RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2006
bottle. Aroma: Big roasted malt, wood, caramel, hint of anise, and notes of coffee. Appearance: Dark, dark brown. Very small brown highlights. Head was medium tan and voluminous. Some head lingered to the bottom of the glass. Flavor: Again the roasted malt flavor dominates. Getting touches of coffee, molasses, vanilla, and woodiness. Noticeable smokiness as well. Not getting much hop flavor, and bitterness seems to be from the roasted malts. Palate: Medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation was good. Nice dry finish. A little astringency detected, as well. Overall: A good stout. Robust, rich in flavor, and drinkable. MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2006
On the Summer solstice, you get a second beer, a Stout! Aroma is woody with a touch of aromatic sweetness. Pours black, so black you can’t see through the glass. Head is a tan brown that suggest really nice lacing. Choc-o-latey flavor with a slight bitter ending, and a syrupy mouth feel. Taste becomes more bittery as the glass drains away, yet remains bold all the way down. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Bell’s Kalamazoo stout is very nice. Pours a nice black color with a medium sized head. The aroma is nice, bittersweet chocolate and some caramel. The taste is smooth and full. It has a very thick mouthfeel, and the taste matches that. The flavors are of coffee and bittersweet chocolates.
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2006
pours black with aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. some lacing and a medium body. flavors cover the tounge of malt, coffee, chocolate, carmel, and black licorice. very nicely carbonated much more than a typical stout. bells makes an impressive brew. lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Picture perfect stout... pitch black with a nice tan head. Very chocolatey aroma and taste. Goes down smooth but a bit watery.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JUL 8, 2006
In Panama, brought down from Cleveland. I paid 1.69 for the bottle. An amazing beer. I’ve only had one stout that I thought was better. Poured incredibly dark with a huge creamy head, the flavors were a medley of chocolate coffee, a slight taste of bitter and a bunch of other flavors wonderfully mixed. A couple of times it seemed a slight bit watery, but the complexity certainly over compensated for that. I wish I had more...I checked my rating for the Jasper stout, this was in fact equally good, if not better...the difference was in the creamy head, but that was likely manipulated by tap vs. bottle. I am going to go ahead and give this one a 4.5!!!!!!! We have a winner!!!! porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 2, 2006
(Bottle via trade with BBB63, thanks Mike!) Pours very very dark brown, nearly black. Nearly opaque but for some light at very edges. About 1" of soft tan head that recedes to about 1/4". Great aroma of rich roasted molasses, coffee, caramel and chocolate. Mouthfeel smooth, full yet slight wateriness. Sloppy, webby lacing. Flavor is rich and roasty, molasses dominates upfront, then more of the coffee with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Nice hit of bitter in finish as well. High marks for aroma and flavor. Great stuff. peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Tap @ bells. Rich dark body. nose is coffee with chocolate and lactose (no diacytal). Taste matches the aroma. unimanginitive but perfectly balanced. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark chocolate brown with thin caramel head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is very smooth coffee, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. I can barely detect any alcohol-very smooth. chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 Great balance. Everything is just right-- not too much carbonation. ... Very creamy, drinkable, and definitive. Amazingly good for that near $1 a bottle price range too! The one truly distintive element is its only flaw. In the middle of the finish there is a faint metalic/aluminum taste. Its the fermenting process not the containers I’m sure, and I quickly desensitized to this minor flaw.