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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 419
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 419
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a black hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured lactose, cocoa and black malt.

The taste consisted of the same elements, with a tasty cafe au lair element countered by a dry black malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and hefty stout.

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Photo of Huffs
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown color with a caramel head. head was fairly thick, but dissipated quick for the style. Aroma was sour to woody, maybe even a bit oyster with definite malt overtones. Taste was malty with chocolate, toasty characteristics and a hint of smokiness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Dry but sweet aftertaste with a hint of hop.

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Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 19NOV12

Nice brown on black ale with a floundering sheet of light tan foam leaving a solid rim of the same. Smells slightly nutty, with roasted and toasted malts, a touch of cream, some vanilla and wood (uncharred), nuances of tobacco and oiled leather. Taste is nice and bready with cocoa, cream, leather, dark toasted malts, a little taste of ink and that's it - nice flavor. Full bodied with low carb and an off dry finish; really nice, creamy feel to it.. Nice beer, don't get any 'oyster' characteristics, but I didn't expect 'em. Nice stout though.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/19/2012.

Pours a very gluggy soft black color with a tough-to-form head of a mere half-inch height. Looks thick and gloopy.

Some streamline coffee and sweet brine notes. Gentle aroma offers some salinity and hints of smokiness, yet still sweet and malty. Minerally, too.

Sweet intro with malted sugars turns to bright salinity and mild coffee. The finish is a long-standing spicy bitterness that echoes with peat and aggressive roasty flavors. Maintains a creaminess almost all of the way through in the effect of coating the tongue. Very minerally without being earthy. You can almost taste the gritty oyster shells swimming in the brew tank. Mild chocolate and bitter almond also contribute. Carbonation doesn't get too perky, just some nice backwash after the swallow. The body is velvety, like beef stock. Really great mouthfeel.

It's a pretty impressive stout, although I feel it's more of an English Stout than an American one. I will definitely have to look to acquire a four-pack box for myself, as this is great drinking.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a dark brown/black pour with 2 fingers of tan head leaving behind tons of lacing. smells of chocolate, roasted oats and grains, coffee. the taste has a bitter roasty flavor up front, followed by chocolate.. the oyster shell flavor kicks in as the other flavors mellow out but is not off putting like it sounds. a very roasted blend of coffee, cacao, and toasted grains. medium body with moderate carbonation.. creamy mouthfeel with a chalky finish.

this is a pretty good stout. i've only had a few oyster stouts that i can remember off the top of my head, and have not been let down by any of them, including this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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 thudstaffer
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 Beerlover
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first run with an "oyster stout " and i'd want no other brewery to break me in to a new genre like 21st amendment! The last beer I had by these guys was their first and only letdown to me (fireside chat, far too much spice!) but i was very curious about this one.

poured into a pint glass, very very dark brown, almost black with a 3/4 inch thick creamy khaki head. has an odd aroma, at first hard to distinguish, let this one warm like any normal stout... aromas of roast malts, some smokiness and saltiness, and as it warms i get some cocoa powder as well.

taste is good but different from anything i've ever had, very low carbonation, the feel of the beer on the palate is one of its best qualities, very smooth. the roasted malts are there, but i get no chocolate or vanilla or coffee, everything about this beer is subtle, which is great because it makes it very "drinkable" if you will (i still think thats a funny word to use when describing an easy to drink beer) the alchohol is completly masked, i'd guess it to be between 4.5 and 5.5 but its 7.9! There is also some subtle saltiness, overall a great beer.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one great beer. The smell alone is worth the price. Such a rich aroma of cocoa and molasses. Makes me want it in airfreshener form as well. Taste is no less wonderful; rich flavorful and sticks with you for a while after swallowing. I was very impressed with this beer...though I sure do miss Fireside Chat.
I must also add that 21st Amendment carbonates thier beer perfectly. I am very impressed with this as many other breweries...those much bigger and well respected don't even do it as well. Good Stuff out of San Fran.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlueShirtMember
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish-black pour allowing no light to pass through. Little head, but what there was was thick.

S: Salty with a touch of roastiness and coffee.

T: Strong roasty flavor backed up by a bit of salt or brine. I didn't get the chocolate notes others did but that just might be me.

M: Pretty full bodied. On a second pour I got more head than I expected and it was very thick.

O: Stouts and porters are my thing, and this did not disappoint. Of the three or four oyster stouts I've had this is by far the best. Big props to 21st Amendment on another solid brew and for proving once again that beer can come from a can and still be awesome.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip.

A: pours almost completely black, just a little bit of maroon around the top when held to the light... Fat finger if khaki colored head, nice retention and decent lacing.

S: deffiantly smells a bit salty, along with my roasty and chocolate notes. Aroma remind me of oysters. Pleasant overall.

T: the ocean like characteristic follows through to the flavor, particuarly on the finish, but it is not overwhelming. The roast is toned down a tad from the aroma but is still present along with chocolaty notes. I feel like the oyster character becomes more evident as the brew warms. There is a bit if malt sweetness in the middle as well, that gets rounded out on the finish, overall thisnisna well rounded brew

M: on the heavy side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice slightly chewy mouthfeel overall...

O: this is a very solid oyster stout, or stout period, nice robust flavors all working nicley together and a bit of salty ocean oysters that add an interesting twist to the character, deffiantly worth grabbin a 4pk.

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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 morimech
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little tale of two unhappy swabies on the packaging. A 21st Amendment tradition of putting stories on their beer. They bring us a different stout, an oyster stout. Not many of those around. Pours dark with a dense two fingered head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Nice amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Nice amount of roasted malt in the aroma. A touch of smoke and something faint that is reminiscent of the ocean.

Not as roasted in flavor as I thought it would be. More of an Irish stout type of flavor with a slight salinity in the finish. Dry with some dark bread and mocha notes. Some earthy notes rounds things out. No sign of alcohol or warmth.

Medium body that is deceptively easy to drink with the ABV this beer carries. Nice carbonation gives the beer a pleasant texture.

I thouroughly enjoyed this stout. Kudos to 21st Amendment to bring something different to the market instead of just another over-hopped, big, expensive stout.

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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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of soft and fine visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights at the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall light tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch of medium sized bubbles and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and light ocean brininess.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate amounts of dark roasted malts with just a subtle hint of chocolate. The finish of this beer is lightly briny and offers some light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Robust and chewy with light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable oyster stout that is more rich, complex, and chewy unlike some of the others that are usually more of a dry stout style. I wish the alcohol was a little more well hidden in the mouthfeel like it is for the smell and taste. Fairly easy to drink and one I will be happy to enjoy the remainder of the 4 pack.

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