Throwback Campfire Smoked Porter | Throwback Brewery

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Throwback Campfire Smoked PorterThrowback Campfire Smoked Porter

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Throwback Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American 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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Photo of geekxnerd
5/5  rDev +33%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Johncnh
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JIMfallon
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 for a 22 oz. bottle.

A: jet black, poured with a full rocky head that kept it to the bottom of the glass
S: medium nose, deep roasted malt, cocoa undertones
T: nicely done, deep roasted malt up front with balanced bitter finish, smokiness is underlying but noticeable
M: rounded, very pleasant, and very drinkable

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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 KarlosT
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 22oz bottle today at The Drinkery for $9.50. A bit pricey, but I had a 50% off coupon, so the hit wasn't too bad. The label has a friendly-looking bear sniffing around a roaring campfire, and it also notes the beer at 6.4% ABV, 1.064 OG and 48 IBUs.

Poured about 2/3 of the bottle into an imperial nonic. This bier is dense and opaque, a deep, dark brown with no light penetrating at all. The head was frothy and mocha-hued, starting at 3/4" and slowly receding to a short layer while leaving lovely lacing in its wake. The aroma has some roasty choco notes and distinct yet restrained smoky character. The feel is quite smooth, though the body could use a bit more oomph, being no better than medium.

The flavor has more roasty notes along with a bit of bitter, dark chocolate, plus a touch of cocoa. The smoked aspect is evident, though not overpowering, and lends a good shot of dryness to the proceedings. There is a solid amount of floral hops present, giving this bier a bit more bitterness as well as an earthy feel to it. The florality lingers, and the smokiness also lurks stealthily in the shadows. This is, overall, a solid bier. Wish it was more full-bodied, but it's still a tasty offering. Prosit!!

4.03 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of neophilus
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown color impervious to light. Bubbly tan head rises reluctantly but quickly falls. Very little lacing.

Fresh baked bread aroma from the malt wrapped in a gentle blanket of spicy smoke. Excellent balance on the nose, just enough roughness from the roasted grains and smoke to keep the malt interesting.

Good dose of smoke up front with the first sip but not overpowering. Some bitterness from the roasted grains. Acceptable malt backbone to carry the bold flavors. Finishes with a bite from roasted malt and carries the smoke flavor through to the end. Smoke flavor is almost overdone - threatens with an ashtray like flavor, but mostly plays well with the roasted malt body.

Body is about medium on the scale although I prefer a thicker brew for this style of beer. Acceptable mouthfeel that finishes cleanly with a lingering roasted malt flavor and hints of smoke left behind. Smoke cleans up enough to avoid said "ashtray" taste after you sip it.

Its hard to get smoke flavor just right and I think this beer has excellent balance with it. All that is missing is a thicker dose of malt flavor and body to bring out more complexity but otherwise good example of this style.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A - Deep, dark brown, almost black, with some light coming through around the edges. A small beige head.

S - Smoke and roasted malts with some chocolate and brown sugar. More of a roasted smell than I'd expect from a porter.

T - A nice moderate level of smoke. It's clearly there but doesn't dominate. Nice malt flavors accompany it. There's a hint of sweetness throughout.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation with a slightly creamy texture.

O - I thought it was a little heavy on the roasted malts for a porter but a nice, tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of stonermouse
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room. Good-sized pour into a tasting glass.

Pours a nut- brown with a lighter-than-expected head. The head is persistent, even in my little taster.

Smokey aroma right off the bat. Not overwhelming, but it's clear what this beer is all about just from the nose. Smells like camping already.

Wow, this is as advertised. It literally tastes like liquified campfire. Which may sound gross, but combined with a slight coffee bitterness and a touch of malty sweetness, the flavor is something to behold.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, if a touch too thin.

This brew can almost be called a one-trick pony, but it is a really impressive trick. This is going to make for a wonderful winter brew.

9/8 update: Enjoyed from a bomber tonight. It is admittedly difficult to finish the bomber- the smokiness is best enjoyed in relatively small doses. Still, an interesting and recommended brew.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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 vande
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a nice, calm but quite dark pour.. little to no actual head..was poured side by side with a kiss of maple porter from same brewery = head grew like it was its job!

s: smoke on top right away... carmalized, roasted, smoky, smoky malt

t: watered coffee overlapped with smoky roasted malt...remindedm e a bit of alaskan smoked porter... pretty good!

m: light to medium in body, pretty easy to sip...somewhat velvety

o: a nice smoked porter

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Photo of Kinsman
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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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