miyauchi38 (1031) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3577) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from the Grapevine in Pocatello as I gather WY ticks. Pours dark brown with a big, foamy, brown head. Huge aroma of ground coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Rich flavor of burnt malt with a lingering bitterness. Nice.
GenDV138 (4570) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at the RateBeer WWWW Tasting. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of roast, licorice, chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, licorice, light roast. Medium body with a dry finish.
solidfunk (6479) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of roast and caramel. Black pour with mocha head. Dark chocolate. Bittersweet finish. Pretty good balance, like this. Can.
dresden (1266) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with tan head. Roasty and robust stout, creamy and lightly bitter, really quite solid. Can
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can thanks to gription. Nose is cocoa with dark chocolate. Black poor with light brown head. Taste is bitter cocoa with a dark chocolate bitterness. Pretty solid but more on the robust stout side while I prefer the more tropical and fruity versions.
beechner224 (981) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can share thanks to homer. Pours black, chocolate aroma, some toast. Light to medium body, some chocolate tones, hint of bitterness. Decent beer.
wheresyourball (565) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUL 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can to pint glass. Black pour with small tan head. Nose is big - coffee, ash, chocolate. Flavor follows with a bitter finish. Slightly thin, but very good; I can see why these guys win a lot of GABF medals.
dinkle50 (1224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a huge espresso head. Pour was on nitro, so the head is especially large. Aroma is nutty with hints of raisin. Dry finish. Creamy mouth, but on the light side. Taste has some nuttiness, very dry. Very easy drinking for the style. Hints of lace present.
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, 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.