Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 116 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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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

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Photo of profoundlypaige
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an obsidian black, crowned by a moderate, dense dark tan cloud-top head, which retains quite well. The lacing is quite thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Strong hop notes, dominate the aroma, as well as earthy, smoky, and black bread notes. Amost all this complexity, there are also sweet alcohol notes, although they are overshadowed by the hops and malt.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of hops, atop a massive dark malt presence. The malts are wonderfully complex, offering up charcoal, dark bread, bitter cocoa, coffee, earth, and smoke. The hop presence plays a supporting role, although superbly well, with the moderate presence providing a graceful balance to the stunning palate conjured up by the malts. Beneath all this, there is sweet, slightly vinous alcohol, although it is subtle and graceful. Finishes with lingering notes of charcoal and herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and velvety.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-done, graceful and superbly complex without being over-the-top. Recommended.

Presenation: Packaged in a custom twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop-off crown, served in a Belgian chalice.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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

It's getting along toward imperial stout season. This particular entry from squatters is pretty damn good. It's also extra hoppy for an imperial stout. The aroma is very herbal, with sweet vanilla and toffee. The flavor is surprisingly bitter, with sweetness in the somewhat distant background. Dark chocolate and molasses dominate the flavor with coffee and burntness playing supporting roles. Mouthfeel is full, as you'd expect.

This beer is a treat, but it's one that I'd have to be in the mood for.

Moving on to an entirely different subject, I love that this beer is brewed in Salt Lake City, and the name references a somewhat deep doctrinal element from Mormonism. Well played, Squatters.

Photo of Cresant
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this 25 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date, but a yellow label. The body was an opaque dark brown with a rich dark tan head. Viscous, dense and creamy. Taking a drink left me with a "chocolate milk mustache". There was a persistent cap that left some lacing.

The smell was Faintly of cocoa. Walnuts. The aroma was the weakest characteristic of this beer.

The taste was a light roasty bitterness and mild fruitiness. Chocolate and cream. Mild flavors and very well hidden alcohol made this one very easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was creamy with a rich body. Fine carbonation.

Photo of EnJeiBee
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - It poured dark as the night with a thick deep tan head. The head slowly receded leaving minimal lacing in it's wake

S - Dark chocolate, roast malt, a light hints of a smoky spiciness

T - Rich deep flavors that match the nose combine with a great hop bitterness and sweet cherry-like tang that wasn't present in the aroma.

M - Not quite full bodied and silky smooth. It reads more like a heavy milk stout on the palate than I expected. Although many people have noted slight heat from the alcohol, I did not.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Although it isn't quite what you would expect from a RIS, I was happy with it. The nose and flavor were subtly complex and the mouthfeel was great!

Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

been sitting on this one for a while waiting for the right night...for some reason, that night is tonight. not sure of the vintage, but the label is yellow and it says reserve series with golden foil.

a - opened the bottle and filled my darkness snifter. beer poured a sludgy pewter black with a thin cream colored head that slowly evaporated leaving slimy lacing all over the side of the glass.

s - bold and complex, but nicely balanced at first. notes of milk chocolate with roasted malt. some charred burnt matches in the background. i can pick up the alc in the nose as well, but as a mentholated coolness in my nose. no leading flavors, a subtle mix.

t - roasted malt with a touch of rubber at first. there are some notes of coffee and a touch of bitterness, but mostly just roasted malt with alcohol. some bakers chocolate on the finish. gets better and more milk chocolatey as it opens up.

m - full and tingly. medium heavy. silky.

o - overall, in the land of big and bold RIS ruling my world, outer darkness is worth a try...but not one that i'll actively be seeking out again and again. don't get me wrong, it's good...just not great.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very interesting greyish/tan tinted muddied black with some dark bourbon and oil hues. It appears to have a viscousity of clean oil fresh out the plastic bottle or a cognac. Skim of medium-dark brown head. Head settles out to a pattern akin to a cross section of different neuronal bodies (non-geek: different sized whole circles and rings in varying depths) that remain stagnant. I'm a little nervous given the liquor looking quality of the pour.

S: Espresso, oak, bourbon, booze, smokiness like a casual smoker's breath, musk. Lesser notes of cinnamon, molasses, licorice, and maple. Overall all flavors are mild but there is a wealth of docile variety in the nose.

T: Pretty smooth, less action vs. the nose. Some hop filling bitterness effervesces some of the more subdued flavors detected in the nose. This has a roastiness to it that is light and faded, yet leaves you so intrigued. Zero alcohol. The oaking seems to be more believable than spirit-barrel aged now, yet I almost wanna say there's a rum like quality hiding underneath the floorboards in this beer.

M: Carbonation is low and appropriate. Mouthfeel is full initially via the subtle bitter hop wave. Surprisingly very drinkable.

O: A very interesting brew atypical for the style. My expectations changed a few times throughout enjoying this.

Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.