rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from growler into belgian glass. Aroma is a little underwelming for the style. Picking up a little chocolate, and a bit of roasty malt. not seeing the fruitiness true to foreign stout style. Appearance spot on: dark, opaque color. Nice tan head with good retention. Nice, bold flavor, with big roasty malt presence. Finishes pretty dry. Moderate bitterness, with no fruitiness or diacetyl. Palate: medium body with a bit of creaminess. No presence of alcohol noticed. Very good example of the style overall.
Homer321 (2768) - 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 (938) - 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 (540) - 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 (1134) - 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 (1421) - 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 (15390) - 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 (9625) - 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 (648) - 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 (3752) - 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 (634) - - 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.