Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Big Shanty Graham Cracker StoutBig Shanty Graham Cracker Stout

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Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States

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.

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 287
Photo of SuperBrewThru
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Brewser_Lewser
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. What a beer. A great stout. Smells like a cinnabon mixed with real graham cracker. I'm a huge fan of hardywood's ginger bread stout. this beer is right there!

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Photo of Divo366
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly a unique beer! It smells like cinnamon, immediately making you think you're about to drink a cookie. And when you taste it, the cinnamon blends perfectly with the graham cracker. It literally tastes like you're drinking a cookie.

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Photo of twistwrist
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an incredible brew! The smell of fresh graham crackers hits you immediately. The taste of graham cracker is predominant in this beer, but it blends very well with the other flavors and spices. This beer is a uniquely tasteful treat.

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Photo of Thrashers
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Genie
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
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 BrewDogBarley
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is THE beer that got me hooked on Burnt Hickory! Absolutely amazing graham cracker stout. Very easy to drink and suprising that this is a 9abv brew.

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Photo of dawgontap
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

A great strong double stout with good balance between the sweetness of honey and the roast of the malts they use.

If you're a roasty malt bomb beer lover like me, this is right up your alley.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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 ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Crazy4LegMoose
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
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 pryan11
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a phenomenal beer. Any ATL beer local will tell you this is one of our most beloved local stout offerings. The mouthfeel is very thin almost seeming like a porter but the flavor profile is phenomenal. It's incredibly smooth at a substantial 9% abv with cinnamon dominating the nose and taste along with oats and graham cracker playing a significant but secondary role. Absolutely a must-try - I send it out as an extra with every trade to universal praise. The thin mouthfeel is the only reason I could think to rate this stout anything less than a 4.5/5. Personally, it does not bother me, this is a staple in my beer diet.

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Photo of MatthewSDraper
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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 iheartmyTHO
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
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 c00ller
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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 jtwhicker
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 banger is around 12 dollars at local store.

Pour to snifter. Great aroma. Poured only 2/3 ounces at a time. Easy drinking not very boozy.
Scent of cinnamon,nutmeg and spice. Honey sweetness on front and spice on backend makes for a good clean finish. Happy I purchased.

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Photo of Zach136
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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 WilliamIrwin
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cinnamon and oats dominate this beer. Very nice flavor. Reminds me of a cinnamon milkshake. I'd have to say cinnamon is the most overbearing flavor. This was bottled 5/12/2015.


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Photo of ThickNStout
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of classixIII
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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 KowalaBear
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours into a glass with a dark almost black colour and has a nice light coloured froth. You can smell the graham cracker in it along with a chocolate aroma. It has a medium body feel to it with not to much carbonation. Overall a very nice everyday stout that I would recommend to my friends and family.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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 do_ob
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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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