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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

323 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 109
Gots: 13 | 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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Apathetiq

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-12-2013 22:28:28 | More by Apathetiq
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dwoolley1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-30-2013 21:58:11 | More by dwoolley1
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marc77

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

02-03-2004 01:38:32 | More by marc77
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Rayek

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

01-26-2008 05:34:41 | More by Rayek
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

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

04-12-2011 19:23:47 | More by THECPJ
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younger35

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

12-18-2007 00:25:40 | More by younger35
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Deep, inky black, with a thinnish, roasted tan slab of foam.

Big espresso nose, roasted malts, dates, cocoa, molasses...nice, wide open, and earthy.

Slick and delicious...nice oily feel on the mouth...good heft in the body. A meal in itself, without being too much. Good, smooth, nice drinking stouty stout.
Good, gritty grab on the tongue. Long, chocolate malt finish.

Good stuff. Enjoy it if you can, please.

09-14-2006 06:24:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Live review at my campground in Colorado Springs, CO. Grabbed while visiting Jackson, WY and I certainly got the impression that Snake River is one of the premier breweries in WY after trying a few of their beers at the pub.

A- Deep black bodied pour from the can to a goblet. A head rises up beyond one finger with a dark mocha brown hue. Thick creaminess and great head retention. Lacing starts out with webbed sheets and drizzled spots coat most of the glass below that.

S- Pouring out of the glass is a deep milk chocolate note and a hefty dose of dark roasted grains. Toasted nuts, cereal grains, moderate sweets, earthy hops and dark fruits as well.

T- With the hefty bitter chocolate notes that lead off it is hard to say this finds a balance but it somehow does. After that fades I find earthy hops, toasted nuts, wheat cereal grain, caramel, spiced raisin, cherry and coffee notes joining in with the deeply roasted malts.

MF- I think this could get away with a really thick body but the medium body here supports the flavors just find with a texture that is slightly chewy and creamy. Carbonation comes down on the high side for a stout and it all ends with a roasty bitterness.

Right when I opened the can and got a smell of the rich chocolate and roasted grain aromas I knew I should have purchased more. Perhaps I can find more before I return to the East but at least I know Snake River is holding down WY very well. I hope to find myself at the brewpub again in the next few years. Between this and Pako's, WY is doing just fine.

08-06-2014 04:42:09 | More by cbutova
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

07-09-2007 05:56:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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UnionMade

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

10-18-2005 06:39:56 | More by UnionMade
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

02-04-2004 22:01:27 | More by merlin48
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germaniac

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Inky blackness from a 12oz stubby bottle.

The aroma of sweet malts and chocolate dominate, with hint of coffee bean in there, too.

Taste is roasted malt, with a slight hoppiness that fades into a baker's chocolate sweetness.

Has a medium body and carbonation levels, smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyable. I think I might have found a replacement for 8 Ball and Sierra Nevada Stout.

11-22-2005 02:16:32 | More by germaniac
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BeerManDan

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

It was on the verge of being thick and black when poured with a little bit of tan foam and little lace clinging to the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts dominated this brew. The sweet/tart taste of roasted malts was well balanced. A nice stout.

08-07-2005 00:14:33 | More by BeerManDan
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kegger22

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Zonker compares very favorably to Old Rasputin. Drinkability is higher with a 6.00 ABV and feel is a little lower because Zonker is only medium bodied with good carbonation. All other attributes are similar. Dark brown in color with a short lasting tan head. Good coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste following closely on the heels of aroma, i.e. coffee and chocolate. I think I'm just going to have to make that trek to Jackson Hole to try one of these babies on tap.

12-02-2009 05:32:37 | More by kegger22
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Pour: Motor-oil black in color with two fingers of chocolate-brown head that retains well and laces the glass like crazy.

Smell: Big roasted malt aroma up front. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Light hops. An invitation to drink.

Taste: Can you say toasty? Lightly sweetened, huge roasted malt flavor kicks things off, with underlying hints of chocolate and caramel. Deliciously balanced coffee and hop bitterness at the back, and finishes kinda dry.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with medium carbonation. A little bit creamy and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Despite its heavier body and bigger flavor, it's actually quite sessionable. Drinks easy and you could definitely have a few of these.

Final Notes: A very well-executed stout that doesn't have the unpleasant burnt taste that some other stouts do. Deliciously balanced and satisfying, it would pair well with a variety of grilled/barbecued veggies and meats.

09-21-2010 23:59:17 | More by bagpiper2005
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

I got this as part of my botmc, I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It is jet black, 2 finger sticky head and lots of lacing. It has big coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma. The taste follows teh nose. The finish lingers with dark bitter sweet chocolate. It is medium to full in body. This was a pleasant suprise, This is a beer to be seeked out.

01-05-2010 22:19:43 | More by bonkers
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joe1510

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

12oz Stubby

Got this as an extra from the tremendous trader known as BitterBill, thanks Bill. Zonker Stout pours midnight black and the only highlights appear when it's directly backlit. The tan head rose to two fingers as I poured. As the head eventually settled to a thick crown it left sticky drink lines on its way down. Good looking stout.

The smell on this beer is definately inviting. Roastiness starts things off and are quickly accompanied by bittersweet chocolate, cream, and cocoa. The roastiness takes the biggest piece of the aroma. Although chocolate makes a strong showing toward the backend. The aroma just pulls you in.

The flavor runs the same gamut as the aroma. The roastiness is present and takes center stage but the lactic creaminess and cocoa show themselves with authority. Pure unadulterated bittersweet chocolate rounds things off on the swallow leaving the sweet followed by the bitterness. A really nice stout.

Medium bodied with a small but perfect amount of chewiness. A roasty bitterness on the finish. This beer glides through the mouth at its own pace letting the myriad of flavors come through.

This is a very easy stout to put away. If i could buy this locally it would be a mainstay in the fridge but unfortunately this is my only bottle and it's just about gone.

Zonker Stout is one of the better American stouts I've had in awhile. I'd like to try more offerings from Snake River. If they're half as good as Zonker they'd be quality.

12-14-2007 01:22:18 | More by joe1510
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Yummy! Great stout. Poured with a nice sized tan head and good lace. Color is opaque. Aroma is exactly as it should be: nice and roasty, malty, and a bit earthy. Ditto flavor. Add a little chocolate and roastiness and this is truly delicious. Great finish. No off flavors. Satisfying. Body is just fine with great carbonation. Good clean finish. Drinkable beer.

11-26-2009 02:53:04 | More by drpimento
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lespaulrocker

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Had on tap at the brewpub.

A: Very dark. Lets through no light. Small brown head that doesn't really fade. Moderate to heavy lacing.

S: Sweet. Earthy hops with hints of malt. Hints of coffee.

T: Great taste. A little sweetness up front, maybe some cherry? Coffee and chocolate finish. Amazing.

M: Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was an amazing beer. One of the best I've ever had. I will definitely seek this one again.

03-22-2011 04:02:50 | More by lespaulrocker
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Zorro

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Dark black colored beer with a good brown head.

Smell is smell is sweet and malty with a good amount of licorice and chocolate in the aroma. Hint of C hops lends this a little bit of a carrot aroma.

Taste is sweet chocolate with coffee roasted to nearly char in the first taste. Lots of roasted flavor here with a hint of smoke from it. Mild amount of acid in the taste from the dark malt. This beer is sweeter than you would think with lots of caramelized and burned sugar flavor. Bitterness seems understated to me, I get far more smoke and deep roasted flavor here than bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very good drinking stout with a very robust flavor. I agree with most that this is a good stout but I find that this is to my senses nearly a coffee stout emphasizing the roasted and smoky flavors the most.

07-02-2006 00:06:54 | More by Zorro
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

This, to me, is easily a solid 4.0 beer. It was a very nice black color, which had me thinking it was going to be super heavy and chewy. Well, it was heavy, but not as I expected. Actually it was quite light at the same time. I was a crisp, iced coffee like taste, with small hints of chocolate malts. The head was a nice thick one. Brownish-red color head that lasted a little bit and then flattened out to a laceing. The smell was similar to the taste but had more likeness to an Imperial, which is a great thing. All in all, I liked this one. It's a heavier brew, but is easliy a refreshing one as well.

10-16-2003 03:10:28 | More by JISurfer
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Vancer

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Hey, many thanks to brent56 for the sample, in a nice trade.

Black gold came bubbling outa the bottle like Texas crude. YummY! Tan head appears and flattens quickly, leaving a thin sheet of lace.

Enticing aroma of toasted chocolate smores. Dry stout like tastes of burnt toast – dry finishing dry and gritty. More yummy as it’s well balanced with a subtle hop backbone. And I do believe some dark fruits, especially cherry have been tossed into the mash tun.

Another great American craft beer, disappointing that this one is just generally available locally. Thanks be to BA and the trade network, as this one should be on your try list – if you’re a stout person.

06-03-2007 22:26:19 | More by Vancer
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rowew

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, twist off. Best enjoyed moth notched on the side of the label.

Appearance: Pours very dark, just a slight hint of red when held up to the light. Thin off white head, fades to just a hint of lacing.

Smell: Coffee, a bit sweet. Some hops and roasted aromas too.

Taste: Medium to thick bodied. Lots of cocoa flavor, roasted malt, and a bit of hops. Coffee here too.

Overall impression: Very nice - good variety of flavors, highly drinkable. This one is a winner.

02-08-2007 00:15:44 | More by rowew
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

A very dark brown/black beer. Completely opaque no light gets thru. Has a big foamy brown head and good lace. The aroma has a strong coffee character with some chocolate notes and a hint of piney hops in the background. A big roasted malt character covers your tongue with a lot of bittersweet chocolate twang.The finish has some coffee bitterness mixed with a hint of piney hops for a nice dry finish. an inviting and appeasing brew.

12-21-2006 00:45:58 | More by ybnorml
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Ricochet

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Average for a stout or average for beers? When a stout is black, with no see through and has a creamy head with a thick lace, how can that be average? Smells like an imperial, totasted malts, some coffee but not overpowering and then there is alcohol. It was blended nice. Addend to the appearence, it was yellow/amber and very sticky foam, bonus! Mouth washed creamy, chewy with a stout-typical aftertaste.

What impressed me was the defined almond flavor I got in the taste, It was a well defined burnt malt, slight bitter chocolate and good balance of alcoholic after flavors, but the almond note, nutty, made this a step above. Outstanding.

I kept this in the fridge too long, it would likely be even better if it were warmed, but this is up there with Brooklyn Chocolate and Flying Dog Gonzo and even my fave porters. Great stuff. Get it and and get it again as I will.

03-18-2007 04:46:26 | More by Ricochet
Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.