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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 52
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 LadyOfMuchBeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Sinewave
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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."

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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).

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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

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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.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.