Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo Stout Review
“What’s the textbook definition of textbook?”
Ok, enough with the existential questions. But there is a point when it comes to this week’s craft beer review. I’ve really come to love Bell’s Brewery over the last few years. Mostly because they keep things simple. Each of their beers is a textbook definition of that particular style. And their Kalamazoo Stout is no exception.
Of course the official name Kalamazoo Stout comes from the city where it all started for Bell’s. People often ask, “what’s the difference between a stout and a porter?” I’ve read countless articles and blog posts on it and I’m still not sure. Personally stouts usually have a more fuller mouthfeel and porters are a bit thinner and have more of a smokey flavor. This beer is really a nice mix of both styles. No wonder I like it so much.
So let’s have a taste…
Look: This beer is as close to black as you can get. It has a beautiful fluffy brown head that sticks around for most of the beer.
Smell: I immediately smell coffee on the nose. A delicious roasted smell that has an almost campfire note.
Taste: Tons of roasted chocolate, coffee and molasses. Getting a slight anise/licorice taste on the finish, could be from the hops. Really nice full mouthfeel as well.
This beer was built to be enjoyed in front of a fire in a ski lodge or hunting cabin. It just screams winter to me. In fact the nose and taste will definitely remind you of a roaring campfire. So, if you’re looking for a textbook beer look no further than Bell’s an you can start with their Kalamazoo Stout.
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