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

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout
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4,377 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell of heavy cream and plump sweet grains, broiled until black and sweating, emerges from the glass immediately. Very pulpy aromas force me to look for chunks floating in the black liquid. There are none. Patent leather, black rubber, and sweet, milky alcohol rule throughout the cadence of dank, charcoal, lunchpail, sex and truffle nuances that come at the margins only to be tossed aside by the strict carbon organization of this beer's flavor profile. It would be better if it weren't so reminiscent of boiled potatoes and charcoal dust. I'm looking for joy in this glass of beer and all I find is a grim prison of black dirt, milk and sweet white potatoes. Christy Brown could have written a better beer. But I suppose that's a credit to this beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Pours opaque black, with a thin brown head that settles quickly.

Nose is quite roasty - bit of acidity, sharp, slightly smokey.

Flavor is quite roasty, lightly acidic, but in no way harsh. Hints of bitter cocoa peek through, but not very prominently. Some sharp deeply roasted coffee, leading to a dry, but very smooth, roasty finish. This beer has a superbly polished quality about it - whatever you think of the flavors, not a hair is out of place.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-full body, with a higher than expected level of carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoBoTo for slipping one of these in the great care package he sent me. Now for the review..

Never a huge drinker of stouts.. because I have always been a drinker of "more than one beer". To me a stout is almost something to have one of for lunch or breakfast. I could sit and drink 6 Hopslams after dinner and still be able to speak with clarity.

- Great dark rich color... couldn't see through it in my tumbler if I tried. Thin licorice head with drifting lacing. Looks like Coke with Hersheys syrup.

- Smell is great with a roasted bitter dark coffee and chocolate flare.. not Folgers... but a 6th Ave. Bistro. Warm and nostril flaring goodness with sweet cane sugar.

- What can I say... it tastes as good as it smells.. nice clear water, cold filtered dark coffee or iced.. bittered but balanced with sweetness..

- Not too dry but i'm sure it would be a bit tart for some... but for a stout, it is what it is and should be. Very drinkable as well... it's like Guinness but a bit more refined. A very pleasant stout. Would be a great stout with seafood.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Batch 9984.

Appearance: With a quick pour, my glass fills with a dark brown ebony liquid with a viscous look and a creamy tan head. Eventually it fades to a collar and leaves just a bit of lace.

Smell: Roasted malt, a bit of smoke, roast coffee, and a bit of unsweetened dark chocolate dominate the nose.

Taste: The taste has a little sweetness sneak through along with the mostly unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted malt. The malt has some light burnt character to it, and there is some milk creaminess to it. The finish has a bit of licorice and a bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: The creaminess to the mouthfeel is nice. Too often stouts on the lighter part of the ABV spectrum just seem watery to me, but this has some character to it. The carbonation has a mostly creamy nature, but there are a few stray bubbles that are noticeably fizzy. The body is medium to full, and there is a soft stickiness to go along with the chocolate in the flavor.

Overall: This is definitely one of the more enjoyable stouts I have had in this ABV range. I would definitely have a few of these while I sat at a pub.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mattcrill
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours blacker than black. Ain't no light getting through that glass! Beautfiul chocolate brown head that settles in for a wonderful looking brew

Smell: Roasted coffee with cream. Finishes with some bitterness due to the hops

Taste: Complex with bitterness being more prominent than I expected. Espresso, chocolate, and vanilla are there but the hop bitterness and alcohol taste is suprisingly overpowering

Overall: A finely crafted beer but it wasn't what I expected. Good but not great.

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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a Dark Brown color with a nice 1 1/2 finger off white head

S- Has a Great smell of roasted malts with some nice hints of chocolate and coffee followed by some booze and licorice

T- Nice Roasted malts hits you right away then has come nice coffee flavor with dark chocolate mixed in, in the middle then finish's with a nice booziness but smoothness

M- light to medium body with nice carbonation

D-Overall this a a great stout.Lots of good flavors come out, very drinkable. Great smell and taste. Goes down soo smooth. Love this stout

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Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 4,377 ratings
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