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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 53
Gots: 114 | FT: 6
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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

imperialking, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Leschber, Mar 13, 2012
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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
Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

KAF, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of cosmonick
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
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

pwsoldier, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

BryonSh, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an effectively black body with a tan-colored head, though it dissipates easily despite pleas and cries to stick around.

Smell: Vaunting malt-packed roastiness with vanilla, dark chocolate liqueur, though also a bit fudgy, and a clump of molasses. Mildly fruity hint of cherry skins -- no cherries -- just the skins, thanks.

Taste: Starts sweet, races towards ardent roast, then, it gives you a sip of smooth liquor with insulating notes of chocolate, vanilla bean, and coffee. Blurred fruitiness flaunting an edge of dark cherry. Light spiciness. Rather subtle oak character. Some hop character and bitterness penetrating the heavy layer of malts. Roasty, warming, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: The thumb points... up!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

TasteTester, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Big, thick, and nearly black with a moderately sized dark brown head that eventually leaves lots of stick (small bubbles and spiderwebs) on the glass.

Lot of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and a mild smoke character make up the aroma. There's also just a touch of licorice and dark fruit character, but this leans further toward the roasty/chocolatey spectrum. Nice.

The flavor follows similarly, with the roasted malt, chocolate, and slight licorice flavor rounding things out. Small hint of warming alcohol. Moderate bitterness.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Damn good.

Delicious stout, paired especially well with Elaine's homemade toffee peppermint brittle.

ehammond1, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ralphw56, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kjkinsey, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sinewave, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to foofaa for busting this one out for us to try.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells is all over the place. Initially there are hints of smoke, chocolate, and coffee with a weird off aroma sneaking in at the end of each sniff, almost brett like. As it warms the off aroma diminishes and it replaced by a huge maple syrup kick. Minus the off aroma this one is pretty good.

T - Starts off with lots of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to a mix of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and plenty of smoke. The off flavor remains, really messing with the flow of the other flavors. Just like the nose, it slowly fades but it is still there. Finish is pretty roasty with some sweetness.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, roasty feel that doesn't linger on the pallet for very long. There is a weird off flavor in there initially, slowly fading as it warms.

O - I am not sure what was going on with this one. Initially we thought it may be infected since it was giving off some weird off flavors and aromas but as it warmed up a bit it got a little bit better. I wouldn't mind giving it another go at a later time.

orangesol, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.