Monday, September 2, 2013

Snake River Brewing Zonker Stout

Hello beer lovers, Happy Labor Day and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Snake River Brewing Zonker Stout. While visiting Jackson Hole on this past vacation I really wanted to get to the Snake River Brewery, but with a jam packed schedule it became apparent that it wasn’t going to happen.  I ran into the brewery quickly one late afternoon to check to see if they sold single cans of their beers knowing that space would be a premium as I embarked on this two week road trip.  They did not and couldn’t recommend a place to pick up single cans.  The following day we had plans to visit Jenny Lake and hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point and decided to pick up sandwiches for our hike.  Creekside Meats Market & Deli (Yelp page here) has a little liquor store in the back and THEY sell singles of not only Snake River Brewing beers, but others. They guy that runs the place is great and their sandwiches are excellent.

From the Snake River Brewing website: “A rich, well-balanced foreign style stout with a huge amount of roasted barley as well as chocolate, black, and caramel malts. The intense roast character is the main attribute of this black colored beer.  The alcohol content is 6.0%. Zonker has been recognized time and again as one of the top foreign style stouts.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance:  Pours dark black with a large off-white head and thick lacing.
Aroma: Roasted dark and chocolate malts, coffee and a touch of caramel.
Taste: Roasted malts up front followed by chocolate malt, coffee, caramel and a slight citrus hop bitterness.
Overall: Rich, smooth and balanced, Snake River Brewing Zonker Stout is delicious.  At 6% ABV I found Zonker Stout to be easy drinking and I wished I had brought more home with me.  If you find yourself in Jackson, WY be sure to pick up some Snake River Brewing beers.  Good stuff!


Mark Harvey

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