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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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88
very good

412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | 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 elgiacomo
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz canned November 19, 2012. Served at around 50F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown/beige head that recedes to a wispy cap but leaves nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is roasted malts, strong black coffee, nice briny mineral-type notes, earthy, some chocolate. Very good strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, quite a bit of the oyster’s briny/mineral influence in the flavor. Really nice base stout. Moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, mild to moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, smooth, moderate to good carbonation.

Realllly nice oyster stout. Perfectly balanced. Excellent base beer, oysters don’t overpower nor are they too mild. Really good.

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

A: not quite pitch black, but more of a dark, dark brown. big brown/white head starts things off. moderate retention, some lacing.

S: definitely has a mineral/ocean-like aroma. a little solvent. dark fruits. the mineral aroma is certainly the strongest.

T: a lot of roast and pretty dry. a vanilla-like artificial sweetness in the middle. the finish has a lingering ash-like flavor. minor smoke as well.

M: mild carbonation lets the slick and smooth body do most of the talking. medium bodied.

D: of all the oyster stouts ive had, this one is by far the most oyster-like. which is something I think a lot of brewer's tend to miss when making a beer in this style. glad there are mineral/salty/ocean aspects to this brew. if you enjoy this style, definitely worth picking up.

Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on a trip to Toledo, OH. Pours an ink-black color in the middle with very faint hints of dark brown around the edges; tan head fades quick and doesn't leave much lacing, if any at all. Aroma is surprisingly full of sweet malts; roasty on one side with some apple-juice and apple skin sweetness on the other. Light soy sauce-like aromas also come out more and more as the beer warms up - perhaps from the salty, brine-like character that may be from the oyster shells. Initial taste is some char, dark chocolate malts, roasted, and quite smokey. A brine aftertaste arises, a bit salty and seasoned like a musty sea deck - sounds off-putting, but it actually paired quite well with the smokiness of the beer. The liquid smoke flavor hung around until the very end, and an almost chipotle-like spice came out; wasn't very strong, and I may have the spice wrong, but it was pretty tasty. Medium-thick body, a little on the low side of the carbonation scale.

My first "oyster" stout - it was actually very enjoyable. I didn't know what to expect, so I didn't go into this one with high hopes and I was pleasantly surprised. A unique but nice combo of some sea creature flavors, brine, toasted cocoa-like malts, smoke, and light spice - I'd definitely have this one again if offered.

Photo of Spikester
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Walking Man shaker pint. One finger of tan head and some minor lacing. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate, and a whiff of sea breeze.
Taste is rich espresso with maybe a square of dark chocolate melted into it. Never tasted any real hop character within but plenty bitter from whatever source.
Mouthfeel was medium thick with minor carbonation. Leaves a medium dry bitter finish.
Overall a tasty brew and the alcohol is well hidden. As one who has eaten his fair share of fresh oysters both cooked and raw this beer only showed the oyster ingredient in the aroma. So oyster haters need not fear this stout. One of 21st Amendments better beers.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 11/19/12 (printed on bottom of can). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some oyster shell/brine. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the oyster shell/brine salty flavor is stronger in comparison. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. $8.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

Pours jet black, brownish tint around the very edge of the glass where light barely penetrates. Light tan head is fine and dissipate slowly from about an eighth of an inch.

Smells of light roasted coffee malts and pickled olives.

Tastes of caramel and roasted malts, oak wood notes, and mild brine saltiness.

Medium to full body with a light effervescence.

A solid oyster stout, good flavor balance, not too rich. If you don't like oyster stouts, you won't like this, but if you do, this is one of the better ones out there that is readily available in the US.

Photo of jimmah120
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. split the 4-pack, couldn't bear to buy the "oyster beer" by myself

Dark color, almost black. Small head that doesn't last. The smell is typical - dark malty roasty smell, with some fishy brine off in the background. Taste is rich, roasted, burnt tasting. Some dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, only a hint of oyster - but it's there.

Better (less oystery) than I expected.

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

First off, like pretty much everything from 21st Amendment, the graphic design on the can is sweet.

Looking like an 8 ball in a snifter, you'd never know it came from a can. Chocolately head bubbles up quickly and dissipates almost as fast, but leaves some froth around the perimeter.

Licorice, plum, and almost a hint of soy sauce on the nose.

Sweeter than expected, some dark fruit notes. Roasty chocolate finish.

Thin bodied and clean finishing for the style. Just a little lingering roasted malt breath.

For me, Ten Fidy is still the gold standard for canned stouts, but this is a close second.

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 CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark mahogany brown to black body beneath the thick, tan head, which slowly dissolves to leave a dense sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

Generous roasted malt and dry yeast aromas float from the glass with a touch of lactic sweetness.

The flavor also offers roasted malt and more of a bitter chocolate than sweet. However, there is a hint of the sweetness at the finish, which quickly gives way to the roasted/toasted malt and almost biscuit flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with a generous roasted palate, medium carbonation and finish, which is actually a touch creamy.

After reading up on the less common English Stout style, I must say this beer is quite on and the generous roasted malt really nails it.

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

Pours a pitch black body with a small tan head with decent retention. Aromas are roasty, coffee-like, with some dark chocolate notes as well. These notes carry over to the palate most prominently on the front and middle palate before giving way to a bitter baker's cocoa finish. Good stuff.

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC over the holidays...

Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Chocolate, slight roastyness, fades out somewhat as this warms, bummer...

T: Big time roastyness, a little bit of coffee, plum & baker's chocolate up front. Dark fruit & roastyness play off against each other as this warms, some chocolate & woody hops sneak in as well. Finishes dry, roasty, with a modicum of charcoal

MF: Fairly smooth carbonation , medium bodied, thickens up a bit as this warms

A nice roasty stout that pleased me quite a bit, ABV is concealed nicely

Photo of struttinj
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%

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 metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose, which also has some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of chocolate malts with hints of coffee beans and roasted malts and finally some brine in the aftertaste. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer a lot less briney flavors compared to other oyster stouts but is a nice stout in itself, especially if you are looking for something light and has lots of flavors of chocolate malts.

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black with subtle ruby highlights. Head is a steady finger of pillowy tan foam. I like it.

Smell: aroma is quite sweet with a caramel and toffee character. There's also a hint of vegetation in there; probably the hops colliding with the acidic dark malts. Overall not too bad.

Taste: sweet and chocolatey with a little dose of that vegetal hop character. Well-balanced and quite taste, although I'm not getting any of the oyster character hinted at by the can. Still, it's a satisfying dessert-type stout.

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy and delightful. Plenty of body with a good, well-integrated carbonation; wonderful.

Overall: a very tasty and drinkable stout. I would definitely have more of this.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ST: 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, near black with a red tints and a half-a-fingernail slightly brown head.

S: Cream, mineral, smoke, burnt malt, creamy coffee.

T: Starts with sweet chocolate nibs, then dark bitter chocolate with a hint of smoke and coffee, followed by sweet grilled oyster, and it finishes with a slight bitterness and the taste of gritty oyster shell.

M: Medium, smooth, creamy, dry on the finish.

O: A very tasty beer with a slight hard edge of mineral bordering on metal. Balanced well, the sweetness does not overtake the beer. This is a great stout.

Photo of Eric_Rutherford
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Rivenin
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Tibi81
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.