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S'more Stout | Base Camp Brewing Company

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S'more StoutS'more Stout

Brewed by:
Base Camp Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The S'more Stout is an absolute all-star: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, fig, and smoke invite you in to a gigantic maltiness that is distinct in its smooth and refined character, with flavors of chocolate and hints of smoke mingled with rich caramel, fruit, and warming alcohol. Top it with a roasted marshmallow and you have the ultimate S'more experience!

Added by ccrida on 11-21-2012

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Photo of katybee
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

What a cool can! The metal bottle is designed for taking along on a hike. It's one of the best things about this beer.

Pouring dark brown, with quickly dissipating, light brown 1/2" head, the prettiest thing is the bottle...

But the beer tastes good, too.... Medium-thin bodied, not creamy, not sweet; it's a little on the sour side .... the chocolate overtones are not molasses in character; a bit bitter. Biscuity oatmeal malt.... just not molasses or citrus or hopped.

Felt thin, to me, although with the resinous character of a stout. The carbonation quickly dissipated.

Most memorable aspect is the cool can. But that's worth something!

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Photo of ichorNet
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking aluminum bottle that feels a bit like a Thermos. Excellent design on the bottle itself, probably one of the most well-thought-out beer labels I've seen recently. The only thing that's a bit weird about the design is that if you look really fast, the logo design is damn similar to Red Hook's. Anyway, I'm pretty sure this doesn't actually have any "s'mores" related ingredients in it, which is a little misleading as several breweries have attempted and actually succeeded at such an idea... pretty sure since their entire shtick has to do with camping and hiking, this beer is s'more in name only. Oh well.

Pours a pretty solid looking deep brown with a rim of mocha head that seems to last pretty much forever. Lacing is sticky and very consistently tiered, and the body of the beer is very hazy from what I can tell, though it's such a dark color it's very tough to even pick up whatever highlights there might be. Nice looking for a stout, and the extra lace is appreciated.

Chocolate-covered coffee beans, tobacco, ash/smoke and toffee maltiness are right upfront in the nose, but this feels pretty one-dimensional overall. There's a LOT of roast here, and it seems to dominate the scent. Roast is, obviously, welcome in dark beer, but this feels like it's crowding out a bunch of subtler tones. For instance, I get none of the fig/dark fruit mentioned on the label. There's a very slight caramel-mocha note behind everything that would probably be very worthy of having more upfront in a beer like this, especially given the name, but it just feels under-developed.

Flavor is, once again, pretty heavy on acrid roasted malts with a dominating smokiness and an unbalanced bitter, dry, ashy finish. Perhaps, given the excellent lacing, that could indicate having too much in the way of hops for its own good? That combined with the distracting overly-bitter roast profile could be blocking this from being a really nice beer, which is too bad honestly, as I really wanted to like this. Tastes too much like coffee grounds to me, and not even the grounds of very good coffee to begin with.

Feel is a little weirdly thin for what this is going for as well, so this is kind of missing the mark for me. I don't get much alcohol heft outside of the finish which gets a bit aggressive with a sticky ethanol flavor lasting until just after the roastiness disappears. Not a terrible mouthfeel, but the flavor profile isn't helping things here. Glad I tried this but it's not really very good. Needs many tweaks to become a re-buy for me.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got on trade! Served at 8deg C in a tulip glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high brown head that lasts for nearly 5mins before film out. Vey dark brown colour.

S- Not a lot here. What is there is metallic

T- Coco galore. So much chocolate it's amazing. No marshmallows to be found though. Thought this was a s'more? No matter as it must have been replaced by the coffee flavor. Lots of coffee. Kind of lopsided brew. Roasted malt overbears at the end.

M- Creamy and rich going down. The coco leaves a chalkiness in the mouth that is not desirable.

O- Not bad brew. Gets on you after the first half. Chocolate overload. Nice to try but will not buy.

Food Pairing

What else would you pair this brew with? This nice brew went well with....... Yup! You guessed it! S'mores! Get your chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers on the bon fire!


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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S'more Stout pours a black color with a small tan head. The aroma is weak but sweet and smokey. Taste is sweeter, hints of chocolate and vanilla, and a slightly smokey finish. Good body and feel. Overall very tasty, does not taste like smores but its smoreish.

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Photo of arlo19
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is odd, resinous and dry. Taste is ok, smokey and some dark malts. I don't get the sweetness as expected. Mouthfeel is solid, but overall not recommend.

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Photo of Brad007
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a thin brown head into my glass. I wonder if it actual smells or tastes like s'mores?

Roasted coffee and cocoa in the nose.

Cocoa, coffee, dark fruit show up in the mouth.

Texture sort of resembles a s'mores. Lingering cocoa and coffee.

Decent, easy-drinking stout that should impress.

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Photo of drpimento
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

At first it seemed really good, but then is suffered in the finish. Has a slightly thin body. Flavor's on th slightly drier roasty bitter side. Almost but not quite easy drinking. I wouldn't get another.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin head, fades quickly without any lacing on the glass.

Smell has a decent chocolate presence with a sweet sugary aspect, not picking up the fig or coffee so much on the nose though.

Taste starts out with a chocolate taste coupled with a mild coffee presence, pretty much malty throughout with any hop balance which is fine for a stout that's meant to be sweet, body is medium with medium carbonation, semi-sticky finish.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is yet another interesting variation on the spiced stout theme that seems to be endlessly popular these days. This one is not overly spicy, but it's flavorful and full of warm and toasty malt. Not overly sweet but plenty of burnt sugar notes. Pleasant butterscotch aroma.

Dark roasted grain with bitter chocolate. Dark brown with an amber edge and attractive beige foam in the Oud Bruin wine glass. Grainy with a bitter aftertaste that goes well with the caramel sweetness. From the 22 oz steel bottle. I'll buy anything in these things. Like so many Oregon beers, this one was a relative bargain at six bucks.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of caramel.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of roasted malts and raisins along with notes of caramel malts and chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I expected this stout to be a little sweeter for something that is supposed to resemble S'mores, but nevertheless it is a flavorful stout.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cpetrone84
1.84/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pour is dark cola color with a caramel colored head. Nose is heavy fusel alcohol, plastic, stale graham cracker, faint hints of dark malt. Flavor is burnt, bitter, plastic, fusel alcohol burn in the back, some fudgy malt but watered down, thin bodied, bitterness lingers.

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Photo of rrock44
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Parkstone restaurant near the PDX airport. Not sure if this is how it is normally served - they stuck a roasted marshmallow on the rim of the glass. All I could smell was burnt mallow. However, felt the taste was pretty decent - a little chocolate, a little roast.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

i saved this one from a drain pour
my wife was ready to be done with it after 1 sip so i decided to finish it
this was a 22 oz bottle can thingy poured into a pint glass
pours deep dark brown with a moderate off white head
smells smoky and of peat
taste is same smoky, peaty, some coffee and caramel and strong alcohol
left a smoky aftertaste as well
note sure why its called s'more i didnt get chocolate or fig as described on the bottle and i wouldnt put a marshmallow on top
not the worst beer i have had but not enjoyable either too heavy on the smoke and peat

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery and it was great. Was very surprised to find a well done stout in hop country. It had a great charred chocolate taste that was almost smokey but not. Perfectly balanced which is what I think a good standard stout should be. Mouthfeel was excellent as well.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aluminum bottle. L: Pours rich, deep dark chocolate brown with a thin tan foam collar. Moderately lacy. S: Grains, some coffee, chocolate, fig, dark dried fruit.T: Creamy rich with a big dark dried fruit presence, faint chocolate and coffee, slightly sweet with a light tannic to roasted grain dryness on the finish. F: An incredible creamy medium full body with soft, medium carbonation. O: A stout with a very big dark dried fruit presence.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours black with a tiny head. The aromas are primarily smoke, dark chocolate, oak, and an almost red wine like note. The flavor leads with a creamy chocolate flavor, followed by some smoke, light roast coffee, and some date. This feel is neither thick nor thin, with a low amount of small bubble carbonation. Overall I was less than impressed by this beer, but it is certainly a very drinkable stout. Maybe too light for me, but a cool exploration of the style.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like smoked malt and dark chocolate. Tastes like smoked malt and bitter dark chocolate. Maybe a hint of sweet dark fruit. No Graham cracker. No marshmallow. Nothing really special here.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served with an actual roasted marshmallow, from the tap and it was fun and tasty. Marshmallow added a nice little sweet bite to the initial sip and smoothed to the end.

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Photo of LouZ
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nothing special about this beer, unfortunately. Pours nice out of the metal bottle, but complete lack of aroma. Taste is chocolate and I did pick up hints of graham cracker from time to time, but no sweetness of marshmallow whatsoever. Did not taste like a s'more at all. Again, nothing special. Would not pick up again.

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Photo of LamontCranston
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical walking into this one. A S'more Stout? *scoffs* Plus I tend to prefer imperial stouts to traditional ones. It was a recommendation from a BevMo! employee who happens to know my taste in beer very well so I had to trust his opinion.

A: I drank it from the bottle friends, it looks like the freaking picture. I gave them a high mark on this because of the eco-friendly packaging, which happens to be lighter, shatter-proof, fully opaque(prevents UV from harming the beer), and contains a food-grade liner so the metal doesn't effect the flavor.
S: Sweet, malty, caramel, small chocolate.
T: Fucking delicious. I was honestly surprised by how good this beer was. Chocolatey, malty, little bit sweet. These words don't do the balance of this beer justice.
M: With an ABV of 7.7, it truly drinks more like an imperial which was a plus for me. Thicker than your average stout, but not quite syrupy yet. Does not leave a sticky residue on the side of the bottle.
O: Base Camp impressed me. Definitely worth a try by anyone who loves stouts. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz aluminum bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown, nearly black; head is a finger of frothy tan foam with a moderate retention. Not bad.

Smell: relatively rich and rather chocolatey, with some alcoholic strength. Not particularly s'morey, except for the chocolate, but still a pretty good-smelling beer.

Taste: chocolate and roastiness. Bizarrely enough, I'm also definitely getting a toasted-marshmallow flavor. Unfortunately, there's also an unwelcome chemical flavor; whether that's a byproduct of fermentation or has something to do with how the do the marshmallows, I'm not sure. It's not terrible, but I probably won't go after this one again.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Spectacular.

Overall: I don't know if I've ever had a beer with such disparity between flavor and texture. It has its redeeming qualities, but that weird chemical taste, while mild, is just too much for me.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Not bad at all. Tastes primarily like a decent stout: I thought the s'more taste might be overwhelming, but in fact it's the reverse: very subtle, barely present.

Flavor is solidly decent, very competently made, no off notes. A little lighter on the body/mouthfeel than I like for a stout. Finish is a bit short, light.

The can/bottle/container is awesome.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery. They toast a marshmallow on the glass and it is AMAZING. Bottle may be different, but on tap this is a great offering from a tiny brewer.

Appearance is standard but the presentation is incredible.

Taste is exactly like a campfire.

Feel is a great olfactory and taste experience. If you have the opportunity I suggest it

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and marshmallow aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid aromas. but the bitterness in the taste is a bit too much in my opinion.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip glass.

A- Poured black with off-white fluffy head that left webbed lace.

S- Chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, roasted malt, and some smokiness.

T- Chocolate, roasted malt, marshmallow, vanilla, and a hint of smoke.

M- Medium body, smooth, soft carbonation, and dry.

O- A nice sweet stout with those s'more flavors that were advertised. The roasted malt and hint of smoke kept the sweetness in check and this was a very drinkable stout.

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