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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Added by dbrauneis on 12-05-2012

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Photo of FosterJM
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)

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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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tumbler, the beer is a dark, creamy, opaque, brown to black coloring with a frothy, creamy, light tan colored head of about a half an inch. Aromas of coffee and cream first and foremost, with a touch of brine at the end. Very balanced nose. Flavors are very creamy, with a solid dose of brine and oyster shell in the backbone to blend and lighten the bitter, roasted coffee presence. Cream and mocha on the tail end of the palate, leading into a smooth, roasty, and slightly bitter aftertaste. Very smooth, creamy body throughout, with a smooth, sweet, slightly lingering finish. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of bsp77
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thin tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, minerals and dark fruit.

Taste: Rich molasses, chocolate and dark fruit upfront - semi-sweet. After that is when it gets really special, with a finish that includes a roasted bite alongside nice salty and mineral layers from the oyster shells.

Feel: While it is somewhat full bodied, it is much lighter and silkier than I expected. Finish dries off nicely despite the initial sweet taste. The almost 8% abv is completely hidden.

Overall: This is my first Oyster Stout, so I have no exact comparisons. But in terms of the broader Stout category, this is first-rate stuff. This is also the best beer I have had from the solid, but not usually spectular, 21st Amendment.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a St. Bernardus goblet. Canned on 19 November 2012.

A: A finger of fluffy tannish head fades quickly. The beer is black and opaque.

S: Rich and chocolatey. Lightly roasted malt and a whiff of something savory or wine-like.

T: Delicious! A really solid, very tasty stout. Chocolatey, lightly roasted, and well-rounded. I can't detect the oysters at all, unless it's the odd, lightly chalky aftertaste. This is a straightforward stout that has no obvious weaknesses.

M: Moderately creamy and pleasantly smooth.

O: Drinkable, tasty, enjoyable, and recommended. I will likely buy another four-pack.

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Photo of nosavingsaccount
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Dark brown and free from sediment. Off white head forms and leaves a little lace.
SMELL: Roasted, but also slightly fruity and a little musty.
TASTE: Well pronounced nutty and roasted flavor, touch of root beer, hints of alcohol but pretty tame. Mild hops presence with a restrained bitterness. This is a pretty well balanced brew.
FEEL: Full bodied, even carbonation, smooth and creamy.
OVERALL: A different take on a stout. Still dials in the right mix of flavors to be a palatable beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Trythemall
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is the stout for those who don't like stouts. A malty and complex taste that surprisingly ends clean. Bought this tasty treat at Hog Island Oyster Company for a whopping $35 for 8 beers, but wasn't disappointed. My girl and I enjoyed a bag of 50 sweet waters with this beer and it surprisingly paired well. I was told this was a limited run, I hope this beer continues on though. I have to say that this is possibly my favorite stout out there. If you have a chance to try this beer, I strongly suggest it. If you can get your hands on some Hog Island oysters, even better.

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Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark black with some red around the edges. There's a thick quarter of an inch of soft, brownish head atop which fades to a thin lacing in a few seconds. The aroma is a bit odd. There are some faint notes of coffee and roasted malts with some very faint underlying chocolate. What makes it odd for me is that I can actually smell something akin to fresh shellfish. The flavor opens up with dark fruit notes like raisins and dates. Then there is some chocolate, caramel and black licorice. Throughout all of these other more dominant notes, there are the typical roasted malt notes. The finish is a bit bitter and minerally and lingers on the palate. This is a full bodied beer with good carbonation.

This is definitely a different stout. It's not like your typical stout that is dominated by roasted malts. This one is unique but nonetheless delicious. I recommend this anyone who loves good beer and wants something a tad different.

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Photo of JohnF51
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm about to bump this bad boy's average up!

A: feel bad for the few that didn't witness this properly: mostly center-poured into a nonic pint, semi-translucent black-brown body with a fat head of an foam that persisted throughout and decorated the glass with lace

S: dark, roasty, smoky malt and sea salt

T: I was so delighted with the taste of this beer, I wanted to give it a 5, but as of this moment, it's the only "oyster stout" I've ever had, so I had to hedge my bets... briny dark malts and smoky roast with undertones of salted caramel and yes, oyster-i-ness.

M: medium-light (for a stout) body, puts a little stick in the corners of the mouth, smooth and mellow, mildly bitter aftertaste of salt and malt

O: this was a quick drinking stout - somehow light and refreshing, extremely drinkable, perfect abv - seriously delightful.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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