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Campfire Stout - High Water Brewing

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Campfire StoutCampfire Stout

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88
very good

227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 24
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives charcoal black capped by an inch of tan foam; a few wisps of lace linger

Smell: Graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate and a hint of campfire smoke

Taste: Like the aroma, this is a liquid S'more with all elements in balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A clever idea for a beer and fun to drink for half the pint but I found that I couldn't finish it due to the sweetness

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2014 14:55:27 | More by brentk56
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

09-14-2013 15:45:40 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

02-17-2014 04:43:21 | More by Texasfan549
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-17-2013 23:06:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-30-2013 23:53:05 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-26-2013 05:14:45 | More by SocalKicks
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-05-2013 03:04:40 | More by XmnwildX12
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-06-2013 14:31:22 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-12-2013 08:16:25 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

2.46/5  rDev -37.6%
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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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-08-2014 02:32:46 | More by GClarkage
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-13-2013 16:18:09 | More by imperialking
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/23/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, graham cracker, dark bread, light coffee, vanilla, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced dark/roasted malt, graham cracker, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, graham cracker, light coffee, dark bread, vanilla, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, graham cracker, dark bread, light coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, graham cracker, and spice flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced stout. All around well balanced dark/roast malt, graham cracker, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 03:40:18 | More by superspak
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-26-2014 03:26:07 | More by Gonzoillini
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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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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-28-2013 16:51:38 | More by GraduatedCashew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Gobzilla

California

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.