Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kalamazoo Stout

It's been so hot here in Florida! And I've basically been bitching about that since the day I moved in here seven years ago. But where, when, logistics to move are always the questions. For me, those questions make me think about cold weather, snow and growing up in that climate. Do I want that weather again?

Growing up in very rural Pennsylvania, my brother and I made our own fun, especially during winter in the snow. We had a little hill in our yard that we built up for sledding with ramps and banks, was great. But we also used the same hill on the far side of the yard as an sled escape route. Looking back, I'm not really sure what we were thinking as 10-ish-year-olds. Certainly not about damage, consequences, angry people and parents. But one winter we decided to gather all of the acorns we could find and pretend we were in a war. That war was against moving vehicles in the front of the house. We were not trying to cause any damage, and actually never did. But we did make some people very angry as we threw those acorns at their car tires as they drove by. We got to use our sled escape route on more than one occasion, too, down to the back yard then to disappear into the woods. One guy I can remember in particular chased us for a long time, but we had a big advantage in that we had a head start and knew the wooded area very well. We didn't get into trouble, but that was the end of acorn war. So let's see what life brings, but I hate Florida weather.

Today I'm drinking Kalamazoo Stout brewed by Bell's Brewery in Comstock, Michigan. I used a cool batch search feature they have on their home page to tell me mine was packaged on August 18, 2008, so I'm hoping the 10 months doesn't matter. I've had a few others from Bell's Brewery as well, with decent results.

There is a dark fruit and caramel aroma, smells sweet. The beer does start out sweet with some roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. But as the complexities unfold, you taste a lot of black licorice and some spicy black pepper flavors as well. Thick, full body and medium carbonation are solid features for this beer and are well balanced. Kalamazoo Stout is bitter and more acidic in the middle before a dryer finish which is when the licorice and alcohol really come alive. I like it but don't love it, but I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship that went into making it. Check it out!


Bear said...

My all-time favorite is Bell's Oberon. It's only around from March until about September though.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Bear. Yes I've had their Oberon Ale and actually wrote about it a few months ago. Quite a nice beer that is. Thanks for the comment.