Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

Not Rated.
Marooned On Hog IslandMarooned On Hog Island

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

126 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 126
Hads: 445
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Stout | 7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrauneis on 12-05-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 126 | Hads: 445
Photo of mntlover
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black but plenty of ruby notes around the edges. Nice two finger light chocolate head that laces fairly well.

Aroma is chocolate notes, smoked woody hints with dark fruits and hints of sea air.

Taste is nice smokey chocolate malts, almost like liquid smoke added almost tastes like it was aged on wood. Nice dry flavors maybe the smoke peat notes is making it woody. finish is dry with good fruity notes and briny oyster hints.

Mouthfeel is only about medium but smooth until the finish and the carbonation picks up to be peppy.

Overall I am enjoying this stout maybe just in the mood for one but its very flavorable with out being overly heavy. I nice July treat.

 676 characters

Photo of Oakenator
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black with at least a finger of tan head. Retention is good. Chunky lacing present on the glass.

S: Chocolate and malt aroma.

T: More chocolate present from front to back. Slight salty flavor that enhances the chocolate sweetness - the only thing present on the oysters. Sweet finish.

M: Creamy, good carbonation pop on the tongue but on the heavier side.

O: Great brew and really enjoyed.

 409 characters

Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

 555 characters

Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

 1,586 characters

Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 500 characters

Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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

 366 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  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.

 1,482 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

 954 characters

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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

 788 characters

Photo of andyfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 606 characters

Photo of Treyliff
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy tan head with somewhat short retention, leaving just a reign after settling

S- smoky charred malt gives some dried meat character, some mineral notes, a bit woody with a touch of chocolate

T- surprising fruity notes with a bit of fig, mid-palate is slightly sweet with roasted malts and chocolate. The finish is mineraly, giving it a slight salty feel on the tongue, smoky and sweet-yet-dry on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy-turned-creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable

O- easy drinking, the oysters give it an interesting mineral flavor and finish. Worth a try once.

 660 characters

Photo of Spikester
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Walking Man shaker pint. One finger of tan head and some minor lacing. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate, and a whiff of sea breeze.
Taste is rich espresso with maybe a square of dark chocolate melted into it. Never tasted any real hop character within but plenty bitter from whatever source.
Mouthfeel was medium thick with minor carbonation. Leaves a medium dry bitter finish.
Overall a tasty brew and the alcohol is well hidden. As one who has eaten his fair share of fresh oysters both cooked and raw this beer only showed the oyster ingredient in the aroma. So oyster haters need not fear this stout. One of 21st Amendments better beers.

 668 characters

Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass shows a thin ribbon of ruby at the edge with back lighting. Tiny carbonation streams feed a fast dying thin brown cover that holds a halo, but doesn't lace.

Smell: Earthy leafy hops on a thin ribbon of malt sweetness.

Taste: Big malt flavors take the stage pushing the almost tonic bitter hops to the downward side of the teeter-totter. A nice balance lets a lot of flavors come through. A plum jam fruitiness, a hint of tobacco in the dark roasted grain. A hint of soy sauce soured grain shows off the complex malt bill (had to check the website: Pale, Crystal, Rolled Oats, Carafa, Chocolate Malt, White Wheat).

Mouthfeel: There's a bit of chalky dryness in the finish that has to be the oyster shells. Makes an almost gritty end that begs for the next sip.

Overall: Big complex tasty beer, but not really in line with most stouts, or oyster stouts I've had. I could see pairing this with a lot of different foods, or just sipping after dinner. Tasty!

Thanks to Illudium for the can!

 1,014 characters

Photo of ToddT
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Dark brown almost black topped with a tan head that fades quickly to a ring but leaves a few spotts of lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and chocolate.

T- Chocolate and coffee malts right away, well balanced and not in competition with each other, a bit of caramel sweetness provides a nice counterpoint. I'm not getting any oyster flavor, maybe that is a good thing. Finish is dry with a lingering final note of coffee.

M- More than medium in body and medium in carbonation, creamy and silky in the mouth.

O- Interesting beer, it has some nice stuff going on in it, and if you run across it you should check it out. The 7.9% ABV was a bit of a surprise I was thinking it was a bit lower than that.

 743 characters

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can into a globed glass

A- Poured a dark drown with a fluffy mocha colored head that dissipated quickly and left no lace.

S- Huge sweet chocolate notes and roasted barley, very bready and wheat like qualities, caramel

T- Whoa, big salty flavor up front and through the whole sip and lingers. I get that sweet chocolate note and rosted barley from the aroma. Some bready and caramel notes. A little bit of sourness and twang similar to Guinness.

M- Medium body, smooth, quite creamy and finishes dry.

O- A very aromatic and unique stout. The salty oyster quality in the flavor was a bit much, although it did subside a little more as it warmed up some more.

 678 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Dark, muddy brown. Hazy. One finger of tan head settles rather quickly. A broken pattern of spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Lots of caramel and toffee on the nose. French roast and milk chocolate in the background. Subtle cola and molasses. Hints of fig, berry, and bruised apple. Good whiff of salty brine. Slight tobacco and earthy, leafy hops.

T: Cocoa and milk chocolate. Burnt bread crust. Cola and molasses. Powerful hit of salty brine. Tobacco and leafy hops mingle with all of this and create a sense of burnt vegetation on the palate. Smokey.Tight burst of raspberry. Slight spike of alcohol. Bruised apple. Finishes with milk chocolate and a lasting salty brine.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full. Restrained scrubbing carbonation. Warmth from the alcohol. Very smooth. A nice mouthfeel.

O: The brine gets to be overwhelming at times. The better oyster stouts I've had would combat this with a good dose of burnt malts and the accompanying acidity. There just isn't enough of that present here to keep it in check.

 1,072 characters

Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can from "Lifesource" in Salem. $2.29 Pours pitch black with a small wispy tan head. Toasty,caramel,dark coffee slightly salty aromas..nice Strong toasty,thick molasses,caramel,liquorice,thick .. Great mouthfeel to this one thick and luscious. Good stout...one to remember for the camping season.

 302 characters

Photo of beepill
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I frequent 21st Amendment fairly regularly, but I bought a 4-pack of this oyster stout at the Whole Foods in San Mateo. I poured a can into a pint glass.

A - A dark brown, nearly black, when in regular indoor lighting. A dark reddish-brown when light shining from other side of glass. Head is beige-tan and thin, dissipating after a few minutes.

S - Smoked oak and french roast coffee, with hints of the ocean (in a very good way).

T - Initially like smooth coffee and hints of oak barrels and smoked seafood. It sounds weird, but you can really taste the sea, again in a good way.

M - Seems heavy and thick when it first hits your mouth, but finishes light and smooth.

O - I gave it a 4. I was impressed with the smell and taste, as it is reminiscent of the ocean. Unique in a beer, as far as I know. The head dissipated quickly, and the carbonation went away quickly, which is okay for stouts because it kind of reminded me of the hand-pumped taps in England. It really brings out the subtle flavors of the beer. That said, this would be a good drink to have on a cold, gloomy day paired with a seafood meal.

 1,115 characters

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with bottom of the can reading 'canned on 11/19/2012'. Highly anticipated trying this beer, and thanks to the suggestion of some random dude, I ordered two cans via LetsPour.com, and I have been holding onto them for little over a week, and I can't bare to wait any longer. Beautiful looking can art, probably one of the coolest looking cans I've ever seen. Shout out to the random guy who told me about LetsPour.com!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields two fingers of fluffy doughy tan colored head, on top of an almost opaque black colored body. Small ruby dot showing through some light. Thin, wispy, scattered khaki lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted coffee beans. Inviting, dark roasted malt smell. Dark chocolate. Subdued fishy oyster brine, but it is definitely in there.

T - Wow, very interesting. Smooth, light texture, but still somewhat thick and full-bodied.. Roasted coffee bean & light hop bitterness. Malts, oats and creamy milk chocolate, and thankfully no outrageous salty seafood presence in the taste. Coffee beans become even more prominent as the beer warms. Fairly impressive.

M - Slick, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Some bitter coffee bean lingerance.

Overall, very glad to have had the chance to try this beer, and glad that I have another can to sit on for a while. Tastes more along the lines of a standard oatmeal / coffee stout than anything else, much like the only other oyster stout I've tried, Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout. Cozy, warming 7.90% abv is also a plus. I would definitely get more of this if it was easier to come by!

21st Amendment Marooned On Hog Island ---4/5.

 1,672 characters

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A dark brown, 1 finger of head which dissipates, leaving no lace on the glass

S - Sweet. Sugar. Boozy

T - Boozy stout, very sweet

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated, oily and slick aftertaste

O - Its a decent stout. A little too sweet for my liking, but not bad.

 273 characters

Photo of jimmah120
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. split the 4-pack, couldn't bear to buy the "oyster beer" by myself

Dark color, almost black. Small head that doesn't last. The smell is typical - dark malty roasty smell, with some fishy brine off in the background. Taste is rich, roasted, burnt tasting. Some dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, only a hint of oyster - but it's there.

Better (less oystery) than I expected.

 381 characters

Photo of gabrielsyme
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really didn't do too much for me which is strange because I enjoy English Stouts. Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Color is dark brown, little foam. Flavor is mostly malt sweetness, maybe some caramel but nothing too complex. Easy to drink. Possibly I served too cold.

 275 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

 597 characters

Photo of lsummers
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich coffee black and reveals a dark amber at the edges when held to the light. Not much head retention or lacing.

Smells of dark dried fruits with some cocoa and a touch of roasted caramel sweetness.

Taste is fantastic and smooth. burnt and roasty rye notes with a touch of hop bitterness. Overall very smooth and balanced with some milk chocolate notes covering it's abv.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Not overly viscus though.

Overall a fantastic example of an oyster stout. Dry yet creamy, roasted yet sweet. Well balanced with the exception it could look still stand to look as delicious as it is.

 619 characters

Photo of BeerZack
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of rich chocolate mousse or pot de creme with a hint of booze that opens up into a raisiny port-like impression as it warms. The flavor doesn't veer far from the aroma as it begins with the same rich chocolatey quality. It starts sweet, but the mid-palate is smooth and creamy with a drying and very slightly roasted finish. Delicious and dangerously drinkable for its weighty 7.9% ABV. Might be my favorite oyster stout.

 428 characters

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