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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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Photo of vande
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

Photo of donkeyrunner
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.

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of puboflyons
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.

Photo of BierBliss
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of 603BeerMe
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MasterSki
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!

Photo of AgentZero
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.

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool looking 32oz growler received as a birthday gift from my sister...poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours essentially totally opaque and a brown that is as close to approaching black as can be possible. A finger of loose and a bit foamy head forms, lingers briefly and falls to the surface leaving behind spotty lacing and a foamy collar.

S - Quite roasty, fair amount of coffee, charred wood, smoke (go figure), dark roasted malts, low fruity hops.

T - Charred wood, burnt toast, quite smokey and campfire'y...name is very appropriate. Almost like tasting the burnt black bits around the edges of grilled bread (naan anyone?), coffee.

M - Body is distinctly medium with a lighter carbonation (likely due being from a growler) but still lively enough. As the name would suggest there is a pronounced smokiness and burnt aspects with nice lingering effects past the swallow.

O - Wasn't sure what to expect coming into this one. I'm not much of a rauchbier fan so I was a bit hesitant about the smoked aspects here. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The smoke component comes off different from a rauchbier, strong and up front, but perhaps a bit smoother and rounder...maybe the roast comes thru enough with a bit of a lingering sweetness that really smoothes this out. Really does make you think about sitting in front of a campfire and the lovely aromas coming from the fire and lingering behind in your clothes. Good beer...never been so happy to have a sister that lives in North Hampton and loves to frequent the local brewery!

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 22oz bottle today at The Drinkery for $9.50. A bit pricey, but I had a 50% off coupon, so the hit wasn't too bad. The label has a friendly-looking bear sniffing around a roaring campfire, and it also notes the beer at 6.4% ABV, 1.064 OG and 48 IBUs.

Poured about 2/3 of the bottle into an imperial nonic. This bier is dense and opaque, a deep, dark brown with no light penetrating at all. The head was frothy and mocha-hued, starting at 3/4" and slowly receding to a short layer while leaving lovely lacing in its wake. The aroma has some roasty choco notes and distinct yet restrained smoky character. The feel is quite smooth, though the body could use a bit more oomph, being no better than medium.

The flavor has more roasty notes along with a bit of bitter, dark chocolate, plus a touch of cocoa. The smoked aspect is evident, though not overpowering, and lends a good shot of dryness to the proceedings. There is a solid amount of floral hops present, giving this bier a bit more bitterness as well as an earthy feel to it. The florality lingers, and the smokiness also lurks stealthily in the shadows. This is, overall, a solid bier. Wish it was more full-bodied, but it's still a tasty offering. Prosit!!

4.03 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter fizzy head at first but then it keeps rising to a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly with lots of lacing and big bubbles, over very dark brown almost black beer, hint of light with dark brown color on the edges.

Nose has plenty of campfire, smoked malts, hint of smoked meat/cheese like aroma, a bit of roast and dark chocolate, a creamy porter roast aroma, chewy malts and hint of earthy hops.

Taste starts again with smoke, like chewing on smoke essentially but not overpowering somehow. Campfire smoke flavors, a bit of smoked jerky, hickory, bit of wood smoke, etc etc. Then a bit of roast, not a lot but enough to let you know it's there, bringing a hint of coffee even. A slight bit of creamy cocoa, barely detectable under all the smoke and bitterness, the bitterness comes on strong from the roasted charred malts, but not very acrid or briny surprisingly. A decent creamy malt flavor, with a bit of crystal malts as well. Maybe a hint of spicy hops. Finish is still bitter, mostly from the roasted malts again, with a dark char flavor that doesn't get acrid or briny, a bit sticky but drier, and some lingering smoke but the smoke doesn't stick as much as I thought it would.

Mouth is med bodied, a bit creamy, with decent carb.

Overall nice, good smoke flavors without going crazy in salty briny charred flavors, and not too acidic or bitter. A nice creamy chocolate and dark malt balance, with a slight sweetness, not really needed for hops since the roasted malts add the bitterness. A nice tasty beer overall.

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a very nicely opaque dark brown with a nice chocolate milk color and texture head. Clung nicely to the sides. Smell was definitely a fake bottled smoke smell with a hint of sweet. Flavor was slightly smokey, with tad of lactose sweet, fairly well balanced. Felt good in the mouth. A tad undercarbonated, but the right chewiness and coated well. Overall a solid beer. A tad expensive, but it was a small local so not to far out of line.

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

Photo of Kinsman
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.

Photo of 05Harley
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.

Photo of stonermouse
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room. Good-sized pour into a tasting glass.

Pours a nut- brown with a lighter-than-expected head. The head is persistent, even in my little taster.

Smokey aroma right off the bat. Not overwhelming, but it's clear what this beer is all about just from the nose. Smells like camping already.

Wow, this is as advertised. It literally tastes like liquified campfire. Which may sound gross, but combined with a slight coffee bitterness and a touch of malty sweetness, the flavor is something to behold.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, if a touch too thin.

This brew can almost be called a one-trick pony, but it is a really impressive trick. This is going to make for a wonderful winter brew.

9/8 update: Enjoyed from a bomber tonight. It is admittedly difficult to finish the bomber- the smokiness is best enjoyed in relatively small doses. Still, an interesting and recommended brew.

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Throwback Campfire Smoked Porter from Throwback Brewery
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