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:
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Added by TheStove on 04-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
579
Reviews:
101
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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65
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173
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and marshmallows. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice aromas and flavors that is easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an apparent liquid tribute to the famous campfire desert, the concept isnt necessarily new in beer, but execution on this level just may well be. they got the chocolate part down, that bit is easy, but there is a nice bitter dark and sweet milk chocolate element all the way through, probably the most forward of the elements, a lot of it obviously acheived with malt. the part that impresses me most here is the graham cracker element, there is a real true graham cracker favor here, light honey and doughy grain, its perfect with the chocolate and gives a sweet but also sort of savory element to the beer. that part is new to me. plenty of molasses and vanilla notes here too, basically covers the marshmallow part just fine. its also rad that there is a little smoke to this, it would be easy for it to overpower, but its just right, giving the flavor and authenticity of the being cooked on a campfire, reay awesome little add there. love all the body and how smooth it is. an incredibly flavorful beer, but well balanced and neat with the s'more aspects all coming together to well. totally impressed with all the high water stuff i have had so far!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives charcoal black capped by an inch of tan foam; a few wisps of lace linger

Smell: Graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate and a hint of campfire smoke

Taste: Like the aroma, this is a liquid S'more with all elements in balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A clever idea for a beer and fun to drink for half the pint but I found that I couldn't finish it due to the sweetness

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/23/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, graham cracker, dark bread, light coffee, vanilla, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced dark/roasted malt, graham cracker, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, graham cracker, light coffee, dark bread, vanilla, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, graham cracker, dark bread, light coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, graham cracker, and spice flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced stout. All around well balanced dark/roast malt, graham cracker, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
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