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

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90
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4,326 Ratings
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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:
4,326
Reviews:
1,582
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
665
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,326 |  Reviews: 1,582
Photo of beerrat
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of khaki colored head. The head settles into a ring around the top of the beer, leaving minimal lacing along the way.

The aroma is a bit faint, but there are notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee, with a subtle finish of hops.

The flavor is a bold punch in the damn face. Dark roasted malts and dark chocolate lead the way, followed by a wave of coffee grounds. Finishes with some leather and char, and a faint touch of piney hops.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Very dry yet exceptionally smooth.

Overall, a very good stout that is robust and bold, but doesn't completely overwhelm you with flavor. It's a relatively simple stout, but it's very well made and definitely worth your time.

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Photo of Mtn
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OpenStoutLover
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey this is pretty good. Friend recommended it. I was surprised it did not taste super heavy like your mom.

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Photo of jmarod7
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Very dark in color. Aroma of dark roast and a little bit of caramel. A bitter bite when swallowed but not terrible. I would drink again but would not order before an Oberon.

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Photo of zhupengl
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear black color floral smell but the taste is not good, bitter super bitter. dark chocolate and ashy taste

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Photo of mjurney
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pitch black. Tan creamy head.

Aroma:
Dark roasted malts, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruit.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Dark roasted malts, charcoal, caramel, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, cream. Nice bitter bite towards the end. Finish is dry and smooth. Full bodied, creamy, smooth, easy drinking.

Overall:
It's an outstanding Stout!

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 94rocker1
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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 cdwil
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bundy462
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +0.7%
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 -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rpm0003
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of princessbay710
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
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 +6.9%
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 -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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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