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

Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
BA SCORE
82.7%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 4,346 ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,902
Reviews:
1,585
Ratings:
4,346
Liked:
3,593
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.55%
Alströms:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
678
Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,346 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rpm0003
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of princessbay710
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
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 +8.3%
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 -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jacknyr08
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cbaz
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterRigger
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeverSettle
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agriverbear
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMC73
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's that little bit of licorice, and the fact that you get so much interesting and complex flavor from such a modestly sized beer that makes this one special. As commercial stouts go, this one stands out.

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Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +15.1%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 82.7% out of 100 with 4,346 ratings
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