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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 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 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 stouts4me
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a medium viscosity of dark brown/black, into my New Belgium snifter. A 1/4 " tan puffy head floats on top of the impermeable black body. You can smell chocolate and a slight alcohol nose.Mouthfeel is very good,roasty, chocolaty, malty goodness. For $10 this is a good deal, 10.5% alcohol should age nicely, overall you couldn't go wrong here.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage
750ml
Gold Foil
Enjoy By: 12/10/15

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger thick creamy tan head, with some nice thick oil slicks/islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with some molasses, some chocolate/toffee notes, and very slight oak note. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of molasses, a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slightly oaky, vanilla, and some licorice. Medium/Full Body, it does not taste/feel like a 10.5% ABV brew at all, smooth, and not as hot as other RIS, pretty creamy. This one really does not need to be aged. Very Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty RIS, not quite as good as many others out there, but a nice one at that. It's starting to grow on me.

2011 Vintage
750ml
Gold Foil

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice oil slicks and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with some molasses, some chocolate/toffee notes, and very slight oak note. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of molasses, a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slightly oaky, vanilla, and some licorice. Medium/Full Body, it does not taste/feel like a 10.5% ABV brew at all, smooth, and not as hot as other RIS, pretty creamy. This one really does not need to be aged. Very Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty RIS, not quite as good as many others out there, but a nice one at that. It's starting to grow on me.

2010 Vintage
750ml
Gold Foil

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice oil slicks and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with some molasses, some chocolate/toffee notes, and very slight oak note. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of molasses, a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slightly oaky, vanilla, and some licorice. Medium body, it does not taste/feel like a 10.5% ABV brew at all, smooth, and not as hot as other RIS, pretty creamy. This one really does not need to be aged. Very Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty RIS, not quite as good as many others out there, but a nice one at that.

22oz. Bomber
Black Wax Dip

Only sold at the Brewpub, good to go as well.

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice oil slicks and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with some molasses, some chocolate/toffee notes, and very slight oak note. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of molasses, a niceh touch of chocolate/toffee, slightly oaky, and some licorice. Medium body, it does not taste/feel like a 10.5% ABV brew at all, smooth, and not as hot as other RIS. This one really does not need to be aged. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty RIS, not quite as good as many others out there, but a nice one at that.

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 Cubatobaco
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While on vacation in Prescott, AZ, my girlfriend and I had lunch at "The Raven Cafe". Don't pass this place up if you are ever in the area. They have a very nice staff, great menu (if you're and organic person it's great), and a wonderful beer/wine selection

On to the review! I was able to try this before buying a pint and was blown away! It is dark as motor oil and leaves a lacing on the glass that one would have to scrape off with their finger. The carbonation around the caramel head drew me to purchasing it as I'm a sucker for a well-carbonated RIS.

The aroma is strongly present of Kalamata olives, malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and small hint of caramel. Even though I dislike olives more than the devil himself, I could keep my nose in the glass all day! Hershey's Special dark chocolate rushes onto your tongue from the first sip! The flavors of the aromas mentioned before follow in close unison. On the palate, it reminds me of DFH Bitches Brew. Maybe that is why I am enjoying it so much.

The mouthfeel is that of your average RIS. I believe it could have used a tab bit more thickness and carbonation, but that is a small detail to worry bout given its flavor. I would highly recommend this to anyone that has not tried it before. This is surely a dessert in its own right!

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 Derek
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention, awesome leg/lace.

S: A lovely aroma of bakers chocolate and booze, roasted nut, burnt caramel, sponge toffee, licorice, cider and a light spice. Not overpowering, but nice.

T: Bakers chocolate, burnt toffee, molasses, licorice, roasted nut, piny resin, a little tar, light spicing, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Very full bodied, slight residual sweetness, light roasted acidity, drying alcohol finish. Great.

D/O: Exquisit.

Usually a brew of this strength wears on me... but the more I have, the more I like it (could be the warming to room temp too).

An overall great brew. Put this head-to-head with any of the top Imperials (blind) and I'm sure it would do well. Brewing news really ought to do an IS bracket... there's enough of them now.

Photo of Efeswasmy1st
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle among friends at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI. Appearance is light black, with some head. Aroma is bourbon, fig, and other ripe fruits. Taste is same, with complexity in the bourbon and fig. Palate is easy, wanting more. Overall, give me more when it is available.

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 ybnorml
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An opaque black beer. Has a thick and creamy dark brown head and nice lace.The aroma is spicy sweet with nice bittersweet chocolate notes floating in the background. A big chocolaty character start out the taste with inviting spicy notes following. Nice licorice and piney hops on the finish. All around a good silky mouthfeel. An excellent example of the style...
Thanks John

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

22oz brown bomber born on 2/22/11, purchased at the Las Vegas Town Square Whole Foods in August 2011, consumed this late Oct. 2012 evening (the first chilly one in Austin, TX) in my trusty Jämtlands Bryggeri tulip.

A: Espresso with a true crema.

S: Sweet, burnt molasses and licorice dominate.

T: Truly delicious sweet malt flavors, balanced by some hops, and corralled by the molasses, licorice additions and oakiness.

F: Almost as viscous as I like it with a sweet n' oaky aftertaste that coats the palate and gullet.

O: For those of us that prefer double/imperial stouts w/o coffee or cocoa, this ranks second only to the Abyss IMHO. It's a great RIS that aged well regardless and I believe most folks would appreciate its quality.

Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty darned black, nice tan .5 inch head, slow to leave. Some lace gathering up.

S - A little soy, cocoa, coffee and baked cookies.

T - Mostly cocoa on top, soy barely there, cookies to finish. A small souring quality near end.

M - Medium to full body, good carb, chalky finish.

D - For the style and ABV, quite nice.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 2011 vintage bottle with the old label chilled and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. Stored in my cellar for about a year and a half.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. I would say this is definitely darker and thicker than the average imperial stout. Definitely still some carbonation. Slight dark brown head falls quickly into a really light lacing.

Aroma: Molasses, overripe cherries, dark fruits and some bitter dark chocolate. There is definitely a touch of oxidation but it is barely noticable. Really nice combination of bitter and sweet flavors. Really nice complexity and balance.

Taste: The dark fruits and cherry notes really stand out and lend a really unique and tasty spin on this imperial stout. Molasses and caramel notes provide some really nice sweetness. That sweetness is more than offset by bitter dark chocolate. Very little alcohol burn, but with a nice warming sensation. Great for the cold weather. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation. Really nice for the style.

Overall, a really nice surprise. For a non barrel aged imperial stout, this showed incredible depth and a really unique and memorable character. All the flavors really played well of each other and the cherry tones really paired well with the heavy, roasted dark chocolate tones.

Photo of 604growler
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the airport pub and they poured me a small glass from the bottle. Tastes a lot like an old Rasputin but more licorice taste. Very nice.

a - high tan head, black, not much to improve on here
s - licorice, molasses, smoke, very nice
t - licorice, molasses,not too much bitterness making it a very nice RIS
m - no complaints here
overall I think this is as good as any available to me. I'd take this over old Raspy and that's one of my go to beers. Comparable to the Speedway Stout I had two days ago

Photo of gford217
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to wasatch for this one, 22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

First off, this is a truly gorgeous looking beer in the glass. Completely pitch black with a frothy mocha head that showing exceptional retention and sheets of lacing.

The aroma is huge and roasty - tons of heavily toasted dark malts, cocoa and espresso. There is also some sweet dark fruits and molasses fighting to get out of the burnt malts.

The taste is just as massive. it's got dark chocolate, molasses, espresso and most prominently, toasted black malts which really anchor this thing. The finish is almost smoky with some charred wood in addition to licorice. Whoa, big.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and thick with a strong enough carbonation to keep it from getting too syrupy.

I have to say this one really surprised me. This is one of the best stright-up RISs I've had in recent memory. Complex, full-bodied yet still oddly drinkable. Wonderful.

Photo of homebrew311
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours opaque black, with a small amount of tan head. Some fleeting lacing.

S: nose features big caramel malts along with roasted malts, this one smells like it leans towards the sweeter end of the spectrum when it comes to imperial stouts, not detecting any booziness on the nose

T: sharpness up front with a sweet malt profile, notes of caramel molasses and dark fruit, the roasted malts come in big towards the back, the finish is bitter. A fair amount of complexity and uniqueness going on here.

MF: smooth body, thick and velvety, a bit chewy, nice mellow carbonation

D: great balance, lots of flavor, well hidden alcohol...would recommend for any one to try

Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to acurtis for leaving this bottle that we didn't get to drink at a stout tasting.

Very dark brown, thick and opaque,topped by half a finger of brown/beige head that recedes to a lasting, lively skim.

Smell is medium strength aroma of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, spicy alcohol, with hints of earthy hops and light molasses.

As it warms and opens the magnificent flavors of this really start to shine. It starts with some caramel and milk chocolate, picks up some figgy and fruity sweet, dark bread, spicy alcohol, and it finishes with the alcohol vapors ushering the mineraly, earthy hops to a marriage with clean, charry roast that gives it a wonderful complexity.

It drinks very light despite being highly viscous, perfect carbonation (med.) for the flavor profile, and a finish that isn't epic but is excellent.

This is one of the finest stouts I've tried. Low expectations for it were dashed on the rocks of superior taste, clean balanced complexity, and marvelous drinkability.

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Squatters recently showed up just across the big river in Wisconsin, & I snatched this one up when it appeared. One more beer I don't have to pay FedEx to haul to my doorstep. Yeehaaa! 22 oz. bomber passed into a couple of nicely molded pieces of glassware.

Pour is black. Shockingly frilly head. Like an English royal wedding in a cup. Nose, ah, give me a hat for that too. Beautiful deep chocolate, sweet malts, nice charred edge. I like.

Outer Darkness is a classic Russki with an edge of charred forest. Roasted & toasted is the name of the game, cut nicely with powdered chocolate. Sleek malt base. Mild hop nip that really adds to the brew. Then the blaze of roast takes over & brings this one right up & over the edge of Char Canyon. Lovely. I love char. You hear that? I LOVE CHAR! Dammit, I could drink this until my brain developed holes in it. Right on, man.

This is an excellent RIS, hews right to the standard & then jacks it up a couple notches. The roast is just perky. Love it. Hope there's still another bottle on the shelves.

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.

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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