1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

Not Rated.
Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

367 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 367
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 50
Gots: 108 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 12-24-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 367 | Reviews: 129 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by acevenom:
Photo of acevenom


4.05/5  rDev 0%

The beer cap comes off with an audible pop and lots of smoke emerged from the bottle. The beer is poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours dark chocolate brown out of the bottle. The beer collects opaque in the bottle with a dark tan head that slowly builds as it climbs the glass. The head retreats slowly and there are lots of tiny bubbles that can be seen rising from the side of the glass. Lots of sticky lacing gets left behind on the glass during consumption. I get some chocolate and vanilla in the nose. The beer doesn't smell too roasty, but I do get some of those roasted malt notes along with some sweetness. There's also some alcohol. There's a nice interplay of sweet and dark roasted malt notes. More of that roasted note lingers in the back end. I get some of that alcohol, but that's no surprise at 10.5% ABV. There's those chocolate and vanilla notes in the flavor that I picked up in the nose. The body is full and creamy and it is on the moderately carbonated side. The beer goes down very smoothly and the alcohol provides some nice warming qualities. This is a very good beer.

03-16-2013 23:09:07 | More by acevenom
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-10-2014 05:02:17 | More by Tiernan
Photo of tbryan5


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-24-2013 01:15:09 | More by tbryan5
Photo of Clonies720


4.71/5  rDev +16.3%

10.5% ABV. Bottling date of 03/27/2012

Appearance: Pours a pitch Abyss-black with a creamy, dark chocolate head to match. Aggressive pour gives me about a 1.5 inch head.

Aroma: Roasted barley dominates the nose. It turns into sweet black liquorice with a hint of star anise. Delectable aromas of creamy chocolate abound.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Malty sweet start that ends with a dry, roasted coffee-like finish. Has a nice kick at the end that alerts you of its strong alcohol presence, but isn't overwhelming. Has somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with a full body.

Overall: Love it. A practically perfect Russian Imperial Stout.

04-12-2013 22:17:38 | More by Clonies720
Photo of SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-22-2013 01:46:50 | More by SD-Alefan
Photo of DaftPatrick


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-29-2014 05:43:44 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of John566


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

07-09-2014 03:37:47 | More by John566
Photo of Lgrec8

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-02-2014 18:24:13 | More by Lgrec8
Photo of Mora2000


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very nice black color with a large brown head. The aroma is dark chocolate with some bitterness. The flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, pepper and smoke. Thick, inky mouthfeel and low carbonation.

03-19-2010 22:50:29 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BigE90


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

A: poured a pitch black with a vibrant head into tulip. Great stout appearance.

S: very malty with a touch of molasses and chocolate coming through

T: wow, this was served very cold to start, approx 36 degrees. Flavors were a bit lacking at first, just a sharp stout bite that left me wondering what do I have. After a 30 minute wait to let it warm up, the flavors started to come through and the bite was gone. Just a sweet taste of chocolate and raisins that was very mellow and smooth.

M: a medium feel. Flavors evolved as it lingered in my mouth.

O: a good Russian imperial in my opinion. Would consume again.

05-30-2011 03:17:01 | More by BigE90
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-05-2012 04:12:42 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
Photo of ehammond1

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Big, thick, and nearly black with a moderately sized dark brown head that eventually leaves lots of stick (small bubbles and spiderwebs) on the glass.

Lot of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and a mild smoke character make up the aroma. There's also just a touch of licorice and dark fruit character, but this leans further toward the roasty/chocolatey spectrum. Nice.

The flavor follows similarly, with the roasted malt, chocolate, and slight licorice flavor rounding things out. Small hint of warming alcohol. Moderate bitterness.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Damn good.

Delicious stout, paired especially well with Elaine's homemade toffee peppermint brittle.

01-21-2012 18:14:59 | More by ehammond1
Photo of MattyG85


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Bottle says born on 01/17/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with no other color coming through. Moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that slowly recede to a thin creamy layer. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate and coffee. A considerable amount of molasses along with some licorice. Also some hints of vanilla, oak, and dark fruits including raisin, fig, and prune. Smells pretty robust and good.

Taste: Tastes as big as it smells. Lots of dark roasted caramel malts. Big notes of chocolate and coffee. The licorice/anise presence is really big here. Its almost too much but starts to blend in better as you go. Lots of molasses throughout. Subtle hints of oak and vanilla. Near the back are some dark raisin, prune, and fig. Some earthy hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: A fairly thick, full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat sticky and syrupy. Still goes down fairly smooth and the high alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A pretty solid imperial stout. Very rich and fairly complex. Its what I would look for in a big stout.

05-20-2012 06:28:48 | More by MattyG85
Photo of valkyre65


4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-10-2013 00:31:03 | More by valkyre65
Photo of glid02


4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

Bottle shared by Andy, straight from Utah - thanks!

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with hints of char. Also present are mild amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Huge and robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of semi-sweet chocolate that cut the roast somewhat. Midway through the sip slight tobacco makes a brief appearance before being overtaken by moderate amounts of char. The char and roasted malts carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer, one of the more robust roasted big stouts I've had in a while. Very good and complex and well worth a shot.

04-05-2011 00:30:03 | More by glid02
Photo of Schlafly33


3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-05-2013 12:05:18 | More by Schlafly33
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-08-2012 23:47:14 | More by acurtis
Photo of ste5venla


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-21-2013 08:07:59 | More by ste5venla
Photo of r0nyn

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-25-2013 15:15:20 | More by r0nyn
Photo of ExpendableCrewman


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-11-2013 04:11:43 | More by ExpendableCrewman
Photo of JamesStreet


4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-14-2013 02:15:46 | More by JamesStreet
Photo of BeardedRiker


4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-05-2011 21:43:14 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of dbossman


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Thick and black with a huge frothy cocoa colored head and decent lacing

S: So much sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts; some dark fruits like raisins and prunes linger beneath; this smells so rich and delicious

T: Wow, that is rich and chocolatey and malty with some bitterness from the hops; a touch of coffee and dark fruits linger beneath; man, this tastes amazing--it has 2 years on it and it's drinking so well

F: Pretty creamy but just a tad thin for a big stout

O: This is an amazing stout that hides the alcohol so well; I honestly think this could hold up with the rare, brewery release brews in a blind tasting

04-07-2013 02:50:34 | More by dbossman
Photo of sanderjm

4.88/5  rDev +20.5%

08-20-2014 23:51:59 | More by sanderjm
Photo of Fatehunter


3.96/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured two fingers of brown head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is black licorice, burnt wood, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Smells amazing.
The taste is almost equal to the aroma. Smooth throughout; roasted malt, touch of burnt, moderate bitterness to round it out. Excellent.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Nailed it.

08-19-2013 00:24:44 | More by Fatehunter
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.