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 Shuffledaddy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours about a finger width of head, mocha to tan in color. Smells of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Tastes of espresso, chicory, and licorice with just a bit of smoky peat. Mouthfeel is not very fizzy due to low carbonation, but rather thick and rich. Overall, a nice smoky stout. Can't go wrong with Bell's and this beer is no exception.

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerbill
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty damn good stout. The head is seriously lacking, and the mouth feel leaves a lot to be desired, but other than that this is a solid, standup stout. It has a nice flavor of burnt coffee that is really satisfying. This entry is better than most, but I would rather drink guinness.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walleye
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured black small brown head with very little lacing. aroma was a very pleasant sweet chocolate, carmel, and molasses, my nose said thank a nice coffee, chocolate taste with a taste of raisins. ended with the right amount of bitterness for me

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Photo of drinkankuss
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark Black good stout appearance no sediment. Head dissolves pretty quickly

s - very nice toasted malt smell with subtle black liquiroce

t - very similar to the smell lots of roasted flavor, but not too much, hard to taste the liquiroce root, but flavors linger, good balance.

m - I would say this has excellent mouthfeel lighlty carbonated, relatively low fg from what I can taste, lingers a little long

d - I would not have a problem drinking this by the mug. goes down easy and flavors are enjoyable

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first in a line-up of four Bell's stouts that I just picked up (excluding the cherry stout, since I reviewed that earlier). I'll say that it's to celebrate the advent of cooler weather just so I have a good reason for doing this.

A- Extremely dark brown, pretty much black. I can't really see any light coming through. About half an inch of tan head forms but dissipates very quickly.

S- Lots of roasted malt which gives off a subtle chocolaty aroma mixed with burnt toast. Appealing.

T- More roasted malt flavors which are good but not particularly complex. There's also a decent amount of hop bitterness, although I can't really make out much of a hop flavor. The finish is fairly bitter due to the hops and the roasted malt, but there is a hint of sweetness (not a lot, but just enough to keep the beer from being overly dry). The burnt toast flavor lingers on the back of the tongue.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy, and silky smooth. Probably the best part of this beer.

D- Not too bad here. The ABV isn't terribly high, although too much to make this a session beer. I'd certainly have one more, though.

Overall a decent stout. I wouldn't have penned this as a "sweet" stout, although I guess it's not as dry or bitter as most "regular" stouts. It's good for the lover of roasted malt, and its silky mouthfeel makes it a pleasure to drink. Not my favorite, but certainly worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 11/11/08.

A - Black with burgundy highlights around the edges and one-finger medium tan head that receded to a quarter inch of retention and left a bit of spotty lacing.

S - Nutty malt with hints of chocolate and licorice. Dark fruit aspect with slight sweetness and a bit of sourness as well. Earthy, dirty hops reminiscent of dried leaves and tree bark.

T - This is a fairly robust stout with plenty of nutty malt flavor and a mild sourness with dark fruit accents. Coffee and chocolate notes mingle with a slight smoky character in the middle. A roasted malt character emerges in the finish with some leafy, earthy hops in the backend.

M - Medium body with smooth, oily texture and very soft carbonation. Finish is quite bitter for a stout and also has a mild sour twang. Body is perhaps a tad thin overall.

D - Pretty good stout, and a complex one at that. There are certainly lots of flavors and aromas to unearth from this brew. I've been on a stout kick lately, so it was nice to try this one after having it sit in the fridge for about six months.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBoneJones
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium-rich black, with some decent lacing.
Smell is a nice mix of roasted chocolate/ coffee and hops.
Taste is a little more than I expected. Well-balanced stout flavors of roasted notes: char and coffee bean hints, burnt cocoa. The licorice is as a well-placed afterthought.
Feels creamy and full, with medium-low carbonation.
This is solid, tasty stuff.
Nothing complex, just good...
After sipping through nearly the bottle, my initial impression changes due to the lingering end note im picking up each time, which to me, borders on a soapy-char taste. Still a good try.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle seems like it was not filled all the way... but onlt half way up the neck of the bottle. Slight roast nose but not huge. Thick rich milk cocoa colored thick airy head. Dark black opeque look in the pint glass. Rich slightly sweet roasty initial taste then gives way to layers of Expresso and dry cocoa powder in the slightly sour finish. Mediumish mouth. Not at all as good as the draft version I had quite a while ago.. but still a nice stout.

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Photo of Dspader1
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sappyjoker
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpbieste
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick head, that hangs around, like a rootbeer float head. Dark, but can see light around the edges.

Smell: Unique scent, unlike any I experienced before with a stout. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe a slight, very slight black licorice.

Taste: Decent. Deceptively different than you would assume with the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Like a cool syrup in your mouth.

Drinkability: Great finish. But then again, Kalamazoo always brings a smile to my face.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-Beautiful pitch black. Holding it up to a window on a sunny day and am seeing no light coming through. Nice two finger head that dissipated fairly quickly with decent lacing.

S-Chocolate is up front for me with some coffee notes, malts and caramel. Its a nice nose, but a little on the faint side, maybe its my sinuses.

T-I'm impressed. The chocolate/coffee of the nose is here and blend together nicely with the malts. A bit hoppy too, but not overly so. A nice palate of flavors.

M-A bit thinner/lighter than I had hoped, but still manages to coat the tongue as any respectable stout should. Nice oily finish and the carbonation level is darn near perfect.

D-Oh yeah. I could easily have several of these without batting an eye. A true session brew for me.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting a great deal from this beer, but it pleasantly surprised me. Its a darn good stout. I'll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as coal body; dense, thick, rocky head. Roasted, slightly charred grain aroma; burnt toast; coffee grounds. Bitter and sweet flavor; bitter chocolate; coffee grounds. Heavy mouthfeel; slick and smooth; a bit harsh on the palate with a slight stingy quality.

A good stout overall though somewhat biting and harsh. No noticeable presence of licorice although the coffee quality comes through strongly.

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Photo of Franz4
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle batch #9984 poured into a perfect pint glass

A- pours dark, good 3 finger tan head that held about a 1/4 inch over the top of the glass, very nice. Head is foamy with some larger bubbles at the top. Leaves stringy ribbons of lace throughout.

S- subtle chocolate and a mild dark fruit scent.

T- Dark chocolate flavor with a little bite to it. Slightly acidic. Dark fruit flavor is present in the finish. Some coffee present as well.

M- very dry, moderate carbonation, aftertaste lingers a bit long for my taste.

D- This is a pretty approachable stout, in a world filled in RIS this provides a nice lower ABV alternative.

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Photo of bigleague
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corey0212
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with chemmie!

Pours almost-black, shades of brown around the edges of the beer when held up to the light. Massive frothy mocha-colored head fades very slowly, and leaves behind big gobs of lacing. Sweet smell, almost a touch of cookie dough in there, some smoky aromas, mild coffee. Bitter coffee taste, some milk chocolate, charred background. Pretty active carbonation, medium-bodied stout, really smooth. I'd have this one again, a really solid brew.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a thick brown/back pour, 2 fingers of tan head, excellent lacing. smells of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, red wine. very sweet up front with an oaked bitterness (and roasted grains), black coffee, tobacco, still getting that port/red wine taste.

medium body (looked heavier when poured), moderate carbonation, slightly chalky.

an awesome stout by a great brewery. hard to believe the java stout was a bit more subtle than this on the roasted flavors..

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Photo of nodder
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours dark brown/black with a full tan head with excellent retention, almost like a nitro beer, good lacing as well.

S: Smell has distinct notes of chocolate and coffee, a little bit of cream.

S: Stronger bitterness than I expected in a sweet stout, burnt malt and coffee form the main flavour. The beer ends with a long finish and aftertaste of dark cocoa.

M: Medium-bodied, mild carbonation, oily and slick, I thought it could use a bit more body, but still good overall.

D: A nice drinkable stout from Bell's. With it not being distributed here I don't think I'll have it for a while, but I'll definitely revisit it if given the chance.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,326 ratings.
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