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Throwback Campfire Smoked Porter - Throwback Brewery

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Throwback Campfire Smoked PorterThrowback Campfire Smoked Porter

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-10-2011

Campfire is a full-bodied, robust smoked porter. We put a lot of love into this beer – hand-smoking the malt on local applewood, giving this beer a very appealing and balanced smoky flavor & aroma. The result? Jet-black roasty toasty goodness.

Since we took care to craft this beer with just the right balance of smokiness, you can pair Campfire with a wide variety of foods – especially barbecue! Or, for dessert, you might want to simulate a beautiful night outdoors by pairing Campfire with S’mores!

48 IBU
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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cute bottle art. Black with dark brown edges. Thin film of retention leaves s sparse foamy crust on my glass.

Smells like moist brownie and roast malt. Lightly smokey? Maybe? Not too much smoke in the nose.

Tastes like chocolate lava cake filling and hickory smoke. Wimpy smokiness. The sweet chocolate fights with the subtle smoke and my mouth is the ultimate loser.

I love the chocolate base of this beer but it needs more smoke to toss it around.

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3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Not surprisingly, quite smokey. There’s a hint of vanilla and toffee to it, plenty of roasted malt, too. A mild fish food note to the aroma as well. The flavor is smokey, but despite the name, not really over the top. The malt flavors are allowed to come through and give some roast, coffee, chocolate, and toffee characteristics to the beer. It is a little watery in all aspects, however, and the fish food aroma is a bit much for me.

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3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Firefly
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a thinnish tan head that was all but gone when the glass arrived at my table. Smells, well, as advertised. Smoky phenols dominate the aroma letting almost nothing else through. Hints of chocolate and roast on the outer fringes, but this one is a smoke bomb! Taste is again smoky, but some chocolate, caramel, licorice find their way onto my palette. Medium to thick body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, light to moderate level of carbonation. As a porter the smoke on this is overdone, it dominates the beer rather than enhancing it. If you called this a rauchbeir I may have scored a bit higher.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerworld for picking this up for me.

A - Black beer that turns brown and slightly transparent on the edges. A brown, foamy head rose up about two fingers and had some decent retention.

S - There is a good deal of roast, little chocolate, and a healthy dose of smoke.

T - Slight bit of sweetness, some grease, wood smoke. It has a bit of a chocolate milk quality to it in the mild flavors that it has. The smoke is nice, fades a little bit after a while. Touch of coffee and some cocoa.

M - Medium bodied, pretty smooth, soft carbonation. Again, reminds me of chocolate milk.

O - A solid beer. Good smokey quality with solid flavors.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades very slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smoky coffee nose, flavor is similar smoky roasted coffee with hints of caramel. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 oz. bottle. Sampled on January 13, 2012. The pour is a handsome looking dark brown to nearly black with a moderate, foamy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is very balanced with smoky malts, chocolate, bread, and mellow hops. The body ends up just a tad north of the medium range. The taste really brings out the baking chocolate but not as much smoke as I might have liked. Still, a decent enough Porter from this flegling brewery.

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this beer. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a solid cap, with a bit of lace left behind. Dark brown body that's a bit lighter at the fringes.

S - Aroma is a mixture of hickory smoked meats, campfire, and milk chocolate. It's very balanced, and a bit sweeter than I like my smoked porters.

T - The taste is again quite chocolate-heavy, with more dry smokiness in the finish. Less sweet, with the chocolate somewhere between semisweet and dark. Maybe a touch of burnt toast in there.

M - The texture is reminiscent of melted chocolate, or incompletely dissolved cocoa powder. Medium body that is a touch watery, with lower carbonation.

D - Not a bad smoked porter, but I think I prefer more smoke - I'm not a very subtle guy. With Stone's offering available everywhere for cheap there's not a ton of motivation to seek this out. Great label though!

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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is almost black, with ruby highlights around the edges. Frothy, beige head that slowly settles into a filmy coating and clings to everything it touches. Aromas are smokey, with a nutty and coffee backbone. Flavors are rich, with a mocha coffee backbone and smooth, smokey overtones. Meaty qualities throughout, leading to a smokey, bitter roasted aftertaste. Rich, smooth finish that is slightly cloying. This would be great with brats, and would be good to cook with.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: ?

Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH

Price - $7.99/bomber

After hearing some buzz about this new brewery I got the opportunity to sample a couple of their beers from their line up, this being one of them thanks to Mike.

Pours nearly pitch black with a fairly quick fading 1 inch frothy tan head. A creamy layer of foam is all that's left behind outlining the inner glass. A good set of legs drape the sides and although unfiltered, not much sediment appears more cloudy than anything.

The nose is unique with an obvious scent of smoke but more interesting is the aroma of apple from the applewood which was used in the smoking process.

The flavor starts out with a quick flash of sweetness followed by bacon, charred malt and coffee beans. The smoke may be overwhelming to some but I find it enjoyable.

The body is light with a silky smooth feel and a good amount of carbonation. In the middle a slight hop bitterness kisses the taste buds followed by some dryness.

The drinkability was fairly good. This is a smoked version of a porter which I found to be in a young state. It could use a bit more flavor as well as more depth to the aroma.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown, almost black in color. Requires a bit of an aggressive pour to bring up a creamy tan colored head.

First whiff of this beer tells you that it is appropriately named. Lots of campfire aroma. Some sweeter and roasty malt notes can be picked up as it warms but for the most part it's wonderfully smokey.

With the first sip you pick up the same smokey character found in the aroma but there is much more room for other flavors to show off. Nice malty character that is slightly sweet and nicely toasted. A bit of a coffee character and certainly the applewood adds a familiar smoked bacon note.

Mouthfeel is smooth and plenty creamy but a bit lighter than expected. Overall, I'm really enjoying this smoked porter. Not overwhelmingly smokey but great on a nice cool evening.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a nice, calm but quite dark pour.. little to no actual head..was poured side by side with a kiss of maple porter from same brewery = head grew like it was its job!

s: smoke on top right away... carmalized, roasted, smoky, smoky malt

t: watered coffee overlapped with smoky roasted malt...remindedm e a bit of alaskan smoked porter... pretty good!

m: light to medium in body, pretty easy to sip...somewhat velvety

o: a nice smoked porter

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Throwback Campfire Smoked Porter from Throwback Brewery
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