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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Burnt Hickory Brewery visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 04-22-2012

Named of the original name of the city of Kennesaw (our home town), Big Shanty is not a little beer by any means. Made with real graham cracker crumbs and honey, itʼs sweetness is only challenged by itʼs strong roast and hop bitterness. A world class stout with an extreme amount of local flavor.
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by alk3kenny:
Photo of alk3kenny
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color creamy head with a nice lace though head is gone quickly. Smell is slightly sweet little boozy maybe a hint of cinnamon... lets taste it... boozy boozy creamy mouthfeel but astringent slight sweetness in second sip definitely a beer to warm and savor good but not great not really getting the graham cracker in the taste....

update: Had this again recently and it seems they have improved upon the recipe... More graham crack and much nicer on the palate. This brewery is quickly becoming one of my favs check them out!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown but clear. Small but durable light tan head.
Rich roasted grain flavor. Graham cracker is hard to detect, at best. A bit too much char in the aftertaste.

Aroma: sweet with a hint of sorghum.

Feel: Smooth with soft, low carbonation.

O: this is a big beer featuring dark roasted malts. A touch over-roasted for my taste, however.

Photo of VinceMig
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of seavercm
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to John for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich 1 finger coffee colored head with good retention. Beer is a bit thin but pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Above average.

Nose is aromatic... however, a bit more like cinnamon oatmeal raisin cookies than graham cracker. Still pretty good.

Opens cinnamon, brown sugar and spice. Oatmeal sweetness in the middle with some molasses and cane sugar, holiday spice and more cinnamon. Finishes sweet with a bright, spicy finish. Again, this doesn't taste like graham crackers but its spot on oatmeal raisin cookie.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down slightly prickly and warm. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Body is just right. Not too thin, not too heavy.

I thought this beer would be a bit of a gimmick but actually, its pretty good. Worth trying since this one's solid and completely out of left field at the same time.

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mlhyatt
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is literally like drinking liquid cinnamon and nutmeg. And then its thin on top of that. Not impressed.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the things that I'm always concerned about taste-wise when it comes to dessert-y stouts and porters, is that they can almost be too sweet and cloying sometimes. However, with this stout, it's very well balanced. You definitely get a bit of sweetness, but the flavor is rounded out with a nice roasted and hoppy flavor. I don't taste "graham cracker" so much. Instead, the flavor reminds me more of a cake donut with a hint of cinnamon.

Photo of BuckTuckian
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Deep dark brown with cola highlights. Nice fat tan head and messy lacing.
smell: cinnamon, from the graham crackers I guess, really dominates. Very full and lots of back notes of roast, honey.
taste: Cinnamon like the nose. Much like the nose. a slight spicy note in the finish.
overall: very nice, interesting stout.

Photo of jlove5
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DerrickW
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz pours at Loco Willy's (Marietta, GA). Served in a pint glass. 

Appears deep brown with chestnut edges and about a quarter finger pale tan head. Sheet of lacing nearly coat the glass. 

Smells of hot cocoa, graham and vanilla with a wisp of alcohol. 

Oh, that's nice! Spiced graham cracker, cocoa, cinnamon, toffee and vanilla. It's like a chocolate graham cracker malt. Enough going on to keep the near 10% abv from seeming like much at all. Quite tasty. 

Moderaty heavy feel with just enough carbonation to make it dance on the tongue for a bit before settling into a long sweet grahamy finish. 

Burnt Hickory can't possibly get to bottling this fast enough for my liking! It really delivers on the graham cracker, similar but not quite as well as Southern Tier delivers on a flavor with Choklat. A well done original flavor profile and highly recommended. 

Photo of Kmccabe33
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of GDawgs34
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GABrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rrski198
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mdlb44
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AmandaRae
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of asams10
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark almost black, short tan head

S: very sweet, vanilla, cinnamon

T: graham cracker, sweet, cinnamon, vanilla

M: thick, low carb

O: excellent unique flavor

Photo of wcu80
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hulud
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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