Marooned On Hog Island
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Stout - English
Ranked #8
Ranked #13,111
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 11/1/15; drank 1/18/16 @ the Yarchives. Brewed in collaboration with Hog Island Oyster Co.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head; strong tree-rung lace.

Root beer, fresh earth, caramel & faint salt notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Caramel & cream flavors up front; milk chocolate & faint salt notes on the finish.

An easy to enjoy stout with interesting, substantial flavors.

I'd have another...

May 12, 2019
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Schmidts from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark Brown / black with some nice lacing.Smells of malt and bread. Taste is bitter then Malt sweet. Very nice balance feels, refreshiing in your Mouth . I like this very much I give it a overall of 4.25 a great Stout a Flavorful beer.

Mar 14, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

She pours a nice brown and leaves the same colored body very close to black, one finger tan head that dies within about thirty seconds, lacing is clingy and starts to spider web about a minute The smell has some dark malts, light cocoa and coffee-ish aromas play in the background. The taste has some bitter yet malty, and slightly salty, thick malty and cocoa-like aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium sort of body, only sessionable enough any English Stout can be - so not really, carbonation is fairly smooth and doesn’t pound me as some English Stouts have in the past, I like it for the most part. Overall, I haven’t had too many oyster stouts in my life time, and I say it again as I say for every oyster stout I’ve had, "where’s the oyster?" Maybe I just don’t get these things and am expecting too much as far as an oyster stout should go, I’ll keep trying them and still would have this one again.

Jun 08, 2017
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augustgarage from California

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packaged on 8/11/2016; poured from a 12oz can into a small nonic.

Clear seal brown body with sinopia highlights and a smattering of active camel foam up top. Light surface slick and a lasting collar remain. Fine lacing, and below-average retention - surprising given the white wheat malt!

Mellow roast malt aromatics with hints of chocolate and golden syrup in the nose. Faint sea-grass aroma at times, just at the edge of perception, probably coming from a combination of the briny oyster shells and the earthy Willamette hops.

The malt bill delivers a complex flavor profile - tastes sprinting across the palate, running from caramel to unsweetened cocoa powder, with a hint of smoke (probably from the oyster shells rather than the Carafa malt) deep in the finish, rounded out by a final grainy sweetness from the oats. Medium-dry, though the alcohol is forward. Moderate bitterness, though the hop flavors are hard to parse beneath the wave of roast malt. Flavor seem to meld and improve a bit as the beer warms - the salt becomes more apparent as you reach the bottom of the glass as well.

Silky yet medium-light bodied, with rapidly dissipating carbonation - alcohol heats you up more than I would like for the style.

I enjoyed this more than my rating might indicate, though I find it lacking compared to the best oyster stouts I've sampled, which are generally dryer, less alcoholic, and more mineral-laden.

Dec 24, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark brown with auburn highlights, nice sweet chocolate and roasted malt nose, semi sweet roasted and bitter chocolate flavor, finishes more bitter and a little metallic than expected. Was hoping for some salinity due to its nature, but still a pretty good stout. Cheers!

Nov 30, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just about a finger of brown foam, irregular surface, simmers down to a consistent surface coating, lacing forms broad streaks without much stick. The liquid is black at its core and more a dark brown near the surface and edges, you can spy the active tiny bubbles as they break the surface. There’s a clean, scrubbing sensation in the nose, not overly dependent on the chocolate albeit credible amount of that as well as creamed coffee and caramel accents, solid chicory as well, the oyster shells do indeed add saline, seashore sort of nuances, just a hint of cherry fruit, the components don’t leap out at you, best enjoyed as a harmonized whole. Medium-bodied, the dryness reduces its palate presence. More roast and coffee, little cocoa or chocolate, more straight up malty. The salty sea breeze and salt water aspect retains force here. More grassy and metallic, thankfully the carbonation brings a fluffy lift which limits such elements. No real fruit presence. Nothing here rides to the rescue of a cavalry of sweetness. As such, it really only delivers on half of the equation. And would like more body. Still, not a bad offering by any stretch.

Sep 11, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ. can into a point glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is pitch black with a tan head. The aroma is full of malt and chocolate. The taste follows the nose.

Sep 09, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish brown color, fairly opaque in the chalice, and the foam makes just a brief appearance. Some spritz on the tongue, however, and overall the mouthfeel is more sharp than malty. Maybe that's the brininess other tasters mention. Pleasant grainy aroma with a hint of the mud flats.

Rather thin but quite solid with roasted malt flavors. Some bitterness and a touch of astringency at the finish. I think of that odd earthy chicory bitterness. Plenty strong, which I guess is a plus since this is kind of an oddball brew. And with the hint of candy in the finish, why not. From the four-pack of 12 oz cans purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

Sep 07, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, dated 11/4/15. Pours transparent brown with a smaller sized tan head. Smells of mostly roasted malt and brine with some earthy hops and oats. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, brine, hops, and oats. Moderately strong saltiness in the middle and mild but lingering bitterness in the finish. Above average body and lower carbonation. It's a pretty simple stout with an adjunct of oyster shells; it adds a noticeable brininess to the smell/taste which gives it some needed dimension. Pretty good overall.

Mar 24, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

** 12/17/2015
Can to snifter. Pours dark black, small head, off white. Aroma is malt, salt, seaweed. Taste is very minerally, touch of caramel like sweetness at the end, but mostly bitter and dry. Feel is light and thin. Good carbonation for a stout. Not great overall, but enjoyable enough. Can’t see myself buying this again."

Mar 19, 2016
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Trentt2 from Alaska

3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: pretty dark, ruby hue only, light tan foam, doesn't lace very well
S: smells like a good stout. Little bit of chocolate and sweet
T: like a generic stout. A little bit of weirdness in it can't figure it out...doesn't taste like oysters
F: incredibly thin
O: it's an ok stout, but way down my leaderboard. Thin, average taste, nothing that stands out but a slightly weird taste to it. Needed to explain the low rating I'm giving this one.

Mar 18, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves streaky lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some earthiness up front. Very light fruit in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some roastiness and dark chocolate and goes into earthy tones, a hint of smoke and very light fruitiness. Light bitterness present throughout. Finishes with roast and a light salinity from the oyster shells

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid stout with good drinkability. The oyster shells don't really impart much to the beer aside from a very light salinity, but that doesn't matter much. A good choice for an everyday drinker

Mar 07, 2016
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Murphious from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely, and seems to have okay carbonation without being afraid it will foam over. Tan head and dark cola/root beer color. Very faint aroma of roasted malt and hop. Has an almost umami flavor at first, then hops and on to a dry finish. Good toasted or roasted flavor for a stout, but fades quickly at the finish. The alcohol is not noticed more than a regular 5% (this has 7.9) so it is smooth, yet feels thin in the mouth. Not bad, but wish it was heavier.

Feb 13, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a roasty and bitter flavor that is in the Export Stout vein. Mid-palate turns mildly sweeter, creamy and appears to offer subtle saltiness. Vanilla creeps in but is short-lived.

Though there's creaminess to this beer, it also seems to fall into a thinner, airy and carbonated feel that is thinner than desired. The finish is also very earthy, almost to the point that I think of dirt. However, some fudge and dark chocolate also emerge and salvage the flavor.

Jan 03, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was black with a small tan head that left a bit of lace.
Roasted malt aroma, chocolate.
Chocolate and coffee taste. I think a hint of salt, but that may have been wistful thinking.

Jan 02, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of fruit/citrus. The flavor is fruit, dark/roasted malts, chocolate and big acidity/slight brininess in the finish.

Jan 01, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark maroon, almost black color with a creamy tan head. Smells lightly of dark fruit, sweet brine, molasses, and roasty char. Taste is bitter and sweet, with dark fruit, some char, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, mild molasses, and a slight sweet brine flavor. Feels light and creamy, with mild carbonation. Overall a really good oyster stout.

Dec 27, 2015
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark with a brown head. The beer offers no aromas of oysters or the sea but does give off a great roasty malt and chocolate scent. The taste is really nice. It is mainly coffee and chocolate. There is a slightly bitter finish. This is a really nice stout but I didn't get anything that reminded me of oysters or salt.

Dec 06, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

"Exhausted by the tedius 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." Brewed in the style of an Oyster Stout. A one-time fall/winter release available in 12 oz. canned 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

The beer pours a frothy foam head of a mocha cream complexion atop a very dark cola brown body. Chunks of heavy sediment are visible at the edge of the glass, and a big chunk of something mysterious floats on the surface, surely they didn't pack the oysters in with this can? Retention is good, lacing is moderate and stringy. The beer has aromas of moderate roasted barley, cocoa syrup, and a hint of complex sugars for a subtle sweetness. The flavor is similar although dryer in taste, medium roasted malts, charred malts, yeast-borne fruit notes of dry raisin and unfortunately little to no oyster character, just a solid dose of roasted barley. The texture is silky, oily and moderately dry. Carbonation generates a subtle airiness for a soft frothy mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly roasty over sweet. Alcohol presence is low to none and the off characters are minimal with some minor oxidation creeping in due to its age. Altogether its a simple stout but lacking in that texture and flavor of oysters, with the dominant flavors being roasted malt and little else. To that effect, it's enjoyable, but not spectacular.

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Sep 11, 2014
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from the can into a standard pint glass. canned on date 11/19/12. interesting. a previous reviewer had one from 12/12, are them some old ones making the rounds recently or is this by design?

Looking pretty good, jet black with a less than 1/2 inch oatmeal head.

Getting malts on the nose, but not heavily roasted. age related perhaps? Did get some faint hits of licorice and caramel.

Tasty brew. I avoid shellfish, so have no idea what oysters taste like. This is quite a hearty beer. malts, dried fruit, sweetness.

mouth is a tad below medium. flavor certainly hangs around for a while.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. How would it taste fresher? If I come across one again, I'll give it a try.

May 04, 2014
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dheacck11 from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Old. Canned Dec 2012. Should you age this? I don't know. I did though. Accidentally.

Looks nice. Dark and black. Little lacy froth. A nice dark brown froth. A good froth.

Nose is wacky. Raisiny and sweet. From the age? maybe.

Taste is pretty good. Some chocolate. Some raisin. Some rum. Some espresso. No oyster.

Feel is like a thin syrup. Kinda weird but I kinda like it.

Need to compare to fresh. But with 1.5y of age on it (in a can) it's still a decent stout.

Apr 19, 2014
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Uanof from Texas

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: appears black with some caramel like tones as you approach the edge of the glass, tan head gone in no time, only a small lacing remains along the edge of the drink.

S: has a thick aroma of sweet and salty with some soy notes.

T: first to hit is a mild flavor of coffee followed by vanilla and some subtle salt notes as it warms.

M: the dryness of the salt hits at the end making it seem like a dry beer, but with plenty of body. Slightly chewy, pretty drinkable, and more and more dryer as you keep on drinking.

O: i believe this beer is pretty straight on with what they were trying to achieve. You have all the fundamentals of a stout, but once you add the oysters it adds a twist in the direction of the beer, as to say, from a dessert beer which would have been a regular stout, it went on to being an appetizer served as a taster to go with those delicious oysters you're about to suck on. If you're going to enjoy it, plan on having something else afterwards cause your mouth is gonna ask for it!

Mar 04, 2014
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Mosstrooper from California

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque black- no light coming through when held up to light. Large browned head has a lot of staying power and leaves behind a thick ring of lace when it does dissipate.

Smell: Roasted chocolate and dark fruit aromas backed up by just a touch of herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Begins with a light grassy touch, rounding out to chocolatey and burnt malt flavors. Finish has a bit more herbalness and is even more chocolatey. There is a slight metallic flavor toward the end which dtracts, but luckily is very fleeting.

Mouthfeel: Thicker body with just enough carbonation. Finish is thick and a bit oily.

Overall: This is a very good stout, but it's missing something to make it outstanding. Worth a try, and worth drinking again, but nothing to go out to find.

Jan 12, 2014
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alexk307 from Maryland

4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick black with a beautiful thin tan head.

S: Malt. Lots of Malt.

T: Chocolatey, and super malty. Sort of tastes salty/earthy but it's hard to explain without having an oyster stout. As far as the style goes this stuff is top notch.

M: Thick and delicious.

O: A great oyster stout. If you haven't had this style yet, seek one out; quite unique and delicious.

Dec 07, 2013
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Hopscat from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured can into snifter, nice looking , no notes so I could be skimming on this.
Smell was fantastic- dark fruits , briny tang, caramel malts
Taste is fantastic- don't know if this is best oyster stout tried but it's one of the tastiest stouts definitely has malt upfront raisins- chocolate with a nice tang from the oysters.
Mouthfeel seems spot on - medium bodied. Nice finish with carbonation right.
Heartily recommend

Nov 30, 2013
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 495 ratings