TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Many beer geeks believe substyle of stout called "American" stout, should be added to the stout and porter category. So examples like Kalamazoo Stout will fit in, and can be judged against other stouts that would also fit into this new style.
So what is American Stout? It is basically a big, robust, flavorful stout, with big malt character, but also really big hop character. And what makes it American, is most brewers are using lavish doses of PNW hop varieties such as Cascades, Chinooks, Centennials, and Columbus. Kalamazoo stout pours to an opaque, ink black color with a big, creamy tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is packed with aromas of malt and hops. Big whiffs of chocolate malt, and coffee pair with piney, citric aromatics. The palate is a firm malt back bone of dark malts. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla coat the tongue. This beer has a very hefty body, it is quite viscous and oily, it really does resemble "motor oil in a glass". This beer finishes with big chocolate malt flavors up front, then dries out with a slightly roasty/coffee character, and a lingering hop bite. This beer is a bit stronger than dry or cream stouts, weighing in at about 6.5% abv, but isn’t quite as potent as Imperial stout.
What ever you want to call this beer, call it delicious, because it is. This is one of my all time favorite beers, from one of America’s best breweries. This beer is a perfect desert beer. Match this with German chocolate cake, or chocolate pudding with fresh whipped cream.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again to kms399 for this one. Pours almost black, small brown head. Nose is nutty, with coffee and roasted malts. Flavor follows the nose to a T. Slightly bitter, dry finish.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Pours black with a coffee colored head. Roasted malts in the nose. Flavor is nutty with more roasted malts. Bitter, dry finish leaves something missing.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours, looks, and smells like a stout. Though the flavor is an exceptional blend of choclate malts, coffee, and caramel all balanced well for one smoooth brew. Malty, not overly bitter nor too sweet, though not as thick as I would expect with the flavor it’s presenting.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured a jet black color with a brown heard on top. Left some cool looking lacings on the glass. Aroma was stong malty and roasted coffee and mabye some toffee. Taste was good, malty, bitter with some coffee. Full bodied and dry"
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cole’s in Buffalo, NY: Nearly black in color with a small tan head. Roasted barley, chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. As expected, plenty of roast in the flavor as well as notes of licorice and prunes. Full bodied with a mild hop finish. Solid stout.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark black body with a good-sized dark brown head. Not much of an aroma, but hints of roasted malts. Wonderful flavor - chocolate, coffee, with a bit of bitter hops at the beginning, followed by a nuttiness, with just a hint of dark fruit sweetness. Very nice, complex flavor. Mouthfeel is delightful, just the right hint of carbonation. Very nice beer.
thegreenrooster (3980) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a dark black with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice mix of toasty malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is caramel with dark chocolate with some coffee thrown in there. Everything you would want a stout to be and then some.
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, via illinismity. Pitch black pour with a nice half inch chocolate brown head that left great lacing. Rich roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Burnt malt and bitter chocolate flavor, very deep and full. Bitter and dry finish with good length. Full bodied chewy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Ideal palate for a Stout. Easy to see why this is so highly regarded. It’s nice to have a regular Stout so packed with flavor. This beer has much more going on than many brewerys attempts at Imperial Stout.
cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is some BLACK beer! Opaque and with an opulent brown head that sticks to the sides of the glass, this beer screams "drink me!" Smells like any other stout, chocolatey, coffeish, roasty. Oh man, this is tasty, very bitter (the way I like stouts to be), roasted chocolate with a slight coffee tinge dominates, with a bitter finish. Just the right amount of carbonation. I would definitely buy this again. And again. And again! I can’t wait to try Bell’s other legend, Expedition.