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

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90
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4,329 Ratings
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83
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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
Ratings:
4,329
Reviews:
1,582
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
665
For Trade:
8
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of lochef81
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let me start by saying that this is my go to stout so I maybe a little bit partial in my judgment of this offering. It pours a very near black mahogany with a small tan head that leaves a great film and lacing. The nose is a robust blend of coffee, chocolate, black licorice, and dried fruit. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth yet still quite light for a stout. Definitely very easy to drink. The flavor is as deep and complex as the nose with the addition of a wonderful tobacco note and a chewy bitter finish that lasts long after last sip is taken. Sure I'd love to drink Founders Breakfast Stout, KBS, Big Bad Baptist, or Black Note every day but it's not available everyday, nor could I afford it. So I settle for this delicious and much more accessible stout. Pick up a six and enjoy.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of lundqu23
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Very full bodied with complex tastes. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors with almost a hint of licorice. Balances the significant hop presence against the roast malt body. When poured, offers a big head of dark beige and very dark brown in color. Caramel and vanilla undertones as well. Solid beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

a: very dark almost purply stout, with a caramel-brown head.

s: rich and with unexpected layers of... something. Really complex. Almost chocolatey.

t: I was hoping to be able to taste a little bit of licorice or something different. As it stands it just tastes like a really excellent stout. Little bit tart on the finish.

m: solid and chewy.

o: slightly disappointed in the lack of a really distinct flavour, but this is going up on the list of all-around favourite stouts.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,329 ratings.
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