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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

332 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 120
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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 jcalabre:
Photo of jcalabre
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This Wyoming beauty pours black with a frothy brown head.
Aroma: The nose is roasty, with a definite smell of bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor: It has a medium mouthfeel with an almost oily texture. The finish is dry. This is a straight ahead, dry stout. It's very nicely done.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness pint glass jet black with no light getting thru,a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head atop.Wow,what deep mocha aromas,heavy roast intertwined with chocolate,very inticing to say the least,smells like a coffee house.What a creamy feel,almost feels like its nitro dispensed,very rich.Deeply roasted and quite dry on the palate,to me it has almost a dry stout flavor to it,light bitter chocolate underneath dark roast coffee.A great stout,it straddles a few different styles but whatever it is its great.

As it warmed more dark fruit made a presence making it more true to its labeled style.

Photo of MadScientist
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Black and opaque with a deep garnet showing on the edge when held to the light. The head is medium brown with mostly cream, compact bubble interspersed with some medium, soapy bubbles. it has an average retention period.

A: Rich roast, coffee and chocolate aromas at a medium-strong level along with a moderate caramel sweetness.

T: A great balance between medium-strong dark malt flavors, sweetness and medium hops bitterness. There are the dark malt flavors like in the nose with roast and coffee dominating, backed by some chocolate and caramel. There is a low citrus hops flavor. The balance is slightly towards the sweetness and the finish is medium. The aftertaste is of dark roast, a little bitterness and some slight charcoal.

M: A medium-full body and a slight creaminess with medium-strong carbonation.

O: A pretty tasty American Stout that I keep being inclined to call thin even though it isn't. It has good balance with a nice mix of dark malt flavors. Good enough that I'll seek out other beers from the brew when possible.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnGault1 for this traded bottle. Poured a black stout with slight lightness about it-not really viscous pour with that oily look. Smelled of toasted malt, chocolate, and maybe some darker fruits. Taste followed up the smell with a roasted coffee, vanilla flavor. Some dark bitter cocoa was there. I didn't pick up a lot of fruit but maybe a slight bit of caramel. Fairly full in the mouth but crisp for a stout. Hops are there but don't add floral or citrus maybe add to an earthy feel on the swallow. I could drink a few of these in a row. Nothing that will blow you away, but this is a well crafted, well balanced beer that highlights classic stout flavors.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A - Black as night with a nice one finger creamy tan head. A nice looking stout.

S - The smell is pretty average. I get some chocolate and some caramel.

T - Wow! this is a toasty stout. Roasted malts, chocolate and caramel.

M - Very smooth and balanced. Good carbanation on this one.

O - I really like this beer. I go to Jackson Hole once a year and I always grab a 6-pack when I'm there. I don't know much about the foreign export category but I imagine this has to be one of the better ones out there.

Photo of txbrewer
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Snake River site - "A rich, well-balanced foreign style stout with a huge amount of roasted barley as well as chocolate, black, and caramel malts." - That being said, if you don't drink coffee, you probably don't want to drink this beer. I have yet to meet anyone who likes this but does not like coffee (and I am not talking some frozen cream and sugar loaded concoction, I mean black coffee).

For such a dark beer it just looked clean in the glass, not cloudy or creamy - just clean. Heavy on the malt flavor while you taste a bit of the hops, it was mostly the malts comings through. I can only imagine what the place smells like when this stuff is cooking (and I think I would like it). While this would not be a regular drinking bottle for me, I would definitely look for this when I want something with good heavy flavor just to sit down and sip down.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Snake River Zonker Stout pours from the stubby bottle into my glass a deep black with a dark brown edge and a finger of light tan foam on top. Aromas of dark roasty, charred malts with plenty of chocolate in the background. Roasty, burnt coffee shows up in the background. Some hops are lurkin in there as well. Rich and malty goodness.

First sip brings a smooth, deep roasty malt character with a somewhat burnt quality to it as well. Chocolate flavors are there as well as a burnt coffee midway through..almost a tad smoky. Subtle bitter hops run in the background. It flows down with a touch of sweetness. Overall, just a solid, tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat chewy...good stuff overall. Doesn't ever get to be too heavy on the palate. Plenty of carbonation and a tad dry on the finish. Overall, this is a soild stout that I would easily grab if it was more readily available. Makes me want to try more Snake River brews. Thanks kmpitz2.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is black with a tan head it dissipates slowly leaving a very nice tan lace.
The aroma is sweet chocolate roasted only slightly but beautiful life a rich chocolate milk. love it
The mouth starts and continues smooth. The taste is a sweet stout starts with a creamy chocolate taste and has a slightly roasted taste in the middle it finishes with only a slight roasted taste that lingers nice....is definitely better on draft but still one of the best stouts

Photo of Jason
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a best enjoyed before date clearly printed.

Appearance: Ink black with a brown lace that does not fade.

Smell: Roasted coffee with a little sweetness, a bit earthy with a touch of hops also.

Taste: Full bodied, rich roasted barley palate with a smooth and textured mouth feel. Equal amounts of hop bitterness and flavour within different levels of this complex stout. Roasted flavours range from espresso to charcoal with a vague nutty back round and mild acidic twang. The twang seems to linger for a while with an earthy character.

Notes: A kick-ass robust style stout that would make any brewery proud to be the creators of such a fine beverage. It has over 16 awards for proof if my word is not enough.

Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a genuine motor oil pitch black. Cocoa head is short lived, fading into patchy lace down the pint tumbler. Aroma is complex and a delight to inhale. Bigtime notes of roasted coffee, lots of chocolates, cigars, fresh leather, and some vague citrus hops. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation, is thick and rich, and has some mild hops bite. Taste echoes the nose, for the most part, but with additional smoke flavors, some black pepper, and a hint of sour citrus. Quite complex, yet very well balanced. Finishes dry and slightly on the bitter side, with a smoked coffee aftertaste. This is everything a fine Stout should be, and the distinct hops presence adds an exciting and pleasant twirl.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a...uh...black...no....**BLACK**, crude oil color. Just the slightest amount of ruby red is able to penetrate the edges of this inky brew. Silky smooth layer of tan-colored head persists and clings nicely to the sides of the glass. Aromas are wonderful...chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee beans, caramel. Flavor follows nicely. Bitter chocolate, fresh coffee, roasted malts. Finishes with a slightly acidic-coffee flavor...dry, too. Definitely got better as it warmed. Quite tasty and a bonus for me in that it's available here in Richmond.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pure black with nice brown head (at first) and slight lacing. Looks almost Imperial.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, licorice, roasted barley, and a light touch of alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, with a light roasted and almost musty character. Fairly light bitterness at the end for an American Stout.

Feel: Low carbonation, pretty smooth, medium body that seems a smidgen thin for a Stout, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: While a nice drinkable, even delectable Stout, I would have preferred a little more body, roasted character or bitterness (or maybe all three) to elevate this above simply "very good" status. Still quite pleased overall.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby broown bottle with a twist-off cap served into a nonic glass.

Opaque deep brown mirky can catch a glimpse of large yeast particle when swiriling the glass. Generous pillowy tan head with very good retention leaving thick rings of lace down the glass.

Very nice fresh aroma roasty/smokey/chard wood with licorace/anise slightly vinious and complex.

Very clean heavily roasted tastes upfront,smokey woodiness with toasty sweet maltiness execellent balance with a crisp sharp cirtusy bitterness with astrigent chocolat overtones. very smooth with a nice creamy texture making for exceptional drinkability for a stout.very enjoyable with lots of complexity. Must try stout!

Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, gets your hopes up quite a bit with how deep and thick it appears. Good roasted malt smell, chocolatey.

Taste, a straight forward stout with no surprises. The usual coffee/chocolate blend, no spice, average hop presence. Not too bitter despite the coffee aspect of it. Hangs tough throughout, worth picking up a 6er of it when you can find it, which doesn't seem too often. Does everything well.

Photo of dwren89
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.

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black dark all the way through after a rough pour forms a standard sized two finger width head dark tan in color that as it dwindles leaves behind fine even lacing. Aroma: Robust milk chocolate creamy edge with coffee accents what an excellent smelling brew with just a touch of hops to balance. Taste: Ideal stout, Wyoming has it good robust sweet chocolate slight coffee very creamy just rolls along the palate bringing an immediate smile to this imbiber's grill. Does a finish a tad on the dry side with just noticeable amounts of alcohol session stout, pick this one up by the case you won't be sorry. Mouthfeel: Full body creamy texture doesn't even attempt to sit heavy with me what a perfect mouthfeel with dead on carbonation, great stuff. Drinkability: Perfect I'm a believer in the things I heard of this stout all expectations of this rare brew have been met, thank you for being available in Cleveland.

Photo of Schlafly33
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of pwoods
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours deep black with no visibility. 2 fingers of strong off white head rises with good retention. Patchy lacing.

S: Deep roasted, almost burn malts. Just a hint of bitter chocolate and some sweet molasses.

T/M: Roasted maltiness and grains are the main feature. Hops add a much needed bitterness to balance things out a bit. The chocolate however is almost unnoticeable. Body is pretty full with mild carbonation.

D: Pretty decent stout. Would liked to have seen a bit more sweetness. I have a few more in the fridge so I'll drink those but there are a bunch of others I think I'd go to first.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, from a Safeway in Bozeman, MT.

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight cola edges, and two roly-poly fingers of Brown Cow head, which leaves a stellar loose honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of roasted malt, chocolate shake, mild sour black fruit, and a somewhat metallic hoppiness. The taste is baker's chocolate duelling it out with the underlying singed malt, black fruit, mild cherry and overripe plum most prevalent, and earthy, mountainous (?), evergreen hops. The carbonation is average for the style, the body medium-full in weight, smooth, and aspiring to creamy. It finishes fairly sweet and malty, all assaulted at the core by a somehow gentle-seeming hoppiness.

I quite enjoyed my quick visit to the brewpub earlier this summer. Nice now to try one of their brews more tailored to a winter climate, as ours closes in. As for the beer - a lovely, dessert-tempting, booze obfuscating, Doonesbury-referencing(?), example of the style. Foreign to me, so, giddee-up!

Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Snake River. Review from notes.

A: Zonker is dark black with a dark tan head on top, decent retention leaving a small cap on top, which eventually becomes just a ring. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Some rich cocoa and mocha mixed with plenty of roast. There is a faint hop kick that comes in after. The roasted/toasty malts dominate the aroma though.

T: Charred/Roasted malt mixed with chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Has a definite bitter flavor to it. There is a little caramel in there as well that helps to balance the roast.

M: Medium to full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly easy drinking.

O: Liked this beer quite a bit. Well balanced in terms of flavors and very smooth on the palate.

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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.