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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
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391 Ratings
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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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Photo of RustyP
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml purchased for $8.99. Poured into a snifter. Consumed a little over 4 months after bottling.

A: Black, black, black with just the slightest hint of dark reddish-brown showing at the edges when held to light. A semi-vigorous pour initially seemed as though it wouldn’t yield any head at all. However, as the last ounce or 2 entered the glass, a milk-chocolate brown head blossomed quickly, reaching 1.5-fingers at most before dissipating a few minutes later. By the time the head settled, there was a thin orangish-brown ring of creamy foam with some medium-sized bubbles still floating in the middle. A moderate amount of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: A swirl of the liquid produced a strong dark chocolate / French roast coffee aroma, underlined by mild dark fruit and raisins. A small amount of brighter caramel sweetness is barely noticeable, pushed aside by the more assertive smoky / roasty aromas. No hops that I can detect. Very inviting!

T: Initially hits the tongue with a bit of caramel / molasses sweetness that braces the taste buds for the smoky, bitter onslaught. Next, mild fruitiness, then smoky dark roast coffee, then mild dark chocolate and anise. Bittering hops kick in about midway through the taste and linger until the end. Finishes dry and slightly chalky, like a strong cup of black coffee brewed in a French press. A slight alcohol burn can be felt after swallowing, but isn’t present in the taste. Each sip begs for another.

M: Smooth, creamy, medium-to-full-bodied with high carbonation for a RIS. I found it highly drinkable.

Overall: The coffee aroma is what makes this Imperial Stout a winner for me. Well, that and the price. If the flavor followed through 100% on what the nose indicates, this would be top-notch.

RustyP, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bruce! Pours a pitch black color with a small brownish tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is very chocolatey. Tons of sweet chocolate with some pleasant vanilla notes. Fresh nuts as well...peanuts, almonds, and cashews. Light hints of mocha and dark fruits. Sugary molasses. Taste is sweet molasses at first with nice hints of brown sugar. Sweet vanilla with dark and milk chocolate. Very nutty with a ton of dark and roasted malt. Mellow dark fruit flavors...dates, raisins, plums. Finishes sweet with some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated, especially for this particular style. Drinkability is high for such a big beer. Overall, I really enjoy this beer and will be seeking out other brews from this brewery.

DovaliHops, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of truesolution
4.75/5  rDev +17%

truesolution, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Goforth
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Goforth, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of kagent777
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 Bottle purchased on the day of re-release about 1.5 yrs ago. Poured into my CCB snifter.

Appearance: Black beer that pours very thickly. Just a ring of carbonation around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

Smell: Oaky and strong roasted malts. Alcohol along with some chocolaty semi sweetness.

Taste: The taste follows the smells. Oak and roasted malts. Some sweet char and chocolate. Molasses and licorice. I also get some dried fruit, raisins, and fresh red grape juice. Some lingering bitterness after the initial sweetness fades. A big flavor profile, but not too complex, maybe with more age (I have one more bottle purhcased at the same time.)

Mouthfeel: The carbonation may be a little too strong for this big of a beer. It actually gives the front of the tongue a bit of a jolt at the front end of the sip. The body is nice and thick as it should be.

Overall: Maybe I am tough on this one because it is easy for me to get. Or maybe I do not know what I am talking about. Nothing wrong with the beer, except that I would not carb quite so much. I am curious to see what another year and a half will do for the other bottle.

kagent777, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of BruceBruce
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Oily black, quarter inch pretty head great brown color that I don't know exactly how to describe it.

S. Oak, then Licorice, then soy sauce, not joking, even asked my Asian roommate

T. Chocolate, Licorice, Oak, must be my imagination but almost thought of bourbon but after warming up, just realize is all of the flavors coming together and me wishing there was bourbon.

M. Not as thick or creamy, I like that, its a very light feel

O. Great beer, I like it a lot and will try it in the bottle tomorrow to see if I can notice a difference. Recommend this to anyone who is like me an on a stout kick in the summer.

BruceBruce, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rempo, Jun 03, 2012
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.

MattyG85, May 20, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfect looking imperial stout; jet black with a huge brown head that settles down slowly. Extensive lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of roasted, burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses.

The taste falls a little short. The nose packs a lot of fudgy chocolate goodness but in the flavor there’s much less chocolate and it’s all of the bitter variety; lacks sweetness and instead is dominated by burnt malt and overall bitterness; some molasses and caramel but buried beneath the strong roasted burnt flavor. Hints of coffee and anise, oak and vanilla. Lingering bitter finish with some warming booziness.

Outer Darkness also feels a little too thin, medium-bodied rather than full, with a bit too much carbonation. Not smooth and chewy enough for the style. Not a bad imperial but also not anything exceptional, unfortunately. Still glad I got a chance to try this one.

tobelerone, May 15, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

GuisseppeFranco, May 10, 2012
Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle shared with colleague to celebrate new hire, 5.7.12.

Dark brown head over opaque dark brown body, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Pretty intense nose, chocolate, some molasses, plenty of roast backed by citrus hop aromas. Taste is very chocolatey upfront, roast prominent but not as much as in the nose, molasses stickiness, the licorice root helps to balance the dark chocolate notes, grapefruit to balance the sweetness, quite complex. Mouthfeel is well on the heavy side of medium, like drinking motor oil, slick and lubricating, not a lot of effervescence. A pretty pleasant surprise, I'm starting to become a fan of this brewery's big beers. Worth a try.

jdense, May 08, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

johnnyboy76, May 05, 2012
Photo of BubbaMac
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BubbaMac, May 03, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Hopstout, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bigbeers84, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the most intense beers ive had in awhile. pours thick sludgy black and strong, no light through at all, surprisingly active mocha head. nose is huge, licorice, tobacco, alcohol, oak, and bitter bitter coffee all combine for a sensory overload with this one. you can smell this one from neighboring tables, i swear to god. flavor is equally complex and robust, but perhaps a touch more mellow than the nose. the oak seems to have smoothed everything out nicely. there is a spicy sweet molasses hit up front, followed by waves of dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, and finally burning hot alcohol (especially as it warms up to room temperature). the feel is nice, very thick full body, and laid back carbonation make this a slow sipper. we enjoyed it with a slice of peanut butter chocolate pie, which i found to be an excellent compliment. this was one of the better squatters beers i tried, the depth here is unrivaled.

edit: I had a bottle of this last night with about a year on it. turns out even a little age goes a long way, this has mellowed out on alcohol, and the flavors have developed really nicely. wow, just wow. I bumped taste up from a 4. got to get me some more to cellar even longer!

StonedTrippin, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of PackersRGreat
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

PackersRGreat, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

atone315, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bsuedekum, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.75/5  rDev +17%

ucsbmullet, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of mdcrouser
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque like you'd assume a RIS should be - big head, with two fingers. Deep brown head - like medium toast.

Highly-malted nose, licorice seems to be primary, but supported with some smoke. Big nose, but little depth here.

Almost brutish in how much is packed into this beer - I get a lot of raisins, some licorice, campfire smoke. Seems a little disjointed though.

Thick, like filtering stout sediment through the teeth and back to the tongue. Sticky, a little hot to close.

Strange thing - some good things going on here in this beer. Nothing outstanding, but it could be a decent long-evening sipper. And that is its intent tonight.

mdcrouser, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Durb777
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Durb777, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, served in a small chalice.

A: Opaque dark brown & black, with a brown head that leaves behind some lace. Very stout-like. Carbonation seems lower.

S: Malts and stout aromas right up front; chocolate, cocoa and cacao beans, fudge, lots of dark malt, roasty notes, some dark fruit (maybe prune or fig), and a kiss of earthy hop.

T: Follows the nose; cacao and dark bittersweet cocoa powder, fudge and black malt, hints of oily herbal hops, some roasty bitterness, a hint of smooth caramel, and alcohol is more present here with a noticeable burn...taste finishes with milk chocolate on the aftertaste.

MF: Excellent; oily, creamy, smooth pretty full body, lower carbonation, with a touch of alcohol burn.

O: Definitely better than I remembered from the first bottle. This beer needs to be consumed fresh. Recommended.

Scotchboy, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.5%

imperialking, Mar 15, 2012
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.