Chad9976 (1469) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The “Foreign Stout” is an underrated and seemingly forgotten sub-genre in the stout world. You’d think they’d be more popular since beers of the style tend to be plenty robust and complex but without the massive booziness of an imperial stout. That’s exactly what Snake River Zonker Stout is and exactly why it’s an excellent brew.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.40 ($0.28 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep black hue with slight brown highlights. Pours to a large, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains tremendously well.
Smell: Chocolate syrup and black licorice although a dank, piney hop aroma is present too.
Taste: If I were to describe the beer’s palette without any other context you might think I was talking about a huge hefty stout, but this beer is actually more middle-of-the-road. Strong bitterness right away – similar to black coffee. Immediately it becomes sweet with a delectable flavor of black licorice and dark chocolate. The hops bite back on the finish with a noticeable bitterness, though they’re much danker this time. It really complements the dark malty character. Overall, it’s a tasty and well-balanced brew; I’m really impressed.
Drinkability: At 6% ABV, Snake River Zonker Stout is definitely not a weak beer, yet much too light to be considered imperial by any means. I’m impressed it has so much flavor and complexity for this weight and is also remarkably pleasing to drink. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, but in no way thick or sticky. I get no alcohol taste or warming sensation, though the hops do linger momentarily. This is strong enough to stand up to a savory dinner and sweet enough to complement a dessert. Drink it as you see fit.
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. A very dark brown beer with a small, dense, light tan head. The aroma is rather burnt, roasted and coffee-ish, with a herbal touch and some soy sauce hints. It’s full-bodied, soft, dry and almost stingingly roasted on the palate. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and a hint of soy sauce in the flavor. Lasting roasted finish. Burnt too. A quite nice beer, but too much on the roasted, burnt side I think. 150707
Meilby (9823) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can 355ml @ Hotel Room, Four Points by Sheraton, Boston, MA
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel and citrus. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long roasted, chocolate and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
DesertDevil (671) - Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a can at the 2015 AmeriCAN festival in Scottsdale. The nose is very malty and also features a bit of mild phenols and peanuts. The beer is the color of dark coffee with a filmy khaki topper. A very roasty taste with charred barley, earthy bitterness, roots, rhubarb, peanut butter, and minor chocolate flavor late. Velvety smooth palate. A tasty example of the style.
altonbrownd (4348) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from whole foods NYC Bowery. Dark brown chocolate body with creamy mocha aroma. Nose is malts, caramel and chocolate. Taste is malts, chocolate and coffee and liquorice. Really nice and creamy.
PartyFowle (705) - - MAY 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Ebony in hue, with an inch of dense froth the color of a glazed donut. The aroma’s delightfully roasty: peanuts, smoke, sourdough. A smooth mocha note emerges as it warms. The flavor builds, from a gentle and subtle sweet dark fruit note to intense smoke and torched malt. The bitterness of the char lingers on the tongue for a good long while. Smooth, soft body. Very solid stout.
CH-303 (1746) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Can. Very dark brown, with lots of dark tan head. Looks very nice.
Aroma: Dark malt, coffee, roasted.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted, tar. Choco-coffee mix. Very nice.
Bought: Trade with rosenbergh - thank you very much!, 355 ml
Info: 27/3-2015, BB: 25/1-2016
Mep3222 (937) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of roasted malt and a spiciness, almost cinnamon, but it is mild spiciness. Taste is roasted malt with a very nice full flavored body. Dry finish. This one almost feels like an imperial stout with how full flavored it is. Really a great stout.
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Stuu666 (7311) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is coffee, roast malts, ttaste is chocolate, toffee, ok.
luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Mug’s, Williamsburg, NYC. Dark creamy black, creamy tan-brown head. Tart chocolate, dense coffee. Soft smokiness. Nice stout!