Campfire Stout
High Water Brewing

Campfire StoutCampfire Stout
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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #64
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,103
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
709
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California, United States
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90
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Campfire StoutCampfire Stout
Notes: 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”
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Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 01, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This has bene sitting in the fridge for a while...

So, okay, often I'll not pick up on a beer's special flavor but the label will alert me to it and so I'll notice it. "Brewed with cumquats," it says, and so by golly I just so happen to recognize that distinctive cumquatiiness that I otherwise would have just described as "citrus."

This time, I swear to god, I didn't read the label beforehand. I took a sip and said "jesus why does this taste like graham crackers," and then I checked the label and it actually contains graham crackers. What the hell?

So, it's a unique thing. It's pretty awesome because it's basically telling all conventional beer styles to fuck off, but it's doing so without reaching for anything that's even remotely popular.

How does it taste? Damn good, actually. Smells super smooth and rounded, with clear stout barley and then just some grahamy sweetness where usually the roastiness might be counteracted with chocolate. You don't actually taste marshmellows so much as they presence themselves by force of your anticipation. T-that's a pretentious way to put it, I realize, but I'm not talented enough to describe such an unpretentious and innovative beer in non-pretentious terms.

So... I dunno. This bottle is nearly a year old, so maybe that did something to it, but what I'm drinking right now really has to be experienced to be believed. Unique and nearly perfect.

Mar 13, 2016
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TequilaMockingbird from California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Subtle toasty aroma of s'mores, incredibly smooth and delicious chocolate taste. Serves well with slightly salted desserts (think pretzels, salted caramel, etc). This is my favorite dessert beer!

Sep 13, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black, with basically no head or lacing.

Smells quite sweet, and exactly like a campfire s'more, except without the burnt aspect or the smoke aspect. There's some dark chocolate, some bready graham cracker, and vanilla.

The taste also gets the s'more aspect down pat. It's sweet and creamy, almost milky, with a chocolate syrup, vanilla cream, and graham cracker, with a smidgen of roasted malt, just enough to keep it from being too cloying and sweet.

This one is really rich and creamy, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a medium body.

Though loaded with adjuncts, this one is still quite tasty.

Oct 15, 2014
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Lots of milk chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla/marshmallow. Smells like a real smore, smells good, just not traditional for a stout
T: Cocoa, a touch bitter, some chocolate malts, but the palate loses the other smore notes without gaining anything substantial
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat bitter and sweet, but otherwise unremarkable
O: I had higher hopes. Nice nose, but the nose doesn't carry through and what's left is only so-so as far as stouts go

Aug 02, 2015
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Furlinator from California

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch khaki head disappears completely and leaves almost no lace.

The smell is an amazing combination of dark chocolate, graham cracker, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and barbeque char. Like boozy s'mores.

The taste is of bitter dark chocolate, graham crackers and faint vanilla.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Very impressive and inviting aromas of s'mores. Taste is slightly less impressive. A very good cold weather stout.

Oct 30, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, New York. It arrived in a house snifter, showing browned shades of espresso. It held a film of an eggnog colored head which left minimal lacing even after the liquid levels began to drop in the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma introduced us to notes of milk chocolate syrups, brownie batter, molasses, brown sugar, licorice, plum pudding, black cherry, black pepper spice, soft and spicy ethanol, buttery nougat, charred chocolate and black malts, hazelnut creaminess, vanilla icing, sweet oily espresso beans, Patron XO, Cocoa Puff cereal graininess, Runt candy tartness, and plastic garbage bags. The flavoring followed nicely, giving cough syrup chemical bite, warming booze in the form of spiced rum, robust cloven phenols, cherry flesh, vanilla extract, muddy and darkly roasted chocolate and caramel malts, deeper charred coffee grain, wet raw barley, dusty ale yeast, powdered cocoa, candied butterscotch, coconut husks, vanilla buttercream, mild herbal hops, bile acidity, and dried tobacco leafiness. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was medium. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop were all nice, but the taste came out a little thinned on the fleeting edge of the sip. The mouth was coated with a syrupy film, then finished with a lightly drying tannic astringency. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability remained decently easy throughout.

Overall, while this was a pleasant offering, we found it to be a bit inconsistent. To start things off, the aroma was fantastic. Very complex, malt forward, and balanced by enough sweetness. The taste, however, left us somewhat perplexed. Again, it just felt inconsistent in what it was trying to do. You would start with some syrupy sweet notes, then dive into some deep and boozy chemical things, and then finish off with a unique bitterness. The next sip would be entirely different. The mouthfeel lent to a thinned flavor and, with such a curious showing of rummy booziness, made for a thought provoking display, to put it nicely. Intense critique and criticism aside, those moments of chocolatey and vanilla sweetness created a more full-flavored experience, saving the beer rather substantially.

Jan 30, 2015
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BerryKumquat from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 23, 2019
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whatsajessica from California

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Jul 09, 2014
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mschrei from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 03, 2015
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RollBounce from New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

This beers is tasty. Nice smell of graham crackers. I did think being called campfire that there would be a smoked note somewhere, but there is not. It tastes like a more balanced version of boulder shake.

Oct 30, 2014
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Dwkasper from New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

The reason I'm giving this beer a 4.0 is because its a fun beer! This really tastes like smores and great on a snowy upstate NY night

Nov 21, 2014
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SocalKicks from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 26, 2013
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BeerMeCJS from California

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 12, 2015
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Beernoobie from California

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 22, 2016
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QuakeAttack from California

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 11, 2016
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jbrownc

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Aug 10, 2014
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Tuckersmth from California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Mar 12, 2014
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fingerflinger from California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Oct 24, 2014
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Maseitz from Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Jan 31, 2014
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jcjohns from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 15, 2014
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robotic_being from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 12, 2020
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MarkyMOD from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Nov 03, 2014
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Bubbawilly88 from California

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 04, 2018
Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 709 ratings