Campfire Stout (High Water Brewing)

I had originally picked this beer up to drink at movie night with my friends, but after reading the description on the label I realized it would be best suited for a time when I could actually enjoy it (ie a time where I wasn’t already three sheets to the wind). Was it worth it? Let’s find out.

Campfire Stout labelCAMPFIRE STOUT is an American Stout with a 6.5% ABV and 38 IBUs.

Campfire StoutOur newest full production release, available year round. This beer was a blast to create and brew. We put over 4 lbs per bbl of Graham crackers in the mash, we used chocolate malt and to top it off added a natural toasted marshmallow flavor. Our number one selling beer! 

When it comes to the appearance portion of the review it’s pretty cut and paste when it comes to stouts. And this one is no different. It pours a dark brown/black with a ring of cola rimming the glass.  Lacing is splashing and dots.

The nose is where High Water knocked it out of the park. Milk chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, marshmallow, and graham cracker were all initially picked up in the nose. A charred roastiness appeared as it opened up, but it didn’t really smell all that much like campfire smoke. On the plus side it smells almost exactly like you’d expect it to.

Chocolate kicks things off again in the taste. Roasted chocolate with a sweet marshmallow and molasses backbone are the standout flavors. Sadly the charred notes that were good in the nose instead turn into a more ashy flavor in the taste. It finishes with dark roasted malts and a touch of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium. It’s equal parts creamy and dry, which matches the aroma quite well.

The description reeled me in, the nose got me excited, but the flavor didn’t quite seal the deal. The flavor layers that were so distinct and cohesive in the nose, instead feel mashed together in the taste. I imagine a more appropriate setting, say sitting around a campfire, would help the drinking experience, but that’s not where I drank it.

Overall: 6.5 out of 10

As an AMERICAN STOUT: 7 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Short’s S’MORES STOUT, Neshaminy Creek LEON, Wild Woods SMORES STOUT

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