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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A rich, well balanced Foreign style Stout with a generous amount of roasted barley. Complex hop sequencing creates superbly balanced flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Thanks Jesse! Zonker pours blackish brown w/ just a shallow froth that goes away just as fast as it came. All that remains is a little isalnd of spatter. Aromas of dark chocolate and mild roasts. Full nectar w/ ample residual effers creating a wonferful velvety texture. Nice! Big and malty w/ a moderate roast component balanced by soft, fruity, dark chocolates. A mild hop profile helps out a bit also. Life is like a box of chocolates say’s Forest. If they all turned out Zonkers I’d be a happy Gnome. The finish is long w/ lingering roasted cocoa and a touch of sweet. Overall: you were right Jesse, this stuff is amazing. Very rich yet well balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Enjoyed with aofoxxy in Columbia SC (sort of like a dorm room is right!). Oily appearance, and downright frothy. Preamble to a good night with a new friend. Featured a smooth satisfying finish, and left me wanting more, more, more. From a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 29, 2003
Rich roasted nose of chocolate, medicine, caramel, oats, and flowers. The brew pours a dirty motor oil black. The solid brown creamy head is fully lasting with good lacing. The bittersweet chocolaty flavor is excellent with a light acidity and a long bitter full finish. The chewy body is syrupy and soft, the finish feels clean. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2005
This beer is roasted deliciousness! Incredibly black pour with a fluffy caramel head. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate and toasted marshmallows on the nose. Nice bitterness comes out in the flavor with a lingering burnt malt flavor and hop presence. Similar to St Ambroise but without the velvet. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhornsby (2) - USA - APR 18, 2007 does not count
roasted malty flavor, pours very dark, medium brown head, full bodied, one of the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (820) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 25, 2001
Ahhh...a home grown product. Thank goodness I get this one all the time. Snake River does have some fine brews...I do miss the Draft Lager that was around a couple of years ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Jet black colour. Rocky head. Very attractive stout. Chocolatey, slightly lactic, a bit roasty aroma. Distinctly chocolatey flavour with delicious sweet maltiness. This combination of complexity and drinkability is rare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle, courtesy Ibrew2or3. Pitch black pour, creamy dark tan head, very creamy lacing. Nose is big dry roast, tons of coffee, some chocolate. Rich flavors, coffee, very dry finish, with some licorice, and sweet chocolate. Very drinkable and balanced. Of all the Wyoming beers I’ve had, this is easily the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4923) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2011
12 oz. Jet black with a lasting eighth inch of cream. Nose is coffee, cocoa, caramel, ash. Tastes of espresso, semi-sweet chocolate, green herb, charred wood, cookie dough, and vanilla. Velvety smooth, well-balanced medium body is softly carbonated, watery and easily downed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2015
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.

Score: 9/10

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