Campfire Stout | High Water Brewing

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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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3.96
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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So Raul did it! Yes he did! Oh wait, this isn't one of those 'king kong' of beers? Anyway...

Yep, Raul was at tha joint, The Playground, and he did the damn thing. And lets be real: if heaven has a smell, it should be like this. Hell, even the new scent of KIA should be like this. Like, DAMNNN! Makes Raul want to dive headfirst into a chocolate/marshmallow bath of ecstasy and swallow every drop until they ain't no more.

I mean, baby... we cool, right?

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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 ChristopherTenore
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Dark Dark brown to black. as expected it was completely opaque. When poured the head formed was thick. It produced a creamy off white color. The head however did not last extremely long.

S) The nose was bombarded with rich dark notes. There was a great smokey smell that gave way to dark chocolates and toasted malts.

T) The beer was smooth and malty. Its very forward with smoked wood. Under the smoked wood you get a great chocolate flavor and a sweet creamy flavor as well. There are nice hopped undertones as well. This beer is like a smore in a glass.

MF) This coats your mouth wonderfully. There is a smooth and silky quality to it with very low carbonation. It leaves your mouth with a slightly dry sensation, making you want to drink more.

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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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Photo of MattLBC
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sweetness, no bitterness at all. Good carbonation keeps the flavor going. Hints of coconut nose and coconut/caramel flavor, but not strong & overpowering. Very drinkable but can be filling due to the sweetness. Should be really good with a rich dessert, especially chocolate.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours very near black with a finger of dark caramel head, strong retention, very nice lacing.

S - lots of marshmallows and.sugary graham cracker, some sweet chocolate. Exactly as advertised, pretty much dead on.

T - Tons of sweet semi bitter chocolate and graham cracker, hint of marshmallow and the finish. Sweet semi bitter chocolate aftertaste lingers a bit. Kind of starting to taste a bit like ovaltine...

M - medium bodied+ and very smooth. Limited carbonation.

O - lives up to itsdescription very well. Really cool/unique idea for a beer! Boost for awesome creativity.

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Photo of PHBoiler
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Paid 8.99 for this bomber and it was gimmicky enough for me to drop the coin. Also it got pretty great reviews.

A - Wow such a thick dense stout for under 7%. The head is just a 1/4 inch that fades out rather quickly but it did have a nice mocha hue to it.
S - Ah cocoa nibs always smells nice in the glass. Also greeted by a vanilla like sweetness similar to a marshmallow and a bit of smoky like campfire with the roast. Not getting much gram cracker but I am sure its in there.
T - Let it warm up a bit first... Mostly getting a bit of ashy smoke with little sweetness, some hop bitterness and a touch of acidic twang. Far from what I expected from the smell. I am deeply saddened to at least not have a strong chocolate aspect considering it smells of strong cocoa nibs. The smoke flavors really stick to the palate to boot.
M - Has a somewhat creamy body despite the heavy ashy flavors. On par with the style.

Overall I am not sure where everyone is getting all these awesome flavors to me it taste like licking a charcoal briquet. Even if it was just a smoke stout it would fail at being just that since it's not very balanced...

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Sports Page in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served up opaqe black with a light tan, finger width head on top. Good retention. Leaves behind a fair amount of lacing on the glass with good stick.

Smell - This stout is infused with graham cracker and marshmellow: it shows. Somewhat smokey as well. Huge chocolate character. Lesser notes of coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate at the forefront, complimented by moderate smokiness and hints of graham cracker and marshmellow sweetness. Traces of coffee roastiness hit near and roll into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. A touch sharp on the tongue, but goes down and finishes with decent smoothness.

Overall - Highwater really nailed this. They took a gimmicky concept, put it into a bottle and made a respectable stout. That's rare to do. Great after a glass, but I'm not so sure I'd wanna session this due to the sweetness. At worst, it's a fantastic dessert beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Formed two fingers of tan head on a pitch black body. Looks great.
Well, it smells like a campfire: chocolate, marshmallows and coffee. Impressive.
The taste is roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and coffee, and a mild bitterness at the end. It's complex.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation and a heavier body.
Here's a well put together ale.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a tip from a local distributor while on a trip to CA. 22oz bottle...

A: Pours a deep dark black with a tiny khaki colored head that fades quickly to nothing. Decent.

S: Starts with a smell of marshmallow and vanilla upfront with some chocolate / fudges notes blended in. A breadiness toward the back. Good.

T: I get a watery chocolate upfront that fades into a marshmallow in the middle with the marshmallow lingering through the back while a minor coffee smoothness comes in. Interesting. Kind of like a watery smores. Good.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A dry watery finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I was expecting more, but not bad by any means. I was just hoping for great. It definitely has a very marshmallow taste, but a little too light of a body for what this beer is trying to be IMO.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin light brown head dissipates slowly into a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet and toasted malt, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor follows with toasted malt, sweet vanilla and chocolate, finishing a bit dryer and roasty. Medium bodied. Flavor is a bit thinner than I expected, but pleasant flavors. An interesting take on an American style stout. I was hoping for a bit of smoke from the name, but still enjoyed this.

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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 mschind
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nothing too impressive here, very little head retention but there is some lacing. Looks like an average stout.

S- Marshmallow and graham crackers, amazing. After that some chocolate and vanilla.

T- Chocolate up front followed by some vanilla with a roasty finish.

M- Smooth with appropriate carbonation but not as full and rich as I was expecting.

O- An excellent impression of a s'more in a stout without being sweet, cloying or artificial.

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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High water campfire stout

Enjoyed in a shaker pint. This is apparently a chocolate stout brewed with marshmallows and graham crackers.

Everything about this beer screams s'mores. Dark chocolate brown, like melted bars. One inch of foam the consistency of marshmallow froth and the color of graham crackers.

Big sweet marshmallow nose, with a touch of roast that makes the mallow seem like it caught fire. A bit of milk chocolate.

Same deal in the flavor. More earthy hops here, but the same cocoa sweetness, mellow mallows and smooth roast.

Thick, viscous medium. Medium prickly carbonation. Just a touch of fizz.

Super solid, this beer brings me back to camping. A great combination of flavors.

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Photo of jethrodium
2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a deep black with a small tan head on top, decent head retention. Thin lacing forms on the sides and disappears rather quickly.

S: Some roasty/charred malt, a bit of chocolate and vanilla, a bit of marshmallow and some graham cracker.

T: Surprised at how well it came together in the flavor profile. A mix of chocolate and marshmallow with faint graham cracker malt. It comes together almost like a chocolate/cream flavor.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a tad thin, with medium carbonation.

O: Pleasantly surprised. Not something I would drink all the time, but it was a nice change of pace.

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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 ThePaleRider
2.34/5  rDev -40.9%
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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Photo of brotherloco
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Served in a tulip.

Pours opaque dark brown with a finger of dark tan foam. Settles to a ring. Spots of lacing.

Aroma is extremely sweet and chocolatey with the graham crackers and marshmallows giving an obvious tip to s'mores.

Flavor is thankfully not as sweet as aroma. Drier chocolate malt dominates with a generous dose of roasty bitterness. A bit of the graham cracker and marshmallow flavor emerges through the finish, but it's fairly subtle.

Medium-light bodied with above medium carbonation. Sharper than smooth, but quite drinkable.

Overall this reminds me of a dry irish oyster stout with some subtle sweet additions. Good.

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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 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 Powderhornphil
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite dark with light khaki head. There is some light brown around the very edge.

Smells sweet and sugary. Really getting the marshmallow sweetness.

Really getting the smore this beer is supposed to evoke. Light chocolate notes. Sugary graham cracker and marshmallow again.

Mouthfeel is nice although a little lighter than expected.

One of the better beers that is supposed to taste like something other than a beer.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to DeanoMac. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a very dark opaque black with about a finger of decently thick mocha brown head that has decent retention and slowly recedes. Appears to be about average carbonation. Leaves some lacing that slowly recedes back into the glass.

S- Smells fairly accurate to description- lots of marshmellow, graham, chocolate, some malts. Very sweet smells more like a s'more then any other beer I've tried. Above average aroma strength and very sweet.

T- Not as sweet as the smell. A little bit of vanilla that has a sweet marshmellow quality, some light chocolate, maybe a hint of graham, some booze even though it's only 7.3%. Finishes with some light graham and sweet vanilla flavors with a decently detectable presence of booze that off-balances it slightly.

M- Lightly creamy, fairly smooth, a decent amount of alcohol burn for 7.3%.

O- This was a decent stout that I enjoyed trying. I know their goal was to create a "campfire" stout with a s'more like presence and they were definitely able to do this. The presence was definitely detectable in the smell and taste however the taste/mouthfeel had a little bit too much booze for only a 7.3% beer. Overall I enjoyed drinking this, I'd recommend trying it if you like really sweet beers.

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Campfire Stout from High Water Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.
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