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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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Added by dbrauneis on 12-05-2012

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 469
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, nearly opaque. Fairly thick tan head on the pour that recedes to wisps.
Smell: rich chocolate and a musky hint that must be the oyster shells. Makes for a quite rich and nice nose.
Taste: just as the nose advertises.
Overall: my first oyster stout so not sure how it stacks up. Quite enjoyed this. A rich and creamy stout with a little edge.

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

12oz can poured into a tulip.

Black with some translucency. 1-2 fingers of creamy, tan head.

Dark chocolate, brine and espresso.

Semi-sweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and a dusting of cocoa. Some brine and hints of vanilla. Finishes with bitter espresso.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

The brine is well incorporated and this drinks pretty easily at nearly 8%. This is a very nice Oyster Stout.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark black with a tan tint. Creamy 1 inch foamy head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, some sugars and molassess. Also has a saltwater/fishy aromoa mixed with a oatmeal stout aromoa.

Taste - Starts of with roasted malts and chocolate, then im guessing the oysters comes in and adds a mineral like flavor. This flavor seems to give it a flat, bold flavor, much like a aged oatmeal stout thats lost its flavors over time. Sugars are masked under the malts and oyster flavors.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets malts, chocolate and some oyster. Palate gets the same along with some sour/bitterness. The finish is malty, sour/bitter and dry.

Overall - Decent, my first oyster stout so was hard to review. Tastes like a aged oatmeal stout, were the main stout flavors are weak and masked behind the malts, and oyster. The alcohol is masked well also, making this really easy to drink, but left me wanting a real stout, big on flavors.

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

12oz can. Not overly thick looking, but black pour. No light gets through. Half finger of cream colored head. Retained and stuck to the glass a bit.

Aroma, light roast, caramel, chocolate and an earthy malt. Some cream.

Taste, roast malt up front, dark chocolate. Heavy minerally and even some salt like presence. Cocoa, peat, wood. Finishes with a hint of anise.

Solidly medium body. Carbonation is just barely higher than I would think ideal. No abv heat and very drinkable.
The Porterhouse and Harpoon oyster stouts are my only 2 to compare to this and this is easily as good as those. Definetely worth a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass. Half finger light bown head with decent retention and good lacing. Nice aroma of chocolate, chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of toffee. Flavor of roasted and charred malt, lighter chocolate, slight dark fruits; semi-sweet. Finishes dryer with more malt char, bitter chocolate and hops. Medium bodied. Nice flavor progression and use of charred malt. Quite enjoyable.

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

12 oz can poured into 16oz Deschutes pint glass:

A: Almost pitch black, but mostly a very very dark brown. 1.5 fingers of rich mocha colored head.

S: The briney, mineral like notes hit the nose immediately, followed by Chocolatey, bitter roasty and fruity notes.

T: Very creamy and smoothe. Chocolatey roast notes are prevalent, but it is not a bitter roast. Sweet, dark fruits and dark caramel.

M: Medium -full creamy body

O: Really creamy, chocolate roasts, with dark fruits. The oyster notes come through in the nose a bit as mineral like notes.

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Photo of ccrida
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, Marooned on Hog Island is blackish brown with a tan head leaving some foamy lace, a ring or two.

Smell is rich chocolate, some caramel.

Taste is more complex, there is some acrid char and bitterness to the caramel and chocolate notes. Drying alcohol character. There is a hint of salinity, but I question how psychometric that is....

Mouthfeel is very creamy, I think it's the most notable attribute of the oyster shells

Drinkability is pretty good, it's a tasty stout, nice depth, easy drinking, but full and satisfying. It is drying overall, again not clear if that's a function of the shells more so then the alcohol and water chem. Regardless, nice beer, great to see a canned oyster stout!

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

Great to see an oyster stout being produced en masse.

Not really sure where the oysters come into all of this, but overall the beer is quite hearty and rich. Kind of hits the mouth and doesn't really deviate from the initial flavor profile. But there is a rich malty thing going on with roasted tones. It's definitely a winter stout, and definitely something to sip and savor. One of the better offerings from 21st in as long as I can remember.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep-deep brown nearly pitch black brew with a one finger cream colored head. The head had a decent retention fading over time to give a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma was an odd mix of roasted, sweet and slightly sea like smells. The sweeter smells were of a chocolate and caramel nature with the “sea like” smells being of a saltwater beach like aroma. While saltwater like, it was not unpleasant and it actually melded quite well with the sweet and roasted smells.

Taste – The taste begins as most other stouts’ do, with a roasted malt and slightly sweet taste. The roasted flavors were a mix of toasted barely and some dark chocolate with the sweet being largely of a caramel nature. As the taste advanced however the roasted flavors begin to dwindle some with the sweet increasing slightly as a molasses and vanilla flavor come to the tongue. While this is occurring, there is also a more salty flavor developing in the taste. While light at first it gets stronger and stronger as the taste advances. In the end the sweet and salty tastes along with a nice roasted malt flavor have control over the tongue and leave a rather salty roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew was on the average side in terms of creaminess (maybe a little above) with a carbonation level that was average as well. Overall though I think the blend of medium body and medium carbonation suited the somewhat opposing (at least in feel) sweet and salty aspects of the brew against the roast flavors of the brew quite well.

Overall- A rather tasty stout. Although it is not something I would take again and again due to the slightly more salty nature in the taste, it is a rather unique and different flavor to try. This is one I think people should experience I they get a chance.

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Photo of BB1313
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/19/12. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours black with barely any light getting through. Nice fluffy khaki, off-white head which sticks around and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are full of dark chocolate malts. There's also a touch of sweet vanilla cream. There's actually alot going on with the flavors. Lots of roasted dark chocolate. Subtle hints of black coffee and smoke. Finishes bitter and slightly warm. The saltiness from the oyster shells are definitely noticeable. You can taste the ocean, in a good way. Mouthfeel is nice. It starts of light and almost watery, but it quickly becomes smooth and creamy, making it very easy to drink. There's a subtle warmth, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed.

This is a really nice oyster stout. There's alot to like about this stout. It just missed being something really special, but it's still executed accordingly and pretty unique. It's definitely one of the better 21st Amendment beers I've had. Nice beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown w/ burgundy highlight and thin tan cap

S-a sweet cocoa and salted caramel aroma w/ light pine hop scent

M-bitter and still semi smooth w/ light amount of alcohol w/ hints of roast and semibitter finish with subtle warmth of alcohol

T- taste is hoppy w/ mild caramel and spice -could be salty oyster shells? Perhaps w/ the hops giving a nice peppery accent and roasted bitterness adding a dry almost burnt flavor in the end notes

Overall a lovely roasty hoppy west coast take on the oyster stout style- a easy quaffer

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Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can. canned on 11/19/12.

A: not quite pitch black, but more of a dark, dark brown. big brown/white head starts things off. moderate retention, some lacing.

S: definitely has a mineral/ocean-like aroma. a little solvent. dark fruits. the mineral aroma is certainly the strongest.

T: a lot of roast and pretty dry. a vanilla-like artificial sweetness in the middle. the finish has a lingering ash-like flavor. minor smoke as well.

M: mild carbonation lets the slick and smooth body do most of the talking. medium bodied.

D: of all the oyster stouts ive had, this one is by far the most oyster-like. which is something I think a lot of brewer's tend to miss when making a beer in this style. glad there are mineral/salty/ocean aspects to this brew. if you enjoy this style, definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a black hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured lactose, cocoa and black malt.

The taste consisted of the same elements, with a tasty cafe au lair element countered by a dry black malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and hefty stout.

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Photo of Huffs
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown color with a caramel head. head was fairly thick, but dissipated quick for the style. Aroma was sour to woody, maybe even a bit oyster with definite malt overtones. Taste was malty with chocolate, toasty characteristics and a hint of smokiness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Dry but sweet aftertaste with a hint of hop.

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Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 19NOV12

Nice brown on black ale with a floundering sheet of light tan foam leaving a solid rim of the same. Smells slightly nutty, with roasted and toasted malts, a touch of cream, some vanilla and wood (uncharred), nuances of tobacco and oiled leather. Taste is nice and bready with cocoa, cream, leather, dark toasted malts, a little taste of ink and that's it - nice flavor. Full bodied with low carb and an off dry finish; really nice, creamy feel to it.. Nice beer, don't get any 'oyster' characteristics, but I didn't expect 'em. Nice stout though.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on a trip to Toledo, OH. Pours an ink-black color in the middle with very faint hints of dark brown around the edges; tan head fades quick and doesn't leave much lacing, if any at all. Aroma is surprisingly full of sweet malts; roasty on one side with some apple-juice and apple skin sweetness on the other. Light soy sauce-like aromas also come out more and more as the beer warms up - perhaps from the salty, brine-like character that may be from the oyster shells. Initial taste is some char, dark chocolate malts, roasted, and quite smokey. A brine aftertaste arises, a bit salty and seasoned like a musty sea deck - sounds off-putting, but it actually paired quite well with the smokiness of the beer. The liquid smoke flavor hung around until the very end, and an almost chipotle-like spice came out; wasn't very strong, and I may have the spice wrong, but it was pretty tasty. Medium-thick body, a little on the low side of the carbonation scale.

My first "oyster" stout - it was actually very enjoyable. I didn't know what to expect, so I didn't go into this one with high hopes and I was pleasantly surprised. A unique but nice combo of some sea creature flavors, brine, toasted cocoa-like malts, smoke, and light spice - I'd definitely have this one again if offered.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/19/2012.

Pours a very gluggy soft black color with a tough-to-form head of a mere half-inch height. Looks thick and gloopy.

Some streamline coffee and sweet brine notes. Gentle aroma offers some salinity and hints of smokiness, yet still sweet and malty. Minerally, too.

Sweet intro with malted sugars turns to bright salinity and mild coffee. The finish is a long-standing spicy bitterness that echoes with peat and aggressive roasty flavors. Maintains a creaminess almost all of the way through in the effect of coating the tongue. Very minerally without being earthy. You can almost taste the gritty oyster shells swimming in the brew tank. Mild chocolate and bitter almond also contribute. Carbonation doesn't get too perky, just some nice backwash after the swallow. The body is velvety, like beef stock. Really great mouthfeel.

It's a pretty impressive stout, although I feel it's more of an English Stout than an American one. I will definitely have to look to acquire a four-pack box for myself, as this is great drinking.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 11/19/12 (printed on bottom of can). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some oyster shell/brine. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the oyster shell/brine salty flavor is stronger in comparison. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. $8.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a dark brown/black pour with 2 fingers of tan head leaving behind tons of lacing. smells of chocolate, roasted oats and grains, coffee. the taste has a bitter roasty flavor up front, followed by chocolate.. the oyster shell flavor kicks in as the other flavors mellow out but is not off putting like it sounds. a very roasted blend of coffee, cacao, and toasted grains. medium body with moderate carbonation.. creamy mouthfeel with a chalky finish.

this is a pretty good stout. i've only had a few oyster stouts that i can remember off the top of my head, and have not been let down by any of them, including this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothed, light tan-hued head. A little spittle of lace on the way down.

Smell: Soundly malty with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and even a nice, nutty oat scent, with a far-off, skanky whiff of the sea.

Taste: Roast, baker's chocolate, caramel and an additional pinch of table sugar. Touch of nutty oats. Fairly sweet, really. Light dark fruitiness. Restrained hop character with enough bitterness to edge out the sweetness somewhat. A little bit of mineral, some saltiness from the brine quality. Roasty, chocolaty, lightly briny finish with still more of that sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Shell done, 21st Amendment Brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out looking really nice in my opinion. The beer is a very deep brown color with a great looking creamy tan head on top that leaves a killer lacing on the glass as well as a solid retention. The smell of the beer is lightly roasted with a few other earthy notes. The taste of the beer is subtle across the board with some chocolate, roasted malt and cream. There is also a solid amount of bitterness in the finish too. The mouthfeel is creamy, moderate carbonation and very drinkable. Overall it's a good brew in my opinion. I've always beer creeped out by the Oyster Stout concept but each one I've tried has been impressively good. I would recommend this one to others.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark red color. It's not very opaque considering it's a nearly 8% stout. It also seems to feature somewhat strong carbonation if I look closely in the glass. The head is a weak looking one finger mocha color with low retention.

S: Seems to be a sweet stout, with primarily chocolate, hazelnut, and faint vanilla. The oysters come through quite well, as a sort of salty, mineraly aroma. Could be a bit less metallic, but that's just nitpicking.

T: Surprisingly, the flavor is sitting on the opposite end of the stout spectrum of the aroma, with tons of roasted malts, lactose cream, and coffee. It comes across as smoky at times, too. After the initial finish, the mineral profile comes through. The flavor has a bit too much metallic presence to be great, especially on the aftertaste. Really, it just doesn't work for me.

M: Tingly and astringent. It seems dry at first, but after a while, the charred, metallic aftertastes seemingly introduces a syrupy quality to the texture that I'm not a fan of.

O: I like oysters. I love stouts. Sadly, I don't love this; even 'like' is too strong of a word here. Just too disjointed for my tastes.

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Photo of Kromes
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Dark black with a thin tan colored head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

Roasted malt, sweet coffee, chocolate, dark fruit.

More of the same in the flavor. A roasted malt and coffee flavor with some bittersweet chocolate. There is also a mineral flavor in the beer and a bit of salt. Finishes sweet, roasty, and salty.

Full body with low carbonation. Smooth feel to it. The alcohol is hidden and only shows up as a slight burn in the finish.

The flavors in this beer go well together. I like the salty element as it contrasts with the sweet and roasted flavors. There is a lingering mineral and brine flavor and feel that remind me of the ocean.

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Photo of thudstaffer
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A stout brewed with oyster shells, they say. Other oyster stouts are either meant to be enjoyed with oysters, or upon some deliberately inebriated intuition, brewed with whole oysters. So perhaps, this beer is the result of a more lucid concept, stout brewed with mineral and body-enhancing oyster shells (only), and therefore the most uniquely refined stout tasted in recent memory.

I do not want to delve too far into my deconstruction of why this beer is so enjoyable. Let the perfectly rich body and deeply flourished chocolate flavors guide your enjoyment. This beer is on the leading edge of the sub-outlaw ABV brew concept. Though below the guideline 8% (just barely) requirement of 'nuanced' (read: boozy) beer, this offering nails the "why I like to try new interpretations of obscure varieties" inducement. Retail: $2.79 single, $10.99 4-pack.

A: didn't see; enjoyed from the proprietary format. However, I do assume it is very dark. Will update my notes appropriately upon decanting my proprietary sample.

N: Dark chocolate, yeast, toasted barley.

T: Multiple levels of chocolate. Fruity to bitter, burnt to sweet.

M: Creamymmmm. . . . Nailed. Anyone, anywhere, trying to come up with the perfect richness:carbonation ratio ought to use this beer as a guideline.

O: If you've read this review to this point, you'll understand the enthusiasm. Buy it. Drink it. Enjoy it (that's the easy part).

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Photo of Beerlover
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first run with an "oyster stout " and i'd want no other brewery to break me in to a new genre like 21st amendment! The last beer I had by these guys was their first and only letdown to me (fireside chat, far too much spice!) but i was very curious about this one.

poured into a pint glass, very very dark brown, almost black with a 3/4 inch thick creamy khaki head. has an odd aroma, at first hard to distinguish, let this one warm like any normal stout... aromas of roast malts, some smokiness and saltiness, and as it warms i get some cocoa powder as well.

taste is good but different from anything i've ever had, very low carbonation, the feel of the beer on the palate is one of its best qualities, very smooth. the roasted malts are there, but i get no chocolate or vanilla or coffee, everything about this beer is subtle, which is great because it makes it very "drinkable" if you will (i still think thats a funny word to use when describing an easy to drink beer) the alchohol is completly masked, i'd guess it to be between 4.5 and 5.5 but its 7.9! There is also some subtle saltiness, overall a great beer.

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