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 chefbigjon
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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 Jason1337
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of IronLover
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Totally black in color. Poured with a rich beige foam that slowly reduced to a nice cap that leaves a few sticky lacings on the glass. Roasted and chocolate malt aromas. Smells creamy too. Thick and resinous feel in the beginning, and creamy smooth toward the finish with rich carbonation. Dark roasted and chocolate flavor up front with dark malt flavors transitioning to a lightly burnt malt flavor into the middle. Hop bitterness then comes alive with pleasant herbal pine character that intensifies from the middle to the end. Dark maltiness also carries through to the end along with hints of black coffee and a dry finish. Leaves you with a light herbal pine bitterness that lingers for a while.

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Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured almost black with a huge light brown rocky head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of burnt cereal malts, a leathery yeast with notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee. It tasted mildly bitter and acidic in the beginning and finished with a sweet/bitter coffee flavor that stayed with you for an average length of time. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a pretty basic stout.

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Photo of danwho
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a fan. The malt tasted burnt and I didn't pick up too much licorice. The chocolate from the roast was the only redeeming quality I found.
Extremely light bodied for a stout. Carbonation was fine

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Avatar113
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mattboyer182
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled 7/12/12.

A) Pours with 2-3 finger light brown foamy head and takes a long while to disappate. Beer is a very very dark brown.

S) Sweet and roasted malts, maybe some of the licorice hinted at on the bottle. Quite pleasant.

T) Definite coffee flavor, roasted malts, some dark chocolate and licorice on the finish. Quite well-balanced.

M) Moderate to full, a significant amount of drying and a bit of bitterness on the finish (is it hopped more than we might think?)

O) Great stout - the finish takes a little bit away from it overall, but a real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Ken_P
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of GTJayG
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cambabeer
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Seems to be pitch black, but close examination shows its just a little off, some brown hues in there, but thick and completely opaque. Nice light brown head that lingers and a lace that clings to the glass nicely. Nice smoky sweet aroma that is balanced by some maltiness and clean bitterness in the nose. The taste follows the aroma, very coffee bitter like with some dark chocolate and burnt wood flavors. Some deep fruit notes like raisins or plums, but only slight. There is a little hop bitterness that hangs out on your mouth with the burnt flavors to make a very pleasant aftertaste. Not groundbreaking, in my opinion, but a solid stout.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer is pitch black and has a brownish head with decent retention.This beer has a relatively low bitterness. There is a smooth and very creamy feel to the beer and it has an overall great feel to it. This beer is very roasty, but also has some chocolate flavor in it to keep it from being too bland. I quite enjoyed this stout and hold it a notch higher then their double cream stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kemoarps
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was on sale at the beer store. Bonus. On the other hand, they now recognize me when I walk in. Awesome? Or problem? I'm going with the former.

Pours a sharp obsidian with a round creme head. Decent little swirls left hanging around, but the sides appear as empty as my enthusiasm for this test tomorrow morning.
Initially the aroma was as absent as any lacing. I don't know why. As I continue down into the glass, however a sweet, lazy wafting becomes apparent. Still fairly faint, but it's the sweetness of molasses and a note of creamy sweet espresso. I don't get the licorice that everyone's talking about, and I doubt it would fade in 4 months, but I could be wrong. It's happened once before.

After minimal aroma initially, I was a little concerned that the flavours would be underrepresented as well. Thank goodness my fears were unfounded. This is a smoothe rewarding stout, that starts off sweet before getting a rush of bitter in the middle and finishing with the components blending together in a truly lush manner. That initial sweet is again the creamy sweetness of sweet cream and molasses, while what I'm calling bitter is really that deep black of molasses, and finally the licorice is coming through for me. Lends an almost roasty/coating character to it. You know, like it do. The finish is smoothe and enjoyable, as the licorice kind of draws the beer up from the back of the tongue. You know what that means, right? No? Well, whatever, no one cares anyway.

This is a beer by which I've long been intrigued. It just keeps being superceded by other opportunities. I found a single on sale at the store today and decided to pull the trigger. I'm extremely glad I did. I would consider this in the upper tier of every-day stouts that I've had. It's got a good reputation, and it's one that is well earned. Bell's continues to impress me, and having only recently (a couple of months ago) moved to within their distro, I look forward to the continuing education in their zymurgical endeavours.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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