Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
03-21-2013 03:05:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
03-09-2013 15:35:29 | More by metter98
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
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
02-07-2013 00:21:30 | More by brentk56
3.28/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
12-25-2012 04:28:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-24-2012 05:02:42 | More by Knapp85
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
01-04-2013 00:24:42 | More by RblWthACoz
3.99/5 rDev +2.6%
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
01-31-2013 04:25:20 | More by russpowell
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
01-29-2013 15:36:33 | More by Kegatron
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
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
01-01-2013 10:41:46 | More by Slatetank
3.81/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-26-2013 23:36:42 | More by smcolw
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-14-2013 04:07:15 | More by kojevergas
4.06/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-07-2013 16:23:15 | More by woodychandler
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Canned on 11/19/12
Dark dark brown, under an equally dark khaki head, that stays, goes all loose and stays some more. Very thick film, collar and bands of fine sheeting.
Light roastyness and toast on the nose.
Smooth in the mouth. This is a tasty stout with dark bread, light chocolate and cafe au lait flourishes. Near 8% and all of it is well hidden. Very enjoyable and easy drinking stout. One of my favorite brews from 21st Amendment. Worth a try if you see 4 packs of this in your local.
12-16-2012 01:59:43 | More by Billolick
Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
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