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Campfire Stout - High Water Brewing

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 51
Gots: 114 | FT: 3
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High Water Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: TheStove on 04-26-2012

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (192 characters)

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this on draft at a beer festival. Must say its a beer that I have been wanting to try for the last few years.
Pours very dark with very little lacing or carbonation.
Smells terrific with chocolate and yes grahm crackers. Took several strong smells and the smell made me hungry.
Tasted like a good solid stout but better. So I decided to have a 2nd pour to confirm that I liked it as much as I did and sure enough just as good the second time around.
Wish I had this beer on campouts it would get me to go more often. (529 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

This is a very enjoyable stout I had on tap at FIrst St Alehouse in Livermore with a definite "campifre" and "s'mores" character.

Black, creamy tan head, steadily thins to frothy ring, wisps & some lace.

Aroma is rich caramelised marshmallow prune,hints of coffee candy, dark toast.

Taste has the rich caramelised marshmallow, prune, coffee, candy and dark toast and graham cracker toast, nice sweetness with light balancing bitterness. (439 characters)

Photo of RollBounce
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

This beers is tasty. Nice smell of graham crackers. I did think being called campfire that there would be a smoked note somewhere, but there is not. It tastes like a more balanced version of boulder shake. (205 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%

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. (478 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of brewmastercat
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

10/10/2014 - Highwater Brewing - Campfire Stout - 22 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau
L - Black as night with a graham cracker head. When held up to light, hardly able to see through, but the beer does have hints of red.
S - I love the smell of this beer. The first time I came across it a friend got a glass of it. I could smell the beer through the pub. Lots of vanilla, sweetness, cracker, roast and chocolate.
T - Chocolate stout up front, with an intense creaminess with vanilla and graham cracker notes. A ooey gooey boozy s'mores!
F - A lot thinner on the mouth feel than what I'd prefer. Not so much decadent, nearly sessionable at 6.5%. Great dessert beer that doesn't overpower.
O - I love this stout. I would love to see an imperial version. This is one of my beer tools to turn people to the dark side. Next time I go camping, you better believe this one will go with me. (897 characters)

Photo of TequilaMockingbird
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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! (196 characters)

Photo of NathanielCush
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Not a ton of smell, but awesome experience!

Its thick and smooth like an oatmeal stout but it tastes like smores!

Chocolate and vanilla are the first things you taste, but with a graham cracker finish.

Its very dark in appearance and clouded with a thin head (might have been because I only had a taster glass)

An excellent dessert beer. (343 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

extraordinary in terms of style. aroma doesnt give you much but the taste has a ton of vanilla and chocolate and is extremely smooth. i was damn impressed. finished the whole bottle and want more. great stout. (210 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with beige head, slightly sunk down with just a thin crown of head around the edge. Lace is pretty decent. Yeah looks pretty good, but not perfect.

Smells amazingly nutty and sweet. Loads of pecan, peanut brittle, toffee, nougat, vanilla, condensed milk. Oh, excuse the upcoming French but fuck me dead. This is freaking, arseholeingly delicious. Holy shit. Sweet, touch of spice, dark, beautiful, nutty. Just gorgeous.

Taste is a bit of a disappointment, actually. Quite dry in reality, and lacks the sweetness of the nose. Lots of nuttiness, though, with almond dust, pecan and some salted caramel. Hints of slightly roasty notes, with dry cocoa as well. Sweet underlying, but a bit dry and dusty. Nice, but not nearly as nice as the nose.

Decent body. Not thin, but not thick either. Bit dry on the back, but yeah, pretty good.

I wanted so, so much more based on that nose. That shouldn't be to its detriment of course, as it's still very nice, but I can't help but feel a bit disappointed in this beer. (1,030 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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 (424 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark kola hue with a chocolate laden three finger creamy head and lacing everywhere,out of all the brews that I've had that claim it tastes like s'mores this is the closest,the smell starts off with vanilla marshmallows,chocolate sauce,crackers and cocoa very inviting,the mouthfeel is full bodied with above moderate carbonation and the tastes just like smell are heavily s'more influenced with vanilla creamy marshmallows,milky chocolate,peanut butter and finished with cocoa bittersweetness and overall I like this brew it's a great dessert beer but also one of a kind cheers for actually tasting what you say cheers. (633 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of Dsimenson
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Color is black--only shows a bit of dark brown near the surface when held up to a bright light. Thin milk chocolate colored head, nice lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, rich toffee, and chocolate, w some vanilla also. Flavor is dark, rick, smokey, with dark-roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and mildly stated hops. Mouthfeel is medium thin. Overall this is a unique and outstanding stout--a real treat! (444 characters)

Photo of Alron
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber served in a pint glass. No bottle dating.

Nice appearance. good head. very dark. looks a tat bit carbonated.

Smell is awesome! marshmallows (as advertised), gram crackers, chocolate, coffee, sweet, delicious. fantastic smell.

Taste is a bit of let down. Yes it has the marshmallows, gram crackers, chocolate, and coffee, but it's a bit toned down.

Mouthfeel is way too thin and carbonated.

Overall- I decided to review this beer because it was so interesting. OMG the SMELL is ridiculous. Fantastic smell. I recently saw a fellow BA stocking his shopping cart with 6 of these so I had to give it a try. I really do love the smell. One of the best ever. Although, it's very polarizing because the taste and mouthfeel really let's down for me. I'd say a very solid stout, just for the smell. Interesting. I'd probably buy again. It's only 6.5%, which is probably the issue. (891 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: in a way, it almost looks like a s'more, chocolate dark with a dark brown head.

S: really does smell like s'mores. Very unique in that sense.

T: good, clean stout with a pleasant finish of coffee and smokiness.

M: smokiness combined with a good chill is nice.

O: it is very unique to have the smokey marshmallow flavor. Without it, it would be pretty generic, but it's a good beer to try. (399 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown head.

S: Smells like s'mores, with cinnamon, honey, graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow notes.

T: Roasty, chocolate, marshmallow, honey, graham cracker, sweet. Tastes like a s'more.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: It sounds odd, but it's like drinking s'mores and it's delicious. Definitely worth a try. (345 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +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. (264 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (2,657 characters)

Photo of bcerv-ca
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark cola with ample carbonation. Head doesn't last long and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, graham cracker with cinnamon & sugar.

Tatste & Mouthfeel: Very light. Graham cracker stands out, backed by milk chocolate and some caramelized sugar.

Overall: On the light side, might be better served if it was more viscous. Superb smell and excellent taste. Worth a try. (392 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Transferred from another forum)

Highwater Brewing's Campfire Stout. A stout brewed with graham crackers, in an attempt to simulate s'mores. 6.5% ABV.

Appearance: It's black with a hint of dark brown on the bottom, and just the slimmest line of head.

Smell: Good, medium brewed coffee smell, along with a good amount of graham cracker. Slight dark chocolate smell. Chocolate comes out more and coffee recedes as it warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It has a very dark chocolate-y flavor, with just a touch of coffee, so definitely a success, there! A slight graham taste. Marshmallow is a stretch, but there is a slight sweetness that bring to milk or whipped cream mind. A little lactose, probably.

Not a great stout, but nice attempt.

Poured into a pint glass, from a 22 oz. bottle. (784 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So Raul did it! Yes he did! Oh wait, this isn't one of those 'king kong' of beers? Anyway...

Yep, Raul was at tha joint, The Playground, and he did the damn thing. And lets be real: if heaven has a smell, it should be like this. Hell, even the new scent of KIA should be like this. Like, DAMNNN! Makes Raul want to dive headfirst into a chocolate/marshmallow bath of ecstasy and swallow every drop until they ain't no more.

I mean, baby... we cool, right? (457 characters)

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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
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