Marooned On Hog Island | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dbrauneis on 12-05-2012

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133
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462
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
19.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 462
Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
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."
**

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Photo of Trentt2
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of Murphious
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.
Smooth.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -10%

"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.

21st Amendment Brewery's
Marooned on Hog Island
3.5/5.00

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Photo of MikeWard
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 thise by design?

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

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Photo of dheacck11
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Uanof
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of alexk307
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of JamesMN
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/19/12.

Appearance: Very dark brown, basically black, body with a silky two finger tan head.

Aroma: Generic stout dark malt. Not much there but pretty typical for the style if memory serves.

Taste: Very classic english stout flavor. Lots of semi-bitter dark malt giving some cocoa and coffee bean flavor. Mixes well with a light grassy/earthy hop character that doesn't extend much bitterness. Some metallic off flavor in there but possibly to be expected given the year its spent in a can. Not really getting anything from the oyster shells but I wasn't expecting much. Finish is lively with a good hop kick and the aftertaste is very dry with dark malt flavor. Not super robust for 7.9% ABV but not mild either.

Mouthfeel: A medium consistency with good carbonation and easy drinkability. Smooth body and feel.

Final Thoughts: As far as oyster/english stouts go, this one was pretty much right on the mark but not all the interesting. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

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Photo of trentbent
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- caramel, coffee, pours into a glass smoothly with a mild head, lighter color at the bottom but that could be the glass (this is my first beer review).

S- Caramel for sure. The sea salt aroma blowing in the wind on the rocks on the ocean shore on Hog Island, and some vegetal notes as well. Another reviewer said he's 'straining to get a good sense of the aroma'

T- Coffee, toffee, cayenne, oyster shell fruit jelly.

M- Smooth with a gentle fuzz that burps up later. Could use a little more body.

Happy I was able to try this beer and I certainly recommend it. The alcohol from this one is creeping up on me. I'm just starting to get 'into beer'. Thanks for reading!

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smells of coffee and slight chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with a chocolately aftertaste. Beer goes down smooth full body real creamy. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Hop_juice
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the can. Turns the rim of the can nice and dark. Strong coffee/chocolate flavor that melts into lighter roasted notes that finishes between a perfect blend of sweet and bitter. Oyster flavor is not apparent, or either contributes in a manner I am unable to pick up in. Overall impression is this is a very tasty easy drinking stout that helps me melt into the couch on a nice brisk fall evening, don't really care if I can't taste oysters because it taste so damn good without any sliminess.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich chocolate brown color with creamy tan head foaming up about 2 cm even with a gentle pour.
Aroma is dry cocoa and some light toffee mixed with just a hint of earthy hops. A little bit of plum or prune notes too. Mostly dry baker's chocolate though, no salty brine or anything like that from oyster shells.
First sip reveals a nice smooth texture with gentle rolling carbonation. Easy drinking beer.
Flavor is similar to nose advertisements with cocoa powder and roast malt and a little sweet toffee. Finish is slightly bitter but more coffee ground than hops, although again there are some earthy hops that come through after each swallow.
Well made easy to drink beer with no hints of the 7.9% ABV listed on the can.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure why, but I wasn't really expecting that much from this beer. As it turned out, it was a nice surprise. Fair amount of bitterness, just the right amount of dryness, some bitter chocolate tastes, and more complexity than you'd think. It looks great in the glass, and it drinks so easily. Yes, it gets a little more substantial as it warms, and from what I remember quite a bit so, but it still is a nicely balanced beer. Nice surprise.

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