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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Photo of Prager62
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +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 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 rudzud
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 BigGold
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -8.5%
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 -7.3%
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 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 Sfleenor
2.3/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I feel like I am drinking cinnamon teddy grahams in my stout.
The cinnamon and sweetness of the graham cracker are overpowering.
I was hoping the taste would grow on me but it did not. I think i would really like the stout without the cinnamon.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a room temperature tulip.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick khaki head which maintains well and laces beautifully throughout.

S: Sweet notes of honey, roast, coffee, toffee and a whiff of alcohol perfume. Very sweet on the nose. Hops come through as it warms.

T: Some sweetness, but with roast and hops on the tongue. The sweetness of the honey comes through slightly on the back end, but doesn't leave a cloying sweetness on the palate.

M: A slender waist for a double/imperial stout, it nonetheless has a pleasant heft to it without being overly filling. The pronounced carbs scrub the palate well.

O: Dangerously close to being to sweet at first, the roasted malts and hop presence even it out nicely, leaving a great taste on the palate. With an ABV just shy of double digits, this is a great dessert beer with enough alcohol to cut sweet pairings or enjoy as a dessert in itself. Another impressive offering by Burnt Hickory.

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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 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 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 brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a sliver of a beige head; a fireworks shower of lacing descends, leaving a pattern of squiggles

Smell: Chocolate fudge, graham cracker, cinnamon, brown sugar and root beer

Taste: Chocolate fudge, lactose and brown sugar forward, with the cinnamon and graham cracker flavors developing, in the middle; after the swallow, the sweetness builds and a hint of root beer flavor intrudes; the finish is rather sweet, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist on the style but the sweetness and the lack of a full bodied mouthfeel are both issues I have with this beer

Thanks, trial_by_hedgehog, for the opportunity

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black with nice lacing and very viscous thick on the sides of the glass.

S - Graham cracker and cinnamon aroma dominates the nose.

T - Chocolate, graham cracker, cinnamon and a spicy cinnamon finish.

M - Heavy medium body with a very soft mouth feel.

O - Very worth seeking out.

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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 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 Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this at a recent gathering, poured from the bottle chilled into a glass.

The color is dark brown almost black with a thick collar of light tan head. The smell is great with a slight malt sweetness and toasty accent. The feel embodies the graham cracker quality.

The taste continues what the aroma and mouthfeel provide which is a nice level of malt with sweet yet toasted quality with low bitterness from roast with semi-dry quality as it finishes smooth with a nice amount of body. overall I was pleased to be able to try this and would recommend it as it achieves what the brewer intended based on the description.

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Photo of Nominoe
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent oatmeal stout with a high ABV hidden behind subtle smells and flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose definitely come through in the taste, but, unlike others who have reviewed, I don't taste a real 'graham cracker.' Delicious nonetheless. I would drink this again if it were on shelves here.

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Photo of Gadzook
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass from a growler

Look: Deep chocolate, 1/2 of nice cream colored foam

Smell: Graham crackers, slight ginger, , a bit of malt, hint of vanilla, maybe even a hint of sassafras

Taste: Graham crackers, sweet at the onset, some ginger and spice up front, good malt, coffee at the end

Feel: Quite rich at first, not quite creamy in the middle, just tad of carbonation at the end.

Overall: A very easy to drink and tasty stout. Doesn't feel as heavy at it is, but very enjoyable.

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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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Photo of cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a deep black, not motor oil thick with a light tan one finger head. The head is really impressive, it just sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

S - The nose is a bit muted to me. Not really much going on except for some roasted malts and a bit of sweetness, from the honey I guess.

T - Good roasted malts notes along with some sweet honey and faint graham cracker that develops into a light burnt black coffee finish.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Really smooth body and oh so drinkable.

O - May'be I had a bad bottle? The reviews seem to give high praise. but i'm just not getting the graham cracker, which is the selling point of the beer to me, IMO.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in January 2014. Pours a medium brown/black appearance and medium head. Lovely nose, smells of fresh baked graham cracker and ginger bread. Taste is more subtle and body thinner than expected. A quite session-able stout though not as full flavored as I might have liked. More of a porter in body and appearance.

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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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