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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Marooned On Hog IslandMarooned On Hog Island

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BA SCORE
87
very good

409 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 19
Gots: 28 | 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.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with mild chocolate and sweet cocoa. There are also some nutty and slight coffee aromas.

T: roasted malts here as well with cocoa and semi-sweet chcolate. There are some smokey and char fla ors toward the finish that is lightly bitter.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is carbonated enough to avoid being watery.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. They oysters don't really come through, but it's a solid stout nonetheless.

Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marooned on Hog Island opens to a sweet and slightly salty aroma mixed with more standard stout notes. The stout brings ash, black malt, coffee, tobacco, and chocolate malt, but these are mixed with a briny sweetness, the former from the oyster shells, and the latter adding strong fig, black cherry, blood orange, and even bits of tart raspberry fruit esters. There’s also bits of lemon and lime from the hops, and an underbelly of toast crust and thick brown breads. Added together, these aromas blend wonderfully, and while the stout isn’t as thick and mealy on the nose as could be expected, the unexpected sweet and briny overtones are enticing.

On the tongue, the beer contains stronger stout notes, with ash, tobacco, fresh-ground coffee, chocolate malt, and whole wheat toast crust mixing with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and touches of molasses to form a lovely stout base. Add to this a hint of brine from the oysters, and a selection of fig, prune, raisin, and date dark fruit esters, and the result is very nice. The aftertaste is a more ash-laden continuation of the main mouthful, with threads of sea salt lacing the ash, lingering on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, the oyster notes blending well with the stout to emphasize it, rather than overwhelm it, and the stout itself being of obviously high quality, even without the oyster notes. It can tend to be a bit too sweet, and the ashy notes feel as if they needed a slight boost, but this is still very much worth trying.

Photo of scot959
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 bmoney
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LostInTheFlood
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Paccamacca
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a billowy two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Roasted malts, cocoa, soy sauce and a unique salinity/mineral note
T: Roasted malt, a bit of soy/saline, hints of coffee/cocoa, a bit light
M: Lighter-bodied than I expected but smooth
O: This won't be a regular part of my mix but is good and well worth a try

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-stout brewed with Hog island sweetwater oyster shells. can serving.

A: Sits a dense black in the vessel with a one finger dark khaki head with a frothy whipped consistency. Short retention span. Leaves a speckled band lacing.

S: Aroma is light, oyster shells, light roast. The oyster presence is low, wish it was more meaty, then shelly, and lacked a saltiness.

T: Creamy milky roastiness, some hard shell oyster hints. Smooth roast, again wish it had more of a oyster kick, was subtle, and more of a background ambience rather a focal point. The oyster shells did show a bit more later in the drink and with some warming.

M: silky, very smooth and slick, milk stout like, slippery texture and a quiet demeanor of carbonation.

O: Overall the flavor isnt bad, its just a bit middle of the road and safe. If youre gonna do a wild concept beer, dont half ass it, go all out with the oysters otherwise its just a shallow safe attempt to be daring.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz can (canned on my 30th birthday 11/19/12) into a nonic pint glass, dark brown almost black with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: dark chocolate, black malt, coffee, char, seawater, saltiness

T: espresso and dark chocolate up front, sweet character fades to a bitterness quickly with a slightly salty quality, finish is bitter American style stout with a noticeable hop presence, other than a slight saltiness fishiness noted

M: nice body for a stout, full, slightly creamy, higher carbonation than needed, no alcohol noted

O: a good stout full of flavor, oysters may be a bit of a gimmick as I can't really tell any difference between this and other non-oyster stouts, but hell the oysters make it non-vegan so that's a win in my book

Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nineworldseries
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TechTriumph
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of domnalbrecc
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MonkeyboyATL
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.