Campfire Amplifier
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #495
Ranked #15,185
3.94 | pDev: 6.85%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
Campfire AmplifierCampfire Amplifier
Notes: Milk stout brewed with graham crackers, cinnamon and marshmallows with cocoa powder and vanilla beans added.
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- smells primarily of roasted malt, milk sugars and chocolate up front, with undertones of graham cracker and vanilla

T- chocolate and roasted malt up front before giving way to a hint of cinnamon, graham cracker on the finish, not picking up any cinnamon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- easy drinking, dryer than expected, was hoping the adjuncts would have popped a bit more

Nov 24, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Campfire Amplifier! Milk Stout, 6.5% ABV. Pours black with a 3-finger light brown head that left no lacing. Nose is lactose and slight chocolate. Not much sweetness, slight bitterness, chocolate aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel, overall very good. The add-junks (not adjuncts) are well hidden. They forgot to amplify it. Decent for a milk stout, but this can hardly be considered a s'mores stout.

Nov 23, 2020
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ChazBoner from Tennessee

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Despite the description this stout isn't very heavy-bodied, nor does it display pronounced flavors of the added adjunct ingredients. Where this beer excels is it's smooth mouthful and perfectly balanced ABV and melding of ingredients. I was surprised that there was no smoked malt addition going with the theme and could imagine that would go very well with the recipe. Smells like a standard medium strength porter. Taste is a bit sweet, dark malt and and a faint, candied breadiness due to the adjuncts. Finishes very smooth with just a bit of silk. Perfect carbonation.

Nov 22, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 10/20/20, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a small tan head.

S- Chocolate, slightly smoky, some graham crackers and vanilla, touch of marshmallows, some roasted malts.

T- Roasted malts, chocolate, a little smoky, some pale malts, some vanilla, touch graham crackers, hints of marshmallow.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty stout, a little on the dry side for a milk stout. Like a lot of the flavors just wish the cinnamon was noticeable.

Nov 21, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice black void holds up a lightly toasted marshmallow-colored head. The froth atop the liquid fades slowly into a thick, creamy collar with streams of lacing.

Nose is more straightforward stout than pastry - which could be good or bad depending on how you look at things. The chocolate (cocoa nibs) jump out most to me, with a wisp of marshmallow (more than straight vanilla) on the side. On the truly unfortunate side, for me, is that the smoked malt is missing from the nose.

This stout is "only" 6.5% - so maybe another reason this isn't too sweet - actually almost dry. There's notes of the lactose (light tang), graham cracker (with a slight earthiness), cocoa, and marshmallow, but like the nose, this is seeming to keep to the concept of stout first, flavorings second. Unfortunately again, the taste also seems to stamp out the campfire of smoked malt.

Feel includes a nice dark coffee boldness, a near creamy middle (carbonation is medium), but has a slightly watery ending. There's an ever so light biter astringency in back that I could argue is the influence of the smoked malt, but I'm not sure I'm convincing myself.

So, a coffee-bitter regular dry-ish stout with passing notes of the S'mores ingredients to tease you is my assessment. It's pretty decent, but not if what you are looking for is an in-your-face, S'mores-forward, dessert stout.

Nov 20, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black color with a finger of beige head. The nose has distinct chocolate notes. The flavor profile has milk chocolate and vanilla notes, but I'm not getting any of the rest of the adjuncts listed on the label.

This paired exceptionally well with meatloaf and smashed-taters.

Nov 20, 2020
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Freonicus from Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Uhhh no. Why would you even bother with this garbage if you're gonna brew a stout. This is like the Bud Light of stouts. Piss poor, low alcohol, water. Stop with the shenanigans...

Nov 19, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yeah, I know - another Bottle (gasp!). I simply find DFH's beers too tough to pass up, even if they are in glass. Plus, I was really drawn in (pun DEF intended!) by the label art.

From the (eek!) Bottle: "Off-Centered Art Series featuring Ryan Besch"; "Campfire Amplifier!"; "Milk Stout brewed with graham crackers, cinnamon, marshmallows with cocoa powder and vanilla beans added."

From the brewery's website: "Break out the s'mores fixin's - there's a new brew in town! Inspired by cold nights around the campfire, this milk stout is brewed with marshmallows, graham crackers, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla beans and smoked malt. The only thing missing is a tent, and a few fireside ghost stories."; "Speaking of FIRE ... check out that label artwork! Campfire Amplifier's packaging is the first of future Art Series illustrations that will be done by our next Art Series Artist, Ryan Besch! Ryan has been designing notable gig posters and vinyl art for 20+ years, and his alternative comics-inspired approach pairs perfectly with our off-centered ales!"

I dig label art & so I Pop!ped the cap to really get things rockin' with a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was rewarded with a pseudo-cascade that slowly formed just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention. Color was a solid, stygian/obsidian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), not only disallowing any light penetration, but sucking light out of the room by dint of its presence. 8=O Nose had a smoky chocolaty sweetness, quite evocative of S'mores! 8=O Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was an interesting mélange of flavors with the cinnamon giving it a Mexican chocolate-like spiciness. The graham crackers, marshmallow & vanilla beans were all quite evident in their sweetness, but the cinnamon was an inspired touch to hold the sweetness in check. Even the cocoa powder did not come across as outright sweet. This was really an unexpectedly pleasant surprise throughout! I do not mean to convey that it was a "Sweet" Stout in name only, either. It was sweet, to be sure, but not cloyingly sweet, which I would not have liked as much, if at all. Finish was semi-sweet, in keeping with what I have tried to describe. YMMV.

Nov 19, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light carbonation with a slightly above average body. Comes off a little dry but has a bit of a creamy thick feel.
Aroma is malt, wood,smoke,char, and some dark fruit. In the background was black coffee with some milk and dark chocolate.
Taste is mild marshmallow, wood,smoke, black coffee and dark chocolate.
Say what you want about these type of beers but if you're goung to do it make it good. This tasted just like sitting at a campfire making smores. Can only have one at a time but very enjoyable

Nov 18, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of Coffee, chocolate with smoke. Coffee type bitterness with just the right amount of sweetness. Along with the roast coffee flavor there is a nod to smores; chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow. Additionally there are notes of cinnamon. medium mouthfeel soft carbonation. I like this and will definitely drink it again. It probably isn't a beer for regular consumption but it definitely fills a niche. Good beer.

Nov 17, 2020
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JayQue from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable beer!!!! Picked up as part of mixed 6 pack at Harris Teeter supermarket in Chesapeake VA. Pours a dense dark brown color with a small brown head and thick lacing. Head retention is about average but this is a good looking beer. Robust aroma and flavor. A true malt bomb with prominent chocolate highlights, this beer will get your attention. The taste also brings out some smokiness and faint chocolate bitterness. Taste includes lactose, typical of a milk stout. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, no hint of the 6% abv!!!! Not too sweet with interesting mild bitterness and smokiness. A very good beer from Dogfish Head!!!

Nov 15, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
bottled on 09/19/20
L: black body; foamy light brown head
S: sweet - lactose, marshmallow, chocolate, cinnamon, roasted grain
T: cinnamon, graham cracker, marshmallow, vanilla, chocolate, lactose, roasted barley, ash, earthy hops
F: full & creamy body, sweet but has a decently balancing bitter finish, carbonation is on the lower end
O: a nice, complex and well balanced s’more stout

Nov 14, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe.

A: Dark brown pour leaves ruby highlights at the corners of the glass; off-khaki head fades quickly.

S: Moderate milk stout-sweetness with impressions of marshmallow, vanilla, and chocolate with mild spices and cinnamon as well.

T: Same as the nose, simple notes of s’more and honey graham cracker with a solid but un-distracting cinnamon presence and those milk stout flavors of lactose and vanilla.

MF: Medium bodied and fairly viscous.

O: There are lots of s’more beers out these days and while this one is good, it doesn’t separate from the pack at all. Still a very decent and tasty drinker.

Nov 14, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black body with brown head with pretty good retention and lacing.
S: sweet, roasted notes with chocolate and graham cracker notes
S: sweet, chocolate milkshake notes with hints of sweet vegan cracker and the slightest bit of cinnamon in the aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
O: solid stout; pretty solid representation of a s’more.

Nov 14, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of caramel, roasted malts and cinnamon. Not especially sweet or creamy. Slightly bitter finish.

Nov 13, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 10/20/20, so 3 weeks old.

Black as black body. Small tan head quickly shrinks to just a ring. No lacing.

Getting the graham cracker and faint cinnamon on the nose. Nice.

On tasting, it's collectively a good taste. Seems well balanced. Just not getting much of the cocoa and vanilla.

Mouth around medium, finish is initially slightly sweet, then a light roast with a touch of cinnamon.

Overall, an easy drinking beer, abv well hidden. I was expecting more cocoa. Definitely let this one warm up first.

Nov 13, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 09/29/20 (about a month ago) poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with minimal light penetration and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and few tiny bubbles. No lacing. The aroma is mild with sweet cocoa and vanilla. The flavor is semisweet with the cocoa and vanilla up front and a pretty big shot of cinnamon on the mildly bitter back end. There could be a little graham cracker taste sprinkled in as well. I get a hint of smoke and roast malt as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, good. Cinnamon is not my favorite beer additive, and I wasn't expecting it to be so prevalent. Nice job of getting all the smore elements in the beer, and would be great if you really love the cinnamon.

Nov 10, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a deep brown color with a one finger head of light brown lored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a milk chocolate and graham cracker smell mixed with some spice of cinnamon and nutmeg. Along with these aromas comes smells of vanilla and marshmallow as well as some lighter notes of char and roast, producing a sweet roasted and spiced smore like smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet milk chocolate and brownie like flavor that has notes of vanilla and some light spice of cinnamon. While the graham cracker is heavy on the nose, it is light on the tongue, at least initially. This all changes however as the taste advances as the graph cracker taste really amps up and is joined by some sweeter marshmallow and caramel as well as a touch of char, to leave one with a sweet, chocolatey graph cracker like taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium to slightly thicker for a milk stout of 6.5 % Abv with a carbonation level that is average. Overall, the feel is nice for the sweeter, smore like nature of the brew and makes for a nice sipper.
Overall – A nice sweet Smore’s stout with a good level of flavor with a nice drinkability. Overall, rather tasty and fun!!

Nov 07, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured black with a soda like head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Nose of light sweet chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallow. Taste follows the nose but with a a bit of smoky char on the finish. I am taken aback at the light body and medium carbonation. This is too soda-like for me.

Nov 06, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Six pack copped from Bottle King in West Orange. Pours a jet black ebony hue with minimal frothing. Mild aroma replete with notes of graham cracker and marshmallow. Slick mouthfeel with pronounced flavors of chocolate and nutmeg. Easily downable. Recommended.

Nov 04, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/29/20

1 of 2 new beers from DFH I have in the fridge right now, the other being Costumes & Karaoke. Both seem like weird ideas but I trust them to make solid beer. The last smores-esque stout I had was a disaster tho

Pours pitch black with a finger of light brown head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves no lacing

They definitely nailed the smoky flavor here, reminds me. of a light rauchbier with added notes of milk chocolate, soft marshmallow, beechwood, honey, and caramel

The front end of the sip is nicely balanced, some sweet malt and vanilla along with smoke and a touch of salt. The swallow brings out the marshmallow quite a bit but it is still very nuanced with notes of chocolate and biscuity malt

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation leads to a very silky beer. Finishes mostly dry and a touch slick

This one was actually way better than I was expecting. The lightness definitely helped; the other smores stout I was referring to was 12.5% and sickly sweet. While this wasn't mind blowing, it is very well made and balanced

Nov 04, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Features graham crackers, cinnamon, marshmallows, cocoa powder, and vanilla beans... Not to cop out, but actually tastes and smells like all o' that... DFH may do some weird shit but their beers are not lacking for flavors - great job representing a s'mores-kinda beer... Medium-bodied, not overly sweet at all by the way; has a bittersweet roasty character and drinks fairly light...

Nov 02, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark malts, chocolate, smoke and a hint of nutty. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate, mild fruit/sweetness and a tongue coating acidic/smoky finish.

Nov 01, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the neck of the bottle: "BOTTLED ON 09/21/20 21:43"

Appearance: Black body with a short light khaki head. Not much head retention; it fades quickly to a medium foamy ring. No head retention.

Appearance: It has a burnt wood aroma with a fairly acrid scent.

Taste: Up front there's some woody burnt flavor and a bit of pine. Towards the middle it's similar but with a bit of caramel. The aftertaste has a thin caramel flavor and a bit of carbon.

Mouthfeel: It feels thin and light bodied.

Overall: I had to double check to make sure I was drinking the right beer. The label says that this is a "MILK STOUT BREWED WITH GRAHAM CRACKERS, CINNAMON, MARSHMALLOWS WITH COCOA POWDER AND VANILLA BEANS ADDED." None of these flavors are present. The beer is a pretty big letdown given that it doesn't have any of the advertised flavors. I wouldn't recommend it or buy it again because it tastes nothing like what is advertised at all.

Oct 31, 2020
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe it's wrapping up a week of nightshift or maybe its just this beer but it is REALLY the unexpected drink I needed after this week.

It reminds me SO MUCH of their beer for breakfast stout from a few years back. I adored that beer and long for it to return.

It looks bigger and thicker than 6.5%. It smells robust, SMOKEY, semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, charred meat. As a smoked beer fanatic I'm all on board right now.

Taste is lovely. It may be the truest "milk stout" I've ever drank. Perhaps its my current palate but I taste so much milkyness (in the way of the slightly sweet slightly tart sugaryness you get from skim milk). Lots of smoke. Some bitter bakers chocolate. No raisens or dark fruit is this modest stout - a welcome change from the heavy and sugar laden barrel aged stouts my palate has become fatigued from.

Feel is somewhat lackluster. Thinner and watery-er than I love.

Overall I really dig this. I'm pretty sure it's their beer for breakfast without the scrapple!

Oct 30, 2020
Campfire Amplifier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 71 ratings