Graveyard Shiftee
Holy City Brewing

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #258
Ranked #21,592
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
Notes: As the weather turns colder, the F&B industry trudges along, and the shift beers get darker and more malty with the season. Continuing with Shiftee concept, we brewed Graveyard Shiftee as a continued nod to local F&B folks, but one more conducive to winter. The ABV remains in “serious” territory, but this time we went with our beloved Porter style. Graveyard Shiftee is dark, malty, full-bodied, and warming, perfect for a late nightcap whether or not your shift just ended.

25 IBU
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ordybill from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off the tap pint at the brewery.
Aroma- Has a semi-sweet aroma with a hint of chocolate and malt.
Appearance- A dark brown (almost black) with a small tan head.
Taste- Has a nice sweet flavor with a malt mix, very good.
Palate- This is a medium bodied brew with mild carbonation with an oily feel.
Overall- Holy City has outdone themselves again! This is an excellent brew. If in Charleston, SC this is a must stop.

Feb 11, 2015
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SCbrewpubfan from South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had a couple of growlers of this, and I feel the need to review it.
A-Pours dark and oily w/ a small head that clings.
S-Chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Kinda like a liquid candy-bar from Starbucks.
T-Lots of dark fruits up front, cherry, figs, and cocoa nibs. The roast coffee flavors transition to a slightly spicy bitter finish. Nice balance.
M-Hides the alcohol well, but could be more robust.
Another high quality beer from Holy City Brewing. They are doing good things.

Apr 30, 2014
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uscgsc22 from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am from south carolina and just moved down to charleston with-in the past two years. I have always had my favorite beers but now I have my "FAVORITE BEER of all TIME." I am a Dark Beer drinker and love beer like sweet water and dog fish. The only down fall about Holy City's Graveyard Shifty is that it's only in restaurants because they do not bottle and it's only once a year. If you get a chance to try this beer DO SO.


I would buy nothing but this beer if I could :)


Sep 05, 2013
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: On-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An oddly subdued aroma of malt, chocolate, and a little hops.

T: Tasted of chocolate, roasted malt, and a mild hoppiness in the finish. There was also a slight nutty quality as well. Surprisingly no coffee elements. A solid, but not spectacular flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, easy to drink beer. Nothing particularly radical about it, but drinkable nonetheless.

Feb 12, 2012
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brewcore from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery into a tulip glass.

A: As dark as brown can be. Half a shade off opaque. Yields a two finger tan head. Good head retention that eventually yields to a sheet across the surface of the beer. Excellent lacing on the glass.

S: Least spectacular thing about this beer, yet not disappointing. Dark roasted malts. Sweet alcohol.

T: Similar to the nose. Roasted malts yield notes of milk chocolate with residual sweetness. Almost a raisin-like sweetness. A bit of warming alcohol, but not overwhelming.

M: Medium mouth feel with light carbonation. Surprisingly thin and good drinkability for such a big beer.

O: I have no experience with "imperial porters" so I do not have a lot to compare this to, but I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. I expected a big, heavy beer but instead found a big, delicious beer that was inviting enough for another glass. Sweetness would make for a great dessert beer but certainly not relegated to that duty. Most definitely a beer to which I will return. I hope this is something brewed for Halloween; could certainly make for a fun "Graveyard Party."

Feb 10, 2012
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Bung from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at EVO. Bartender called it "Imperial Porter", so I assumed it was not a Baltic.
Dark, black pour with about a finger of tan head. Lasted quite well, stuck to the glass just a little.

Aroma, Toasted malt, chocolates, malted milk balls.

Taste, A little more roast, roast malt large chocolate and caramel. Almost tastes like there is some milk sugar in there. Faint coffee finish.

Right in the middle body wise, nearly creamy. Drinks pretty easy, just a faint warming from the alcohol. Pretty solid.

Nice balanced, maybe just a bit to the sweeter side, big porter.

Feb 02, 2012
Graveyard Shiftee from Holy City Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 18 ratings