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Campfire Stout - High Water Brewing

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Campfire StoutCampfire Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 41
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
High Water Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheStove on 04-26-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black, with basically no head or lacing.

Smells quite sweet, and exactly like a campfire s'more, except without the burnt aspect or the smoke aspect. There's some dark chocolate, some bready graham cracker, and vanilla.

The taste also gets the s'more aspect down pat. It's sweet and creamy, almost milky, with a chocolate syrup, vanilla cream, and graham cracker, with a smidgen of roasted malt, just enough to keep it from being too cloying and sweet.

This one is really rich and creamy, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a medium body.

Though loaded with adjuncts, this one is still quite tasty.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, New York. It arrived in a house snifter, showing browned shades of espresso. It held a film of an eggnog colored head which left minimal lacing even after the liquid levels began to drop in the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma introduced us to notes of milk chocolate syrups, brownie batter, molasses, brown sugar, licorice, plum pudding, black cherry, black pepper spice, soft and spicy ethanol, buttery nougat, charred chocolate and black malts, hazelnut creaminess, vanilla icing, sweet oily espresso beans, Patron XO, Cocoa Puff cereal graininess, Runt candy tartness, and plastic garbage bags. The flavoring followed nicely, giving cough syrup chemical bite, warming booze in the form of spiced rum, robust cloven phenols, cherry flesh, vanilla extract, muddy and darkly roasted chocolate and caramel malts, deeper charred coffee grain, wet raw barley, dusty ale yeast, powdered cocoa, candied butterscotch, coconut husks, vanilla buttercream, mild herbal hops, bile acidity, and dried tobacco leafiness. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was medium. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop were all nice, but the taste came out a little thinned on the fleeting edge of the sip. The mouth was coated with a syrupy film, then finished with a lightly drying tannic astringency. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability remained decently easy throughout.

Overall, while this was a pleasant offering, we found it to be a bit inconsistent. To start things off, the aroma was fantastic. Very complex, malt forward, and balanced by enough sweetness. The taste, however, left us somewhat perplexed. Again, it just felt inconsistent in what it was trying to do. You would start with some syrupy sweet notes, then dive into some deep and boozy chemical things, and then finish off with a unique bitterness. The next sip would be entirely different. The mouthfeel lent to a thinned flavor and, with such a curious showing of rummy booziness, made for a thought provoking display, to put it nicely. Intense critique and criticism aside, those moments of chocolatey and vanilla sweetness created a more full-flavored experience, saving the beer rather substantially.

Photo of TequilaMockingbird
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Subtle toasty aroma of s'mores, incredibly smooth and delicious chocolate taste. Serves well with slightly salted desserts (think pretzels, salted caramel, etc). This is my favorite dessert beer!

Photo of Furlinator
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch khaki head disappears completely and leaves almost no lace.

The smell is an amazing combination of dark chocolate, graham cracker, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and barbeque char. Like boozy s'mores.

The taste is of bitter dark chocolate, graham crackers and faint vanilla.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Very impressive and inviting aromas of s'mores. Taste is slightly less impressive. A very good cold weather stout.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.56/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a deep black with a small tan head on top, decent head retention. Thin lacing forms on the sides and disappears rather quickly.

S: Some roasty/charred malt, a bit of chocolate and vanilla, a bit of marshmallow and some graham cracker.

T: Surprised at how well it came together in the flavor profile. A mix of chocolate and marshmallow with faint graham cracker malt. It comes together almost like a chocolate/cream flavor.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a tad thin, with medium carbonation.

O: Pleasantly surprised. Not something I would drink all the time, but it was a nice change of pace.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.