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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 49
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
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
Photo of Fatehunter
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
Photo of PStriedl
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

PStriedl, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

tbryan5, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bluckbeyes, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mbw314, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of kevindp9
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

kevindp9, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Schlafly33, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Achoo_Bacca
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JamLand, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Ristaccia, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of dookiebrown
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

dookiebrown, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of bens0n
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a opaque black with massive amounts of creamy dark tan head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell wise I can pick up on roasted coffee and licorice/dark fruits and a subtle sweetness from the hops, not too boozy smelling.

Flavor wise there's less coffee and more dark fruit. There is a nice toasty aftertaste, a little more carbonation than I like, and its on the thin side.

Overall, a nice imperial stout, nothing really unique or special though.

bens0n, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

SaxmanRick, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 25 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/27/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, char, roasted malt, raisin, molasses, caramel, licorice, toast, floral, clove, oak, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, molasses, caramel, raisin, licorice, floral, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, raisin, molasses, toast, caramel, oak, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of deep roast with dark malt flavors and a fair amount of oak presence; with huge robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial stout! Huge complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors with moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

duceswild, Jun 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

mendvicdog, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

oriolesfan4, Jun 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

MaddDogg84, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Cubatobaco
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Cubatobaco, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JSchock7, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

msturek, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Hanzo, Jun 08, 2013
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.