Marooned On Hog Island | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Marooned On Hog IslandMarooned On Hog Island

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 485
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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Photo of JK4Stout
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one great beer. The smell alone is worth the price. Such a rich aroma of cocoa and molasses. Makes me want it in airfreshener form as well. Taste is no less wonderful; rich flavorful and sticks with you for a while after swallowing. I was very impressed with this beer...though I sure do miss Fireside Chat.
I must also add that 21st Amendment carbonates thier beer perfectly. I am very impressed with this as many other breweries...those much bigger and well respected don't even do it as well. Good Stuff out of San Fran.

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

Canned on 11/19/12

Dark dark brown, under an equally dark khaki head, that stays, goes all loose and stays some more. Very thick film, collar and bands of fine sheeting.

Light roastyness and toast on the nose.

Smooth in the mouth. This is a tasty stout with dark bread, light chocolate and cafe au lait flourishes. Near 8% and all of it is well hidden. Very enjoyable and easy drinking stout. One of my favorite brews from 21st Amendment. Worth a try if you see 4 packs of this in your local.

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Photo of BlueShirtMember
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish-black pour allowing no light to pass through. Little head, but what there was was thick.

S: Salty with a touch of roastiness and coffee.

T: Strong roasty flavor backed up by a bit of salt or brine. I didn't get the chocolate notes others did but that just might be me.

M: Pretty full bodied. On a second pour I got more head than I expected and it was very thick.

O: Stouts and porters are my thing, and this did not disappoint. Of the three or four oyster stouts I've had this is by far the best. Big props to 21st Amendment on another solid brew and for proving once again that beer can come from a can and still be awesome.

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

Poured from a can into a tulip.

A: pours almost completely black, just a little bit of maroon around the top when held to the light... Fat finger if khaki colored head, nice retention and decent lacing.

S: deffiantly smells a bit salty, along with my roasty and chocolate notes. Aroma remind me of oysters. Pleasant overall.

T: the ocean like characteristic follows through to the flavor, particuarly on the finish, but it is not overwhelming. The roast is toned down a tad from the aroma but is still present along with chocolaty notes. I feel like the oyster character becomes more evident as the brew warms. There is a bit if malt sweetness in the middle as well, that gets rounded out on the finish, overall thisnisna well rounded brew

M: on the heavy side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice slightly chewy mouthfeel overall...

O: this is a very solid oyster stout, or stout period, nice robust flavors all working nicley together and a bit of salty ocean oysters that add an interesting twist to the character, deffiantly worth grabbin a 4pk.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. cool-looking can with story and artwork-nice
Poured into a standard pint glass.
Pitch-black in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Subtle coffee and chocolate notes
Taste-Roasty, chocolatley, definite hops and a subtle briny-ness. Very tasty and well-balanced. Alcohol not evident for a 7.9ABV. Great character and flavor, in a can no less! A perfect match for roast pig, a loaded cheeseburger, or a plate of oysters. Highly recommended for stout lovers.

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

Nice little tale of two unhappy swabies on the packaging. A 21st Amendment tradition of putting stories on their beer. They bring us a different stout, an oyster stout. Not many of those around. Pours dark with a dense two fingered head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Nice amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Nice amount of roasted malt in the aroma. A touch of smoke and something faint that is reminiscent of the ocean.

Not as roasted in flavor as I thought it would be. More of an Irish stout type of flavor with a slight salinity in the finish. Dry with some dark bread and mocha notes. Some earthy notes rounds things out. No sign of alcohol or warmth.

Medium body that is deceptively easy to drink with the ABV this beer carries. Nice carbonation gives the beer a pleasant texture.

I thouroughly enjoyed this stout. Kudos to 21st Amendment to bring something different to the market instead of just another over-hopped, big, expensive stout.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A CAN into a regular kitchen glass. Picked this one up as a single off the shelf. Canned on 11/19/2012. An Oyster Stout brewed with Hog Island Sweetwater Oyster Shells. 7.9%. FRESH!

Marooned pours out dark, it globs out the CAN and looks a black shade in the glass. Up towards the close light a very faint speckle of light can creep through. A nice looking body with a inch of firm foamy tan skim that lasts. No lacing to speak of which is odd, thought id see some. Marooned has a magnificent nose. In this fresh CAN I get the sea, i get the stout, i get the roast. Oyster stout indeed. Also hinting towards some milk, cocco, espresso beans and vanilla bean. The taste is quite nice per the style. Reminds me of a sweeter Dry Irish Stout with more flavor and body and alcohol. The oyster plays apart in straying this stout from the ever growing group of other stouts out there. Taste include pretty much everything stated above in the smell section. The sweetness is there but not overbearing. A great mix. I pick up 21st Amendment products because they are not afraid to go there.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of soft and fine visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights at the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall light tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch of medium sized bubbles and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and light ocean brininess.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate amounts of dark roasted malts with just a subtle hint of chocolate. The finish of this beer is lightly briny and offers some light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Robust and chewy with light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable oyster stout that is more rich, complex, and chewy unlike some of the others that are usually more of a dry stout style. I wish the alcohol was a little more well hidden in the mouthfeel like it is for the smell and taste. Fairly easy to drink and one I will be happy to enjoy the remainder of the 4 pack.

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