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Kalamazoo Stout(1986) brewed by Bell's Brewery - Galesburg, MI


Kalamazoo Stout(1986) brewed by Bell's Brewery - Galesburg, Michigan

Kalamazoo 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 Beer Advocate
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 experience.

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.
  
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Bell's Brewery
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.
    

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Bell's Brewery
8690 Krum Ave
Galesburg, MI 49053
www.bellsbeer.com

 

 





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