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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 49
Gots: 109 | 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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Thanks to Lunch for this, I think. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a color that is nearly black with a half-finger tan head that leaves some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries chocolate and plenty of roast along with a bit of bourbon and oak. The flavor is mostly roasted malt and bourbon along with a bit of oak. Mild vanilla as it warms. The body is medium with light carbonation. A nice beer.

06-13-2011 21:54:16 | More by Thorpe429
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%

22 oz bottle split with steepH2O while sitting next to the new firepit and generally enjoying the emerging burst of sun from behind the tree stand that guards his backyard.

Pours black with some big league soda bubbles, a consistent and long lasting cream colored head and a ruinous trotching of this here New Belgium goblet. Steep wants less carbonation...I'll concur, though I like what this beer does to this glass.

Grape, sweet malt, coffee, nuts, and wood. On the sweeter side of what I prefer in a RIS.

Woodiness creeps and lingers after the sip, leaving a long drying finish. Not sure if there's barrel here, but it plays strong at the finish and once I perceive it, does not go away but hits harder.

A tad too thin, too sweet, and too carbonated to carry this into the upper eschelon. Having this back to back with Black Metal, this fell short of that beer.

06-11-2011 22:44:37 | More by BarrytheBear
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samtallica

North Carolina

1.85/5  rDev -54.3%

Not sure of vintage on this as there is no bottling or best by date. Embossed bottle with gold foil poured into a 10oz brandy snifter.

A: Pours deep black with a 1 finger khaki head. Lacing sticks to the glass as I drink.

S: Booze hits the nose first and is almost overwhelming. Behind the booze are roasted chocolaty notes, raisins, and a slight tartness.

T: The booze and tart finish are all I taste in the first sip. Subsequent sips reveal dried fruit and well hidden chocolate. As I continue to sip all I can focus on is this weird solventy tartness and the heat. I can't even finish the 8 oz pour.

M: Medium-heavy body with good carbonation. Maybe a little over carbonated for my tastes but that is the least of this beer's problems.

O: I guess the appearance was nice but as I said, I can't finish this pour. Maybe it'd be better fresh and this appears to be an older bottle.

06-08-2011 23:30:48 | More by samtallica
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Phelps

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a big 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip.

Mormonism teaches that a person who dies is destined for one of several places depending on what he has done or believed in life. For the goodie-goods, there are three kingdoms known as the telestial, terrestrial or celestial. For those of us who enjoy fornication and the occasional cup of coffee, there’s Outer Darkness, where Satan and his homies hang out. I don’t know much about Outer Darkness the beer other than that molasses was added near the end of the boil.

Looks pretty. Molten dark chocolate in color and thick, with a medium-tan head that bubbles away quickly, leaving just a very thin ring.

Roasty nose! Lots of burnt bread, dark chocolate and espresso. Good amount of matching, piney hops. Very light metallic character in the background.

Burnt flavor. Crispy black bread, a light bit of espresso. Cocoa nibs add a bit of sweetness while substantial piney hops add moderate bitterness and balance. Good, dark stuff.

The creamy, medium-full body is a pleasure to move about. Carbonation lightly massages the tongue, causing the velvety liquid to fizz gently.

I like! It’s roasty with a good balance. Perhaps not quite worth the price tag, but it’s a quality RIS. Now to find someone to fornicate with.

06-03-2011 21:31:22 | More by Phelps
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3%

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to jodan for this LIF'ed bottle!

After a bottle bomb seemed to ruin things, this lightened the day a bit during brewing. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger-and-a-half of stark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Honestly, this smell is pretty tame, kinda boring. The taste goes a bit further, with notes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, anise, and a touch of leather. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a veery nice stout. I wouldn't say it's excellent, but I would never turn a glass down.

05-30-2011 21:13:26 | More by TMoney2591
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BigE90

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

A: poured a pitch black with a vibrant head into tulip. Great stout appearance.

S: very malty with a touch of molasses and chocolate coming through

T: wow, this was served very cold to start, approx 36 degrees. Flavors were a bit lacking at first, just a sharp stout bite that left me wondering what do I have. After a 30 minute wait to let it warm up, the flavors started to come through and the bite was gone. Just a sweet taste of chocolate and raisins that was very mellow and smooth.

M: a medium feel. Flavors evolved as it lingered in my mouth.

O: a good Russian imperial in my opinion. Would consume again.

05-30-2011 03:17:01 | More by BigE90
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Alpar

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%

BIG thanks to Trappistlover for this one!

A: Great carbonation. More then to be expected from such a big brew. Rich and dark. No light is getting through here. Lots of lacing!

S: Big malts mixed with some chocolate and alcohol. Maybe some coffee and some molasses.

T: Very smooth chocolate and alcohol burn with a dry end taste of burnt coffee.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and happy I got to try it. Taste is pretty on point with an RIS and not too far off from others in the style. Still a great beer though.

05-28-2011 02:23:48 | More by Alpar
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Wow, what a great looking stout! Pours like crude, with a beautiful brown, chocolate mousse colored head. Dissipates to a milky brown film with lots of big, heavy bubbles plopped on top. Nice lace and alcohol feet coat the glass.

S - Big aromas of dutch chocolate, anise, espresso, roasted and toasted malts, notes of raisins, figs and other dark fruits. A bit of alcohol wafts in, but it fits in well with the bunch.

T - Predominant chocolate notes with bits of bittersweet espresso, dark fruits, a hint of alcohol heat. Lots of roast with a nice sweet cocoa linger.

M - Heavy on the palate, full bodied, very rich. Carbonation is low to no, and the finish is slightly drying...like a powdered chocolate dry. Feels great, but a smoother finish would have been grand.

D/O - Drinkability is fantastic. The booze, thought noticeable, melds with it was as a whole, making this easy to put away. Overall, this is quite a stellar RIS, plain and simple. Stoked to get it off the shelf here!

05-28-2011 01:56:23 | More by EgadBananas
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

A: Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention, awesome leg/lace.

S: A lovely aroma of bakers chocolate and booze, roasted nut, burnt caramel, sponge toffee, licorice, cider and a light spice. Not overpowering, but nice.

T: Bakers chocolate, burnt toffee, molasses, licorice, roasted nut, piny resin, a little tar, light spicing, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Very full bodied, slight residual sweetness, light roasted acidity, drying alcohol finish. Great.

D/O: Exquisit.

Usually a brew of this strength wears on me... but the more I have, the more I like it (could be the warming to room temp too).

An overall great brew. Put this head-to-head with any of the top Imperials (blind) and I'm sure it would do well. Brewing news really ought to do an IS bracket... there's enough of them now.

05-27-2011 00:36:28 | More by Derek
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FosterJM

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

507th review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
650 ML

Thanks to Scotchboy for the trade.

App- A nice creamy milk chocolate brown with a two finger head. Huge lacing on this one. Very good looking stout.

Smell- Only two things come to mind with this one. Malt and chocolate. No roast, no hops. Just those two. Smells very big and sweet.

Taste- Milk chocolate tempered with some hops for some spritiness and slight malts to balance it out. Was good.

Mouth- Medium bodied and low carbed. Left a very creamy heavy cream and some milk chocolate taste. Like a good piece of Belgian chocolate.

Drink- A very nice well balanced malty/hoppy stout. The chocolate is this is outstanding. I would have liked to get two bottles to age one but one was good.

05-23-2011 03:25:09 | More by FosterJM
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in a snifter

Thanks to injuredreserve for this beer from the Show Someone What You're Made Of BIF.

This beer pours a beautiful blackness with and sandy brown foam. The aroma is a bit boozy at first, but then settles in to a slightly fruity, but mostly chocolate roast aroma that is expected with such a style. The flavor was coffee and lots of it. The thing about that is that nowhere on the label was the word coffee written anywhere. It is my estimation that this is all the product of roasted malt manipulation, and props to Squatters for that. The mouthfeel was a touch rough until it warmed up then it actually was more on the chewy side, like I prefer my stouts. Overall this was a very good beer, something that you would find me hard pressed to turn down at any time.

05-19-2011 05:47:11 | More by Vdubb86
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azdback

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured into a Surly pint glass. Dark black, but not all light sucking. Beautiful light brown two finger head. Lace is sticky and patched to the end.

Smell is medium roasted coffee and just a hint of chocolate. I do get a hint of tart also. Quite a bit of alcohol is present in the nose.

Taste is kind of a tart, sweet, bitter, smooth battle all at once. The overall taste is roasted flavors, but the pallet has to go through quite a battle to get the reward (pick it).

The mouth is as expected. Rich, smooth and full. Chewy to the end. There is a bit of alcohol warming that is quite nice.

I was a bit disappointed with this one, but not a bad representation of the style. Maybe if you are looking to dabble in the heaving hitting RIS's this one isn't a bad choice to start you journey with.

05-15-2011 07:22:52 | More by azdback
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

First of all. LOVE the label on this one!

Poured in line before dld. Pours a clean dark brown with a solid amount of light brown head that dissipates leaving a layer of bubbles on the corners and some lacing on the glass. Smells roasted and fruity. Dark plum and raisin on the nose. Tastes sharp and a bit bitter. The coffee gives a burnt taste that is not very appealing to me. A hint of chocolate and dark fruitiness but the roasted characteristics leave something to be desired.

05-02-2011 21:37:04 | More by Urbancaver
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cavedave

New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

Thanks to acurtis for leaving this bottle that we didn't get to drink at a stout tasting.

Very dark brown, thick and opaque,topped by half a finger of brown/beige head that recedes to a lasting, lively skim.

Smell is medium strength aroma of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, spicy alcohol, with hints of earthy hops and light molasses.

As it warms and opens the magnificent flavors of this really start to shine. It starts with some caramel and milk chocolate, picks up some figgy and fruity sweet, dark bread, spicy alcohol, and it finishes with the alcohol vapors ushering the mineraly, earthy hops to a marriage with clean, charry roast that gives it a wonderful complexity.

It drinks very light despite being highly viscous, perfect carbonation (med.) for the flavor profile, and a finish that isn't epic but is excellent.

This is one of the finest stouts I've tried. Low expectations for it were dashed on the rocks of superior taste, clean balanced complexity, and marvelous drinkability.

05-01-2011 12:28:35 | More by cavedave
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womencantsail

California

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Can't remember who brought this. Was it Brendan or Paul? Either way, thanks!

A: The pour is thick and dark. Almost black with a nice viscosity and a small brown head.

S: Plenty of nice roasted malts on the nose. There's a hint of booze and a touch of smoke. A nice bit of coffee and plenty of dark chocolate. Maybe some molasses, earthy hops, and dark fruits.

T: Mild booze up front but there's tons of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Definitely some dark fruits, earthy hops, and a moderate bitterness. Really robust and bold flavors.

M: Just about full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Glad that I got to try this. I've been wanting to for awhile now.

04-16-2011 21:42:44 | More by womencantsail
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Solid black with a dense mocha head and a thick layer of foam that remains for some time.

S - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, herbal, earthy hops.

T - Intense roasted malts, a good deal of black patent astringency, dark baking chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, cold black coffee and bitter herbal , earthy hops.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Thick and chewy.

D - Big, thick, sweet and burnt with some bitterness. A sipper for sure.

04-05-2011 01:33:36 | More by brewcrew76
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glid02

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

Bottle shared by Andy, straight from Utah - thanks!

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with hints of char. Also present are mild amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Huge and robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of semi-sweet chocolate that cut the roast somewhat. Midway through the sip slight tobacco makes a brief appearance before being overtaken by moderate amounts of char. The char and roasted malts carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer, one of the more robust roasted big stouts I've had in a while. Very good and complex and well worth a shot.

04-05-2011 00:30:03 | More by glid02
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Eldritch

Nevada

1.98/5  rDev -51.1%

Tasting Date: 2/19/2011 - review from notes.

Service/Appearance: Had a little beer lineup one night with a friend, and served this into just a standard glass. Pours very dark brown with a relatively small, light brown head. Lacing is light on glass, but still apparent.

Nose: Something is off with this. Not what I expect with an alleged RIS - no real sweetness detected. Heavy char, an almost meaty, salty scent.

Taste: Unfortunately, taste only confirms what the nose foreshadowed. Nothing remotely normal about what I expect in a RIS -- looking at other reviews, maybe I had a flawed bottle or something. The most prevalent taste (after 2 or 3 more very hesitant sips) was beef jerky.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, just offputting because of the taste.

Overall: I'll entertain the notion that I had a bad bottle of this, but this one was not impressive. Color and mouthfeel were ok, which saved it from total failure.

03-31-2011 23:22:09 | More by Eldritch
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srandycarter

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

A - Pretty darned black, nice tan .5 inch head, slow to leave. Some lace gathering up.

S - A little soy, cocoa, coffee and baked cookies.

T - Mostly cocoa on top, soy barely there, cookies to finish. A small souring quality near end.

M - Medium to full body, good carb, chalky finish.

D - For the style and ABV, quite nice.

03-29-2011 04:03:12 | More by srandycarter
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +2%

22 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.
10.5% ABV, "Please share with a friend and enjoy responsibly", no date available.

Thanks to the DTrain for bringing this badass looking brew over!

A - Outer Darkness pours incredibly dark (imagine that!) with clarity but definitely not see-through in the snifter. A dense tan head crowns this beer and last quite a while with some dense left-over lace caked inside. Gorgeous!

S - The dark aroma is cold and faint but has big roast malt character to it with underlying bittersweet chocolate and a mineral finish. Low hops in the nose.

T - The outer fringes of this beer are laced with cold coffee and bitter chocolate as well as cocoa while the bulk of the flavor comes from intense roasted chocolate and black patent malts. Absolutely delicious!

M - A nicely tuned acrid bitter profile lends great balance to this somewhat sweeter beer. Thick, full-bodied, and smooth, it's a tasty, nice-feeling beer.

D - Like the label suggests, it's better shared. Smooth and tasty with a tiny alcohol warmth akin to a barleywine. A very nice brew.

03-16-2011 12:07:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%

This gem comes to me from Wasatch in our most recent trade. Thank you John.

This beer certainly has a good look in my snifter. Dark brown to black body that is completely opaque. The light brown head is more than two fingers tall, and is made up of tightly packed, small bubbles. Both lacing and retention are very good.

Surprisingly fruity aroma, with black cherry making its presence known. Even though I am surprised by the fruit, the roasted malts and chocolate are certainly more powerful.

The fruit is pretty prominent in the flavor also, with a big cherry flavor. Charred black malts, roasted flavors and a bit of roasted wood abound. Dry baker's chocolate is quite powerful, and a hint of coffee is underneath it. Some general toffee-like sweetness rounds out the malts. The finish is a little bit to hot, but stops short of harsh.

Mouthfeel is about what I would expect from the style; fairly good.

Outer Darkness is an enjoyable but not earth-shattering RIS. I'm glad that I got to try it.

03-07-2011 18:40:08 | More by Hojaminbag
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

I knew nothing of this brew when I picked it up at Rays in Wauwatosa. Another pleasant surprise. Pours a very appealing heavy pitch black. A velvety smooth Russian Imperial Stout with complex blend of sharp malts up front, coffee, coco, mild caramel, hops, and a warming alcohol finish. Good shit.

03-04-2011 22:44:33 | More by TheDTrain
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Allpe45

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours dark brown, black in the glass, with a creamy coffee colored head. Leaves nice lacing all over the sides of my snifter.

Aromas of roasted barley and malts, as well as various dark fruits. Hints of raisin.

Roasted malts and coffee assault the taste buds. Semi chocolate and molasses in the background with hop bitterness rounding everything out.

Thick and creamy. Everything I look for in an imperial stout. Light carbonation.

ABV is well masked. 10.5%? Really!? Gotta be careful with this one. This stout tastes great and goes down easily. The smell is on the complex side, but the taste is straightforward and solid.

02-28-2011 01:10:21 | More by Allpe45
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

A: pours opaque black, with a small amount of tan head. Some fleeting lacing.

S: nose features big caramel malts along with roasted malts, this one smells like it leans towards the sweeter end of the spectrum when it comes to imperial stouts, not detecting any booziness on the nose

T: sharpness up front with a sweet malt profile, notes of caramel molasses and dark fruit, the roasted malts come in big towards the back, the finish is bitter. A fair amount of complexity and uniqueness going on here.

MF: smooth body, thick and velvety, a bit chewy, nice mellow carbonation

D: great balance, lots of flavor, well hidden alcohol...would recommend for any one to try

02-22-2011 07:59:56 | More by homebrew311
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

2010 rate.

I really can't give this one as detailed of a rating as I'd like to. Opened it right after Sloth, and in the middle of a tasting involving various other legendary imperial stouts and barleywines. Deep thick black, creamy brown head. Lightly bitter focusing on coffee and bitter chocolate. Not a terribly complex or rich flavor expression, but nice enough. Enjoyable. Thanks footbalm!

01-14-2011 04:01:31 | More by JAXSON
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.