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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: 119
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Snake River website. Very glad to finally knock off this state, which brings my total up to 48. Come on OK and ND. Also, this happens to be a highly-rated FES. Score. Served in a snifter.

Beer pours dark brown with a good off-white head. Moderate amount of lacing and a thin collar throughout. The nose is roasty and dry with some coffee notes and a bit of dry chocolate. Taste is an improvement from there, with the roast, coffee, and chocolate notes all bringing dryness but not taking it over the edge. The fact that it gets a 4.5 here is all the more impressive given that someone mentioned Two Girls One Cup while we were drinking this. Finish is dry after a medium-bodied beer. Nice and drinkable; glad we ordered this.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has moderately strong aromas of roasted chocolate malts.
T: Moderate to strong flavors of roasted and chocolate malts are present in the taste, which also has a light amount of bitterness from the underlying hops. The chocolate malt flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer that is quite easy to drink, this beer is really packed with flavors and has a nice balance so that the roasted malts are not too strong. I could easily drink several of these in one sitting or the beer year round.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coal black color with an espresso cap that lasts forever and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Wonderful dark roasted malt aroma redolent of dark chocolate, coffee and burnt sugar

Taste: Starts out with a roasted flavor that becomes increasingly assertive with chocolate notes after the swallow; the finish reeks of chocolate and charcoal

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; thins out a bit on the finish

Drinkability: There is a lot to like with this flavorful concoction; the awards are well-deserved

Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity and to douglas88, for the chance to revisit

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium deep brown head with excellent retention. Aroma of roasted malt with light sweet chocolate are easily detectable. Taste has a real creamy feel with a good dose of roasted malt and bitter hops. Lack a little something to make this truly great but still very enjoyable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet black with the slightest glimmer of light at the edges. Without a doubt, Zonker is the blackest non-Imperial stout that I've seen yet. The head is light-medium brown, pitting, rocky, relatively long-lived and leaves thin rings and small sheets of lace.

The nose is nice and strong, with plenty of roasted black malt and chocolate. Coffee is in there as well, but chocolate is more aggressive. So far, so good.

The flavor is absolutely wonderful. Coffee makes more of a statement on the palate and dark chocolate has come on like gangbusters. There's a pleasing background bitterness, but it isn't overdone as in some stouts.

This beer strikes the perfect balance between maltiness (major key) and hoppiness (minor key). The finish is long, with sweetness early and a bitter tightening late. The mouthfeel is impressively full and creamy, with no hint of heaviness.

Zonker Stout hits all the right notes. It's solid in all respects and is my new favorite stout. Too bad it isn't available in this state because I could drink this stuff all year round.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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 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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I do so love brewery-direct shipping. This result pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger or so of ecru foam. The nose is rather roast-centric, with some light coffee, chocolate, light-ish molasses, and vanilla bean rounding things out in the nasal department. The taste follows the same basic plan, with the roasted malts leading the way, followed by some dark chocolate powder, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, and a hint of toffee. The body is a nice solid medium, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that I could easily see being a staple if I lived on the other side of the Rockies.

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just picked up all the cans from this brewery on a recent trip to NYC. I didn't know what I was getting.

Thick. Heavy molasses on this one. Wads of malts. Tons of 'em. Toasted tones on here as an accent. This is one thick and consistent beer that truly holds to style. Surprised to be getting what I did, and happy to have done so. Highly suggested.

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

Best enoyed by date is the end of april...

Pours dark mahogony to black witha 3 fingers deep toffee colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention

Smell: rich roasted malts, chocolate& slight coffee notes

Taste: Rich roasty grainy/malty notes with chocolate. Dryness and some fruitiness on the finish

MF: Rich & silky, very good carbonation

Pretty darn drinkable & darn tasty stout. Hits all the right notes for a stout to me. Give this a shot

I need to get back to that store & try the vienna amber from snake river I saw there

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The #2 FES and a beer from Wyoming? Yes please.

Beer is black and pretty thick looking as it is poured into my Russian River wine glass. Beer is overcarbonated and forms a big tan head of small and medium bubbles, moderate retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is strong, chocolate, bitter, coffee roast, some sweetness and a mild alcoholic nose. Interesting.

Beer is nice and smooth, mild bitterness at the end with a shadow of an aftertaste on the finish. The beer is mildly sweet at the lead off and the midpalate has this nice chocolate to it. The finish is gradual, creeping up after the swallow with a little late ashiness. It's a good beer.

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