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

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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

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Reviews: 1,570 | Ratings: 4,275
Photo of matcris
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Black, with a creamy 2 fingers of chocolate head, that lingers a while and settles to a film on top. Good carbonation visible when rocking the glass. Leaves a nice thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of licorice, lots of dark roasted malt.
TASTE: Same as aroma. Great roasted quality.
FEEL: Good carbonation, creamy feel at first, drying on the finish.
OVERALL: Just a great stout. I love how much rich coffee and chocolate they can get from tweaking those malts and hops.

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Photo of Shippy
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours black with a light tan head. Smoky malt aromas dominated by notes of coffee. Full bodied with an earthy, chocolatey flavor. Some mild bitterness. Malty aftertaste.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold into a libby stout glass. Bottled on 4/7/14 consumed on 8/28.
Look = 4.0 Pours a deep black color, bubbly with 1 finger of brown head that fades to a cap. Dense sticky lace.
Aroma = 3.75 Roasted malts; sweet chocolate notes, coffee highlights and a little licorice.
Taste = 3.75 Roasted malt dominates. Coffee notes on the back end. Low bitterness on the finish. Roasted malt taste lingers in the after taste. Very roasty.
Feel = 3.5 Medium bodied but a little thin and watery. Medium to high carbonation, some fizz on the tongue.
Drinkability = 4.0. The roasted malt taste is strong, decreasing drinkability somewhat. Comes in at 6% ABV.
Overall = 3.775 Pretty solid stout all around, but not exceptional in any category. The heavy roasted malt flavors hid any chocolate or coffee that you’d maybe expect.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the most carbonated beer I've ever had. It was actually getting ridiculous on how much carb it had my buddies and I laughed at it for like five minutes straight. Some reviews are saying it was too carbed, some say not enough, I want to know what beers those who felt it is mildly carbed are drinking. But I digress. Wasn't strong on the coffee, but had a good bout of chocolate and dark fruit. Almost licorice like. Bells sold out on this one, I know they can do much better.

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Photo of citizencane
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark appearance with decent head. Reddish tint, perhaps?

S: Smells of stout and licorice, though is not too fragrant. Smells damn good but the smell doesn't seem to carry far, and I found myself having to stick my nose deep into the glass to smell anything at all.

T: taste is where this beer shines. Solid stout flavor with a suitable amount of licorice. Delicious.

M: slightly too carbonated for my taste.

O: If you like stouts and licorice, get this. It's delicious.

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Photo of clager
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black, opaque with lacy tan head

S: Roasted malt, coffee, a little bit nutty

T: Nice balance of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa. Did not notice the licorice that others have mentioned but wasn't really looking for it either. One of the best tasting beers I've had, and I am normally a hophead.

F: Very smooth, less carbonated than I am used to but perfect for a stout

O: Really well-done stout, makes me want to brew one myself and try more

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 5/30/15, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a small mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, some cocoa, coffee, licorice

T- Roasted coffee, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice easy drinking stout, worth picking up. I feel licorice stout are very hit and miss with me, but this one is good.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Pours near black with a nice tan head. Nose is coffee, dark roste dmalts, chocolate. Heavy on the roast. Taste follows. Pleasant, soft roasted malts dominate the palate. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, touch of vanilla on the finish. Medium body, low medium carbonation. Really good, drinkable stout.

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Photo of W_Des
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body. Got a lot of roasted notes to it and its a full flavored stout. I like it though I still prefer stronger coffee or chocolate stouts.

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Photo of TH28
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. 2/26/15 package date (5mths old). Appearance: Black, opaque, thick, creamy brown head. Aroma: Roasty malt, dark cocoa, hint of vanilla Taste: Starts with sweet rich maltiness, rich roast and coffee, and some dark cocoa. Moderately strong bitterness. Very smooth flavor considering the heavy roast. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering bitterness and roast. Very dry. Overall: Good American style stout. Roasted malt flavor is dominant, but smooth instead of harsh. Complimented by some sweet base malt and chocolate. Drinkable considering the richness and alcohol.

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Photo of Absolut
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Smells of roasty coffee and licorice. Smooth and creamy.

Really an excellent stout with a ton a flavor for 6%.

Bottled 2-15. Poured 7-24 into a pint glass.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black as night stout with a creamy tan one finger head. Tasted of dark chocolate and coffee just a touch of liquorice lingers in the aftertaste. It has a nice silky creamy mouthfeel that is just a tad thin but is still good for a 6% abv.

Overall a fabulous low abv stout. this is really about as good as it gets for roasty stouts that are slightly sessionable abv wise.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown, borderline black color with a 2 finger, toffee colored head. Good head retention and lacing is present.

S - The beer showcases a very robust and well defined aroma. Roasted malts and coffee are the most dominant aromas I can pick up on. A more underlying sweetness is present as well via chocolate aromas. Very appeasing to the nose.

T - One of the best stouts I've had regarding flavor. The flavors in the beer are very pronounced and well defined; living up to the aromas. Notes of coffee and "smoked" flavorings up front proceeded by the roasted malts and subtle hints of sugar. Leaves a subtle sweetness on your lips.

M - Medium bodied beer with mild carbonation that isn't too notable with each sip. Leaves a foamy/ frothy mouthfeel with each sip and a lingering aftertaste of roasted malt. Fairly dry beer, as to be expected with a stout. No complaints in feel.

O - Bell's has yet to let me down. A phenomenal stout overall with robust flavors and aromas. Personally I'm not a big coffee fan (aside from the smell) though I've come to start appreciating the flavor within beer. No complaints and happy I bought the six-pack!

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another fantastic stout. I couldn't taste even a hint of licorice, even though it is mentioned on the bottle, but that is a plus for me as I cannot stand the taste of licorice.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with tan head; good lacing. Cocoa powder and roasted malt aromas. Chocolate malt with a hint of licorice on the back end. Smooth lite mouthfeel; toasty malty anise linger. Overall a lite easy drinking stout.

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Photo of sammorito
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a thick black color with a brownish head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a good lacing.smells malty with some brown sugar and caramel with a little bit of alcohol. burnt coffee flavors through out with a but of chocolate. malt underneath and some licorice that i had trouble finding till about half way through the beer. has char aftertaste that sticks around for a long while. nice a full bodied. its not a bad taste but i dont find the flavors to mix well i get hit by big flavors at different times and they start to be a bit over powering at times.

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Photo of 44yrtaster
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This delicious stout could convince me to try more stouts! Smooth, warm and light on the tongue, this brew has a wonderful depth of flavor and gorgeous deep brown color with clear chocolaty notes. Further it made a wonderful 100% liquid in a crockpot pork butt & onion pulled pork recipe! Great versatility.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very super dark with no chance of light passing thru. Nice frothy dark tan head. Sticky sexy lacing thru out.
Smellis slight boozy with hints of dark chocolate.
Taste is amazing. Not too heavy not too light. After taste is very prominent with hints of malts a bit of coffee, burnt or smokey remnants.
Good stuff. Always dig Michigan's brews.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge smoked malt and char presence in this beer. Reminds me of a less potent version of Dark Horse's Fore Smoked Stout, but with more carbonation and a lighter mouthfeel.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 2 fingers of dark tan over a pitch black body (red-orange highlights), decent web of lace

S - roast malts, smoke, licorice

T - caramel sweetness, lots of burnt flavor, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, licorice, burnt aftertaste

M - chewy, smooth, full body, moderate carbonation

O - This is a good stout. The licorice improves the flavor in a unique way.

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Photo of 12YEW55311
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I really like this one. Tastes a bit like a bonfire.. Like burnt wood. Dark with tan head.. I'm not getting much licorice taste but I don't eat much licorice. Smokey and sip able.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A delightful stout! Pours apiece black with a creamy head. Strong coffee aroma. Taste of roasted malts and with a nice hoppy finish. Smooth and creamy. Another great effort by Bells Brewery.

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Photo of Azaitouna
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look was brown/purple. The smell was dark, dry, and with hints of licorice. l I did not like the smell or the look of the beer. Then, the taste was dry, roasted, hot, spicy, and bitter. Overall, the beer would be good for someone who enjoyed those flavors and aromas but for me I would never recommend this beer or try it again.

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Photo of KatieS5643
2.34/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a fan of this beer. But I do not usually like stouts. It is a dark brown beer with a strong scent to be expected. It tased dry, bitter, and had an overwhelming roasted flavor. It is not the worst Stout I've had

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Photo of Maiora13
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moving past the strange artwork on the front. This stout has clearly been perfected for years from the Bell's family. Delicious and not overpowering, while simultaneously being full of flavor and easy to drink.

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