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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

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 CLBizzle
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Bomber's bottle date was 11/1/11. Such a great day for a beer to be born. Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A: Black Body. Thin carmel head that sticks around for a minute. Thick lacing on the glass as the beer is being "reviewed".

S: Toffee and coffee hit the nose.

T: Creamy chocolate flavors come across on the tongue. Robust malty flavor which finishes sweet. Molasses flavor, but not as thick of a mouthfeel as I thought the stout would have with multiple mashes. With as high of an OG as a 10.5% beer must have had the beer is dangerously drinkable.

O: First beer that I have had from Squatter's and I must say that I am impressed. I love a great Imperial stout and this one is no slouch.

CLBizzle, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Acoke
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Acoke, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark as night into my snifter with two fingers of dense mocha head that has great retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of chocolate malts, bitter sweet cocoa notes, roasted malts, anise, dark fruits and a touch of booze.

T - Deep roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, espresso, anise, a little hope bite and finishes with a molasses booze combination.

M - A little to bright/crisp for my liking, has a big think body and seems slightly unbalanced with noticeable alcohol.

O - So far the best beer I've had from Squatters. Solid offering of a Russian Imperial and I look forward to trying more from the "reserve series."

StoneBrewFanatic, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Stoutfan23DJ, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

whartontallboy, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque pitch black, with some fairly dark tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and creamy milk chocolate, with some molasses and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and molasses, with some roasted coffee and brown sugar. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste with lingering resinous hops and alcohol.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice RIS that was well balanced and enjoyable. The scent and taste were good, with solid body. The alcohol was noticeable, so it should be sipped. Age may help mellow this brew, but it was still good fresh (but not great).

Pencible, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev -1.5%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is one the best looking beers I have ever seen. It pours a motor oil black with a thick 2-3 finger brown head. The head fades and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: Has a strong chocolate malt scent. I am also getting a lot of roasted malt and coffee.

T: Has a lot of strong roasted malt. You can taste a little of the booze, but its pretty faint. When the beer lingers on the tongue, you start to pick up a food amount of chocolate and coffee. Very nice

M: This beer is very crisp and burns the back of the throat and the tongue. It isnt bad by any means, just not great.

O: This is a very great beer. I havent had much from Squatters, but the ones I have had are enjoyable. Russian Imperials are some of my favorite style beers and this doesnt let me down.

gtermi, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (born on) date 11 01 11. Poured into a 6oz St Arnold glass.

Appearance- Pours a very thick black liquid. Very little dark tan head. Even after a vigorous pour. 4.5/5

Smell- Big dark, bitter chocolate notes. Small amount of hop aroma as well. This even smells thick. 4.5/5

Taste- Lots of bitter chocolate. I taste a small hint of peppermint but it goes away as it gets warmer. The alcohol is not very prominent, although I think it will be as I get deeper into the bottle. The second pour produced a much larger head. There are some earthy tone to it as well. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Very thick. The more I write these reviews the more I see I maybe a "mouthfeel snob". This one I like very much. It coats every part of your mouth. 4.5/5

Overall- This is a really good beer. I saw it on the shelf and took a chance. It paid off. Squatters is turning out to be a solid brewery. 4/5

MADhombrewer, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (born on 02/22/11) received in trade with Wasatch. Thanks again John! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a thick body of nearly pitch black except for some rich ruby/mahogany highlights on the edges when held to the light. A low finger of capuccino colored foam rests for a minute or so and falls to a loose collar and rocky islands on the surface...nice sheets of lacing left on the glass. Good looking impy stout.

S - Quite low in aroma overall. Mostly I'm able to pick up milk and dark chocolates. Some booze is present at a lower level, along with some dark fruit, touch of anise and dark roasted malts way in the background. What is here is good, but intensity is a bit lacking.

T - Dark fruit and deeply charred and dark roasted malts take center stage here. A bit of a burnt toast character is present. Not positive but I think I'm getting some hints of cherries in the flavors and dark chocolate joins the mix too. Finishes with some mild booze and a hit of molasses.

M - Rather full mouthfeel...carbonation is at a lower level and gives this a velvety smooth creaminess to the feel. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't really contribute any warmth to the feel - well contained overall.

O - Overall, a solid example of the RIS style. Fairly well balanced and with decent complexity - although lacking in the finer nuances that could make others in this style great. Would easily enjoy having this again sometime in the future.

portia99, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
5/5  rDev +23.2%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Phoenix2443
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Phoenix2443, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of hannydawg
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

hannydawg, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Exiled, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for this bottle. Date on bottle is 02/22/11

Poured into my Stone IRS snifter.

A Pours very dark dark brown, almost pitch black. Sits opaque in my glass and theres a large 2 finger milk chocolate head about it. Really big retention thats hesitant to go down but leaves retention when it finally does. Looks mighty fine to me, verge of 5

S Big roast upfront with a slight alcohol shiff, but not nose buring. Chocolate and some dark fruits in there. Smells nice.

T Follows the nose with a big roast but sweet malts. Some bitterness comes toward the middle that has a bittersweet finish. Some alcohol and chhoclate underneath it all. Nice flavors.

M Feels about a medium to heavy thickness and feels a little light. Does that make sense? I'd like a little heavier.

O

Gushue3, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

BeardedRiker, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ixodus
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ixodus, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of stouts4me
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a medium viscosity of dark brown/black, into my New Belgium snifter. A 1/4 " tan puffy head floats on top of the impermeable black body. You can smell chocolate and a slight alcohol nose.Mouthfeel is very good,roasty, chocolaty, malty goodness. For $10 this is a good deal, 10.5% alcohol should age nicely, overall you couldn't go wrong here.

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stouts4me, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -1.5%

marine1975, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Let it warm some out of the fridge. Poured with a nice tan, foamy, frothy, thick head and some lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is fairly mild, roast, malt, leather, toffee. Flavor is similar to nose, bittersweet up front followed by a little carbonic tang. Finish is like flavor, balanced, with some alcohol warmth. Very nice

drpimento, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of profoundlypaige
5/5  rDev +23.2%

profoundlypaige, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed-Tulip shaped glass

A - Lights out, black colored body; not much head formed; good amount of lacing though; light brown trim around the edge of the glass

S - Licorice; dark roasted malt; chocolate - dark; leather and smokey; raisin; small grassy hop

T - Coffee stout; dark chocolate; licorice; semi-high ABV taste, alcohol; hops; toasted bread; raisin fig; dark fruit; bitter with a slight touch of hoppy grass

M - Coffee-espresso; heavy-full body; slightly effervescent; tangy and bitter

D - Great, well-balanced RIS; worth a shot, very easy to drink and pair with desserts

ferrari29, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of scray24
4/5  rDev -1.5%

scray24, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.