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

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Ratings:
569
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
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65
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168
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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Alvaro5115
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour forms a black body with a bubbly 1 finger head.

Rich aromas of graham cracker, nuts, marshmallow, and some chocolate extracts. Light roast malts. Just awesome S'mores aroma.

The flavor is a bit less satisfying, starting with roast malts, lactose, some fake chocolate extract, and then coffee. Lingering flavors of marshmallow and graham weave in and out of the lingering bitterness and roast malts. Metallic finish. The flavor mostly comes from the aroma.

Feel is a bit thin, with a chalky dryness and moderate carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment, especially after that amazing nose took place. I'd skip this next time if I came across it.

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

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black oil with a lovely aroma. The taste was heavy on molasses and it seemed to be hot and a little unbalanced for a 6.5 abv stout. It was a little thin for my liking. Not a bad beer overall and might get it again if I am in the mood.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On nitro - 16 oz pour

A- Deep brown/black with fluffly, light brown head
S- Bunt/roasted malts, brown sugar, fake vanilla
T- Artificial adjuncts... kind of artificial overall
F- Medium (probably helped by the nitro)
O- Wouldn't drink again

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Photo of jbeervt
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow sweetness, and some vanilla on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with chocolatey sweetness.

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Photo of jbdpsu82
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDrinkinSquid
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance got the highest score by default because, of course, I drank it straight from the bottle. I experienced the smell as almost entirely chocolate with just the slightest hint of malt. The feel is medium carbonation, and not as bready as I usually find in a stout. I did not detect any graham cracker taste, but the chocolate notes are very prominent, almost to the point that they're overwhelming. Even so, this is a fairly enjoyable beer, one that's best consumed after a good meal, in lieu of dessert.

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Photo of JBDE16
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pure black into a tulip, with a dense but thin head.

Smell is vanilla extract and molasses.

Can really taste the graham crackers and chocolate on the finish.
Very smooth, with minimal carbonation. The molasses shows up on the palate again a little too

Delicious dessert beer. That is drinkable at only 6% ABV
Pretty light compared to many other stouts

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Photo of darkhitect
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that didn't last very long. Not much lacing.

S: A big, aggressive aroma of chocolate, molasses, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a lot of chocolate, graham crackers, light malt notes, a bit of molasses, a hint of marshmallow, and a slight, burnt quality that's evident in the finish. Yeah, it tastes pretty much like s'mores - no doubt about that. More chocolaty than anything, but this is a good thing. Incredibly enjoyable and surprisingly complex.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a super-smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is the sort of beer that won't please everyone; it's kind of a novelty. Nevertheless, it's well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of jaketaz
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I wouldn't say it tastes like s'mores or graham crackers, more like a blend of milk chocolate and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I know everyone's going on about the graham crackers but I tasted this beer the same way I taste every beer (as close as possible to blind testing) and it's cinnamon sugar + chocolate. Solid uniform head that looks like a tan meringue, highly carbonated, smells like milk chocolate, totally black beer. I split the bomber in half, drank the second half the next day and had basically become a bitter cream soda, which is still ok! Weakest aspect is the thin mouthfeel. Above average beer but I'd rather go Sam Smith chocolate stout.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutBoi
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 569 ratings.
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