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

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
BA SCORE
3.98/5
Very Good
4,377 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,131
Reviews:
1,591
Ratings:
4,377
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
208
Gots:
689
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,377 |  Reviews: 1,591
Photo of cdwil
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated 11/28/2016

Pours black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like deep dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, smoky espresso coffee, ash, char, some dark fruits, plum, black cherry, dark berries, fig, toasted bready malt, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, some licorice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark roasted malts, chocolate, smoky espresso coffee, ash, char, some dark fruits, plum, black cherry, dark berries, fig, toasted bready malt, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, licorice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice stout.

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Photo of baklo
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bundy462
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip glass. Bottled on 18th of May of 2016.

A: The body is pitch black and the head mid beige, mid brown, having just a 2mm thickness. There's minor lacing.
S: The aroma is very strong of caramel at first. Right after caramel, there's a big hint of coffee and only after this there's the roasted malts. It's very interesting this aroma.
T: The aroma is very balanced of coffee mixed with the roasted malts. The caramel is less present as it is in the aroma but it's still traceable.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Bitterness is very low and sweetness is mild.
O: For a 6.0% ABV stout, this is a very cool and drinkable stout. Bell's is really good at brewing cool beers.

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Photo of donspublic
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip, minimal tan colored head, no retention, so so lacing. Pitch black in the glass, no light passes thru. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee maybe picking up a hint of anise. Taste is sweet roasted malt on the front, almost chocolate and coffee mixed together. Mild bitterness on the end with that twang of anise lingering on the palate. Nice mouthfeel for a 6%. Have been chasing that damned Two Hearted when I get into Bells distribution, and have let this one slip between my fingers

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Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rpm0003
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of princessbay710
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like it's pitch black pour. Quickly diminishing head. Smell is light, general porter smell, but good. Weird flat carbonation, and taste that reminds me of iceburg lettuce. Sorry but it's hard to be a fan of this. It's not awful or undrinkable, it's just bleh.. and lacks any direction.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful black pour with a quickly disappearing brown/tan head, that laves a thin lacing all the way around the glass.

Smells light, not of anything but malt and maybe oates in particular. Clean smelling ale.

Taste is quite average but good, a really clean, lighter mouth feel than most stouts. Hints of licorice are mostly what I'm picking up and of course there is that malty goodness to the backbone.

Goes down extremely smooth and has an exceptionally warm quality to it. Goes to show that Bell's can make a few good ales, huh? Cheers!!!!

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

Photo of jacknyr08
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cbaz
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of NeverSettle
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Had a thick creamy head and a fairly light aroma. The taste is less remarkable than my beer guy described it. Mouthfeel is excellent. Goes down smooth. Overall it's average for a stout. I'll enjoy my six pack but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agriverbear
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Typical dark stout appearance. Thin tan head but good lacing. Almost nothing on the nose. Taste is burnt chocolate,with a smokey undertone.

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

Photo of CMC73
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,377 ratings
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