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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness

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150 Reviews
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Reviews: 150
Hads: 502
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 62
Gots: 148 | FT: 9
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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 CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Intrigued by the possibilities with this one. Also I like the uniquely shaped bottle. Let's see how those dry Utahns make a stout. Here we go! 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A - So far so good. Pitch black with a dark, mocha head. Tight bubbles, so not too much movement there. Exactly how a stout should look.

N - Straight up roast. No frills. Maybe some dark fruit, like cherries or plums.

T - Hmm, much more dark fruit on the tongue than the nose. This reminds me a lot of Surly Darkness (similar name??) in that the fruits are much more pronounced than the roast. Very tasty.

M - Yeah yeah, all froth. Perfect here.

O - A very enjoyable imperial stout. Lovely.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I traded for this and glad I did. Pours a beautiful dark black with 1/3 head on gentle pour. Aroma is of dark roasted coffee. Taste is creamy roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and oatmeal. Very tasty. The best beer of about 6 different ones had during the tasting. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A rich deep opaque mahagony pour with a 1” light tan foam collar. S: Rich fruit with roast and a suspicion of smoke. T: Dark fruit, oily, chocolate, muted prune, and a dark chocolate bitter finish. F: Creamy and chewy with medium low carbonation O: A hefty Russian Imperial Stout with big flavors and alcohol that is easy to savor and enjoy.

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at TW Arrowhead in late June for $9.49. Enjoy By 3-2-16. Not often you see a beer of this magnitude with a best by date.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head upon the initial pour.

Nose has hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste initially was big on the baker's chocolate and was a tad boozy and warming like the style should. As i am enjoying it becomes more sweet with presumably a molasses influence. Malts are nicely roasted and the hopping is adequate to make everything balance out in a very nice fashion.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy like a RIS should be!

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. Been eyeing it for awhile but the bottles i was seeing were expired which is confusing. I guess with the molasses in the recipe it could turn into soy sauce.
Would do again and recommend.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whewwwww not saying I'd get this again but it was fun to try once. The taste I keep thinking about when I drink this is bakers chocolate. A dry chalky chocolate taste. Fun to try and while I won't be buying this by the case it got high marks from me because it's a beautiful thing to look at.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Mark last night, thanks man. '13 vintage.

This one pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, bourbon, some earthy licorice, and caramelized sugar.

This one is pretty tasty, but slightly thin tasting. I definitely a slight licorice flavor, with some sweet chocolate, mild bourbon, and some vanilla cream. It feels like a BA stout light, I wish it was a little bit more thick tasting, but the flavors here are definitely solid.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I'd like, with a lower level of carbonation. There is no heat on this one, which is quite nice.

This was pretty tasty, but lacking just a little bit for me.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Jet black with a tinge of copper around the edges. A one finger tan head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Holy cow, this is nice. Chocolate, coffee, anise, licorice, molasses. The Russians are coming.

T: Fantastic. Follows nose with a stampede of flavors, dominated by chocolate and molasses. Oak pervades throughout. Warming only makes it more heavenly. Then the 10.5% slides in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium to heavy carbonation. Chewy and robust.

O: Those red eyes on the label are calling me back. Whenever I see another one of these beauties, I'm grabbing it. A standout RIS.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Jasonrm72
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours well, Looks good, but I thought the smell was fairly bland, not much going on.
The body is thinner than what I like my RISs to be. I also didn't get any big roast character. It was a bit bland. Finishes with a creamy feel, but still missing some flavor.
It has a good price point for a 750ml, 10.5% ABV. But there are others I'd rather drink.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of Metal_N_Brew
5/5  rDev +24.7%
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!

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Lorenzito
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

definitely has much more alcohol at the nose than taste.

everything you could ever want from a RIS. Nothing exceptionally great, but still execently executed.

will buy again

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color with a solid light tan head. Lacing is strong, and lingers until the beer is gone. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, vanilla, and cocoa powder. The taste is dominated by a bitterness that distracts from the nice malt characteristics found in the aroma. There are some roasty notes to be found they are just covered in brash hops. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an imperial stout with a smooth texture, and appropriately moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent stout that I wouldn't turn down in a pinch, but wouldn't go out of my way for either.

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Photo of Sazz9
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
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).

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge color with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Roasty, with vague hints of chocolate, caramel and licorice

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with subtle hints of chocolate, caramel and licorice in the middle; some dark fruits add complexity after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent, but a bit too roasted without enough complexity to follow through; there are better examples of the style out there

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Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Enjoy by 09/04/14 near bottom of the bottom. A great gift from my awesome sister Tami.

A: Black with 1-finger of beige head with good retention and a craggy collection of lacing.

S: The aroma is mosly medium caramel malts and roast with a little bit of fig dark fruitiness.

T: THe flavor is bold, but a bit too strong on roast to the point of being a little ashy. There are some fig and raisin dark fruit flavors that unfortunately fight against the stiff bitterness and herbal, woody hopping. It is not overly boozy but does have some alcohol presence.

M: A bit sticky with full body and light carbonation.

O: A big and bad imperial stout with some booze and a lot of char -- if you love roasty stouts, then this is a beer you have got to find.

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of corywalston
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A. Aggressive poor. A beautiful reverse waterfall of bubbles. 2inch of brown head that retains its shape. No carbonation. Color is black
S. Roasted malt, Smokey, chocolate, coffee, nutty, creamy.
T. Same as it smells. Also taste charcoal and the alcohol is very evident and astringent.
M. Creamy, syrup, heat for the alcohol
O. The first sip is good with all the flavor of an RIS. But the rest of the bottle is rough to get down due to the taste of alcohol. The alcohol taste the way Isopropyl alcohol smells. It is very over powering it gives me a slight headache. On the other hand it delivers one hell of a buzz for 10.5%. If you’re an RIS lover like me than I recommend you skip this on your quest to the perfect RIS.

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -4%

A- 750ml poured to a wide goblet with a deep black, thick body. A light mocha head fills the glass to one finger and falls to a frothy island and thin ring. Decent head retention and moderate spotty lace.

S- Roasty and raisiny notes come on strong with intensity. Ashy burnt grains, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and slight alcohol. Just dark and burnt all around.

T- Packs a hefty punch of dark grains delivering dark chocolate, burnt cereal, charcoal, heavily caramelized sugars, molasses, nutty and licorice notes. Raisins come on in the finish with some earthy hops.

MF- Thick bodied sips with creamy and a slight chewy consistency. Silky medium carbonation finishing with a deep roast bitterness.

Very dark burnt grains combine with a helping of raisiny dark fruits to punch the palate. Not a game changer but something I would enjoy again. A solid RIS but a hard style with many excellent brews.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of hippogasmo
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of AliceHarley
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 vintage bomber

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma of dark, chocolatey malts and alcohol.

In the taste, big roasted malts and booze notes. Some leather and sherry notes from oxidation, but mostly boozy and malty. Low hop bitterness at this advanced stage, but the toastiness is still big.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Overall this is a pretty good imperial stout, but is probably at its peak or perhaps its past that.

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
89 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.