Marooned on Hog Island Stout

Review Date 1/28/2017  By John Staradumsky


Oyster Stout! That’s what 21st Amendment Marooned on Hog Island Stout is. There are indeed many forms of oyster stout. Originally, the style emerged in England as a hearty stout that would often be served with a heaping plate of oysters. From my experience, they tend to be dryer and perhaps roastier than most stouts. Still, a stout needn’t be called an oyster stout to be suitable for serving with oysters; one of my favorite meals is a pile of fried oysters and a big mug of Guinness Stout.

Many people are under the impression that oyster stouts are brewed with oysters, though for the most part this is not the case. Swales Whitstable Oyster Stout is an example of an English oyster stout not brewed with oysters, while Blue Point New York Oyster Stout is an American version without them. Rogue Oyster Cloyster Stout is brewed with whole oysters in the shell. 21st Amendment Marooned on Hog Island is, as the label says, “stout brewed with Hog Island Sweetwater oyster shells”.

From the website:

Marooned on Hog Island is our Collaboration beer with the Hog Island Oyster Company. A rich and chewy stout brewed with Hog Island Sweetwater oyster shells for a silky, salty finish. Available now in limited edition four-pack cans and draft.

Ingredients, also from the website:

Bittering Hops Magnum, Willamette

Yeast Top Fermenting Ale Yeast

Malts Pale, Crystal, Rolled Oats, Carafa, Chocolate Malt, White Wheat

Special Ingredients Hog Island Sweetwater Oysters

21st Amendment Marooned on Hog Island Stout has an alcohol content of 7.9% by volume, and was running $6.99 a four-pack at Harry’s Market. My can is stamped on the bottle as canned on 08/11/16 and I drank it on January 15th, 2017.  

21st Amendment Marooned on Hog Island Stout pours to a jet-black color with a thick creamy tan head formation from my Fizzics system. The nose is chocolate and light coffee, and taking a sip the beer is quite chocolaty indeed, with powdered cocoa and chocolate pudding like your mom used to make with the skins. The roast becomes a little more harsh in the bitter finish. There’s a touch of alcohol warmth and a kiss of grassy hops at the last, too.

Do I get the oyster shells? I do. They’re subtle in a mollusk sort of way, faintly like smelling raw oysters on a plate or walking by a pile of shells on the beach. Very subtly so, mind you, but as the beer warms I got them. All in all, a very tasty beer indeed for the chocolate alone and the light oyster shell notes just add to the enjoyment.

Next time, I’ll try this one with a plate of fried oysters.

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned