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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

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126 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 446
Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dig the label art. It's quite intricate and well done. Canned 11/19/12. 7.90% ABV confirmed. Self identifies as an Oyster Stout; I'll review it as such. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high; I'm in the mood for a good oyster stout. Can't remember the last 21st Amendment beer I had.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger khaki-tan colour head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and good (~5+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black; maybe a ruby hue in there - it's not jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty typical of the style; it's well executed. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Sm: Cream, dark malts, vague generic floral hops, milky caramel, buried muted roast, and maybe light chocolate malt. A light, muted aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A bit bland for a stout aroma. I do get a bit of salty sea creature meat when I really look for it - which I guess is the oysters - but I wouldn't know it was an oyster stout if you handed it to me blind. A mild strength, underwhelming aroma.

T: Nice cream and well executed milk chocolate. Some marshmallow. Good dark malt foundation. Oats. Buried caramel. Maybe hazelnut. I search for oysters but I don't find them; it tastes like a straight-up oatmeal stout to me. Light roast. A bit of vanilla. All around a very well balanced stout, but I'm not finding the oyster notes. In any case, I'm really liking it and it's delightfully well executed, with impressive complexity and subtlety. A very solid brew.

Mf: I love the creamy smooth texture; it really helps bring out the milk chocolate. Dryness/wetness balance is ideal. Carbonation is good. Soft. A bit chewy. Great presence on the palate. Plenty of body. Well-executed. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV - which is itself impressively well hidden. Pleasantly surprised by the quality of this one; I'd definitely get it again and it's one of the better canned stouts I've ever had. A treat from 21st Amendment. I'd recommend this to friends. Lovely stuff. I'll have to revisit this one; I think its merits are unsung.

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Photo of Sam21
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz can. Canned 11/19/12. Poured into snifter.

A- Pours dark brown with an opaque black appearance in the glass. Certainly not black, but no light gets through once in the glass. Thick creamy tan head with excellent retention. Leaves a sheet of lacing on the glass and is slow to recede.

S- The first thing to hit my nose is roasted malts. There is a charred quality to it that sits atop a nice chocolatey sweetness. Good balance there. As it warms up over a few minutes, there is a bit of a savory meaty aroma. Perhaps it is a touch briny. It's hard to place, but it must be the oysters. As it warms up, there is a definite saltiness behind the chocolate and charred malt aromas. It's not overly pungent and adds to the complexity of the nose in a good way.

T- The taste starts off sweet. Chocolate, a touch light sweet fruits, and no real roast flavors. It feels like there is a bit of a gap in the middle of this beers flavor development. It starts off sweet and never builds or goes anywhere from there. The charred roast flavors are not present in the way I expected. Instead, the sweetness remains the constant and there are some mild bitterness notes. I could only describe it as silky, simple, sweet, and straightforward. It's really not taking off for me. I was not expecting it to, but it tastes a bit one dimensional to me. It finishes a bit watery, meaning, lacking in any real finish. It just fades off. As I let it sit in the glass, the flavors do seem to open up a touch more. This is at room temperature.

MF- This is a highlight of this beer. Really creamy, smooth, and wonderful. The carbonation is in balance to the overall viscosity.

O- It's a very easy beer to drink. It certainly isn't unpleasant, but it does not have anything that makes it stand out for me.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black with subtle ruby highlights. Head is a steady finger of pillowy tan foam. I like it.

Smell: aroma is quite sweet with a caramel and toffee character. There's also a hint of vegetation in there; probably the hops colliding with the acidic dark malts. Overall not too bad.

Taste: sweet and chocolatey with a little dose of that vegetal hop character. Well-balanced and quite taste, although I'm not getting any of the oyster character hinted at by the can. Still, it's a satisfying dessert-type stout.

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy and delightful. Plenty of body with a good, well-integrated carbonation; wonderful.

Overall: a very tasty and drinkable stout. I would definitely have more of this.

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

12oz can into a snifter.

Pours nearly pich black with a one finger dark tan head that is really too quick to fade. Barely a few streams of lacing and no cap at all left on top of the beer.

Aroma of sweet cocoa, coffee, and dark roasted malt. A little bit of briny-ness is present too but it is very faint.

Rich coffee and cocoa on the tasted along with heavily roasted malt. Alcohol is pretty up front as well but it is not offensive. Dark fruit comes in midway along with a little brine but you really have to dig for it. Vanilla comes in towards the finish along with a quite high slightly biting bitterness. The finish is fairly sticky with a breath of alcohol.

Overall, a nice oyster stout that is stronger than some of the others I have had. The oyster shells lend a bit of a unique character and a extra element to a really good stout.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose, which also has some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of chocolate malts with hints of coffee beans and roasted malts and finally some brine in the aftertaste. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer a lot less briney flavors compared to other oyster stouts but is a nice stout in itself, especially if you are looking for something light and has lots of flavors of chocolate malts.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ST: 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, near black with a red tints and a half-a-fingernail slightly brown head.

S: Cream, mineral, smoke, burnt malt, creamy coffee.

T: Starts with sweet chocolate nibs, then dark bitter chocolate with a hint of smoke and coffee, followed by sweet grilled oyster, and it finishes with a slight bitterness and the taste of gritty oyster shell.

M: Medium, smooth, creamy, dry on the finish.

O: A very tasty beer with a slight hard edge of mineral bordering on metal. Balanced well, the sweetness does not overtake the beer. This is a great stout.

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Photo of watsonmd
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown/black, tan head, nice thick lacing

S: Chocolaty, otherwise not a lot else jumping out.

T: Chocolate, dry, coffee, malty.

M: lively carbonation, creamy but thin. Nice full feel. But does not linger like some stouts.

O: Nice with a meal, but not as strong a stand alone beer as some of the other stouts this season. Glad I tried it, but not going to be a staple.

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Photo of dailyminefield
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can into Snifter
Pours a white head, very dark body. Chocolate dominates the nose. The mouthfeel is very thin, drinks more like a low 5% rather than a stout just shy of 8%. I can't detect the oyster, but a bitter chocolate taste is definitely there. Very drinkable, especially considering the alc/vol. 21st Ammendment is a solid brewery and this reinforces my belief.

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

12 oz can.

Pours jet black, brownish tint around the very edge of the glass where light barely penetrates. Light tan head is fine and dissipate slowly from about an eighth of an inch.

Smells of light roasted coffee malts and pickled olives.

Tastes of caramel and roasted malts, oak wood notes, and mild brine saltiness.

Medium to full body with a light effervescence.

A solid oyster stout, good flavor balance, not too rich. If you don't like oyster stouts, you won't like this, but if you do, this is one of the better ones out there that is readily available in the US.

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Photo of droomyster
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black body with a small tan head with decent retention. Aromas are roasty, coffee-like, with some dark chocolate notes as well. These notes carry over to the palate most prominently on the front and middle palate before giving way to a bitter baker's cocoa finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark mahogany brown to black body beneath the thick, tan head, which slowly dissolves to leave a dense sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

Generous roasted malt and dry yeast aromas float from the glass with a touch of lactic sweetness.

The flavor also offers roasted malt and more of a bitter chocolate than sweet. However, there is a hint of the sweetness at the finish, which quickly gives way to the roasted/toasted malt and almost biscuit flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with a generous roasted palate, medium carbonation and finish, which is actually a touch creamy.

After reading up on the less common English Stout style, I must say this beer is quite on and the generous roasted malt really nails it.

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

A: Poured black into a pint glass with ruby around the edges where light can get through with a small light tan head that fades to a small mat
S: smells of roast malt, coffee and chocolate
T: tastes of roast malt, chocolate, coffee, and slight sweetness. swallow brings bitter roast malt and coffee with a bit of chocolate
M: full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. very smooth on the palate
O: a very nice stout. very good flavors and balance. Don't let the oyster shell addition dissuade you.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently, this is the #7 ranked English Stout here on BA.

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a dark, chocolate brown color, nearly black, with a soap-scum inducing head that eventually settled after a couple of minutes.

S: I got some fresh clean linen underneath the chocolatey goodness. Scratch that, not as much dark chocolate as it was cocoa nibs. A tinge of dark fruit mixed in as well.

T: Remarkable flavor, with the oysters adding just the right funkiness to make this memorable. Bitter as hell, which was reminiscent of biting into an unsweetened baker's chocolate bar. However, in this instance, the sweetness was just BARELY enough.

M: Like I stated, this was bitter, also a bit alcoholic, but in terms of sweetness, this was not a dessert beer in any way, shape or form. A slight bit of lacing left on the glass.

O: The best 21st Amendment brew I've tried in a while. I'm a suck for this style, especially when it's done right, which this most certainly was.

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a cervoise. The brew appears black in color with 2 fingers worth of khaki head resting atop. The froth slowly fades leaving some webby fingers of lacing effect sticking to the glass. A swirl revives about a half finger back to the surface. When held to the light, some lighter brown clarity is noted and a bit of a ruby hue is seen through the body.

The aroma is pleasantly roasty with suggestions of coffee, earth and bitter chocolate. A trace amount of mineral element is also felt through the nose which is typical of oyster stouts but I have to admit that it integrates quite nicely here and does not stand out or distract at all. As the brew warms up, a bit more focus on char and a minor dark fruity alcohol ester emerges.

The flavor of this brew is roasty like coffee and bitter baker's cocoa. A bit of burnt grainy quality blends into a bit of dark fruity alcohol note somewhat reminiscent of raisins. The aftertaste has a pleasant earthiness about it somewhat suggesting tobacco coupled with a mineral element that is as stated before, similar to what I typically notice in oyster stouts.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The nearly 8% abv is integrated nicely but it is felt at times with a bit of dark fruity aspect that doesn't blend into the rest of the character as well as it could. Overall a pretty solid oyster stout, I would have this again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tobelerone for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown, with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to a foamy puddle on top.

S: Sweet brown and coffee malts, and a metallic tinny aroma that I find typical of oyster stouts, and a bit of toffee.

T: Follows the nose in character, but the coffee is more forward than the nose, as are the mineral flavors. Mild hop bitterness at the end.

M: Medium body, carbonation on the low side. ABV is well-hidden.

O: Very middle of the road beer. Drinkable, nothing off about it. But it does nothing to inspire me to drink more.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Had on tap at Brouwers.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a very small head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring on top. Streaky lacing down the sides.

S: A good bit of chocolate with some faint roast and dark fruit. Just a touch of salt.

T: Sweet chocolate with some dark fruit in the middle, some raisin and plum. Not overly salty, just a pinch near the end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Was expecting it to be a bit more salty/briny, but it probably would have been a bit harder to drink.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with some reddish chestnut brown color coming through where the light hits the brew; it had a 2 finger creamy tan head that was full of tight bubbles and faded very slowly leaving excellent sticky lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, roasted grains, oatmeal, seawater, oyster shells, cocoa powder, chocolate, coffee grinds, caramel, dark fruit and herbs like light floral hops; the sweetness and chocolate were not as surprising as the fruity notes, but the addition of the oyster shells came through just enough to make this an authentic version of this stout. The earthy notes and strong grains almost made this smell like an oatmeal stout.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, roasted grains, oatmeal, syrup, cocoa powder, oyster shells, burnt wood or charcoal, dark chocolate, coffee grinds, caramel, dark fruit, herbs, floral hops, and then a bitter coffee dominant finish; very sweet, in fact much sweeter than I expected overall, but still tasty, well balanced and enjoyable. The chocolate and coffee completely cover up the ABV and allow this to flow down smooth and easy.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and almost watery, with a light feel, almost no carbonation and a buttery on the tongue. This was very easy to drink, and went down like a light stout and not 7.9%.

Overall I thought that it was very good and another winner from 21st Amendment. Rich and full of flavor, this is how every can of beer should be.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rather modest head that quickly parts ways into a ringlet; many streaks of lace dribble down the side of the chalice

Smell: Chocolate forward, with a hint of dark fruit and a dash of brine

Taste: Sweetened chocolate, on the front end, with subtle undertones of dark fruit building in the middle; just a tad briny, after the swallow, but the sweetness of the malt dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (somewhat creamy) with moderate carbonation

Overall: As an Oyster Stout, I would have preferred this beer to be dryer and slightly more briny; still, I really enjoyed it, even though it didn't conform to my expectations

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottom of can says Canned On 11/19/12.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains solidly before slowly diminishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Initial rush of chocolate soon turns salty. Malted milk ball notes.

T- The taste is also of malted milk balls but there's definitely some brine underneath from the oysters. Still, chocolate is the main flavor with its buddies vanilla and caramel hanging out as well. Alcohol is nicely hidden and there's an all-around sweet, milky quality.

M- Pretty creamy, borderline silky feel with a chewy body and medium carbonation.

O- One of the few 21st Amendment offerings to truly "wow" me.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Surly Darkness chalice. Canned on 11-19-2012.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A dark and creamy aroma with a subtle spicing. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee beans as well as some burnt caramel, biscuit, toffee, yeast, and smoked malt. Some sweet molasses and hints of anise spicing. Has a subtle salty scent which is probably from the oysters added in. Also some hints of dark cherry, raisin, fig, and prunes. Hops are very subdued. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Roasty, creamy, and mildly salty like the aroma hints. Dark roasted malts with a taste of rich chocolate, coffee beans, cream, burnt caramel malt, toffee, biscuit, smoke, and yeast. A moderate sweet taste of molasses and some subtle spices including molasses. Undertones of dark fruits with notes of fig, raisin, prune, and dark cherry. The salty taste from the oysters is somewhat light but noticeable. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and moderately sweet and slick. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid stout. Nice creamy dark flavors and the oysters add a interesting element.

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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into Cleveland Indians commemorative pint glass. Very dark brew, you cannot see through the glass. Picturesque head (made for a TV commercial!) remains for a while, small tight bubbles - "foamy", I'd say. Dissipated slowly.

Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Rich roasted malt.

Taste hits hard to start, then fades slowly. The coffee is prominent, sits on the tongue. The alcohol content is there, but not overwhelming. I'm not a big fan of oysters, and I don't get the taste of them with this beer - so no harm there. I also get a hint of burnt carmel - but the good kind, not the "my wife's trying to make Christmas cookies again" kind.

I don't recall having a beer that felt chalky. Although verrrry subtle, this one has a chalky feel to it. Weird. And like the foam, the carbonation of it feels like small tight bubbles. The malt seems to sit on the tongue for a longer time than most beers.

As far as I can remember, this is my first "oyster stout". While I'm not head over heels in love with it. yes I'd have this beer again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC over the holidays...

Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Chocolate, slight roastyness, fades out somewhat as this warms, bummer...

T: Big time roastyness, a little bit of coffee, plum & baker's chocolate up front. Dark fruit & roastyness play off against each other as this warms, some chocolate & woody hops sneak in as well. Finishes dry, roasty, with a modicum of charcoal

MF: Fairly smooth carbonation , medium bodied, thickens up a bit as this warms

A nice roasty stout that pleased me quite a bit, ABV is concealed nicely

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Photo of Kegatron
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a deep amber/near brown, with a several fingers of mocha head. Retains well, leaving back a good bit of sticky lace. The aroma smells of cocoa, coffee, ripe citrus and some mineral notes. Pretty straight forward. The taste is similar, with chocolate and light caramel sweetness, a twang of ripe citrus flavor, light earthy bitterness and roasted malts that leave this burnt in the finish. Like the nose, a light briny mineral character is present. Medium bodied with some prickliness up front that then gives way to more of a bubbly and creamy feel. This was decent. It’s certainly better than average but not exactly special enough to stand out either. It's still worth a look.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into tulip

Pours an inky blackness with a cap of darkly tanned head, dissolving fast into some wispy film. Streaky lacing runs down the glass while drinking.

Chalky chocolate malts in the nose with roasted tones and light sweetness. Hints of coffee beans and molasses with a touch of smoke and anise.

Semi-sweet dark chocolate up front with caramel and molasses. Hints of smoke and anise under the roasty malt tones with a dash of coffee. A bit sweet, but still pretty balanced with barely any notion of alcohol in the finish with lingering licorice and molasses.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, chewy and sticky on the tongue. Pretty bold, robust stout with a little more to offer than I might have expected.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown but light will pass along the edge. Initial the beige head leaves a blanket of lace. Toward the end, it leaves spots.

Creamy initial aroma. A mocha smell appears after about a minute after the pour.

Tastes like a dry stout with a touch of smokiness. Straight coffee up front. An easy stout to drink. Fuller body than most stouts. The carbonation is slightly lower.

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