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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Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bamadog
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice and dark, a fairly decent head of about one finger that really disappeared quickly. I would say quicker than normal with most stouts. But this one is a little different in other areas as well.

Smell: A little roasty, with a sweet candy type smell that's pretty powerful. The bottle says it's brewed with brewers licorice, so I wonder if that is it.

Taste: Excellent. A little roasty, but not overpowering, and bittersweet and a bite of alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in the mouth than most stouts. Almost reminds me of some heavier porters that I've had. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It's a litlte more pricey than I prefer (although still very reasonable compared to a lot of other beers out there), and the taste and feel of it is a nice change-up. I rated it a little higher than I thought I would, but it's got a lot going for it.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of clay23
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SuperHop18
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of wcudwight
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to justcas and July Secret Santa BIF 2006.
Black Opaque color. Huge chocolate colored head. Excellent retention. Lots of lace.
The smell reminds me of Silk Milk, the chocolate soy milk.
Taste is sweet, heavy with the chocolate flavors. Roasted malts. All topped off by a raw coffee bean finish.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. IMO pushing the Imperial boarders but not crossing them
This is a delicious drinkable meal in a bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Bell's shaker pint

A: Black with a mocha head, some light coming through around the edges, lots of lacing, head dissipated after a few minutes, looks really good.

A: Coffee, roasted malts, no alcohol on the nose, nice dark chocolate finish, smells great.

T: Coffee bitterness up front, nice dark chocolate bitterness in the middle, roasted malts, semi dry finish, slight alcohol on the end, taste very drinkable.

M: Medium mouthfeel, sort of creamy, semi dry finish

O: This is a nice everyday stout, something I could drink regularly. It has a nice mellow coffee dark chocolate bitterness up front, some roasted malt flavors in the middle, a semi dry finish, definitely drinkable, worth a try if you love stouts but the price might keep me away as I can get a stout just as good for less than $10 a six-pack compared to that was well over $10 for the six-pack.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of aoampm
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a single into a Darkness snifter, pours a dark tar black with a great tan head with excellent retention. Nose isn't huge, but is focused -- a lot of delicious and bitter coffee, a little black licorice, a little currant sweetness. Surprisingly light, with a roasty bitterness instead of a hoppy one. Taste follows, with more coffee bitterness...a hint of baker's chocolate sweetness at the end, with some earthy tobacco hoppiness. Mouthful is good, though a little thin, and not so creamy. Fairly dry.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz serving...Sunday comics...what's different about the picture on my bottle? My guess is that Mr. Bell Kalamazoo shaved his beard, got a haircut and is now sporting eyeglasses.

Pours an opaque brown color with a full finger foamy tan head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing observed.

The smell is pretty subtle, but my guess is that it's 'true to style'. Primarily light roast malt and a bit of dark fruit.

The mouth feel is very nice. Smooth and creamy. A little sweet with a good balanced hop signature that really adds to the complexity. I'd go higher than 4.5 but i hesitate to give it 'exceptional' about exceptional minus.

Drinkability - The 6.5% ABV is well hidden beneath the rest of what's going on with this one. I could 'nurse' a couple more watching the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Many thanks to drunkmonk... Go Sabres!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from Party Source poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautfil 2 finger wet sand colored head. Pours solid black. Good head retention and strong lacing.

S: Toasted malts and coffe hit you right up front. On a second smell, the milk(chocolate) comes out to rival.

T/M: Great mocha flavor withthe milk still evident. Bitter chocolate and toasted, bisquity malts. It has an almost woodsy or leafy background, reminding me of camping. Full bodied with lower carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, but as with most stouts, Ill be stopping with one and saving the rest to be enjoyed later. Looking forward to trying the expedition stout.

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Near black with a huge frothy light brown head starts shrinking right away, and leaving lacing all the way from the top of the glass. Eventually the cap of foam disappears, but is easily revived with a swirl or 2. Impressive amount of lacing.

Very smooth cocoa and roasted malt nose with a spike of coffee and what appears to be a fair amount of hoppiness to come. And sure enough, a fairly substantial bittterness runs through this brew, teaming of with burnt malts to nearly overwhelm the palate before being smoothed out by the thick frothy body and chocolate sweetness. Long lingering coffee finish with an earthy bite.

Overall impression: Good stuff. Check this one out if you get the chance.

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

Pours thick dark black color, nice lasting tan head, leaves a perfect lace, aroma of chocolate, coffee and nutmeg? Thick and creamy full mouthfeel, coffee and sweet chocolate taste, this may be my favorite stout, its hard to stop at just one, the best stout IMHO.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.03 out of 5 based on 4,320 ratings.
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