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Campfire Stout - High Water Brewing

Campfire StoutCampfire Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%


Brewed by:
High Water Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheStove on 04-26-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and marshmallows. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice aromas and flavors that is easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 00:20:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a tan head. Nose is full of sweet sugar and marshmallow. A nice toasted sugar note, graham cracker, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Smells and tastes pretty much like a s’more. Tons of marshmallow and chocolate flavor. Graham cracker maltiness, a hint of roast, and sweet sugar. Really awesome stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 18:13:06 | More by womencantsail
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, some solid lace.

S: Great nose of marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate, smells like it should.

T: Heavy dark chocolate, lighter sugary quality than on the nose, but still quite sweet. Pie crust, hint of sugar cane.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, smooth.

O: A fun beer to try. The S'more character is definitely there and tastes and smells above all quite good. A tad pricey, but this is not just some novelty, it's a complete effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:05:37 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

2.46/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed live. Reviewed as an American Stout because it self-identifies as a stout and it's American. I dig the simple label art. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average due to the description on the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Supple and inviting. Light uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average for the style - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque dark solid black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style, but nevertheless quite good. I can't wait to try it. Not unique or special. No flaws jump out at me.

Sm: Oh boy. Chocolate malt, milk chocolate, marshmallow, dark malts, a buried hint of mint, molasses, and a hint of vanilla. Very evocative; they hit what they're going for except there's no graham cracker. Reminds me of digestives or keebler's cookies. Cream. Milk. the marshmallow note is a highlight; wow. Gooey goodness mixed with caramel is fantastic.

It's not without flaws, though. I can tell flavour was added, maybe some unwarranted extract. It's forgivable though.

A remarkable aroma that hits the s'more concept on the head. Moderately strong.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. This one is all additive and malt.

T: Chocolate malt, milk chocolate, artificial chocolate flavour extract. A bit too sweet. Caramel. Dark malts. A bit of marshmallow, but nowhere near as much as was promised by the aroma. Not getting any graham cracker. Milky. Light herbal hops redolent of mint do surface a biteen. Boy, that sweetness is really ruining the balance for me. Nowhere near as complex or subtle as it'd have to be to be up there with the best in the style. Do I like it? Hm. Not really, actually. Ultimately, it's just so damned artificial. The flavour additives do this one a disservice.

Flavour intensity is high for the style, even overbearing. Flavour depth, diversity, and duration are average to below average. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Syrupy. Sticky. Gooey. Thick - overly so. Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well, but I guess it's a valiant attempt at creating a texture to match the concept.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, or boozy. Far from ideal overall. Not a good texture for the style.

Dr: The overdone sweetness and lack of interesting flavour make this one kind of difficult to drink. I'll finish this bottle with effort, but I'm not happy to have to take it down alone. Overpriced for the quality. I certainly wouldn't get this again. The aroma is a highlight, but the beer doesn't deliver on the concept once you factor in the flavour and mouthfeel. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Disappointed given its current high ratings. Even Southern Tier hits their concepts without coming off too artificial.

Highish D+

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 03:51:55 | More by kojevergas
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A S'more stout? Sure, sign me up for that. This was a bomber purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a slightly brown-tinged black, with a filmy, but relatively fine head of beige, what dissipates to a ring, and only leaves patches of lace. Body is solid, and forms some tight, fine carbonation. Looks good enough.

The nose, however, is where this starts to get interesting. Huge, sweet biffo in the aroma, giving melted chocolate and puffy vanilla marshmallow characters, above, yep, a sweet, biscuity base of malt and gooeyness. It's like a digestive biscuit dunked in a chocolate fondue. Extremely sweet, but absolutely delivering on its promise. Amazing stuff.

Taste, ooh, is also extremely good—and to be honest, better than I was expecting. While I thought the promise of the sweetness would not really be delivered (and it's not), there is a genuine commitment to the S'mores theme here, with more biscuity characters coming through, mingled with a genuine crispy smokiness. On the back palate, we get a long, drawn out milk chocolate character, which again doesn't really contain the sweetness of real chocolate, but absolutely nails its essence. Feel is a little light, and I'd even forgive a little booze if this wanted to be heavier overall, but it's solid as it is.

Really, really interesting stuff—extremely well executed, even if the concept of a campfire-roasted sandwich of chocolate and marshmallow is not your thing. I believe I'll have to keep my eye on High Water in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 04:40:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Paid 8.99 for this bomber and it was gimmicky enough for me to drop the coin. Also it got pretty great reviews.

A - Wow such a thick dense stout for under 7%. The head is just a 1/4 inch that fades out rather quickly but it did have a nice mocha hue to it.
S - Ah cocoa nibs always smells nice in the glass. Also greeted by a vanilla like sweetness similar to a marshmallow and a bit of smoky like campfire with the roast. Not getting much gram cracker but I am sure its in there.
T - Let it warm up a bit first... Mostly getting a bit of ashy smoke with little sweetness, some hop bitterness and a touch of acidic twang. Far from what I expected from the smell. I am deeply saddened to at least not have a strong chocolate aspect considering it smells of strong cocoa nibs. The smoke flavors really stick to the palate to boot.
M - Has a somewhat creamy body despite the heavy ashy flavors. On par with the style.

Overall I am not sure where everyone is getting all these awesome flavors to me it taste like licking a charcoal briquet. Even if it was just a smoke stout it would fail at being just that since it's not very balanced...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:09:45 | More by DrDemento456
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin light brown head dissipates slowly into a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet and toasted malt, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor follows with toasted malt, sweet vanilla and chocolate, finishing a bit dryer and roasty. Medium bodied. Flavor is a bit thinner than I expected, but pleasant flavors. An interesting take on an American style stout. I was hoping for a bit of smoke from the name, but still enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 04:13:58 | More by LiquidAmber
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some opacity at the edges. The head settles to a thin collar. Faint surface wisps.

Smell - Incredible. Milk chocolate. Cinnamon. Graham cracker. And the best marshmallow aroma I've smelled in a beer. Awesome.

Taste - Far less impressive. The marshmallow persists a bit. Milk chocolate, too. The rest of it is more deeply roasted with some coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Too thin, or at least it lacks some creaminess. Medium carbonation and a little bitter.

Overall - The smell is so good. I can just sit here and smell it without drinking it. And in many ways, that's the way to go with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:48:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1405th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

No bottle date

Purchased for $7.99 at Bevmo, Chino Hills, CA

App- It pours like a good stout should, a bit black like coffee and a bit creamy like chocolate syrup. A good two finger brown head formed and left a good sheen down the side you drink from.

Smell- A bit lacking for me. It was not as sweet as I wouldve hoped. Instead, replaced by a bit of lactic to accomplish the marshmellow and a bit grainy from the malts for the graham cracker and just a touch bitter from the chocolate.

Taste- Its a nice beer. Its a nice stout. The flavors are well layered but just dont get the end game results. The bitter and chocolate are really all I got. The creamy and sugary marshmellow are there. This to me shoulda been like a cooking deconstruction. Instead, its a nice milk stout with some chocolate really.

Mouth- A small creamy medium body with a fairly prickly medium carbonation. The lactic from the marshmellow and the chocoalte are okay together. I dont like the residual grainy cracker and bitter notes.

Drink- It was overall a good beer. A hard to make work beer but its worth a shot to split with friends as a dessert beer or something new. A lot better than Rogues attempt at a donut.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 14:43:11 | More by FosterJM
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.14.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head.

S - Chocolate, graham cracker, sweet.

T - S'mores, chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body. A touch bitter.

O - S'mores in a glass! Very tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:17:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The nose sure as hell delivers as advertised. Lots of marshmallow, which is something I rarely find in a stout (or any beer), tons of chocolate, and a light graham cracker. Roasty underneath with a lactose-like sweetness. Superbly pleasant and definitely unique.

3.5 T: Though the nose is dead on for s'mores, the taste is not. It's surprisingly bitter and whether this is from too much hops or just the roasted barley is anyone's guess. Secondly, it's not nearly as sweet as I would have guessed. Lactose does give a bit of marshmallow, but I think this is mainly since the nose implanted the idea. The chocolate is insufficient and the graham cracker biscuitiness is lacking. Still, it's not bad, but it's a huge disappointment after the awesomeness of the nose.

3.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation, though I wouldn't mind a touch more. I'm not crazy about the mouthfeel because it's heavy without being particularly creamy.

3.5 D: Decent beer. Worth a try just for the nose. This would have scored a lot better is the bitterness wasn't so distracting.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:15:04 | More by DavoleBomb
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, graham crackers, marshmallows, vanilla, a bit of smoke, and lactose.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts, marshmallows, vanilla, and a bit of smoke. Through the middle, the graham crackers come through with some more smoke, and some milk chocolate. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts, a bit of smoke, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a sweet and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance of flavors. The graham crackers and marshmallows are just right.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 03:21:59 | More by ngeunit1
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 18:52:54 | More by mdaschaf
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with graham crackers and molasses

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, foamy tan head with decent retention. Clear bistre brown body with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to s half wisp and ring. A slight ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, milk chocolate, molasses notes, marshmallow and graham crackers. Touches of caramel and chocolate. Interesting, but weird.

TASTE: Sweet caramel and graham crackers up front. More of the same after the swallow as well, with marshmallow, vanilla, milk chocolate, graham crackers, some roasted bitterness and caramel notes. Tastes like desert or some kind of graham cracker pie, but a slightly watery version.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, but a touch prickly perhaps, goes down okay and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Okay I guess. Not sure I like what was going on here, but it certainly tasted as advertised. Started off a little too sweet for my liking, but got better as I got into it. Not something I would go for again, but I could understand why someone else would really like it. Give it a chance and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:28:43 | More by Jeffo
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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark. Pretty much wall-to-wall black. The head is light brown, fairly dark for a stout that doesn't seem terribly roasty.

Well, the beer certainly delivers on its label description. It's chock full of sweet milk chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker flavor. This is definitely a s'more stout. There's a ton of marshmallow aroma, in particular. The graham cracker presence is fairly mild, but it fits. I'm not finding any roast or caramel or hops or anything else that you might expect in a stout.

The taste is also on the sweet side, though not nearly as much as the aroma. It's a light, milk chocolatey beer. There's some lactose tang to the beer, a bit more than I'd like but I'm not a big milk stout fan.

Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated. Little booze. It's sorta cloying but only in so far as it tastes like a beer s'more. Not really sure if I should dock for that.

It's an interesting and well-made beer, but I can't say that I really like it all that much. I would love to try it from a nitro tap. That might up my score a fair bit. I'm generally not a big milk or sweet stout fan, but nitro seems to help out. That said, if you are a milk stout fan, a bottle will probably be right up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 05:38:52 | More by popery
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Phelps

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High water campfire stout

Enjoyed in a shaker pint. This is apparently a chocolate stout brewed with marshmallows and graham crackers.

Everything about this beer screams s'mores. Dark chocolate brown, like melted bars. One inch of foam the consistency of marshmallow froth and the color of graham crackers.

Big sweet marshmallow nose, with a touch of roast that makes the mallow seem like it caught fire. A bit of milk chocolate.

Same deal in the flavor. More earthy hops here, but the same cocoa sweetness, mellow mallows and smooth roast.

Thick, viscous medium. Medium prickly carbonation. Just a touch of fizz.

Super solid, this beer brings me back to camping. A great combination of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 19:22:14 | More by Phelps
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Formed two fingers of tan head on a pitch black body. Looks great.
Well, it smells like a campfire: chocolate, marshmallows and coffee. Impressive.
The taste is roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and coffee, and a mild bitterness at the end. It's complex.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation and a heavier body.
Here's a well put together ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:51:25 | More by Fatehunter
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Gobzilla

California

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a very dark brown pretty much black with a good half f inger of head that left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some aswesome marshmallow character was very much noticeable upfront in the aroma with lots of sweetness, a hint of roastiness, a signs of smokiness..

T: the campfire flavors were more prominent on the palate consisting of smore character, graham crackers, marshmallow notes, burnt sugar, slight roastiness, and caramel accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, sugary, campfirey, and sticky finish.

O: very interesting beer for sure, its somewhat of a novelty brew. Worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 19:33:09 | More by Gobzilla
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notchucknorris

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly thin black color with a half finger khaki colored head.

S: S'mores ahoy! Lots of graham cracker and dark chocolate on te nose with some nice notes of marshmallow and milk chocolate in the background.

T: Definitely not as sweet as it smells, but still delivers on the s'mores. Light roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla hit first with graham cracker, char and marshmallow creeping in on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than it probably should be, but nonetheless, I would call this a success.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:16:49 | More by notchucknorris
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DovaliHops

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that takes some time to go down. Scent is quite sweet with some roasted malt and chocolate. Quite a bit of vanilla and...toasted marshmallows... just like the label says. Great aroma on this one. Taste is just as the label describes. There is a slight metallic taste up front...but it disappears after a couple of sips. Great s'mores flavors here. You definitely get the graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate. Lovely vanilla, along with a bit of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied...would love to see this as an imperial stout with more body, higher ABV, and maybe some barrel aging. That would taste amazing! This one is great though. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is the best thing I have tasted from High Water thus far. Solid stout!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 08:15:44 | More by DovaliHops
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TheSixthRing

California

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Sports Page in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served up opaqe black with a light tan, finger width head on top. Good retention. Leaves behind a fair amount of lacing on the glass with good stick.

Smell - This stout is infused with graham cracker and marshmellow: it shows. Somewhat smokey as well. Huge chocolate character. Lesser notes of coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate at the forefront, complimented by moderate smokiness and hints of graham cracker and marshmellow sweetness. Traces of coffee roastiness hit near and roll into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. A touch sharp on the tongue, but goes down and finishes with decent smoothness.

Overall - Highwater really nailed this. They took a gimmicky concept, put it into a bottle and made a respectable stout. That's rare to do. Great after a glass, but I'm not so sure I'd wanna session this due to the sweetness. At worst, it's a fantastic dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 03:15:24 | More by TheSixthRing
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to DeanoMac. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a very dark opaque black with about a finger of decently thick mocha brown head that has decent retention and slowly recedes. Appears to be about average carbonation. Leaves some lacing that slowly recedes back into the glass.

S- Smells fairly accurate to description- lots of marshmellow, graham, chocolate, some malts. Very sweet smells more like a s'more then any other beer I've tried. Above average aroma strength and very sweet.

T- Not as sweet as the smell. A little bit of vanilla that has a sweet marshmellow quality, some light chocolate, maybe a hint of graham, some booze even though it's only 7.3%. Finishes with some light graham and sweet vanilla flavors with a decently detectable presence of booze that off-balances it slightly.

M- Lightly creamy, fairly smooth, a decent amount of alcohol burn for 7.3%.

O- This was a decent stout that I enjoyed trying. I know their goal was to create a "campfire" stout with a s'more like presence and they were definitely able to do this. The presence was definitely detectable in the smell and taste however the taste/mouthfeel had a little bit too much booze for only a 7.3% beer. Overall I enjoyed drinking this, I'd recommend trying it if you like really sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 01:02:26 | More by jaasen64
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a tip from a local distributor while on a trip to CA. 22oz bottle...

A: Pours a deep dark black with a tiny khaki colored head that fades quickly to nothing. Decent.

S: Starts with a smell of marshmallow and vanilla upfront with some chocolate / fudges notes blended in. A breadiness toward the back. Good.

T: I get a watery chocolate upfront that fades into a marshmallow in the middle with the marshmallow lingering through the back while a minor coffee smoothness comes in. Interesting. Kind of like a watery smores. Good.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A dry watery finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I was expecting more, but not bad by any means. I was just hoping for great. It definitely has a very marshmallow taste, but a little too light of a body for what this beer is trying to be IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 05:22:46 | More by steve8robin
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magictacosinus

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to my friend for splitting a bomber of this with me and others. Once I heard that this was brewed with marshmallows and graham crackers, I knew I had to try it. Poured out a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a pretty blacked stout at a first glance, complete with an off-khaki head that sticks around for a good while, but eventually dissipates to pretty much nothing. Leaves behind minor stickiness to the glass. Shows a little bit of brown streaks when held up against the light, but otherwise, this does indeed look like a chocolate drink of sorts. Not necessarily thick in appearance, but then again, it doesn't look like that was the priority on the brewer's part.

Talk about an aroma you can smell as soon as you crack open the bottle - before I even stuck my nose into the glass, the aroma of marshmallows was everywhere in the room. The nose further reveals more sugar laden aromas, as well as caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a little bit of dried fruit - raisins comes to mind. However, it's not actually as sweet as you'd think - once the roasted malt flavor, as well as the graham crackery aroma, comes in, it actually retains a good amount of bitterness and pungent roasted quality that coats the sweet flavors pretty well, and keeps it one note. Plus, if you *didn't* spend any time in your life sitting in front or around a fire and roasted marshmallows for s'mores, then, well...

The flavor comes as a nice surprise - just as one-note as the aroma is in terms of delivering a sweetened standard stout, but not nearly as cloying as I feared it would be. Rather, the flavor reveals the roasted qualities of the chocolate and caramel malts, which, followed by a soft vanilla texture a bit of brown sugar and raisin-ish qualities, makes this pretty enjoyable to drink. The graininess does get a little bit more noticeable, but it never becomes thin or astringent over time. Definitely on the chewy side, and while it's quite thick and bready especially as it warms up, it never becomes too sweet and alcohol remains well hidden. There's not much else I can assess about the beer - only that it's a standard, well made basic American stout with a nice sweet twist. Nothing more, nothing less.

I really enjoyed drinking this, but, this is perhaps best consumed split with others. While it's not really sweet (although it *is* decadent), it's quite a huge task to consume by yourself, as the chocolate and vanilla flavors do start to weigh you down in the long run. Otherwise, it's a neat little twist on the style, with a flavor and feel that brings me back to many late nights spent around campfires, back in the day.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:56:22 | More by magictacosinus
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours very near black with a finger of dark caramel head, strong retention, very nice lacing.

S - lots of marshmallows and.sugary graham cracker, some sweet chocolate. Exactly as advertised, pretty much dead on.

T - Tons of sweet semi bitter chocolate and graham cracker, hint of marshmallow and the finish. Sweet semi bitter chocolate aftertaste lingers a bit. Kind of starting to taste a bit like ovaltine...

M - medium bodied+ and very smooth. Limited carbonation.

O - lives up to itsdescription very well. Really cool/unique idea for a beer! Boost for awesome creativity.

Serving type: bottle

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