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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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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

01-28-2010 03:18:46 | More by scoobybrew
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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
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

04-06-2007 00:51:16 | More by mountdew1
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taigor

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-05-2013 19:57:13 | More by taigor
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

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

09-19-2007 01:25:18 | More by Atron67
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allenson21

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-11-2013 23:56:08 | More by allenson21
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

08-30-2004 00:44:06 | More by marcobrau
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Murph

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

03-06-2003 09:15:40 | More by Murph
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

12-10-2004 22:18:34 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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aflies

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-02-2013 22:47:05 | More by aflies
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Iamjeff6

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-16-2014 14:37:11 | More by Iamjeff6
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

01-24-2012 04:21:05 | More by divineaudio
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csmiley

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

12-12-2009 05:37:41 | More by csmiley
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hpthebull

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-21-2014 01:13:30 | More by hpthebull
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

11-16-2007 04:51:44 | More by orfeu
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meehandennis

Maine

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-04-2013 22:57:44 | More by meehandennis
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -40%

05-27-2013 22:18:04 | More by Larrydoherty
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fivetime

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-22-2013 01:08:05 | More by fivetime
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

09-30-2013 20:40:44 | More by FondueVoodoo
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sweethome

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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

04-09-2005 19:09:10 | More by sweethome
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-31-2013 00:44:22 | More by MightiestBeard
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black body with a nice sized brown head. So far so good.

S - Nice mixture of roast with notes of vanilla and chocolate. Maybe some coffee notes. Pretty good.

T - Follows the aroma with a nice malty base, roasted presence for sure with hints of vanilla. Big chocolate notes in the finish and a bit of coffee.

M - medium to heavy body, a fair amount of carbonation

D - Goes down easy. A solid stout for sure. I would drink this again anytime and would purchase more if I had the chance.

01-05-2011 02:46:38 | More by jpmclaug
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KlayWey

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-13-2013 03:48:06 | More by KlayWey
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jduprey007

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-27-2013 00:39:48 | More by jduprey007
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Ragingbull

California

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%

Black color with a cola like finish in terms of bubbly prickle. The head starts out thick and foamy but its lively and breaks apart leaving just a rim of foam and some light lacing. Some mild oatmeal on the nose and some light roasty tones. Deep rich roasted malt and smoke flavors throughout the flavor and body. Light body and mouthfeel for the deepnes of the roasted flavors and for this style in general. A littl booze like at the finish, but mostly smoke. I would attribute any "booziness" that pops through to the lighter body and not carrying it. Background is pretty dry and the flavors "pop" pretty well. Full flavor presentation but nothing out of this world.

07-12-2009 01:13:29 | More by Ragingbull
Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.