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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Campfire is a full-bodied, robust smoked porter. We put a lot of love into this beer – hand-smoking the malt on local applewood, giving this beer a very appealing and balanced smoky flavor & aroma. The result? Jet-black roasty toasty goodness. Since we took care to craft this beer with just the right balance of smokiness, you can pair Campfire with a wide variety of foods – especially barbecue! Or, for dessert, you might want to simulate a beautiful night outdoors by pairing Campfire with S’mores!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2585) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle from Un Dun. Dark dark brown with lasting tan head and lace. Nice smoky ashy campfire aroma with dark chocolate cocoa earth and wood. Roasted chocolate coffee plummy smoky ashy with woody bitter medium finish and a regrettable hint of fruit tartness that might come from age. Medium quaffable body. Creamy texture. Would love to get some fresh, especially on tap. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
22 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 in July 2012. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had smoked malt, some chocolate, earthy notes, ash, worth trying once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle
This was from an East Coast trade and split with b3shine. A respectable smoked porter is drinkable but nothing special. I think I will scroll past if Throwback makes it further west for the time being. You should too unless things improve.

Aroma / Appearance - A medium black base has deep red roots. The rich head falls after a few ticks of the second hand. Light chocolate, coffee, and raisins are effective yet this feels as if something was left out.

Flavor / Palate - A bubbly raspberry cola tickles the throat. The smokiness is light and disappointing as if it were an afterthought. The outcome is drinkable. However it is nothing remarkable. Skip this in favor of much better smoked beer if you want to get some style ticks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (8108) - Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Bomber to tulip (shared by Brigadier). Looks good; a cloudy dark cola with ample fluffy light beige head. Smells of dark malt and smoke with metallic notes. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Dark brown color, light brown head. Loads of smoke, bitter roasts, molasses, tar, dry and ashy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BroSpud (2053) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. On the thin side but somewhat tasty. Subtle smoke flavors with hints of vanilla and coffee. OK, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is smoke, dates, prunes, plums, earthy hops and roast, chocolate malt. Flavor is dark malt and tart dark fruits, smoke, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2013
Smell of smoked meat, jerky, mild molasses, but also watery. Taste is too mild. Again, watery, faint chocolate or malt sweetness. Peculiar, chemically aftertaste is the worst part of the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6181) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2013
22 oz. bottle purchased at Village Market, Hampton Falls. Deep brown color in my pint glass. Very thin beige head that left light lace. Smoke on the nose for sure! Flavors of coca powder, chocolate, mild traces of toffee and smoke throughout the sip. Mild lingering smoke after the sip. Soft level of carbonation with a Medium body. I have to admit, smoked is NOT something I drink often. Not a style I normally enjoy. But Throwback has one here that I can share with a friend and not be put off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2371) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2012
650ml bottle from secret santa. Thanks. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a medium khaki head that has fair retention. The nose is mildly smoky with, old campfire ashes, molasses, dates and burnt toast. The taste is that of a porter first and a smoked ale second; roasty porter flavors of blackened barley dominate this one, followed by what I guess are cascade type hops which provide a nice bitterness. The smoke fills in the sides and back. The palate is full, creamy and viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes long, dry and slightly acidic. Overall: Very nice take on the smoked ale.

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