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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Stout | 7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dbrauneis on 12-05-2012

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep-deep brown nearly pitch black brew with a one finger cream colored head. The head had a decent retention fading over time to give a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma was an odd mix of roasted, sweet and slightly sea like smells. The sweeter smells were of a chocolate and caramel nature with the “sea like” smells being of a saltwater beach like aroma. While saltwater like, it was not unpleasant and it actually melded quite well with the sweet and roasted smells.

Taste – The taste begins as most other stouts’ do, with a roasted malt and slightly sweet taste. The roasted flavors were a mix of toasted barely and some dark chocolate with the sweet being largely of a caramel nature. As the taste advanced however the roasted flavors begin to dwindle some with the sweet increasing slightly as a molasses and vanilla flavor come to the tongue. While this is occurring, there is also a more salty flavor developing in the taste. While light at first it gets stronger and stronger as the taste advances. In the end the sweet and salty tastes along with a nice roasted malt flavor have control over the tongue and leave a rather salty roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew was on the average side in terms of creaminess (maybe a little above) with a carbonation level that was average as well. Overall though I think the blend of medium body and medium carbonation suited the somewhat opposing (at least in feel) sweet and salty aspects of the brew against the roast flavors of the brew quite well.

Overall- A rather tasty stout. Although it is not something I would take again and again due to the slightly more salty nature in the taste, it is a rather unique and different flavor to try. This is one I think people should experience I they get a chance.

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Photo of BB1313
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/19/12. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours black with barely any light getting through. Nice fluffy khaki, off-white head which sticks around and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are full of dark chocolate malts. There's also a touch of sweet vanilla cream. There's actually alot going on with the flavors. Lots of roasted dark chocolate. Subtle hints of black coffee and smoke. Finishes bitter and slightly warm. The saltiness from the oyster shells are definitely noticeable. You can taste the ocean, in a good way. Mouthfeel is nice. It starts of light and almost watery, but it quickly becomes smooth and creamy, making it very easy to drink. There's a subtle warmth, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed.

This is a really nice oyster stout. There's alot to like about this stout. It just missed being something really special, but it's still executed accordingly and pretty unique. It's definitely one of the better 21st Amendment beers I've had. Nice beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  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

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Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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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Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.