Highwater Brewing Co ‘Campfire’ Stout


36983645_896436497207163_2939970560823656448_n“Stout brewed with graham crackers, molasses with natural flavor added. Campfire Stout evokes fond memories of wilderness and camping adventures. Notes of chocolate and graham cracker topped with a hint of marshmallow will leave you wanting s’more. Like any campfire experience, this beer is best shared with a warm circle of family and friends.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Mat black with a short tan head emerging on top. What little head that’s retained leaves behind a fairly good lace on the glass.

Aroma: Quite sweet, the marshmallow comes to the forefront as strong wafts of vanilla, caramel fudge, lactose/milk sugars and molasses follow up close behind. We’re going to have to try one of these Graham Cracker/S’more thingymajigs they sound bloody delicious! It kind of has this sweet, creamy and biscuity oreo ice cream sandwich character to it. Very nice.

Flavour: The sweetness and the sugary/candy notes are there but they are disappointingly timid. Lightly toasted malts, subtle smoky notes and chocolate with a very faint charred marshmallow buried deep in the mid. Some nutty malt and molasses lead in to the slightly dry, biscuity and toasty finish which offers good length.

Mouthfeel: A little too thin for our liking. The body is mild-medium with moderate co2. A mild bitterness (39 IBU) adds a little bit of aggression but the 6.5% ABV is missing a trick here.

Overall: There are some strong points here but there are some weak ones also. The vigorous aroma was somewhat let down by the muted flavour and the texture was too lean for a hearty winter stout. Not bad but not great either.