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:
#1,731
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
502
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 502 |  Reviews: 256
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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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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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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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

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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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 502 ratings