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Beer Camp Across The World: Campout Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Beer Camp Across The World: Campout PorterBeer Camp Across The World: Campout Porter

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In honor of Beer Camp, our friends at New Zealand's Garage Project brewery wanted to carry the camping theme straight to the flavor of our beer. Featuring a unique malt smoked over manuka wood, rare manuka honey and vanilla beans, this robust porter has sweet notes reminiscent of marshmallows toasted over a campfire.

Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

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Ratings: 331 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kingmaker
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight chili, chocolate, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight chili, strong chocolate, hint of wood, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rab53
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of garymuchow
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting aroma that seemed to have little to do with a porter or the added ingredients. It represented more like walnuts and had hints of sweetness that did not resemble honey.
Lighter brown color on pouring but darker in the glass. Tan head.
Taste is more like expected but the honey is dull and the vanilla pale. Based porter seems fine.;
A little thin for a beer this big.
Drinks like a porter once it gets going.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakecattleco
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada/Garage Project Campout Porter

Beer Camp Across America 2017 10/12

A: This fairly straightforward offering from the somewhat eccentric New Zealand brewery pours a bit lighter than one would expect from a porter these days, but stylistically, the dark, reddish brown is right on. Clarity is there as well, impressively. Head is a bit lacking at only about a finger, but it has a nice, expected khaki color. Lacing and retention are above average. This is a better start than many of the beers in this pack got off to. 4.5/5

A: The aroma is classic smoked porter with deep, earthy, woodsy smoke, sweet smoked meat, ash, dark chocolate, smoked figs, and a bit of vanilla. Cola comes through somewhat alongside definite real vanilla bean, more earthy and vaguely sweet and less marshmallow (though that dimension shows upon warming). There is a bit of cherry present as well. Overroasted coffee with a hefty dose of cream comes to mind. Hops seem nonexistent. It smells very nice but not all that different than other smoked porters. 4/5

T: A surprising amount of smoke greets the palate creating instant dryness. Dry brushfire and ashes clash with sweet meaty smoke and chocolate, cocoa powder in under-sweetened Turkish coffee coat the palate. Vanilla beans add their characteristic flavor but also intensify the bitterness and dryness; they come out even stronger as the beer warms, almost as dominant as the smoke. Dark fruits and a very dark chocolate sweetness lurk underneath the tumultuous front end, and cola returns here as well. There is a very light flavor something like acidity, but this is definitely not infected, so that remains a mystery. Caramel pokes in where it can, before being suppressed by all of the above plus earthy hop bitterness and a little pine. This is a very strongly-flavored beer, and it has an impressive level of dryness, moreso even than many other smoked porters. The general flavor spectrum is fairly standard fare for the style, however, but the sheer aggression is unique. 4/5

M: The oppressive dryness mentioned above naturally bleeds into the mouthfeel. This is on the light end of medium, especially for the style, and the carbonation seems rather high, but it mostly works. The only strange thing is that twang that feels like acidity, which brings this down just a little. Some part of the beer also makes the teeth feel gritty and uncomfortable, another flaw. 3.25/5

O: Despite this not doing much that, say, Stone Smoked Porter or Alaska Smoked Porter do not already do, the strength of the flavors and the brashness of the overall impression makes this a very enjoyable beer for me. I think calling it unique or claiming to see the influence of either the Mānuka wood or Mānuka honey (any honey at all, really) is a bit of a stretch, but it apparently does not hurt the beer either (besides claiming to be "unique," flavor-wise). This is very dry, fairly-straightforward, and attention-grabbing. It is mostly well-executed besides some mouthfeel strangeness (a rare miss for Sierra Nevada). I do wish the Mānuka was more obvious and unique, but this is a very tasty and enjoyable beer at the end of the glass. Pair with Full of Hell's "Trumpeting Ecstasy." 4.25/5

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3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Handsome golden brown color with swirls of foam in the Leute Bokbier glass. There's some smoke in the nose, but first you get the vanilla aroma. Some malty sweetness. Very dark malt, charred grain, some burnt sugar. rich flavor but light body.

Dark bitter wood and vanilla pretty well sums it up. All of the 2017 Beer Camp brews sound so interesting, but like most of them this one is tough to actually drink. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle from a beer camp around the world variety box poured to tulip glass
Sight: black, small foam,some lacing
Smell: slight aroma of malt, nutty
Taste: low-medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouth feel: good follow through, good finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer, ok to repeat not to look for

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Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown color with red where light hits the edge of the class, with a thick 2 finger creamy tan colored head that dissipated very, very slowly and had craters form in the top which then left excellent lacing coating the sides.

Smells of roasted grains, roasted nuts, toasted bread crust, light vanilla, toffee, a sugary sweetness which must be the honey, and smoky as well as earthy notes as it trails. Not reminiscent of marshmallows toasted over a campfire, but a nice roasty porter nose that covers the basics with the additions of vanilla and honey bringing complexities.

The flavor to me does not taste like a marshmallow toasted over a campfire, but it is very complex and tasty with smoked malts, peat moss, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, ashy notes, burnt wheat bread, biscuit, of lot of nuttiness, coffee grinds, piney hops and herbs. Everything malty but the kitchen sink. The honey sweetness and lactose trail and it almost seems like chocolate milk or heavy cream. I like the woody and smoky accents as well as the herbal and hoppy complexities. The more this warmed up, the better it got as all the different flavors expanded.

Feels thin and watery, with mellow carbonation, a light to medium body and a nice smoky, earthy finish that shows off the guest ingredients again and allows this to fade with the vanilla and honey. One of the better beers in the Beer Camp Across The World 12 pack, I really liked this brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with a cream colored head. Chocolate and candy-like aroma and along with a bit of spice. Roast coffee and a little dark chocolate. Balanced and roasted flavor. Full in body. Nice.

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Photo of DIM
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last from the pack, kinda forgot about this one. All the elements work pretty well together. Can't say I was able to discern any honey though.

The vanilla is noticeable but blessedly subdued and harmonious with the nicely nutty porter, especially at the finish. The smoke was subtle and most prominent early. There was a nice chocolate note throughout.

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Photo of mds1101
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Burt
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black body, opaque, with a thin white head that fades to a wispy cap. The lacing is tightly bubbled.

S - Quiet notes of roasted malts and a bit of floral honey, dark fruit notes.

T - The nose is pretty close, opening with a bit of plum-like sweetness, roasted dark bread and coffee malts, and a mildly acidic and bitter close.

M - Feel is a bit thin for my taste, coming off a bit cola like in carbonation and in weight.

O - Not as interesting as the marketing would have you believe, but a pleasant combination of roast and floral sweetness, with just enough bite in the close.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a variety 12-pack $23.99 from Tamuras
Smell of dark chocolate
Dark black color
Heavy thick mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, slight bitterness finish, some burnt smokey taste
Overall an ok porter, but tastes more burnt than smokey. Whatever honey and vanilla was used is lost in the flavor. Not something I would drink a lot of, more of a sipping beer.

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Photo of hman43
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours brown with a light brown head and has moderate head retention.

Smell: There are roasted aromas with a low smoked flavor, honey, and spice.

Taste: There are blended flavors or roast and smoke with some spices. There is a light level of wood, vanilla, and hints of honey.

Feel: It has a moderate feel with a moderately light bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a well blended roast and smoke beer with flavors that provide a good balance and support.

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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark cola color with a generous amount of small foam bubbles that cling to the side of the glass thickly as they subside. Looks like it's going to taste good and sweet.

Smell: Vanilla, caramel, honey, and just the slightest hint of smokiness from the wood. Overall aroma not that strong which is okay for a porter but I would have expected better from Sierra Nevada.

Taste: Loved it at the first sip. Definitely a very strong honey taste that is followed by a brightness from the hops. The defining note is the honey, this definitely tastes like a honey beer.

Finish: Sticky sweet honey that finishes extremely well with vanilla and the herbal hops and smoke flavor. I can really taste the woodiness of the smoke in the finish as it seems to be the lingering note but it is a bit hard to detect until everything else has faded away.

Overall: I liked the taste very much, but feel like it needed an extra boost in the aroma department. With all the emphasis on the smoking over manuka wood, I feel like I could detect the wood smoke but it wasn't as strong in the aroma and finish as it should have been. The honey characteristics are a lot more important, and had it been simply named honey porter I might have set different standards for it.

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Beer Camp Across The World: Campout Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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