Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 481
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 5.78%
Wants: 61
Gots: 144 | 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 BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This gem comes to me from Wasatch in our most recent trade. Thank you John.

This beer certainly has a good look in my snifter. Dark brown to black body that is completely opaque. The light brown head is more than two fingers tall, and is made up of tightly packed, small bubbles. Both lacing and retention are very good.

Surprisingly fruity aroma, with black cherry making its presence known. Even though I am surprised by the fruit, the roasted malts and chocolate are certainly more powerful.

The fruit is pretty prominent in the flavor also, with a big cherry flavor. Charred black malts, roasted flavors and a bit of roasted wood abound. Dry baker's chocolate is quite powerful, and a hint of coffee is underneath it. Some general toffee-like sweetness rounds out the malts. The finish is a little bit to hot, but stops short of harsh.

Mouthfeel is about what I would expect from the style; fairly good.

Outer Darkness is an enjoyable but not earth-shattering RIS. I'm glad that I got to try it. (1,004 characters)

Photo of TheDTrain
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of Allpe45
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, black in the glass, with a creamy coffee colored head. Leaves nice lacing all over the sides of my snifter.

Aromas of roasted barley and malts, as well as various dark fruits. Hints of raisin.

Roasted malts and coffee assault the taste buds. Semi chocolate and molasses in the background with hop bitterness rounding everything out.

Thick and creamy. Everything I look for in an imperial stout. Light carbonation.

ABV is well masked. 10.5%? Really!? Gotta be careful with this one. This stout tastes great and goes down easily. The smell is on the complex side, but the taste is straightforward and solid. (628 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (669 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 rate.

I really can't give this one as detailed of a rating as I'd like to. Opened it right after Sloth, and in the middle of a tasting involving various other legendary imperial stouts and barleywines. Deep thick black, creamy brown head. Lightly bitter focusing on coffee and bitter chocolate. Not a terribly complex or rich flavor expression, but nice enough. Enjoyable. Thanks footbalm! (395 characters)

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick creamy tan head that leaves superb lacing.

Nose is chocolate malt, coffee and some alcohol;

Taste is coffee, chocolate malt, pronounced alcohol and some slight hop bitterness to round it out. The alcohol provides some good warming.

Has a nice mouthfeel to it, creamy and thick.

A tasty RIS, though the high ABV does cut down somewhat on it's drinkability. (384 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/02/11 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and alcohol.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, and light alcohol. Lots of roastiness in the taste.

m - Full body and low carbonation, thick and chewy body.

d - A thick, roasty RIS that I enjoyed. Would like to try again. (423 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$10.99 for the bottle.

A: incredible pour, great thick tan head, deep black color
S: medium nose, treacle toffee, burnt coffee, very good
T: well-made beer, all the hallmarks of a good RIS, roasted, treacle, burnt malt up front with a great dose of hops, this one well age for a few years but is already very drinkable
M: velvety, well-balanced
D: good drinkability (366 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 3/15/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a thick dark tan head. Aroma of booze, vanilla, roasted malt, lactose, milk chocolate, nougat, graham cracker. Flavor of booze, sweet malt, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, bitter chocolate with a dark chocolate finish. A little strong but nice combination of roasted malt with the sweet vanilla, lactose, and chocolate notes. Impressive beer. It got better as you drank (or as it warmed I suppose). Delicious! (456 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Inky black pour with little initial head. However, a sturdyish tan foam forms after a minute or so and keeps nicely. Great stick, and a great look over all.

Similarly happy with the nose, which is powerful and complex enough for the style. I get some chalkiness among the dark chocolate, overripe fruit, and caramel. Hints of molasses and herbs, lightly charred all around. Very nice.

The taste profile follows, with a moderate sweetness that is definitely not cloying while cold - due to the thick nature, this one could get quite sticky towards room temp. Solid roast notes, with chocolate and coffee leading. Oak and herbal bitterness come in toward the tail end. The strong alcohol presence is reminiscent of drinking tequila and vanilla rum. Not necessarily a hugely bad thing, but this one is really hot when you stop to notice.

And it's rather easy to pass by. With its girth and velvety smooth nature, Outer Darkness glides right on by, and it's in the gullet before the heat gets turned on. Not a bad drinker, but its bite is worse than its bark. (1,061 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. (approx. 3 weeks after bottling of the series) into a brandy glass

Appearance: Chocolate brown, impossible to see through, with a thin brown head. Classic Imperial stout.

Aroma: Potent chocolate, coffee, and alcohol in the nose, along with some prune and raisin notes. Swirling released an aroma slightly like rubbing alcohol.

Flavor: Strong fruity beginning doesn't do much to mask the intensity of the alcohol, which is present throughout. Notes of figs and raisins with coffee and a cherry like sweetness. Bitter finish, like a mix of dark chocolate and everclear.

Mouthfeel: Strong, heavy body that feels thick and syrupy going down. Doesn't coat the mouth much at all.

Overall: I'm wondering whether I cracked this one open too early after bottling, and I'm excited to let the second and third ones age (vertical test??) for a while. The beer lacks some complexity that I expected from Squatter's, but here's hoping that it comes out with time (960 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a jet black thick and viscous liquid with a mahogany brown head that is tight and creamy.

S-light notes of roasted to burnt malt, hints of chocolate, lots of sweetness and dark fruits.

T-very sweet, tons of roasted or burnt malts, notes of chooclate, light vanilla, very bitter and astringent burnt coffee, dark fruits in the back add some sweetness.

M-somewhat smooth, a little grainy on the palate, thinner, high carbonation.

D-nothing out of the norm here and little hot for the starndar flavors it provides. pretty average imperial stout and very burnt and bitter flavors fighting against lots of malty sweetness. (629 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bottle. Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Pours about as pitch black as I've ever seen with a dark mocha one finger head. The resulting lace is thick, leaving layers of foam behind.

Smell; relatively tame in the aroma department for a big RIS. Chocolate and espresso with a little alcohol sprinkled in, but overall the aromas are kind of subdued.

Taste; makes up for the somewhat lacking aroma. Milk chocolate, espresso beans, faint dark fruits and licorice. A mild smokiness floats through the middle with a touch of vanilla, and all topped off with just a little spicy alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and silky smooth. Dinkability is good, but as with all beers of this type, limited by the high abv.

This one damn good RIS. Glad to see breweries making beers like this in Utah. (810 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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 (376 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this rare gem.

A: Bad ass label to start. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Good retention with lace spotting all the way down the glass.

S: Lots of roast, almost char like. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and molasses soaked dark fruits.

T: Very similar to aroma. Very roasty, bold chocolate, and then more roast. Subtle espresso notes with hints of molasses sweetness that seems to peek in and out.

M: Rather full in body, bold, roasted flavors.

D: Not poundable, but damn drinkable. (515 characters)

Photo of Douglas88
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle from the Brewpub. I missed this beer's release, but I've been eagerly anticipating it. To my knowledge, Utah's first Imperial Stout (minus homebrews). Pours a dark opaque brown color with an initial large brown head that goes down to some bubbles. A powerful nose; loads of alcohol, cocoa, wood, rich roasted notes. The flavor is hot and massive; molasses, cocoa, roasted malts, light fruit, vanilla, wood, a smooth nice mouthfeel. Very hot. Somewhat dry and very aggressive. A very nice brew from Squatters as usual. Might gain with some age. (557 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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 (984 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (2,828 characters)

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
89 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.