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Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery

Marooned On Hog IslandMarooned On Hog Island

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BA SCORE
87
very good

383 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 12-05-2012)
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 15:35:29 | More by metter98
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-07-2013 21:49:29 | More by ianjsullivan
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watsonmd

Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 05:25:06 | More by watsonmd
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2013 05:26:20 | More by dailyminefield
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-27-2013 19:43:28 | More by Cylinsier
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droomyster

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-25-2013 00:46:48 | More by droomyster
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 02:12:31 | More by CHADMC3
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SHODriver

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2013 02:08:07 | More by SHODriver
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-17-2013 00:12:05 | More by Chaney
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 01:33:12 | More by stakem
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-11-2013 02:50:04 | More by macrosmatic
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CHickman

New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 03:17:30 | More by CHickman
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 00:21:30 | More by brentk56
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-04-2013 22:33:23 | More by Immortale25
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-03-2013 23:46:16 | More by MattyG85
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CopperMtnPlowboy

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 06:11:33 | More by CopperMtnPlowboy
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 04:25:20 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 15:36:33 | More by Kegatron
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 02:40:44 | More by xnicknj
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 23:36:42 | More by smcolw
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vfgccp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep cola color, verging on black. Soft tan head that dissipated quickly, moderate lace.

S- Sweet malt, molasses, and notes of corn syrup. Slight mineral notes as well.

T- Bright and slightly salty notes on the front end. Middle notes are of roasted barley, and touches of dark chocolate. This fades to a roasty and slightly dry bitterness, slightly char-like.

M- A touch on the light side. It does have a nice lingering taste that makes it very pleasant to drink, and helps round out the feel. But a little thiner than I prefer for stouts.

O- Great overall beer, love the slight mineral notes brought by the oyster shells. It is fairly complex, and very drinkable. It is also notable that it is almost an 8% alcohol beer and drinks like a 4% stout. 21st amendment rarely disappoints.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 22:28:05 | More by vfgccp
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always excited to try an oyster stout. A part of me is always hoping to find some weird stout with an odd taste of salty oysters...as if that would somehow taste good. Every time though, I am disappointed. Let's see how this does...

A-Very dark brown with a nice thin tan head

S-faint scent of chocolate dark roasted malts with maybe an imagined scent of saltiness.

T-Eh, once again I'm disappointed. It isn't a bad stout at all though. It comes in with a good flavor of chocolatey grains. It's an authentic and natural flavor that really hits the spot. the after-taste is matching with MAYBE, just maybe a hint of brinyness, but it might just be my hopeful imagination. It's a solid stout though. Maybe a slight metallic flavor to it

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-This is a really good stout despite failing to meet my expectation. It's got good, solid flavor and it's very drinkable. It bridges the gap between Imperial and not. I'd recommend it to others, I'm sure it's something I could have a lot of.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 01:27:16 | More by AdamBear
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz canned November 19, 2012. Served at around 50F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown/beige head that recedes to a wispy cap but leaves nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is roasted malts, strong black coffee, nice briny mineral-type notes, earthy, some chocolate. Very good strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, quite a bit of the oyster’s briny/mineral influence in the flavor. Really nice base stout. Moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, mild to moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, smooth, moderate to good carbonation.

Realllly nice oyster stout. Perfectly balanced. Excellent base beer, oysters don’t overpower nor are they too mild. Really good.

Serving type: can

01-24-2013 04:04:31 | More by elgiacomo
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FosterJM

California

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1709th Review on BA
Can to plastic Dixie cup (clear)
12oz

Canned 11/19/12

App- This poured out a coffee looking brown with some reddish edges. A smaller 1" tan head was there and receded quickly. A good amount of lace and cling around the edges and down the glass even for a plastic cup.

Smell- A lighter aromatic stout even with the additional additives from the oysters. Had a lot of roast and chocolate behind it with what I would call an almond like nose.

Taste- A nice stout. Was chocolate and roast without being too overly done. The oyster flavored stout doesn't really have a overly briny flavor but instead is tempered out my malts. As well the ABV is quite hidden and didn't get a large flavor from this either.

Mouth- A larger medium body with a creamy body. The carbonation was a bit of a smooth medium. Residual chocolate and malts remained and maybe just a bit chalky.

Drink- Well as always, can't get 21st in So. Cal so when in Nor. Cal, drink local!

Serving type: can

01-23-2013 19:01:54 | More by FosterJM
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Brenden

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm almost beginning to think oyster stout should be its own style; then again, do we make a style out of every element put into a beer (in this case, a sub-style, since I've only seen oyster in stouts). Maybe when oyster becomes as commonly used as pumpkin. Regardless, 21A does a good job with the information, giving the entire backstory on the can. I also appreciate that they really do give credit where it's due as a collaborative effort with Hog Island Oyster co., being referenced in the info, in the description ("Stout brewed with Hog Island sweetwater oyster shells"), and in including the companies logo along with theirs on the side of the can. Kudos to class.

It's not quite a black brew, being appropriately dark for the style and allowing a deep brown hue through the thickness. They're not getting carried away by giving it the body of a Russian, and they shouldn't. The beer grows a nice, creamy light brown head nearly two fingers tall that retains itself for several minutes and fades to a foam, but never quite entirely. On the way down, it leaves a thick layer of lacing at the top and drops rings and spotting between to just past halfway down the glass. This is a beer with which I might be torn between 4.0 and 4.5, so it's also my first beer with a 4.25 appearance. It's the little things,
The aroma is very much to style with nothing off-putting. The few oyster stouts I've had tend toward a predictable saltiness and a metallic element one might expect, the best ones doing well to overcome them but still perhaps almost giving off those notes, or keeping them to a minimum. I think this is where it was a fantastic idea to use the shells, just giving this beer a bit of the overall effect without the weirdness that may accompany. Some might want a little more oyster, and I can understand that; it ends up being very subtle. But it's better than overdone, and it meshes well. In both the aroma and the flavor, I assume chocolate malts are used as I get that note with just a light accompanying sweetness that's not too much to blend well. The roasty element is also there. This beer is a bit earthy and, while it's not too sweet, it's also not charred or bitter. In fact, it's very well-rounded. It might have higher ratings if it were EXTREME or if it were heavier, but in fact it's got as much balance as I think it could, is well-rounded, and is not light but mild while still being flavorful. "Stout" doesn't mean "huge", and I think they nailed it. Again, the only thing is that some might expect just a bit more oyster.
The mouthfeel is good, on the less extreme side but plenty full-bodied with a nice thickness that isn't choking. It has just the right, low level of crispness that's enough to add some life, and the underlying smoothness is good. A little alcohol peeks out and seems to thin it toward the end of the sip, but doesn't do much damage.

Serving type: can

01-23-2013 15:56:49 | More by Brenden
Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.