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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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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 29 | 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.
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Ratings: 414 | Reviews: 121
Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Aschap
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Tibi81
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RyanCMcGovern
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of olmane
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of Kromes
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of thudstaffer
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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).

Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nickfran
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of YogiMN
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Beerlover
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
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