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

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90
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4,314 Ratings
THE BROS
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:
4,314
Reviews:
1,578
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
204
Gots:
660
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,314 |  Reviews: 1,578
Photo of bschmidt_37
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Thankin_Hank
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Had a thick creamy head and a fairly light aroma. The taste is less remarkable than my beer guy described it. Mouthfeel is excellent. Goes down smooth. Overall it's average for a stout. I'll enjoy my six pack but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agriverbear
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Typical dark stout appearance. Thin tan head but good lacing. Almost nothing on the nose. Taste is burnt chocolate,with a smokey undertone.

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

Photo of CMC73
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at Churchill's Pub in Savannah. The appearance is pitch black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted coffee and some black licorice. The taste follows the nose. An excellent brew.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2017. Drank it about 2 months after the packaged date on the bottle, and 4 months before the drink by date.

Appearance: Dark black with a thin tan/brown head. Head is thin, and has a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee and roasted malts. There is some hoppiness and a hint of sweetness like chocolate as well, but overall the roasted coffee is most pronounced.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the malts and roasted coffee flavors. There is some chocolate and hop bitterness to enhance the taste and add some complexity. This is a very smooth and balanced stout.

Mouth-feel: Thick, but with a smooth creamy bodied. Matched 6.0% on the label. Not as bitter as some other stouts.

This is a very good stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is smooth and really enjoyable to drink.

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

Photo of jmh21
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer tumbler.Thick creamy tan head disappeared quickly. Even at room temperature had a very mild aroma of coffee and licorice. Pleasantly bitter up front but not from the hops ,tasted like the expresso roast you get in Italy . Chocolate notes too ,only a hint of the licorice everyone seems to notice. Thin mouthfeel no alcohol burn. Good American stout, another quality brew from Bell's

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porters4life
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that recedes quickly to a ring leaving a little filmy lacing.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and licorice.
Flavor has a little bitter coffee upfront with a little chocolate.
A little thin and watery next to its big brother, Bells Expedition Stout.

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

This is quite frankly the best stout (and maybe the best beer) I've ever had. Holy cow. A little bit of licorice, a little coffee, a little sweet, a little bitter, but not too sweet or too bitter. Just perfect in every way--complex and pleasant. Blows Samuel Smith oatmeal stout (one of my favorites) out of the water. I was so blown away by this beer that I (finally) signed up for Beer Advocate just to review it...and I drink a lot of beer. My wife, who doesn't even like beer much, was blown away too.

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

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

Photo of MouldyCrow
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,314 ratings.
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