Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 42
Gots: 69 | FT: 6
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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: 169 | Reviews: 39
Photo of Malaleche
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My daily go to beer.

Photo of twistwrist
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an incredible brew! The smell of fresh graham crackers hits you immediately. The taste of graham cracker is predominant in this beer, but it blends very well with the other flavors and spices. This beer is a uniquely tasteful treat.

Photo of Thrashers
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of Genie
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding flavored stout! The graham cracker taste is totally there, but not overwhelming. Nice balance of flavor and sweetness. Don't even taste the alcohol either (+huge plus+).

Photo of BrewDogBarley
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Photo of dawgontap
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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 cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

what a pleasant treat! enjoyed from a batch002 TB oversized snifter. pours a deep pewter black with a surprisingly white cap. frothy and leaves lace lines.

nose is a delightful graham cracker over brisk coffee and roasted malt. really inviting and wonderful.

taste matches the nose. this really works. the body of the oatmeal stout can handle the graham cracker which seems to lighten up the body quite a bit. simply put this is a homerun. very reminiscent of gbs and christmas.morning. wonderful and worth the buzz. go check it out.

Photo of MatthewSDraper
4.59/5  rDev +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 iheartmyTHO
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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 JamesBondGA
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark sweet, little crumbs of graham crackers. was such a surprise!

Photo of c00ller
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Zach136
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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 M_C_Hampton
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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 ThickNStout
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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 classixIII
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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 do_ob
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a medium brown but settles pitch black in the glass. A semi-aggressive pour yields a 3 finger head of dense, fluffy vanilla colored foam - and by dense, I mean it looks like brown marshmellow filling. Absoloutely beautiful. I get a definite hint of graham crackers on the aroma, along with vanilla, ginger, roasted malt, and a slight coffee scent. Medium-heavy weight, somewhat lighter than a typical imperial stout. This has a bit of a watery mouthfeel, but is still quite smooth and creamy. Big graham cracker and gingersnap flavors up front, with lots of roasty malt setting in middleways. There's a nice coffee bitterness on the back end, along with strong notes of honey and spice. Finishes smooth enough, but still a bit watery for my liking. Not much on the aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is what it's marketed as - a high abv stout that tastes like graham crackers. It's very good, but maybe slightly lacking in body. I would've liked to have seen a little more roastiness or chocolate in there. Still damn good, though. It reminds me a little of Stone's Chai Spiced RIS.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 UGA45211
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice graham cracker notes in the smell and taste. Very impressed from Burnt Hickory.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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 bareju
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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 fankhauserg
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toasty cinnamon. Yup, graham crackers in beer.

Photo of Brackh
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Gadzook
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass from a growler

Look: Deep chocolate, 1/2 of nice cream colored foam

Smell: Graham crackers, slight ginger, , a bit of malt, hint of vanilla, maybe even a hint of sassafras

Taste: Graham crackers, sweet at the onset, some ginger and spice up front, good malt, coffee at the end

Feel: Quite rich at first, not quite creamy in the middle, just tad of carbonation at the end.

Overall: A very easy to drink and tasty stout. Doesn't feel as heavy at it is, but very enjoyable.

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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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