brewed by Bell's Brewery - Galesburg, Michigan
Stout represents stouts in the Bell's year-round roster, offering a
blend of dark chocolate and coffee flavors with just a hint of
brewer's licorice. One of our oldest recipes, it balances a
significant hop presence against the roast malt body. ABV: 6.0
Beer Review by
Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. There's a quite
impressive head, and I noted it's expansion by counting grooves in
the solo cup. The light brown head appears creamy throughout the
Smell: Pleasant licorice wafts into my nose. Roasty, coffee notes.
Taste: The roasted taste is immediately apparent. Some licorice
flavor in the back of my tongue, but it's roast, roast, roast. At 6%
ABV, the alcohol is naturally masked by the very enjoyable,
full-bodied tastes. There's no watery or weak flavors here.
Mouthfeel: It feels like a thin layer of coffee and licorice coats
my mouth. A miasma of subdued roasted notes float around pleasantly.
Not too heavy, and the alcohol is not present.
Overall: I am very glad that I finally tried this stout. Admittedly,
I initially predicting this beer to suffer from common stout
complaints (watery, thin-bodied, etc); however, this is easily one
of the best stouts at this price point, and given its easy-drinking
and enjoyable qualities, Kalamazoo Stout should never be overlooked.
Founded by Larry Bell in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bell's Brewery, Inc.
sold its first beer in September 1985. Beer was initially brewed in
a 15-gallon soup kettle and the company has grown remarkably from
its production of 135 barrels (1 bbl = 31 gal.) in 1986 to a
capacity of more than 500,000 barrels today.
Originally self-distributed, Larry and his staff of 9 employees
bottled and delivered all of the beer to market during the company's
first four years. By 1989, Bell's was shipping over 500 barrels
annually and assigned its first wholesaler to further establish
itself across the state of Michigan. In 1993, Bell's became the
first Michigan brewery to open an onsite pub.
After struggling several years to produce and sell robust,
full-bodied ales against a tide of mass-market domestic beer, Bell's
began to see the demand for craft beer grow dramatically and
expanded into new markets. Bell's currently sells beer across an
18-state area in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC through a
network of more than 60 quality wholesalers.
In 2003, Bell's opened a new brewery in nearby Comstock. This
facility has now seen five expansions since then.
The Eccentric Cafe
On June 11, 1993, Bell's Brewery, Inc. became the first Michigan
brewery to serve beer by the glass to the public. The Eccentric Cafe
offers customers a chance to taste many of our well known beers, as
well as small batch brews that are not distributed outside of the
pub. Visitors enjoy its warm atmosphere and spacious beer garden.
The Eccentric Cafe also features interesting food, an extensive
collection of art and ephemera, and live music Thursdays through
Saturdays. The Eccentric Cafe's entertainment schedule can be found
here or by calling 269-382-2332.
The Eccentric Cafe underwent a significant expansion and officially
reopened March 28, 2011. The core of the $3 million project is a
new, dedicated music venue in what used to be a warehouse and now
hosts musicians from across the country. Eight additional tap
handles were added, bringing our current draft selection to 20. The
restrooms were expanded and additional seating options were also
part of the renovations in addition to a transformed Beer Garden,
new patio and a new entry way.