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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Zonker StoutZonker Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

348 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 128
Gots: 23 | 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:
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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Ratings: 348 | Reviews: 221
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this brew at the Coop because I knew that I would be at work a bit late by myself. Reviewed this beer as I waited for stuff to finish downloading. Drank out of a clear plastic cup (just like the Bros recommend).

Appearance- This stuff pours black and amazingly thick for a non imperial stout. Great one finger dark tan head that leaves a perfect cap and collar. Leaves quite a bit of thick sticky lacing down my glass.
Smell- Lots of gorgeous sweet roastiness starts before the soft chocolate tones roll in. A tiny bit of coffee is present but very scattered along with a hint of molasses.
Taste- A gentle roast that is loaded with milk chocolate and cream are more than abundant. The roast gradually gets a bit nutty and slightly bitter as the beer goes down. Some notes of French roast are present finishing with a very slight fruitiness. Almost a toned down bitter chocolate covered raspberry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Semi thin for the style but not by much. Good carbonation that adds a bit of bite.
Drinkability- This is a fantastic Stout that I drink very frequently but haven’t had time to review. I have it once or twice a week at lunch when I eat at the Coop, not to mention the times I suck on one while watching TV. Great beer and by far the best brew that Snake River makes. Highly recommended!

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Photo of marcobrau
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque stout that pours with a nice bit of foam. The intense chocolate aroma is awesome. Starts smooth, almost milk chocolately, and get dry towards the finihs, which is laced with hop bitterness. The taste of chocolate lingers on the palate. I like how the hops are balanced with roasted and chocolate malt flavors. I also really like the dry finish. Could A little roasted coffee flavor wold be nice; otherwise an excellent stout and one I'm definitely going to have again. Unfortunately, this was my only bottle, picked up in Wisconsin at the Brennans market in Brookfield.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle.

Pours inky black with a deep tan and wispy chocolate head that leaves scattered pockets of lace on the glass.
Aroma of chocolate cocoa and sweet caramel in front of a coffee/mocha type of scent.
Flavor has just the right balance between smooth and juicy malts and bittering of coffee and chocolate. Hint of brown sugar also appears as it warms.
Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and coats the palate with a pleasant sugary coffee-like feeling.
Drinkability is excellent really excellent example of a full-bodied and flavored stout which can stand the round about trip to MI.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured thick, looks chewy. Didn't appear to have much carbonation so when a decent head formed I was pleased. Head fell quick but left a thin dark tan layer across the entire beer.

S: Huge roasted barley, black patent malt, campfire moments and some chocolate milkshake aromas.

T: Begins with a soothing chocolate milk personality. Burnt wood...charcoal like aura surrounds this beer, very subtle. Touch of lactose like sweetness pools in the center of the tongue. Finishes chocolate butter cream and gnutella on toast.

M: Medium body, smooth and silky.

D: Enjoyable beer but not a lot of complexity. Very, very nice flavor though. This would be a good contestant for some barrel aging.

Photo of Rayek
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice Stout.

A: Very deep brown. Almost black. Tan head isn't particularly dense, but leaves heavy lace.

S: Heavy roasted malt aroma with coffee and chocolate overtones. Good stuff.

T: Coffee qualities. Roasted malts dominate and have a burnt quality to them. Hops add bitterness, but take a back seat to the malt in the flavor department. Finishes extremely dry.

M: Medium body. A little too much carbonation for my tastes.

D: Very drinkable, but I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting. Feels like it would go well with a heavy meal.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep, dark...almost pitch black. The head is about 3/4 of an inch of coffee colored goodness. From the way this one pours, you'd think it was an imperial stout.

Smell is rich dark bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and sweet malt. Very inviting.

Taste is extremely smooth with hints of espresso, nuts and that bite that comes from dark roasted malt.

Overall an excellent bottled stout. I am very impressed!

Photo of THECPJ
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks goes out to bitterbill for sending this one my way.

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger mocha head

smell: coffee, malts, mocha, chocolate,

taste: coffee, chocolate,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, smooth

overall: a nice full flavor stout. Lots of coffee with small hints of chocolate and a smooth mouthfeel, really made me want some more.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Photo of marc77
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Utterly pitch black. Tall, dense, dogged bister head yields lace. Buttery cocoa and brown sugar sweetened medium roast coffee dominate the aroma. Secondary are dark caramel and molasses hints. Quite welcoming in nose. Paralleling the aroma, agreeably assertive mocha and cocoa butter notes are prevalent. Pronounced, mildly smoky roasted barley complements hop bitterness, transiently lending dryness. Sweetness resumes promptly in a powered, Nestle Quik like fashion. Trace citrusy hop undertone. Full bodied and dextrinous, with a creamy, low attenuation derived mouthfeel. Finishes with fleeting hints of burnt caramel, but otherwise with lingering mocha hints. A delicious stout that is rich in coffee and chocolate character, yet remains soft on the palate. Well balanced, superbly drinkable and highly recommended. Akin to a more subdued Bell's Kalamazoo.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Slats, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick and even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rich & creamy coffee and chocolate along with dark roasted malts and the slightest touch of hops.

T: The taste is bursting with dark chocolate, black coffee and roasted malts. It starts with a touch of sweetness that quickly fades into a strong bitterness from a mild hops presence, but mostly from the flavors mentioned previously. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is the versatile type of stout that you can either pound down for an evening or sip slowly as you just relax and watch TV.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim while on vacation out west. My first brew from Wyoming!
Pours a deep, dark brown, basically black, topped with a large bubbled, toffee colored head. Entirely opaque. Impressive amounts of lace, clinging to the glass everywhere. Smells fairly standard for an american brewed stout. Charry malt, mild citric hop notes, cocoa, coffee, and a dash of toffee for good measure. Pretty clean, with perhaps a soft note of oak, cracked nutshells and damp earth. The flavor opens with a surprisingly smooth dark roast coffee presence. Burnt malt, cocoa, and a light hint of cream. Is this an oatmeal stout? The mouthfeel is super smooth, gentle carbonation, just gliding into the finish. A touch of woody/nutty flavor, like walnuts, into the finish, meeting a well balanced, mildly piney hop flavor. Excellent bittersweetness from the malt, lingering on the palate long after each sip. Roast, roast and more roast. Bigger bodied than I expected, on the fuller side.
Quite complex for a beer of session strength. Absolutely delicious, this is a gem of a beer. Now to figure out how to get more.

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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.