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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 57
Gots: 132 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 12-24-2009

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.
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Ratings: 457 | Reviews: 143
Photo of DRyan
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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%

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TonyTalon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a viscous black color with a small but brown head. Decent retention and it leaves a solid wall of thin head on the side of the glass.

Nose is a rich chocolate and dark fruit tinged in smoke. Rich and bold with a moderate sweetness. Nice.

Pretty good complexity of licorice, roast and dark, unsweetened chocolate. There is some definite hoppy bitterness on the end, leafy and still pungent after about 6 months. The alcohol is still not quite smoothed out, but overall it is pretty good. I cant decide if some more age would be good for it, but I have a couple I'll be experimenting with.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of carlitos92
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice, slick deep black color with a small brown cap with nice bubbles and moderate lacing

S: Big roasted malt, bitter chocolate, wood, light bourbon and black licorice

T. Yup, that would be black licorice and bitter chocolate I taste along a big burnt harshness which sordoves fades away but the booze seems to elevate the burnt aroma. The finish is rather dry, smokey and somewhat bitter with cocoa and earthiness and a hint of coffee beans

M: Big bodied, digging it, not a robust creamy Stout but it is a RIS with some BA influence so.. but a in your face kinda guy

O: Overall, I dug it but I wanted some sweet molasses damn it.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of RustyP
4.07/5  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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of truesolution
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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.

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.