Campfire Stout | High Water Brewing

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Campfire StoutCampfire Stout

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High Water Brewing
California, United States

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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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 564
Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with no light permeating it. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and most of the top. The aroma is dead on with chocolate and graham crackers. The taste is very sweet chocolate and graham cracker. I like sweet milk stouts but this was a bit cloying to me. The mouth was a bit thick, chewy, and a touch warm.

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Photo of Tele
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 9.7.15)
Consumed: 1.6.16

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a large, light tan head. Good retention and leaves some lace.

A: 3.75 Aroma is dominated by molasses and clove. As the beer warms, a bit of vanilla extract and roasted malt come through, but are overpowered by molasses.

T: 3.75 Pretty similar to the nose. Lots of molasses, more vanilla extract, and relatively mild malt character. The combination is strangely cola-like and overall a bit artificial tasting. Fortunately, sweetness is very much under control, as is the mild bitterness on the finish.

M: 4.5 Really nice body and carbonation all things considered. Super glad this is not an imperial stout as the easy drinkability of this beer saves it from the intense flavors.

O: 3.75 This is a fine beer with decent adjunct flavors but somewhat out of balance. Definitely not terrible, just somewhat artificial tasting.

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Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

According to.what ive read it should.have a.high carbonation but 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 good job to this brewery ill buy more

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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 ccg
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours like a quality stout but with a good inch of khaki foam and above-average retention.
The smell hits you in the face with sticky toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and chocolate. As it warms, more of the graham-crackery toasty smell emerges.
The taste does not quite hit as strongly as the smell, but the flavor profile is similar. A bit more chocolate flavor comes out but less marshmallow. The finish has just a hint of bitterness.
The feel is a little bit on the thin side.
Overall: It delivers what it promises. I have to note that the first time I had it was on tap at Church Key in San Francisco. That one was marshmallow for days. Out of a bottle, it's more subtle. I would probably have given the draft pour a rating about 0.5 higher.

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Photo of VonMisfit
2.93/5  rDev -26%
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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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with huge tan foamy head
Not lying on the label when it says aromas of marshmallow & chocolate with toffee
Smokey coffee flavour some hints of chocolate more malt and a good dry bitter finish
It's a bit thin for the flavour and abv
I like this, this is very good, flawed but well worth a try and certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of braker649er
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

They nailed it. This has all the components of s'mores in its smell and taste. Graham--check. Chocolate--check. Marshmallow tinge--check. Light hint of smoke--check. And none were overpowering.

The aftertaste also reminded me slightly of coffee liqueur, though there wasn't really so much coffee here.

I usually have an aversion to offbeat sweet flavors, but rating this for what the target was, as well as whether I enjoyed it overall, I have to hand it to the brewers. Spot on s'mores.

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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 ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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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 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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Photo of Moose90
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep rich dark brown, almost black in color, very dark and rich looking. There is a tall and dark brown colored head that sits atop and leaves behind nice lacing.

S — This literally smells like the best part of a campfire, most notably smores! Nice graham cracker note with some milk chocolate and marshmallow sweetness. All that said, it's not overly sweet.

T — Tastes much like the nose, great graham cracker base layered with milk chocolate and marshmallow sweetness, a little smokiness as well.

M — Medium bodied, a bit sweet and long on the finish.

O — Very nice overall, completely unexpected, may be a bit sweet, but I didn't mind it.

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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 JeffBlue
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle, BevMo, Valencia, CA 2/21/15). Aroma was like a chocolate bar. The first stout I have had in a few years and I really enjoyed it. Super smooth.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a jet black in color. There’s definitely a s’moresy aroma to it. Melting marshmallow, graham cracker, and some milk chocolate all come through, backed by a thick body for heft. A little too rich for me in anything but a small dose.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- 22oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 27-Jan-15

I think I got an old bottle... High sweetness and almost metallic that befuddles all the flavors. Get little graham cracker, if at all.

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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 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 RollBounce
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of brewmastercat
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

10/10/2014 - Highwater Brewing - Campfire Stout - 22 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau
L - Black as night with a graham cracker head. When held up to light, hardly able to see through, but the beer does have hints of red.
S - I love the smell of this beer. The first time I came across it a friend got a glass of it. I could smell the beer through the pub. Lots of vanilla, sweetness, cracker, roast and chocolate.
T - Chocolate stout up front, with an intense creaminess with vanilla and graham cracker notes. A ooey gooey boozy s'mores!
F - A lot thinner on the mouth feel than what I'd prefer. Not so much decadent, nearly sessionable at 6.5%. Great dessert beer that doesn't overpower.
O - I love this stout. I would love to see an imperial version. This is one of my beer tools to turn people to the dark side. Next time I go camping, you better believe this one will go with me.

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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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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 564 ratings.
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