Zonker Stout | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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482 Ratings
Zonker StoutZonker Stout
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
Ratings:
482
Reviews:
251
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
38
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 482 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of rarigney
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of xanderbock
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into pint glass.

L: Pours black with a fluffy, brown head. The head holds for a bit, but as it dissipates there is nice lacing left around the glass.

S: Light cocoa/coffee, light roast that becomes more present as it warms, and some fruitiness on the nose. Caramel notes come forward as it warms too.

T: Light roast, some acrid/burnt notes from the roasted malts, light chocolate notes. Caramel and some sweetness as it warms as well. Bitterness from the roasted barley and hops are present.

F: Bitterness coats the tongue each sip, but is pleasant. Carbonation is light/medium with a medium body. There's a silkiness to the beer on each sip.

O: Solid example of a stout. Has everything you would expect with roast, bitterness, chocolate, and smooth.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Jackson WY.
Opaque black body with an excellent very durable tan head.
Aroma: light spicy hops, dark toast, licorice and alcohol esters.
Flavor: moderate strength and high bitterness for style.
Full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic. The appearance was a dark brown to black color with a nice looking semi-dark tan head that really took it’s time dissipating. In the wake, there’s a nice semi-thick coating of lace. The smell was full of roasted coffee bean amplified by a deep dark roasted chocolate malt coming forth like milk chocolate. The taste took those previously mentioned flavors to town to let in a fury of roast and bitter. As it continued to warm, sweet chocolate invades yet balances very nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. The carbonation was smooth. This one really ramped up a nice rolling sweet bitter roastiness coating my tongue. Overall, hot damn! I really liked this one. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Casey_L
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Can from a 4-pack. Pours quite black, mate. Finger and a half head that's sudsy. Aroma is chocolate, smoke, some coffee. Smells quite rich.

Taste is instantly pleasing, bitter chocolate, ashy coffee, a thick mocha feel and none of this is overpowering. Cream, nutty, all that yet surprisingly smooth for what presents as pretty rich. As BA user @Benish says, it drinks like an imperial although it's only 6%.

Malt, tobacco, good roast characteristics. Honey? All this and WW2. Finish is sticky and a bit chewy.
Great body and feel. Bitter is slight on this, more a subtheme than the main plot. Finishes with a slight chocolate-covered cherry.

Really, it's just a base roasty stout with tons of great nuances. For 6% I'm still getting some of the alcohol as well. Pretty amazing foreign stout, a style I don't have a lot of experience with. Quite recommended.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

12 oz can dated 6/6/16. Oh boy. Poured into Kane glass.

L: 1F tan head with decent retention, some lacing, leaves thin tan cap and ring. Beer is dark black.

S: AFAIK it's still in good shape. This stout is all in the roasted malts and grains - barley, chocolate, caramel. If it was more intense than this months ago, that must be something.

T: Comes through here as well. All roasted chocolate and caramel malts, along with roasted barley and a coffee character that naturally results from the roasting. May have lost a little bit over the months, but definitely not a significant amount.

F: This is light to medium body, almost porter-like. Light carbonation. Roasty taste lingers on palate and stays neutral throughout. Good construction and balance.

O: Reminds me a lot of Carton Adjunct, just an excellent no-frills basic stout. Reputation definitely earned and deserved.

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Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mythaeus
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Act25
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best 6% stout ever, sets a new high mark.
A) rocky, jagged head that lasts and laces over a jet black body.
S) Best part, char, coffee and chocolate duking it out along with hop bitterness and a major, fruity, prune like malt base.
T) Abundant, following the smell, a charred, woodsmoke feast with coffee and chocolate on the simmer, and a long drying herbal, pruney finish.
F) Just weighty enough without being heavy and that long, slow dry finish.
O) Could make this my go-to beer, or could be black & Tanned with any beer for great improvement. Try 24. A personal best.

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Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChipChaight
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours pitch black with nice mocha head and great lacing, smell is sweet and smokey malts that transitions into coffee bean bitterness that lingers, this beer is medium bodied with great carbonation. A very solid and flavorful roasted stout.

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

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

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop in late July for $1.66. Canned on 4/3/16.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head on the initial pour.

Nose is strongly roasted malts.

Taste is heavy on the roasted malts, maybe a touch of smoked malts in the mix. Touch of coffee and cocoa detected. Decently hopped for a well balanced finish.

Feel is medium bodied and very smooth for a smaller brew.

Overall a very good stout that i would recommend. I have been to the brewpub twice (never rated it) and always get this as my first brew. Glad to see limited distro has hit Arizona!

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Photo of bloatednemesis
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, with a tan/brown head. Smells like coffee. Taste has lots of coffee, just enough bitterness to complement the deep dark malt flavors. It is medium to big bodied for a 6% stout, silky smooth. Overall this is EASILY my favorite stout.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
4.17 out of 5 based on 482 ratings.
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