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Zonker Stout | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
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246 Reviews
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
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
464
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
11.96%
 
 
Wants:
153
Gots:
37
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 464
Photo of jellikit
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark. Black. Red hue on edges when held to light. Thin head with small bubbles. Thin lacing clings to glass.

Smell: toasty, roasty, smokey.

Taste: chocolate malt and roasted barley are balanced well to give it a smoothe roasted and dark malt flavor. Hops match well with malts. Balanced well.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-low carbonation. Dry with a slightly sweet beginning. Thick, big body. Think Kim Kardashian.

Overall: this is a good example of an American Stout. Not great, not bad. I would drink it again.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured a deep, so deep dark black that when held up to a light it didn't penetrate, black, The dark, tan head was abundant but not overabundant.

The chocolate malts takes charge of the nose. Or maybe it is the coffee. Or maybe it is the roasted. Nothing else but malt seemed to come through, even though they claim to have three hops- Columbus, East Kent, and Tettnang. The hops were flat overpowered.

If I said the malts came through in the nose, well that was nothing compared to the tongue. My, my the seven malts tore up the taste buds. The roasted malts jumped out in the lead but followed by the chocolate. The sweet finish was equisite.

If this stout has one weakness it is its mouthfeel . It is medium and slightly creamy. If it were more creamy, this might be the perfect stout.

This is one of the beers that I think could be used to define a stout. My I cannot say enough about this beer except, I think I will walk into the garage and get another out of the fridge.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter

A: Pours jet black, I actually mean black, not brown. Medium-brown head that stays supported for some time and ends up leaving a bit of lacing. Looks great.

S: Slightly toasty malts with strong dark fruit notes and a strong molasses smell. Maybe a bit of cocoa. Smells more complex than I expected.

T: Lightly roasted malts taste great accompanied by some dark fruit and slight hints of chocolate with a weak semi-bitter coffee finish. Tastes good, but not anything amazing.

M&D: Mouthfeel is very, very smooth with just enough carbonation. Very light and silky. Drinkability is very high on this one, as someone said it's way more drinkable than you'd expect from a 6.0abv.

Overall: I'm glad I picked this rando in a make-your-own 6-pack. It looks great. The taste and smell are good, but the drinkability and price are what will get me to but this one again. This one's worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: A dark stout with a nice tan head. Small bubbles. The head doesn't last forever but there is some lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruits are upfront in the nose. Burnt caramel notes with a smokey finish.

Taste: Heavy roasted/smokey flavor. Figs and other dark fruits. Hops add a light spice to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel is okay. I like a thicker stout.

Drinkability: This could easily be a session beer. It was for me on my last brew session.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This a great stout.

L- jet black with dark tan head

S- roasty

T- very roasty, lite coffee

F- subtle carbonation, great for this particular beer

O- one of my favorite 'low abv' stouts I've ever encountered. Had it on nitro in their taproom and knew it needed to be carbonated to be properly enjoyed. Grabbed a 6er, and was more than happy with the choice. Really wish I would have got several cases, to be honest. The canned, regularly carbonated version of this really delivered, though I would drink the nitro version again in a pinch ;)

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Photo of kagent777
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a six pack with a best before (not a canned on date) of 12-30-13. I poured this one into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Obviously a black beer. No light going through this one. It has a thin dark tan head. Laces a little bit.

Smell: Roast and char with some cocoa and vanilla. Maybe a hint on earthy hops. The cocoa is quite nice to balance the bitter. As it warms up, there is a husky grainyness that shows up.

Taste: Wonderful bittersweet cocoa, roast and ash. The creamy sweetness of the cocoa perfectly balances the bitter of the roast. This one really threads that needle so well.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful creamy mouthfeel with lower carbonation.

Overall: This is an amazing stout. I initially tried this one ten years ago, and did not like it for some reason. This was before I really knew anything about quality beer. I missed a lot of time enjoying this beer, and now I need to try to make that up again. This is an instant buy any time I see it. All of this in a regular release canned beer. It does not get much better.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick rich black that verry little light gets through with a one finger tan head that fades to a lite lacing around the glass, the taste is one of bakers chocalt, coffie and burnt malt, this bitter from start to finish, the last taste is one of hops and burnt coffiee that leaves me asking for more. i got three of these in a trade, i will have to trade for more. this is a top shelf stout for sure

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/28/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glass: Chimay Chalice

Pours dark as night w/ a 1 finger tan head that produces pretty heavy lacing. Aromas of chocolate, a touch of molasses, charred malts, and biscuit. The taste was light chocolate, molasses, breadiness, char, and ever so mild hop bite. Thin to medium bodied. Very easy drinker.

Overall, foreign-export stouts are not really my thing, but it fits the style category perfectly. Also, this is the best example of the style I have ever had!

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-deep brown tap pour with dark tan fine foam. Aroma is toasted malt. Flavors include mild coffee, dark chocolate and a wisp of wood. Full bodied with a relatively dry finish.

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Photo of joefuzz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into glass

This is one awesome looking beer pours pitch black with a finger and a half mocha head

Smells kind of like coco pebbles cereal

Some bitter dark chocolate and plenty of roasted malt...very well balanced

Mouthfeel is lighter...this beer doesn't feel heavy with all the flavor in it. carbonation on the lower side.

Overall I love lower abv stouts that are huge on flavor and this beer is perfect of that.

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Photo of trep
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found a random 6-pack of this at my local shop so I bought a single bottle after reading the good reviews on it.

Pours as black as any imperial stout i've seen except maybe expedition. Creamy chocolate brown head...tons of lacing as it fades. 0 light penetration. Looks about as good as i've seen for an American Stout. Vibrant chocolate, raisins, a bit of alcohol. Roasted coffee and the smell of wet tobacco. If this beer tastes as good as it looks and smells i'm definitely going back for the rest of the 6'r.

Smooth coffee and chocolate glide you through to the roasted coffee finish. Very sweet, almost like a milk/sweet stout. A good bit of tobacco also. Reminds me alot of Mackeson XXX Stout. This is incredibly good and smooth as can be. Probably the single best American Stout ive ever had. To think that this is a less than 6% stout and has this complex of flavor is mindblowing.

Creamy, smooth, medium-full bodied. Think melted chocolate ice cream consistency. Quite perfect. Incredibly drinkable also, I am officially going back to get the rest of the 6'er.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint pour from tap at Snake River Brewing.
A- deep dark color with very nice brownish colored head
S- strong hint of roasted coffee and cocoa
T- coffee on front and cocoa on back
F- full bodied flavor

A descent (coffee) stout but certainly not a Coffee Ruckus brewed by Melvin!

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Motor-oil black in color with two fingers of chocolate-brown head that retains well and laces the glass like crazy.

Smell: Big roasted malt aroma up front. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Light hops. An invitation to drink.

Taste: Can you say toasty? Lightly sweetened, huge roasted malt flavor kicks things off, with underlying hints of chocolate and caramel. Deliciously balanced coffee and hop bitterness at the back, and finishes kinda dry.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with medium carbonation. A little bit creamy and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Despite its heavier body and bigger flavor, it's actually quite sessionable. Drinks easy and you could definitely have a few of these.

Final Notes: A very well-executed stout that doesn't have the unpleasant burnt taste that some other stouts do. Deliciously balanced and satisfying, it would pair well with a variety of grilled/barbecued veggies and meats.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a modest cocoa head, which drops quickly, leaving a little bubbly island of foam in the middle of a dark sea.

Smells really big, and by that I mean like a RIS. Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, plums.

Tastes like what the aroma told me it would. Roasty/toasty, semi-sweet chocolate, raisons, faint plums. Very good tasting stout.

The mouthfeel is my least favorite thing about this beer. It seems like there is just a little too much carbonation. With just a tad less, this would be liquid velvet. It doesn't seem to match up to the taste, in fact it seems to take away somewhat.

Overall, a very good beer. I will be purchasing many more of these, and enjoying them throughout the fall and winter. Very drinkable, and sort of between RIS, and American Stout. Get some.

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Photo of dwren89
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: ink black, opaque, dark tan head

Aroma: chocolate, coffee, and roasty caramel, clean yeast

Taste: great chocolate flavor that fades To caramel on the finish, with a semisweet coffee and caramel hint to it. Smooth and easy drinking. Exceptionally well balanced

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, thick, and soft. A great sipper with full body and low carbonation

Overall: Fantastic overall. Great semisweet chocolate with coffee and caramel hints. Well balanced, creamy, and easy drinking.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours quite dark, very tan head.

S: Coffee, roast, some smoke perhaps.

T: Very large coffee component, roasty, seems like smoke but I don't think they used a smoke malt. Finishes very clean.

M: Pretty good, I wouldn't mind a little more body but I think for the style it works.

D: Very drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this deep cola colored beer into a pint glass to enjoy. Gave a good amount of head when poured and reduced to a good amount of lacing lingering on the rim of the glass. The aroma of cooking chocolate greets the nose and gives hints of the spice. The coffee grounds and sweeter then expected chocolate taste. Overall this is a great tasting stout that I would recommend anyone try!

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Photo of tedpeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured black with a huge tan head that settled to an eighth inch layer. Lacing to the end.

S - Roasted/smokey.

T - Roasted. Coffee, chocolate. Smoke? Minor bitter in the finish.

M - Thin to medium. Good carbonation.

D - Pretty good.

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Photo of JNewbs
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black as night with a small off white head that doesn't go away. Decent lacing as it drinks.

Smell is exceptional - sweet with a malty background and hints of coffee and caramel.

Taste is more coffee than was in the smell, but the roasted malt and chocolate still come through.

The mouthfeel was pretty typical of the class. Thick but not Imperial thick, if you know what I mean.

Drinkability was superb. I could house a 6er of these no problem, and the psychosomatic effect of the coffee taste would keep me going all night.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, thick but not motor oil thick. Two fingers of tan head looks great. No light penetrating through this beer.

Smell: vanilla and roasty notes hit the nose straight from the pour. Smells exactly like a good stout should.

Taste: chocolate, roasty, perfectly balanced with hops. yumm. cant ecplain the taste very well but it is fantastic with fantastic feel as well.

Overall, this is my new favorite stout. SImply fantastic. I can easily see why it has won so many awards. This review does the beer no justice but just a great everyday readily available go to stout.

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Photo of germaniac
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inky blackness from a 12oz stubby bottle.

The aroma of sweet malts and chocolate dominate, with hint of coffee bean in there, too.

Taste is roasted malt, with a slight hoppiness that fades into a baker's chocolate sweetness.

Has a medium body and carbonation levels, smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyable. I think I might have found a replacement for 8 Ball and Sierra Nevada Stout.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnGault1 for this traded bottle. Poured a black stout with slight lightness about it-not really viscous pour with that oily look. Smelled of toasted malt, chocolate, and maybe some darker fruits. Taste followed up the smell with a roasted coffee, vanilla flavor. Some dark bitter cocoa was there. I didn't pick up a lot of fruit but maybe a slight bit of caramel. Fairly full in the mouth but crisp for a stout. Hops are there but don't add floral or citrus maybe add to an earthy feel on the swallow. I could drink a few of these in a row. Nothing that will blow you away, but this is a well crafted, well balanced beer that highlights classic stout flavors.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a notch in the month of Jan. on the label. Compliments of JohnGalt1.

Near solid black body with a frothy, mocha head. Roasted coffee aroma, and the same goes for the taste. Aftertaste of coffee flavors lingers on the tongue with some hop bitterness right before. Good carbonation. Not a heavily bodied beer. A very nicely balanced stout that is extremely drinkable. One of the better stouts that I have had in awhile that didn't have "Imperial" or "Russian" in the name.

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Photo of tar
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer while doing field work in Wyoming and made sure to bring a few back with me to Chicago (wish I had brought more). Pours a nice thick black-even when held up to a light, none passes through. A thinish, red-brown, foamy head diminishes fairly quickly to a thin layer of light brown bubbles. Wonderful smell of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Full bodied, smooth, and very tasty. Lovely coffee and chocolate malt taste. Filling but highly drinkable. An outstanding beer and definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of crhensel
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle into English pint) Pours a velvety black with a small tan head that fell fast, except around the edge of the glass, leaving a nice lacing as it went. Aroma is, as expected, of the roast with some hints of chocolate and a slight hint of smoke. Very smooth in the mouth, there is a little more jump to the carbonation than I expected, but it helped to pull the nice roast chocolate flavor forward, as well as a bit of a sharp hop bite, which was a pleasant surprise. I would have liked a little more of a sharper finish with that bite, but the flavor just seemed to linger a hair too long. Not the best example i have had of the style, but FAR from the worst!

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Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
4.18 out of 5 based on 464 ratings.
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