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Throwback Campfire Smoked PorterThrowback Campfire Smoked Porter

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Throwback Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Campfire is a full-bodied, robust smoked porter. We put a lot of love into this beer – hand-smoking the malt on local applewood, giving this beer a very appealing and balanced smoky flavor & aroma. The result? Jet-black roasty toasty goodness.

Since we took care to craft this beer with just the right balance of smokiness, you can pair Campfire with a wide variety of foods – especially barbecue! Or, for dessert, you might want to simulate a beautiful night outdoors by pairing Campfire with S’mores!

48 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 08-10-2011

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by deltatauhobbit:
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 32oz growler poured a couple days ago.

Pours a dark brown color with no head and very little bubbles shown, no lacing.

Smell has a deep smoky aroma which pretty much overwhelms any other aspect.

Taste starts out with the smoked malt front, not picking up much from the applewood, pretty much smoke, can't pick up much else in the same way a cigarette affects food, fine carbonation with a good body.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of richkrull
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 05Harley
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: ?

Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH

Price - $7.99/bomber

After hearing some buzz about this new brewery I got the opportunity to sample a couple of their beers from their line up, this being one of them thanks to Mike.

Pours nearly pitch black with a fairly quick fading 1 inch frothy tan head. A creamy layer of foam is all that's left behind outlining the inner glass. A good set of legs drape the sides and although unfiltered, not much sediment appears more cloudy than anything.

The nose is unique with an obvious scent of smoke but more interesting is the aroma of apple from the applewood which was used in the smoking process.

The flavor starts out with a quick flash of sweetness followed by bacon, charred malt and coffee beans. The smoke may be overwhelming to some but I find it enjoyable.

The body is light with a silky smooth feel and a good amount of carbonation. In the middle a slight hop bitterness kisses the taste buds followed by some dryness.

The drinkability was fairly good. This is a smoked version of a porter which I found to be in a young state. It could use a bit more flavor as well as more depth to the aroma.

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Photo of geekxnerd
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Kinsman
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown, almost black in color. Requires a bit of an aggressive pour to bring up a creamy tan colored head.

First whiff of this beer tells you that it is appropriately named. Lots of campfire aroma. Some sweeter and roasty malt notes can be picked up as it warms but for the most part it's wonderfully smokey.

With the first sip you pick up the same smokey character found in the aroma but there is much more room for other flavors to show off. Nice malty character that is slightly sweet and nicely toasted. A bit of a coffee character and certainly the applewood adds a familiar smoked bacon note.

Mouthfeel is smooth and plenty creamy but a bit lighter than expected. Overall, I'm really enjoying this smoked porter. Not overwhelmingly smokey but great on a nice cool evening.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 oz. bottle. Sampled on January 13, 2012. The pour is a handsome looking dark brown to nearly black with a moderate, foamy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is very balanced with smoky malts, chocolate, bread, and mellow hops. The body ends up just a tad north of the medium range. The taste really brings out the baking chocolate but not as much smoke as I might have liked. Still, a decent enough Porter from this flegling brewery.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.4% ABV, 48 IBUs,

Thanks Rochefort10NH for the brew! I can dig a good smoke beer.

A - Gun smoke precedes campfire smoke as this bottle hisses when opened. Quite effervescent, a tan head towers over the black beer for what seems like forever. As it collapses into a frothy pile heavy chunks of lace are left on the pint for a sexy start to this beer.

S - Cherry wood smoke and campfire sing from behind the billowing head! Roasted malt provides chocolate and coffee nuances to this somewhat one-dimensional beer. Smoke remains at the forefront but it's certainly not overwhelming.

T - Smooth roasted malt combines a sweet caramel undertone that's immediately swept aside by bitter coffee which in turn transforms into gritty, charred toast on the finish.

M - Smooth starting, this medium bodied porter has a soft entry that leads to a gritty and dark roasted finish that's got quite a bit of acrid, dry burnt bitterness. IBUs are somewhat high, so hops, in conjunction with roasted malt, are somewhat assaulting here while overall smokiness is actually kind of lower.

O - Throwback's Campfire starts great with a gently wafting aroma of smoke but really ramps up the roasted character a little too much in this beer which gives it a very "burnt" flavor and feel that's just a little over the top. As far as smoke beers go, it's actually somewhat light on that front. As far as porters go, the malts in this are about as roasty as they come.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a very nicely opaque dark brown with a nice chocolate milk color and texture head. Clung nicely to the sides. Smell was definitely a fake bottled smoke smell with a hint of sweet. Flavor was slightly smokey, with tad of lactose sweet, fairly well balanced. Felt good in the mouth. A tad undercarbonated, but the right chewiness and coated well. Overall a solid beer. A tad expensive, but it was a small local so not to far out of line.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cute bottle art. Black with dark brown edges. Thin film of retention leaves s sparse foamy crust on my glass.

Smells like moist brownie and roast malt. Lightly smokey? Maybe? Not too much smoke in the nose.

Tastes like chocolate lava cake filling and hickory smoke. Wimpy smokiness. The sweet chocolate fights with the subtle smoke and my mouth is the ultimate loser.

I love the chocolate base of this beer but it needs more smoke to toss it around.

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Photo of BierBliss
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter fizzy head at first but then it keeps rising to a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly with lots of lacing and big bubbles, over very dark brown almost black beer, hint of light with dark brown color on the edges.

Nose has plenty of campfire, smoked malts, hint of smoked meat/cheese like aroma, a bit of roast and dark chocolate, a creamy porter roast aroma, chewy malts and hint of earthy hops.

Taste starts again with smoke, like chewing on smoke essentially but not overpowering somehow. Campfire smoke flavors, a bit of smoked jerky, hickory, bit of wood smoke, etc etc. Then a bit of roast, not a lot but enough to let you know it's there, bringing a hint of coffee even. A slight bit of creamy cocoa, barely detectable under all the smoke and bitterness, the bitterness comes on strong from the roasted charred malts, but not very acrid or briny surprisingly. A decent creamy malt flavor, with a bit of crystal malts as well. Maybe a hint of spicy hops. Finish is still bitter, mostly from the roasted malts again, with a dark char flavor that doesn't get acrid or briny, a bit sticky but drier, and some lingering smoke but the smoke doesn't stick as much as I thought it would.

Mouth is med bodied, a bit creamy, with decent carb.

Overall nice, good smoke flavors without going crazy in salty briny charred flavors, and not too acidic or bitter. A nice creamy chocolate and dark malt balance, with a slight sweetness, not really needed for hops since the roasted malts add the bitterness. A nice tasty beer overall.

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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerworld for picking this up for me.

A - Black beer that turns brown and slightly transparent on the edges. A brown, foamy head rose up about two fingers and had some decent retention.

S - There is a good deal of roast, little chocolate, and a healthy dose of smoke.

T - Slight bit of sweetness, some grease, wood smoke. It has a bit of a chocolate milk quality to it in the mild flavors that it has. The smoke is nice, fades a little bit after a while. Touch of coffee and some cocoa.

M - Medium bodied, pretty smooth, soft carbonation. Again, reminds me of chocolate milk.

O - A solid beer. Good smokey quality with solid flavors.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades very slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smoky coffee nose, flavor is similar smoky roasted coffee with hints of caramel. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Modest tan head which leaves some miniature spots. Garnet brown color where light only shines through on the edges.

Smoky, dark malt smell. I smell some sweet Cadbury chocolate in the background.

This is more smoky than Throwback Double Dippity Smoked Double Brown Ale. Relatively thin body with an elevated carbonation level. Some bitterness in the swallow, but it is mostly smoky. The porter flavor are lighter than most.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Not surprisingly, quite smokey. There’s a hint of vanilla and toffee to it, plenty of roasted malt, too. A mild fish food note to the aroma as well. The flavor is smokey, but despite the name, not really over the top. The malt flavors are allowed to come through and give some roast, coffee, chocolate, and toffee characteristics to the beer. It is a little watery in all aspects, however, and the fish food aroma is a bit much for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is almost black, with ruby highlights around the edges. Frothy, beige head that slowly settles into a filmy coating and clings to everything it touches. Aromas are smokey, with a nutty and coffee backbone. Flavors are rich, with a mocha coffee backbone and smooth, smokey overtones. Meaty qualities throughout, leading to a smokey, bitter roasted aftertaste. Rich, smooth finish that is slightly cloying. This would be great with brats, and would be good to cook with.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool looking 32oz growler received as a birthday gift from my sister...poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours essentially totally opaque and a brown that is as close to approaching black as can be possible. A finger of loose and a bit foamy head forms, lingers briefly and falls to the surface leaving behind spotty lacing and a foamy collar.

S - Quite roasty, fair amount of coffee, charred wood, smoke (go figure), dark roasted malts, low fruity hops.

T - Charred wood, burnt toast, quite smokey and campfire' is very appropriate. Almost like tasting the burnt black bits around the edges of grilled bread (naan anyone?), coffee.

M - Body is distinctly medium with a lighter carbonation (likely due being from a growler) but still lively enough. As the name would suggest there is a pronounced smokiness and burnt aspects with nice lingering effects past the swallow.

O - Wasn't sure what to expect coming into this one. I'm not much of a rauchbier fan so I was a bit hesitant about the smoked aspects here. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The smoke component comes off different from a rauchbier, strong and up front, but perhaps a bit smoother and rounder...maybe the roast comes thru enough with a bit of a lingering sweetness that really smoothes this out. Really does make you think about sitting in front of a campfire and the lovely aromas coming from the fire and lingering behind in your clothes. Good beer...never been so happy to have a sister that lives in North Hampton and loves to frequent the local brewery!

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Photo of gbw5009
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarlosT
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kudos to Nicole and Annette. Excellent beer. Look forward to visiting your brewery.

Compared in a side-by-side taste test against Stone's Smoked Porter (which has some pretty high scores in BA). Served both beers in tulip glasses.

a: looked identical to Stone. dark brown, with a thin off-white head. Nice.

s: perhaps this was its only detriment compared to Stone. The aroma was on the weak side. More subtle.

t: I really like the taste of this beer. Very complex. Clearly the smoke came through. And the obvious burnt coffee notes. There was definitely a novel taste (quite pleasant) that I couldn't place or identify. Perhaps nutty notes.

mf: appropriate amount of carbonation. right viscosity and weight.

overall: will definitely look to buying this beer again, hopefully by Growler. Strongly recommend.

And from my point of view, on par w/ the very popular Stone's Smoked Porter.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Firefly
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a thinnish tan head that was all but gone when the glass arrived at my table. Smells, well, as advertised. Smoky phenols dominate the aroma letting almost nothing else through. Hints of chocolate and roast on the outer fringes, but this one is a smoke bomb! Taste is again smoky, but some chocolate, caramel, licorice find their way onto my palette. Medium to thick body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, light to moderate level of carbonation. As a porter the smoke on this is overdone, it dominates the beer rather than enhancing it. If you called this a rauchbeir I may have scored a bit higher.

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