Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout | Burnt Hickory Brewery

Big Shanty Graham Cracker StoutBig Shanty Graham Cracker Stout
BA SCORE
92.4%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 291 ratings
Big Shanty Graham Cracker StoutBig Shanty Graham Cracker Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States
burnthickorybrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by ChainGangGuy on 04-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,253
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
291
Liked:
269
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
8.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
107
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 291 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin off white to tan foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Mild thin messy lacing weaves around the glass. The aroma starts with big sweet graham cracker crust. Slight raisin to balance. Subtle honey. The flavor brings in the sweet cracker/crust/crumb (so Graham cracker real sweetness) with once again the sweet honey to add a little bit. Raisin seems to faint a little bit more. Mild sweet graham cracker sweetness in the aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sessionable smooth sweet crisp feel about it. Low carbonation. Spectacular smoothness. Overall, everything seems to flow properly, of course I would have again.

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Photo of markallmon
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlang2012
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cosmo4u
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MAJ85
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhartley
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muffdiver27
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prager62
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber with a handwritten 5-12 on the side which I'm going to assume is the bottle date. I'm serving this in a 12oz. snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a dark brown with medium viscosity and a finger of tan foam. It slowly settles leaving ample lacing.

Smell- Oatmeal raisin cookie dough, cinnamon, bakers chocolate.

Taste- It's like eating a cinnamon graham sprinkled with a few raisins and chocolate chips.

Feel- Slick and slightly oily, but on the thinner side more reminiscent of a porter.

Overall- A pleasant liquid dessert that tastes like a mix of a cinnamon graham cracker/oatmeal raisin cookie dipped in chocolate. Very easy drinking for 9% to boot! The rather thin body was the only very minor disappointment with this beer. It's definitely worth a look.

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Photo of SuperBrewThru
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall the best stout in GA! (maybe the country) been drinking this non stop for a month at the brewery. more like a raisin oatmeal cookie than graham cracker but what the hell?

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer pours dark brown with black hues. The head, which was rather aggressive, I was a light mocha color.

Smell - The nose was reflective of oats, but not the extra flavors on the inside.

Taste - I think the cinnamon was well balanced in the initial taste it was not like sucking on a Jolly Rancher fire stick. A graham cracker backbone lays a nice sense of balance. I also detected notes Baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel - The beer was way over-carbed. I will assume this is an aberration.

Overall - I am pretty sure this is a year-round beer. But I think it's extra good around the holidays.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin half finger mocha head that fades slowly to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate syrup, good sweet graham crackers and some cinnamon as well. As it warms some vanilla comes out along with nice honey notes, simply huge cinnamon graham cracker notes. Very, very impressive.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. the chocolate is a bit faint. Relatively one dimensional here. More of those big graham crackers, some sweet malts, light honey, decent amount of roast. The alcohol is hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, almost a bit thin. Alcohol is hidden nicely though.

O - Overall this was a very solid 'gimmick' stout. I enjoy the graham cracker notes here, nice sweet cinnamon thing going on. Very solid.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of MatthewD4
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a pitch black color with a small tan head. The taste is sweet graham cracker. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of mcopenhaver
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had at Trackside Grill, etc., Kennesaw, Georgia, on draft into tumbler. A little gimmicky, as one might expect for a beer "[m]ade with REAL Graham Crackers," and a bit sweet, but beautiful beer.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The reviews below capture this pretty thoroughly. Its mostly what it says - a big graham cracker beer - with lots of cinnamon and sweet honey flavors; however, I wouldn't put this in the stout family. Its not just the lack of body, its the minimal malt body, lack of roastiness and quick, dry finish that stand out to me.

The flavor is interesting and its a decent novelty beer, but I'm not looking forward to finishing the bottle and probably won't seek it out again. With that said, it could be a good dessert beer to share with friends.

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Photo of Clockwatcher
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is certainly an interesting beer. Reading that it was brewed with real graham crackers made it stand out, and I was excited to try it.

The first thing I noticed was that it pours with almost no head (and there was no lacing at all as the beer went down). The smell was very strong of cinnamon, honey, and you can almost smell the booze. The taste followed identically: a lot of honey, some cinnamon, nutmeg and booze (that isn't well disguised). The mouth feel is very, very thin as well.

I'd have loved to taste a deeper flavor (maybe coffee or a wood note) to balance out the sweetness, as this beer drinks as a really, really sweet, thin beer. If it were more balanced and a little less thin, this beer would get much higher marks from me.

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Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout from Burnt Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 92.4% out of 100 with 291 ratings
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