31 Beers of December – Day 11 Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
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Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
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Beer: Kalamazoo Stout
Brewery: Bell’s Brewery/Comstock, MI
-Style: Stout with Brewers Licorice
Named after the city where it all began, Kalamazoo Stout is one of our most classic recipes. This smooth, full-bodied stout offers a blend of aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee, balanced with a significant hop presence.
Why I selected Kalamazoo Stout:
Until Bell’s started distributing in NYC fairly recently, I rarely get to drink this year-round offering from them. While the beer is not an imperial or barrel-aged, it does bring a warmth to me while I am drinking it during wintertime.
The beer itself:
The beer pours deep, dark brown bordering on black with a thin, light-brown and frothy head, small bubbles of carbonation and some incredible lacing on my glass. Roasted coffee and dark cocoa nibs lead the nose with a hint of the licorice. On the palate, the roasty malts have a “bittering” battle with the hops before cocoa nibs join the fray. Espresso on the finish and aftertaste, but smooth as silk with a great, full body though it only clocks in at 6% ABV.
What would you pair this beer with?:
While many pair stouts with dessert, I think richly-marinated, intense spice-rubbed or powerfully-flavored meats would definitely sing with Kalamazoo Stout. Wait, did I mention cheese yet? Richness or powerful flavor on this front also would work, be it gouda aged 18 months or longer to luxurious, milky bloomy rinds to spice-rubbed cheddars (Barely Buzzed) to hard Italian ones. On the dessert front, I would love to have this with spiced cake or cheesecake, coffee or mousse-based pies or just a few dark chocolate truffles.
About Life On Tap:
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