Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 53
Gots: 114 | FT: 5
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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 M27
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DavidST
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, born on 3/27/12. This pours a motor oil looking pitch black color with a large long lived mocha head which leaves a lacing, perfect look for an RIS. The smells are of dark roasted malts, some noticeable alcohol, a little coffee and coco. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is good, you get the dark roasted malts, a nice amount of bitterness, some alcohol burn on the way down, very good but not as complex as other RIS.

Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one in the basement in Salt Lake for the last year waiting for the Christmas visit. Born date is the auspicious 11/01/11 to counteract, I hope, the theological implications of the name.

Very dark, very winey, very thick. First impression is a huge malty explosion followed by a hoppy burn. Burnt sugar with alcohol heat. The buttery and fruity flavor is a perhaps an artifact of aging. Smell of alcohol, plastic, and Butterfingers. Huge cocoa flavor with sort of a nutty, buttery, caramel taste, and maybe a little oxidized.

Creamy bubbles last for glass after glass. I'll have to try a fresh one next year. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, stamped with BORN/03/27/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some licorice, dark fruit and burnt/charred malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter roasty finish that gets sweeter as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a little creamy with medium/high carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Captured this one in a nice Chimay snifter, the body is pitch black, my super bright bicycle led light won’t even shine through it. The head is a nice dark tan color and slowly builds up. As I poured it out it looked like a headless beer, but after a few seconds, almost 8 seconds, the head forms and it starts off rather thick and slowly thins out into a few island bubbles all gathered by a thick wall of lacing. The aroma is rather light, I can pick up some dark fruits, alcohol and mild fig and coffee mixes. Very thick bodied, it really envelopes your tongue, and it pretty smooth tasting. The flavors are a bit mild at first but do pick up as it gets warmer. More coffee and roasted malts and hops come out. T the light side if you ask me this is a really smooth ale and I highly recommend drinking after its warmed up a bit, the aroma is still o

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/12 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Big amoeba blotches all over the glass.

S- chocolate, roast, molasses

T- roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter molasses takes center stage in this beer.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very creamy, smooth feel that finishes slightly dry.

O- good RIS, but not a fan of bitter molasses that is actuated in this beer.

Photo of cwreay90
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Auror
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on 11/01/11, so more than a year old at the date of review (11/26/12). Poured into a small tulip glass and allowed to warm before pouring. Thanks to KCBaby for sending this my way.

Appearance- Deep black monster with a light mocha-colored head. Average head on pour, receded fairly quickly to leave a persistent top.

Smell- Deep coffee notes, bitter chocolate, bran, molasses. More so than perhaps any beer I've sampled yet, it smells like a brewery during production. Damp barley. Very strong aromatic punch for a stout.

Taste- A true big Russian Imperial Stout. Slight hoppiness and coffee in the open leads to a heavy, sweet malt presence in the middle. Bitter chocolate finish. Slight alcohol on the close, but melded nicely. A bit dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation level is a bit hit or miss. Feel is a bit oily and viscous. It's balanced, but not as creamy as I would like for the style. Alcohol masked very well, though.

Overall- The dryness and mouthfeel lead to ok drinkability. I'd like to try this fresh to compare, I wonder how in your face the hops are, since they are still prevalent in the taste a year later. The molasses and malt dominance might be because of the age as well, but I don't sense any flavor vacuum from something that may have faded.

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kyleleonard
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of gwguest
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cfrobrew
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber 2012.

Appearance: Pitch black truly opaque and oil like

Scent: Sweet Strong milk Chocolate with espresso.

Taste: Dark Chocolate, coffee not as much as the scent but strong. The alcohol is strong, may subside with age but still works withe flavor

Mouth Feel: Thick and smooth, very pleasant. light head that is renewed with every sip.

Overall: Excellent Russian Imperial stout, great flavor, strong but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle poured into a snifter

Photo of johnnieoz
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber born on 2/22/11, purchased at the Las Vegas Town Square Whole Foods in August 2011, consumed this late Oct. 2012 evening (the first chilly one in Austin, TX) in my trusty Jämtlands Bryggeri tulip.

A: Espresso with a true crema.

S: Sweet, burnt molasses and licorice dominate.

T: Truly delicious sweet malt flavors, balanced by some hops, and corralled by the molasses, licorice additions and oakiness.

F: Almost as viscous as I like it with a sweet n' oaky aftertaste that coats the palate and gullet.

O: For those of us that prefer double/imperial stouts w/o coffee or cocoa, this ranks second only to the Abyss IMHO. It's a great RIS that aged well regardless and I believe most folks would appreciate its quality.

Photo of DRyan
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle "born on" 11/1/11, poured 10/26/12

A: Pours inky black with a dark an head. The head is not as vigorous as some stouts, but recedes very slowly and leaves a LOT of lacing.
S: Roasty, chocolatey, with some nuttiness, a little different that most Imperial Stouts, but easily identifiable as such.
T: Dark chocolate, licorice, lots of malty goodness, with some bitterness and some alcohol sting (but not much). There is also an odd bit too it, an aftertaste that for whatever reason makes me think "cough syrup," though it tastes nothing like cough syrup. I didn't age this bottle, I bought it a couple of months ago, so I don't know how it was stored for its first 10 months of life... this might be a bit of "left out in the light and heat" I'm tasting
M: Smooth and silky, with very fine carbonation. A great feeling, one of the nicer IS's I've had as far that that goes.
D: Would be amazing if it weren't for that aftertaste; I need to try a fresh bottle and see if that aftertaste is still there. For a 10.5% beer it drinks easily, and diesn't sit as heavy as a lot of stouts, Imperial or otherwise.

Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of 604growler
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the airport pub and they poured me a small glass from the bottle. Tastes a lot like an old Rasputin but more licorice taste. Very nice.

a - high tan head, black, not much to improve on here
s - licorice, molasses, smoke, very nice
t - licorice, molasses,not too much bitterness making it a very nice RIS
m - no complaints here
overall I think this is as good as any available to me. I'd take this over old Raspy and that's one of my go to beers. Comparable to the Speedway Stout I had two days ago

Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Born 03/27/12.

Very dark, used oil brown-black body. Pinkie finger of dense, creamy, dirty peanut brown head. Good lacing. Big roasted malt and coffee on the nose. Plenty of dark chocolate, molasses, sugary dark fruits, and licorice as well. Very nice.

Charred malt and herbal hop bitterness up front. Milk chocolate and molasses sweetness follow. A little fig and singed caramel. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness increase into the finish. Woody, tannin-like flavors are there as well. Lingering malty sweetness. Medium-full body with a slightly overcarbonated feel. Still, this a very good imperial stout!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #58 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

A very roasted stout. Minor amount of molasses on it too. But the roasty tone is the main thing going on here. Nice unwavering flavor. Mild booze tone on the backside, but not so much that it's killing the experience. I like this beer. It's a fairly easy to drink RIS.

Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.