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 cpmichael
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The K-Zoo Stout when poured from the bottle is extremely dark. Pitch Black. Medium head. K-Zoo smells of malts mixed with coffee. As stouts go, K-Zoo is a pretty smooth one. Not too bitty, but this beer is no slouch. Has a hint of malts mixed with coffee. Pretty easy to drink and tastes great. adding to an already decent line of bell's beers.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid in Dark real Dark. The haed in a nice 2 fingers, dark tank and fluffy.Very nice. It leaves a moderate lace.

The smell is dark roasted malt with a bit af alcohol.

The taste is Great, dark roasted malt, Dark coffee, chocolate and liccorice. Mmmmm, mmmm, good.

The mouthfeel is medium to full, carbonation is good.

The drinkability is also good. This is quite a nice brew, Prosit, MK

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Photo of terrabyte
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a very little, brown head.

Aroma seems very tiny to me. There's a hint of cherries and chocolate, but I can't pick anything else up.

Flavor consists of dark fruits like cherries, raisins, dates. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate, but other than that, I found the flavor somewhat muted. It's similar to their Expedition Stout except no alcoholic bite or syrupy thickness. I wish I would have tried them in opposite order. I just find it lacking in comparison, and my senses have been dulled.

Mouthful was creamy and light in carbonation. Not sticky or thick at all.

Very drinkable. Smooth, delicious, and nothing here that slows down the enjoyment. I wouldn't say it's light, but it's not thick at all.

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Photo of sacrelicio
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Long time drinker, first time reviewer.

Midnight in a glass poured into a Chimay Goblet. Tan, root beer float head, dense and creamy. Lacing like spackel to be chiseled off the walls of the glass. Perfect.

The aroma starts spicy and fruity, showing the generous hops that go into this masterpiece. Milk chocolate and clove fill out the graceful yet full aroma.

The taste has amazing complexity. Smoke, chocolate, cloves, graham cracker, almonds, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, oak, dark fruit, it's all together in a whirlwind of flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, without being heavy.

The drinkability is great. All nighter, everyday.

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Photo of xav33
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout
12 oz bottle
Packaged 03/06, partaken 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured black with a rocky mostly lasting light brown head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of moderate mild chocolate, dry nuttiness, mild coffee.

Flavor was upfront strong coffee bitterness with light sweet creamy chocolate tones, followed by a strong nutty coffee bitterness with light chocolate accents, on a long bittersweet molasses finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, creamy and silky, with soft carbonation and slight astringency.

Overall, a very comfortable easy drinking, flowing, tasty stout, that could use some work on the aroma.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the stout here.

Deep Dark color, with a moderate sized head. Looks the part, though have to dock it a small amount for the head not being perfect. Still quite a lovely beer are the same.

The smell is of roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste is more of the same... roasted malt at the forefront, with more than a little chocolate to add complexity.

All in all this is quite the stout and I actually prefer this slightly over it's also excellent big brother Expedition Stout

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

Pours like motor oil - the thickest, darkest stout I've seen aside from Yeti. Head is a cappuccino brown, builds respectably and holds on for dear life.

Smell is a nice nutty and toasted sweetness, with maybe a bit of dark fruit in for good measure. Rich, rich mouthfeel, with toasty malts and a well-calculated hop bitterness playing against the sweet caramel and hazelnut, all undergirded by a very subtle alcohol warmth.

This is about as balanced a sweet stout as I've yet encountered. It'd be a stretch to drink more than one at a sitting, but as a regular, especially in the winter months, it would be wonderful. Wish I could get this stuff here.

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Photo of kajerm
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep, dark brown with a half-finger tan head that shrinks and hangs out for awhile. Opaque, the way a stout should be; hold it up to the light if you want to, there's no way in hell you're seeing through this beer.

Chocolate malt, a little bit of molasses, and a shade of yeast blend into a nice aroma. No coffee notes that I can smell, and that's a breath of fresh air. Too bad Bell's doesn't make scented candles, because I'd take this over vanilla-jasmine any day of the week.

And it tastes GOOD. Not nearly as malty as I might have expected from the aroma, and much less so than Third Coast, but that's a good thing. Malt is still dominant, but it's subdued a little by the texture of the beer and the lingering astringency of the finish. Now people will whine about this, but it's what gives this beer staying power. Without it, Kalamazoo Stout would just be another insipid malty beer with a nice noze and no promise. Hell, even Guinness is astringent on the finish.

The heavy, oily mouthfeel takes a bit away from the session potential of this beer-- but I don't generally go out and pound milk stouts anyway. On the other hand, for one or two beers to savor, the mouthfeel is ideal.

These drink great after dinner. Bells' just keeps giving me more and more reasons to be happy I moved to the Midwest.

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Photo of alexgash
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be my 50th bottle of Kalamazoo Stout, but this is the first time I have sat down to review it formally. Inky dark brown to almost black, as always, with a thick, yet soft looking, cocoa brown head. Nose is chocolate powder, dark-roasted coffee, a little molasses, a hint of tobacco and vanilla, and an herbal hop edge. Toasted, nutty bitterness up front. Slightly numbing herbal hops in the background, with sweetening dark chocolate and earthy peat. Sugary mocha, with extra shots of espresso and caramel try to nullify the roasted herbal bitterness. Finish is long and chocolatey. Full-body for the strength, with a spritzy, bottle-conditioned feel. Excellent, as always. Here’s to the next 50!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 400th review. Just absolutely delicious. Poured into a pint glass, a black color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head, some lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet roasted malts, and toffee/chocolate. The taste is a creamy sweet roasted malt, with a nice toffee finish. Medium body, slightly carbonated feel on the tongue. Very drinkable, glad to had a chance to checkout this fabulous brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from a Bell's mixed case purchased at J Breski's in Middletown, PA.

A: The ale is a dark brown/black color with a thick head that has laced nicely in the glass.

S: The stout has a creamy sweet aroma punctuated by a nice roasted malt character.

T: The sweetness of the lactose is evident in the taste. The ale is silky soft and very sweet, providing a very long finish in the mouth. The roasted malts compliment the lactose, providing a chocolatey sweet flavor that finishes nicely.

M: The mouthfeel of this stout is very velvety soft. The stout does not pack a punch with deep vinous flavors but it does deliver a strong roasted sweet flavor that is very pleasing.

D: Very drinkable. I purchased the mixed case to try this and I am not disappointed.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 1/4" tan head. Black dark brown body.
S- Has a very faint smell. Light malt with light coffee and roasted. Light grassy hops also.
T- Roasty taste with a bit of bitterness underlying from the grassy hops. Malts and roasted flavors come out much more as it warms. Has a overall light bitterness that I think really adds to the beer.
M- Medium body and light to medium carbonation.
D- Very good stout. One of my favorite stouts I have tried. Not to strong of flavors. Think it is well balanced.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who's on this 12oz bottle? Is it Marx, Dostoyevsky, or some homeless dude? There's no freshness date. It pours a midnight shade of motor oil. The tan head is two fingers high, creamy, and leaves much lacing.

The aroma is pretty mild, wafts of malt, chocolate, and a titter of coffee. The taste is a mild blend of chocolate, caramel, cocoa, with hints of vanilla, brandy, some licorice, and patches of coffee/hoppy bitterness.

The mouth is medium-bodied and considerably complex. It's very drinkable and slightly sweet, yet still has some bite on the finish. It's not my favorite of the Bell's Stout family, yet it still a damn fine brew

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Photo of seebus
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clean, but slightly plain-looking bottle.

S - meh, not much of note in the smell. nothing wrong; there's just not much that sticks out

T - very mild stout taste, almost a mellow mollasses. at the end, there's a slight raw bite (but it's quiet)

M - a little on the thin side

D - actually not too shabby. the mellow taste is nice and that little bite keeps it interesting. i would drink this beer again

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Photo of Magpie14
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, almost black. Nice thick foamy head with big sticky chunks left on glass. When poured it looks very velvety and smooth

Smell: bursting with a sweet chocolate fudge and big husky roasted malts. It has some subtle dark fruits, I get subtle blueberry smells. This thing just smells sweet, thick, and sticky

Taste: charred bitter coffee wallows in some bitter melted chocolate with a light buttery aftertaste. Nice tasting! Sweetness pulls at chunks of caramel flavor. The bitter and sweet flavors are interlaced beautifully, even throughout the long, lingering finish

Mouthfeel: smooth as black velvet, slide's down way to smooth

Drink: a great flipping beer, a must try. Top notch baby!

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Photo of Beaver13
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 6485 (7/14/04). Another old Bell's. My Dad just bought this in MI last month. Pours a dark oily opaque black with some chunky yeasties. It has a thick frothy dark brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, some roasted bitterness, and some dark fruits.

The flavor is lactic chocolate, roasted coffee bitterness, and some slightly sour dark fruits. It has a decent bitter finish that balances well with the initial sweet creaminess. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, an excellent stout! It's up there with Yeti as my favorite. Even at a year old, this is excellent. I wish I could get this out in and Two-Hearted would be regulars in my fridge.

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Photo of adammills
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug and took in its dark almost balck color and its dart tan head. I smelled and tasted sweet of coffee and dark hops. Its mouthfeel is full and well carbonated and easy to drink. I really like this stout, it is recommended.

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Photo of onsite416
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a= Pours a dark amber color with a medium head that diminishes fairly quickly as far as stouts go.

s= burnt malts black berry, chocolate coffee.

t= initial taste is: burnt. Then cocoa, malts & coffee

m= creamy, the kind of beer you can roll on your tongue to get all the flavor out of.

d= a wonderful stout, creamy & enjoyable.

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Photo of Graham21
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and slightly thick. grat head retention nice lacing and the head is light brown in color. rich dark coffee smells, along with rich malts, and baking chocolate. Great tasting stout; bitersweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors relaly make this a good stout. on a cold winter day near a fire place you could really warm up with a few of these.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Duvel glass at 45 degrees; pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hint and a very small head.

S - Roasted coffee with a hint of sweet cocoa. Smells very rich and bold.

T - Stronger chocolate flavor than expected...goes down like an iced mocha with a sweet aftertaste. The rich flavors mask the alcohol very well.

M - Little carbonation with a heavier body and a sweet kick feels great going down.

D - I drank this after dinner (well, in place of dinner.. ;-)) and it fared very well for a cool-weather, dessert beer. I drank this to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of my Jeep (running out of excuses..).

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Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a creamy chocolate brown head that lasts and lasts. Spectacular lacing.

Smell: A rich aroma of roasted malts and coco fill the nose. There is a subtle red berry or cherry suggestion and some sweet caramel as well. This is a very enticing aroma.

Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate; unsweetened coco powder, molasses -Karyo Syrup, and a hint of berries flood to my mind faster than I can type. It is roasty! Beautifully roasty; and oh so creamy smooth in taste and fee, followed by gentle earthy hops that make this beer perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: This beer is so thick and rich an full bodied creamy smooth it is a pleasure to swirl around the tongue. This is what a beer should feel like.

Drinkability: A beautiful looking sniffable great tasting beer the is the perfect texture in the mouth and a beer that leave you not just "wanting" but week in the knees for more after every sip, you better believe it is damn drinkable. OH MAN YEAH! This is what I love about stouts all wrapped up into a beer that has it all; even high drinkability! Sensational!!!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big huge thanks to Phatz for picking this up for me.
Served from 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, opaque black with a small, tannish colored head that dissipates quickly to a wispy topping on the stout. A fine, tan lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Hints of sweet chocolate and dark roast coffee and caramel.

Taste: Kalamazoo starts with a mild, bittersweet chocolate beginning then transitions to middle that is full of dark roasted malt with a mild lingering sweetness. The finish is full of dark roast coffee leaving a nice roasted coffee bitterness long on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Carbonation is on the money.

Notes/Drinkability: This is one fine stout. Richly dark in appearance with a subtle underlying sweetness. Full of bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee makes for a great combination. Alcohol never shows its head at 6.5%. Highly drinkable, I could see sitting down and putting these back all night. My first beer from Bell's and I'm very impressed. Definitely a must buy and one that I will try and aquire again. Glad I have 10 more left. Highly recommended.

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Photo of peabody
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very black with a slight dark tan head leaving a slight lacing around the rim of this St.Bernardus glass.
Smell is coffee and toffee and fruit. Mabey plum?
Taste is definatly coffee and a sweet caramel. The bitter doesn't come into play until the aftertaste and it lingers for quite some time.
Black bitterness!~!!!! I like it.
Not as good as the Expedition Stout but very good on it's own.
Mouthfeel is bitter and sweet with very little carbonation.
Drinkability is high cause it is so clean tasting.
All in all, Bells kicks major beerass.~

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Photo of garymuchow
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, black, black with one of the darkest brown/tan heads I've ever seen. The head is thick and slowly recedes.
The aroma is tough to get, in that it's really quite light in quality. Seems largely dark malt, but it's hard to identify other characteristics.
Definitely dark malt with a high roast taste. Fairly bitter finish that is quite long lasting. The sweetness is soft and light and fairly brief. The roast provides a sharpness that takes away from smoothness and creaminess, thus not as creamy as I would expect. Rather thick and heavy mouthfeel. Seems like the abv would be higher with all that heaviness.
This is a tasty stout, just seems kinda' low on the creaminess and sweetness factors, with the creaminess (for me) being an especially nice characteristic for this style.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearence: Poured dark brown w/ a light creamy brown head. Thoughout the drink the brew left little lacing and the head was mostly diminish.

smell: got a nice whiff of roasted coffee, small hint of chocolate and a moderate amount of hops

taste and mouthfeel: from start to finish the brew had a nice bittersweet taste. Medium body w/ a semi-creamy feel and soft on the carbonation.

drinkability: smooth and enjoyable

Overall, Kalamazoo is a good beer, heck I drank a six and enjoyed the flavorful roasted elements and the small hint of alcohol it left on my tongue.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,291 ratings.
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