Campfire Amplifier
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Campfire AmplifierCampfire Amplifier
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #622
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #16,176
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 7.91%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
179
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Campfire AmplifierCampfire Amplifier
Notes: Milk stout brewed with graham crackers, cinnamon and marshmallows with cocoa powder and vanilla beans added.
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 179 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look - black thin with a nice rimming
Smell - raosty smokey with a slight chocolate
Taste- almost burnt marshmallow dark choc slightly gram but too smokey
Feel- almost like wayter, to thin
Overall - need more sugar less smoke

Nov 06, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review 1694
Camp-Fire Amplifier
Dogfish Head brewing
Date: 18 Sept 2020
Milk stout
I did not know this beer was a little over a year old. I had another beer similar to this style; that one was excellent. This has been in my fridge for about a year; it should still be good. I used a Nonic; the temperature was 44 degrees. A frothy and airy tan three-fingered head was created. The retention on the beer is just okay, leaving bits of lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 36, dark oily brown. The beer has an average appearance. I wanted to see a longer-lasting head.
First, I smell milk chocolate, medium roasted coffee, and marshmallows. Nosing further, I detected roasted malts, a hint of toasted cereal, brown sugar, char, and some smokiness. Lastly, I pick up vanilla, a touch of leather. The beer said it had some cinnamon; it was an aroma I did not notice.
The taste just falls flat. I taste chocolate, vanilla, dark roasty malts, toasted cereal, molasses, smokiness, and dark roasted coffee. The marshmallows and cinnamon just do not translate into the taste. The last s'mores beer I drank; the marshmallows was up in your face.
The mouthfeel is thin and dry. The body is medium, low carbonation, and somewhat quick to finish.
I am let down by this beer. Most of what Dogfish has done is excellent. More and more, I am just seeing mass-marketed craft beer with a lack of personality. Is World Wide Stout from days of yore? I taste no age on the beer, so it should translate into a tasty beer, not meh.

Oct 20, 2021
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The head proves to be temporary but the nose reps creamy chocolate and roasted notes with a lactose vibe. I get a little cinnamon and maybe a whiff of chocolate sauce but can't catch the marshmallow. The texture isn't bad, but could use a level up on thickness for a stout ranking. Interesting, but more of a footnote than a landmark.

Sep 24, 2021
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Opaque, nearly black with a nice khaki head and limited lace.

NOSE: Chocolate and roasty, but little evidence of the unusual adjuncts here (grahams, marshmallow).

TASTE: Oddly sweet and smooth (definitely a milk stout), with complex flavors but I’m not getting much of a campfire marshmallow vibe. A solid milk stout for sure, but not living up to the novelty.

Aug 26, 2021
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andrewjraab from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark and viscous opaque brown with no head or retention to speak of. Nose is currants, smoky, charred oak, vanilla, cinnamon, malts. Chewy mouthfeel - layers of malts, vanilla, oak, smoked jerky. Nice offering that is interesting and worth a try.

Aug 25, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: malty, hint of vanilla, cinnamon, some tobacco, cocoa, and maybe some vanilla. Same with the nose. Black brown hue, mostly opaque, small head and lace. medium body. Smoked wood note come thru.

Jul 24, 2021
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, vanilla and a little cinnamon. Flavor follows with dark toasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and graham crackers. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice milk stout with a s'more tasting set of adjunct flavors. I was expecting a little more smokiness from the name, but I guess it was referring to what you cook IN the campfire rather than the campfire itself. I'd have gone for smoke, but this is pleasant enough as is with a decent s'more quality and good balance of the flavors and the touch of cinnamon spicing. Dogfish Head isn't as noticeable in our market anymore, but I've always enjoyed their brews. This is worthy.

Jun 01, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of smokiness, sweet marshmallow, toffee and chocolate. Nice smokey taste with sweet caramel, toffee and chocolate.

May 09, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take a s’more and some milk, pop it in the blender and let it rip. You would have a similar liquid in you glass as this beer. A clever and well done specialty stout that pours into a deep chocolatey brown with a light chocolate milk colored frothy head. A sniff and you get graham cracker and cinnamon notes. Take a sip and your tastebuds are fooled. You think you’re munching on a S’more. A milky smooth dessert beer that pairs well with an actual s’more.

Apr 12, 2021
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 10/20/20

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass a pretty nice dark brown/black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice chocolate/toffee notes, very slight coffee, some graham crackers, cinnamon, vanilla, slight licorice. The taste is very nice malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice chocolate/toffee notes, slight coffee, nice graham cracker/cinnamon, vanilla, licorice, pretty nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall this is pretty tasty.

Mar 26, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a thin espresso colored head. Smells rich of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, lactose, graham cracker. Taste very much follows the nose, there is a very subtle aftertaste of coffee & roasted oats. Medium-full bodied, light carbonation, silky, smooth, creamy. I'd like this beer to be a little more warming, but the taste is very good.

Mar 05, 2021
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Campfire Amplifier pours black, with a small, barley lacing, tan head. Aroma is big, lots of sweet gram cracker notes, some marshmallow and vanilla notes. Flavors are very rich, lots of gram cracker, marshmallow flavors and vanilla. Good body and feel. Overall, very rich, sweet, but lots of great flavors.

Mar 02, 2021
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mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Color is dark black and opaque with a thin khaki colored head. Smell is cocoa, vanilla, and a little smoke. Taste is roasted malt and cocoa with slight smokiness. There are also creamy vanilla and caramel flavors. Medium bodied. Solid milk stout, overall. Well executed. Would pick this up again.

Mar 02, 2021
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Campfire Amplifier brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, with an ABV of 6.50% This Sweet/Milk Stout pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep brown color with a nice off white/ light tan head. This brew has the look of cola, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sweetness, mixed with roasted grains an malts. So far Campfire Amplifier is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. Lots of nice sweetness mixes well with the roasted grains an malts. This is a well put together stout. The body of Campfire Amplifier is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Sweet, Roasted Clean Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Campfire Amplifier a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, did a super nice job with this Sweet/Milk Stout.

Feb 26, 2021
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A toasty toasty milk stout that seems bigger than it’s listed abv. Cocoa and lactose with not a great deal of flavor punch one way or another, but it sips super smooth, which should always translate well at a campfire. Some Graham cracker yes. Cinnamon is buried. Mostly it’s the marshmallow and cocoa bean. Not sure where the vanilla is. Still an interesting beer (as are lost from DFH).

Feb 23, 2021
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Dustin015 from Maryland

3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours black into a pint glass. little amber head absolutely no head retention.

S- Smells sweet. you can definitely smell the graham cracker along with dark roasted aromas from the roasted malts.

T- Surprisingly boozy for only being 6.5% you cant really detect any chocolate flavors. Moderately sweet. I can pick up some vanilla at the end, but for the most part indistinguishable from an ordinary stout apart from aroma.
F- Low carbonation. Fairly light bodied.

O- Not worth the price point. Great idea for a flavored stout though.

Feb 20, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After reading that list of additives I was uncertain how this was going to taste, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The pour was very dark, nearly black with a sparse tan head that failed to cover the surface.
The aroma wafted notes of marshmallow and graham cracker over the base beer and not a lot else, curious as cinnamon normally stands out for me.
The taste follows the nose to a degree, but fortunately the malts assert themselves here with the graham following close behind. After warming a bit some of the other additives come out to play; the marshmallow and cocoa are noticeable and the vanilla is likely mingling with the marshmallow. The cinnamon is not detected. Huh.
The feel is quite good for a non-imperial milk stout; enough body to feel but not really viscous. Pleasant drinker.
So overall it's a tasty treat if you are into such things, but if that's the case you might find something with more pronounced additives, this one seemed pretty subtle in that regard.

Feb 08, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: January 29, 2021... OCCASION: celebrating the coldest night of the year with a beer that promises to be a good companion... GLASSWARE: Otto's mug... pours a jet black body reminiscent of black ash... its light brown head is a half-finger that settles out to a thin but distinguishable ring... again, it's a stout, so the look is as expected.... quite a welcome: sweet vanilla, toasted graham cracker, cocoa, light coffee bean, and a bit of smokiness... a strong approximation of the setting for which it is named... its mouthfeel is substantial, medium-bodied, chewy and palpable... not oily or milky, it strikes a nice sipping mood... a bit warming... the flavor profile swirls with cracker, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla... it swirls in the taste buds like a smore ought to, albeit without the cinnamon on the label... flavorful, easy-drinking, and a bit warming... at 6.5%, a nice balance between flavor and feel...

Feb 01, 2021
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a branded snifter glass.

Deep walnut brown, with a creamy like consistency and slightly muddy strangely. Light tan forming two finger head, which manages to settle slowly and then leave a big collar as well.

Aroma for all it's exotic ingredients just smells good and basic. Light touches of roast malt, hints dry maybe a touch of woody like smoke as well. Faint touches of biscuit like notes with some light aromas of dark chocolate also.

Palate seems to continue the basic theme. Light bodied with hints of milky instant cocoa powder and a big roasty more porter like character. Sweetness is noticeable but lowly dialed in nicely, and is contrasted with a real good bitterness. The bitterness is quite prominent, which I actually enjoy as opposed to a gooey sugar rush that I might have expected from this type of beer.

If this was just a straightforward milk stout, I'd be pretty much impressed and satisfied. However, much of the extra added ingredients don't seem to get a chance to show off, perhaps that's a good thing.

Jan 31, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with a skim of brown head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is dark chocolate and vanilla/marshmallow.

The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla with hints of coffee.

Medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel

It is pretty solid. I could be so much more. The flavors are not "off centered" as I expected them to be. I was just hoping for more.

Jan 21, 2021
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PepRyan from Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a six pack to pour into my new Spiegelau stout glass. Look: extremely dark brown body with praline-colored undertones, halfway between creamy and watery to the eye when pouring, leaves half-inch medium-dark tan head that vanishes slowly, little lacing but nice and syrupy.
Smell: bitter to the nose, it’s sweet elements (chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, graham cracker, cinnamon) are all detectable yet,
seem to bounce off one another clumsily. Left me a little confused and disappointed. Smells good when bottle is empty and warmer. Taste: Graham cracker and chocolate are noticeable first. Also vanilla but it hides a little. Did not notice marshmallow until rolling the brew around in my mouth for a few seconds, then it’s fairly intense. A level of bitterness which is not typical of a milk stout can be felt throughout. Cinnamon comes forward strongly in aftertaste. Gets better after a few sips... it’s noticeable that the chocolate flavor is from cocoa powder. Feel: moderate carbonation, slightly annoyed by its crispness and lack of sticky, seems like a slightly more milky finish would be a better pair for the flavors. Overall: overpriced but a solid beer.

Jan 17, 2021
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Campfire Amplifier has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of muted dark bread crust and spices. With the flavor, I got a touch of sour milk, with subtle spices, mild bitterness, and sweetness. The body is medium, and one can detect powder. Campfire Amplifier finishes semi-sweet.

RJT

Jan 17, 2021
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haines710 from Delaware

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First dogfish head I’ve had in a while. Had a Campfire on the night I had a fire pit. Definite smokiness to this beer. I taste and feel the cinnamon. This is a dark thin stout. Easy to drink. Starts sweet but finishes dry. Fun beer. Glad I tried.

Jan 16, 2021
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a solid cola brown with a frothy khaki head. Nice lacing.

Aromas picked up include the roasted malt profile with dark chocolate and a little vanilla.

The roasted malt backbone is present in this one start to finish, with layered notes of dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness. Balancing hop bite before mildly sticky finish.

The body and carbonation strike a wonderful balance.

Will certainly buy again.

Jan 15, 2021
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Campfire Amplifier"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 09/22/20 11:23"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, this is darker than I thought it would be. I guess I just wasn't thinking. This is supposed to be a milk stout brewed with graham crackers, cinnamon, marshmallows with cocoa powder and vanilla beans so of course it'd be dark. It's black in the full glass beneath a creamy head of dark tan, and it shows a thin edge of dark mahogany brown at the base of the glass when held to the light. The aroma definitely gives off cocoa, followed by vanilla and just a hint of cinnamon and other spice. It's OK, but I thought it might be more aromatic. On to the flavor... the cocoa's there, and some milk chocolate. The cinnamon is very mild and I mainly get it towards the finish. It's not that sweet for being a milk stout, but neither is it too bitter. It finishes dry. I'm not really impressed, I was expecting more. In the mouth it's medium with a dextrinous edge, and crisp. In the end it's OK, but I'm not sure I'd call it a dessert beer so much as a stout with cocoa powder added. I don't think the cinnamon has been done very well. Overall, hmmm... just OK.
Review #7,157

Jan 13, 2021
Campfire Amplifier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 179 ratings