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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

317 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 109
Gots: 11 | 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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bsp77

Minnesota

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

Received in December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pure black with nice brown head (at first) and slight lacing. Looks almost Imperial.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, licorice, roasted barley, and a light touch of alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, with a light roasted and almost musty character. Fairly light bitterness at the end for an American Stout.

Feel: Low carbonation, pretty smooth, medium body that seems a smidgen thin for a Stout, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: While a nice drinkable, even delectable Stout, I would have preferred a little more body, roasted character or bitterness (or maybe all three) to elevate this above simply "very good" status. Still quite pleased overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 13:44:26 | More by bsp77
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, gets your hopes up quite a bit with how deep and thick it appears. Good roasted malt smell, chocolatey.

Taste, a straight forward stout with no surprises. The usual coffee/chocolate blend, no spice, average hop presence. Not too bitter despite the coffee aspect of it. Hangs tough throughout, worth picking up a 6er of it when you can find it, which doesn't seem too often. Does everything well.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 17:54:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 17:11:51 | More by mooseisloose
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RJUGA03

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured a used motor oil colored body with a slight medium-brown head.
S-Aromas of coffee, chocolate, nut, and malts.
T-On the draw it offered flavors to the coffee and chocolate smells. The sip finished smoothly.
M-At first it was quite viscous and flowed into a lingering coffee bittered aftertaste.
D-This is a great year round stout beer and I do enjoy it. It has a bit of a hard time standing apart from other stouts in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 07:11:37 | More by RJUGA03
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csmiley

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter

A: Pours jet black, I actually mean black, not brown. Medium-brown head that stays supported for some time and ends up leaving a bit of lacing. Looks great.

S: Slightly toasty malts with strong dark fruit notes and a strong molasses smell. Maybe a bit of cocoa. Smells more complex than I expected.

T: Lightly roasted malts taste great accompanied by some dark fruit and slight hints of chocolate with a weak semi-bitter coffee finish. Tastes good, but not anything amazing.

M&D: Mouthfeel is very, very smooth with just enough carbonation. Very light and silky. Drinkability is very high on this one, as someone said it's way more drinkable than you'd expect from a 6.0abv.

Overall: I'm glad I picked this rando in a make-your-own 6-pack. It looks great. The taste and smell are good, but the drinkability and price are what will get me to but this one again. This one's worth a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 02:47:56 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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kegger22

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of the best American Stouts out there. Just left room in my score for something better if it is out there. Pours very dark, almost completely black with a large mocha colored head that has great retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma consists of malted milk balls, coffee, and roasted malts. Could be more upfront with the aroma. Has a great roasted malt flavor. Hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and some floral hops. Bitterness is moderate which comes from a combination of roasted malt and hops. Just a faint hint of alcohol. Has a rich, thick body but with just a hint of overcarbonation. Otherwise this would be perfect. I am very happy to see this beer make it to this market. I would be more than happy to buy and drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 23:07:16 | More by morimech
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 05:07:38 | More by WYVYRN527
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an absolutely jet black with a thin tan head and good retention. Looks very deep and rich for the style and ABV. Nice!

S-Smells great. Rich milk chocolate and chocolate syrup notes dominate with some roasted malt in the background.

T-Taste is very good as well, if not as mind blowing as the nose hinted it might be. Mostly roasted malt in the front and middle with a hint of chocolate sweetness and a nice hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D-Very tasty. Nice flavor and great aroma for a 6% stout.

HV

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 02:44:06 | More by sholland119
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electricfields

Idaho

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gave it an aggressive pour and came up with a quickly dissipating finger-and-a-half hot chocolate brown head with an opaque dark reddish-brown body.

S: Lots of roasted malts and caramel. A slight coffee bitterness. Smells really delicious.

T: Sort of tastes like a bitter mocha. Chocolate and coffee of course, with a nice light honey style sweetness. This is probably one of the better stouts I've had lately, and definitely renews my faith in a style that i wasn't really sold on before.

M: Nice and thick without being syrupy. A little sticky, but refreshing. Very creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty much exactly the exact texture I expect from a good stout.

D: This is about as drinkable a stout as you're going to find. Good from the second it's poured 'til the second you're pouring another.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 22:22:47 | More by electricfields
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 00:29:09 | More by supercolter
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a think opaque black color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a quarter inch of tan foam that sticks around. The aroma is very intense. Graham cracker, milk chocolate, cream, and lot of roasted malt. This is everything I like in the aroma of a stout. The taste is just as intense, and just as thought provoking. The mouthfeel medium bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. I can't remember the last time a beer impressed me this much. It has probably been years. There is really nothing out of the ordinary going on in this beer. It is just a stout done as well as a stout can be done, and at a ABV that let me enjoy it all night long.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 22:40:27 | More by KarlHungus
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dqderrick

California

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 47°F.

Nice frothy chocolate milk colored head that has staying power. Awesome. Nice lacing on the side of my glass. I'm not sure a beer this style could have a better appearance. 5.

Chocolate hits the nose with roasted malts. The smell isn't as strong as I hoped, but quality is better than quantity I suppose. 4.

Taste is mellow, dark roasted, a little sweet honey, maybe a hint of tobacco with a pinch of cocoa and maybe... I'm reaching here, a little coffee. Fun stuff here. 4.5

Mouthfeel bangs it out of the park. The carbonation plays on my palate and makes for a bubbly mellow experience that begs for more... and more. What a great 6.0 % beer! 5.0

I could drink several of these. The flavor is approaching imperial stout levels which blows me away. I don't drink many regular stouts, but I've had Mad River's Stout, SN's Stout and a couple other within the last 6 months... this one is better. Not by a lot, but it stands out. 4.5

In closing, I got this through a trade with JohnGalt1 who has always been a GREAT trader. I can't get this local to me in San Diego so I probably won't be getting more any time soon. Maybe I'll throw this on my WANTS in case I can pick one up as an extra.... hmmm.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 04:57:05 | More by dqderrick
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. Best by Jun notched on label. Yeah, but what year?

A - On the pour I noticed the beer coming out a clear mahogany amber/red. In the glass however, it was completely opaque black and poured out like warmed syrup: thick and quite. The one-finger creamy tan head rose up, stayed shortly, and left to leave a ring and small ridges of lacing.

S - Dark, rich malts, roasted to perfection meld with rich molasses and brown sugar with a touch of marshmellow and chocolate. As a matter of fact, it's really close to a s'more in aroma. A roasted coffee bean resides in the back.

T - Oak aged flavor immediately jumps out with a bitter coffee bean roasted flavor right behind it. Strong malts also populate the flavor from chocolate to caramel. Also making an appearance is molasses, maple syrup (just a touch), and a dash of brown sugar. I've been looking forward to a stout like this for a while.

M - Full-bodied and rich, it's creamy and smooth as velvet. Zonker's viscosity makes it flow down the throat nice and slow which produces just a small bit of alcohol warming. A small carbonation crispness can be found on the finish but really it sticks with being a smooth operator.

D - Totally awesome! This beer is fantastic and it quenched my thirst for a really strong, dark, and delicious beer devoid of hop flavor. I'm taking my sweet time with it though. Its much more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 01:28:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tedpeer

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured black with a huge tan head that settled to an eighth inch layer. Lacing to the end.

S - Roasted/smokey.

T - Roasted. Coffee, chocolate. Smoke? Minor bitter in the finish.

M - Thin to medium. Good carbonation.

D - Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:41:09 | More by tedpeer
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Ragingbull

California

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:13:29 | More by Ragingbull
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beerbrains

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Zonker pours like well used motor oil topped with a thin espresso like head.
The nose is mostly bitter chocolate and coffee.
The taste follows the nose closely finishing with the chocolate and some underlying smoke.
Where this beer really stands out is drinability. It is very mellow and easy drinking. I could drink several of these without getting bored or blowing my palate.
Drank this one on it's own, no food paired.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 06:51:57 | More by beerbrains
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black. Espresso like broan head that slowly fades into a thin brown cap. Rings of lacing left behind.

S - Roasted malts and fresh roasted coffee dominate the nose. Bitter-sweet chocolate comes through as the beer warms. Lingering underneath is a hint of juicy American citrus hops.

T - Big roasted malt taste initially with a light burnt taste as well. Coffee and chocoalte play off each other mid-drink but neither is overpowering.

M/D - Lighter side of medium bodied, a little thin. Very good carboantion gives a more lively feel than the typical creamy smooth stout feel. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 16:35:33 | More by ckeegan04
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aggiearcher13

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours quite dark, very tan head.

S: Coffee, roast, some smoke perhaps.

T: Very large coffee component, roasty, seems like smoke but I don't think they used a smoke malt. Finishes very clean.

M: Pretty good, I wouldn't mind a little more body but I think for the style it works.

D: Very drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 04:29:47 | More by aggiearcher13
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tpd975

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to fogdog for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with a nice mocha head. Good retention and some nice lace noted.

S: Nice roasty stout. Bold roast, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke.

T: Very similar to aroma. Bold roast, bitter chocolate with subtle notes of coffee. A nice smokey char hides beneath. Solid tasty treat.

M: A little thin in body

D: Good. Thin is about all I can say bad about this one. I like the roast, the slight smoke, with big chocolate notes. It's a new state rating to boot.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:05:35 | More by tpd975
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beerbroker

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub (great place if you're ever in Jackson).

A - Very dark with light tan head, decent lacing

S - Chocolate, coffee, smoke

T - Slightly sweet with coffee then smoke then chocolate finish. A ton of flavour but very well balanced.

M - Well carbonated with medium body.

Notes: Almost imperial in flavour but lacking the sweetness and alcohol. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 16:45:34 | More by beerbroker
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a complete pitch black with 1/4 inch of dark tan foam

S - Aroma of roasted malts and just a hint of cocoa

T - roasted malts and mild coffee, cocoa

M/D - medium bodied and good tasting, nice carbonation, i'd definitely be into having this one again

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 16:33:47 | More by mikereaser
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 21:46:12 | More by mikesgroove
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93 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.