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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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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: 129
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
Photo of Lucoli
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MadScientist
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Black and opaque with a deep garnet showing on the edge when held to the light. The head is medium brown with mostly cream, compact bubble interspersed with some medium, soapy bubbles. it has an average retention period.

A: Rich roast, coffee and chocolate aromas at a medium-strong level along with a moderate caramel sweetness.

T: A great balance between medium-strong dark malt flavors, sweetness and medium hops bitterness. There are the dark malt flavors like in the nose with roast and coffee dominating, backed by some chocolate and caramel. There is a low citrus hops flavor. The balance is slightly towards the sweetness and the finish is medium. The aftertaste is of dark roast, a little bitterness and some slight charcoal.

M: A medium-full body and a slight creaminess with medium-strong carbonation.

O: A pretty tasty American Stout that I keep being inclined to call thin even though it isn't. It has good balance with a nice mix of dark malt flavors. Good enough that I'll seek out other beers from the brew when possible.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black as night, with a nice tan head that has excellent retention. Lacing is good as well and the carbonation is very fine.

S: All-out roasty, with hints of espresso, chocolate, and toast. Hops take a back seat to the maltiness of the beer.

T: Chocolate, coffe, and fresh bread are up front, with some dried fig and prune notes following. Hops give the beer a nice dry finish. Almost a bit floral.

M: Full bodied and very creamy. Fine carbonation dances around the palate, but not over-done.

D: A very good stout. I'm glad to have brought this one in. The best beer from Snake River I have tried to this day.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dtivp
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head that dissipates into slight lacing.

Very strong coffee aroma with a hint of hops.

Taste is dominated by the coffee with a slight taste of dark chocolate.

Medium body beer with very moderate carbonation, very silky smooth.

This is a very nice stout that starts with a coffee kick and then ends with a slight smoothness. I hope to find this beer again in the future.

Photo of Backer2004
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this one in the December package of my BotM club. Heard good things about it, had never seen it in the flesh before.

Poured into a pint glass black with no apparent highlights. Half-finger of brown sugar head drops to a ring & dusting, with sweet "swamp-moss" lacing.

Sweet baking smells emerge, cocoa, mild roast coffee. Good, solid smells, but not real forthcoming or assertive. Just right there.

Taste starts off with a cola-like caramel, quickly moving into cocoa & vanilla. Some bitterness from dark coffee-like roast & some hops follows. Aftertaste is defined by a chocolate & marshmellow sweetness, with residual bitter dark chocolate.

Moderately full body, very creamy. This one really delivered: full of flavor without being overwhelming or intoxicating. Reminds me of FBS without the heavy bitter roast or alcohol, one destined for repeat performances.

Photo of zhanson88
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is black with a tan head it dissipates slowly leaving a very nice tan lace.
The aroma is sweet chocolate roasted only slightly but beautiful life a rich chocolate milk. love it
The mouth starts and continues smooth. The taste is a sweet stout starts with a creamy chocolate taste and has a slightly roasted taste in the middle it finishes with only a slight roasted taste that lingers nice....is definitely better on draft but still one of the best stouts

Photo of mooseisloose
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into a glass stein.

Appearance- The maple colored head built to about two-fingers and is velvety smooth. A nice amount of bubbles in the cap and some sheet lacing as it degrades.

Carbonation columns can be seen in the side of the glass, but other than that, good luck seeing anything else in this black body.

Smell- I am not getting much through the foam cap. There is a little malt sweetness, caramel-like. I also sense some roasted quality going on.

Taste- This is a nice, balanced stout. Roast is certainly there, malt has been cooked almost to perfection. It is not overwhelming or lingering really long in the finish. There are also notes of tobacco and definitely anise adding some pepper to the finish.

There are also hints of vanilla under everything. Even a little tobacco makes its way into the lingering end of the drink. Milk chocolate is in the mix as this one warms.

Mouth feel- This is where Zonker really hits its stride. It coats the mouth really well. The body is full and perfectly creamy, super easy to drink stout.

Overall- Zonker has a lot of great things going on. The well balanced flavors on the palate, the almost perfect mouth feel are the great things about this beer. If only the nose was a little bit better.

Photo of DaveRinn
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby broown bottle with a twist-off cap served into a nonic glass.

Opaque deep brown mirky can catch a glimpse of large yeast particle when swiriling the glass. Generous pillowy tan head with very good retention leaving thick rings of lace down the glass.

Very nice fresh aroma roasty/smokey/chard wood with licorace/anise slightly vinious and complex.

Very clean heavily roasted tastes upfront,smokey woodiness with toasty sweet maltiness execellent balance with a crisp sharp cirtusy bitterness with astrigent chocolat overtones. very smooth with a nice creamy texture making for exceptional drinkability for a stout.very enjoyable with lots of complexity. Must try stout!

Photo of kegger22
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jcalabre
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This Wyoming beauty pours black with a frothy brown head.
Aroma: The nose is roasty, with a definite smell of bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor: It has a medium mouthfeel with an almost oily texture. The finish is dry. This is a straight ahead, dry stout. It's very nicely done.

Photo of Ricochet
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of supercolter
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good, dark and tan bubbles with little to no lacing. Smell and taste are pretty similar but the smell is a bit bigger. Nice bitter chocolate and coffee. There is a bit of hops but not much. Mouthfeel is above average, medium in body. Drinkability is very good.

Photo of mountdew1
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.

Photo of KlayWey
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of scoobybrew
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - deep dark, nearly black, color with a thick tan head that settles somewhat into a chunky foam collar

S - rich roasted grain aroma most reminiscent of chocolate and coffee, hops noticeable

T - rich malt character that is much like the aroma: chocolate, coffee and rich roasted grains dominate the flavor profile; there is a very slight hop finish and for all its malt richness is somewhat relatively dry

M - silky medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is probably the best American stout I've had in a very long time. I'm very pleased to have tried it and would definitely recommend it to a friend. It's too bad I don't have any more at the moment.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for delivering us this beer.

A: Pours a deep and opague brown-black with 2 fingers of espresso tan head.

S: Roasted coffee and cocoa powder together with malty ovaltine, molasses and wet earth.

T: Follows the scent with bitter coffee and chocolate bar, and education by sweet malts and molasses. Background notes of wet earth. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a slight creaminess.

O: A very tasty stout that offers perfect bitter notes while balancing them out with large amounts of malts

Photo of taigor
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jduprey007
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of aflies
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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