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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 12-05-2012)
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Brenden

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm almost beginning to think oyster stout should be its own style; then again, do we make a style out of every element put into a beer (in this case, a sub-style, since I've only seen oyster in stouts). Maybe when oyster becomes as commonly used as pumpkin. Regardless, 21A does a good job with the information, giving the entire backstory on the can. I also appreciate that they really do give credit where it's due as a collaborative effort with Hog Island Oyster co., being referenced in the info, in the description ("Stout brewed with Hog Island sweetwater oyster shells"), and in including the companies logo along with theirs on the side of the can. Kudos to class.

It's not quite a black brew, being appropriately dark for the style and allowing a deep brown hue through the thickness. They're not getting carried away by giving it the body of a Russian, and they shouldn't. The beer grows a nice, creamy light brown head nearly two fingers tall that retains itself for several minutes and fades to a foam, but never quite entirely. On the way down, it leaves a thick layer of lacing at the top and drops rings and spotting between to just past halfway down the glass. This is a beer with which I might be torn between 4.0 and 4.5, so it's also my first beer with a 4.25 appearance. It's the little things,
The aroma is very much to style with nothing off-putting. The few oyster stouts I've had tend toward a predictable saltiness and a metallic element one might expect, the best ones doing well to overcome them but still perhaps almost giving off those notes, or keeping them to a minimum. I think this is where it was a fantastic idea to use the shells, just giving this beer a bit of the overall effect without the weirdness that may accompany. Some might want a little more oyster, and I can understand that; it ends up being very subtle. But it's better than overdone, and it meshes well. In both the aroma and the flavor, I assume chocolate malts are used as I get that note with just a light accompanying sweetness that's not too much to blend well. The roasty element is also there. This beer is a bit earthy and, while it's not too sweet, it's also not charred or bitter. In fact, it's very well-rounded. It might have higher ratings if it were EXTREME or if it were heavier, but in fact it's got as much balance as I think it could, is well-rounded, and is not light but mild while still being flavorful. "Stout" doesn't mean "huge", and I think they nailed it. Again, the only thing is that some might expect just a bit more oyster.
The mouthfeel is good, on the less extreme side but plenty full-bodied with a nice thickness that isn't choking. It has just the right, low level of crispness that's enough to add some life, and the underlying smoothness is good. A little alcohol peeks out and seems to thin it toward the end of the sip, but doesn't do much damage.

Serving type: can

01-23-2013 15:56:49 | More by Brenden
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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.

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Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.