Campfire Amplifier
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #484
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,701
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 7.97%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
122
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 14, 2022
Added:
Oct 06, 2020
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  19
SCORE
87
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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Reviewed by jopezu from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
pours the typical motor oil color of a stout along with a small head that vanishes quickly. nose; burnt toast, graham crackers, vanilla, light milk chocolate, lactose/creamer, & light hops. taste; exactly like the nose but with a touch of bitter cinnamon & cocoa. surprising lack of malt; medium carbonation & mouthfeel. doesn't have much of a backbone, so it starts to read like a watered down stout after a bit. all of the ingredients listed on the bottle can be discerned, but it still manages to be boring somehow. maybe next time!
Nov 14, 2022
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Very dark opaque brown with a substantial creamy tan head that stays around and produces some nice lacing.
The aroma is dark roasted malt, smoke, a hint of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon.
The taste is also dark roasted malts up front, then smoke and a bit of lactic sweetness, cocoa vanilla and a touch of graham cracker. The finish is fairly dry with a touch of spice - cinnamon?
The body is medium, moderate carbonation, very creamy and very drinkable.
Altogether this is a very tasty and enjoyable brew, great for a cool fall day. Very nice.
Oct 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Skabiski from Maryland

Oct 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by WDJersey from Colorado

Sep 06, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Black carbonated body with a thick luscious beige head that lasts and sticks around, Tastes smoky, with an extra bit of smokiness on top of the regular roasted malts of a stout. Lactose takes a back seat but there's plentiful cocoa powder. The marshmallow and vanilla certainly comes out a bit as well.
It's nothing crazy on the flavoring side but carries just enough to make it interesting. I'm not the biggest fan of the feel on this one, it can't decide if it wants to go full nitro or not and so isn't as carbonated as expected but someone who likes creamier stouts may enjoy the consistency.
Aug 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.6 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by shreead from Pennsylvania

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my point glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color that's not interested in letting in any light. Has a light brown/tan head that's very creamy/frothy looking when poured, as it is well over an inch thick when first poured. Settles eventually and after a few sips to a thick surface coating along with a tick foam ring lining the inside of the glass at the beer's surface and some pretty good lacing too. Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and some nuttiness here. Also a bit of spice. A very similar flavor profile, w/ the aforementioned roasted malts, cocoa and vanilla hints, nuts, and a bit of spice. Also some hop bitterness. I feel the amount of roast from the malts is a bit too strong for a beer of this style, and this combined with the nuttiness diminishes the rest of the flavors from really coming out as they should as as they likely would be otherwise. Other than the roasted malts and nuttiness, the rest of the flavors just aren't prevalent enough for my liking. And I get barely any hint lactide/milk sugars. I really have to go out of my way w/ my palate to search it out, and even then there's only a very faint trace. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, somewhat frothy, also slightly oily and just slightly gritty, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a dry, roasted finish and aftertaste. Not bad, but could use some refinement.

Eric
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by pulse from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Yeah, I'm having a second tonight. Screw it. Sometimes it's necessary. Word of warning, this bottle is a bit old at this point, but I have had this beer several times before. 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

At the outset, I get the deepest brown with about two fingers of tanned head. Good retention. Not much lacing to speak of. The smell is smoky, suitable to the branding - of course, it's a stout, it has an advantage in that department. It has a sort of milky, marshmallowy quality on top of the malt.

It tastes quite smoky and malty and reminds me of a campfire. It's more bitter than expected from the cocoa. The vanilla comes through, too. It's rather thin, a bit chewy, a bit creamy. It's a good, enjoyable, end of the day stout. Nothing crazy here.

Fun fact, the first time I had this was as a taster at a tasting at the beginning of the pandemic. The other beers? Costumes & Karaoke, 120 Minute IPA, and Utopias. Yeah, seriously.
Apr 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Mar 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by Zanico from Ohio

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by JonathanED from Alabama

Feb 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Nox Cocktail Lounge in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like milk chocolate, vanilla, roast, and general spicing.

I certainly do not get all of the different adjuncts in this one, but there's a nice vague spice on the end, and a very chocolatey and nutty base stout.

This is lighter bodied and kind of thin, but still pretty creamy and very drinkable.

I want a bit more oomph in body and flavor on this one. I stil enjoyed it, though - I've just had better from DFH.
Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Date: 8/6/15
Palate Contaminants: sweets an hour before

Really dark brown, about one step back from the darkest brown. Briefly enough head to cover the surface, but no lacing.

Sugar and nuts for the scent. I'd even stretch to say macadamias, to go along with Brazil nuts and almonds. There are also burnt sugar and vanilla scents underlying it all nicely and subtly. So pleasant.

Vanilla absolutely dominates from the front to the back. There's a bit of toasted almond and hot chocolate mix in there, but it keeps coming back to vanilla. And I don't mind one bit. This actually makes a pretty nice dessert brew. The moderate sweetness spearheaded by vanilla, with a bit of toasty flavors peering in from the edges. I like it.

I thought carbonation was a bit light, but it really just takes some agitation to really bring it out. It's fine and foamy. Weight is slightly thin, ironically. Alcohol is present, but not detrimental. Vanilla is, of course, in the aftertaste, but toastiness has an increased presence.
Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Great looking beer with an even more impressive mouthfeel. To the nose the scent was mostly muted which matched the taste of the advertised flavors. They were sorta there, not strong at all. Nonetheless, this is a good offering, one to never hesitate on.
Jan 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by gritz147 from Louisiana

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours very dark brown (SRM 35-38). A thin, frothy, chestnut head dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing on a double-walled pint glass.

The aroma is very sweet and the coconut is obvious. Fudge follows with a light to faint smokiness. Light cinnamon is perceptible, even below the heavily-roasted malt.

The flavor is nowhere near as sweet as anticipated from the aroma. Indeed, it is quite bitter from the roasted combination of cocoa, coconut, and coffee. Graham crackers are also quite obvious. A long finish starts a bit harsh from the roasted bitterness, then reveals only a semblance of marshmallow much later. Campfire Amplifier is by no means a Pastry beer. The score reflects how well it improves with warmth.

A medium body and silky texture with light carbonation. The alcohol is as expected.

While this is a good Milk Stout, it did fall short of my hopes. In particular, I was looking forward to more smokiness. Regardless, it was enjoyable on a warm mid-Spring afternoon, out on the deck before a rainstorm.
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Too much of a novelty attempt for me, got the smores flavor and some smokey nose or flavor but really done with this type of stretch beers. Like the attempt, not a fan of the result.
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by OldChattanoga from West Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A six pack was gifted to me for Christmas from my uncle. He won’t just drink any beer so I knew I was going to try something special. Poured it straight into a glass and this is a beautiful pour. The lacing is minimal but that doesn’t take away from the pleasing appearance of a dark, almost black beer and a brown medium size head. The smell is sweet as a milk stout should be with hints of milk chocolate graham cracker and vanilla. The taste opens up with a complex combo of exactly what is described on the label: graham crackers, cinnamon, toasted marshmallows, cocoa and vanilla. The cinnamon is very faint and dances in the background of the mallow and cocoa, graham cracker notes. Only 4 left out of the 6 pack and I plan on putting a few of these away for special occasions. It’s that good.
Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by twax from Florida

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Shenandoah

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I really enjoyed this stout and have purchased a couple times.(once in 2020 and just now in Dec 2021, with the name "Camp Amp" on the label) I will say it is a little more dry than I would expect with the s'mores billing, but I still found it tasty. And reminds me of a nice weekend trip to Delaware with the family.
Dec 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by KeyWestGator from Florida

Dec 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by bf7 from Pennsylvania

Dec 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by KT3418 from Colorado

Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Dec 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.55 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia

Dec 10, 2021
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an effervescent mahogany with one finger of fast falling tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Roasty, cocoa, some smokeyness

T: Roasty, a little vanilla, some smokeyness, plus dryness up front. Dryness, a little cocoa, vanilla & smokeyness as this warms. Finishes dry with cocoa, vanilla & a kittle roastyness & smokeyness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Solid Milk Stout, got like them a little smokey
Dec 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.59 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.95 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Nov 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Oct 21, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Rated by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Maybe the best milk stout I have ever had.
Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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
Campfire Amplifier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 211 ratings