Thursday, August 17, 2017

Base Camp S'More Stout

The Stats
Style: American Stout
ABV: 7.2%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 3.62/5
- RateBeer: 3.5/5
- Untappd: 3.69/5

"To triumph over mountain, wave, wind, or boulder, you need a good Base Camp. Your Base Camp helps you rally your adventurous spirit to conquer the next challenge. Cozy up and take a break from your winter trek with our S’more Stout. The S’more Stout is an absolute all-star: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, fig, and smoke invite you in to a gigantic maltiness that is distinct in its smooth and refined character, with flavors of chocolatey malt and hints of smoke mingling with rich caramel and dark fruit. We recommend topping it with a roasted marshmallow to enjoy the ultimate S’more Stout experience!"

Poured black in color with ruby red on the edges and a hefty, three fingers of khaki-colored head.

The aroma is more coffee-forward than anything. I can't pick up any vanilla or marshmallow (isn't this supposed to be a s'more?), but there is a very small amount of dark fruits, raisins, and plums.

The taste is a typical American Stout. Subtle roasted coffee and a dark malt flavor are the stars here. I do actually pick up a smokey component to this. It isn't Rauchbier smoke, but it is still noticeable. Dark fruits return in a small role with the aforementioned raisins and figs and a tiny bit of chocolate syrup flavor also comes into play. Other than that it isn't going to blow you away as it is pretty standard for the style. I am still flabbergasted over the fact that this is a beer called "S'more Stout" and there is no vanilla or marshmallow.

Mouthfeel has a nice, soft thickness. It feels like a bigger beer than it is. No alcohol presence.

S'more Stout does not represent its name. While it is a perfectly acceptable American Stout, the fact is you can't name a beer "S'more Stout" and not have one of the most important ingredients in a S'more. S'more what? How about s'more (or ANY) marshmallow.  It's a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with no jelly, ham and eggs with no eggs, bologna and cheese with no whipped cream; it just doesn't make sense. Oh, and for the two people out there who just got that last reference, then that's a point for you.


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