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