Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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Reviews by tavernjef:
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Gorgeous dark brown pour settling inky black in the glass with a mighty thick dark tan foam of mashed up graham cracker-like quality. The lacing is more like shelving as it grabs on to the glass with thickly set curtains of foamy soup.
Aroma is a bit sherry-like in its warmth and medicinal, which is a bit off putting. Quite sweet rounded in with milk chocolate and soured milk. A touch of very ripe dates and raisin waft about in its sweet nose.
Taste is tangy and dark with a bright side to its fruityness as earthy dark cherry, fig, and nuts mix with a clean, fluffy milken-esque sourness and chocolate coating of sweetness. It's fairly unique in its taste, but a little too bright, medicinal, and overly sweet for an RIS. The chocolate tones are nice along with what I think of like s'mores with marshmellow sweetness, burntish stuff, and graham cracker dustings. Tangy, broading, and earthy sweet with a dark fruity pep coated in chocolate, cocoa, and graham cracker.
Body is tangy, creamy, silken, and quick to unfold on the tongue with chocolatey fluff, creamed milk, and dark fruity tang. Keeps a tang on the tongue that lasts. Not quite as rich or thick as I'd like out of an RIS, but not bad.
Outer Darkness is more like a Imperial Milk Stout to me then a RIS. It's got more things going for it than not. But it could use a beefed up body and tone and remove its medicinal touches...
09-02-2011 00:23:17 | More by tavernjef
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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
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
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
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
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.
08-19-2013 00:24:44 | More by Fatehunter
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.