YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black body with tan head. Strong nose of coffee. Coffee and semi-sweet chocolate in the taste.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was freakin good. Smooth, creamy delicious. Malty, rich enjoyable. Great aroma color everything.
hershiser2 (1173) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BLACK in appearance. BLACK, I say. Small brown head. Looks luscious.
VERY faint odor of coffee. OK-- now this is my third Bell's of the night and what they REALLY lack is smell. There's nothing strong or defined here. But then again, smell does not make a beer.
THICK in body, coffee in flavor.
EXCELLENT in the mouth. Lotsa carbonation- much better than their Double Cream Stout offering in that sense.
NICE beer. Drink it, drink it now!
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - Rich burnt malt. Appearance - Can't see through black with a nice thick brown head. Flavor - Nice rich burnt malt character with a noticeable amount of bittering hops. Its a smooth stout, but not as smooth as their porter. The acidic finish is a bit distracting in an otherwise very good beer.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is of hops and dark coffee malts... handwriting at this point getting hard to read... umm I find that the flavor is too hoppy for a stout and yet too thin for an excellent porter.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very well done stout.
Pours pitch black with a little bit of head that quickly goes away leaving no lace.
Smell hit me as a really earthy smelling coffee, but a bit sweeter.
Taste is really good. Coffee, molasses, a hint of chocolate, some grain. It could be just a bit stronger though. Funny, but it almost tastes watered down.
Mouthfeel is *definatly* not watered down. Very thick and creamy with a great mineral feel.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Very dark beer... average head with brown color. Excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate/coffee with some brown sugar and oak/cask. Swirling brings slight bitter notes to nose. First time I had this I thought it was too sour in the middle. It is more of a creamy roast chocolate coffee flavor now. Finish is a bit of tasty bitter coffee. Overall, its a good pleasant drink... maybe the first bottle I had was weird.
Update - Finally rerating... Batch 7061 (bottled 9/15/2005, sampled 6/30/2006). Not going to add much as I simply enjoyed it. Nice overall stout, bordering on the sweet side. Great drink. Could be a smoother mouthfeel, but still quite yummy. Hmmm... good with steak?
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with igneous1 on RateBeer 1/21/04. Pours an amazing dark opaque brown, almost black, with just hints of chocolate brown on the edges of the glass when you hold it up to a bright light. Lots of sediment (although you can't really see it through the dark body) and a very thick appearance. Chocolate brown head, good sized but rocky and not that long-lasting. Simply outstanding lacing on the glass, though. A different kind of stout. Nose is terrific, of creamy dark coffee malts and hints of chocolate. Mouth-wateringly good. I had this beer a long time ago, and I can tell I'm going to love it again. Flavor is equally darkly malty and tartly chocolatey, bits of a sweet and dry stout mixed together. Very creamy, velvety body and terrifically smooth finish. Just a tad bit too dry and sour for me on a sweet stout, although the complexity of those flavors adds a nice depth to the overall quality of the beer. As you swallow, the beer just swallows with you-- sucking the inky moisture out of your mouth and leaving behind a residue of burnt chocolate-espresso goodness. Quite oily for a medium-bodied beer. It's incredibly easy to drink without being even close to ordinary. A fantastic session beer.
Kinz (3157) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful opaque blackness, dark tan head that fades slow. Pretty aroma of espresso, chocolate, some piney notes. Lighter on the palate than expecting. The flavors are more muted than I was expecting, mostly matching the aroma, with a very slight cardboard flavor after it warmed a bit. Nice overall, but I preferred their Double Cream Stout. Thanks Indra & BBB63!
kathouse (778) - Nevada, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 Kalamazoo Stout is not just for breakfast anymore! This beer is black with a nice brown foam and good lacing. Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate fill the nostrils. Rich. Sweet. Dude. This beer has been roasted, toasted, baked and browned. Just a slight burnt taste, like an overdone cookie. A sweet thick dessert. Coffee and ice cream. Excellent and filling.