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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

330 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 114
Gots: 14 | 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 jcalabre
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

jcalabre, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of mooseisloose
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

mooseisloose, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of allenson21
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

allenson21, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of supercolter
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

supercolter, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Ricochet
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Ricochet, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

scoobybrew, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of mountdew1
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

mountdew1, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of taigor
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

taigor, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of meehandennis
4/5  rDev -4.3%

meehandennis, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Atron67
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark black with no particulates in it. An offwhite head that was pretty fluffy lasted a good time, and left a film around the glass.

S- slightly sweet roasted malty. a little chocolate

T- a solid maltiness with a well balanced, and pretty heavy bitterness as well. Roastedness is strongly present in the malt flavor, with a chocolate flavor playing a more subtle role.

M- a thicker body, with a solid carbonation on the tongue

D- an awesome stout

Atron67, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of marcobrau
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

marcobrau, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of aflies
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

aflies, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of hpthebull
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

hpthebull, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Murph
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with only the slightest bit of light creeping around the edges and a nice creamy brown head that slowly sinks and leaves minimal lace. Huge roasted malt nose with big coffee characteristics and an nice burnt background. The taste is more of the same on the tongue with a starter of slightly sweet malt that soon turns bitter with a big roasted malt bite that is somewhat like a nice dark roast coffee. The roasted flavors fade towards the finish as a nice burnt flavor comes in and lingers slightly just to remind you what that last taste was like. The mouthfeel of this brew gets better and better the longer it sits as it becomes a bit smoother and seems to almost thicken into a medium heavy body. A very drinkable stout that would be great on draught and is sure to see some more time in my fridge.

Murph, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back directly from the Jackson Hole. It poured out like motor oil! The head was suprisingly darker than I have noticed from other stouts. It was almost a deep brown. The smell was somewhat pleasing with caramel, buttery, choclate aroma. The taste was nice upfront, but the finish was a little out of balance. The bitter chocolate and roasted nut were a little too sharp for me. It seemed to me that this was a little to heavy for an all nighter. Good stout overall, but a little overrated in my mind.

ALESwhatCURESya, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of divineaudio
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

divineaudio, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of KlayWey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

KlayWey, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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

FondueVoodoo, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of csmiley
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to colts9016...

A - Pours pitch black with bareley a sliver of dark brown that show around the edges. This one looks darker and thicker that some Imperial Stouts that are out there. The thick tan head tops out at just under two inches. It takes on a rocky look after a minute or two and then the waiting game begins. Retention is pretty crazy for this beer. Lacing is also plentiful. Very nice.

S - Aroma has a nice sense of balance to it. Kind of tough to pick out a beginning and end. Every thing just kind of hits the nose all at once...but in a good way. Charcoal and milk chocolate come through on the first sniff. Chocolate and alcohol come through on the second whiff. That's really about it. I like it.

T - Starts out with a nice toasted / smokey flavor that stays throughout the flavor. Espresso shows itself about midway and then wham! More espresso. This is a nice touch that works well with my palate. Some dark fruit finishes it off. It's hard to pinpoint but here goes...plum and what I'd have to say comes close to fig. Plum easily has the upper hand though. Interesting.

M - Pretty full bodied overall. It almost has a chalkey feel. Carbonation is a little overdone. Finish is very dry with a slightly sweet ending.

D - Drinkability is well above average. With less carbonation, I could drink this beer all night with no problems at all. The alcohol is masked pretty well and the combination of flavors really has a nice balance that I don't come across too often. It's good enough to make me want to seek out more of this beer and other selections from Snake River. Highly recommended for any stout lover.

csmiley, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of StoneTSR
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

StoneTSR, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of orfeu
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this stout for quite some time, and now through the gracious efforts of one pimpp I have an opportunity (x3, in fact) to do so. Best before the end of January (2008, I presume). Oily, viscous, pitch body with densely packed, fat head of dark tan foam. Sticky clumps of lacing. Chocolate, roast, dark toffee, slight herbal hop aroma. Firm roastiness wrapped in robust baker's chocolate and coffee flavors. Soft mineral twang and leafy-musty hops accent the lingering, char-inflected finish. Silky smooth body, gorgeous in its balance of substance and unobtrusiveness. Incredibly drinkable. Reminds me of why I love stouts so much. I wish they all could be as fantastic as this one.

orfeu, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of fivetime
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Larrydoherty
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Larrydoherty, May 27, 2013
Photo of jduprey007
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jduprey007, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of sweethome
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black. Big sweet malts and plenty of roast on the nose. Choclate in there too. Dark tan head. A full mouthfeel of sweet malts. Soft feel. Hops present through the roast. The roast malts develop very well with chocolate flavors. The finish has a nutty taste, but very long roast flavors and plenty of hop bittering. A near perfect balance. Despite all the flavor, it still reatains a somewhat delicate mouthfeel.

A beer full of flavor. The last sip leaves you wanting another. SImply outstanding

sweethome, Apr 09, 2005
Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.