Zonker Stout | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Zonker StoutZonker Stout

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Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States

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

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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 255
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

stumbled into this in a pizza joint in West Yellowstone & while the chicken parm made me wish I was back in NEPA, this stout more than made up for it.

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Near black body. 1/4" light brown head w/ good retention & lacing.

S: Big chocolate nose - I thought I picked up some roasted coffee & malts too, but chocolate ruled the day.

T: The coffee & roasted malts showed up a little more in the taste - complemented the bittersweet chocolate very well.

M: The body was not as full as I wanted it to be, but the carbonation was low enough that it was still pretty smooth.

D: Went down very easily. It would make a pretty good session beer if you're a stout, chocolate, and/or coffee lover.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Snake River Zonker Stout pours from the stubby bottle into my glass a deep black with a dark brown edge and a finger of light tan foam on top. Aromas of dark roasty, charred malts with plenty of chocolate in the background. Roasty, burnt coffee shows up in the background. Some hops are lurkin in there as well. Rich and malty goodness.

First sip brings a smooth, deep roasty malt character with a somewhat burnt quality to it as well. Chocolate flavors are there as well as a burnt coffee midway through..almost a tad smoky. Subtle bitter hops run in the background. It flows down with a touch of sweetness. Overall, just a solid, tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat chewy...good stuff overall. Doesn't ever get to be too heavy on the palate. Plenty of carbonation and a tad dry on the finish. Overall, this is a soild stout that I would easily grab if it was more readily available. Makes me want to try more Snake River brews. Thanks kmpitz2.

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Photo of ColSanders123
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mentor
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by mattcrill, ala BIF16. Actually, that bottle arrived empty, but then I saw the same beer at Liquor Mart (Boulder) a couple days later. I never would have tried it otherwise, thanks for the suggestion. The freshness notch on the side of the bottle is Oct. Pours a half finger brown-tan head over a black liquid. Poured thicker than I expected from a stout, more like a very dark B-wine. Smells tamed coffee. Roast, but sweetened and with a hint of chocolate. It's got a lactose smell to it, which is a scent I often get in oatmeal stouts, too. Overall the smell is subdued and simple. Tastes of coffee muted with a milk and caramel sweet. I can't tell if the roast is gentle or if the other characteristics steal away the bitter punch of the roast. It's got a little bit of an alcohol sting and some grassy hop character which is coming across to me as Williamette. The sweet runs out in the finish leaving the beer dry and with the feel of roasty bit on the tongue. Wow, I'm really impressed by this simple little stout from a small brewery in the state to the north. Mouthfeel is md-thick and, although the carbonation is fine, it's a bit sharper and more than I would expect. As the beer warms, a sour (from black patent) appears, but this is new challenge of angst is countered by a thick chocolate that has also risen. Well done, this was a really nice offering.

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Photo of tourdot
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with half inch tan head
Smells of chocolate and roasted coffee
Huge taste of chocolate and dark malts with a great finish
Medium full bodied beer that is really quite smooth
I am very happy to have hunted this down, this is a great stout that I will buy frequently

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Photo of TBonez477
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of marc77
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Utterly pitch black. Tall, dense, dogged bister head yields lace. Buttery cocoa and brown sugar sweetened medium roast coffee dominate the aroma. Secondary are dark caramel and molasses hints. Quite welcoming in nose. Paralleling the aroma, agreeably assertive mocha and cocoa butter notes are prevalent. Pronounced, mildly smoky roasted barley complements hop bitterness, transiently lending dryness. Sweetness resumes promptly in a powered, Nestle Quik like fashion. Trace citrusy hop undertone. Full bodied and dextrinous, with a creamy, low attenuation derived mouthfeel. Finishes with fleeting hints of burnt caramel, but otherwise with lingering mocha hints. A delicious stout that is rich in coffee and chocolate character, yet remains soft on the palate. Well balanced, superbly drinkable and highly recommended. Akin to a more subdued Bell's Kalamazoo.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black. Espresso like broan head that slowly fades into a thin brown cap. Rings of lacing left behind.

S - Roasted malts and fresh roasted coffee dominate the nose. Bitter-sweet chocolate comes through as the beer warms. Lingering underneath is a hint of juicy American citrus hops.

T - Big roasted malt taste initially with a light burnt taste as well. Coffee and chocoalte play off each other mid-drink but neither is overpowering.

M/D - Lighter side of medium bodied, a little thin. Very good carboantion gives a more lively feel than the typical creamy smooth stout feel. Easy drinking.

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

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

Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark body, dark tan foam reaches 1/2 inch leaving a thick frothy ring in its wake. Inviting nose of dark chocolate, espresso, and light smoke. Quite potent, it is easy to take in a few whiffs before moving on for a sip.

This is my kind of stout flavor, rather unsweetened, toasty malt flavors with a nice dryness and a bitter finish. Lots of flavor and mild on the alcohol. The mouthfeel is very smooth and silky with a skim-milk level of thickness. Subtle, foamy carbonation hits the tongue just right.

Amazing drinkablility, almost a session stout for sure. I wish I could get more of this stuff...

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Photo of Blaze5445
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

A - Pours a jet black with a thin brown head that disappears to a ring around the side of the glass with a little oil slick like skim in the middle.

S - Strong roasted malt and chocolate. Hints of coffee in the background.

T - Coffee is more prevalent than in the aroma. Roasted malt and a nice rich chocolate. Good balance between sweet and bitter but not even close to astringent.

M - Full and creamy but not heavy and filling.

D - A wonderful stout that I could drink all night long.

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Photo of granger10
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of this brewery or beer but I got it down in Ohio over the holidays on a whim. Definitely a good choice!

Pours an opaque black with a medium airy caramel colored head. Head reduces to nothing and lacing is a bit weak.

Aroma is strong on rich, high quality dark chocolates. Roasted barley and smoky undertones accompany the chocolate. A bit of half and half seems to be there as well.

Taste is similar to aroma but an espresso precense I didn't get in the smell arrives. More of a dry yeast flavor also comes midway through to even out the chocolates. Finish has a bittersweet chocolate taste with a touch of acidity to clean it up.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but its not really smooth. Its very thick and chewy. Odd but I like it.

Overall quite drinkable and enjoyable. I regret only buying one bottle.

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3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bonkers
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as part of my botmc, I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It is jet black, 2 finger sticky head and lots of lacing. It has big coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma. The taste follows teh nose. The finish lingers with dark bitter sweet chocolate. It is medium to full in body. This was a pleasant suprise, This is a beer to be seeked out.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim while on vacation out west. My first brew from Wyoming!
Pours a deep, dark brown, basically black, topped with a large bubbled, toffee colored head. Entirely opaque. Impressive amounts of lace, clinging to the glass everywhere. Smells fairly standard for an american brewed stout. Charry malt, mild citric hop notes, cocoa, coffee, and a dash of toffee for good measure. Pretty clean, with perhaps a soft note of oak, cracked nutshells and damp earth. The flavor opens with a surprisingly smooth dark roast coffee presence. Burnt malt, cocoa, and a light hint of cream. Is this an oatmeal stout? The mouthfeel is super smooth, gentle carbonation, just gliding into the finish. A touch of woody/nutty flavor, like walnuts, into the finish, meeting a well balanced, mildly piney hop flavor. Excellent bittersweetness from the malt, lingering on the palate long after each sip. Roast, roast and more roast. Bigger bodied than I expected, on the fuller side.
Quite complex for a beer of session strength. Absolutely delicious, this is a gem of a beer. Now to figure out how to get more.

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Photo of Benish
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: nearly jet black in color with a little bit of transparency while pouring. Very niche thick foamy brown head after pouring which dissipated to a skim of brown foam surface.

Smell: notes of milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, mocha.

Taste: very chocolatey, some sweetness and finished with a strong notes of coffee. It's not sweet like a milk stout but still closely resembles a milk stout considering the flavors of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: smooth, rich, and creamy.

Overall: this beer is so good, there are no flaws. While it's relatively low in alcohol, its almost like drinking an imperial stout; excellent appearance, strong aromas, and full-bodied. I recommend this.

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