The fifth beer of the set. Fif. I plead the fif. I says there are…..so many amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. I can only choose one…I can only choose oneeeeee. I plead the fif. One two three four fif! Anything you say; fif! Sorry. The fifth beer that we’re looking at from the Beer Camp Across the World set is Campout Porter. Beer Camp Campout Porter is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Garage Project out of Wellington, New Zealand. This Porter comes in at 7.7% ABV and 32 IBU and is packaged as a twelve ounce bottle.
Dark. The beer pours very dark. I would have said black until I held the glass up to the light. It’s actually a deep dark brown with a mahogany touch. I was going to say about 2 fingers of light brown head but light khaki head might be closer to the color. The head is soapy and never really dissipated.
This might be a good place to mention that I’m still very much on the beginner end of the spectrum when it comes to really tasting beer. There are times when I have a hard time pulling aromas and such from beers, and this was one of those times. I don’t know if I had the beer too cold or if I was just off but I didn’t get much on the aroma at first. After really working at it I picked up some smokiness and maltiness. I guess there could have been some chocolate notes but they weren’t strong to me.
The taste is interesting. A combination of smoke and malt hit first followed by a pleasant sweetness, maybe like a vanilla. There’s some nutty, cocoa, and barely a coffee like flavor in there too. A decent bitterness finishes up the sip. The mouthfeel on this one is not what I was expecting, it’s thinner than I would have anticipated just looking at the beer.
I wasn’t blown away by this Campout Porter but I’m nearly positive that’s my own fault. I think I really should have let the beer warm up before attempting to really experience it. I didn’t follow porter/stout 101 and my experience suffered for it I think. I will say, as porters go, this was very drinkable and I’d like an opportunity to drink it again, just…..you know……correctly this time.
2.5 out of 5