Kalamazoo Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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:
#4,564
Reviews:
1,602
Ratings:
4,429
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
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Ratings: 4,429 |  Reviews: 1,602
Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an intense shoe polish black producing 3+ fingers of moderately lasting, frothy, mocha head that leaves a frothy, large bubbled surface cap & a webby coating of lace. Aroma is sweet dark malt, roast, dark semisweet chocolate, smoke with undertones of coffee, dried dark fruit & thin floral hop tones. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malt & smoke followed by figs coffee & toffee. Finishes much like the earlier portions of the sip but rapidly develops more intense bitterness, smoke & burnt notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy bodied with medium carbonation, creamy, chewy & wet fronted with a light prickle & dry finish/aftertaste.

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Photo of Lelampp
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SociableJimmy
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMM1983
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shantto
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought it was a very good but fairly typical stout except for the mild licorice and the piney/floral hop bitterness at the end. It is a very good and a quite interesting stout, I love it.

Look: dark brown / black with an inch mocca head.

Aroma: some toasted bread, chocolate and coffee

Taste: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, but it also has some licorice and a lasting piney/floral hop bitterness, that make it different, and quite interesting.

Feel: medium to full body.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Really been on a stout/porter kick lately. I've had this a few times while camping and remember being impressed. Decided to get a six pack to hold me over a few days.

Look: Pours a nicely, smooth and appearance is black, no light passing through. The head is a nice dark mocha tone. By the pour I can tell the body is on the weighty side.

Smell: It seems a bit soft but you do get a good roasted coffee and toasted grain scent. Some dark chocolate. A little bready.

Taste: Very nice, pretty bold. The coffee and dry dark chocolate are very present. It is a touch nutty at the end. I can pick out the undertone of licorice going on which is really good and I think helps tie all the flavors together. A touch herbaceous and resinous from the hops. Not too bitter, but just right in my opinion. A bitterness and dryness equivalent to an 85% or just above chocolate.

Feel: I would say, it is just as the label puts on, "full-bodied". It isn't heavy, it isn't exactly medium in my opinion. But it is full and well rounded and the carbonation is spot on. Not too bubbly at all. Creamy. Just about perfect.

Overall: It's a great six pack stout. My memory served me right and it really hits the spot during my stout/porter craving. If you have the chance to try it, grab it! It will not disappoint. A very well crafted stout overall.

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Photo of jwarsenal9
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CharlesK
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MGoeltz
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZinFanDave
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of moodenba
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Kalamazoo stout bottle pouted into a glass in November, 2017, at a restaurant.

This is a first rate stout. Full balanced flavor. Reasonable alcohol content.

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Photo of CSO
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jbehlar
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Trevor_martin
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpudsMackenzie1
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeIquiades
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 4/25/17 poured into a snifter at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours dense dark brown to black with light brown head. Aroma is rich with roast malt, chocolate and coffee. The taste is charred roast malt up front giving way to a lighter black coffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. I'm admittingly trying this at the end of its shelf life. Still good but I imagine the aroma and flavor popped much more 6 months ago. This beer is worth a try or retry, in my case.

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Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,429 ratings