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Campfire Stout | High Water Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,344
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
601
pDev:
10.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Trade:
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Ratings: 601 |  Reviews: 103
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1.25/5  rDev -69%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of ThePaleRider
2.34/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark with a chocolatey head.

S - Thge smell of marshmallow is very strong. Dark malts in the back add a little complexity to the mixture.

T - Wow! Like taking a shot of whipped cream vodka. Vanilla is very powerful. Not as much chocolate as I would've liked. Also not picking up any graham cracker. Just tastes like a marshmallow beer.

M - Very smooth with little carbonation.

O - Might be a good desert beer but seems more like a novelty. Couldn't finish my glass because the sweetness was just too overwhelming.

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2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed live. Reviewed as an American Stout because it self-identifies as a stout and it's American. I dig the simple label art. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average due to the description on the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Supple and inviting. Light uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average for the style - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque dark solid black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style, but nevertheless quite good. I can't wait to try it. Not unique or special. No flaws jump out at me.

Sm: Oh boy. Chocolate malt, milk chocolate, marshmallow, dark malts, a buried hint of mint, molasses, and a hint of vanilla. Very evocative; they hit what they're going for except there's no graham cracker. Reminds me of digestives or keebler's cookies. Cream. Milk. the marshmallow note is a highlight; wow. Gooey goodness mixed with caramel is fantastic.

It's not without flaws, though. I can tell flavour was added, maybe some unwarranted extract. It's forgivable though.

A remarkable aroma that hits the s'more concept on the head. Moderately strong.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. This one is all additive and malt.

T: Chocolate malt, milk chocolate, artificial chocolate flavour extract. A bit too sweet. Caramel. Dark malts. A bit of marshmallow, but nowhere near as much as was promised by the aroma. Not getting any graham cracker. Milky. Light herbal hops redolent of mint do surface a biteen. Boy, that sweetness is really ruining the balance for me. Nowhere near as complex or subtle as it'd have to be to be up there with the best in the style. Do I like it? Hm. Not really, actually. Ultimately, it's just so damned artificial. The flavour additives do this one a disservice.

Flavour intensity is high for the style, even overbearing. Flavour depth, diversity, and duration are average to below average. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Syrupy. Sticky. Gooey. Thick - overly so. Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well, but I guess it's a valiant attempt at creating a texture to match the concept.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, or boozy. Far from ideal overall. Not a good texture for the style.

Dr: The overdone sweetness and lack of interesting flavour make this one kind of difficult to drink. I'll finish this bottle with effort, but I'm not happy to have to take it down alone. Overpriced for the quality. I certainly wouldn't get this again. The aroma is a highlight, but the beer doesn't deliver on the concept once you factor in the flavour and mouthfeel. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Disappointed given its current high ratings. Even Southern Tier hits their concepts without coming off too artificial.

Highish D+

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2.68/5  rDev -33.5%

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2.72/5  rDev -32.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of jethrodium
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a dark brown with small tan head that settles to a ring and leaves a very minimal amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is marshmallow, graham cracker, light chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and a light roastiness. The taste has quite a bit of Initial sweetness with marshmallow and vanilla. There is also some graham cracker and light chocolate. The finish has a light roastiness with a lingering marshmallow. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. There is a lot going on here, but I didn't find it to work that well. A bit too sweet for my tastes.

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2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with graham crackers and molasses

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, foamy tan head with decent retention. Clear bistre brown body with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to s half wisp and ring. A slight ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, milk chocolate, molasses notes, marshmallow and graham crackers. Touches of caramel and chocolate. Interesting, but weird.

TASTE: Sweet caramel and graham crackers up front. More of the same after the swallow as well, with marshmallow, vanilla, milk chocolate, graham crackers, some roasted bitterness and caramel notes. Tastes like desert or some kind of graham cracker pie, but a slightly watery version.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, but a touch prickly perhaps, goes down okay and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Okay I guess. Not sure I like what was going on here, but it certainly tasted as advertised. Started off a little too sweet for my liking, but got better as I got into it. Not something I would go for again, but I could understand why someone else would really like it. Give it a chance and see for yourself.

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2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smells great nice black color. Starts like standard stout then comes this kinda fruity tinge followed by a shot of vodka. Easiest way to put it is a poor version of Blarney flatts with a straight alcohol finish.

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2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into snifter

Deep black body with practically no head or lacing. The nose is quite interesting with chocolate and some vanilla as well as light smokiness. It's an inviting start. The flavors do not come together. The chocolate and vanilla flavors taste artificially added rather than extracted. The light smoke does not balance out the beer. The beer does not sit on the palate well either. This was a total miss for me. The flavors do not balance well and it tasted like a gimmick not a beer. The artificial taste was the biggest issue.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of atomicbeer
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft pint at Big Dog's Draft a House in Las Vegas. Looks like a stout- black. No head to speak of. Aroma is burnt marshmallows, a little coffee, and a little chocolate. Taste follows. Sticky sweet burnt marshmallow leads in a big way with a bit of mocha. Just one notch below too sweet. Got the idea they are trying for, a s'more in a glass. Decent enough as a dessert.

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Photo of jbeervt
3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kniles38
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

According to.what ive read it should.have a.high carbonation but this.is.a.little.low. the body is a jet blblack with light brown.persisting head. Should have some bittering but doesnt seem to really. It does have a light roasted an smoked malt impression with full.body medium.carbs and i rate it higher because it does remind me of the campfire like the name suggests.so good job to this brewery ill buy more

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 601 ratings
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