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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
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.

(Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 04-22-2012)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

beernads, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

chinchill, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

thatoneguymike, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Hanzo, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Zach136, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Keith_R, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Thedrizzle, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BuckTuckian, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

rrski198, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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. 

ThickNStout, Jul 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

justinm4bama, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

DerrickW, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

jriggins6, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ltdantheman, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

dbrelsfo, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

rjknyy, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

mdlb44, Thursday at 06:21 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Kmccabe33, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jlove5, May 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jayfarley3, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

GeorgiaGirl93, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of alk3kenny
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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!!!

alk3kenny, Jun 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

AmandaRae, Nov 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Dine, Jun 28, 2012
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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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