This was love at first sight - literally. The label includes a sketch of a grumpy looking old guy with glasses and substantial balding. You might mistake him for Red in That '70s Show. We admit it, sometimes we purchase beer because of the label. Television taught us well.
The beer itself pours very dark and finishes with a nice thick head that's somewhat dark brown. It really is the ideal stout. In other words, it makes for a great drink or a great meal. A good mix of nutty, chocolate, coffee, and perhaps molasses flavors. Kalamazoo starts sweet and finishes with a hint of bitter. It's 6 percent alcohol and, according to Bell's, comes in at a light 220 calories per bottle. Don't let the calorie count or the looks deceive you. It's hard not to drink this beer quickly because it goes down smooth.
Fortunately, it's brewed and available year round. Bell's lists 13 states where you can get Kalamazoo but we found ours in DC - which is not listed. So, keep an eye open for a grumpy old man in the beer cooler. If he's on the shelf grab him by the six pack. If he's in the aisle grab him only if he appears to have fallen asleep in his hoveround.