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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

463 Ratings
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 59
Gots: 138 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 12-24-2009

Welcome to the biggest beer Squatters Pub Brewery has ever made! A Russian Imperial Stout is one of the most intensely flavored beers a brewer can create. The combination of rich roasted barley, oak, molasses and licorice root combine to create an utterly unique and complex imperial stout experience.

We had to mash in twice to get our starting gravity of 27 plato (1.108 specific gravity). We boiled 3.5 hrs to enhance caramelization and used molasses and licorice root at the end of boil. Outer Darkness is aged with oak, has 65 IBUs and bottle conditioned. We hope you have as much fun drinking it as we did making it. Please share with another and drink wisely.
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Ratings: 463 | Reviews: 143
Photo of Jasonrm72
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours well, Looks good, but I thought the smell was fairly bland, not much going on.
The body is thinner than what I like my RISs to be. I also didn't get any big roast character. It was a bit bland. Finishes with a creamy feel, but still missing some flavor.
It has a good price point for a 750ml, 10.5% ABV. But there are others I'd rather drink.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7 oz bottle into a tulip glass served at the Wasatch Brewpub in Park City. Great Stout from these folks. I picked up a couple more to take home. Get some when in town.

Photo of Metal_N_Brew
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black as the Night; Toasty, burnt-brown head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee...especially espresso, slight smell of alcohol.

Taste: Follows the nose nicely. Flavorful and no taste of alcohol to be found at all. Verrrry good taste. Slight hoppiness, but very slight.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy at times. The hops are present, but extremely relaxed.

Overall: 5/5; 10/10; 100/100!
Excellent RIS, and one of the best to have! Will be getting another soon!

Photo of Foxybrau
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I found this brew to stand up quite well in a tough crowd. Big and roasty with a nicely balanced punch of alcohol. Finishes with just enough hop to dry it out. I'm higher on this one than most it appears, will definitely come back to it.

Photo of Lorenzito
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

definitely has much more alcohol at the nose than taste.

everything you could ever want from a RIS. Nothing exceptionally great, but still execently executed.

will buy again

Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color with a solid light tan head. Lacing is strong, and lingers until the beer is gone. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, vanilla, and cocoa powder. The taste is dominated by a bitterness that distracts from the nice malt characteristics found in the aroma. There are some roasty notes to be found they are just covered in brash hops. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an imperial stout with a smooth texture, and appropriately moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent stout that I wouldn't turn down in a pinch, but wouldn't go out of my way for either.

Photo of Sazz9
2.97/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

First time writing a review on this website, although I have been using BA for a while to track my beers Ive consumed.

With this stout, I feel that the mouthfeel and taste were a little under what I was expecting with a 91 rating (especially not knowing that it was a 91 before trying it myself).

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge color with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Roasty, with vague hints of chocolate, caramel and licorice

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with subtle hints of chocolate, caramel and licorice in the middle; some dark fruits add complexity after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent, but a bit too roasted without enough complexity to follow through; there are better examples of the style out there

Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Enjoy by 09/04/14 near bottom of the bottom. A great gift from my awesome sister Tami.

A: Black with 1-finger of beige head with good retention and a craggy collection of lacing.

S: The aroma is mosly medium caramel malts and roast with a little bit of fig dark fruitiness.

T: THe flavor is bold, but a bit too strong on roast to the point of being a little ashy. There are some fig and raisin dark fruit flavors that unfortunately fight against the stiff bitterness and herbal, woody hopping. It is not overly boozy but does have some alcohol presence.

M: A bit sticky with full body and light carbonation.

O: A big and bad imperial stout with some booze and a lot of char -- if you love roasty stouts, then this is a beer you have got to find.

Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super dark brew topped by a large dark brown head. Great retention.

Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, a hint of banana, and booze.

The booze does not translate to the flavor, but everything else does: rich chocolate, molasses, roasted barley, and just a touch of oak.

Thick, creamy, chewy; everything a big RIS should be.

This is a fantastic RIS from a brewer I've never heard of. I think it's in the same tier as FIS, Ten-FIDY, and Speedway Stout.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured entire bottle into oversized snifter

A: Black as Tennessee tea had a slight mocha head gone quickly beer is a year and almost 2 months old. good lacing great retention on the glass.

S: I got a lot of licorice a little dates, figs dark fruit smell

T: pure licorice, some chocolate, a little dark fruits finish heavy

M: I wanted to say thin but it ends up thick at the end beer clings to your tongue nicely it's not amazing thick but it's pretty damn good

O: it reminds me a lot of 2014 Stone Russian Imperial Stout. The licorice is right there but you get a little here and there different it's a solid beer but it doesn't stand out.

Photo of corywalston
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A. Aggressive poor. A beautiful reverse waterfall of bubbles. 2inch of brown head that retains its shape. No carbonation. Color is black
S. Roasted malt, Smokey, chocolate, coffee, nutty, creamy.
T. Same as it smells. Also taste charcoal and the alcohol is very evident and astringent.
M. Creamy, syrup, heat for the alcohol
O. The first sip is good with all the flavor of an RIS. But the rest of the bottle is rough to get down due to the taste of alcohol. The alcohol taste the way Isopropyl alcohol smells. It is very over powering it gives me a slight headache. On the other hand it delivers one hell of a buzz for 10.5%. If you’re an RIS lover like me than I recommend you skip this on your quest to the perfect RIS.

Photo of invisiblecamel
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

It has a very wheat, chocolate taste to it. Possible creamy texture to it.

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

A- 750ml poured to a wide goblet with a deep black, thick body. A light mocha head fills the glass to one finger and falls to a frothy island and thin ring. Decent head retention and moderate spotty lace.

S- Roasty and raisiny notes come on strong with intensity. Ashy burnt grains, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and slight alcohol. Just dark and burnt all around.

T- Packs a hefty punch of dark grains delivering dark chocolate, burnt cereal, charcoal, heavily caramelized sugars, molasses, nutty and licorice notes. Raisins come on in the finish with some earthy hops.

MF- Thick bodied sips with creamy and a slight chewy consistency. Silky medium carbonation finishing with a deep roast bitterness.

Very dark burnt grains combine with a helping of raisiny dark fruits to punch the palate. Not a game changer but something I would enjoy again. A solid RIS but a hard style with many excellent brews.

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Imperial pint glass. My basement fridge set at 45 degrees. Center pour produces massive head so that I can only fill glass half way before head threatens to spill out on counter.

Smells very nice. Dark fruits and chocolate. A little more hops on the nose than I would expect from a stout.

Taste is good, gets better as it warms. Probably should have waited longer before sampling. The hops on the nose are not as prominent on the palate. A little soy sauce comes along for the ride with the chocolate and fruit. Nice.

This has a great thickness to it. This is how a stout should feel.

Overall, did I mention I didn't taste the high alcohol content, it did catch up with me. I would have shared ( the wife prefers lagers). I'll buy this again.

Photo of hippogasmo
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Hand me a beer and I will drink it, but God save me, I do not like stouts. I will drink Belgian Quadrupels, Double or Imperial IPAs, but I do not like stouts. If you are like me and turn your nose up at even a Guinness, do not drink this.

It looks like liquid evil.
It smells like liquid evil.
It tastes like liquid evil.
It feels like liquid evil. Or motor oil.
Two years later and I still have not recovered.

In reality though, it is dark. Hold it up to a light, and it will not show even a shred of a glow. Strong coffee and dark malts are prevalent, both in taste and smell. It feels much like something I should have chewed.

This is a tough brew to get through. I had it on tap in a goblet-style glass, and in small amounts, it is delicious. The flavors all come through to form some kind of potion that nearly convinced me that stouts are the only way to world peace. Then I made the mistake of buying a bomber. I was not ready. I will never be ready. It is powerful, it is pungent, and if you are not prepared, it will destroy you.

Photo of AliceHarley
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Magnificen imperial stout! Very rich. Complex flavor which includes what one expects in a fine stout including a licourice element. Pours opaque dark with a nice tan head. Very toasty and complex. Mild bitterness, mildly sweet and chocolatey. Perfect hop in the finish. Very impressive!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 vintage bomber

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma of dark, chocolatey malts and alcohol.

In the taste, big roasted malts and booze notes. Some leather and sherry notes from oxidation, but mostly boozy and malty. Low hop bitterness at this advanced stage, but the toastiness is still big.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Overall this is a pretty good imperial stout, but is probably at its peak or perhaps its past that.

Photo of richj1970
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head. Light spotty lacing.

S: Lots of espresso and bitter dark chocolate.

T: Strong black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted almonds.

M: Creamy and full bodied. There is almost a chocolate shake quality to this one.

O: I enjoyed this stout quite a bit. Very big flavors and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ChewyLewy for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice cocoa and char qualities all around.

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate and caramel. Slight aroma of apple and toasted coconut. Sligt coffee aroma.

Starts out strongly tasting of chocolate and it is a little sweet. Mildly bittersweet taste. Coconut and caramel it tastes vaguely like a Mounds candy bar. Can't taste alcohol but it is sensed as a slight sting. Tasty yet mild tasting could pass for a Milk Stout.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a very tasty stout. Not quite a match for Stone RIS though.

Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long time want from Doodler. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
22 February 2011

APPEARANCE: A black pour is relatively thick and yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy and creamy, dark tan head with excellent retention. Jet black body with very high levels of carbonation visible for the style. Head fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. A bit too much carbonation for the style, but really nice otherwise.

SMELL: Roasted grain, dark, baker's chocolate, some sweet cream and vanilla notes. Bold stuff. Still some hops left here as well. Pretty good.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some alcohol up front. Big and lingering finish of dark, bitter baker's chocolate and fudge, light vanilla cream, sweet dark fruit and a touch of alcohol on the palate. Some caramel sweetness lingers on the palate as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly light on the palate, semi-creamy, goes down fine and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really nice and would gladly drink again. Lots of good flavors and aromas with a nice look and decent-enough feel. A touch light perhaps, but that's a minor issue. Good beer. Cheers again Doodler!

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Squatters Outer Darkness pours a black color with a small tan head. There is a sweet and full black licorice. The taste is sweet with lots of black licorice flavors, and a strange "spice" note that is enjoyable. Good full flavors good body. Overall a very nice flavorful and sweeter stout.

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle (Born: 09/03/13) with interesting label art and gold foiled-over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 90 rating. 10.5% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a Russian Imperial Stout because it's identified clearly as such on the front of the label. "Reserve series." "65 IBU's [sic]."

Paired with Swiss chocolate.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of nice khaki-tan colour. Nice fluffy creaminess. Pretty good thickness. Nice consistency. Not as luscious or milky as would be an ideal for an Imperial Stout, but attractive, certainly. Inconsistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a solid opaque black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an imperial stout. Certainly above average, but not mind-blowing. While not unique or special, it's definitely appealing and I'm looking forward to trying it. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Too milky and airy. It lacks substance and depth; this is a very empty aroma. Unevocative milk chocolate, timid dark malts, some coffee/dark chocolate bitterness. Roasted barley notes are sorely lacking. As it warms, a bit more malty sweetness emerges, but it's still lackluster. Faint vanilla. Shallow oak. Faint sweet fruits - cherry, perhaps? If so, it's one of the most mediocre cherry notes I've ever encountered in an imperial stout. With further warmth, I pick up some appealing cocoa dust.

No yeast character, hop character, or overt alcohol is detectable. I'm a bit underwhelmed so far, but I'm optimistic. Aroma is of below average strength. I can't believe how timid it is. It does seem soft, to its credit.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malts, a bit of molasses. Dark chocolate and accompanying bitterness emerges about the climax, joined by faint unevocative coffee notes. There's little of interest in the coffee notes - no roast, espresso, creaminess, or anything intriguing. There's not even the depth of say cold-pressed Folgers; all I get is a weak earthiness and bitterness that isn't flattering. A bit of artificial vanillicin comes through on the finish. There's really no evocative oak wood here at all. A bit of cocoa dust. Hints of tar. Some luckily faded anise (I despise licorice/anise). A bit burnt. Where's the roasted barley? The lack of roast is really hurting the flavour profile. Bitterness/sweetness is messy and imbalanced. Slightly burnt.

Below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's pretty underwhelming in that the complexity and subtlety is quite limited for the style. Balance is decent and it has some fair cohesion, but it's by no means a gestalt build.

No yeast character or hop character comes through. There is a bit of alcohol presence, but it doesn't detract that much.

I'm pretty disappointed, to be honest. This is a rather boring build for an imperial stout overall. I like it in a general sense, and there are no off flavours or anything, but there's just nothing remarkable about it.

Mf: A bit sticky and chewy. Smooth and wet. Nice body and thickness. Decent presence on the palate. It could really use more of a soft creamy feel. Not luscious. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, rough, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable enough for its pretty well hidden 10.5% ABV. I'm a bit dumbfounded by its current 90 rating; are Utah residents artificially inflating this rating or something? I mean, maybe this is incredible stuff if you only drink Utah beers. Snark aside, it's a run-of-the-mill Russian Imperial Stout with little to offer the discerning drinker. A forgettable beer I wouldn't bother with again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Worth trying once, but ultimately quite mundane.

The vanillicin and cocoa dust were the highlights for me, but the lack of roast and generally lazy balance really hold it back.

Might age decently. Worth throwing in your cellar if you've got space and patience.

Pairs well with chocolate, but which imperial stout doesn't?

Low B-

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7/3/12 bottle. Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours very thick and black with a finger of thick looking tan head that rises from the darkness.

Smell. Heavy molasses, licorice, some brown sugar and vanilla, semi sweet chocolate and a drop of dark coffee.

Taste. Again, licorice ...lots of it, molasses, oaky vanilla, bakers chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Big stout with big flavours. Very nice.

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.