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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

Zonker StoutZonker Stout

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305 Ratings

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%

Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, well-balanced foreign style stout with a huge amount of roasted barley as well as chocolate, black, and caramel malts. The intense roast character is the main attribute of this black colored beer. The alcohol content is 6.0%. Zonker has been recognized time and again as one of the top foregin style stouts.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Reviews by beerbrains:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Zonker pours like well used motor oil topped with a thin espresso like head.
The nose is mostly bitter chocolate and coffee.
The taste follows the nose closely finishing with the chocolate and some underlying smoke.
Where this beer really stands out is drinability. It is very mellow and easy drinking. I could drink several of these without getting bored or blowing my palate.
Drank this one on it's own, no food paired.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 06:51:57 | More by beerbrains
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-18-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 6-pack from the brewery

Black and opaque beer with a big, foamy tan head. Both retention and lacing are good. Aromas have toasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Maybe even a little smoke too.

The taste has notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Rich, it has sweetness but also carries a bitterness — more from the dark roast than from hops. Mouthfeel is creamy with a low amount of carbonation. The dry finish has flavors of French roast coffee and bittersweet chocolates.

Pumped to review my first brew from Wyoming! Export and Irish stouts are not a personal favorite of mine, but I'd say this is an excellent rendition of the style.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 03:39:58 | More by sommersb
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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04-16-2014 00:38:20 | More by MrBuckHigh
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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

04-14-2014 11:52:14 | More by harpus
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-17-2014 12:00:08 | More by trxxpaxxs
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-16-2014 02:08:08 | More by Juno_Malone
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4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, thick but not motor oil thick. Two fingers of tan head looks great. No light penetrating through this beer.

Smell: vanilla and roasty notes hit the nose straight from the pour. Smells exactly like a good stout should.

Taste: chocolate, roasty, perfectly balanced with hops. yumm. cant ecplain the taste very well but it is fantastic with fantastic feel as well.

Overall, this is my new favorite stout. SImply fantastic. I can easily see why it has won so many awards. This review does the beer no justice but just a great everyday readily available go to stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 01:30:29 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-17-2014 19:31:51 | More by jaymo18
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-14-2014 03:08:49 | More by BeerBucks
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-13-2014 01:29:57 | More by ctwybeerguy
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: ink black, opaque, dark tan head

Aroma: chocolate, coffee, and roasty caramel, clean yeast

Taste: great chocolate flavor that fades To caramel on the finish, with a semisweet coffee and caramel hint to it. Smooth and easy drinking. Exceptionally well balanced

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, thick, and soft. A great sipper with full body and low carbonation

Overall: Fantastic overall. Great semisweet chocolate with coffee and caramel hints. Well balanced, creamy, and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:43:17 | More by dwren89
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a six pack with a best before (not a canned on date) of 12-30-13. I poured this one into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Obviously a black beer. No light going through this one. It has a thin dark tan head. Laces a little bit.

Smell: Roast and char with some cocoa and vanilla. Maybe a hint on earthy hops. The cocoa is quite nice to balance the bitter. As it warms up, there is a husky grainyness that shows up.

Taste: Wonderful bittersweet cocoa, roast and ash. The creamy sweetness of the cocoa perfectly balances the bitter of the roast. This one really threads that needle so well.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful creamy mouthfeel with lower carbonation.

Overall: This is an amazing stout. I initially tried this one ten years ago, and did not like it for some reason. This was before I really knew anything about quality beer. I missed a lot of time enjoying this beer, and now I need to try to make that up again. This is an instant buy any time I see it. All of this in a regular release canned beer. It does not get much better.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 03:39:09 | More by kagent777
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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
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