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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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86
very good

404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 12-05-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 11/19/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and a funky fruit aroma. Taste is much the same with slightly fruity and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly drinkable but it smells a bit spoiled or something in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

djrn2, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

acurtis, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

nmann08, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

metter98, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rather modest head that quickly parts ways into a ringlet; many streaks of lace dribble down the side of the chalice

Smell: Chocolate forward, with a hint of dark fruit and a dash of brine

Taste: Sweetened chocolate, on the front end, with subtle undertones of dark fruit building in the middle; just a tad briny, after the swallow, but the sweetness of the malt dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (somewhat creamy) with moderate carbonation

Overall: As an Oyster Stout, I would have preferred this beer to be dryer and slightly more briny; still, I really enjoyed it, even though it didn't conform to my expectations

brentk56, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out looking really nice in my opinion. The beer is a very deep brown color with a great looking creamy tan head on top that leaves a killer lacing on the glass as well as a solid retention. The smell of the beer is lightly roasted with a few other earthy notes. The taste of the beer is subtle across the board with some chocolate, roasted malt and cream. There is also a solid amount of bitterness in the finish too. The mouthfeel is creamy, moderate carbonation and very drinkable. Overall it's a good brew in my opinion. I've always beer creeped out by the Oyster Stout concept but each one I've tried has been impressively good. I would recommend this one to others.

Knapp85, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothed, light tan-hued head. A little spittle of lace on the way down.

Smell: Soundly malty with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and even a nice, nutty oat scent, with a far-off, skanky whiff of the sea.

Taste: Roast, baker's chocolate, caramel and an additional pinch of table sugar. Touch of nutty oats. Fairly sweet, really. Light dark fruitiness. Restrained hop character with enough bitterness to edge out the sweetness somewhat. A little bit of mineral, some saltiness from the brine quality. Roasty, chocolaty, lightly briny finish with still more of that sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Shell done, 21st Amendment Brewery.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a deep amber/near brown, with a several fingers of mocha head. Retains well, leaving back a good bit of sticky lace. The aroma smells of cocoa, coffee, ripe citrus and some mineral notes. Pretty straight forward. The taste is similar, with chocolate and light caramel sweetness, a twang of ripe citrus flavor, light earthy bitterness and roasted malts that leave this burnt in the finish. Like the nose, a light briny mineral character is present. Medium bodied with some prickliness up front that then gives way to more of a bubbly and creamy feel. This was decent. It’s certainly better than average but not exactly special enough to stand out either. It's still worth a look.

Kegatron, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see an oyster stout being produced en masse.

Not really sure where the oysters come into all of this, but overall the beer is quite hearty and rich. Kind of hits the mouth and doesn't really deviate from the initial flavor profile. But there is a rich malty thing going on with roasted tones. It's definitely a winter stout, and definitely something to sip and savor. One of the better offerings from 21st in as long as I can remember.

RblWthACoz, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown w/ burgundy highlight and thin tan cap

S-a sweet cocoa and salted caramel aroma w/ light pine hop scent

M-bitter and still semi smooth w/ light amount of alcohol w/ hints of roast and semibitter finish with subtle warmth of alcohol

T- taste is hoppy w/ mild caramel and spice -could be salty oyster shells? Perhaps w/ the hops giving a nice peppery accent and roasted bitterness adding a dry almost burnt flavor in the end notes

Overall a lovely roasty hoppy west coast take on the oyster stout style- a easy quaffer

Slatetank, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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

russpowell, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown but light will pass along the edge. Initial the beige head leaves a blanket of lace. Toward the end, it leaves spots.

Creamy initial aroma. A mocha smell appears after about a minute after the pour.

Tastes like a dry stout with a touch of smokiness. Straight coffee up front. An easy stout to drink. Fuller body than most stouts. The carbonation is slightly lower.

smcolw, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dig the label art. It's quite intricate and well done. Canned 11/19/12. 7.90% ABV confirmed. Self identifies as an Oyster Stout; I'll review it as such. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high; I'm in the mood for a good oyster stout. Can't remember the last 21st Amendment beer I had.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger khaki-tan colour head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and good (~5+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black; maybe a ruby hue in there - it's not jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty typical of the style; it's well executed. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Sm: Cream, dark malts, vague generic floral hops, milky caramel, buried muted roast, and maybe light chocolate malt. A light, muted aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A bit bland for a stout aroma. I do get a bit of salty sea creature meat when I really look for it - which I guess is the oysters - but I wouldn't know it was an oyster stout if you handed it to me blind. A mild strength, underwhelming aroma.

T: Nice cream and well executed milk chocolate. Some marshmallow. Good dark malt foundation. Oats. Buried caramel. Maybe hazelnut. I search for oysters but I don't find them; it tastes like a straight-up oatmeal stout to me. Light roast. A bit of vanilla. All around a very well balanced stout, but I'm not finding the oyster notes. In any case, I'm really liking it and it's delightfully well executed, with impressive complexity and subtlety. A very solid brew.

Mf: I love the creamy smooth texture; it really helps bring out the milk chocolate. Dryness/wetness balance is ideal. Carbonation is good. Soft. A bit chewy. Great presence on the palate. Plenty of body. Well-executed. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV - which is itself impressively well hidden. Pleasantly surprised by the quality of this one; I'd definitely get it again and it's one of the better canned stouts I've ever had. A treat from 21st Amendment. I'd recommend this to friends. Lovely stuff. I'll have to revisit this one; I think its merits are unsung.

High B

kojevergas, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +9%

oriolesfan4, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The day is filled with liquid sunshine and I am subsequently marooned with The CANQuest (TM), which eases some of the pain. CAN you dig it? It's a groovy scene, baby.

From the CAN: "Exhausted by the tedious 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"; "Stout brewed with Hog Island sweetwater oyster shells".

The Crack revealed an "Ahoy, me lovely!" moment as it was brimful and a wee bit jumped out to greet me. An inverted Glug was then in order which resulted in a finger of dense deep-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown, as dark as the night the boys went over the side and about as penetrable as a night at sea. As the head fell, it produced some nice lacing on its way. Nose had a chocolaty sweetness married to a slightly sour salty brininess. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but approaching it. The taste was of roasted malt, not entirely burnt charcoal, but nearby and with a slightly salty cut to the malt. Interesting. Finish was semi-dry, still very roasty, but with a lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate. Very nice, even for a self-avowed hophead.

woodychandler, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

wrightst, May 05, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
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Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
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