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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:
#1,555
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
486
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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159
Gots:
38
Trade:
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Ratings: 486 |  Reviews: 252
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2.5/5  rDev -40%

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2.5/5  rDev -40%

Photo of warmstorage
2.55/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As sometimes happens, I'm left wondering if I tasted the same beer as others. This beer was a big reason I had high hopes for Snake River, and simply put, it disappointed.

I had it both on CO2 and then cask. The notes below are primarily for the CO2, except as specified.

Aroma: muted, as it was served way too cold. As it warmed, roast and slight chocolate.

Appearance: medium black, appropriate for style, but held up to light it shows a dark ruby with light shining though. I'm left wondering what the hell they are packaging in the bottle that has people describing it as so much darker than what I had on tap. Average head, medium/average carbonation, some lace, tight bubbles that fade fairly quickly. (Cask pour a little different, mostly a nicer, tighter, lacier head.)

Taste was heavy roast and some chocolate, with no noticeable hops. An unpleasant burnt wood/creosote very noticeable, and finishes somewhat sour. The most interesting thing about it was how terribly uninteresting it was, especially for a beer that has received so many accolades and awards. Cask had more pleasant chocolate, and a tiny bit less unpleasant burnt/creosote, but was only marginally better.

Overall, it's a very medium-average American/robust stout. I wouldn't complain if someone else was buying, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to get this.

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2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

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

Photo of BIll_Currie
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Winter
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a thick brown head. Cocoa, roasted grain and chocolate malt in the nose. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Bland front opens up to a bitter-sweet middle of roasted malt and barley. But a hop bitterness dominates the finish. Unfortunately, the flavor turns sour. Overly carbonated right out of the bottle, it softened as the beer warmed a bit to room temperature. This is not a great stout. Drinkable, but not worth purchasing again.

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Photo of Musky
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured silky smooth with a thick reddish head that has small and larger bubbles intermixed. The aroma of coffe and chocolate are strong. Smooth and tangy this one is as the bubbles dance on your tongue leaving a roasted barley aftertaste or burnt however you describe it. Mouthfeel is not as rich as you would normally see from this style of beer and very carbonated. A decent example of the Stout style, does have more hop flavor than I would expect from this style.

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3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very opaque black, some brown highlights, a medium tan head and lots of lace. Smell is sweet, with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a sweet smokiness. Taste is bizaare, as its watery and tasteless until the end of the sip when you're hit with a strong chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation and silky smooth.

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Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark brown head a half inch thick, composed of fine bubbles, topped this black beer that had faint chocolate highlights. Decent head retention too and some lacing to boot. The aroma was creamy, with a light roast coffee character and milk chocolate. The flavour started out quite weak and watery, but sweetness soon followed. Things picked up at the midpoint, with chocolate and hop flavours accompanying a moderate bitterness. A thick, lactose sweetness also showed up at this point. It finished roasty and off-dry, with some lingering acidity. Silky, viscous body and low carbonation with a bit of slickness. Overall, it had a good flavour once it kicked in, but I found myself enjoying it less as I proceeded through the bottle. Thanks Viggo!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

came ina 12 oz brown short neck.
Very attractive looking dark, dark almost pitch black beer with purpleish toes, small very dark tan head good for the style.
Very strong and appealing aroma of dark unsweetned chocolate and sweet overripe black cherries.Cocoa powder and malted milk also
Weird after the great aroma I was expecting more, but what i got was a very sour , lactic tasting stout, with barelly a bit of chocolate flavour near the end and a very sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was pretty mundane and too watery for the style.
I found this beer not very drinkable..a let down .
I hope this was just an odd bad bottle.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back directly from the Jackson Hole. It poured out like motor oil! The head was suprisingly darker than I have noticed from other stouts. It was almost a deep brown. The smell was somewhat pleasing with caramel, buttery, choclate aroma. The taste was nice upfront, but the finish was a little out of balance. The bitter chocolate and roasted nut were a little too sharp for me. It seemed to me that this was a little to heavy for an all nighter. Good stout overall, but a little overrated in my mind.

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3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours deep black with no visibility. 2 fingers of strong off white head rises with good retention. Patchy lacing.

S: Deep roasted, almost burn malts. Just a hint of bitter chocolate and some sweet molasses.

T/M: Roasted maltiness and grains are the main feature. Hops add a much needed bitterness to balance things out a bit. The chocolate however is almost unnoticeable. Body is pretty full with mild carbonation.

D: Pretty decent stout. Would liked to have seen a bit more sweetness. I have a few more in the fridge so I'll drink those but there are a bunch of others I think I'd go to first.

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3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This Wyoming beauty pours black with a frothy brown head.
Aroma: The nose is roasty, with a definite smell of bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor: It has a medium mouthfeel with an almost oily texture. The finish is dry. This is a straight ahead, dry stout. It's very nicely done.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.42/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Huffs
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mltobin
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Roberto11232
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of whahappened27
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 486 ratings
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