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: 120
Gots: 16 | 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 sholland119
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of electricfields
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of dqderrick
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of tedpeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of beerbrains
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of beerbroker
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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

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 Hojaminbag
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another brew sent to me by Wasatch, thanks John.

A pretty beer here. Dark, dark body. Black, even the most extreme edge of the body barely lets a hint of light through. About a finger of rocky, pock-marked head that is a mocha brown. Has some decent retention, and leaves nice rings and sheets of lacing. A great looking stout.

Sweet, dark malts come through in the nose. Lots of chocolate notes. A little bit of coffee in the background.

This is certainly not a one dimensional stout at all. Sweet chocolate malts pair with coffee flavors and a nice hop profile. The strongest flavor is definitely the sweet chocolate, and it is the first one that is noticeable also. Next comes enough of a hint of hops to balance things out without taking over the flavor. Finishes with a moderate coffee flavor that is much stronger than in the nose.

The mouthfeel here is really great, maybe even the most impressive aspect of the beer. Smooth and creamy. Creamy in a great way, not heavy at all.

Drinkability is high on this one; it is a great stout.

Photo of Tolnik
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this deep cola colored beer into a pint glass to enjoy. Gave a good amount of head when poured and reduced to a good amount of lacing lingering on the rim of the glass. The aroma of cooking chocolate greets the nose and gives hints of the spice. The coffee grounds and sweeter then expected chocolate taste. Overall this is a great tasting stout that I would recommend anyone try!

Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep, dark...almost pitch black. The head is about 3/4 of an inch of coffee colored goodness. From the way this one pours, you'd think it was an imperial stout.

Smell is rich dark bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and sweet malt. Very inviting.

Taste is extremely smooth with hints of espresso, nuts and that bite that comes from dark roasted malt.

Overall an excellent bottled stout. I am very impressed!

Photo of orcasteve
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick rich black that verry little light gets through with a one finger tan head that fades to a lite lacing around the glass, the taste is one of bakers chocalt, coffie and burnt malt, this bitter from start to finish, the last taste is one of hops and burnt coffiee that leaves me asking for more. i got three of these in a trade, i will have to trade for more. this is a top shelf stout for sure

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: near black in color, mocha head, reasonable retention, looks pretty appealing

s: roasty through and through with accompanying notes of toasted nuts and molasses, pure dark chocolate and cacao bean, good caramel malt complexity and perhaps a light touch of smoke, green pine hops offer a nice counterpart

m: carbonation just under medium and smooth, full bodied but not heavy

t: much like the aroma, big roasts give notes of dark chocolate and earth, good caramel sweetness well tempered by hop and char, nice molasses note, formidable evergreen hop flavor and moderate bitterness

d: easily drainable for a stout

overall: a standard for the style, a tasty beer that I am glad to have tried

standard pint at the brewpub and a bottle at Mountain High Pizza Pie in Jackson...updated slightly 10/13/09 with a sixer purchased in Rock Springs, WY

Photo of Proteus93
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent as an extra from TheodorHerzl - much appreciated!

A: Straight up stout black, though there are some hints of dark brown around areas of the edges... have to look for them, though. A chocolatey head of creamy foam tops it all off.

S: The aroma is more of what I would normally get out of an RIS... chocolate, coffee, and roasted malty scents.

T: Not as huge as I might have expected, but a pleasant medley of flavours - chocolate, light coffee, some hints of plum.

M + D: A rather slick feel with a zip of carbonation in there. With a modest ABV, it's a nice and flavourful stout that would be easily sessionable for some. Good stuff.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a modest cocoa head, which drops quickly, leaving a little bubbly island of foam in the middle of a dark sea.

Smells really big, and by that I mean like a RIS. Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, plums.

Tastes like what the aroma told me it would. Roasty/toasty, semi-sweet chocolate, raisons, faint plums. Very good tasting stout.

The mouthfeel is my least favorite thing about this beer. It seems like there is just a little too much carbonation. With just a tad less, this would be liquid velvet. It doesn't seem to match up to the taste, in fact it seems to take away somewhat.

Overall, a very good beer. I will be purchasing many more of these, and enjoying them throughout the fall and winter. Very drinkable, and sort of between RIS, and American Stout. Get some.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with no light passing through it, but the beer looked to be pretty clear as it was going into the glass. There were very few bubbles to make a head, and it was small and tan for only about 20 seconds. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after the beer is gone.

Aroma: Lots of chocolate with a little bit of roast, and no real hops to speak of. There is some toastiness to the malt and a little bit of dark caramel, but the chocolate malt is the aroma in charge here. As the beer warms up some, you can start to pick up a little bit of the hops put in this beer as well as a little bit of alcohol in the nose. It isn't "hot" alcohol, but it is getting more noticeable.

Taste: Yep, it's chocolate. It has a nice flavor with the dark malts being the predominant flavor, but not so overpowering to make you feel like you need a water chaser to wash the soot off your palate. This beer is dark, and driven by dark malts, but there are enough supporting flavors as to make it pretty well balanced. AS the beer warms up some, there is a slight ashy flavor coming out as well as some hops are starting to make their way in to the limelight. You can also start to pick up the alcohol a bit as it warms up further.

Opinion: I actually like this beer quite a bit. I think that it has a nice blend of flavors and I like the malty balance that is persistent the whole way through. The chocolate is showcased in this beer, and that is not a bad thing. They could almost sell it as a chocolate beer. Either way, I think that this is a prety good beer, and I would certainly try it again.

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

Body black, head of khaki
I've had this one so much its' whacky
aroma of coffee, toffee too, my cat likes it
so should you

Aroma of malt and chocolate too
hops are their but muted too

taste is as aroma shows
dont get the foam on your nose

Wyoming breweries are pretty rad
this stout, it will make you glad
Mouthfeel medium not too thick
drinkability is pretty sick

Drink this one it's distributed wide
but you gotz to live on the west side
I'll tell you this on tap it's best
especially in Alaska whe you are wearing a sailing vest

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