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Marooned On Hog Island | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
488 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dbrauneis on 12-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,427
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
488
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
53
Trade:
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Ratings: 488 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into Cleveland Indians commemorative pint glass. Very dark brew, you cannot see through the glass. Picturesque head (made for a TV commercial!) remains for a while, small tight bubbles - "foamy", I'd say. Dissipated slowly.

Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Rich roasted malt.

Taste hits hard to start, then fades slowly. The coffee is prominent, sits on the tongue. The alcohol content is there, but not overwhelming. I'm not a big fan of oysters, and I don't get the taste of them with this beer - so no harm there. I also get a hint of burnt carmel - but the good kind, not the "my wife's trying to make Christmas cookies again" kind.

I don't recall having a beer that felt chalky. Although verrrry subtle, this one has a chalky feel to it. Weird. And like the foam, the carbonation of it feels like small tight bubbles. The malt seems to sit on the tongue for a longer time than most beers.

As far as I can remember, this is my first "oyster stout". While I'm not head over heels in love with it. yes I'd have this beer again.

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Photo of smonice
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC over the holidays...

Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Chocolate, slight roastyness, fades out somewhat as this warms, bummer...

T: Big time roastyness, a little bit of coffee, plum & baker's chocolate up front. Dark fruit & roastyness play off against each other as this warms, some chocolate & woody hops sneak in as well. Finishes dry, roasty, with a modicum of charcoal

MF: Fairly smooth carbonation , medium bodied, thickens up a bit as this warms

A nice roasty stout that pleased me quite a bit, ABV is concealed nicely

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Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a deep amber/near brown, with a several fingers of mocha head. Retains well, leaving back a good bit of sticky lace. The aroma smells of cocoa, coffee, ripe citrus and some mineral notes. Pretty straight forward. The taste is similar, with chocolate and light caramel sweetness, a twang of ripe citrus flavor, light earthy bitterness and roasted malts that leave this burnt in the finish. Like the nose, a light briny mineral character is present. Medium bodied with some prickliness up front that then gives way to more of a bubbly and creamy feel. This was decent. It’s certainly better than average but not exactly special enough to stand out either. It's still worth a look.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into tulip

Pours an inky blackness with a cap of darkly tanned head, dissolving fast into some wispy film. Streaky lacing runs down the glass while drinking.

Chalky chocolate malts in the nose with roasted tones and light sweetness. Hints of coffee beans and molasses with a touch of smoke and anise.

Semi-sweet dark chocolate up front with caramel and molasses. Hints of smoke and anise under the roasty malt tones with a dash of coffee. A bit sweet, but still pretty balanced with barely any notion of alcohol in the finish with lingering licorice and molasses.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, chewy and sticky on the tongue. Pretty bold, robust stout with a little more to offer than I might have expected.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown but light will pass along the edge. Initial the beige head leaves a blanket of lace. Toward the end, it leaves spots.

Creamy initial aroma. A mocha smell appears after about a minute after the pour.

Tastes like a dry stout with a touch of smokiness. Straight coffee up front. An easy stout to drink. Fuller body than most stouts. The carbonation is slightly lower.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep cola color, verging on black. Soft tan head that dissipated quickly, moderate lace.

S- Sweet malt, molasses, and notes of corn syrup. Slight mineral notes as well.

T- Bright and slightly salty notes on the front end. Middle notes are of roasted barley, and touches of dark chocolate. This fades to a roasty and slightly dry bitterness, slightly char-like.

M- A touch on the light side. It does have a nice lingering taste that makes it very pleasant to drink, and helps round out the feel. But a little thiner than I prefer for stouts.

O- Great overall beer, love the slight mineral notes brought by the oyster shells. It is fairly complex, and very drinkable. It is also notable that it is almost an 8% alcohol beer and drinks like a 4% stout. 21st amendment rarely disappoints.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always excited to try an oyster stout. A part of me is always hoping to find some weird stout with an odd taste of salty oysters...as if that would somehow taste good. Every time though, I am disappointed. Let's see how this does...

A-Very dark brown with a nice thin tan head

S-faint scent of chocolate dark roasted malts with maybe an imagined scent of saltiness.

T-Eh, once again I'm disappointed. It isn't a bad stout at all though. It comes in with a good flavor of chocolatey grains. It's an authentic and natural flavor that really hits the spot. the after-taste is matching with MAYBE, just maybe a hint of brinyness, but it might just be my hopeful imagination. It's a solid stout though. Maybe a slight metallic flavor to it

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-This is a really good stout despite failing to meet my expectation. It's got good, solid flavor and it's very drinkable. It bridges the gap between Imperial and not. I'd recommend it to others, I'm sure it's something I could have a lot of.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz canned November 19, 2012. Served at around 50F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown/beige head that recedes to a wispy cap but leaves nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is roasted malts, strong black coffee, nice briny mineral-type notes, earthy, some chocolate. Very good strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, quite a bit of the oyster’s briny/mineral influence in the flavor. Really nice base stout. Moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, mild to moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, smooth, moderate to good carbonation.

Realllly nice oyster stout. Perfectly balanced. Excellent base beer, oysters don’t overpower nor are they too mild. Really good.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1709th Review on BA
Can to plastic Dixie cup (clear)
12oz

Canned 11/19/12

App- This poured out a coffee looking brown with some reddish edges. A smaller 1" tan head was there and receded quickly. A good amount of lace and cling around the edges and down the glass even for a plastic cup.

Smell- A lighter aromatic stout even with the additional additives from the oysters. Had a lot of roast and chocolate behind it with what I would call an almond like nose.

Taste- A nice stout. Was chocolate and roast without being too overly done. The oyster flavored stout doesn't really have a overly briny flavor but instead is tempered out my malts. As well the ABV is quite hidden and didn't get a large flavor from this either.

Mouth- A larger medium body with a creamy body. The carbonation was a bit of a smooth medium. Residual chocolate and malts remained and maybe just a bit chalky.

Drink- Well as always, can't get 21st in So. Cal so when in Nor. Cal, drink local!

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Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm almost beginning to think oyster stout should be its own style; then again, do we make a style out of every element put into a beer (in this case, a sub-style, since I've only seen oyster in stouts). Maybe when oyster becomes as commonly used as pumpkin. Regardless, 21A does a good job with the information, giving the entire backstory on the can. I also appreciate that they really do give credit where it's due as a collaborative effort with Hog Island Oyster co., being referenced in the info, in the description ("Stout brewed with Hog Island sweetwater oyster shells"), and in including the companies logo along with theirs on the side of the can. Kudos to class.

It's not quite a black brew, being appropriately dark for the style and allowing a deep brown hue through the thickness. They're not getting carried away by giving it the body of a Russian, and they shouldn't. The beer grows a nice, creamy light brown head nearly two fingers tall that retains itself for several minutes and fades to a foam, but never quite entirely. On the way down, it leaves a thick layer of lacing at the top and drops rings and spotting between to just past halfway down the glass. This is a beer with which I might be torn between 4.0 and 4.5, so it's also my first beer with a 4.25 appearance. It's the little things,
The aroma is very much to style with nothing off-putting. The few oyster stouts I've had tend toward a predictable saltiness and a metallic element one might expect, the best ones doing well to overcome them but still perhaps almost giving off those notes, or keeping them to a minimum. I think this is where it was a fantastic idea to use the shells, just giving this beer a bit of the overall effect without the weirdness that may accompany. Some might want a little more oyster, and I can understand that; it ends up being very subtle. But it's better than overdone, and it meshes well. In both the aroma and the flavor, I assume chocolate malts are used as I get that note with just a light accompanying sweetness that's not too much to blend well. The roasty element is also there. This beer is a bit earthy and, while it's not too sweet, it's also not charred or bitter. In fact, it's very well-rounded. It might have higher ratings if it were EXTREME or if it were heavier, but in fact it's got as much balance as I think it could, is well-rounded, and is not light but mild while still being flavorful. "Stout" doesn't mean "huge", and I think they nailed it. Again, the only thing is that some might expect just a bit more oyster.
The mouthfeel is good, on the less extreme side but plenty full-bodied with a nice thickness that isn't choking. It has just the right, low level of crispness that's enough to add some life, and the underlying smoothness is good. A little alcohol peeks out and seems to thin it toward the end of the sip, but doesn't do much damage.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Marooned On Hog Island from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 488 ratings
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