Review: Marooned on Hog Island, 21st Amendment Brewery


Marooned on Hog Island
21st Amendment Brewery — San Francisco, CA

Stats:
  • Style:  Oyster Stout
  • Bitterness:   Not specified
  • ABV:  7.9%
  • Malts:  Pale, Crystal, Rolled Oats, Carafa, Chocolate Malt, White Wheat
  • Hops:  Magnum, Willamette
  • Special Ingredients:  Hog Island Sweetwater Oyster Shells
  • Sampled:   12 oz. cans

Description:  "Exhausted by the tedious 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." — 21st Amendment Brewery

Random thoughts:  Marooned on Hog Island is part of 21A's Insurrection Series. It's sold in 4-packs and is priced similarly to 21A's year-round and seasonal 6-packs. I'm drinking it as part of my series on limited release beers. 

The tasting:  Dark brown in color (near black), with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and espresso. Taste begins with deep roasted malt followed by a prominent earthy hop bitterness. In the middle, dark chocolate and light brine are present. Alcohol is noticeable in aroma and taste. Marooned on Hog Island is medium bodied, has moderate to high carbonation, and finishes slightly sweet with roasted malt and light hop bitterness.
 
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  If I tasted this blind, I don't think I would have noticed the brine or oyster flavors. Regardless, this is a nice stout. I wish 21A released a version brewed without oyster shells. It would be fun to do a side-by-side comparision.

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1 comments:

Mark T. said...

I really liked this one. My first try of an Oyster Stout was a homebrew by the local brewery store owner with oysters from a local fish guy. I was scared of the thought of it, but it was great. I hear the oysters used in the brewing are to die for to eat.

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