Campfire Stout | High Water Brewing

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Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by TheStove on 04-26-2012

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522
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3.96
pDev:
28.28%
 
 
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Photo of mynie
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of NavyGoat
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Highwater Campfire Stout based on a recommendation from a friend and it was a great recommendation! A very good stout with a rich but smooth feel and taste!

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Photo of gleemonger
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with an off-white to tan head, moderate in size that dissapates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Looks like a pretty basic stout, a kind of flat one I suppose.

Woowie, super strong smell of chocolate, vanilla, graham cracker and just plain sweet malts. Smells like dessert, one I want to gobble down in short order. I do wish there was a tad more of roasty malts thrown in there too though, so it doesn't just smell like dessert, but damn it sure does smell good.

Very similar to the smell, and much to my surprise and pleasure, it isn't too sweet or artificial tasting. I definitely taste the stout in there - yes, the roastiness is a tad buried, but the chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow flavors really work nicely here with the style and taste fresh and well done. This is one tasty trest, I have to say.

Slightly thick, moderate carbonation, smooth - like a milk or oatmeal stout. Feels every bit like a stout the way I like to feel it in my mouth.

I had no idea what to expect with this one, but I had to try it. It was well beyond my expectations - super tasty and actually works. Yes, it's super sweet, but no more so than any good chocolate sweet stout - they just add a few more things in there, but add plenty of roast and hops to tone it down. I think the only thing that would elevate it to amazing for me would be just a touch more roast, a touch more bitterness - but not much. Really enjoyed this one a lot, and I wouldn't hesistate to recommend.

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Photo of therubicon
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off-tan head with decent retention. Really smells like a smore, with chocolate, marshmallow and Graham cracker. Taste of bitter chocolate, marshmallow, Graham cracker and a hint of smoke. The marshmallow and Graham cracker seem to fade a bit over time. A little thinner than I would have liked, but doesn't majorly detract from the experience. Overall, an absolutely delicious beer I could drink both at a summer campfire or on a cold winter night.

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Photo of NathanielCush
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Not a ton of smell, but awesome experience!

Its thick and smooth like an oatmeal stout but it tastes like smores!

Chocolate and vanilla are the first things you taste, but with a graham cracker finish.

Its very dark in appearance and clouded with a thin head (might have been because I only had a taster glass)

An excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of TequilaMockingbird
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this on draft at a beer festival. Must say its a beer that I have been wanting to try for the last few years.
Pours very dark with very little lacing or carbonation.
Smells terrific with chocolate and yes grahm crackers. Took several strong smells and the smell made me hungry.
Tasted like a good solid stout but better. So I decided to have a 2nd pour to confirm that I liked it as much as I did and sure enough just as good the second time around.
Wish I had this beer on campouts it would get me to go more often.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown head.

S: Smells like s'mores, with cinnamon, honey, graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow notes.

T: Roasty, chocolate, marshmallow, honey, graham cracker, sweet. Tastes like a s'more.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: It sounds odd, but it's like drinking s'mores and it's delicious. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of manutdfan
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this was a surprise. Got this as an extra in a trade, had never heard of his beer or brewery. Brought this to a local tasting tonight, was the star of the show. Deep, dark rich color, little thin on the mouthfeel. Unbelievable nose on this, straight smores. Taste is exactly like the nose, smores on the tongue. Very good, can't wait to try this again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, graham crackers, marshmallows, vanilla, a bit of smoke, and lactose.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts, marshmallows, vanilla, and a bit of smoke. Through the middle, the graham crackers come through with some more smoke, and some milk chocolate. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts, a bit of smoke, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a sweet and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance of flavors. The graham crackers and marshmallows are just right.

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Photo of pants678
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's black with a brown head lacing like a stout should be.

Distinct smell of milk chocolate, marshmallows, definitely one of the best smelling beers I've had.

Little woody, roasted malts with coffee and I do taste graham cracker. It is a liquid s'more. The name says it, it's a campfire beer. The booze is there but it's not a bother. Tad bit of bourbon on the finish.

Carbonation's fine, it's unobtrusive.

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Photo of bcerv-ca
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark cola with ample carbonation. Head doesn't last long and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, graham cracker with cinnamon & sugar.

Tatste & Mouthfeel: Very light. Graham cracker stands out, backed by milk chocolate and some caramelized sugar.

Overall: On the light side, might be better served if it was more viscous. Superb smell and excellent taste. Worth a try.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Color is black--only shows a bit of dark brown near the surface when held up to a bright light. Thin milk chocolate colored head, nice lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, rich toffee, and chocolate, w some vanilla also. Flavor is dark, rick, smokey, with dark-roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and mildly stated hops. Mouthfeel is medium thin. Overall this is a unique and outstanding stout--a real treat!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trying the High Water Campfire Stout at Yards in Roseville, CA. The beer poured an opaque black with ecru head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent is hersey chocolaty goodness. The taste is similar to Boulder's Shake....milk chocolate with hints of roast. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is an excellent stout....and sessionable.

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Photo of Dainslaif
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend suggested this to me as it's from a local brewery and it's an interesting proposal; graham cracker stout. Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Very dark, with a thin lacing of foam.

S: The graham cracker is very prevalent in the scent this beer, and there's a faint bit of roasted/burnt marshmallow as well.

T: On top of a nicely bitter stout flavor, the graham cracker does come through quite a bit. It's fairly sweet, but not as much as a milk stout.

F: Watery, as is expected.

O: Very solid flavor, average bitterness with a pleasant post-sip taste, and the flavor of the graham wasn't overwhelming. Quite nice overall.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A S'more stout? Sure, sign me up for that. This was a bomber purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a slightly brown-tinged black, with a filmy, but relatively fine head of beige, what dissipates to a ring, and only leaves patches of lace. Body is solid, and forms some tight, fine carbonation. Looks good enough.

The nose, however, is where this starts to get interesting. Huge, sweet biffo in the aroma, giving melted chocolate and puffy vanilla marshmallow characters, above, yep, a sweet, biscuity base of malt and gooeyness. It's like a digestive biscuit dunked in a chocolate fondue. Extremely sweet, but absolutely delivering on its promise. Amazing stuff.

Taste, ooh, is also extremely good—and to be honest, better than I was expecting. While I thought the promise of the sweetness would not really be delivered (and it's not), there is a genuine commitment to the S'mores theme here, with more biscuity characters coming through, mingled with a genuine crispy smokiness. On the back palate, we get a long, drawn out milk chocolate character, which again doesn't really contain the sweetness of real chocolate, but absolutely nails its essence. Feel is a little light, and I'd even forgive a little booze if this wanted to be heavier overall, but it's solid as it is.

Really, really interesting stuff—extremely well executed, even if the concept of a campfire-roasted sandwich of chocolate and marshmallow is not your thing. I believe I'll have to keep my eye on High Water in the future.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The "natural flavors" added may be all elements that you taste but it works so well. It starts with a creamy chocolate, charred marshmallow and a finish of Graham cracker. It's a S'More in a bottle.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a black color with a small brown head and medium lacing.

Smell – A strong smell of marshmallows and graham crackers! I wasn’t expecting it to be that pronounced. Also some vanilla and sweet chocolate. Really nice!

Taste – It tastes like a lot like s’mores! The chocolate comes across a bit darker (more bitter) than the smell indicates. There is also some chocolate milk, and a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, yet thin, with a medium-low carbonation. Alcohol is very moderate.

Drinkability – Easy to drink - tastes like s'mores. A good beer!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a very dark brown pretty much black with a good half f inger of head that left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some aswesome marshmallow character was very much noticeable upfront in the aroma with lots of sweetness, a hint of roastiness, a signs of smokiness..

T: the campfire flavors were more prominent on the palate consisting of smore character, graham crackers, marshmallow notes, burnt sugar, slight roastiness, and caramel accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, sugary, campfirey, and sticky finish.

O: very interesting beer for sure, its somewhat of a novelty brew. Worth trying though.

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Photo of hoping4hopps
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mmmmmmmm. While not as intense as a heavily coffe infused stout this shines through with its desert like flavor. A heavy doseing of gram is compiled with chocolate and vanilla to create an interesting sharable stout. I feel it lacks a thick mouthful which I seek out in a crafted stout, however this is a great beer. It is something I would recommend to anyone trying to widen there perspective on craft brewed specialty ales.

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Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

This is a very enjoyable stout I had on tap at FIrst St Alehouse in Livermore with a definite "campifre" and "s'mores" character.

Black, creamy tan head, steadily thins to frothy ring, wisps & some lace.

Aroma is rich caramelised marshmallow prune,hints of coffee candy, dark toast.

Taste has the rich caramelised marshmallow, prune, coffee, candy and dark toast and graham cracker toast, nice sweetness with light balancing bitterness.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a tan head. Nose is full of sweet sugar and marshmallow. A nice toasted sugar note, graham cracker, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Smells and tastes pretty much like a s’more. Tons of marshmallow and chocolate flavor. Graham cracker maltiness, a hint of roast, and sweet sugar. Really awesome stuff!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

extraordinary in terms of style. aroma doesnt give you much but the taste has a ton of vanilla and chocolate and is extremely smooth. i was damn impressed. finished the whole bottle and want more. great stout.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, some solid lace.

S: Great nose of marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate, smells like it should.

T: Heavy dark chocolate, lighter sugary quality than on the nose, but still quite sweet. Pie crust, hint of sugar cane.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, smooth.

O: A fun beer to try. The S'more character is definitely there and tastes and smells above all quite good. A tad pricey, but this is not just some novelty, it's a complete effort.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a good head of tan foam and decent lacing. Quite a bit of visible carbonation in the dark depths.

Smell: Graham crackers and marshmallows.

Taste: Graham crackers, molasses, smoke, and memories of scout camp.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly bittersweet chocolate finish.

The Verdict: Tasty. It walks that fine line between sweet and too sweet, without crossing over. High Water did a great job of combining everything just right to achieve the taste and aroma of campfire s'mores, including the hint of smoke. Impressive. Now I need to go camping.

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