Marooned On Hog Island | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Marooned On Hog IslandMarooned On Hog Island

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Paccamacca
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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

The oyster stout poured out from a can. It was extremely dark in colour, yet had clarity to it and a reddish hue when held up to the light. Smelled of sweet malt. Clean. Had a rich taste of sweet almond, date, and molasses. Lingering mellow, roasty aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Spikester
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Walking Man shaker pint. One finger of tan head and some minor lacing. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate, and a whiff of sea breeze.
Taste is rich espresso with maybe a square of dark chocolate melted into it. Never tasted any real hop character within but plenty bitter from whatever source.
Mouthfeel was medium thick with minor carbonation. Leaves a medium dry bitter finish.
Overall a tasty brew and the alcohol is well hidden. As one who has eaten his fair share of fresh oysters both cooked and raw this beer only showed the oyster ingredient in the aroma. So oyster haters need not fear this stout. One of 21st Amendments better beers.

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Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 mntlover
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black but plenty of ruby notes around the edges. Nice two finger light chocolate head that laces fairly well.

Aroma is chocolate notes, smoked woody hints with dark fruits and hints of sea air.

Taste is nice smokey chocolate malts, almost like liquid smoke added almost tastes like it was aged on wood. Nice dry flavors maybe the smoke peat notes is making it woody. finish is dry with good fruity notes and briny oyster hints.

Mouthfeel is only about medium but smooth until the finish and the carbonation picks up to be peppy.

Overall I am enjoying this stout maybe just in the mood for one but its very flavorable with out being overly heavy. I nice July treat.

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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.

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Marooned on Hog Island

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Photo of meehandennis
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of augustgarage
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jwswigs
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
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