willisread (621) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Jet black with a small dark tan head. Aromas of cacao nib, roasted coffee, prune, wood and fennel. Slightly bittersweet on the the palate but muted, not harsh at all. Medium body. Nice long dry finish that rides off into the sunset. Excellent stout.
GarrettB (1181) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
July 31st, 2013 - The Kalamazoo Stout had long been a myth in California. Spotted here in there between trees, flitting between hands and persons, but never easy to catch, grasp or drink. But Bellís distribution line sagged out to include our corner of the country, bringing with it all the delicious Bells Brewery drinks, and for myself, this particular treasure. My friend and I held this beer in high enough esteem that it was included alongside aged Winter Warlocks and New Belgium Folies. The stout pours thick and oily, as expected, and effuses a lovely coffee aroma, mostly roasted, but not sweet like a mocha. Itís more bitter, leading with espresso and a dryer, more continental flavor. The flavor is what really hooked itself into my memory though. I first notice a supremely foamy palate, which quickly and efficiently drapes the taste of finely roasted beans across the tongue. Lots of intensely dark chocolate here, like the essence of cacao nibs, and a deep dive of an aftertaste bringing velvety, luxurious dark chocolate. And I note here: "Gawwdamn!" The only drawback seems to be that this stout seems a little mild compared to the 2007 Winter Warlock, but thatís comparing an old churlish boxer with a fresh faced pugilist. Different styles, same sport, and each should be appreciated in their respective corners. Each is a champion, and the Kalamazoo comes that way out of the bottle.
WillRunForBeer (1245) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, dated 05/06/13. Pours just about black with a beige head. Aroma is raisin, molasses, soy, licorice. Flavor is dark chocolate, raisin, molasses. Licorice bitterness in the finish. So much flavor at 6%. A great stout.
jmohno (1210) - Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, head, lace. Rich coffee chocolate roast aroma.Dark fruit. Same in taste, smooth rich, balanced. Poundable for a stout. Flawless great stout. In the middle of a (light) sweet /robust stout. Very nice.
Thisis12ptfont (970) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light aromas dark malts, slight roast, slight coffee, toffee, coffee bean oils and chocolate. Appears black with a thin foam rim. Taste brings dark roast, dry earth, chocolate cocoa and coffee oils. Overall, for a stout, not too bad. Decent body.
high_on_hops (758) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a solid black with a short brown head. The aroma is rich, with dark malt, toast, coffee, and dark chocolate. The flavor is rich malt and chocolate up front with a slight coffee middle and bitter, toasty finish over a heavy body.
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jc1762 (155) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle showing big black and opaque with a long lasting finger of fluffy coffee colored foam.
The nose shows a lot of chocolate with notes of sweet licorice here and there.
The palate is mostly dry but with a very perceivable lactose/licorice sweetness that takes out a lot of the bitterness also. The licorice doesnít seem to appear until at the very end and even so, very subtly. Dark licorice also appears throughout the background. Lacks the weight of most stouts and drinks closer to a porter but an extremely easy to drink stout. Great for spring or fall drinking.
culchiem (2890) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from JSA. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee malt. Bitter roasted malt tempered by sweet golden syrup. Tangy dry roast finish. Easy drinking
Niall73 (2177) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home while visiting Jacksonville. Pours dark brown/black. Lovely coffee choc aroma with light grass. Medium body, light carbonation. Dry bitter coffee and choc, a hint of milk choc sweetness, woody dryness... I like the dry bitterness. Tasty enough.
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bigfudge10 (1) - - FEB 19, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth and creamy with a load of deep flavors including chocolate, coffee, and a beautiful roasted malt backbone