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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 50
Gots: 112 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 12-24-2009)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pens1967, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dmorgan310, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2010 (?) bottle with gold foil on neck.

Pours a viscous, oily dark borwn with a dense dark mocha head. Head fades to a thick collar and bubbly film with thin webs of lace. Charred nose of oak, bitter citrus, roasted malt, fig and pine. Thick, smooth body with low carbonation. Gingerbread, licorice and anise start flavor over top the roast malt and slightly charred oak. Nice balance of sweet and roast flavors, light molasses and pine bitterness on finish. Interesting oaked RIS with a touch of Anchor Xmas flavors.

yourefragile, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

6thstreetbrewpub, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ajs4bd, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

keenanite21, Aug 23, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle release; Sampled January 2012
A healthy pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a dense, long lasting, initially three-finger thick, darkly browned head that leaves a nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer smells of lightly acrid, amply roasted malt with notes of thick black coffee, a touch of toasted woodiness and burnt whole grain toast. This is backed by a subtle, yet distinct fruitiness that has a oaky vinous quality as well as a hint of burnt prunes. The roast character here is quite ample and provides an almost smokiness, which is boosted by he concentrated malt character that almost has an umami like savoriness to it. As the beer warms up a burnt fruitiness starts to become noticeable; it smells more of burnt raisins than anything.

The beer has a nice, soft, slightly prickly up front, carbonation, but this is quickly overwhelmed by the thick, ample body. Despite the thickness, the beer really doesn’t taste very sweet at all; rich and savory with a deeply roasted, complex sweetness, the beer reminds me of dark chocolate, a roasted peat like smokiness (that almost seems a touch salty at times), a dark concentrated espresso character. As the beer warms up, and perhaps my palate adjusts a bit, I start to notice a touch more sweetness; this accentuates a dark cocoa flavor, notes of burnt molasses and even a licorice like note in the finish. There is a hint of a woody flavor and edge to the finish. The wood flavors seem to add a touch of tartness to this somehow (though the ample burnt character also adds a touch of acidity here), and there is a sort of buttery note that almost has me thinking there is something funky going on here; in the end this is subtle enough that it could just be a soft, but clean, oak influence, but I can’t actually quite tell. The roast character provides a solid bitterness to this beer, in the finish this mixes with a bitter hop bite.

This is quite taste, certainly better than I was expecting; for some reason I thought this had been Bourbon barrel aged and not just oak aged, but I am quite happy to be wrong. I really like how restrained the oak character is; it is very subtle and really plays a supporting role; in fact, if I didn’t know it was here, I would be hard pressed to identify it as it really just boosts the complexity of this beer without being overtly noticeable. I really like how savory the concentrated malt character is in this beer; I am quite sure this beer will age quite gracefully.

Gueuzedude, Aug 22, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Nailed it.

Fatehunter, Aug 19, 2013
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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.