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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 27
Gots: 31 | FT: 5
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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: 110 | Reviews: 23
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3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a sudsy, faint ecru head.

Smell: Bitterish chunk chocolate mixed with roasted malts, thick-rolled oats, dark fruits, and a top note of spiced graham cracker crusts.

Taste: Starts with chocolate, easy-going roast, and nutty oats with a vibrant fruitiness of muscadines. Boosted by a sweet shot of treacle. In comes the graham cracker taste with well-integrated spice tastes giving a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and, maybe even allspice. Low hop character, bitterness with the spice character balancing out a majority of the sweetness. Quick flash of alcohol. Sweetish, chocolate-coated, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A pleasant stout given an interesting twist.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AlexFields
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BMart
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markgugs
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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 PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Zach136
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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 GABrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.64/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -1.4%

Photo of OldTime
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of halo3one
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ari32
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesM63
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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. 

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout from Burnt Hickory Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.