident at all in the taste. Dry and bitter finish. Classic American stout.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Zhoxush
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of vabeerguy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chitoryu12
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Beautiful pitch black with a brown head.

Smell: Not as much licorice as I expected for something brewed with licorice. Surprisingly very mild nose, mostly roast coffee like many stouts.

Taste: It's kind of surprising how mild the flavor is, even compared to cheaper and more common stouts like Guinness. Bitter roasted malt is the predominant flavor, but there's not really ANY dominant flavor. I have to focus, the taste equivalent of squinting, to pick out even that much.

Feel: The creamy thickness I come to expect from stout, with little to no carbonation.

Overall: I'm not sure whether or not to be disappointed. I was expecting big, bold flavors from a licorice stout. I didn't get that, but I also didn't get anything bad.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a small brown foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Lighter aroma with roasted malts, coffee and licorice. Taste is pretty good. Roasted malts to more of a licorice taste, ending in a coffee bitterness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of Cpw302
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Delicious stout. Pours a rich espresso cover with a lovely khaki 3 finger foam head. Smells of mocha, smoke, dried fruits, toffee, espresso. Beer tastes of coffee, roasted oats, chocolate, hops balance the sweeter notes. Beer is lightly carbonated, and medium bodied. Overall a very good stout.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an intense shoe polish black producing 3+ fingers of moderately lasting, frothy, mocha head that leaves a frothy, large bubbled surface cap & a webby coating of lace. Aroma is sweet dark malt, roast, dark semisweet chocolate, smoke with undertones of coffee, dried dark fruit & thin floral hop tones. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malt & smoke followed by figs coffee & toffee. Finishes much like the earlier portions of the sip but rapidly develops more intense bitterness, smoke & burnt notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy bodied with medium carbonation, creamy, chewy & wet fronted with a light prickle & dry finish/aftertaste.

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Photo of Lelampp
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,451 ratings