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

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BA SCORE
3.98/5
Very Good
4,367 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:
#4,074
Reviews:
1,589
Ratings:
4,367
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
687
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 4,367 |  Reviews: 1,589
Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with no head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and some licorice. Taste follows the nose exactly. Although I'm not sure if I'd actually pick up on the licorice if it didn't say so on the bottle. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall this is an exceptional stout that I'd definitely buy again.

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Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Junichi
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of hiromiyamoto27
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours deep dark brown under a 1/2" lacy, light to medium tan cap with fair to moderate retention.

S: rich dark chocolate, mocha, fresh roast coffee, traces of dark dried fruit, and tracers of hops. Roasty grain aromas dominate but there is nothing burnt or harsh.

T: Rich and creamy bitter chocolate fills the mouth with a mild sweetness that dries on the finish with some astringency from the roasted grains giving the beer more of a coffee character. Hints of dark fruit add complexity. There are no burnt or harsh roast flavors.

F: The body is full leaning to chewy and the carbonation is above average but very soft.

O: This is a flavorful, well rounded stout.

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

Photo of Strohm
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPE1704TKS
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of joshautry
2.17/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mtemerowski
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty average stout, but it is enjoyable.
Color: deep deep brown with maybe a little amber color. Decent head when poured
Smell: roastey and chocolatey maybe some coffee notes.
Taste: Smooth and roastey. also some spiciness maybe anise? I like it.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of cwreay90
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DesertFox24
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of caburdette51
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slarson7
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ferretferret
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What an absolutely marvelous beer this turned out to be. It's difficult not to allow bias to tincture this review, given my strong affinity for molasses, but... What a glorious beer! A soft touch of molasses intertwines with a complex brew consisting of roasted malt, thick caramel, and a host of other flavors (not really coffee) for a taste with grand appeal.

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,367 ratings
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