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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:
#1,565
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
489
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
38
Trade:
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Ratings: 489 |  Reviews: 253
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

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

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

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick jet black color with a one finger creamy and silky dark-brown head that has great retention, leaving some lacing behind

S- big earthy roasty notes up front with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malt & creamy vanilla

T- taste follows aroma for the most part; smoky chocolate malt gives a dark chocolate bitterness, along with some sweet caramel and vanilla notes. Mid-palate gives notes of charcoal and some nuttiness with some earthy hops on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy & silky dry finish

O- in the world of adjunct everything, sometimes it's nice to have a straight up stout, and this is one of the best I've had in a while

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Photo of moundbz
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patinthebronx
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet Black with a thin but steady head.
Smell of roasted coffee, dark chocolate
Very dry taste, chocolate notes on a very smooth pallet.

This is the best (Non-imperial) stout that I have had. It's nothing short of an awesome beer. If you find this beer, drink it, and you too will love it.

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

Photo of ufmib
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, plenty of malt in this one, solid appearance of thick texture. Beige head, 1/2" deep. Plenty of roast and chocolate malt in the nose, this is running very straightforward thus far.

More of the same in the taste, lots of two row, chocolate, black patent malt, all significantly roasted. Some coffee malt flavors, some hopping making it probably 50ibu. Everything done well and as expected for style.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, hops are present, a bit of lactose, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T-34-85
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz can, served in a tulip.

Look is pitch black with a formidable two-finger cap of tight, tan foam. Good retention for a stout with, at least initially, sheets of lacing which somehow go away the moment I'm not paying attention.

The nose is all about blackstrap molasses and burnt coffee pot.

On this beer, mouthfeel and taste are totally inseparable as it defies the nose's expectations by delivering a wave of silky smooth vanilla caramel, and a richness and creaminess totally unexpected from a small stout. Burnt barley, baking chocolate and hint of orange peel are accentuated by a piranha attack of superfine carbonation. There is, perhaps, the slightest suggestion of a sour, acerbic aftertaste which I feel a little dickish for even mentioning.

Overall, it's hard to believe that such a mighty beer came out of such a little can - I actually looked at it several times to make sure I'd read the abv right. This is not a complicated fuck-I-taste-like-stars-on-a-summers-night kind of stout: it only hits a handful of notes, but it hits the bejeesus out of them. I'm glad I have one more of these left that I can just sit and drink without thinking about it and trying to pick it apart, just enjoy the crap out of it.

Hat tip to @TheDoctor for furnishing yet another highly satisfactory tasty beverage.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rank9262
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 489 ratings
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