Campfire Stout, an American Stout by High Water Brewing Company

Campfire Stout is an American Stout brewed by High Water Brewing, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The Stout pours an opaque black and only an aggressive pour will yield any head. At best, an inch-thick cap of dense khaki-colored foam tops the brew and offers modest retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind and lace and residue.

Aroma

The aroma is strikingly sweet at first with a scent of milk chocolate. Coffee roast and a hint of floral hops make an appearance as the beer warms.

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Flavor

The palate achieves greater balance starting with flavors of toasty bread and semisweet graham cracker. That sweetness rises with a hint of marshmallow in the middle and then finishes dryly with milk chocolate, smoke, and a taste of sticky molasses that lingers on the back of the tongue. A mild bitterness of floral hops and coffee roast has a presence in the background.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is silky smooth with a medium body and medium-light carbonation.

Label art for the Campfire Stout by High Water Brewing

Label art for the Campfire Stout by High Water Brewing

Overall

Its head retention could be better but that’s nitpicking. Could possibly benefit from more heft to the feel. Regardless, when considering its concept as a S’more in the form of a beer, the Campfire Stout hits it on the head. Lovers of chocolate will certainly appreciate its sweet notes, but there’s still enough balance for those craving a dark beer. Very well done.

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