Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 210
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 51
Gots: 78 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black with nice lacing and very viscous thick on the sides of the glass.

S - Graham cracker and cinnamon aroma dominates the nose.

T - Chocolate, graham cracker, cinnamon and a spicy cinnamon finish.

M - Heavy medium body with a very soft mouth feel.

O - Very worth seeking out.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell is absolutely awesome with tons of cinnamon and graham cracker. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose but it's still very good. I don't find the sweetness or the contrasting roast/hops nearly as strong as some other reviewers; it just seems really well balanced to me. The look and feel aren't anything special unfortunately but flavor and smell are what matters most.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 4/1/15

A: thick black opaque brew with 2 fingers of thick creamy golden brown head. Nice lacing and excellent head retention. Beautiful

S: strong aroma of sasparilla, molasses with hints of milk chocolate.

T: sweet sasparilla, root beer like flavor up front with a little burnt toffee and milk chocolate in the finish. Hints of graham crackers mixed into the finish as well. Sweet candy like brew with a touch of dark chocolate bitterness in the end.

F: velvet smooth mouth feel with moderate carbonation.

O: excellent beer. I wish I had more of these. Nice dessert beer with lots of sweetness up front and a mellow evolving flavor as it warms.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this at a recent gathering, poured from the bottle chilled into a glass.

The color is dark brown almost black with a thick collar of light tan head. The smell is great with a slight malt sweetness and toasty accent. The feel embodies the graham cracker quality.

The taste continues what the aroma and mouthfeel provide which is a nice level of malt with sweet yet toasted quality with low bitterness from roast with semi-dry quality as it finishes smooth with a nice amount of body. overall I was pleased to be able to try this and would recommend it as it achieves what the brewer intended based on the description.

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Photo of BrettonJay
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent oatmeal stout with a high ABV hidden behind subtle smells and flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose definitely come through in the taste, but, unlike others who have reviewed, I don't taste a real 'graham cracker.' Delicious nonetheless. I would drink this again if it were on shelves here.

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Photo of Gadzook
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of do_ob
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a deep black, not motor oil thick with a light tan one finger head. The head is really impressive, it just sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

S - The nose is a bit muted to me. Not really much going on except for some roasted malts and a bit of sweetness, from the honey I guess.

T - Good roasted malts notes along with some sweet honey and faint graham cracker that develops into a light burnt black coffee finish.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Really smooth body and oh so drinkable.

O - May'be I had a bad bottle? The reviews seem to give high praise. but i'm just not getting the graham cracker, which is the selling point of the beer to me, IMO.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in January 2014. Pours a medium brown/black appearance and medium head. Lovely nose, smells of fresh baked graham cracker and ginger bread. Taste is more subtle and body thinner than expected. A quite session-able stout though not as full flavored as I might have liked. More of a porter in body and appearance.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Brackh
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Thrashers
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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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Photo of classixIII
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Genie
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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+).

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Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of bareju
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of MatthewSDraper
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Photo of c00ller
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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