Bell's Kalamazoo Stout

Review Date 9/30/1997 Last Updated 2/1/2021  By John Staradumsky


Let's dive right in and examine Bell's KKKKKKKKalamazoo stout. If there is a brewery in the United States that produces more varieties of stout than Bell's of Kalamazoo, Michigan, I have yet to come across it. Stout seems to be Bell's specialty, and Kalamazoo Stout is an excellent example of the caliber of stouts they brew. This bottle conditioned beauty sports a creamy tan ahead atop it's ebony glory. The nose is quite malty with an almost chocolate milk character to it. The palate is simply bursting with rich chocolate, cofee, and roasted malt and barley. A touch of piny aromatic hops complement the malt nicely. The finish is on the slightly bitter side, just enough to classify this beer as a dry stout. Another fine brew from the folks at Kalamazoo!

Update 8/16/2018: Bell's Kalamazoo Sout on tap at Taco Mac! Roasty goodness in the nose and again in the smooth creamy palate, chocolate, coffee, licorice, delightful roasty bitter finish. I paid $6.80 for my 23-ounce mug and it runs $9.99 a six-pack at Total Wine.

From the website:

Named after the city where it all began, Kalamazoo Stout is one of our most classic recipes. This smooth, full-bodied stout offers a blend of aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee, balanced with a significant hop presence.

Update 2/1/2021: I bought some Bell's Kalamazoo Stout last December, a bottle of it. I am kicking myself now; why didn't I get a six-pack? This is a year-round offering, so next time I will be sure to do so.

Bells Kalamazoo Stout pours to a jet back color with a thick creamy tan head and a soft chocolate and licorice nose. Taking a sip, the beer is smooth and medium to full in body, with dark roastiness, dark chocolate, and rich chewy licorice notes. Finishes roasty with more licorice and leaves a thick layer of Brussels lace on my glass.

If you love licorice as much as I do, this is the beer for you.


Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned