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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

234 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 421
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 143
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States | website

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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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Reviews: 234 | Hads: 421
Photo of aggiearcher13
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours quite dark, very tan head.

S: Coffee, roast, some smoke perhaps.

T: Very large coffee component, roasty, seems like smoke but I don't think they used a smoke malt. Finishes very clean.

M: Pretty good, I wouldn't mind a little more body but I think for the style it works.

D: Very drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a deeply browned, pale cocoa colored head. The beer is a near jet black color that doesn't allow any light to pass through its depths. The aroma smells nicely of richly toasted whole grain, lightly of dark coffee notes and amply roasted malt are all quite noticeable. A touch of roast grain chalkiness finds its way in towards the end of the nose and some alcohol notes produce hints of Bourbon somehow. This is a pretty straight forward roast smelling nose, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of dark sweet malt character based on the nose and in fact reminds me of a super roasty Irish Dry Stout (we'll see if the taste bears that out).

Dry and roasted tasting, burnt grain notes linger on the palate after my first sip and make this finish even drier. Quite smooth tasting, but also very light bodied, this beer is quite quaffable; it is extremely light bodied in fact and definitely much like Guinness in body, though it has worlds more flavor than that beer. Flavors of darkly roasted coffee, roasted whole grain bread crust, unsweetened cocoa powder and some roasted grain husk flavors. There is a touch of burnt acidity to the finish, but only a touch; despite the ample roast character this manages to not be overdone at all.

This is a nice, simply focused stout; it showcases dry, roasted grain flavors without getting too harsh, too bitter, burntly acidic, or astringent. Very nicely done, I could see myself quaffing a few pints of this beer quite easily.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a glass o' road tar. In other words, it's very dark. Thin and quickly diminishing head. Satisfying coffee/roasted barley aroma, and a nice hops/malt balance made for good drinking. Glad I got a sixer of this. Unfortunately my dad cleaned me out when he was visiting from CA and sealing our driveway!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from RobertDale, Big thanks for helping me acquire this!
Dark brown/ black color with a huge frothy tan head that persists forever. Roasty light fruit and earthy with touch of caramel and chocolate. Creamy thick body with a light level of carbonation. That's a pretty good stout right there.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color, appears black in the glass. About one inch of tan head forms, nice lacing and retention. Looks pretty appealing.

Smell: I get a lot of chocolate-like malts, with maybe a hint of roast. Light hops as well.

Taste: Chocolate malts,a hint of coffee, and light roast. Moderate amount of hops on the back end. Coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied with high carbonation. Fairly smooth drinking, but would like to see a bit more body. Not going to lie, when I drank this I was under the impression that it was a regular American stout, and wasn't overly impressed. Once I found out it was brewed as an export stout though, my estimation of it went up quite a ways. I ended up increasing my score a pretty decent amount. Overall, a pretty damn solid export stout that I would have again.

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Photo of jellikit
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark. Black. Red hue on edges when held to light. Thin head with small bubbles. Thin lacing clings to glass.

Smell: toasty, roasty, smokey.

Taste: chocolate malt and roasted barley are balanced well to give it a smoothe roasted and dark malt flavor. Hops match well with malts. Balanced well.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-low carbonation. Dry with a slightly sweet beginning. Thick, big body. Think Kim Kardashian.

Overall: this is a good example of an American Stout. Not great, not bad. I would drink it again.

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Photo of crhensel
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle into English pint) Pours a velvety black with a small tan head that fell fast, except around the edge of the glass, leaving a nice lacing as it went. Aroma is, as expected, of the roast with some hints of chocolate and a slight hint of smoke. Very smooth in the mouth, there is a little more jump to the carbonation than I expected, but it helped to pull the nice roast chocolate flavor forward, as well as a bit of a sharp hop bite, which was a pleasant surprise. I would have liked a little more of a sharper finish with that bite, but the flavor just seemed to linger a hair too long. Not the best example i have had of the style, but FAR from the worst!

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute perfect thick oil black with a massive one inch thick chocolate brown head. Nose is very enviting with zesty smokey malt, and tones of chocolate. Nicely aromatic. Enters the mouth and coats the tongue with silky black maltyness. Slightly soured bitter twords the end of the palate. Lacks the richness that I would have expected from a stout this dark, but not bad. Hints of sweetness do exist. Thes is really decent for a low doe stout. Very drinkable and a nice surprise considering the price. fineshes to a belly warming crisp dark bitter.

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Photo of apasternak
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trying to get a beer from every state and was shocked that my 2nd to last state had something this good. Dark bitter chocolate flavor was really prominent in this. This was definitely delicious!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost jet black in color. Small tan head on top. Low aroma-very coppery smelling-think penny! Deep, rich flavor. Heavy roasted tatse. Almsot a celery-like graininess to it. Slight burnt taste. Good full mouthfeel. Finish is rather dry. A decent stout for sure. The aroma is almost too much each time I raise the glass but the flavor more then makes up for it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

504th review on BA
Bottle to snifter
12 oz
Best by June, 2011

App- A nice dark garnet with chocolate brown highlights. A nice one finger head and sticky lace all over the glass.

Smell- Very bright hops with grains, mostly oatmeal and chocolate. A little espresso I feel was detectable.

Taste- At 1st sip this was very bitter. The hops came next with a little creamy chocolate and followed up with a lot of espresso and coffee.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very bitter on the finish.

Drink- Glad I got to try it and tick off another state. Was a bit spritzy and bitter for me, but seeing as its a foreign export, kind of expected that.

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Photo of ditmier
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Bottle - Pours black with a small tan head...aroma is toasty malt, white chocolate, fruit...flavour is nicely bitter on the front end, very dry, char char bitter, dry fruit but not malty...smells bigger than it tastes, but is still very nice...way to go wyoming...

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Photo of jhammerly
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a notch in the month of Jan. on the label. Compliments of JohnGalt1.

Near solid black body with a frothy, mocha head. Roasted coffee aroma, and the same goes for the taste. Aftertaste of coffee flavors lingers on the tongue with some hop bitterness right before. Good carbonation. Not a heavily bodied beer. A very nicely balanced stout that is extremely drinkable. One of the better stouts that I have had in awhile that didn't have "Imperial" or "Russian" in the name.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brewery known for this product alone. I found it a competent stout compared to what I had before in the style, and just a better than average brew. Syrupy, some sourness, not watery but not a full mouthfeel either. Picked up at Lina's this week near Cleveland, expiry date March. Now, if this is the past March, because they seems to have a fresh stock of beers from everything else I have seen, it shouldn't be significant.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black, and lets absolutely no light through. A fairly impressive looking one inch caramel colored head, but fades away too quickly. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and just a hint of smokeiness. All those notes come back in the taste, along with some bitter chocolate. Dry finish, low carbonation. Drinks very thin, combined with almost no trace of the 6% ABV = good drinkability. Overall, a very average American Stout. Would drink again if offered, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

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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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black, black with a dense brown head that falls with gobs of sticky lace left behind on my glass.

Aroma is roasted malts light coffee and light chocolate flavors mingled together with some light citrus hops.

Taste is nice roasted malt some epresso and dark chocolate intermingle but neither dominates. A decent stout flavorable but not anything extraordinary either. Finish is bitterness from the coffee like roasted malts and a light citrus hop presence.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkabilitys is good an enjoyable easy drinking stout, great for everyday drinking. Thanks go to mentor for this extra treat he threw in.

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Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by bitterbill on BA, thanks! Poured basically impenetrable black with a medium lasting tan head. Smell is dry, dark roasty malt and a dark chocolately cocoa element. Taste is dryish dark roastiness with some sort of big hop presence and/or metallic taste, which grew on me. Medium mouthfeel to very slightly full with medium carbonation. Pretty nice and a bit unique. Definitely worth trying, and I enjoyed this one overall.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color. Fluffy brown head pours two fingers thick and dissolves ever so slowy. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Dark sugars. Earth. Hops.

T: Delicate roasted coffee is folowed by milk chocolate with a tiny hop tingle on the tongue. Roasted barley and caramel malts balance everything out quite well. A slight hint of nuts and a very earth like finish.

M: Silky smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slighty dry.

D: The only thing holding one back from knocking down a sixer is the full body of this brew. Surprisingly tasty with varied flavors throughout. Recommend.

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Photo of rawfish
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours exceptionally thick and black from the can. A nice half finger of mocha head. Very good retention as well.

Chocolate based sweetness, a solid roasty character without swinging into the coffee or burnt range. Notes of licorice, fig and earth.

Begins well with thick roasted malt, bakers chocolate and earthy hops. Quickly turns south with a shrill metallic astringency, mild acidity and an appropriate earthy bitterness in the finish.

Terrific body and thickness for a stout that only clocks in at 6%. Nice carbonation but the metallic finish of this stout leaves improvement to be made.

A really well constructed stout but the off flavors really twist things in a negative light. Loved the body, aroma and starting robust flavors of this beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fresh pot of the box BOTMC. Let's give it a whirl. Smells delicious of roasted malts and earthy hops with a hint of coffee. Pours to an opaque jet black with a dark tan head. Taste is a very consistent roasted malt with a good bit of bitterness but the bitterness stays behind the heavy roasted malt. Finish is a sweet yet bitter, staying consistent with taste throughout. Aftertaste lingers on the tongue and roof of mouth leaving both slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk with good carbonation. A very good stout, fresh tasting and flavorful.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my deschutes snifter. thanks to dcloeren for the trade on this one.

a - pours a greasy black, like used motor oil. only got a thin film of head and leaves a few small legs of lacing in my glass.

s - prunes, leather, molasses, smoked sausage or bacon maybe.

t - roasted malt right up front followed by faint molasses and dark fruity notes. finish is on the dry side with a light, coffee like bitterness.

m - medium in body and carbonation.

o - nothing amazing going on here, just a good, solid beer that drinks well. if they distributed to michigan i'd certainly buy more.

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured a used motor oil colored body with a slight medium-brown head.
S-Aromas of coffee, chocolate, nut, and malts.
T-On the draw it offered flavors to the coffee and chocolate smells. The sip finished smoothly.
M-At first it was quite viscous and flowed into a lingering coffee bittered aftertaste.
D-This is a great year round stout beer and I do enjoy it. It has a bit of a hard time standing apart from other stouts in my humble opinion.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Black, with a slow-fading brown head which quickly drops from about a half-inch into a thin, wispy cap. Interestingly, it foams up a good deal with just the slightest agitation. Setting the glass back down on the table creates a big boost to the head. I don't think I've seen anything like this before.

SMELL: Roasty notes are all over this beer, with dark chocolate and hints of vanilla behind it.

TASTE: A big coffee flavor is to be expected with the roasty nose...and this coffee flavor is huge. A touch of nuttiness can also be tasted beneath the darker flavors of chocolate and coffee. A bit of vanilla rounds it out.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big bodied with a silky mouthfeel. The roast leaves the palate feeling like it has been charred a little bit...it's probably too much.

OVERALL: Good, solid stout, but again, the roasted malt is a little too intense. If it were just a little more mellow in that department it'd be outstanding.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color with a cola like finish in terms of bubbly prickle. The head starts out thick and foamy but its lively and breaks apart leaving just a rim of foam and some light lacing. Some mild oatmeal on the nose and some light roasty tones. Deep rich roasted malt and smoke flavors throughout the flavor and body. Light body and mouthfeel for the deepnes of the roasted flavors and for this style in general. A littl booze like at the finish, but mostly smoke. I would attribute any "booziness" that pops through to the lighter body and not carrying it. Background is pretty dry and the flavors "pop" pretty well. Full flavor presentation but nothing out of this world.

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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.