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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrauneis on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 416 | Reviews: 121
Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

"Exhausted by the tedius work and rancid beer, Deck Swabs O'Sullivan and Freccia abandoned Sir Francis Drake's galleon. Days later, they washed up on a tiny island in Tomales Bay, where they encountered local oyster farmers John and Terry. Soon, these beer mutineers and oyster mercenaries were feasting on roast pig, fresh oysters and goblets of the Captain's finest ale. They could think of worse fates than being Marooned on Hog Island." Brewed in the style of an Oyster Stout. A one-time fall/winter release available in 12 oz. canned 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

The beer pours a frothy foam head of a mocha cream complexion atop a very dark cola brown body. Chunks of heavy sediment are visible at the edge of the glass, and a big chunk of something mysterious floats on the surface, surely they didn't pack the oysters in with this can? Retention is good, lacing is moderate and stringy. The beer has aromas of moderate roasted barley, cocoa syrup, and a hint of complex sugars for a subtle sweetness. The flavor is similar although dryer in taste, medium roasted malts, charred malts, yeast-borne fruit notes of dry raisin and unfortunately little to no oyster character, just a solid dose of roasted barley. The texture is silky, oily and moderately dry. Carbonation generates a subtle airiness for a soft frothy mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly roasty over sweet. Alcohol presence is low to none and the off characters are minimal with some minor oxidation creeping in due to its age. Altogether its a simple stout but lacking in that texture and flavor of oysters, with the dominant flavors being roasted malt and little else. To that effect, it's enjoyable, but not spectacular.

21st Amendment Brewery's
Marooned on Hog Island
3.5/5.00

Photo of MikeWard
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from the can into a standard pint glass. canned on date 11/19/12. interesting. a previous reviewer had one from 12/12, are them some old ones making the rounds recently or is thise by design?

Looking pretty good, jet black with a less than 1/2inch oatmeal head.

Getting malts on the nose, but not heavily roasted. age related perhaps? Did get some faint hits of licorice and caramel.

Tasty brew. I avoid shellfish, so have no idea what oysters taste like. This is quite a hearty beer. malts, dried fruit, sweetness.

mouth is a tad below medium. flavor certainly hangs around for a while.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. How would it taste fresher? If I come across one again, I'll give it a try.

Photo of dheacck11
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Old. Canned Dec 2012. Should you age this? I don't know. I did though. Accidentally.

Looks nice. Dark and black. Little lacy froth. A nice dark brown froth. A good froth.

Nose is wacky. Raisiny and sweet. From the age? maybe.

Taste is pretty good. Some chocolate. Some raisin. Some rum. Some espresso. No oyster.

Feel is like a thin syrup. Kinda weird but I kinda like it.

Need to compare to fresh. But with 1.5y of age on it (in a can) it's still a decent stout.

Photo of Uanof
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: appears black with some caramel like tones as you approach the edge of the glass, tan head gone in no time, only a small lacing remains along the edge of the drink.

S: has a thick aroma of sweet and salty with some soy notes.

T: first to hit is a mild flavor of coffee followed by vanilla and some subtle salt notes as it warms.

M: the dryness of the salt hits at the end making it seem like a dry beer, but with plenty of body. Slightly chewy, pretty drinkable, and more and more dryer as you keep on drinking.

O: i believe this beer is pretty straight on with what they were trying to achieve. You have all the fundamentals of a stout, but once you add the oysters it adds a twist in the direction of the beer, as to say, from a dessert beer which would have been a regular stout, it went on to being an appetizer served as a taster to go with those delicious oysters you're about to suck on. If you're going to enjoy it, plan on having something else afterwards cause your mouth is gonna ask for it!

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque black- no light coming through when held up to light. Large browned head has a lot of staying power and leaves behind a thick ring of lace when it does dissipate.

Smell: Roasted chocolate and dark fruit aromas backed up by just a touch of herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Begins with a light grassy touch, rounding out to chocolatey and burnt malt flavors. Finish has a bit more herbalness and is even more chocolatey. There is a slight metallic flavor toward the end which dtracts, but luckily is very fleeting.

Mouthfeel: Thicker body with just enough carbonation. Finish is thick and a bit oily.

Overall: This is a very good stout, but it's missing something to make it outstanding. Worth a try, and worth drinking again, but nothing to go out to find.

Photo of alexk307
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick black with a beautiful thin tan head.

S: Malt. Lots of Malt.

T: Chocolatey, and super malty. Sort of tastes salty/earthy but it's hard to explain without having an oyster stout. As far as the style goes this stuff is top notch.

M: Thick and delicious.

O: A great oyster stout. If you haven't had this style yet, seek one out; quite unique and delicious.

Photo of Hopscat
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured can into snifter, nice looking , no notes so I could be skimming on this.
Smell was fantastic- dark fruits , briny tang, caramel malts
Taste is fantastic- don't know if this is best oyster stout tried but it's one of the tastiest stouts definitely has malt upfront raisins- chocolate with a nice tang from the oysters.
Mouthfeel seems spot on - medium bodied. Nice finish with carbonation right.
Heartily recommend

Photo of JamesMN
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/19/12.

Appearance: Very dark brown, basically black, body with a silky two finger tan head.

Aroma: Generic stout dark malt. Not much there but pretty typical for the style if memory serves.

Taste: Very classic english stout flavor. Lots of semi-bitter dark malt giving some cocoa and coffee bean flavor. Mixes well with a light grassy/earthy hop character that doesn't extend much bitterness. Some metallic off flavor in there but possibly to be expected given the year its spent in a can. Not really getting anything from the oyster shells but I wasn't expecting much. Finish is lively with a good hop kick and the aftertaste is very dry with dark malt flavor. Not super robust for 7.9% ABV but not mild either.

Mouthfeel: A medium consistency with good carbonation and easy drinkability. Smooth body and feel.

Final Thoughts: As far as oyster/english stouts go, this one was pretty much right on the mark but not all the interesting. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

Photo of trentbent
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- caramel, coffee, pours into a glass smoothly with a mild head, lighter color at the bottom but that could be the glass (this is my first beer review).

S- Caramel for sure. The sea salt aroma blowing in the wind on the rocks on the ocean shore on Hog Island, and some vegetal notes as well. Another reviewer said he's 'straining to get a good sense of the aroma'

T- Coffee, toffee, cayenne, oyster shell fruit jelly.

M- Smooth with a gentle fuzz that burps up later. Could use a little more body.

Happy I was able to try this beer and I certainly recommend it. The alcohol from this one is creeping up on me. I'm just starting to get 'into beer'. Thanks for reading!

Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smells of coffee and slight chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with a chocolately aftertaste. Beer goes down smooth full body real creamy. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of Hop_juice
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the can. Turns the rim of the can nice and dark. Strong coffee/chocolate flavor that melts into lighter roasted notes that finishes between a perfect blend of sweet and bitter. Oyster flavor is not apparent, or either contributes in a manner I am unable to pick up in. Overall impression is this is a very tasty easy drinking stout that helps me melt into the couch on a nice brisk fall evening, don't really care if I can't taste oysters because it taste so damn good without any sliminess.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich chocolate brown color with creamy tan head foaming up about 2 cm even with a gentle pour.
Aroma is dry cocoa and some light toffee mixed with just a hint of earthy hops. A little bit of plum or prune notes too. Mostly dry baker's chocolate though, no salty brine or anything like that from oyster shells.
First sip reveals a nice smooth texture with gentle rolling carbonation. Easy drinking beer.
Flavor is similar to nose advertisements with cocoa powder and roast malt and a little sweet toffee. Finish is slightly bitter but more coffee ground than hops, although again there are some earthy hops that come through after each swallow.
Well made easy to drink beer with no hints of the 7.9% ABV listed on the can.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure why, but I wasn't really expecting that much from this beer. As it turned out, it was a nice surprise. Fair amount of bitterness, just the right amount of dryness, some bitter chocolate tastes, and more complexity than you'd think. It looks great in the glass, and it drinks so easily. Yes, it gets a little more substantial as it warms, and from what I remember quite a bit so, but it still is a nicely balanced beer. Nice surprise.

Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade from gwdavis, thanks man!

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, opaque body with a nice light-mocha head that reduces slowly and leaves heavy lacing.. very inviting!

S- I'm really straining to get a good sense of aroma here .. vanilla, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and it may be my imagination but a slight fishyness. Gets more aromatic as it warms.

T- Lots of chocolate and freshly roasted coffee, a deep roastyness that shows up on the follow through. The aftertaste is maybe slightly chalky and salty, but if I didn't know that this was an oyster stout I would have never picked up on it. Works well. No alcohol at all, which is nice for 7.9%.

M- Thick and lightly carbonated. Rich and flavorful.

This stout was done very well. One of my first oyster stouts but I really liked it.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with Canned on: 11/19/12 on the bottom.Pours black with about an inch of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of malts, chocolate, soy sauce, earth and smoke. Almost meaty. Tastes earthy with some malts and is a bit salt. Tastes like it comes from the sea. Earthy at the finish with some nice dark chocolate and hints of salt. Tastes kind of like a chocolate covered pretzel. Light mouthfeel. I don't really have anything bad to say about the beer except that the salty flavor may make it hard to drink a few in one sitting. Overall, an interesting beer that'd I probably grab again.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice. Had been in my cellar for 4 to 5 months. Forgot to write down the bottled on date.

I like this beer. Well balanced between coffee/bitterness/sweetness/mineraliness.

A - Pours a clear reddish black. Opaque in the glass. With a two-finger tan rocky head, which quickly dissipates (-). There was also a reddish brown “goober” which poured from the can and floated in the beer (-). I spooned it out and drank the beer anyway.

S – Sweetness, roasted malt, faint dark chocolate, some citrusy aroma.

T – Coffee, roasted coffee bitterness, sweetness.

MF – Thinner than expected. Medium bodied. Good carbonation leads to some fizziness on the palate. Slight mineraliness. Bitter in the middle with a medium dry finish.

Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can, canned on 11/19/12.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black body, tan head, a bit frothy.

Smell: Roasted malt, bit salty, minerals, bit fishy? Wisps of dark chocolate as well.

Taste: Cocoa, charcoal, strong mineral overtone (not TOO strong), bitter-sweet chocolate chunks, salt, charred smoky wood.

Mouthfeel: Real smooth at first, low carbonation belies the bitterness that follows.

Overall: A nice twist on a traditional stout. Very much enjoyed it.

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can. Canned on 11/19/12.

Fairly dark oily brown-black body. Pinkie width of dirty khaki head. Not much lacing. Sweet dark fruits, light roasted malts, hints of cherry, vanilla, and ocean air.

Light roastiness up front. Toffee and milk chocolate mid-palate with hints of salt and sea breeze. Light roasted malt throughout. Moderate dark chocolate bitterness. Lingering chocolate sweetness and hints of brine. Medium-full body with a mostly creamy feel. Not bad.

Photo of BobZ
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown with a nice foamy 1/2" cap.

Smell: Roasted malt and some mocha.

Taste: A solid stout, rich acrid roasted malt with contains both coffee and chocolate flavors. I am getting a slightly salty flavor on the finish, I guess it might be psychosomatic but I definitely believe it's there, just a hint of salt.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thin on the body;otherwise, it's smooth and drinkable.

Overall: A nice English Stout, good beer, nothing extraordinary, would pair well with seafood I'm sure.

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very close to black with a moderate sized light brown fine textured head. Lace is spotty and on the move.

S: Sweet, clean, caramel, cocoa, and yes, oceany. Not sure what I would call it if I didn't know about the oysters. Very refreshing aroma for a stout. Soft around the edges... Milk-like.

T: Taste has a nice pile of creamy caramel, lactose sweetness, and light bitterness. Caramel, cocoa, some coffee, toffee, pine. Doesn't taste salty but there something extra going on that works rather well with this beer....perhaps the oysters again. Milk stout meets salt water toffee.

M: Velvety smooth, soft, nice very fine carbonation levels, and well coating. Leaves a tingly bitterness behind combined possibly with alcohol warming.

O: This is a pretty great stout. I like what they have going on in this.

Photo of mntlover
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black but plenty of ruby notes around the edges. Nice two finger light chocolate head that laces fairly well.

Aroma is chocolate notes, smoked woody hints with dark fruits and hints of sea air.

Taste is nice smokey chocolate malts, almost like liquid smoke added almost tastes like it was aged on wood. Nice dry flavors maybe the smoke peat notes is making it woody. finish is dry with good fruity notes and briny oyster hints.

Mouthfeel is only about medium but smooth until the finish and the carbonation picks up to be peppy.

Overall I am enjoying this stout maybe just in the mood for one but its very flavorable with out being overly heavy. I nice July treat.

Photo of Oakenator
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black with at least a finger of tan head. Retention is good. Chunky lacing present on the glass.

S: Chocolate and malt aroma.

T: More chocolate present from front to back. Slight salty flavor that enhances the chocolate sweetness - the only thing present on the oysters. Sweet finish.

M: Creamy, good carbonation pop on the tongue but on the heavier side.

O: Great brew and really enjoyed.

Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with mild chocolate and sweet cocoa. There are also some nutty and slight coffee aromas.

T: roasted malts here as well with cocoa and semi-sweet chcolate. There are some smokey and char fla ors toward the finish that is lightly bitter.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is carbonated enough to avoid being watery.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. They oysters don't really come through, but it's a solid stout nonetheless.

Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marooned on Hog Island opens to a sweet and slightly salty aroma mixed with more standard stout notes. The stout brings ash, black malt, coffee, tobacco, and chocolate malt, but these are mixed with a briny sweetness, the former from the oyster shells, and the latter adding strong fig, black cherry, blood orange, and even bits of tart raspberry fruit esters. There’s also bits of lemon and lime from the hops, and an underbelly of toast crust and thick brown breads. Added together, these aromas blend wonderfully, and while the stout isn’t as thick and mealy on the nose as could be expected, the unexpected sweet and briny overtones are enticing.

On the tongue, the beer contains stronger stout notes, with ash, tobacco, fresh-ground coffee, chocolate malt, and whole wheat toast crust mixing with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and touches of molasses to form a lovely stout base. Add to this a hint of brine from the oysters, and a selection of fig, prune, raisin, and date dark fruit esters, and the result is very nice. The aftertaste is a more ash-laden continuation of the main mouthful, with threads of sea salt lacing the ash, lingering on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, the oyster notes blending well with the stout to emphasize it, rather than overwhelm it, and the stout itself being of obviously high quality, even without the oyster notes. It can tend to be a bit too sweet, and the ashy notes feel as if they needed a slight boost, but this is still very much worth trying.

Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice dark brown, half a finger of tan head, minor lacing.
S - Roasted chocolate and nutty malts, a tinge of smokiness, and a little of that oyster scent.
T - Rich creamy malt, some nice roasted nutty flavors, a very hidden earthy hop presence, and does finish with some salty ocean-like tastes to it.
M - Very chewy, yet silky, feels rich.
O - To date its the only thing I've enjoyed from 21st. Its a decent stout, and the oyster isnt overpowering. Worth having again.

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Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.