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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A rich, well balanced Foreign style Stout with a generous amount of roasted barley. Complex hop sequencing creates superbly balanced flavor.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1712) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Can from Brennan’s. Pours an opaque black with a brown head leaving nice drops of lacing. Aroma has cocoa powder, roasted malts, licorice and coffee. Taste is of sweet chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, some lactose and faint coffee with a tanginess. Smooth and dry. Finishes sweet with some bitterness, and a bit short. This is pretty good; smooth, tasty and an easy drinker.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2015
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1390) - Albany, New York, 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (9452) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (634) - Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (592) - - MAY 15, 2015
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1620) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 30, 2015
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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (842) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2015
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuu666 (6189) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Can at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is coffee, roast malts, ttaste is chocolate, toffee, ok.


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