Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery
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2.75/5 rDev -29.3%
Poured 12 oz. can into my pint glass. Good two fingers of mocha colored-head on top of a light black body that shows mahogany hues when held up to the light. Shows initial signs of excellent lacing.
Aroma is pretty tantalizing, with notes of dark chocolate, milk sugar, nuts and a little vanilla ice cream. It's not a very strong aroma, but decent for the style.
Taste is a bit of a disappointment. A little milk chocolate taste up front, which leads to a somewhat anti-climactic finish. Where is the richness promised by the aroma? A little chocolate malt, and I don't get much of the mineral qualities that are the signature of the Oyster Stout. Bitterness in the finish, as is the alcohol.
Carbonation is decent, if maybe a bit much. Medium to full-bodied. Actually, the mouthfeel helps to lighten this beer and make it feel like something less than almost 8% alcohol by volume.
I am comparing this to only a few other Oyster Stouts that I have had before (Yards Love Stout, San Francisco Oyster Stout, Porterhouse Oyster Stout) and this is certainly the weakest I have had. The extra alcohol did not seem to help. I was looking for something easier to drink, with a good bit of dryness and mineral-like qualities and 21st Amendment failed to deliver the goods.
01-13-2013 01:45:50 | More by MusicaleMike
2.8/5 rDev -28%
12 oz can poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark red color. It's not very opaque considering it's a nearly 8% stout. It also seems to feature somewhat strong carbonation if I look closely in the glass. The head is a weak looking one finger mocha color with low retention.
S: Seems to be a sweet stout, with primarily chocolate, hazelnut, and faint vanilla. The oysters come through quite well, as a sort of salty, mineraly aroma. Could be a bit less metallic, but that's just nitpicking.
T: Surprisingly, the flavor is sitting on the opposite end of the stout spectrum of the aroma, with tons of roasted malts, lactose cream, and coffee. It comes across as smoky at times, too. After the initial finish, the mineral profile comes through. The flavor has a bit too much metallic presence to be great, especially on the aftertaste. Really, it just doesn't work for me.
M: Tingly and astringent. It seems dry at first, but after a while, the charred, metallic aftertastes seemingly introduces a syrupy quality to the texture that I'm not a fan of.
O: I like oysters. I love stouts. Sadly, I don't love this; even 'like' is too strong of a word here. Just too disjointed for my tastes.
12-23-2012 21:08:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
3/5 rDev -22.9%
Really didn't do too much for me which is strange because I enjoy English Stouts. Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Color is dark brown, little foam. Flavor is mostly malt sweetness, maybe some caramel but nothing too complex. Easy to drink. Possibly I served too cold.
03-25-2013 00:04:18 | More by gabrielsyme
3.18/5 rDev -18.3%
-stout brewed with Hog island sweetwater oyster shells. can serving.
A: Sits a dense black in the vessel with a one finger dark khaki head with a frothy whipped consistency. Short retention span. Leaves a speckled band lacing.
S: Aroma is light, oyster shells, light roast. The oyster presence is low, wish it was more meaty, then shelly, and lacked a saltiness.
T: Creamy milky roastiness, some hard shell oyster hints. Smooth roast, again wish it had more of a oyster kick, was subtle, and more of a background ambience rather a focal point. The oyster shells did show a bit more later in the drink and with some warming.
M: silky, very smooth and slick, milk stout like, slippery texture and a quiet demeanor of carbonation.
O: Overall the flavor isnt bad, its just a bit middle of the road and safe. If youre gonna do a wild concept beer, dont half ass it, go all out with the oysters otherwise its just a shallow safe attempt to be daring.
06-05-2013 01:04:20 | More by beerthulhu
3.21/5 rDev -17.5%
12oz can poured into a snifter.
A: Dark, muddy brown. Hazy. One finger of tan head settles rather quickly. A broken pattern of spotty lacing remains on the glass.
S: Lots of caramel and toffee on the nose. French roast and milk chocolate in the background. Subtle cola and molasses. Hints of fig, berry, and bruised apple. Good whiff of salty brine. Slight tobacco and earthy, leafy hops.
T: Cocoa and milk chocolate. Burnt bread crust. Cola and molasses. Powerful hit of salty brine. Tobacco and leafy hops mingle with all of this and create a sense of burnt vegetation on the palate. Smokey.Tight burst of raspberry. Slight spike of alcohol. Bruised apple. Finishes with milk chocolate and a lasting salty brine.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full. Restrained scrubbing carbonation. Warmth from the alcohol. Very smooth. A nice mouthfeel.
O: The brine gets to be overwhelming at times. The better oyster stouts I've had would combat this with a good dose of burnt malts and the accompanying acidity. There just isn't enough of that present here to keep it in check.
04-11-2013 01:35:00 | More by ryan1788a5
3.23/5 rDev -17%
12oz can. Canned 11/19/12. Poured into snifter.
A- Pours dark brown with an opaque black appearance in the glass. Certainly not black, but no light gets through once in the glass. Thick creamy tan head with excellent retention. Leaves a sheet of lacing on the glass and is slow to recede.
S- The first thing to hit my nose is roasted malts. There is a charred quality to it that sits atop a nice chocolatey sweetness. Good balance there. As it warms up over a few minutes, there is a bit of a savory meaty aroma. Perhaps it is a touch briny. It's hard to place, but it must be the oysters. As it warms up, there is a definite saltiness behind the chocolate and charred malt aromas. It's not overly pungent and adds to the complexity of the nose in a good way.
T- The taste starts off sweet. Chocolate, a touch light sweet fruits, and no real roast flavors. It feels like there is a bit of a gap in the middle of this beers flavor development. It starts off sweet and never builds or goes anywhere from there. The charred roast flavors are not present in the way I expected. Instead, the sweetness remains the constant and there are some mild bitterness notes. I could only describe it as silky, simple, sweet, and straightforward. It's really not taking off for me. I was not expecting it to, but it tastes a bit one dimensional to me. It finishes a bit watery, meaning, lacking in any real finish. It just fades off. As I let it sit in the glass, the flavors do seem to open up a touch more. This is at room temperature.
MF- This is a highlight of this beer. Really creamy, smooth, and wonderful. The carbonation is in balance to the overall viscosity.
O- It's a very easy beer to drink. It certainly isn't unpleasant, but it does not have anything that makes it stand out for me.
03-13-2013 00:49:36 | More by Sam21
Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
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