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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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Before the acceptance of hops in brewing, brewers were forced to balance the inherent sweetness of the brew with various herbs and spices. Our Campfire returns to those days recycling our own Douglas Fir Christmas tree into this special smoke beer. Steeped in the brew for 2 hours, the tree lends the beer a nice piney nose and a balanced flavor along with German smoked malt. And you probably just threw your tree to the curb!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTiedemann (251) - Levittown, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Filled a growler at the Brew Haus. they were not lying about the name and the aroma of campfire. Very smokey and scents of pine. The smokey taste was not too strong but piney and earthy taste. Poured a dark brown/cloudy which I didnt know what to expect when I poured it. It was a little light on the palate, but overall nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Tap at BF. Aroma of campfire smoke (hey, thatís pretty cool how they worked that one), sweet, bread-crust malt. Flavor has some roasted, salty nuts with smoked earth and returns to a campfire finish. Though the smoke was not overpowering as it is with some smoked beers, it was definitely the highlight of the beer for me, not the pine that many others have gotten. Would never have guessed this would be classified as S/H/V. Regardless of all my needless commentary, I really liked this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark clear brown with a small white head. Aroma of light smoke and some sweet malt. Flavor is more smoky and I also get some peat moss. If not for the odd peat moss notes and general spices, I think I really would have liked this one a lot. 6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Deep red with a cream like head. Flavor and aroma were both pretty smoky and earthy. Are we sure this is a Spice/Herb/Vegetable and not a Smoked? Very little pine in the flavor, but there is a myriad of other spices in it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Tap at the Brewpub: Deep brown pour with a ruby hue. The head faded to a beige ring. The nose is pretty smoky. Not meaty, but earthy with some mild caramelized malt character. Also has a mild herbal character. The body is nice and creamy, with an herbal flavor. Tons of lavender and violet. The malt base gives it a chewy body and a balancing sweetness. Light smoke notes come through when it warms, but the violet seems to dominate the brew; especially in the finish. A very interesting and distinct Ale, and I like to see Brewpubs brewing original offerings, such as this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Poured a very dark chestnut with an off-white head. The aroma smooth smoke and sweet caramel malt. The flavor matches with sweet caramel and nice smoke. A little on the sweet side but not too bad. Clean light body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Tap at the brewpub - first of all, Iím pretty sure that this beer is a lager - hair-splitting aside, letís get to the brew - dark brown with a reddish tint and a small but lasting head - the aroma is full of pine/spruce, tree sap, some gentle smoky character - I give them props for being crazy enough to actually steep their old Christmas tree in the beer, but the result is a brew dominated by spruce flavor - some mild sweet/tart fruity interpay is there, and the smoky component augments the wood, and makes it work somewhat - however, the overwhelming pine keeps this from being more enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
After watching a dozen or so cars slide off the road on a snowy Long Island day, thereís nothing like curling up next to a campfire, to make you feel better... okay, cheesy jokes aside, this is a dark brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is quite smokey with a fairly prominent rauchmalt component over some light spiciness as well. Flavour is initially softly smokey and is quickly followed by a very woody/resiny pine needle flavour. A bit of fruitiness but there is mostly a lightly charred/burned malt character over a load of pine character. Retronasally, itís all pine needles. A soft dark malt sweetness helps this beer work out. Lingering fruity/piny flavour on the back. Pretty nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2276) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Pint @ brewpub on a snowy day with JoeMcphee, I think this beer was made for just such an occasion. The beer has a thick brown color with some ruby tints. Aroma is oily malts and medium-light citrus. Some rusted metal, which could be smoke-esque. Taste is WHAM in your face crazy citrus pine tree. Itís all super green and talk a walk through a forest, so natural, like. Cool stuff, never have I tasted so much pine. And I did not get all that much smoke in this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2670) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2012 Rerate on 03/21/2012. The appearance is reddish black, slight translucence, moderate off-white head. The aroma has clear notes of smoke, pine and butter. The flavor is smoky, pine needles, buttery, sweet. The finish was smoky, buttery, pine needles. Medium/thick in body, creamy. Unique and interesting. Odd flavor of diacetyl I donít recall in this from previous years. This diacetyl is definitely affecting this review. Minus the diacetyl, this is a unique and interesting beer.


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