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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
solidfunk (9211) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Lots of roast and caramel. Black pour with mocha head. Dark chocolate. Bittersweet finish. Pretty good balance, like this. Can.

3.8
dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 8, 2015
Deep brown with tan head. Roasty and robust stout, creamy and lightly bitter, really quite solid. Can

3.5
Homer321 (5143) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015
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.

3.6
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Can share thanks to homer. Pours black, chocolate aroma, some toast. Light to medium body, some chocolate tones, hint of bitterness. Decent beer.

4
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUL 8, 2015
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.

3.6
dinkle50 (1527) - 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
ChadPolenz (1845) - 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

3.4
yngwie (17105) - 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
Meilby (11525) - 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
DesertDevil (699) - 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.


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