Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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Reviews by tavernjef:
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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...
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2011 00:23:17 | More by tavernjef
More User Reviews:
3.56/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 23:55:52 | More by AdmiralOzone
4.3/5 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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-20-2014 09:30:12 | More by hippogasmo
4.5/5 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!
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2014 21:22:29 | More by AliceHarley
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.