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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 417
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: dbrauneis on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of rich chocolate mousse or pot de creme with a hint of booze that opens up into a raisiny port-like impression as it warms. The flavor doesn't veer far from the aroma as it begins with the same rich chocolatey quality. It starts sweet, but the mid-palate is smooth and creamy with a drying and very slightly roasted finish. Delicious and dangerously drinkable for its weighty 7.9% ABV. Might be my favorite oyster stout.

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Photo of alexk307
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of Trythemall
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is the stout for those who don't like stouts. A malty and complex taste that surprisingly ends clean. Bought this tasty treat at Hog Island Oyster Company for a whopping $35 for 8 beers, but wasn't disappointed. My girl and I enjoyed a bag of 50 sweet waters with this beer and it surprisingly paired well. I was told this was a limited run, I hope this beer continues on though. I have to say that this is possibly my favorite stout out there. If you have a chance to try this beer, I strongly suggest it. If you can get your hands on some Hog Island oysters, even better.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of trentbent
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of Hop_juice
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm about to bump this bad boy's average up!

A: feel bad for the few that didn't witness this properly: mostly center-poured into a nonic pint, semi-translucent black-brown body with a fat head of an foam that persisted throughout and decorated the glass with lace

S: dark, roasty, smoky malt and sea salt

T: I was so delighted with the taste of this beer, I wanted to give it a 5, but as of this moment, it's the only "oyster stout" I've ever had, so I had to hedge my bets... briny dark malts and smoky roast with undertones of salted caramel and yes, oyster-i-ness.

M: medium-light (for a stout) body, puts a little stick in the corners of the mouth, smooth and mellow, mildly bitter aftertaste of salt and malt

O: this was a quick drinking stout - somehow light and refreshing, extremely drinkable, perfect abv - seriously delightful.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. cool-looking can with story and artwork-nice
Poured into a standard pint glass.
Pitch-black in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Subtle coffee and chocolate notes
Taste-Roasty, chocolatley, definite hops and a subtle briny-ness. Very tasty and well-balanced. Alcohol not evident for a 7.9ABV. Great character and flavor, in a can no less! A perfect match for roast pig, a loaded cheeseburger, or a plate of oysters. Highly recommended for stout lovers.

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Photo of bsp77
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thin tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, minerals and dark fruit.

Taste: Rich molasses, chocolate and dark fruit upfront - semi-sweet. After that is when it gets really special, with a finish that includes a roasted bite alongside nice salty and mineral layers from the oyster shells.

Feel: While it is somewhat full bodied, it is much lighter and silkier than I expected. Finish dries off nicely despite the initial sweet taste. The almost 8% abv is completely hidden.

Overall: This is my first Oyster Stout, so I have no exact comparisons. But in terms of the broader Stout category, this is first-rate stuff. This is also the best beer I have had from the solid, but not usually spectular, 21st Amendment.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of lsummers
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich coffee black and reveals a dark amber at the edges when held to the light. Not much head retention or lacing.

Smells of dark dried fruits with some cocoa and a touch of roasted caramel sweetness.

Taste is fantastic and smooth. burnt and roasty rye notes with a touch of hop bitterness. Overall very smooth and balanced with some milk chocolate notes covering it's abv.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Not overly viscus though.

Overall a fantastic example of an oyster stout. Dry yet creamy, roasted yet sweet. Well balanced with the exception it could look still stand to look as delicious as it is.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottom of can says Canned On 11/19/12.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains solidly before slowly diminishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Initial rush of chocolate soon turns salty. Malted milk ball notes.

T- The taste is also of malted milk balls but there's definitely some brine underneath from the oysters. Still, chocolate is the main flavor with its buddies vanilla and caramel hanging out as well. Alcohol is nicely hidden and there's an all-around sweet, milky quality.

M- Pretty creamy, borderline silky feel with a chewy body and medium carbonation.

O- One of the few 21st Amendment offerings to truly "wow" me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tumbler, the beer is a dark, creamy, opaque, brown to black coloring with a frothy, creamy, light tan colored head of about a half an inch. Aromas of coffee and cream first and foremost, with a touch of brine at the end. Very balanced nose. Flavors are very creamy, with a solid dose of brine and oyster shell in the backbone to blend and lighten the bitter, roasted coffee presence. Cream and mocha on the tail end of the palate, leading into a smooth, roasty, and slightly bitter aftertaste. Very smooth, creamy body throughout, with a smooth, sweet, slightly lingering finish. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark black with some red around the edges. There's a thick quarter of an inch of soft, brownish head atop which fades to a thin lacing in a few seconds. The aroma is a bit odd. There are some faint notes of coffee and roasted malts with some very faint underlying chocolate. What makes it odd for me is that I can actually smell something akin to fresh shellfish. The flavor opens up with dark fruit notes like raisins and dates. Then there is some chocolate, caramel and black licorice. Throughout all of these other more dominant notes, there are the typical roasted malt notes. The finish is a bit bitter and minerally and lingers on the palate. This is a full bodied beer with good carbonation.

This is definitely a different stout. It's not like your typical stout that is dominated by roasted malts. This one is unique but nonetheless delicious. I recommend this anyone who loves good beer and wants something a tad different.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A CAN into a regular kitchen glass. Picked this one up as a single off the shelf. Canned on 11/19/2012. An Oyster Stout brewed with Hog Island Sweetwater Oyster Shells. 7.9%. FRESH!

Marooned pours out dark, it globs out the CAN and looks a black shade in the glass. Up towards the close light a very faint speckle of light can creep through. A nice looking body with a inch of firm foamy tan skim that lasts. No lacing to speak of which is odd, thought id see some. Marooned has a magnificent nose. In this fresh CAN I get the sea, i get the stout, i get the roast. Oyster stout indeed. Also hinting towards some milk, cocco, espresso beans and vanilla bean. The taste is quite nice per the style. Reminds me of a sweeter Dry Irish Stout with more flavor and body and alcohol. The oyster plays apart in straying this stout from the ever growing group of other stouts out there. Taste include pretty much everything stated above in the smell section. The sweetness is there but not overbearing. A great mix. I pick up 21st Amendment products because they are not afraid to go there.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with bottom of the can reading 'canned on 11/19/2012'. Highly anticipated trying this beer, and thanks to the suggestion of some random dude, I ordered two cans via LetsPour.com, and I have been holding onto them for little over a week, and I can't bare to wait any longer. Beautiful looking can art, probably one of the coolest looking cans I've ever seen. Shout out to the random guy who told me about LetsPour.com!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields two fingers of fluffy doughy tan colored head, on top of an almost opaque black colored body. Small ruby dot showing through some light. Thin, wispy, scattered khaki lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted coffee beans. Inviting, dark roasted malt smell. Dark chocolate. Subdued fishy oyster brine, but it is definitely in there.

T - Wow, very interesting. Smooth, light texture, but still somewhat thick and full-bodied.. Roasted coffee bean & light hop bitterness. Malts, oats and creamy milk chocolate, and thankfully no outrageous salty seafood presence in the taste. Coffee beans become even more prominent as the beer warms. Fairly impressive.

M - Slick, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Some bitter coffee bean lingerance.

Overall, very glad to have had the chance to try this beer, and glad that I have another can to sit on for a while. Tastes more along the lines of a standard oatmeal / coffee stout than anything else, much like the only other oyster stout I've tried, Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout. Cozy, warming 7.90% abv is also a plus. I would definitely get more of this if it was easier to come by!

21st Amendment Marooned On Hog Island ---4/5.

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Photo of ToddT
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Dark brown almost black topped with a tan head that fades quickly to a ring but leaves a few spotts of lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and chocolate.

T- Chocolate and coffee malts right away, well balanced and not in competition with each other, a bit of caramel sweetness provides a nice counterpoint. I'm not getting any oyster flavor, maybe that is a good thing. Finish is dry with a lingering final note of coffee.

M- More than medium in body and medium in carbonation, creamy and silky in the mouth.

O- Interesting beer, it has some nice stuff going on in it, and if you run across it you should check it out. The 7.9% ABV was a bit of a surprise I was thinking it was a bit lower than that.

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Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A stout brewed with oyster shells, they say. Other oyster stouts are either meant to be enjoyed with oysters, or upon some deliberately inebriated intuition, brewed with whole oysters. So perhaps, this beer is the result of a more lucid concept, stout brewed with mineral and body-enhancing oyster shells (only), and therefore the most uniquely refined stout tasted in recent memory.

I do not want to delve too far into my deconstruction of why this beer is so enjoyable. Let the perfectly rich body and deeply flourished chocolate flavors guide your enjoyment. This beer is on the leading edge of the sub-outlaw ABV brew concept. Though below the guideline 8% (just barely) requirement of 'nuanced' (read: boozy) beer, this offering nails the "why I like to try new interpretations of obscure varieties" inducement. Retail: $2.79 single, $10.99 4-pack.

A: didn't see; enjoyed from the proprietary format. However, I do assume it is very dark. Will update my notes appropriately upon decanting my proprietary sample.

N: Dark chocolate, yeast, toasted barley.

T: Multiple levels of chocolate. Fruity to bitter, burnt to sweet.

M: Creamymmmm. . . . Nailed. Anyone, anywhere, trying to come up with the perfect richness:carbonation ratio ought to use this beer as a guideline.

O: If you've read this review to this point, you'll understand the enthusiasm. Buy it. Drink it. Enjoy it (that's the easy part).

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Photo of Kromes
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Dark black with a thin tan colored head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

Roasted malt, sweet coffee, chocolate, dark fruit.

More of the same in the flavor. A roasted malt and coffee flavor with some bittersweet chocolate. There is also a mineral flavor in the beer and a bit of salt. Finishes sweet, roasty, and salty.

Full body with low carbonation. Smooth feel to it. The alcohol is hidden and only shows up as a slight burn in the finish.

The flavors in this beer go well together. I like the salty element as it contrasts with the sweet and roasted flavors. There is a lingering mineral and brine flavor and feel that remind me of the ocean.

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Photo of BB1313
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/19/12. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours black with barely any light getting through. Nice fluffy khaki, off-white head which sticks around and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are full of dark chocolate malts. There's also a touch of sweet vanilla cream. There's actually alot going on with the flavors. Lots of roasted dark chocolate. Subtle hints of black coffee and smoke. Finishes bitter and slightly warm. The saltiness from the oyster shells are definitely noticeable. You can taste the ocean, in a good way. Mouthfeel is nice. It starts of light and almost watery, but it quickly becomes smooth and creamy, making it very easy to drink. There's a subtle warmth, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed.

This is a really nice oyster stout. There's alot to like about this stout. It just missed being something really special, but it's still executed accordingly and pretty unique. It's definitely one of the better 21st Amendment beers I've had. Nice beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass shows a thin ribbon of ruby at the edge with back lighting. Tiny carbonation streams feed a fast dying thin brown cover that holds a halo, but doesn't lace.

Smell: Earthy leafy hops on a thin ribbon of malt sweetness.

Taste: Big malt flavors take the stage pushing the almost tonic bitter hops to the downward side of the teeter-totter. A nice balance lets a lot of flavors come through. A plum jam fruitiness, a hint of tobacco in the dark roasted grain. A hint of soy sauce soured grain shows off the complex malt bill (had to check the website: Pale, Crystal, Rolled Oats, Carafa, Chocolate Malt, White Wheat).

Mouthfeel: There's a bit of chalky dryness in the finish that has to be the oyster shells. Makes an almost gritty end that begs for the next sip.

Overall: Big complex tasty beer, but not really in line with most stouts, or oyster stouts I've had. I could see pairing this with a lot of different foods, or just sipping after dinner. Tasty!

Thanks to Illudium for the can!

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Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.