Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 60
Gots: 146 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of Clonies720
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BigE90
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in 7oz bottle @ Squatters in the Salt Lake City Airport

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Half finger, cocoa brown head with fair retention before breaking down to a broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Sweet molasses met by a roasted malt edge. Hints of deep chocolate goodness.

Taste - Mmmm. Complex, deep and dark chocolate notes with a solid roasted coffee undertone. Molasses sweetness. Hints of raisin and fudge. Finish is bittersweet with jammy fruit and ground coffee earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a light, syrupy texture. Low carbonation. The finish is a booze-influenced bone dry finish.

Overall - A fantastic impy. Hits on all the right notes. Think Old Raspy meets Founders Imperial Stout and you've got a good idea of where this stands. Maybe the best thing to ever come out of Utah? :P

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 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 dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Fatehunter
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rangerman21
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date tasted: 6/3/13
Brewery: Squatters Beers (Utah Brewers Cooperative)
Beer: Outer Darkness
Served from: Bomber
Bottled on/born on date: 1/25/13

Appearance: Dark, almost black little or no light gets through. Brown head with great retention. The head almost looks like a chocolate milkshake in terms of color.

Smell: Carmel sweet, with a hint of alcohol. The booze smell isn't overwhelming.

Taste: A hint of coffee flavor, dark malts really shine here, good amount of bitterness in the finish. A complex taste. Despite the booze in the nose, the booze doesn't overpower the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Awesome mouthfeel, it is smooth and thick with just the right amount of carbonation to complement the big flavor.

Overall: This is what I want a Russian Imperial Stout to taste like. This beer is tastes good, smells good, looks great and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely get it again. I would like to get another bottle and lay it down for a year or so and see how it changes. This was the "Reserve Series" bottle. Don't know if that's different from normal or not, but thought it worth mentioning.

Photo of Eldritch
2.02/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tasting Date: 2/19/2011 - review from notes.

Service/Appearance: Had a little beer lineup one night with a friend, and served this into just a standard glass. Pours very dark brown with a relatively small, light brown head. Lacing is light on glass, but still apparent.

Nose: Something is off with this. Not what I expect with an alleged RIS - no real sweetness detected. Heavy char, an almost meaty, salty scent.

Taste: Unfortunately, taste only confirms what the nose foreshadowed. Nothing remotely normal about what I expect in a RIS -- looking at other reviews, maybe I had a flawed bottle or something. The most prevalent taste (after 2 or 3 more very hesitant sips) was beef jerky.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, just offputting because of the taste.

Overall: I'll entertain the notion that I had a bad bottle of this, but this one was not impressive. Color and mouthfeel were ok, which saved it from total failure.

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 BruceBruce
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Oily black, quarter inch pretty head great brown color that I don't know exactly how to describe it.

S. Oak, then Licorice, then soy sauce, not joking, even asked my Asian roommate

T. Chocolate, Licorice, Oak, must be my imagination but almost thought of bourbon but after warming up, just realize is all of the flavors coming together and me wishing there was bourbon.

M. Not as thick or creamy, I like that, its a very light feel

O. Great beer, I like it a lot and will try it in the bottle tomorrow to see if I can notice a difference. Recommend this to anyone who is like me an on a stout kick in the summer.

Photo of cfrobrew
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber 2012.

Appearance: Pitch black truly opaque and oil like

Scent: Sweet Strong milk Chocolate with espresso.

Taste: Dark Chocolate, coffee not as much as the scent but strong. The alcohol is strong, may subside with age but still works withe flavor

Mouth Feel: Thick and smooth, very pleasant. light head that is renewed with every sip.

Overall: Excellent Russian Imperial stout, great flavor, strong but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle poured into a snifter

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, stamped with BORN/03/27/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some licorice, dark fruit and burnt/charred malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter roasty finish that gets sweeter as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a little creamy with medium/high carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew. Definitely worth a try!

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.

Photo of TheDTrain
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I knew nothing of this brew when I picked it up at Rays in Wauwatosa. Another pleasant surprise. Pours a very appealing heavy pitch black. A velvety smooth Russian Imperial Stout with complex blend of sharp malts up front, coffee, coco, mild caramel, hops, and a warming alcohol finish. Good shit.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.
10.5% ABV, "Please share with a friend and enjoy responsibly", no date available.

Thanks to the DTrain for bringing this badass looking brew over!

A - Outer Darkness pours incredibly dark (imagine that!) with clarity but definitely not see-through in the snifter. A dense tan head crowns this beer and last quite a while with some dense left-over lace caked inside. Gorgeous!

S - The dark aroma is cold and faint but has big roast malt character to it with underlying bittersweet chocolate and a mineral finish. Low hops in the nose.

T - The outer fringes of this beer are laced with cold coffee and bitter chocolate as well as cocoa while the bulk of the flavor comes from intense roasted chocolate and black patent malts. Absolutely delicious!

M - A nicely tuned acrid bitter profile lends great balance to this somewhat sweeter beer. Thick, full-bodied, and smooth, it's a tasty, nice-feeling beer.

D - Like the label suggests, it's better shared. Smooth and tasty with a tiny alcohol warmth akin to a barleywine. A very nice brew.

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 vickersspitfire
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Captured this one in a nice Chimay snifter, the body is pitch black, my super bright bicycle led light won’t even shine through it. The head is a nice dark tan color and slowly builds up. As I poured it out it looked like a headless beer, but after a few seconds, almost 8 seconds, the head forms and it starts off rather thick and slowly thins out into a few island bubbles all gathered by a thick wall of lacing. The aroma is rather light, I can pick up some dark fruits, alcohol and mild fig and coffee mixes. Very thick bodied, it really envelopes your tongue, and it pretty smooth tasting. The flavors are a bit mild at first but do pick up as it gets warmer. More coffee and roasted malts and hops come out. T the light side if you ask me this is a really smooth ale and I highly recommend drinking after its warmed up a bit, the aroma is still o

Photo of EgadBananas
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Wow, what a great looking stout! Pours like crude, with a beautiful brown, chocolate mousse colored head. Dissipates to a milky brown film with lots of big, heavy bubbles plopped on top. Nice lace and alcohol feet coat the glass.

S - Big aromas of dutch chocolate, anise, espresso, roasted and toasted malts, notes of raisins, figs and other dark fruits. A bit of alcohol wafts in, but it fits in well with the bunch.

T - Predominant chocolate notes with bits of bittersweet espresso, dark fruits, a hint of alcohol heat. Lots of roast with a nice sweet cocoa linger.

M - Heavy on the palate, full bodied, very rich. Carbonation is low to no, and the finish is slightly drying...like a powdered chocolate dry. Feels great, but a smoother finish would have been grand.

D/O - Drinkability is fantastic. The booze, thought noticeable, melds with it was as a whole, making this easy to put away. Overall, this is quite a stellar RIS, plain and simple. Stoked to get it off the shelf here!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Footbalm and Douglas88 brought up a couple of these for the RIS tasting... Utah's 1st RIS!! Props to Eric and Doug for the bottles.

Pours a deep dark brown... close but not quite black... pretty clear... Nice tan head and good lacing.

Aroma has a surprising cherry fruitiness and a bit of lite phenol .. but cocoa and roasty malts are the star players... some lite alcohol comes off as cinnamon in my mind.

Flavor is rich chocolate with clean espresso notes... still some fruitiness and the phenols are a bit more prevalent.. reminds slightly of a "Belgian RIS" but with an impeccable American body and carbonation... this gained a bunch of complexities as the bottle sat open.

Thanks again to the Utah crew.. Don't forget my other bottle ;-) An awesome beer and a nice welcome for Utah to come out of the beer dark ages.

BTW... Funny story goes with the name... ask an Ex-Mormon or somebody who doesn't like the LDS church.. they'll probably be able to explain.

4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4

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.

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.