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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

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 43
Gots: 81 | 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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Ratings: 377 | Reviews: 68
Photo of fosters9
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kniles38
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of poskok
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NavyGoat
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Highwater Campfire Stout based on a recommendation from a friend and it was a great recommendation! A very good stout with a rich but smooth feel and taste!

Photo of Narnar56
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of edubb23
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JeffBlue
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle, 22oz) at BevMo in Valencia, CA. Aroma was like a chocolate bar. (2/21/15)

Photo of yeaprolly
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aViewFromTheHOP
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fievel
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a jet black in color. There’s definitely a s’moresy aroma to it. Melting marshmallow, graham cracker, and some milk chocolate all come through, backed by a thick body for heft. A little too rich for me in anything but a small dose.

Photo of TheRealColby
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WiggyKGB
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ER527
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMart
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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 MickeyHops
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- 22oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 27-Jan-15

I think I got an old bottle... High sweetness and almost metallic that befuddles all the flavors. Get little graham cracker, if at all.

Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.