Campfire Stout | High Water Brewing

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Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States
highwaterbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout brewed with graham crackers, molasses with natural flavor added. Campfire Stout evokes fond memories of wilderness and camping adventures. Notes of chocolate and graham cracker topped with a hint of marshmallow will leave you wanting s’more. Like any campfire experience, this beer is best shared with a warm circle of family and friends. “Leaves You Wanting S’More”


Added by TheStove on 04-26-2012

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pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of Jrosso
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of antihero404
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garymlong
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnDon
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with two fingers of off-white foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is graham crackers, milk chocolate, light smoke, sweet sugar, lactose, and roasted and toasted malts. It smells like a small campfire with a well roasted s'more ready for consumption. Flavor profile carries a soft sweetness with burnt sugar leading that charge. Milk chocolate and lactose add to the sweetness, with roasted and toasted malts working hard to counteract it. Graham cracker sits neutral, adding a little complexity to the balance. It certainly leans onto the sweeter side of the spectrum. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a fizzy, semi-harsh carbonation texture to it. The texture becomes more smooth as the beer warms. Its semi-harsh fizzy texture mashed up with the sweetness makes it slow to drink. Overall, a solid, dessert-esque stout. Good notes all around and a fine balance that is just tipped in favor of sweet with bitter being the opposite side. With just 6.5% ABV, it packs a fair amount of flavor into each sip.

Served in a Teku 3.0 from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of wati47
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of festizio
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smb71481
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Soneast
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rooroo61
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drstalker
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger of head. The nose certainly smells like s'mores. The flavor has sweet notes upfront. I noticed a bit of graham cracker. By comparison. the finish is dry and fairly hoppy for the style.

I was somewhat disappointed that a stout named "Campfire" did not include a bit of smoke in the flavor.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer last month while temporarily stranded in Wendover, Nevada as it looked appealing and had a bear on the label (inside joke). Thankfully, the liquid on the inside matched up with the outside as this was indeed, a take on s'mores that would have been great to enjoy with family and friends, had any of them actually been around during this wee hour of the morning...

The pour to this wasn't that bad as it had the appearance of cola or root beer, minus the big bubbles. Lots of graham cracker, molasses, and marshmallow in the nose as this was quite sweet upon my initial reaction. Tough to find the chocolate in the taste as this felt like sarsaparilla with cocoa powder thrown in for good measure. Sweet, alkali, and full of coffee creamer, this almost felt like a Milk / Sweet Stout given how high the underlying lactose was. Not enough bite here as the malt could have been more pronounced and the grittiness of a graham cracker was missing as well. A light, underlying bitterness and near-nonexistent carbonation kept this beer from being truly great, though it was mildly enjoyable in a laid-back sense.

Thankfully, there wasn't a lot of booze here as this didn't feel much like a Stout. A mild roasted undertone and lack of heft made me think that this more closely resembled a Porter, though the hint of chocolate was enough to make me feel otherwise. Not a bad beer but this needs to be paired with actual s'mores to reach it's full potential. If you're missing that and a campfire, this could make you wistful for those summers out in the woods with the scouts or your friends...

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Photo of Jessica1029
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours equal parts black and brown, has 2/3" dark brown head. The aroma is a mixture of roasted malt and all the adjunct smores stuff if you look for it. Somewhat depends on your willful suspension of disbelief.

Taste is nice, it has enough of the S'more aspects to make it more than just gimmicky, but not so much that this ceases at times to feel like a beer. Hits the sweet spot in that regard. It was quite drinkable, sometimes these things try to see how much of a chore they are for a single drinker to put away necessitating some Chicago pours and whatnot. This is a bomber I could see putting down myself, especially around a fire like they seem to be trying to evoke at times.

Not bitter, kinda smooth without being weak or watered down. This was an enjoyable stout, upper echelon.

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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 646 ratings