Zonker Stout | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States
snakeriverbrewing.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,662
Reviews:
259
Ratings:
506
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
43
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 506 |  Reviews: 259
Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color, dark tan head. This is not the silky smooth Guinness-style stout. It's more intensely roasted with chocolate and caramel notes. Still very good, a solid enjoyable stout in every way.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jrosso
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with a thick head. Great aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee with a taste to match. A very well balanced stout at 6%. This beer has been recognized time and time again while being a six-time medalist at the #gabf and a four-time medalist at the world beer cup.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a fine, half finger, light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, bread crust, cocoa and a hint of caramel, appealing. Flavor follows with dark toasted malt with light char, brown bread crust, cocoa and a little mild chocolate, hints of coffee and caramel. Nice lingering lightly charred malt and cocoa finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The flavor profile is spot on export stout, but this is what this style should taste like. Very smooth and integrated even down to the light malt char. Nice caramel and coffee notes on the edges. Looks, smells and tastes great. I'm spoiled by the big BA stouts I drink frequently and these smaller stouts sometimes taste underwhelming; this is an exception. Very nicely done. I look forward to trying this brewery again.

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Photo of cd34
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Canned 11/28/17.

Appearance: rich black hue with a finger of frothy dark-tan foam. Damn nice.

Smell: moderately roasty with a bit of a malty sweetness. Not a bad aroma, but I'd love a little more intensity and/or complexity.

Taste: lightly roasty and a little bit sweet; like the aroma, it's good but I'd love a little bit more intensity.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a very smooth creaminess. I really like it!

Overall: what this beer lacks in complexity and volume, it makes up for in drinkability. I dig it.

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Photo of Marklar9000
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great example of the style that managed to show up in my fridge (given to me by a buddy).

Charcoal-black pour with a thick khaki head; nice, classic look for the style. Good looking beer. Head lasts a while.

Aroma is fire-roasted malts, smoke, char, dark roast coffee grounds and dark chocolate.

Taste is roasted malt, French Roast, dark bitter chocolate, charred bread, campfire. Toast and roasty throughout but nothing sweet or acrid. Nice malt and bitter balance.

Dry, earthy, smoky and crisp. Drinks clean and easy. Nice flag bearer of the style.

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Photo of Official_space_cadet
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top 2 or 3 best stout I've ever had. Can or not this is delicious

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Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served in a tulip glass. Pours a dark black body, two finger massive offwhite head, good retention, lots of lacing. The head size is fairly obnoxious, and has the look of overcarbonation. Smell is licorice, milk chocolate, cocoa, resin and herbal notes. Touch of citrus. In some ways this is much like a black IPA. Flavour is a milk chocolate combination with resin, a bit of leather, touch of roasted malt, licorice and herbal notes. Sort of like a citrusy chocolate combination with a floral, sort of resinous, bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium thinner bodied, good carbonation, smooth roasty creaminess with a bit of floral and citrus hop dosing on the backend. Essentially drinks like a solid black IPA, with a heavy emphasis on the roasted malts.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a large fluffy brown head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like heavy roast, light cream, slight smoke, and dark chocolate.

It doesn't get much better than this for the style. It's got a killer roasted grain flavor- slight smokey, all roasty, with a little bit of high quality chocolate flavor. It's really creamy, with a nice vanilla feel to it.

This is pretty creamy, with a medium body, and a good level of carbonation for the style.

I'd been waiting to try this one a while, and it lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ronniebruner
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to tacosandbeer for this can.

A - Pitch black pour, burnt toffee colored creamy lacing that's very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, light char and smoke, delicate cream, roasted cocoa, and has a slight astringent

T - A nice balance between smokiness, roasted chocolate, delicate cream, and some acidity that blends perfectly.

M - Medium body, dry on the back of the tongue.

O - For a 6% Stout? Zonker packs a TON of flavor and character into 12 oz.!.!.!

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 506 ratings