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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
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 Twig2848
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev +9%
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 Didier
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of neophilus
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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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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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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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 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 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 vande
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this beer. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a solid cap, with a bit of lace left behind. Dark brown body that's a bit lighter at the fringes.

S - Aroma is a mixture of hickory smoked meats, campfire, and milk chocolate. It's very balanced, and a bit sweeter than I like my smoked porters.

T - The taste is again quite chocolate-heavy, with more dry smokiness in the finish. Less sweet, with the chocolate somewhere between semisweet and dark. Maybe a touch of burnt toast in there.

M - The texture is reminiscent of melted chocolate, or incompletely dissolved cocoa powder. Medium body that is a touch watery, with lower carbonation.

D - Not a bad smoked porter, but I think I prefer more smoke - I'm not a very subtle guy. With Stone's offering available everywhere for cheap there's not a ton of motivation to seek this out. Great label though!

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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 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 Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Throwback Campfire Smoked Porter from Throwback Brewery
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