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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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 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
Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Leschber, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

MattSweatshirt, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Efeswasmy1st
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle among friends at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI. Appearance is light black, with some head. Aroma is bourbon, fig, and other ripe fruits. Taste is same, with complexity in the bourbon and fig. Palate is easy, wanting more. Overall, give me more when it is available.

Efeswasmy1st, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

KAF, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

cosmonick, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of LtCracker20
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A pitch black body with 1-finger's worth of coffee colored head that swiftly falls to a thin and spotty cap. Leaves some OK lacing.

S- Slight oaky vanilla, maybe cinnamon, cloves, a little hot pepper aroma as well. Also, of course, roasted malts, deep dark chocolate, and espresso.

T- Spicy up front, like hot peppers, vanilla, oak, a touch of warmth from the ABV, more spices, good bitterness in the back end, and a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

MF- A little lighter than I would've liked, but not too thin where as to detract from the flavors.

LtCracker20, Feb 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.7%

ATXRyan, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

seanballs, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

barbellsNbeers, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of bmwats
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of foam on the surface and a thick beer ring. Spotty, but consistent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, black licorice, baked sourdough bread, a pungent malt, and a hint of molasses.

T: Earthy malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, and a tinge of licorice.

M: Thick and hearty, full body. Slightly sweet, with a slightly bitter finish. Neither so much though. Very neutral and well-balanced. Dry with a high alcohol character.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is great here. Dark and intimidating with a nice head, and decent lacing. Great nose...chocolate, licorice, and earthy malt. Flavor, in suit, is a bittersweet dark chocolate with a full-bodied malt character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Feb 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle tried 18 Oct 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Large brown foamy head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark brown in color. Aromas of ethanol, dried fruit, lightly charred malts. Lots of roasty malt, almost burnt. Alcohol. Some very dark chocolate and cocoa. Burnt wood. Heavy body, lots of alcohol. Licorice and cough syrup in the finish and aftertaste.

It's boozy and hot in the outer darkness.

htomsirveaux, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 01, 2012
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.