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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

317 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 109
Gots: 11 | 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.

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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent me a beer from Wyoming. Finally another state to knock off my list. This is actually my first beer in three days, and I sit here this afternoon and enjoy it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/15/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown in color, nearly black with no light shing through on this one at all. Nice small head of tan on top that settled down to nothing, but did leave a little big of lacing on the sides and bottom.

The aroma was rich roasted malts, touches of molasses and a hint of light smoke and chocolate. More of the same in the flavor as a light sweet flavor wrapped over the tongue. Smooth, mellow carbonation let that light smoke flavor set it and gradullay mixed with a light molasses flavor and a smooth dry finish. Easily a nice, warm session stout I had no problem with putting this one down.

Overall a very solid little stout, and a nice little afternoon snack. I would have no issue having this one again or trying another beer from snake river.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 21:46:12 | More by mikesgroove
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "Oct drink by" on label, poured into glass

A - Pours a thick oily black with a thin, yet foamy coffee colored head. A little retention and lacing as well.

S - Plenty of roasted malts along with dashes of caramel and chocolate.

T - Holy roastyness! This kicks off with a ton of warm malts, which slowly gives way to flavors ranging from coffee to cocoa. A dry finish envelops each and every swallow.

M - The flavors are pretty bold but Zonker avoids becoming too clunky or heavy while drinking. It's dry, medium-bodied, and goes down smooth.

D - Easy drinking here, especially for a stout. 6% abv is almost a relief amongst so many crazy booze loaded imperial stouts.

A really nice dry, tasty stout here from Snake River Brewing. It's too bad I can't snag some more of these, because I'd definitely pick up a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:34:59 | More by xnicknj
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Managed to find a single bottle of this in a health food store. Go figure.
Appearance- Pours a pitch black with slight brown lacing that clings stickily to the glass. No way you're going to see through this one.

Smell- Nice, slightly sweet malts with a bit of coffee and light chocolate.

Taste- A slightly bitter balance to the malt sweetness that hangs on the tongue for quite a while. Kinda nice. Not much dominates. Hopped well enough to be balanced with the malts. I'm a fan of the bold and wish there was something here that stood out and slapped me in the mouth. Not a put down at all, it's a great beer.

Mouthfeel- Slick and clingy. Very nice.

Drinkablilty- I would definitely buy this one again. Not as good as Storm King, but what is?

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 00:24:36 | More by kirok1999
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a highly blackend color with a small ring of off-white/beige head.
Smell is very sweet with some high roasted malt character in the aroma.
Taste is well roasted-some coffee and caramel throughout the flavor profile.
Finish is very dry with a sweet, candy like after-taste.
Drinks solidly-no boozy quality to this brew-pretty smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 22:22:18 | More by ThaBobfather
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Snake River Zonker Stout

Thanks to Dr. K for the can... I poured this into a CBS snifter lightly chilled.

A) As dark as a dark brown can be, so pretty much, it was black. A nice creamy mocha head. Nice retention and lacing.

S) A fair amount of roast, light coffee, milk chocolate, and a whiff of caramel sweetness.

T) The taste is very near the nose, with the exception being a lingering hop bitterness, and a little charcoal. I didn't pick up on any of that in the aroma.

M) Full bodied with light carbonation. This is soft and quite smooth. Even better at room temp. Slightly bitter, earthy aftertaste. Dry finish...

O) I cannot recall a beer I've enjoyed more from the State of Wyoming.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 23:49:34 | More by RoamingGnome
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:29:01 | More by biboergosum
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with some moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation at the surface of the beer and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to

S: Moderate aromas of roasted dark and chocolate malts along with a light amount of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with some slightly lighter flavors of chocolate malts. Light notes of earthy malts that contributed to the overall moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very easy to drink, is well balanced, and has a moderate ABV making it pretty darn close to being sessionable for me. I like the roasted flavors of the malts and it is definitely an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 02:54:28 | More by dbrauneis
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice thick black looking brew. Rocky brown head with some lacing as it went down.
Smell of cocao and coffee, some plum and biscuit. A hint of bite from malted hops.
A good taste. Just the right amount of cocao and coffee, but a bit thin compared to its appearance. The dry hops make it feel like there's a wad of powdered cocao on my tongue, interesting.
A good brew overall

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 00:34:39 | More by Mebuzzard
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a black colored body with a finger of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind a thin wall of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are the dark and almost burnt malts coming out of my glass. theres also lots of both milk and dark chocolate. a strong coffee finish.

T- the taste is much like the smell. very dark and almost burnt. full of milk and dark chocolate. a strong hoppy/coffee finish. bitter and dry.

M- medium bodied and could be a little thicker. a nice low level of carbonation. leaves my mouth dry.

D- theres a lot of flavor packed into this almost sessionable bottle of beer. very pleasantly surprised. ill try to get my hands on this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:45:41 | More by jwinship83
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours motor oil black with ruby highlights when held to the light. The dark brown head is very small and does not last long at all. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and some sweetness. The flavor is coffee, slight chocolate and roasted malt. The body is medium. The finish is dry coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 00:33:55 | More by GCBrewingCo
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mikeyv35

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/28/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glass: Chimay Chalice

Pours dark as night w/ a 1 finger tan head that produces pretty heavy lacing. Aromas of chocolate, a touch of molasses, charred malts, and biscuit. The taste was light chocolate, molasses, breadiness, char, and ever so mild hop bite. Thin to medium bodied. Very easy drinker.

Overall, foreign-export stouts are not really my thing, but it fits the style category perfectly. Also, this is the best example of the style I have ever had!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 16:10:58 | More by mikeyv35
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Murph

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with only the slightest bit of light creeping around the edges and a nice creamy brown head that slowly sinks and leaves minimal lace. Huge roasted malt nose with big coffee characteristics and an nice burnt background. The taste is more of the same on the tongue with a starter of slightly sweet malt that soon turns bitter with a big roasted malt bite that is somewhat like a nice dark roast coffee. The roasted flavors fade towards the finish as a nice burnt flavor comes in and lingers slightly just to remind you what that last taste was like. The mouthfeel of this brew gets better and better the longer it sits as it becomes a bit smoother and seems to almost thicken into a medium heavy body. A very drinkable stout that would be great on draught and is sure to see some more time in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 09:15:40 | More by Murph
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Dense head fades at a moderate pace, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is dark malts, light chocolate and coffee tints. Taste matches the nose perfectly. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is quite good. Nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 21:55:10 | More by ppoitras
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flexabull

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great looking stout. Big tan foamy head, and deep black color.

Beer has a roasted coffee like nose, also some dark roasted malt sweetness... nice aromas.

Flavors are of bitter chocolate, some hop notes, and a hint of roasted malts on the finish. Pretty clean tasting.

Mouthfeel is the only real weakness for this beer. It just seems a bit too lean for a stout, beer is a bit light tasting on the front.

Tasty stout. I like the bitterness, and coffee like notes. A well done stout that'd I'd have no problem drinking again. Good stuff.

Thanks Wasatch for this very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 01:57:45 | More by flexabull
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FirstMan

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Knuckles picked this up for me in Montana along with a number of other delicious beers. Many thanks yet again for Knuckles and his 2005 beer safari.

Pours a very nice, deep dark brown - almost black from the squat bottle that I had. Overall the coloring was good, but I can't say that there was really anything to set it apart from other nice American Stouts that I've had. A coffee-colored head of tiny, round bubbles came up, but didn't linger quite as long as I had hoped.

Smell is wonderful on this one. Coffee, smoke, with a somewhat sharp woodiness to it. There's malt in there for sure, but the thing that gets me the most are the sharper elements in the nose.

Taste is good, but just a tiny bit disappointing after the nose. One thing I can say for sure is that this beer warms up well. My first sip didn't have the same kind of malty tones that my later ones did. Definitely there are notes of chocolate and smokey grains in there, but these are a little weak until the beer has had a chance to warm up.

The initial mouthfeel of this beer when it's cold may be its weakest point. It's almost too dry for me. I like an American stout to give you that creamy rich malty mouthfeel and this one didn't really get there until after it had warmed up a bit and then only a little.

If you like a dryer stout, this may not be a problem for you at all.

Overall this is a really good stout and one that I would have absolutely no problem drinking on a regular basis. I'd just make a point to let it sit for a few minutes before I started.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 16:46:16 | More by FirstMan
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09/04/05- On tap via samplers at the Snake River Brewery in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- Two 5oz samplers via the tap.

Appearance- Deep black color with a light chocolate brown colored head. Excellent lace.

Smell- One of the best scents from a stout I have set my nose upon. Huge hit of burnt coffee grounds, plus some dark chocolate and cigarette smoke smell.

Taste- Super deep burnt flavor. Large smoky taste as well. First you get the coffee grounds, then the rest is mostly smoke flavoring. I would almost put this in a smoked beer category.

Mouthfeel- Super smooth, close to velvety. Very small carbonation effect.

Drinkability- Not a huge fan of the smoke, but it worked fairly well with this beer. Lots of flavor in this one for sure.

Serving type: cask

09-05-2005 19:35:46 | More by GClarkage
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karengarys

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours like motor oil with 20,000 miles on it - just like a stout should. Few bubbles, which dissipate rather quickly. The foam ring laces the side of the glass.

Smell of coffee. Some chocolate, some "bitter".

Tastes quite coffee like, but hints of carmel and unsweetened chocolate come through, along with, to me, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy for a stout.

Decent body. Not thin.

The finish is very creamy, chocolatey, and at the very end some dry hops come along and clean the pallette, leaving the empty mouth with a clean fresh taste.

This is really good, I recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 01:43:08 | More by karengarys
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this bottle poured at a restaurant, so the total lack of head may not have been the fault of the beer. It is jet black with the slightest dirty-white lace.
The smell is amazing: a little black licorice, lots of molasses and ending with a little smoke.
Great tasting too, following the smell: molasses, mild hop bite and more molasses.
It seemed crisper than normal for its style and lots of carbonation.
Overall it is a great stout, though the mouthfeel was off-style.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 23:22:40 | More by Fatehunter
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Brent56 for letting me try this one at the Carolina Brewmasters BBQ. Although way too hot to be drinking too many stouts, this one really was nice for the style. Very deep and dark color and bit more carbonation than expected. Nice smooth mouthfeel and (proabably) easy to drink more than one given the right setting. I will keep my eye out for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 21:08:43 | More by Backer2004
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular glass from a bottle notched best by March (drank on April 5th). Poured a very dark opaque black with a nice thick foamy brown head. Head lasted the whole glass with lacings towards the end. Aroma was slightly sweet, but had a definate burnt malty oatmealy to it. Tasted of sweet, chocolate, oats. Very easy to drink. No bitterness or excess carbonation. Very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 00:51:16 | More by mountdew1
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tedpeer

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured black with a huge tan head that settled to an eighth inch layer. Lacing to the end.

S - Roasted/smokey.

T - Roasted. Coffee, chocolate. Smoke? Minor bitter in the finish.

M - Thin to medium. Good carbonation.

D - Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:41:09 | More by tedpeer
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice stout that impresses with decent flavor and great mouthfeel. The deep, rich, dark body is full and quite creamy, almost syrupy in feel and coats the glass very liberally.

The nose is light and gives off coffee and roasted malt sense. The taste is mostly coffee-like with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts. The drinkability here is quite nice as the ABV is low for the style. Overall a very nice beer with less head and lace than expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 03:27:23 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beautiful beer. Pitch black. One finger creamy dark brown head with great retention. Nice aroma is a blend of chocolate malts, roast malt and java. This has a nice creamy, silky mouthfeel. Body is pretty full. Maybe medium-full. Taste contains a lot of bittersweet chocolate attributes and roasted bitterness. Some slight coffee tones are detected also. I think I'm picking up a significant hop bitterness here also. Pretty nice brew here.

Thanks to Cokes for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2002 21:28:38 | More by Bighuge
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csmiley

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to colts9016...

A - Pours pitch black with bareley a sliver of dark brown that show around the edges. This one looks darker and thicker that some Imperial Stouts that are out there. The thick tan head tops out at just under two inches. It takes on a rocky look after a minute or two and then the waiting game begins. Retention is pretty crazy for this beer. Lacing is also plentiful. Very nice.

S - Aroma has a nice sense of balance to it. Kind of tough to pick out a beginning and end. Every thing just kind of hits the nose all at once...but in a good way. Charcoal and milk chocolate come through on the first sniff. Chocolate and alcohol come through on the second whiff. That's really about it. I like it.

T - Starts out with a nice toasted / smokey flavor that stays throughout the flavor. Espresso shows itself about midway and then wham! More espresso. This is a nice touch that works well with my palate. Some dark fruit finishes it off. It's hard to pinpoint but here goes...plum and what I'd have to say comes close to fig. Plum easily has the upper hand though. Interesting.

M - Pretty full bodied overall. It almost has a chalkey feel. Carbonation is a little overdone. Finish is very dry with a slightly sweet ending.

D - Drinkability is well above average. With less carbonation, I could drink this beer all night with no problems at all. The alcohol is masked pretty well and the combination of flavors really has a nice balance that I don't come across too often. It's good enough to make me want to seek out more of this beer and other selections from Snake River. Highly recommended for any stout lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 05:37:41 | More by csmiley
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 can into Tulip. Poured about a finger of good lookin mocha head. Body is black of course. Goes to about 5ml to see any light through it. The smell is very foreign/oatmeal stout like. Smooth chocolate is how I would describe it. Nutty. Not really my style. Flavor is full and easy drinking. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Slightly bitter. Some cream. The mouthfeel is great. Tons of carbonation (but works for the beer) and slightly thicker body.

Overall this is such a drinkable beer. I would compare it to Ten Fidy in that why wouldn't you pick some up when it is on the shelf?

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 06:52:23 | More by RuckusDu
Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.