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Zonker Stout - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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320 Ratings

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 109
Gots: 12 | 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.

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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

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

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

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

01-15-2009 21:46:12 | More by mikesgroove
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

01-09-2009 06:12:38 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Tolnik


4.38/5  rDev +5%

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!

11-13-2008 04:04:20 | More by Tolnik
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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!

11-06-2008 23:10:54 | More by indiapaleale
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +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

10-22-2008 12:22:08 | More by orcasteve
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

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

09-20-2008 05:09:17 | More by blackie
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

09-07-2008 00:34:00 | More by Proteus93
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-31-2008 03:32:56 | More by dancinwillie
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West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

08-28-2008 02:38:53 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

08-11-2008 04:33:42 | More by SkeeterHawk
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

07-21-2008 02:16:59 | More by francisweizen
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

a: This was damn near pitch black. It poured with a one inch, creamy, sticky, light tan head.

s: Malty aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of coffee. Some smokey vanilla as well. Mild but enticing.

t: This is a very smokey stout. Pleasant mocha flavors tinged with some bitter cherries. At times I tasted raw cocoa.

m: Great body for such a low abv. The carbonation was nice and creamy.

d: Another in a long line of great brews from JohnGalt1. Thanks Toby, for the tasty stout.

06-26-2008 10:49:51 | More by DIM
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours incredibly thick, dark as hell and a weird foamy bubbly dark-white head. Smells of dark roasted peanuts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Almost a little medicinal note hands on the background, which scored the nose a little lower than it could have been. Palate is well integrated, with candied dark chocolate, with a surprising light mouthfeel. COFFEE rolls out hardcore at the finish, showing all its privates. Good

05-06-2008 05:36:32 | More by Twerknasty
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Dense head fades at a moderate pace, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is dark malts, light chocolate and coffee tints. Taste matches the nose perfectly. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is quite good. Nice stout.

04-22-2008 21:55:10 | More by ppoitras
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours nearly pitch black with an excellent tan head. It has amazing retention and leaves lacing down the glass. Smells somewhat dry and grainy at first. Good scents of chocolate and coffee. Roasted grains. Taste is great. A sweet start, becoming creamy but a slightly dry finish. Roasted flavors. Some coffee and chocolate. Doughy, roasty, bready, a little butter. Creamy, rich, and silky smooth mouthfeel again but dry in the finish. Very drinkable Stout here. To me it's up there with Obsidian and Cadillac Mtn. which I will revisit again soon courtesy of Deltatauhobbit.

Thanks goes to younger35 (who probably can't get this since the move) for a few bottles. :-)

03-30-2008 04:10:41 | More by ncvbc
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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

Bottle sent by bitterbill on BA, thanks! Poured basically impenetrable black with a medium lasting tan head. Smell is dry, dark roasty malt and a dark chocolately cocoa element. Taste is dryish dark roastiness with some sort of big hop presence and/or metallic taste, which grew on me. Medium mouthfeel to very slightly full with medium carbonation. Pretty nice and a bit unique. Definitely worth trying, and I enjoyed this one overall.

03-24-2008 21:04:03 | More by JDV
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks JohnGalt1 for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.
Pitch black, although the edges have some crimson highlights, it is topped by a nice looking, shiny brown head that is small but holds well, and leaves nice lacing on its way down.
Aroma is heavy on espresso, but also shows chocolate and an overall roasty smell.
Medium to full in body, it is quite easy to drink, showing the same heavy espresso notes but also layers of chocolate and a vanilla roasted note, all well balanced by a firm bitterness, a bit beyond the average.
A very nice, low alcohol stout - as good as a session stout as you will find.

03-08-2008 03:20:47 | More by brdc
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

Thanks to JohnGault1 for this traded bottle. Poured a black stout with slight lightness about it-not really viscous pour with that oily look. Smelled of toasted malt, chocolate, and maybe some darker fruits. Taste followed up the smell with a roasted coffee, vanilla flavor. Some dark bitter cocoa was there. I didn't pick up a lot of fruit but maybe a slight bit of caramel. Fairly full in the mouth but crisp for a stout. Hops are there but don't add floral or citrus maybe add to an earthy feel on the swallow. I could drink a few of these in a row. Nothing that will blow you away, but this is a well crafted, well balanced beer that highlights classic stout flavors.

03-07-2008 22:42:57 | More by hopsleeroy
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Seems I rarely drink any American stouts lately. Everything is generally a huge RIS or of the like. For a measly 5.8% ABV stout this is damn fine looking. Nearly black in color with only slight caramel streaks. A huge head of mocha erupted in my glass to form a three inch high pillow. Leaving great looking thick sticky lacing in it's path.

Loaded with black fruits and black licorice. Black currant, and blackberry lead the way into a roasty malt with a hint of coffee and vanilla. Dark chocolate meets with a spicey citrus hop.

An amazing beer. Like mentioned before I'm somewhat ruined on non "imperial" beers and it's too bad. They're not many beers out there that are in the ABV range with this complexity and this much depth. The sign of a great brewer!! (The lager is amazing as well).

So much going on. Gooey chocolate covered caramel or milk duds overtake the middle and finish and leave a slick glyceryl streak that is quite creamy and enticing. Dark fruits and the roast of the malt then comes through. Variety of fruit flavors ranging from black cherry to vanilla yogurt currants. Black raspberry and other berry flavors lead into a less bit of black licorice than the nose would suggest. A hop bite on the finish makes things one.

To be honest I've seen Snake River beers on the shelf in my area for a few years and never tried the beer because I really think the packaging is unattractive. I now know that in the future maybe I shouldn't be so shallow.

Loving everything I've tried from these guys.

02-07-2008 21:59:31 | More by mcallister
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

A very nice Stout.

A: Very deep brown. Almost black. Tan head isn't particularly dense, but leaves heavy lace.

S: Heavy roasted malt aroma with coffee and chocolate overtones. Good stuff.

T: Coffee qualities. Roasted malts dominate and have a burnt quality to them. Hops add bitterness, but take a back seat to the malt in the flavor department. Finishes extremely dry.

M: Medium body. A little too much carbonation for my tastes.

D: Very drinkable, but I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting. Feels like it would go well with a heavy meal.

01-26-2008 05:34:41 | More by Rayek
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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

Almost jet black in color. Small tan head on top. Low aroma-very coppery smelling-think penny! Deep, rich flavor. Heavy roasted tatse. Almsot a celery-like graininess to it. Slight burnt taste. Good full mouthfeel. Finish is rather dry. A decent stout for sure. The aroma is almost too much each time I raise the glass but the flavor more then makes up for it.

01-05-2008 20:40:49 | More by lackenhauser
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

12oz from the Coop.. for about $1.50.. shared with a buddy.. mine from a shaker pint.

Big 2 finger head.. darker tan with fantastic lacing.. black .. black .. black .. no light shines through even when held to a bare bulb.

Aroma is BLACK! Dark roasted ... dark chocolate.. etc.. only enough sweetness to be able to discern... cold coffee comes to mind.

Roasted barley and black malt bitterness is very present.. but not out of hand at all.... bittersweet chocolate midpalate and a nice balance of malty sweetness... though just enough to tie everything together. Good body .. medium for the style.. sorta creamy finish.. lingering chocolate... earthy hops as it warms.

Snake river makes pretty good brews and I would consider this their bottled flagship. If you ever make it to Jackson Hole, stop at the brewpub .. A little touristy, but also where the locals drink good beer.

12-24-2007 09:27:00 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Purchased this brew at the Coop because I knew that I would be at work a bit late by myself. Reviewed this beer as I waited for stuff to finish downloading. Drank out of a clear plastic cup (just like the Bros recommend).

Appearance- This stuff pours black and amazingly thick for a non imperial stout. Great one finger dark tan head that leaves a perfect cap and collar. Leaves quite a bit of thick sticky lacing down my glass.
Smell- Lots of gorgeous sweet roastiness starts before the soft chocolate tones roll in. A tiny bit of coffee is present but very scattered along with a hint of molasses.
Taste- A gentle roast that is loaded with milk chocolate and cream are more than abundant. The roast gradually gets a bit nutty and slightly bitter as the beer goes down. Some notes of French roast are present finishing with a very slight fruitiness. Almost a toned down bitter chocolate covered raspberry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Semi thin for the style but not by much. Good carbonation that adds a bit of bite.
Drinkability- This is a fantastic Stout that I drink very frequently but haven’t had time to review. I have it once or twice a week at lunch when I eat at the Coop, not to mention the times I suck on one while watching TV. Great beer and by far the best brew that Snake River makes. Highly recommended!

12-18-2007 00:25:40 | More by younger35
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