Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 29
Gots: 48 | FT: 6
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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: 139 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of c00ller
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Dec 24, 2014 and drinking on Jan 18, 2015. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark coffee appearance with dark head that doesn't linger very long
Smell: Like cinnamon/gingerbread/graham crackers
Taste: Just like the way it smells at the front. To me, the gingerbready spices compliment the otherwise off-putting ABV at the end, giving it a pleasant sort of "heat"
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, low carbonation
Overall: Very pleasant and unique flavors that actually live up to its name, unlike other beers of this type

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 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 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 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 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 mendvicdog
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is harsh. burnt. artificial

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 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!!!

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

These are cinnamon graham crackers for sure; tons of cinnamon in this giving it a slightly Mexican Cake flavor. I could see a barrrel aged version of this doing wonderful things. I'm normally not a fan of novelty beers but this works as a beer in its own right.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with eee
22 oz bomber dated 12/24/14. Pours a dark cola brown with a khaki head of about 1/2 finger. Soapy lacing. Fair amount of light making its way through. Aroma is intense graham cracker, spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, and brown sugar. Flavor follow through on the nose. Reminds me a lot of the cinnamon and sugar graham crackers I used to eat as a kid. Body is slick and on par with most oatmeal stouts.
Overall, this is pretty dang good. Flavor is unique and can be overwhelming at times, but really good effort and spot on for what it claims to be.

Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in a big thick quality and is black.

The aroma hits of lots of graham cracker spice. It immediately smells like lactose, yet simply being a oatmeal stout. Lots of caramel, vanilla, and sweetness.

On the flavor, that sweetness attacks again. The graham cracker almost offers a fall/winter spiced stout flavor. Up front is thick, but the beer's body falls away onto a medium mouhtfeel. A sweet smooth honey quality in the middle. However, a bit lacking in robust malt quality without some dark chocolate to balance out that sweetness.

Photo of BrewDogBarley
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

This is THE beer that got me hooked on Burnt Hickory! Absolutely amazing graham cracker stout.

Photo of classixIII
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Trackside Grill in Kennesaw, GA.

For my taste this is one awesome stout. Deep dark thick black. The graham cracker spices were there in the aroma and the taste but not at all overpowering. Smooth and creamy. Alcohol just right at the finish. Had a few, wish I could have brought some home with me.

Photo of Zach136
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, with a deep caramel one finger head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big hit of graham crackers. Like the good ones with the brown sugar on the top. Not those generic cardboard fuckers. Hints of roast and chocolate behind that.

Flavor: Again, big graham cracker but more milk chocolate and roast come forward.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and velvety. As it warms on the second pint or so the graham cracker can start to give a drying quality. But I don't usually have a problem finishing before it gets to that point.

Overall: A unique, and delicious imperial stout. This beer should be more hyped in the trade world than it is.

Photo of Brackh
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a nice head. Not a huge smell on the nose. A bit of malt. Taste is sweet and malty. Some spice backed up by the malt. Just a touch of bitter which is nice. I like it. Good solid all around drinker.

Photo of tjcapture
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good stout from a Georgia brewery. Dark and rich, really get some cinnamon notes which are a pleasant surprise.

Photo of GameFreac
3.37/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the open house on 2/16.

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a finger of a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Smells of dark fruits, slight chocolate, and some graham cracker.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: More dark fruits than I was expecting and probably my least favorite of the day but I still liked it.

Photo of MatthewSDraper
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely an "outside the box" type stout for me, but man did they hit a home run. With the first smell as an indicator of what was to come I expected to be overtaken by the cinnamon flavor. Instead I found this to be a pretty well balanced beer that was easy to finish a 22oz bombers worth. Perhaps too easy. I'm glad I bought two. I have a feeling I will be buying more in the future as well.

Photo of bareju
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really cool beer. Graham cracker sums it up from start to finish. It's very strong in the smell which is impressive. Taste is a bit sweet up front, dominated by graham cracker (brown sugar, vanilla, honey, cinammon) through the middle, and finishes quite dry. The abv is very well hidden and this is dangerously easy to drink.

I'd love to see them do a sweeter version, maybe a chocolate graham cracker. A bit more sweetness and some chocolate or coffee flavor would really send this over the top. That being said, the skill with which they captured the pure essence of graham cracker is astounding. Overall, a bit more sweetness and a bit less on the dry side and this would be a 5 star beer for me.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. As advertised, this tastes just like cinnamon graham crackers, with just a hint of ginger bite as well. Very smooth and well balanced, and not nearly so sweet as something like the Southern Tier flavored stouts. Very nice.

Photo of dawgontap
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

A great strong double stout with good balance between the sweetness of honey and the roast of the malts they use.

If you're a roasty malt bomb beer lover like me, this is right up your alley.

Photo of benzalman
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Was hoping to get some of the graham cracker type notes, but got none. Still, nice beer.

Photo of Thrashers
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer! Dark & smooth - sweet and strong. The hints of graham and cinnamon add pleasant quality to the smell and taste of this wonderful beverage.

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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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